Istanbul Byzantine & Ottoman Relics Tour
Starting From EUR 60

Tour Information

Istanbul city tour in English with  group to visit Topkapi Palace, Harem, Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia Museum,  and Grand Bazaar. The tour operated everyday with free pick up from Old City, Sirkeci, Cruise Port, Taksim Hotels.

Istanbul has always been one of the most fascinating cities in the world. We offer this special excursion to our client who prefer to explore most in the city and pay less.

You will have a very informative but enjoyable and easy tour with your professional and knowledgeable guide throughout the imperial city center. You will see the most interesting monuments and learn their great historical backgrounds. Since that is a walking tour, you will also have the chance to observe the present day life in the area and take more pictures. Your will have an experianced local tour guide with you who will inform you about the histocilal and architectural bacground of the sites.

Tour Details

Code : EFN3
Tour Name :  Byzantine & Ottoman Relics Tour.
Duration : Full day
Itinerary: The tour starts with pick up from your hotel (Old City and Taksim areas provided with complimentary pick-up service) at around 08:30 and finishes at around 16:30. We will start with Roman Hippodrome (the site of ancient races, games and riots). It was also used for similar purposes during the Ottoman Era. Today, you can observe some of the historic monuments at site including Serpentine Column, Egyptian Obelisk and German Fountain). After that we will continue with Blue Mosque. Blue Mosque (Sultan Ahmet Mosque), a unique example of Ottoman architecture. The inside walls of the Mosque are decorated with beautiful Turkish Tiles. Million Stone (an ancient monument partially remained today. It is situated right at the centre of the city to show the directions to East and West.And then continue to St.Sophia Museum (Holy Wisdom Church built on 537 as the Cathedral of East Roman Empire. Today, it is a museum where the remains belonging to Christianity and Islam are visible together. It is currently listed on World Heritage Sites List. The tour ends with a visit to  Grand Bazaar. (One of the largest and oldest covered markets in the world. You will have the set menu lunch including local food which is included in the tour price. (Drinks are self payment)  In the afternoon, you will visit Topkapi Palace (former residance of Ottoman Sultans and today is a museum including the sections of Treasury, Sacred Relics, Sultan Pavilions and Harem),  after that you will visit Sultan Tombs of 17th and 18th centuries. The tour finishes at around 17:30 witha drop off to your hotel. 

 **Sultan Tombs are closed on Mondays and replaced with Litle Hagia Sophia
**Topkapi Palace is closed on Tuesdays tour will not run
 **Grand Bazaar is closed on Sundays and Eid Holidays.--Replaced with Handcraft Store
**Blue Mosque is closed for Friday Pray and will be no replacement
**St. Sophia Museum is open on Mondays
** Please note that there might be an extra fee for the hotels beyond central locations. The extra fee will be informed in advance. 
 **In case of low number of attendants ,we might run the tour through the our partner agency (another local supplier)
The price is 60 EUR per person for cash payments, including entrance fees to the sites visited (except Harem section), guidance in English,lunch  and return hotel transfers.  
**For credit card payments, an extra 8% surcharge will be applied.** 
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Important Notice!!!
If you have
- Any kind of serious walking disability, 
- 2 or more small children with you who might disable you to follow the tour schedule and slow down the pace of the group,

This tour may not be suitable for you. Then, we recommend you to ask for a private tour which may cost a little more, but certainly will be more convenient and relaxing for yourselves. Alternatively, you may book 2 half day tours on different days. 

Please contact with us if you have any questions in your mind about booking this tour. Efendi Travel Tour Experts are willing to give you an advise.