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Don’t you have time? Do NOT worry! You will not miss the Byzantium History. Half Day Istanbul Tour gives you chance to visit Byzantium Relics. Our Professional Istanbul tour guide fills you with Byzantium history. Also during the historical Istanbul tour, you will be able to see some Ottoman monuments as well as the Blue Mosque and have a chance of shopping in Grand Bazaar.

Visiting Sights
  • Blue Mosque
  • Hippodrome
  • Hagia Sophia Museum
  • Grand Bazaar
Santa Sophia Museum
  • Half Day
  • Regular
  • Everyday
  • 08:30
  • 12:30
  • Bus

Half Day Istanbul Tour (Byzantium Relics)

In the morning around 08:30, our staff will come to your hotel and take you to the meeting point. When you meet with other tour participants and professional Istanbul tour guide, your tour will start. Today we will walk in the Old City to visit monuments. Our first visit Hippodrome where you will see the 3 historical column (Serpent Column, Egyptian Obelisk, The Column of Constantine Porphyrogenitus) and Kaiser Wilhelm II Fountain. Hippodrome was used for horse ricing and civilian activities during Byzantium Period. After a walk between these historical remains, we will visit the great Blue Mosque, famous for its six minaret and Iznik tiles. Now time to visit the incredible architecture of Hagia Sophia Museum and dazzling interior. We will see the best-protected mosaics of figures inside. After that, we will walk in the old city to spend time in the Grand Bazaar where you are able to shop as well. It is one of the oldest and biggest historical covered bazaars. There are many Street and any shops. You will be able to find any kind of different goods like handmade Turkis carpets, suveniour, pottery, leather.

At the end of the tour around 12:30 you will be picked up from Grand Bazaar and transfer to your hotel. If you do not want to return to the hotel and spend more time in the Bazaar, we can leave you there but you have to go back to your hotel by yourself.

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  • Pick up from the hotel
  • Drop off at Sultanahmet Square
  • English Speaking Licenced Tour guide
  • Entrance Fees to the mentioned sights
  • All necessary land transportation by A/C Touristical Buses
  • Local Taxes
  • Personal Expenses
  • Drop off at the hotel
  • Any meal or drinks
  • Any extra fees for transportation if your hotel is not central

Closed Days
– Hagia Sophia is closed in winter period on Monday. Replaced with Underground Cistern
– Blue Mosque is closed on Friday due to Friday Prayer. No Replacement.
– Grand Covered Bazaar is closed on Sunday. Replaced with Handicraft Store.



How do I pay for the tour?

If you accept the tour that you would like to join and ready to book you can use our online booking form on the mentioned page. You can click on (Book Now Pay Online) You can pay either deposit or full amount with your Visa or Master Card.

Do we pay the full amount?

Generally, we charge a minimum %30 deposit or some small amount according to tour content. The deposit may change according to the tour package you that you chose and it is shown on the website how much deposit we charge. If you pay only deposit the rest has to paid in CASH once.

Is there any discount for children?

Of course, we have a discount for children. You will see the discounts for children when you start the booking online.

What are the departure dates of the tour?

Our tours depart every day (unless otherwise stated)! You need to pick your date from the booking form and complete it then we will arrange your tour according to the chosen starting date.

What kind of vehicles do you use for your day tours?

We use fully air-conditioned non-smoking new-model touristic vehicles for our tours, like Mercedes, Wolksvagen, Isuzu, Otokar) – so that you can enjoying touring in comfort. Some of our tour Packages include local buses for conneting from one city to others. We use a good bus companies for your locla bus travel from one city to others.

Do your tours stop in shopping stores?

Our regular group tours stopping in some shopping places. But there is no obligation to buy. Mostly we stop unique goods shops belong to Turkey such as carpet store, leather store or jewelry stores. Once we stop here also you will get a lecture about the goods. Our private tours do not stop any shops unless you required.

Who will pick up from our hotel?

If you booked your own hotel and start the one of our tour from your hotel, one of our staff/driver will come to your hotel at given time that will be written on your confirmation voucher and take you the meeting point to meet with other tour participants and tour guide.

Do we have to carry our passport with us during the tour?

While you are on a city tour, you do not need to carry but just in case, once you arrive in your hotel, take the copy of your passport and carry passport's copy with you. If you travel from one city to other city and if you are going to use the flight or bus connection between cities, you have to take your passport with you.

How many people there will be in the group tours?

Group size changes day by day. We are not able to give you an exact number of the group but generally, group size is between 8 and 25 people.

Are tour guides licensed and speak English?

All of our tour guides are licensed by the Turkish Tourism & Cultural Ministry and all are educated and well experienced.

If I am Vegetarian, am I able to find any Vegetarian food during Turkey Trip?

Yes, It is very easy to find vegetarian food in Turkey. But please let us know your food preference at the time of booking.

What happen if I forget any valuables/any staff in the tours?

We are not responsable for any forgeten valuables/staff on our tour. But if you let us know immediately we will try to do our best to find it and deliver it to you according to the possibility.

When I pay by credit card, is it safe to use your online booking?

It is secured by SSL 128-256 bit and we do not see any credit card details. When you insert your credit card details the payment charged directly by our bank.

Do you pick up and drop off from/to hotels for the day tours?

Yes, we do pick up and drop off from Central Hotels like Sultanahmet, Laleli, Aksaray, Taksim, Fındıkzade, Karakoy, Beyoglu, Sirkeci. If the hotel that you booked is out of these areas, where you need to come by yourself to our meeting point or there will be an additional cost for pick up and drop off according to the possibility.

Do you drop off the airport after the tour?

Yes, we are able to transfer you the airport at the end of the tour with an additional cost. The price change according to the airport. Please let us know which airport at the time of booking.

If I have stopped over in Istanbul for a limited time, can I join the day tours?

According to your flight arrival and departure time, you are able to join. But there will be an additional cost for pick up and drop off the airport.

1 review for Half Day Istanbul Tour (Byzantium Relics)
  1. Tedd

    The purpose of our trip was to attend a conference in Istanbul so we didn’t have alot of time for additional tours. We selected the right company and tour for our needs. Two of our group went for a a side trip to Ephesus and they were happy with that decision. Hope to see you next time.

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