Istanbul: Guided Byzantine Empire Churches Tour
After being transferred from your city center hotel between 8:30 AM and 9:00 AM, you will travel with your private guide to the Old City of İstanbul. Your tour will then begin with a guided tour of the Hippodrome, the Obelisk of Theodosius and the German Fountain. You will then proceed to the Blue Mosque (Sultanahmet Mosque), also known as the Sultan Ahmet Camii (or Sultan Ahmed Mosque). This breathtaking building is one of the most majestic Ottoman mosques in all of Turkey.
Following this mosque, you will head to Haigha Sophia. Often referred to as the eighth wonder of the world, the Hagia Sophia (Ayasofya in Turkish) in Sultanahmet is easily one of Istanbul's most impressive sights. It also has one of the most turbulent histories of any museum in the world. To find out why it's best to delve back through its previous incarnations with your guide.
You will then have lunch on a private yacht while experiencing a Bosphorus Cruise. Places you will see from the Bosphorus while having your lunch will include the Dolmabahçe Palace (the main administrative center of the Ottoman Empire), the Çıragan Palace, the Ortakoy Mosque, the Bosphorus Bridge, Rumeli Castle, and the Golden Horn.
Your menu during this cruise will consist of 10 kinds of cold starters, a hot starter, a fresh seasonal Salad, a main course (grilled fish, chicken or meatballs with rice and garlic), fresh seasonal fruits, and soft drinks, and hot drinks. At the conclusion of the tour, you will be transferred to your hotel or anywhere of your choosing in the city center.
What to bring
Know before you go
- Please inform in advance of your hotel and preferred main course for lunch
Hotel pickup and drop off
Hagia Sophia museum skip-the-line ticket
The Chora Church skip-the-line ticket
Free time for lunch
Food and drinks
The hotel lobby