Full Day Byzantine Heritage Tour in Istanbul includes
- Pick-up from the Istanbul Port or from your hotel
- Visit to Hippodrome and Hagia Sophia
- Continue to Underground cistern, City Walls of Istanbul
and to Chora Church
- By the end of the tour drive back to Istanbul Port or
to your hotel.
5 & 1/2 hours
WHAT YOU VISIT
Hippodrome - The large, open square was once the site of a Roman circus that rivaled the Colosseum and could seat a quarter of a million spectators. Monuments on the site include the Snake Column from Delphi and an Egyptian obelisk taken from the Temple of Karnak at Luxor.
Hagia Sophia - Built by the Emperor Justinian when Istanbul was Constantinople, this magnificent example of Byzantine architecture boasts a massive dome, a lengthy nave, and an interior decorated with marble, precious stones, and pillars from Ephesus.
Underground Cistern - Built by Justinian in the 6th century, the Underground Cistern is supported by 336 beautiful columns. Two are incised with the head of Medusa.
City Walls - Afterwards drive along the City Walls of Constantinopolis to the district of Edirnekapi. The 5th-century city walls built by Emperor Theodosius II stretch for 6.5 km (4 miles) from the Golden Horn to the Sea of Marmara. You can admire them at many points in Istanbul, but it's easiest to combine a view of the walls with a visit to the Chora Church.
Chora Church - Edirnekapi is also the place where the Chora Church (13. cent. A.D.), famous for its well-preserved wall-mosaics showing scenes from the Old New Testament, will be visited. Lunch brake where you can taste the Turkish Kitchen! (lunch is not included in the tour rate)
The above sites can be replaced with other sites on
the days they are closed.
Guests must be able to walk approximately 1-1.5 miles over uneven and cobblestone
surfaces, inclines and 40 to 65 steps thus the guests must
be cautious to watch their step at all times in order to
Comfortable clothing, flat walking shoes, sun hat, sun glasses and sun
screen are strongly recommended.
Please expect dense traffic conditions in
order of the sites visited may change to avoid the crowds.
Temperatures can reach extreme
highs during summer months; we recommend that you drink a
lot of water and use suitable sun protection.
The tour includes the professional licensed tour guide, all entrance fees, private air-conditioned transportation and VAT.
Rates are based on per person
As the number of participant increases the certain amount of discount will be applied.
Please kindly contact us for your group requests.
Children 0-6 ages are free.
The program can also be completed in 2 days according to your preference.
If you book any tour in Istanbul together with any Ephesus tour, then you will have 5% discount on your Ephesus tour.
In the event of cancellation, written notice must be received by Meander Travel
at least three days before the arrival in order to receive the full
In the event of no show, 100% cancellation fee will apply.
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