Istanbul: Off-the-Beaten-Track Museums Tour

Istanbul: Off-the-Beaten-Track Museums Tour

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From $200 $170 per person

A private and guided tour visiting some of the unique places in the city which are difficult to visit on your own. The tour will take you to the roots of historic Istanbul with a visit to the monuments of Byzantine and Ottoman cultural heritage.

About this activity

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Covid-19 precautions
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Duration 7 hours
Starting times 8:30 AM, 9:00 AM, 9:30 AM, 10:00 AM
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Live tour guide
English
Wheelchair accessible
Private group

Experience

Highlights
  • See the Chora Church
  • Visit the Suleymaniye Mosque
  • Drive through Fener and Balat
  • Marvel at the Dolmabahce Palace
Full description
Your first stop will be the Suleymaniye Mosque, which was built on the order of Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent and constructed by the great Ottoman architect Sinan. The construction work began in 1550 and the mosque was finished in 1557. The mosque is modeled in part on the style of a Byzantine basilica, particularly the Hagia Sophia, which was perhaps a conscious move on the part of the sultan to create a continuity and a symbolic connection with the city's past. Driving along the city walls will end at one of the oldest and most important churches in the city, the Church of Chora, which has fascinating wall paintings telling the life of Christ in an historical order. Even though the building itself is small, the meaning was great for Byzantines as being found at the borders of the city and welcoming the visitors. Today the environment is restored and this is a good place to spend time with local artisans and wooden houses. After the church, you will have a tea and coffee break at one of the most splendid spots of Istanbul, with beautiful views over the Golden Horn and Pierre Loti Hill. Following this you will resuming driving along the shores of the Golden Horn through the towns Fener and Balat, which are the old Greek and Jewish living sites. Fener Orthodox Patriarchate is in this area as well.  Following lunch, your next destination will be the Dolmabahce Palace, the last residence of the Ottoman Sultans with 365 rooms and 22 saloons. Famous for the great collection of European antiquity, furniture, and a 4.5 ton chandelier. This will be your last stop, and after this visit you will be driven back to your hotel.
Includes
  • Entrance fees
  • Private professional licensed guide
  • Private transportation
  • Lunch and personal expenses
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All required protective equipment is provided
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • Customers must keep distance in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • Customers will get a mandatory temperature check

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  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Infant rates apply provided they do not occupy a seat
  • At the time of booking, cruise ship passengers must provide the following information: ship name, docking time, disembarkation time and re-boarding time
  • A dress code is required to enter places of worship and selected museums, no shorts or sleeveless tops allowed, knees and shoulders must be covered for both men and women
  • You may risk refused entry if you fail to comply with these dress requirements
  • A small amount of walking is involved
  • Wheelchair accessible, please advise at time of booking if wheelchair assistance is required
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Product ID: 168437