Istanbul: Byzantine Relics Half-Day Morning Tour

Price: € 30
( $ 32 / € 30 / ₺ 1,069 / £ 26)

Istanbul historical byzantine relics tour, Half day morning tour. Discover oriental art and also unique christian relics on a 4-hour trip of Istanbul. Visit the Hagia Sophia gallery and also Roman Hippodrome. See the Iznik ceramic tiles of the Blue Mosque, and also a lot more worth to see. After that, experience the authentic stores of the world's earliest market at the 600 years old Grand bazaar.

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About this activity

  • Departure Location: Istanbul
  • Event days:
    Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Saturday
  • Tour duration (Approx - including transfers): 4 Hours
  • Guiding & Support: English
  • Booking confirmation: Instant confirmation
  • Printed or mobile voucher: Both is accepted.
  • Easy Online Booking: Fast, Easy & SSL Secure Booking
  • Cancellation policy: Flexible
  • Wheelchair accessible: Available
  • Skip the ticket line: Available
  • Tour ID: 114

Highlights | Overview

  • Visit of Hagia Sofia
  • Blue Mosque and its amazing old tiles
  • Roman Hippodrome of Constantinople (it may not be possible to visit due to lack of time on the half-day tour)
  • 600 yearls old grand bazaar
  • Half day (morning) tour of Hagia Sophia Museum, Byzantine Hippodrome, Blue Mosque and Grand bazaar

Full Description

Istanbul historical byzantine relics tour, Half day morning tour (On foot)

Museum entrances are not included in the price. The tour is done on foot. The tour ends at the Grand Bazaar, there will be no transfer back to the hotels.

The imperial tour

See the Byzantine important works on a half-day trip of the historic city centre of Istanbul. Marvel at the ruins of churches, see the site of former Roman chariot races, and walk the magical alleys of the 600 years old Grand Bazaar.

Byzantine Hippodrome (it may not be possible to visit due to lack of time on the half-day tour)
A Roman Building in Istanbul: Circus Maximus Hippodrome
Ancient Istanbul Hippodrome and Spina Wall
It was not easy for Emperor Septimus Severus to take Byzantion from the Megarans. During the war, Severus destroyed Istanbul. Therefore, he had to repair the city and make the people of Byzantium happy. During the reconstruction of Nova Roma, Circus Maximus built a Hippodrome-like arena in Rome.

Blue Mosque
The Blue Mosque (Called Sultanahmet Camii in Turkish) is a historic mosque in Istanbul. The mosque is referred to as the Blue Mosque because of amazing blue tiles surrounding the walls of indoor design. Blue Mosque was developed in between 1609 and 1616 years, throughout the rule of Ahmed I.

Among the most significant mosques of Istanbul from 17th century style is one of the principal adornments on the skyline of Istanbul. Also popular for its blue tiles and also 6 minaretes.

Hagia Sophia Museum - The lord of structures!
The Hagia Sophia, the biggest church built by the East Roman Realm in Istanbul, has actually been built three times in the exact same place. The Church of Holy Wisdom, unquestionably among the best architectural creations worldwide used as a mosque during Ottomans and serving as a museum today. Absolutely worth to see!

600 years old Grand bazaar
It is the earliest as well as the biggest covered market place on the planet with nearly 4.000 shops full of abundant collections of rugs, jewelry, natural leather, and souvenirs. The Grand Bazaar had an important feature next to many covered bazaars in the world. It wasn't just a bazaar. It was one of the most important economic projects of the state in order to ensure the continuity of the product identity of an empire and to ensure international competition. East-West North-South was a great mechanism to control and balance a multifaceted and effective competition.

End of the tour
There is no Drop off back service to hotels for this unique tour. Excursion will end up at Grand Bazaar.

Price included

  • Pick-up from hotels
  • Professional Tour guide service
  • Food and drink
  • Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace entrance fee
  • Drop off at hotels
  • personal expenses
  • Audio guide for Hagia Sophia

Pick Up Place

Pick up and drop off service is included from centrally located Istanbul hotels. Pick up for some hotels can be of a point near hotels. End of the tour drop off is will be at Grand bazaar. All the details are provided the day before the tour.

Pick up Point

Drop-off service to hotels is not provided at the end of the tour.

Details to know

Istanbul Byzantine Relics Tour with Local Guide

Tour guides are not allowed inside to visit Hagia Sophia. Visits are made with an audio guide.

The Grand Bazaar is closed on Sundays. Other bazaars in the region will be visited. In case Hagia Sophia is closed, the Basilica cistern will be visited.

Pick up service is offered for centrally located Istanbul hotels. For hotels far from the center of Istanbul, pick-up and drop-off are subject to an extra fee.

Byzantine and Ottoman heritage: Full-day tour
(can be selected in extra step)
Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Byzantine Hippodrome and Grand Bazaar are visited.

Additional information

Tour program for Istanbul Byzantine Relics Tour with Local Guide

During the half-day cultural tour, the focus is on the Byzantine history of Istanbul. With round-trip transportation, you will easily visit the attractions, including the Grand Bazaar, Hagia Sophia Museum, Blue Mosque and Arena. Listen to the tour guide’s comments on ancient history and culture, and set aside plenty of time to ask questions.

  • Pick up from centrally located Hotels in Istanbul
  • Driving to the Hippodrome (it may not be possible to visit due to lack of time on the half-day tour)
  • Sightseeing at Sultanahmet square
  • Visit of Hagia Sophia
  • Visit of Blue Mosque
  • Visit of Grand Bazaar Istanbul
  • End of the tour in grand bazaar (no drop off to the hotels)


Byzantine and Ottoman heritage: Full-day tour
(can be selected in extra step)
Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Byzantine Hippodrome and Grand Bazaar are visited.

Period & Price

01 January 2024 / 31 December 2024 - Price

Location Adult
12 >
06 > 11
03 > 05
00 > 02
Istanbul € 30.0 € 20.0 € 15.0 € 0

Add-ons / Extras Price
+ Ottoman relics € 20.0
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