Byzantine Heritage Tour of Istanbul - Private Tour

Duration: 7 hours
Destination: Turkey, İstanbul, Istanbul

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  • 7 hours
  • Istanbul
  • E-Voucher
  • Lowest Price
  • Cancellable


The Byzantine Heritage Tour takes you to the most important Byzantine sites in Istanbul. Be thrilled at the Hippodrome of Constantinople. Astonished by the city’s Byzantine heritage hidden under a restaurant. Overcome by the Byzantine mosaics in the Great Palace Museum. Adrift in the Basilica Cistern. Dazzled by the Hagia Sophia. Bowled over by the Chora Church. Conquered by the City Walls.

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Stop At: Hippodrome, Binbirdirek, Sultan Ahmet ParkI No:2, Istanbul Turkey

We visit the Hippodrome of Constantinople on our Best of Istanbul tour. Listen to your guide and feel the excitement and danger of chariot racing. Learn about the early Roman history of the city. Hear the stories behind the Egyptian Obelisk and the Serpentine Column.

Duration: 20 minutes

Stop At: Great Palace Mosaics Museum, Arasta CarsIsI Sultanahmet Mahallesi, Istanbul Turkey

Istanbul’s Byzantine heritage is recorded in beautiful mosaics. Our Byzantine Heritage tour shows you where these mosaics were originally housed. In the Great Palace Mosaic Museum your guide will give you an insight into everyday Byzantine life.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Hagia Sophia Museum, Ayasofya Square, Sultanahmet, Istanbul 34122 Turkey

We visit the Hagia Sophia, originally built in 537 AD, later served as a Greek Orthodox Church. When Fatih Sultan Mehmet conquered the city in 1453 AD, it became a mosque. In 1935 it was converted to a museum. The interior, with its enormous dome, delights with glorious mosaics, galleries and suspended Islamic pendants.

Duration: 1 hour 15 minutes

Stop At: Basilica Cistern, Alemdar Mahallesi, Yerebatan Caddesi, No:1/3, Istanbul 34410 Turkey

After our visit to Hagia Sophia, we visit the mystical Basilica Cistern (Underground Cistern). The Basilica Cistern is a massive water reservoir constructed by the Byantines in the 6th century. The structure is a living example of Roman engineering. And yes, it was Basilica Cistern, in the James Bond movie "From Russian With Love".

Duration: 20 minutes

Stop At: Walls of Constantinople (Istanbul City Walls), Istanbul Turkey

We explore the Byzantine-era city walls on the outskirts of the city. They date back to the first half of the 5th century AD. Originally they went from the Sea of Marmara all the way to the Golden Horn.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Chora Museum, Kariye Mahallesi, Kariye Camii Sokak, No: 18 EdirnekapI Fatih, Istanbul 34087 Turkey

The Chora Church (The Church of St. Savoir in Countryside) is located close to the Thedosian Walls, an area which was considered as “countryside” during the Byzantine era. The Chora Church Museum hosts fascinating insight in to Byzantine Mosaic art at its climax.

Duration: 1 hour 15 minutes

  • All Fees and Taxes
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Services of a professional, licensed tour guide expert on sights
  • Entry/Admission - Great Palace Mosaics Museum
  • Entry/Admission - Hagia Sophia Museum
  • Entry/Admission - Basilica Cistern
  • Entry/Admission - Chora Museum

  • Lunch
  • Personal Expenses
  • Entry/Admission - Hippodrome
  • Entry/Admission - Walls of Constantinople (Istanbul City Walls)
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Departure Point

Hippodrome of Constantinople, Binbirdirek, Sultan Ahmet Parkı, 34122 Fatih/İstanbul, Turkey

Traveler pickup is offered
Our guide will meet the guests in most popular touristic areas. If the hotel is not in the Old City, transportation cost (public, taxi or private van depending on the group size) will be paid by the clients to the starting point of the tour.


  • Galataport İstanbul Tanıtım Ofisi, Kılıçali Paşa, Kemankeş Cd. No: 65, 34433 Beyoğlu/İstanbul, Turkey

Departure Time

9:00 AM

Return Details

Kariye Mosque, Dervişali, Kariye Cami Sk. No:18, 34087 Fatih/İstanbul, Turkey

Voucher info

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.


7 hours

For a full refund, cancel at least 3 days in advance of the start date of the experience.

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