March 19, 2016

Byzantine Heritage


This tour visits main historical sites from Roman and Byzantine era. It starts at 09:00 am from your hotel and finishes around 17:00. The tour can be longer or shorter depending on your interest. We will run this tour by a private van but if you are 2 people we can use public transport as well. 

This is a great tour if you have an interest to Byzantine and Roman era of Istanbul and your profesional local guide will bring that era back to life with their great stories. 

THE TOUR COVERS: Little Hagia Sophia Mosque, Hagia Irine Church, Hagia Sophia, Hippodrome, Basilica Cistern, Chora Church, Ecumenical Patriarchate of Greek Orthodox World and some secret sites. 

INCLUDED: Hotel pick up and drop back, Entrance fees to the sites, Guiding by Professional Tourist Guide, Full Day Private Van (Mercedes Vito or Mercedes Sprinter), Lunch at at a local restaurant.



This morning you will meet your guide and driver at your hotel and proceed to St. Sergius and Bacchus Church, which is now called Kucuk Ayasofya Camii (Little Ayasofya Mosque). Then you will drive to the Topkapi Palace to visit the oldest Byzantine church still standing, the Hagia Irine Church. Nearby are the remains and rooms of an old Roman palace beneath a restaurant. From here you will continue to the Hagia Sophia (Aya Sofya). After the visit to this great church of the Byzantines, you will visit the Basilica Cistern and have lunch at Sarnic Restaurant which is located in a Roman Cistern.

After lunch you will head to Chora Museum, which has the best late Byzantine mosaics and frescoes. From here you will continue to the Ecumenical Patriarchate of the Greek Orthodox Church (equivalent of Vatican Greek Orthodox). Then you will head back to the hotel.

Byzantine Heritage
On Map



Hotel pick up

You will be met at your hotel by your guide and your private A/C van. After the tour you will be transferred back to your hotel by the van as well.

No ticket line

Since you will be assisted by a profesional tourist guide during the tour you will not need to wait at the ticket lines.

Be a traveller

Your guide will inform you about the sites, Turkish culture, all religions in these lands and more so when you finish the tour you will know about the places you've been.



Our aim is not just to take you to the sites and give you information about them but also by telling you stories we will try to make you travel back in time and learn the facts behind the historical events. We believe seeing and listening will not be enough so we will encourage you to try the local tastes to experience Turkey better. We will also encourage you to mingle with the locals to know Turkey better as well. Shortly we will do our best to be sure that you will leave Turkey with best memories and with a better understanding of these lands.