BYZANTIAN & OTTOMAN RELICS

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Adult (Age 11+)
Child (Age 3–11)
(Full day walking tour-8 hours) We will visit Byzantian and Ottoman relics of former Constantinople, like the Blue Mosque, Haghia Sophia and the Roman Hippodrome. We will also know the incredible Grand Bazaar, Little Haghia Sophia and Topkapi Palace, ancient residence of Ottoman Empire.

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 itselfIt 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.

Additional Information

Important!

Pick-up point

We will pick you up at the hotel where you are staying in Istanbul (only the ones in the  European side of Istanbul)

Hotel pick-up

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  hotel pick-up

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

Between  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.

Duration

7-8 hours.

Closing days

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:

Mondays: Hagia Sophia is replaced by the Basilica Cistern.
Tuesdays: Topkapi Palace is replaced by Beylerbeyi Palace.
Sundays: Grand Bazaar is replaced by several reputable stores.

Price

 

Adults

Less than 11 years

Less than 2 years

Excursion with an English speaking guide

 

60 €

 

50 €

 

Free

Included

Pick up and transfer back to hotel.
Transportation by bus or minibus equipped with air conditioning.
Tickets to every one of the museums and monuments.
English speaking guide.
Lunch. 

Not included

Tickets to the  Harem of the  Topkapi Palace.
Drinks.

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  advance payment.

Cancellations

The cancellation means the  loss of the deposit.
Date and time modifications can be made without penalties, according to our availability.

Additional information

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. 
Children  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.

Any questions?

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  here.

Comments

Ellen Hudson
29.11.2013
It was a great experience to visit Istanbul.Topkapi Palace, the Bosphorus, Grand Bazaar...was amazing!!! Thank you VIURBIS

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