Half Day Istanbul Tour (Byzantium Relics)

Santa Sophia Museum

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.

Duration: Half Day
Tour Type: Regular
Departure Days: Everyday
Start: 08:30
End: 12:30
Transportation: Bus


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 to Hippodrome where you will see the 3 historical columns (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 the 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 streets and many shops. You will be able to find any kind of different goods like handmade Turkis carpets, suveniour, pottery, leather.

The excursion is going to be finished around 12.30 in Grand Bazaar. You can spend more time in this famous Bazaar and go back to your hotel by yourself in the late afternoon.


  • Pick up from the hotel
  • English Speaking Licenced Tour guide
  • Entrance Fees to the mentioned sights
  • All necessary land transportation by A/C Touristical Buses
  • Drop off at Grand Bazaar
  • 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 and Blue Mosque is closed on Friday due to Friday Prayer. This tour is not operated on Friday.
– Grand Covered Bazaar is closed on Sunday. Replaced with Arasta Bazaar or Handicraft Store.


  1. Liz

    We have a wonderful private day tour of Istanbul with Erkan. We visited the stunning Hagia Sophia Mosque, Basilica Cistern, and the Grand Bazaar. Erkan was great knowledgeable and professional as well as personalizing our tour to suit our interests. Highly recommend. We will be back again!!

  2. Christine

    To Toursce.com Team,
    On behalf of my family and me, I would like to express our sincere thanks for the superb tour in turkey. From the time of my family’s arrival at Istanbul airport, during the entire tour itinerary, and to the time we were dropped off at Istanbul airport for our flight back to Los Angeles, your arrangement was immaculate and meticulous. Our special thanks to Mr. Erkan that he organized all our special requests in the program and made it perfect. The location of the hotels was a good choice because it was close to everything downtown. We have recommended your tour and travel company to many of our friends who will contact you when they are ready to travel to Turkey. Keep up the good work guys. Best Regards…

  3. Carlos

    This half-day morning tour that we have joined with our 7 groups of friends. we love history and wanted to have all the details from the professional local guide in a short period. It was covering what we wanted to visit. The Hagia Sophia Museum is a historical and cultural center and architectural monument of the first Byzantine Empire and then the Ottoman Empire. Now it is a state museum in the old city of Istanbul that attracts many visitors every year. We recommend you to visit and this place is definitely worth a visit with a local tour guide. One appreciates these buildings when visited especially when you learn about the history of both people and buildings. The Blue Mosque is a very beautiful architecture. It is one of the important mosques for Muslim people. Need to observe attire. Suggest to check it out on the website. It is a very mystic building and has beautiful tiles. Hippodrome, the ancient square. That is a public square for many kinds of activities during Roman times. We cannot miss the obelisks, serpentine column and the German fountain in the square. Grand Bazaar is stunning and amazing. One of the craziest bazaars we’ve ever seen and apparently the biggest in the world! This place must list to be visited. You can find many things in this bazaar. You will love shopping. Our tour finished in the covered bazaar.

  4. 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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