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Byzantine & Ottoman Relics of Istanbul Full Day Tour

3.6 / 5

5 reviews

Activity provider: Gray Line Turkey

Byzantine & Ottoman Relics of Istanbul Full Day Tour

Activity provider: Gray Line Turkey

From US$ 107.26 per person

A comprehensive, full-day tour exploring the cultural, historical and architectural treasures of the Ottoman and Byzantine empires in one of the world's most fascinating cities - Istanbul.

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Duration 7 hours
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English, French, German, Spanish


  • Browse the famous Grand Covered Bazaar
  • Explore the cultural treasures of the Ottoman and Byzantine Empires
  • See the heart of the Old City
Full description
On this full-day tour, you will discover some of the most magnificent sites of historical Istanbul, coming into contact with the historical wonders of the Byzantine and Ottoman empires and uncovering the roots of modern-day Turkish culture. See the heart of the Old City, the seat of two of history's most notorious empires. Visit Hagia Sophia, a wonder of ancient architecture, a basilica constructed by Emperor Justinian in the 6th century. Just across from the Hagia Sophia stands the famous Blue Mosque with its striking blue iconic tiles and unique 6 minarets, built in the name of Sultan Ahmet. The Hippodrome was a center for sporting events, such as chariot races, as well as political activities in the Old City. Decorated by the Serpentine Column, the Obelisk of Theodosius and the German Fountain of Wilhelm II, the Hippodrome is one of Istanbul's most popular tourist attractions. Next, you will visit the world-famous Grand Covered Bazaar, the world's largest "souk" (market) with nearly 4000 shops selling antiques, jewellery, gold, carpets, leather wares and more. You can even see a demonstration of the making of a traditional handmade Turkish carpet! Enjoy lunch, then move on to Topkapi Palace, residence of the Ottoman Sultans. This sumptuous residence contains imperial treasures, sacred Islamic relics of the prophet Mohammed, Chinese porcelain, weapons, and more. You'll get to visit the Sultan Tombs at the Hagia Sophia, too!
  • Air-conditioned transportation
  • Museum entrance fees
  • Lunch
  • Free pick-up service from centrally located city hotels
  • Hotel drop-off

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Important information

What to bring

  • Passport or ID card
  • Comfortable shoes

Not allowed

  • Pets
  • Smoking
  • Luggage or large bags

Know before you go

  • The Grand Covered Bazaar is closed on Sundays. On this day of the week, this part of the tour will be replaced with a visit to a traditional shop selling authentic Turkish goods.
  • Because of the noon prayer on Fridays, you will only visit the outside of the Blue Mosque on Friday mornings until 13:00.
  • After booking, you need to call the local supplier in order to learn exact time and free shuttle availability.
  • Pick-up is only available for centrally located Istanbul hotels.
  • Free shuttle pick-ups are available between 08:00 and 09:00 (depending on the location of your hotel). Pick-up takes 45 minutes to 1 hour on the shuttle bus.
  • Travelers will be given free time to explore the Grand Bazaar on their own. This will not be a guided visit.
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3.6 /5

based on 5 reviews

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Mass instead of class! Not recommendable! The tour had to be done by a guide with several languages! This means almost no and bad explanations on the important points. Learned by heart and quickly quickly quickly. Then a forced visit to a leather fashion show and mass processing at a "cozy" lunch! Since I've been to Istanbul 4 times myself and this is the 4th tour company I'm testing, I can say well: stay away! Order your own guide from your travel agent! Private and very individual! Rent a Guide is a little more expensive but has class! I was a tour guide myself and run a travel agency. This company doesn't!

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December 30, 2019


The fact that the guide constantly had to switch between two languages was annoying. It would have been nicer to have had one guide per language.

April 8, 2013

all right top Service

November 14, 2022


Product ID: 18456