Explore Istanbul's Byzantium Side
Experience Istanbul's incredible scenery and rich history on this comprehensive shore excursion in Istanbul. Enjoy a half day exploration of some of Turkey's most noteworthy sights, including the Chora Museum, Hippodrome, Underground Palace, and a popular jewelry center. This Istanbul guided tour is ideal for newcomers to Turkey, photographers, families, and anyone looking for a splendid cultural experience for a valuable price.
Begin your tour by meeting your professional guide. Embark on an incredibly scenic drive across the impressive Galata Bridge, cruising over Turkey's famous Golden Horn, a prominent body of water. Reaching the Old City, your first stop is the Chora Museum. Formerly a Byzantine church and later converted into an Ottoman mosque, this picturesque landmark is now an eye-popping museum. The interior of the Chora Museum is beautifully decorated with captivating Byzantine-era mosaics and frescoes. Dating back to 1077, this historic site is a memorable experience.
Following your tour of the Chora Museum, head to the Hippodrome of Constantinople. The famous square, today named Sultan Ahmet Square, is the site of a former sporting and social center. Horse and chariot races were popular pastimes in Constantinople, drawing large crowds to watch and revel in the excitement. Political discussions were also held on occasion in this historic square, where fragments of the original structure still survive, along with historic monuments.
Next on your Istanbul guided tour is The Basilica Cistern, also known as "The Underground Palace." Built in the 6th century, this impressive subterranean structure is the largest of several hundred ancient cisterns lying beneath Istanbul. The cistern's ceiling is supported by 336 stunning marble columns, allowing a storing capacity of 100,000 tons of water. Enjoy this interesting historic landmark before continuing your tour of Istanbul.
At the end of your Istanbul guided tour, you'll have the option to visit an authentic jewelry market. Panoramic city views can be enjoyed there, as well as a variety of marketplace vendors selling jewelry and art pieces.
Please note: the Chora Museum is closed on 3s. The standard of dress throughout Turkey is conservative. Modest clothing covering your shoulders and knees is required. Short shorts and sleeveless shirts (for both men and women) are not acceptable. Book this Istanbul shore excursion now for an incredible experience at a low price.