Byzantine Relics Istanbul Half-Day Morning Tour
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Byzantine Relics Istanbul Half-Day Morning Tour

Byzantine Relics Istanbul Half-Day Morning Tour

3 h
Half Day
Morning
About this activity
Take a half-day tour of Istanbul and explore it from the perspective of the Byzantine Empire. See ruins of Byzantine churches, the site of former Roman chariot races, and the magical alleys of the historic Grand Bazaar.
Visit the Hippodrome and Obelisks, location for thrilling chariot races in the days of the Roman Empire. The track is now some 6.6 feet (2 meters) below ground, but has been marked on the paving of Sultan Ahmet Square. You will see the surviving obelisks, as well as the Serpentine Column from Delphi, and the Byzantine German Fountain of Wilhelm II.
Continue to Hagia Sophia, also known as “The Church of Holy Wisdom.” Undoubtedly one of the greatest architectural creations in the world, the temple was so richly decorated that Justinian proclaimed and you continue to the iconic Blue Mosque. Named for its stunning decoration of Iznik tiles, you will also admire its slender minarets
End your tour at the Grand Bazaar, the oldest and largest covered market in the world. Explore the alleys, where nearly 4,000 shops offer a superb selection of antiques, leather, evil eye trinkets, and Turkish rugs. Try out your haggling skills to see if you can bag a true Turkish bargain.
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Included
  • Hotel pickup by air-conditioned bus, though free pickup is only at city center hotels
  • Licensed tour guide
  • Service charges and taxes
  • Entry/Admission - Blue Mosque
  • Entry/Admission - Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya)
Not included
  • Food and drinks
  • Drinks
  • Gratuities
Additional
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Please note that Hagia Sophia is closed on Mondays and will be replaced with a tour of the Underground Cistern
  • Please note that the Grand Bazaar is closed on Sundays
  • Blue Mosque closed on Friday Prayer, no replacement
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