Byzantian Tour, Istanbul


Pick up from your hotel or the Istanbul cruise port, you will visit the following sights with an experienced and licensed professional guide. 

Hippodrome: The former center for entertainment, sports and political activities in the city during the Roman and Byzantine Empires.  You will be able to see the Obelisk from Egypt, Serpentine Column from Delphi and fountain of Willhelm II.

St.Sophia: The Church of Holy Wisdom, undoubtedly one of the greatest architectural creations in the World used as a mosque during Ottomans and serving as a museum today 

Blue Mosque: One of the biggest mosques of Istanbul from 17th century architecture is one of the principal adornments on the skyline of Istanbul. Also famous for its blue tiles and 6 minaret.

Grand Bazaar:The oldest and the largest covered market place in the World with nearly 4.000 shops fuul of rich collections of carpets, jewellery, leather, and souvenirs.

City Walls : The first breach of the walls was by the Fourth Crusade in 1204, the second by the cannons and troops of Sultan Mehmet the Conqueror in 1453.

Drive by bus to Golden Horn : As natural and extremely secure harbor, the Golden Horn has played an important role in the development of Istanbul. The inlet separates the European shore into two. It is approximately 8 km long, and the widest part is the entrance from the Bosphorus. Two streams drain into this inlet at its far end.

Cable Car & Pierre Lotti Hill : Was named after the famous French writer, you will enjoy magnificent scenery of Golden Horn and the city.

Bosphorus Tour on Boat: A traditional excursion by boat along the waterway seperating Europe and Asia. The shore is lined with old wooden villas, palaces of marble, fortresses, and small fishing villages. During the excursion you will pass the magnificent Dolmabahce Palace, and further along, the parks and imperial pavillions of Yildiz Palace. On the coastal edge of this park, is Ciragan Palace, 300 meters of is marble facade faces the shore. At Ortakoy a great variety of artists gather every Sunday to display their work along the street. Ortakoy is a symbol of tolerance with a church, a mosque and a synagogue existing side by side for centuries.


Rumeli Fortress (from the sea, no interior visit) Istanbul had been besieged many times before Mehmet the Conqueror took the city in 1453, but it managed to defend itself with the help of the Roman city walls. 
The Lander's Tower (from the sea, no interior visit) This is a small and attractive tower built on an islet at the entrance to the Bosphorus. It is one of the symbols of Istanbul. Used in the past as a watchtower and a lighthouse, it has been preserved in its 19th Century appearance.

Closed : Hagia Sophia is closed on Mondays, will be replaced by  Underground Cistern
Grand Bazaar is closed on Sundays. 

What is Included in the tour ?
Hotel Pick-up & drop-off - by air-conditioned non-smoking tour coaches.
Entrance Fees mentioned by the itineraries.
Lunch
Professional Licenced Tour Guide.
Services Charges & Local Taxes.


What is Excluded in the tour ?
Drinks at lunch
Tips and gratuities
Personal expenses

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