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Byzantine & Ottoman Traces

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Full Day City Tour with Lunch an Entrance Fees Included

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Daily Tour

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Friday, Sunday, Thursday


  • You will follow the traces of the Byzantine and Ottoman empires in Istanbul, have opportunity to visit all the historic sites of Byzantine and Ottoman Empire.
  • Blue Mosque, Hippodrome, Grand Bazaar, Topkapi Palace, Little Hagia Sophia Mosque are the most popular historical places. You will tour these historic sites in the guided tour and inform about their history.


What To Expect

Blue Mosque:
The Mosque is known as the Blue Mosque because of blue tiles surrounding the walls of interior design.Mosque was built between 1609 and 1616 years,during the rule of Ahmed I.just like many other mosques,it also comprises a tomb of the founder,a madrasa and a hospice.Besides still used as a mosque,the Sultan Ahmed Mosque has also become a popular attraction in Istanbul.

Hagia Sophia Museum
From the Age Of Byzantine this once Christian church is one of the most extraordinary buildings in the history of architecture.It plyaed a very important role the Byzantine Empire and later as a mosque in the Ottoman Empire.The worl"Haqia"in Greek means "Divine"and "Sophia"means "Wisdom".Divine Wisdom is one of the attributes of Jesus Christ and this church is devoted to his divine wisdom.

The Hippodrome (At Meydanı) was a of course a horse-racing track,what's in the name.But during the Byzantine Empire,the hippodrome was not only used for chariot races.Court ceremonies,coronations and parades also took place at the hippodrome,making it the sporting and social center of Byzantine life for over 1000 years.The reason why some refer it as the Hippodrome of Constantinople.

Shopping Opportunity
Lunch Break

Fener / Balat: Orthodox & Jewish Heritage
The estuary, Haliç in Turkish, was called as the Golden Horn by the Byzantines. The Golden Horn was closely associated with the Tulip Era, the most controversial period of Ottoman history. At present two districts of İstanbul, Balat and Fener, are closely associated with the Golden Horn granted privelleges to the Christian and Jewish communities living in the citty to perform their rituals free of intervention.

Topkapi Palace:
The Topkapı Palace is a palace in İstanbul,Turkey,which was the official and primary residence in the city of the Ottoman Sultans for 400 years of their 600-year reign,from 1456 to 1856.
The palace was a setting for state occasions and royal entertainments and is a major tourist attaction today,containing the most holy relics of the Muslim world such as the prophet Muhammed's cloak and sword.Topkapı Palace is among those monuments belonging to the ''Historic Areas of Istanbul ''which became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1985,and is described in Criterion iv as ''the best example of ensembles of palaces of the Ottoman period.

Grand Bazaar (Covered Bazaar):
As the Ottoman Empire grew larger,the Grand Bazaar also kept up with the development of the capital.The Bazaar that initially was comprised of two bedestens now accupies an area of about 47 thousand square meters.Although th Grand Bazaar sufferent eleven fires and two earthquakes, it still fascinates the visitors with its architecture.It is composed of 61 streets,some of whose names refer to different businesses such as Fesciler(Fez sellers),Kalpakcılar(fur cap sellers),and Aynacılar(mirror sellers).Bedesten,which is set on an area of around 1500 square meters,and Sandal Betesteni,which comprises an area of 1300 square meters,as rhe half-area somewhat detached parts of the bazaar.Araound the bazaar are this inns that are again parts of the bazaar.Today there are around 4000 shops in the Grand Bazaar.

Additional info

-Hagia Sophia museum is closed on Monday
-Blue Mosque is closed on Friday
-Grand Bazaar is closed on Sunday
-Vehichle is used only for the necessary part of these tours,so please be prepared for a bit of walking during the day.
-Topkapi Palace will be replaced with Underground Cistern on Tuesday


  • .Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • .Entrance fees
  • .Lunch
  • .Local guide
  • .Transport by air-conditioned coach
  • .Gratuities (optional)
  • .Drinks

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