BYZANTINE REMAINS

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Adult (Age 11+)
Child (Age 3–11)
We will visit Byzantine remains (half day walking tour- 4 hours) of the ancient Constantinople like the magnificent Haghia Sophia or the former Roman Hippodrome. We will also know and take a walk into the enormous  and interesting Grand Bazaar, where we can buy all kind of products.

Byzantine Remains

Half day walking tour (in the morning)

We are pleased to offer you this tour by foot, a walk where you can admire the most beautiful and important sites of ancient Constantinople, capital of two empires and for centuries one of the world's major cities. Here you will see incredible places like Hagia Sophia, the glory of Byzantine architecture, the Blue Mosque, famous for its six minarets and tiles, Byzantine Hippodrome and the Grand Bazaar, the largest covered market in the world, with more than 4400 stores.

Hippodrome: This square in front of the Blue Mosque covers the old site of what was a Roman Hippodrome, where you 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. It is 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.

Hagia Sophia: This 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 it 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 small city in itself. 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.

 

Additional Information

Important!

Pick-up point

We will pick you up at the hotel were 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 redising in the city and/or staying at my 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

3-4 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:

Monday:  Hagia Sophia is replaced by the Basilica Cistern.
Sunday:  Grand Bazaar is replaced by several reputable stores.

Price

 

Adults

Less than 11 years

Less than 2 years

Excursion with an english speaking guide

 

30 €

 

20 €

 

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.

Not included

Meals and 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 contact details of the supplier for any doubt, question or need you may have.

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

Derek
29.11.2013
I have used VIURBIS services several times. Their staff and drivers are reliable, friendly, knowledgeable, and very professional. 

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