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Explore Istanbul's Byzantine & Ottoman Heritage

Join us on this extraordinary journey to explore the Byzantine and Ottoman heritage of Istanbul. With a private guide by your side, you'll embark on a captivating exploration of history, culture, and cuisine, creating unforgettable memories along the way.

Istanbul, a city where East and West converge, beckons with its mystical allure.

Introduction and Historical Significance

Tour Experience and Cultural Immersion

Experience iconic landmarks, gain cultural insights, and capture the essence of Istanbul's heritage through your camera lens

Byzantine and Ottoman Heritage Private Tour

Byzantine and Ottoman Heritage Private Tour

Explore Istanbul's Byzantine and Ottoman Heritage

Part 1: Introduction and Historical Significance

Introduction:

  • Istanbul, a city where East and West converge, beckons with its mystical allure.
  • It stands as the hallowed crossroads of the Byzantine and Ottoman empires, an emblem of historical significance.

Historical Background:

  • Enter the Sultanahmet area, the "Old City," where architectural grandeur and historical importance converge.
Landmark Description
Hagia Sophia A timeless masterpiece that has served as both a church and a mosque, adorned with Christian mosaics and Islamic calligraphy.
Blue Mosque A symbol of Ottoman magnificence, known for its exquisite ceramic tiles and unique six minarets.
Hippodrome and Obelisks Explore an ancient Roman racetrack and the historic obelisks that grace its surroundings.
Basilica Cistern Descend into an enigmatic underground water reservoir, a marvel of engineering from Constantinople's past.
Süleymaniye Mosque Witness the grandeur of Mimar Sinan's architectural masterpiece, with its soaring central dome and elegant interior.
Topkapı Palace Immerse yourself in the opulence of the former Ottoman palace, now a museum showcasing its regal history.
Grand Bazaar Lose yourself in the labyrinthine alleyways of one of the world's largest covered markets, filled with treasures.
Spice Bazaar Dive into the fragrant world of spices, herbs, and exotic goods at this historic market.
Dolmabahçe Palace Marvel at the grandeur of this late Ottoman palace, once home to sultans and a symbol of imperial splendor.

Part 2: Tour Experience and Cultural Immersion

Itinerary Highlights:

  • Embark on a full-day walking tour that starts at your hotel and lasts approximately 8 hours.
Experience Details
Private Guide Your private licensed guide, fluent in your mother tongue, will provide comprehensive insights into the city's history.
Avoid Queues Avoid the hassle of waiting in long queues at major museums, as your guide expedites your entry.
Flexible Itinerary Enjoy the flexibility to set your own agenda and start from your preferred monument.
Iconic Landmarks Visit iconic landmarks, including Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Hippodrome, Basilica Cistern, Süleymaniye Mosque, Topkapı Palace, Grand Bazaar, Spice Bazaar, and Dolmabahçe Palace.
Lunch Break Savor a delicious meal at a local restaurant during your tour and experience leisure time at the Grand Bazaar, where your guide will impart expert bargaining techniques.

Please review our flexible Cancellation Policy for details on booking modifications and cancellations. Click here for full terms and conditions.

• We kindly request our guests to be ready 5 minutes before the agreed departure time.
•%20 discount for children between the ages 3-6, free for the ages between 0-2. Age should be proven by ID or passport if asked by guide or company.
• Smoking is forbidden inside the van.
• Tour fees include transportation and guidance.
• Luxury Istanbul Tours is not responsible for any loss or larceny of personal belongings during the tour.
• Please be on time at the meeting points during the tour period given by the tour guide.
• Hat and sunglasses on summer days, umbrella on rainy days and warm clothing on winter days are advised.

Byzantine & Ottoman Heritage Tour

Private tour guide leading guests through Istanbul's historic Sultanahmet area, showcasing Byzantine and Ottoman wonders.
VIP access to Istanbul's hidden gems, a luxury guided tour
Colorful stalls inside the Grand Bazaar, a bustling marketplace of treasures
Interior of the Süleymaniye Mosque, Mimar Sinan's architectural gem with central dome.
The Blue Mosque under the sky, famous for its ceramic tiles and six minarets
Interior of the Süleymaniye Mosque, Mimar Sinan's architectural gem with central dome
Majestic Hagia Sophia, a symbol of religious harmony with Christian mosaics and Islamic calligraphy.
The Blue Mosque under the sky, famous for its ceramic tiles and six minarets
Interior of the Süleymaniye Mosque, Mimar Sinan's architectural gem with central dome
Visitors marveling at the Hagia Sophia's grandeur, a blend of Christian mosaics and Islamic calligraphy
The Blue Mosque under the clear sky, famous for its intricate ceramic tiles and unique architecture
Tourists exploring the ancient Roman Hippodrome, surrounded by historic obelisks and monuments
Descending into the enigmatic Basilica Cistern, a marvel of Byzantine engineering beneath Istanbul
The soaring dome of Süleymaniye Mosque, captured during a private walking tour of Istanbul." "A glimpse into the opulent world of Topkapı Palace, showcasing centuries of regal Ottoman history.

Byzantine & Ottoman Heritage Tour

Please contact us for groups of 15 or more.
Group Size
Duration
Regular price €150,00
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FAQs

Istanbul is historically significant as the crossroads of the Byzantine and Ottoman empires, rich in culture and history.

The tour includes iconic landmarks like Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Topkapı Palace, and more.

Our expert tour guides are fluent in various languages to provide personalized commentary.

Practical Information and Added Value

Gain practical tips for dressing appropriately, considering the weather, and what to bring. Enjoy added value like personalized attention, flexibility in your itinerary, and expert bargaining tips during shopping.

Entrance fees to attractions are not included, but your guide will assist in purchasing tickets on-site.

Yes, you can choose a convenient start time based on your preference.

No, lunch is not included in the tour. However, your tour guide will advise you the best local restaurants.

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