A Deep Historical Tour to Byzantine Relics From Istanbul Cruise Port

Istanbul Shore Excursion Byzantine

A Full Day Shore Excursion Istanbul Tour

A great adventure to explore Byzantium Relics in Istanbul. If you come to Istanbul by cruise ship and stop in Istanbul Cruise Port for a Day or overnight stay, we will take you the deepness of Byzantium history which lived here before the Ottoman Empire. You will see the best preserved historical sights of Byzantium Empire such as Chora Church, Old fortification city walls and the must seeing monuments, Hagia Sophia.

Duration: Full Day
Tour Type: Private
Departure Days: Everyday
Start: 08:30
End: 17:00


According to your cruise arrival time, our transportation service will meet you with a board your name is written on it at Istanbul Cruise Ship Port, and then you will be driven through along the shore and passed to Galata Bridge where you can take nice pictures over the sea. After passing the Galata Bridge, continue to drive through the Golden Horn to Chora Church that the tour will attract you Byzantine structures. The places you will see during the tour;
The Byzantine City Walls; it was the largest fortification of the ancient world that was a series of the defensive system in old Istanbul and also surrounded and protected to whole Byzantium.
The Ancient Hippodrome; it was center of sports in ancient time which has three monumental structure; Obelisk of Theodosius was brought from Karnak Temple (Egypt). Bronze Serpentine Column, is a bronze pillar built in the ancient city of Delphi. German Fountain of Wilhelm II was constructed to commemorate the second anniversary of the German Emperor Wilhelm II.
Hagia Sophia Mosque; It was first called “Megali Ecclesia” which means big church because it is the biggest church in the city. The building, which is also called “Thea Sophia” for a short time, is called “Hagia Sophia”, which means holy wisdom since the 5th century. It is a structure that you will admire the massive dome that amazes even the people of our age.
The Basilica Cistern; which resembles a pillar forest rising from the water, was built by the Byzantine Emperor Justinian in 542 AD.
The Grand Bazaar; the aim of the original construction was to make every street serve people, separated by different professions. Although some originality has been preserved today, there have been differences in the construction after earthquakes and fires. While the Topkapı Palace was the brain of the empire during the Ottoman Empire, the Grand Bazaar became a heart.
At the end of the Istanbul Shore Tours, you will have time to shopping according to your cruise departure time.

According to your Cruise Ship departure time, you will be transferred back to Istanbul Cruise Port.


  • Pick up and drop off from Istanbul Cruise Port
  • English Speaking Licenced Tour guide
  • Entrance Fee to the mentioned sights
  • All necessary land transportation by A/C Touristical Vehicles
  • Local Taxes
  • Personal Expenses
  • Any Meals and Drinks
  • Any extra fees for transportation if your hotel is not central


Closed Days
Chora Church is closed on Wednesday replaced with Turkish & Islamic Museum
Hagia Sophia is closed on Monday replaced with Topkapi Palace
Grand Bazaar Closed on Sundays


  1. Amaya

    Just a perfect day for us. My family and I (including two young people) went to Istanbul for the first time for a short vacation. We only had a few days and we were determined to travel as much as possible around Istanbul. We hired a local tourist guide to show us around from toursce travel and it was the best decision! But we did not know that the city is this big and we need a vehicle as well. ? But the travel team was very good and the team solved this problem instantly. We spent the whole day with the tour guide and our private vehicle, we suggested the sites we wanted to see and some of them. We visited exactly Istanbul as we planned, but with the guide’s advantage of getting to know all the shortcuts in the city and his coming to the front of the never-ending ticket lines! Tuncay’s love for his city, the city’s historical and absolutely delightful personality made our day truly remarkable. Thank you for sharing your glorious city with us guys!

  2. Ashley

    My boyfriend had a business trip to Istanbul for 2 days and ofcourse i didnt miss that chance and joined him. Istanbul is realy huge city. I know thats not possible to see all town in that short short period but luckly we find this tour. Hagia Sophia was splendid and Blue Mosque is a master piece of islamic art. And the Grand Bazaar, you can spend even a week in there and i guarantee you there will be still somethings left to see. We also visit Pierre Loti hill and the Golden horn. The view at the Pierre Loti hill was smooth. And for the great final Bosphorus Cruise. Everyone has to experience that least once in a life tme. Note to Tours by CE: It was a great tour, thanks to all your crew for warm welcome and hospitality. And we hope to see you guys in near future again 🙂

  3. Pedro

    Istanbul is wonderful city. Full of historical wealths. Byzantne Treasures was amazing. We created lifelong memories and will definitely use this agency in the future and recommend them to all of our our friends. Also the food in Istanbul was amazing and the people were so friendly. Gracias.

  4. Gonzalez

    It was very nice experience old city history and bosphrus by boat in a day with this sightseeing tour. I wish to stay longer and discover more but no way. Thank you.

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