Istanbul 6-Day Tour: Byzantine, Roman & Ottoman Empires

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6 days
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What You'll Do
  • Immerse yourself in another world and discover the historical places in Istanbul
  • See the famous Hagia Sophia, the Hippodrome, and the treasures in the Archaeological Museum
  • Enjoy the views of beautiful mosques and discover the underground cistern of the Sunken Palace
Immerse yourself in the wonderful world of the Orient, discover the splendors of Istanbul, and explore the only city in the world located on two continents. On this 6-day tour of Istanbul you will learn more about the history of the Ottoman Empire.
What to Expect
Experience an unforgettable 6-day tour of Istanbul, and follow the traces of the Roman and the Ottoman empires.

Day 1
After meeting your tour guide you will learn more about the course of your stay in Istanbul. You will then visit Hagia Sophia from the 6th century, which was built at the command of Emperor Justinian I. After an extensive tour you will visit the Basilica Cistern, which is also known as the Sunken Palace due to its 336 columns and large size of 9800 square meters. The cistern is from the same era as Hagia Sophia and served as a water reserve for the Greek Orthodox patriarch who resided in the basilica.

Continue on to the Hippodrome. Nowhere in the world are there so many treasures of art from different millennia in such a small space. Admire the German Fountain donated by Kaiser Wilhelm II in 1898, the Egyptian Obelisk from the 15th century, the Serpentine Column from Delphi from the 5th century, and the stone obelisk from the 4th century.

In the afternoon you will visit Ibrahim Pasha Palace from the 16th century. Today it houses the Museum of Turkish and Islamic Arts, where you can admire the artistic examples Turkish and Islamic art.

Day 2
One of the highlights of today is a visit to Topkapi Palace, where the sultans resided from the 15th century. Topkapi Palace was continually expanded up to the 19th century. On the 700,000-square-meter area you can see its most important gardens and buildings. Explore the first garden with Hagia Irene and the palace bakery. In the second garden you will find the palace kitchen with the third largest porcelain exhibition in the world and the parliament building. The third garden is home to the treasury, the audience room, the room with the holy relics of the Prophet Mohammed, Moses, Abraham, and John the Baptist, as well as the pavilion with its magnificent views.

Afterwards you will visit Sultan Ahmed Mosque from the 17th century, which is also known as the Blue Mosque because of its blue tiles. Together with Hagia Sophia, its 6 minarets create the famous image of the old town. You will then head to Church of Saints Sergius and Bacchus, known as the Little Hagia Sophia, which was built by Emperor Justinian I. Finally, you will visit Sokollu Mehmet Pasha Mosque from the 16th century, a mosque of the vizier of Sultan Süleyman.

Day 3
On the third day you will travel to the Asian side of Istanbul. Cross over the European side of the city on the Bosphorus Bridge, take the ferry to the Prince Islands, and get off at Büyükada. Since motorized vehicles are forbidden on the islands, you will enjoy a tour by a traditional horse-drawn carriage.

Visit the Church of St. George and enjoy some time on your own to explore the island and have lunch. You will then travel back to the Asian side by ferry. There you will visit Çamlıca Hill, one of the most popular locations and the highest point of Istanbul. Afterwards you will travel to Üsküdar and see the legendary Maiden’s Tower. An alternative program will be carried out in winter which takes you to Nicäa, the location where the ecumenical councils took place.

Day 4
Visit Süleymaniye Mosque and its bazaars. This magnificent building was built by Sinan, the court architect of Süleyman from 1550 – 1557. On this day you will have time for shopping in the Grand Bazar and the Egyptian Bazaar. Afterwards you will visit the Rüstem Pasha Mosque with most beautiful tiles of the Ottoman dynasty.

Cross over the Golden Horn and explore the new area of Istanbul. Stroll along Istiklal Caddesi, a street on which a quaint tram runs. In Galata district you will visit the Mevlevihane Museum (formerly the Sufi Monastery). Discover the Galata Tower on your own or enjoy dinner in a restaurant of your choice.

Day 5
Visit the city walls of ancient Constantinople, where you will explore the Blachernae district in which the Chora Church is located with its world-famous mosaics. You will then visit the sanctuary of Eyüp-El-Ensari with the Eyüp Sultan Mosque, where the legendary flag carrier of Prophet Muhammad is honored. The Greek Orthodox Patriarchate is located directly at the Golden Horn, which you will also visit today. One of the highlights of the day is a visit to the carpet center.

Day 6
On the sixth day you will visit Archaeological Museum, the largest museum in Istanbul with precious exhibits. The most famous piece is the Alexander Sarcophagus. You can also see the impressive colossal statue of Bes, the Ephesus of Tralles, the bust of Alexander the Great, finds from Troy, valuable clay tablets, a lower jaw of the snake from the Hippodrome, and much more.

In the afternoon, you will cruise on the Black Sea along the Bosphorus coast by private boat. Enjoy the views of beautiful wooden houses, which are called “Yali” by the locals.
What's Included
  • 6-day tour with guide
What's Not Included
  • Transfer to the Asian side of the city (EUR 150 – 200 per day including driver)
  • Lunch
  • Personal expenses
  • All entrance fees: Hagia Sophia (TL 25), Topkapi Palace (TL 25, closed on Tuesdays), Yerebatan Sarnici (TL 15), Sultan Ahmed Mosque (donation of TL 2 – 5 per person), and Eyüp Sultan Mosque and grave of Ebu Eyyûb el-Ensarî (donation of TL 2 – 5 per person)
  • Alternatives on closure days: Chora Church (TL 15, closed on Wednesdays) and Beylerbeyi Palace (TL 20)
  • Cable car ride to Piere Lotti (TL 4)
What to Remember
You do not have to wait in line to purchase tickets to the sights. Tour guides with a recognized license from the Ministry of Culture and Tourism can pick up tickets for tour group participants directly at the ticket office.

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