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Byzantine Relics Tour     Istanbul Tours
Depart from the port on this specialized tour by traveling over the Golden Horn en route to Old Town through the crowded business section to reach the Chora Museum, located just beyond the ancient city walls. The Chora Museum, built from 1077 through 1081 by Maria Dukaina, the mother-in-law of Emperor Alexius Comnenus, has had many restorations and refurbishments during its long history. Converted into a Mosque in 1500 by the Ottomans. The frescoes and mosaics were cleaned and preserved by the Byzantine Institute of America between 1945 through 1959. The mosaics and frescoes depict the lives of the Virgin Mary and Jesus Christ. Dating from the early 14th century, they are beautiful examples of the Byzantine Renaissance.

Next, you will proceed to the ancient Hippodrome, which was for 1,000 years, the center of Byzantium's life and afterwards for another 400 years, the center of Ottoman life. The Hippodrome was the scene of countless political and military dramas, including rival chariot races. The main monument left today is the impressive granite obelisk, carved in Egypt around 1500 BC and brought to Constantinople in 390 AD.

Continue to the Museum of Hagia Sophia, just a few minutes walk from the Hippodrome. Hagia Sophia Museum, originating in 326 under Constantine the Great, became Hagia Sophia and was rebuilt on a larger scale during the reign of Emperor Justinian. His intention was that the new building should surpass in splendor all others in antiquity. Marble columns were brought in from temples in minor Asia, Lebanon, Greece and Italy. In 1934 Ataturk, the founder of the Turkish Republic, had Hagia Sophia converted into a museum. Today, the Hagia Sophia Museum is the most important Byzantine Monument in Istanbul, famous for its immense dome and beautiful frescoes and mosaics.

Another fascinating attraction from the Byzantine period that you will visit is the massive Underground Cistern, the imperial water storage tank. More than 300 beautiful columns of various designs support the cistern's vaulted brick roof.

Conclude your day of touring with a short drive to the exotic Grand Bazaar. The Grand Bazaar is one of the most colorful sites of Istanbul; this Bazaar is composed of two sections namely the covered part and the modern part. The covered part is a whole quarter on its own, surrounded by a wall and entered through eleven gates. The maze of streets and lanes are one of the greatest sights in the city, where various trades such as carpets, jewellery, leather goods, silver; varieties of souvenirs, textile, antiques, and home textile are segregated into particular sections of the bazaar. You will have chance to explore the exotic atmosphere of the covered part for a brief period of time. You will also have the opportunity to visit the open and modern section of the Grand Bazaar which offers the best artworks and reliable shopping to your disposal.


Approx Duration: 6 hour(s) 45 minute(s)

2 guests: 212$ pp
4 guests: 123$ pp
6 guests: 94$ pp
8 guests: 79$ pp
10 guests: 70$ pp

* Professional licensed tour guide
* All entrance fees
* Private air-conditioned transportation

As the number of participant increases the certain amount of discount will be applied.
* Group Tour: Please contact us for your group requests.
* The program can also be completed in 2 days according to your preference.

Sites to Visit
Chora Museum (Kariye Museum)
Hagia Sophia
Underground Cistern
Grand Bazaar

Shore Excursion Points of Distinction
* Professional English-speaking experts to guide you through your journey.
* Peace of mind in knowing that your excursions are monitored by our staff.
* A staff of experienced, excursion specialists expertly plans each tour and is dedicated to maximizing your time in each port.
* Travel with premier, licensed and insured, best available, climate controlled luxury transportation.

* Guests must be able to walk approximately 1-1.5 miles over uneven and cobblestone surfaces, inclines and 40 to 65 steps thus the
   guests must be cautious to watch their step
   at all times in order to avoid injuries.
* Comfortable clothing, flat walking shoes, sun hat, sun glasses and sun screen are strongly recommended.
* Please expect dense traffic conditions in Istanbul.
* The order of the sites visited may change to avoid the crowds.
* Temperatures can reach extreme highs during summer months; we recommend that you drink a lot of water and use suitable sun

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Ephesus Tour from Istanbul
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A day trip to the ancient city of Ephesus. You will be met by one of our representative at your hotel and transferred to Istanbul airport for your morning flight to Izmir where you will meet your private guide and driver to explore Ephesus.
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