Byzantine and Ottoman relics
Full day, walking tour
In this wonderful tour through the
most important and beautiful places of ancient Constantinople, we propose you to visit
Hagia Sophia in the morning, this building is the
glory of Byzantine architecture, the
Blue Mosque, famous for its six minarets and tiles, the
Roman Hippodrome and the
Grand Bazaar, the largest covered market in the world. After lunch, we offer you to know two amazing buildings: the
Little Hagia Sophia, a former Byzantine church and current mosque and
Topkapi Palace, residence of the Ottoman Sultans.
Hippodrome: The square in front of the
Blue Mosque covers the old site of what was a
Roman Hippodrome, where we can see the
German Fountain, the
Obelisk of Theodosius, the
Serpentine Column and the
Column of Constantine. The
Hippodrome was one of the most famous sites of
Byzantine Constantinople, later used as a resting place for the Ottoman troops, who called it "At Meydani", horse square.
Blue Mosque: This is one of the most emblematic buildings of Istanbul, with its dome and semi-cascading domes and six elegant and stylish minarets, accentuating the angles. Called the
Sultanahmet Mosque by the Turks, it has been named
Blue Mosque for tourists, due to its interior walls, covered with beautiful blue tiles from Iznik.
Haghia Sophia: This building was a
Byzantine Orthodox patriarchal basilica during nine centuries and mosque for another five,
Hagia Sophia is
one of the most extraordinary works of universal architecture. For the past 70 years is has been a museum open to the public that, under his dome, over 55 meters high, one of the highest in the world, welcomes thousands of visitors each day.
Grand Bazaar: The bazaar was established in the Ottoman period by Sultan Mehmet II "the Conqueror" and is itself a small city. In 1880 a census revealed that the bazaar had 4399 stores, 2195 workshops, 497 looms, 12 depots, 18 fountains, 12 small mosques, a large mosque, a primary school and a tomb. Today the number of establishments has not changed much, but new restaurants, cafes, banks and an information center has been added. The
Grand Bazaar is an unavoidable visit in Istanbul and you can buy products of all kinds.
The Little Hagia Sophia: Located in
Eminönü, in the Kumkapi neighborhood, near the
Sea of Marmara, the
Hippodrome and the ruins of the Grand Palace. Currently it is separated from the sea by the railway line Sirkeci-Halkali and the coastal road. The
Little Hagia Sophia was a former Orthodox church dedicated to Saints Sergius and Bacchus in Constantinople, between 531 and 536 A.D., shortly before
Hagia Sophia itself. It was created by Emperor Justinian, and later converted into a mosque during the Ottoman Empire. This building is considered
one of the most important Byzantine pieces of architecture of Istanbul. Its plan has a Central Dome and its external structure is very similar to the
Great Hagia Sophia, so some experts claim they were designed by the same architects, Isidore of Miletus and Anthemius of Tralles. However, it has recently discredited that the idea of the construction of the
Little Hagia Sophia was a sort of trial version on a smaller scale of what would be the largest church of the Byzantine Empire and one of the largest in the world.
Topkapi Palace: the best reflection of the imperial era in Istanbul and a symbol of the power reached by the
Ottoman capital Constantinople. From this palace the Sultans ruled their empire until the mid-nineteenth century. The construction of the
Topkapi Palace began shortly after Mehmed II, "The Conqueror" took Constantinople. The original building was opened in 1465. During the following decades, the palace was extended by its different rulers. In 1856, Sultan Abdulmecid decided to move his residence to
Dolmabahçe Palace, more modern and western styled.
We will pick you up at the hotel where you are staying in Istanbul (only the ones in the
European side of Istanbul)
In our booking form we ask you to include the
name of your hotel, where we will pick you up for the tour. Once your booking is confirmed we will send you a
voucher with all our contact information, like telephone numbers and email address, in case you need to contact us in advance to update or change any details about the
Frequently asked questions about hotel pick-up
What if I have not booked any hotel yet?
There is no problem. Once you finished your accommodation process, you can
contact us to set the hotel, or otherwise, you can choose and
alternative hotel and get there for us to
pick you up for the tour.
What if I am residing in the city and/or staying at friends/relative’s house?
Once your booking is confirmed we will send you detailed information and addresses of other possible
pick-up points and places for our tours.
Pick up time
7:45 and 8:30. The exact time of the pick up from your hotel will depend on the location of this one, which should be agreed between both parties. We will inform you of the exact time by email or telephone.
Our guided tours are carried out daily, but you should keep in mind that some of the sites included in the tour close certain days of the week, which are replaced by:
Hagia Sophia is replaced by the
Topkapi Palace is replaced by
Grand Bazaar is replaced by several reputable stores.
Less than 11 years
Less than 2 years
Excursion with an English speaking guide
Pick up and transfer back to hotel.
Transportation by bus or minibus equipped with
Tickets to every one of the museums and monuments.
English speaking guide.
Tickets to the
Harem of the
Terms and Conditions
Must book at least
2 days in advance.
At the time of booking
20% of the total amount will be charged.
The remaining amount will be paid
in cash on the day of the activity.
You must print the voucher we send you as a
confirmation of your
The cancellation means the
loss of the deposit.
Date and time modifications can be made without penalties, according to our availability.
Once you complete the booking process you will receive a
confirmation email. In this email you will find our contact details for any doubt, question or needs you may have.
You will receive instant confirmation of your booking.
under 18 years old must be accompanied by an adult.
How to book?
To book a
guided tour through Istanbul just enter the desired date and complete the form on top of this page. Your reservation will be confirmed immediately.
In case you have any questions please consult our
FAQs section. If problems occur at the time of booking or you would like to hire other services, contact us