Istanbul has always been one of the most fascinating cities in the world. We offer this special excursion to our client who prefer to explore most in the city and pay less.
You will have a very informative but enjoyable and easy tour with your professional and knowledgeable guide throughout the imperial city center. You will see the most interesting monuments and learn their great historical backgrounds. Since that is a walking tour, you will also have the chance to observe the present day life in the area and take more pictures. Your will have an experianced local tour guide with you who will inform you about the histocilal and architectural bacground of the sites.
Code : EFN3
Tour Name : Byzantine & Ottoman Relics Tour.
Duration : Full day
Itinerary: The tour starts with pick up from your hotel (Old City and Taksim areas provided with complimentary pick-up service) at around 08:30 and finishes at around 12:30. We will start with Roman Hippodrome (the site of ancient races, games and riots). It was also used for similar purposes during the Ottoman Era. Today, you can observe some of the historic monuments at site including Serpentine Column, Egyptian Obelisk and German Fountain). After that we will continue with Blue Mosque. Blue Mosque (Sultan Ahmet Mosque), a unique example of Ottoman architecture. The inside walls of the Mosque are decorated with beautiful Turkish Tiles. Million Stone (an ancient monument partially remained today. It is situated right at the centre of the city to show the directions to East and West.And then continue to St.Sophia Museum (Holy Wisdom Church built on 537 as the Cathedral of East Roman Empire. Today, it is a museum where the remains belonging to Christianity and Islam are visible together. It is currently listed on World Heritage Sites List. The tour ends with a visit to Grand Bazaar. (One of the largest and oldest covered markets in the world. You will have the set menu lunch including local food which is included in the tour price. (Drinks are self payment) In the afternoon, you will visit Topkapi Palace (former residance of Ottoman Sultans and today is a museum including the sections of Treasury, Sacred Relics, Sultan Pavilions and Harem), after that you will visit Sultan Tombs of 17th and 18th centuries. The tour finishes at around 17:30 witha drop off to your hotel.
The price is 60 EUR per person for cash payments, including the entrance fees to the sites visited (except Harem - 20 TL extra self-payment), guidance in English and complimentary hotel pick-up.
**Sultan Tombs are closed on Mondays and replaced with Litle Hagia Sophia
**Topkapi Palace is closed on Tuesdays tour will not run
**Grand Bazaar is closed on Sundays and Eid Holidays.--Replaced with Handcraft Store
**Blue Mosque is closed for Friday Pray and will be no replacement
**St. Sophia Museum is closed on Mondays replaced with Basilica Cistern
** Please note that there might be an extra fee for the hotels beyond central locations. The extra fee will be informed in advance.
**In case of low number of attendants ,we might run the tour through the our partner agency (another local supplier)
The price is 60 EUR per person for cash payments, including entrance fees to the sites visited (except Harem section), guidance in English,lunch and return hotel transfers.
**For credit card payments, an extra 8% surcharge will be applied.**
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We recommend you to join a guided tour in Istanbul. Here is why?
This tour is the best option to visit the most important historic sites in Istanbul on a local guided tour in a day time only. The tour provides complimentary pick up from the city center hotels or cruise port to provide a no-stress meeting with the guide. The tour guide is a local expert on history and architecture with a university degree. The tour guide also speaks fluent English and friendly with senior people, families with children and photograph lovers. Please note that making a cultural tour with a local expert tour guide will provide you to learn more about the visited places, local life, the folklore and the street food that you can hardly find in the books. You can easily ask your questions if you would have any and get a clear informative reply. All these will come to you with a respectful humour, making your day different than a lesson or speech. Maybe the best feature of our guided tour is having the tickets in advance to provide you a priority at the entrances without waiting at long ticket kiosks. Moreover, your guide is quite experienced to arrange the tour route to avoid crowds, giving you time for taking a photo or a drink on your way. He also knows what to do in case of any safety problem and keep you away out of the risky areas.
A final benefit of guided tour is meeting with new people on the tour and having good time with them. We have many guests met on our tours and established very good friendships. This is free of charge service provided for only a smiling face :)
The tour is convenient for people without any walking disabilities from any age groups.
There will be short stops on your way at certain times to rest your legs, toilet break or have a drink.
The guides give extra stops for senior people or children without annoying the others.
The tour is available for walkers and baby strollers, but not suitable for wheelchairs.
The tour is operated all-year-round regardless of sun, rain or snow since the guides are very experienced for the best routes and timings on visits.
We recommend you to wear clothes appropriate with the weather, comfortable shoes, drinking water, sun glasses and have sunscreen lotion with you.
If you have
- Any kind of serious walking disability,
- 2 or more small children with you who might disable you to follow the tour schedule and slow down the pace of the group,
This tour may not be suitable for you. Then, we recommend you to ask for a private tour which may cost a little more, but certainly will be more convenient and relaxing for yourselves. Alternatively, you may book 2 half day tours on different days.
Please contact with us if you have any questions in your mind about booking this tour. Efendi Travel Tour Experts are willing to give you an advise.