Combine a visit to Istanbul’s Archaeology Museum with a walk through the historic Galata district. Small groups keep things personal during this journey into the past.
What to Expect
Istanbul’s Archaeology Museum is one of the great museums of the world. Located in the city’s lively Sultanahmet neighborhood, close to the Blue Mosque and Topkapi Palace, you will begin your day at the museum entrance. After connecting with your English-speaking guide, you will be led through the exquisite museum buildings.
Named Museum of the Year by the European Council in 1993, highlights include the Sarcophagus of Alexander The Great and the world’s first peace agreement, etched on a terracotta tablet.
You will see magnificent exhibitions of Troia and Anatolian cultures and discover extraordinary works of art from Mesopotamia. Learn about the cultures of Sumeria, Akkad, Babylonia and Hittite on a tremendous trip through history.
Wander through the original neo-classical building that dates from 1902. Here you will see pieces from the Archaic, Classical, Hellenistic and Roman eras. Discover coin cabinets containing around 800,000 items from the Ottoman Empire.
The tour continues to the historic Galata neighborhood. This section begins at the Galata Old Harbor area. Historical records show that a settlement has existed on the northern shore of the Golden Horn since the time of Christ.
While taking in impressive views of the Bosphorous, you will see where huge chains were placed at the entrance of the Golden Horn to prevent sudden attacks, and visit the building where the chains were tightened.
Your guide will describe how churches were placed on top of apartments and mosques were built underground. You will even visit a mosque built in the Gothic style while wandering through colorful streets throughout the day.
Groups are kept small for personalized attention as your expert guide reveals the history of one of the world’s most intriguing cities.
- English-speaking guide
- Admission to the museum