Travel back to the days of the Byzantine Empire on a 3.5-hour sightseeing tour of Istanbul, and see the most important monuments from when the city was known as Constantinople. Marvel at the Little Hagia Sophia, Suleymaniye Mosque, and Grand Bazaar.
What to Expect
Discover the 2 faces of Istanbul on a half-day sightseeing tour of the city’s main Byzantine monuments, such as the Grand Bazaar and Suleymaniye Mosque.
Following a pick-up from your hotel, transfer by air-conditioned coach to the Little Hagia Sophia, a former Eastern Orthodox church dedicated to Saints Sergius and Bacchus. Learn its 1,000-year history, including the many changes that took place after the conquest of Constantinople. See images of the saints that are testament to their unwavering faith.
Next, go to Suleymaniye Mosque to explore the most ambitious architectural project of the Ottoman Empire. Discover how the Ottoman architect, Mimar Sinan, incorporated 4 schools, a dining room, bath, hamam, caravanserai, hospital, and tomb for Sultan Suleiman within the complex.
End with a visit to the Grand Bazaar (replaced by the Spice Market on Sunday tours), and wander the stalls of the world’s oldest market in search of oriental rugs, diamonds, crystal ware, jewelry, and glass.
- Museum entrance fees
- Hotel pick-up and drop off
- Transportation by air-conditioned, non-smoking car or bus
- Parking and road tolls
- English-speaking guide and driver
Know Before You Go
• Please note that on Sundays, the Grand Bazaar will be replaced by the Spice Market
• This activity requires a minimum of 2 people per booking