Join an amazing walking tour and get to know all the important Byzantine monuments that Istanbul has. This half day morning Byzantian Relics Tour will immerse you into Istanbul’s long history and unfold its secrets. This particular excursion is ideal for those who seek to proceed with some sightseeing, while being on vacations. In addition, it is ideal for those who wish to walk around the city centre and experience from first-hand the cosmopolitan and vibrant atmosphere.
Byzantian Relics walking tour takes place every day, during the morning. On the day of your excursion, a vehicle will pick you up from your hotel and drive you towards the city centre. There, you will meet your professional tour guide. The guide is fully licenced and experienced in these types of tours. Thus, during this experience you will receive interesting information about the places of interest.
The first stop of this walking tour will take place at Sultanahmet area, where the Hippodrome is. During the Roman and Byzantine period, hippodrome was used for chariot races, gladiatorial games and official ceremonies. During your visit in the Hippodrome square, you will be able to observe four notable monuments. These are the Column of Constantine, the German Fountain of Wilhelm II, the Egyptian Obelisk and the Serpentine Column. The tour guide will explain everything you need to know about these important landmarks.
Then, you will walk towards the infamous Blue Mosque. This worship place is one of the most famous and important in Turkey. This majestic building is known for a lot of reasons. Among them it is the fact that the mosque features sex minarets in contrast to the others having only two. Another reason making this mosque famous is the interior design. Inside, visitors can observe beautiful blue Iznik tiles. As this is an active worship place, visitors are not allowed to enter on Fridays.
Your next stop during this half day walking tour will be made at Hagia Sophia. This emblematic landmark is often characterised as the eighth wonder of the world due to its imposing size. It was constructed during the 4th century by the Constantine the Great and renovated during the 6th century by Justinian in order to outdo the Temple of Solomon in Jerusalem. Today, this impressive building is used as a museum that receives millions of visitors every year.
The last stop of this exceptional tour is the infamous Grand Bazaar. With a labyrinth-like floor plan and with more than 4000 shops inside, this bazaar is definitely one of Istanbul’s most known landmarks. During your time there, you may observe the variety of spices of the Turkish culinary tradition, shop clothes and handcrafts, or purchase some souvenirs to take back home.
Grand Bazaar is the last stop of this walking tour. Therefore, once there you will be able to spend as much time as you wish as there is no transfer service back to your hotel. The Byzantian Relics tour will offer you great emotions and an unforgettable journey in time. By the end of the tour you will be full of long lasting memories.
Unfold Instanbul’s long history and allow yourself to get lost within the busy and vibrant atmosphere that the city has with an amazing walking tour. The Byzantian Relics Tour takes place every morning and guarantees long lasting memories, unique emotions and a half day excursion full of history and culture. This tour is suitable for solo travellers, families and friends who wish to visit the most known and notable landmarks of the city.
Pick up: This magnificent walking tour takes place during the morning. The members of our team will pick you up from your place of accommodation and drive you towards a meeting point at the city centre.
Professional tour guide: Once you arrive at the city centre, you will meet an assigned tour guide. The professional and experienced guide will be responsible to guide you through the city. In addition, the guide will explain everything you need to know about the important landmarks you are about to visit.
Hippodrome: According to the schedule, a first stop will be made at the Hippodrome. During the Roman and Byzantine period, the hippodrome was hosting various games such as chariot races and gladiatorial battles. In addition, it was used for several social happenings such as celebrations. In the broader area, there are four important monuments to observe. These include the Egyptian Obelisk, the Serpentine Column, the German Fountain of Wilhelm II and the Column of Constantine.
Blue Mosque: Your excursion continues towards the majestic Blue Mosque. This mosque is listed among the most important mosques in Turkey due to its impressive size and history. An interesting highlight is that it features six minarets instead of two. Furthermore, visitors will be able to admire the beautiful interior of the mosque with blue tiles. It must be noted that, every Friday Blue Mosque is closed due to the Friday pray.
Hagia Sophia: Them you will walk for a short distance towards the infamous Hagia Sophia. This impressive church was constructed during the 4th century by the Constantine the Great. However, Justinian reconstructed the church during the 6th century in an effort to outdo the Temple of Solomon in Jerusalem. Nowadays, Hagia Sophia is a museum and is also considered as the 8th wonder of the world.
Grand Bazaar: The last stop of this walking tour will take place at the Grand Bazaar. This well-known place is one of the most visited bazaars of Istanbul and attracts millions of visitors every year. Inside there are 4000 small shops selling clothes, handcrafts and street food. Once there, you will have free time to spend as you wish. It must be noted that Grand Bazaar is the last stop of this tour and return back to your place of accommodation is not included in the price.