Byzantine Heritage of Istanbul

Visit the Hippodrome Monuments, the Underground Cistern, Great Palace Mosaic Museum, Hagia Sophia (Aya Sofya), Chora Church (Kariye Museum) and Istanbul City Walls

from $50*/person
Private Tour Guide Skip the line 6 hours

Byzantine Heritage of Istanbul Tour

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.

What to expect?

Who's this tour for?

This is the best selling tour of Istanbul as it covers the major touristic sights of Istanbul.

  • History enthusiasts
  • Scholars and academicians
  • If you are coming back to Istanbul after some time,
  • Expats and students in the city,

What to expect?

  • To acquire a good understanding of the Byzantine heritage in Istanbul
  • Gain an understanding of Byzantine architectural styles
  • Learn about important symbols and themes in Byzantine mosaics
  • An introduction to the rich history of Istanbul, to help you decide which tour to take next

What's included?

  • Professional Guiding Service
  • Admission Fees for the museums
  • Skip the ticket line
  • Pick-up & drop-off to your hotel

What's not included & why?

To give our guests more option and flexibility for lunch, we do not include in our prices.

  • Lunch
  • Personal expenses

Want to discover these sights with an expert?

Tour Itinerary

A full day tour to discover the Byzantine legacy in the city

#01 - The Hippodrome of Constantinople

At the Hippodrome of Constantinople, listen to your guide and imagine scenes of thrilling and terrifying chariot races. Learn the stories behind the ancient Egyptian Obelisk and the Serpentine Column.

#02 Great Palace Mosaic Museum

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.

#03 Underground (Basilica) Cistern

On the Best of Istanbul tour we enter the magnificent Topkapi Palace. A series of courtyards and halls contain fabulous displays of precious jewels and important religious artefacts. The public rooms of the palace are a worthy backdrop to the splendour and intrigue of the Harem.

#04 Hagia Sophia (Aya Sofya Museum)
We visit the Hagia Sophia, with its enormous dome. Built in 537AD as a Greek Orthodox Church, it became a mosque in 1453 AD. That’s when Fatih Sultan Mehmet conquered the city. In 1935 it was converted into a museum. Today, this majestic work of Byzantine heritage is a visual delight. It’s filled with glorious mosaics, galleries and suspended Islamic pendants.
#05 Chora Church (Kariye Museum)
Itinerary ConThe Grand Bazaar is an essential stop on the Best of Istanbul tour. Known as the Kapali (Covered) Çarşi in Turkish, it was originally built in the middle of the 15th century. It started out as a small textile market. Now, the huge sprawling bazaar takes up 64 streets and boasts more than 20 entry gates.
#06 City Walls of Constantinople
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.

Dynamic Tour Pricing

Dynamic pricing is the reduction of the price per person when the number of people in your party increases. The more people in your group - the less you pay per person.

Private tour prices per group size

1 adult $160 2 adults $180 > $90 per person 3 adults $222 > $74 per person 4 adults $308 > $77 per person 5 adults $335 > $67 per person 6 adults $387 > $64 per person 7 adults $413 > $59 per person 8 adults $448 > $56 per person 9 adults $477 > $53 per person 10 adults $500 > $50 per person * For groups up to 3 pax we use yellow cabs, for parties more than 3 pax we use van/minibus. ** For larger groups please contact us.

Additional Tour Notes:

How To Book & Pay?

To book this tour please choose your desired day from the calendar below and continue with the booking steps. Our booking system will take you to the secure payment gateway provided by PayU.

There is a set deposit amount of $75 for any group size. Your booking will be confirmed after the deposit payment. The balance is to be paid 15 days before the start of the tour(s).

Easy Cancellation

You may cancel your tour reservation up to 72 hours before the planned start of the tour. No cancellation charge is incurred within the allowed deadline. Please read our cancellation policy: “Booking Terms“.

Legal Notice:

This tour is organized within the legal scope of the Turkish Law concerning Travel Agencies And The Association Of Travel Agencies (TURSAB) numbered 1618, and Vocational Tour Guides Law numbered 6326.

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