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Explore Istanbul: A Full-Day of Private Christian (Byzantium) Tour

Duration

8 hours (Approx)

Tour Type

Daily Tour

Group Size

20 people

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Guide Language

Chinese, English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish

Overview

Get ready to explore the Byzantine legacy in Istanbul with a full-day tour to the most important architectural and religious centers. In this trip you will have chance to discover Byzantine art and Christian relics with the companionship of our professional guide. You will visit the Chapel of St. Saviour in Chora, the Zeyrek Mosque, Hagia Sophia, and the Basilica Cistern along with the finer Orthodox Patriarchate that had been the heart of Orthodox Christinaity.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Explore the Byzantine legacy of Istanbul on a full-day tour with professional guidance
  • See the impressively elegant Church of St. Saviour in Chora
  • Visit the Fener Orthodox Patriarchate, center of Orthodox Christianity since Constantine the Great
  • Discover a great example of Byzantine architecture at the Pantokrator Church, now called the Zeyrek Mosque
  • Be amazed by one of the most important elements of Istanbul’s silhouette Hagia Sophia
  • Enjoy the mystical ambience of Basilica Cistern and listen some really good stories
  • Enjoy the private service designed only for you and your loved ones

Itinerary

This is a private tour designed only for you and your loved ones.

In this full-day tour, we will have chance to explore the city from the perspective of the Byzantine Empire. We will have a day off from our daily rush and absorb the smell of history in every stop.

Our tour starts with us picking you up from our accommodation. Traveling by comfortable, air-conditioned vehicle, we will drive to the Church of St. Saviour in Chora named “Kariye” in Turkish as our first stop. The Turkish word "Kariye" is derived from the ancient Greek word "Chora," meaning outside of the city. It is known that there was a chapel outside of the city before the 5th century when the city walls were erected. The first Chora Church was rebuilt by Justinianus and, in the era of Komnenoi, served as the court chapel for important religious ceremonies.

We are then hitting the road again to continue to the Fener Orthodox Patriarchate, the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople and the center of Orthodox Christianity since Constantine the Great’s declaration of Christianity as the religion of the Roman Empire.

Then we are visiting Zeyrek Mosque, formerly known as Pantokrator Church. Gracefully representing the most typical example of the Byzantine architecture middle period in Constantinople, it is the second largest religious edifice built by the Byzantines still standing after Hagia Sophia.

Hagia Sophia is our next stop. For centuries it had been the largest church in the world, and it still boasts the 4th largest dome after the great domes of St. Paul in London, St. Peter in Rome, and the Duomo in Florence. Hagia Sophia, or “Divine Wisdom,” is one of the greatest examples of Byzantine architecture that has survived to this date, and has been called “The 8th Wonder of the World” for its spectacular art and architecture.

Last but not least; we are visiting the Basilica Cistern, or Yerebatan Sarayı ("Sunken Palace"), the largest of several hundred ancient cisterns that lie beneath Istanbul. Located 500 feet (150 meters) southwest of the Hagia Sophia, on the historical peninsula of Sarayburnu, the magical atmosphere of the underground palace dates back to the 6th century reign of Emperor Justinian I. Many stories has been told about this amazing landmark and we will have chance to listen them from our guide.
Pickup included
We offer free transfer service from Europe side and from City center hotels only. Hotel location must be; Sultanahmet-Laleli-Topkapı-Aksaray-Taksim-Sirkeci and Şişli Area.

Included/Excluded

  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off from European city center hotels
  • Entrance fees mentioned in the itinerary
  • Lunch
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips and gratuities

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