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Istanbul Hidden Highlights Tour (Full day)

Starting from Istanbul; (Duration: 7 Hours)

Tour Rates
Min. 2 - 3 pax $110 USD Per Person
Min. 4 - 8 pax $90 USD Per Person
Min. 9 - 15 pax $70 USD Per Person
Min 16 or more Please ask a group price

This tour starts from Istanbul port / your hotel. Our guide will meet you there with your name sign on the day of the tour at your pick-up time.

Underground Cistern is the largest of several hundred ancient cisterns that lie beneath the city of Istanbul. It was built in the 6th century during the reign of Byzantine Emperor Justinian. It was constructed using 336 marble columns, many  of which were salvaged from ruined temples. Located in the northwest corner of the cistern, the bases of two columns reuse blocks carved with the visage of Medusa. The cistern provided a water filtration system for the Great Palace of Constantinople and other buildings on the First Hill, and continued to provide water to the Topkapi Palace after the Ottoman conquest in 1453 and into modern times .The cistern has the capacity to store 100,000 tons of water, despite being virtually empty today with only a few feet of water lining the bottom.

Hagia Irene (Turkish Aya İrini), sometimes known also as Saint Irene, is a former Eastern Orthodox church located in the outer courtyard of Topkapı Palace in İstanbul. The church was dedicated by Constantine to the peace of God.  Today the Hagia İrene serves mainly as a concert hall for classical music  performances due to its extraordinary acoustic characteristics and impressive atmosphere.

Chora Church (The Church of the Holy Saviour in Chora) is considered to be one of the most beautiful  exapmles of a Byzantine church, but it is unique among them, because of its almost completely still extant internal decoration. İn the 16th century, during the Ottoman era, the church was converted into a mosque and, finally, it became a museum in 1948. The interior of the  buiding is covered with fine mosaics and frescoes.

Rustem Pasha Mosque is a 16th century Ottoman mosque in İstanbul. İt was designed by Ottoman imperial architect Mimar Sinan for the Grand vizier Rüstem Pasha. The Rustem Pasha Mosque  is famous for its large quantities of İznik tiles, set in a very wide variety of floral and geometric designs, which cover not only facade of the porch but also the mihrab, minbar and walls. There are around 80 different patterns.

The Spice Bazaar (Egyptian Bazaar) is one of the largest bazaars in the city. Spice Bazaar has a total of 85 shops selling spices, Turkish delight and other sweets, jewellery, souvenirs, and dried fruits and nuts. You will have free shopping time there
After the tour you will be transferred back to port/your hotel.

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IMPORTANT VISITING INFORMATION:

  • Chora Church is closed on Wednesday, so it will be replaced by visiting the Archaeological Museum.
  • Hagia Irene is closed on Tuesdays, so it will be replaced by visiting the Archaeological Museum.

RATES INCLUDED:

 

  • Private non-smoking A/C vehicle
  • Children under 6 free
  • Private professional English-speaking guide (Spanish, Japanese, Russian, French, German-speaking guides can be provided at your request)
  • All entrance & parking fees

In all our Istanbul tours lunch is not included in tour rates.

Additional Information: Comfortable shoes, hat and camera are advised.

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