Constantinople Small-Group Tour Of Istanbul With Lunch

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Rewind to Istanbuls days as Constantinople on an 8-hour tour of the citys Byzantine churches and monasteries. With a guide, explore the Christian sanctuaries built during the Byzantine Empire. See the glittering mosaics and frescoes of Chora Church now Kariye Museum and view the church-turned-mosque sites of Pantocrator and Pammakaristos. Explore palatial ruins and more as your guide brings them to life with historical commentary. Lunch at a restaurant is included and numbers are limited to 15 for a personal experience.


  • Fully narrated tour
  • All entrance fees included
  • Get inside tips from a local
  • Free hotel pickup and drop-off included

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Begin your small-group tour with a pickup from your centrally located Istanbul hotel. Aboard your air-conditioned minivan, learn about Istanbul when it was Constantinople, capital of the Byzantine and Ottoman Empires.

Stop at the Sarachane district on the citys European side to stroll around the ruins of the 6th-century St Polyeuktos church, once one of Constantinoples most significant Christian places of worship. Admire its carved remnants, and then make your way to the 12th-century Church of the Pantocrator, another important Constantinople landmark. View this former monastery church, now a mosque, and its age-old cistern, as you hear about its history.

Continue to Pammakaristos Church, now converted into the Fethiye Mosque. The 12th-century place of worship is home to a glorious collection of Byzantine mosaics in its funerary chapel. Visit the ruined Monastery Chapel of St John the Forerunner, Istanbuls oldest remaining church, and then enjoy a 2-course lunch at a local restaurant. Dishes often change, but typically the meal consists of soup or salad to start, followed by a meat dish with eggplant.

Chora Church, or the Church of the Holy Saviour in Chora, is next, so head inside to see some more of Istanbuls exquisite mosaics and frescoes. Admire intricately created pieces that depict the life of Christ and represent the pinnacle of Byzantine art at that time.

Stroll around Tekfur Palace (Palace of the Porphyrogenitus), an Imperial residence that was used until an Ottoman conquest in the 15th century. See the faade, arches and courtyards as your guide recounts how the palace once boasted vast gardens, dungeons and houses. Finally, finish your tour with a hotel drop-off.

Inclusions for Constantinople Small-Group Tour Of Istanbul With Lunch

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Professional guide
  • Transport by air-conditioned minivan
  • Entrance fees
  • Lunch

Exclusions for Constantinople Small-Group Tour Of Istanbul With Lunch

  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Drinks with lunch (available to purchase)
  • Food and drinks, unless specified

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Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Cancellation Policy
  • If you cancel within 3 calendar days (72 hours) of the scheduled departure time, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel between 4 to 7 Calendar days before scheduled tour departure,the cancellation charge will be 50% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel at least 8 calendar days in advance of the scheduled departure time, there is no cancellation fee. You will receive Full Refund for the paid amount.
  • Please note that in case of No show, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the listed tour fare.
  • Please note tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.

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7 Traveler Reviews

  • Great tour guide. We were able to see and experience the remaining gems of the old Byzantine Monasteries. Not much remains intact, but if you enjoy history and wandering through the old streets to piece together the clues, it is a fun time.

  • My day with Ilker was the best part of my trip to Istanbul. He was very knowledgeable about Christian sites and history, but also took time to explain many Muslim traditions and practices as well. Overall I could not have had a better day. Thank you!

  • Illcare (phonetic spelling), the Guide, was a very knowledgeable and friendly person who took his time to explain the background to each church, mosque or space we visited in a packed and thoroughly enjoyable itinerary. Thanks to the company "Istanbul Walks".

  • having already done the major sites in Istanbul i wanted something a little different and this tour did not disappoint - it did turn out to be a very small group tour - just me and the guide but that made it all the better - the guide was great well informed and it made a very interesting day - quite a bit of walking involved so best to be a little fit, lunch was ok nothing special but then I wasn't expecting a gourmet meal - a great way to get another perspective on Istanbul

  • This tour is outstanding. There were only two of us and we got more detail and insight and sights than we had expected. While its a full day walking tour, it was pretty easy. The guide was very knowledgeable on history and we learned a lot including walking back streets off the beaten tourist routes and through some local market areas and several churches. A great experience that is well worth it to see the real Istanbul.

  • This is a remarkable off the beaten path tour of churches and mosque's from ancient times with remarkable paintings. Our guide, Ilker, is a knowledgeable and passionate about the history of the features of the walking tour, which go through some fascinating back streets of Istanbul. The lunch was excellent, more than we could eat.
    I suspect that most tourists who have never been to Istanbul want to see the more famous sites, which we had done before, but if time allows, this is a remarkable tour.

  • Great guide. Answer all our questions. Bring your walking shoes. It is a good tour to see the non-touristic areas of Istanbul. The only issue I found is for the money you pay, they should take you to better restaurant for lunch.

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