Private Byzantine Half-Day Tour Of Istanbul

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Hotel pickup Available
  • Duration: 5 Hrs
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  • Departure Time :
    8am, 9am, 10am, 11am and 1pm, Please contact your local supplier to reconfirm your departure time Tour departs within walking distance of the cruise port
  • Departure Details :
    Traveler pickup is offered
    Pick-up/drop-off service is provided from/to centrally located hotels on the European side of Istanbul
    Galataport Istanbul, Kılıçali Paşa Mah. Meclis-i Me.. read more
  • Return Details :
    Returns to original departure point
  • Cancellation Policy :
    This activity is non-refundable Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.


Discover the history of Istanbul on this private 5-hour tour of the citys historic peninsula. Get historic insight into the Byzantine-era Hagia sophia and Hippodrome, The blue mosque and the Grand bazaar from a local guide, with a small group of 12 people or less. A climate-controlled minivan will pick you up and drop you off at your hotel, and the tour includes moderate walking.


  • Choice of morning or afternoon departure
  • Family friendly
  • Get inside tips from a local

Know More about this tour

Istanbuls historic peninsula contains some of the citys most splendid sites. This small-group 5-hour walking tour with a local guide will take you to the most notable attractions in the city. Discover the breathtaking 6th-century Hagia Sophia, also known as the Church of Holy Wisdom, a Byzantine-era building that later was a mosque before finally becoming a museum. Feast your eyes on the Hagia Sophias intricate preserved mosaics and sweeping architecture.

Continue onto the Hippodrome, a former horse-racing track and site of political ceremonies during the Byzantine era. Walk through the open space, currently a public park containing the remains of obelisks.

Explore the striking tilework inside The blue mosque, formally known as the Sultanahmet Mosque. With its six minarets and blueish gray domes punctuating the skyline, the Blue mosque is one of Istanbuls most iconic sites. The mosque is open to the public, so youll be able to go in and feel the splendor of this holy place.

You can shop at the Grand Bazaar, one of the oldest covered markets in the world. There are hundreds of small handicraft shops selling everything from handmade carpets to Turkish coffee. Haggle over cups of tea with the shop owners to pick up the perfect souvenir.

At the conclusion of your tour, the guide and vehicle will return you to your hotel or ship.


Local taxes

Professional guide

Pickup / drop off service is provided from/to centrally located hotels at European side of Istanbul

Transport by air-conditioned minivan


Food and drinks

Entrance fees

Entry/Admission - Hagia Sophia Mosque

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Children must be accompanied by an adult

At time of booking, Cruise ship passengers must provide the following information at time of booking: ship name, docking time, disembarkation time and re-boarding time

A maximum of 12 people per booking

Wheelchair accessible

Stroller accessible

Service animals allowed

Near public transportation

Infant seats available

Due to the COVID-19 Virus the itinerary may change as some attractions may be closed.

Most travelers can participate

This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

Traveler Reviews

  • 09-Apr-2022

    Our guide, Seref, was very knowledgeable of the historical aspects of everything We learned so as we appreciated the beautiful culture.