Istanbul has been the capital to Byzantine Empire and still in this day many archaeological remains are found during the excavations (and construction works). Our first day will be the Hippodrome Square, where was considered the heart of Constantinople and the chariot races were held. We will see the Obelisk and the Serpentine Column. We will then proceed to Underground Cistern which was used as a water supply for the city. Now the Cistern is beautifully restored and presented and offers a magical, mystical atmosphere. We will then visit the masterpiece of Byzantine architecture, Hagia Sophia Museum. Our guide will take us through the history and we will take our time in this magnificent building. After having our lunch in a local restaurant in the region, we will drive through the Old City fortification walls built in 5th century and cross to Eminonu area to visit the Chora Church, where you can see the best examples of mosaics from Byzantine classics. For four centuries after the Ottoman conquest of Istanbul it served as a mosque (Kariye Camii), and is now a museum (Kariye Museum) because of its priceless mosaics.
We will also take our time in this museum, to listen to life cycles of Mother Mary and Jesus Christ.
Things to know
- Hagia Sophia is closed on Mondays
- Chora Museum is closed on Wednesdays
- Closed museums will be replaced with a substitute
Do & Don't in Istanbul
- +Get pampered with a scrub and a foam massage in a traditional Turkish Bath
- +Take a peek at Princess Islands
- +Take a romantic ferry ride along Bosphorus
- -Do not forget your passport anywhere
- -Do not trust the taxi drivers, check the meter as you are getting on
- -Do not be shy with locals
|Period||1 Pax||2 Pax||3 Pax||4 Pax||5 Pax||6 Pax|
|01.01.2016 31.12.2016||€ 339||€ 209||€ 159||€ 139||€ 119||€ 109|
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Hello BurcuI am writing from Madrid, where we arrived last night after a wonderful experience in Istanbul, thanks to you and your organization. The tours, the guide and the chofer were magnificent, they allowed us to have a view of the city that was relaxed, care free and most of all instructive and fun.Many, many thanks BurcuBest regardsCarlos
Thank you for the specutacular workshop which you had organized. It wasmagnificent. I never had such a wonderful time. Never a dull moment. Daysfilled with the joy and happiness. Each experience was memorable, especiallythe Turkish Bath (my first). The group was a match made in heaven. A perfect blend. I did not know what to expect. Turkey is a beautiful peaceful country. Ozgen made it perfect.
- I am back in Japan, and already want to go back to Istanbul. Thank you so much for the wonderful memories. Sayuki Schafer