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Byzantine Classics of Istanbul (full day)

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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.

Tour photos

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

  • +Watch a belly dancing show
  • +Enjoy a fish dinner and gypsy musicians in Cicek Pasaji (Flower Passage)
  • +Take a romantic ferry ride along Bosphorus
  • -Don't wander in the back streets of Beyoğlu after midnight
  • -Do not forget your passport anywhere
  • -Do not enter the houses with shoes


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

Tour Includes:

Pick-up & drop-off from/to your hotel or cruise ship

Entrance fees as per itinerary

Air-conditioned vehicle

Professional English speaking tour guide, fully licensed under the Tourism Ministry


  • The tour leaders and our guide on this trip knew where to go and what to do to make this Turkish adventure a true gem.  Their insights  and knowledge enriched our trip immensely.
    We give this trip our highest recommendation.
    Jackie and Matt
    We could not have been more pleased with our Gems of Turkey trip in 2013.  The trip was very well organized and offered a rich variety of experiences.  We were exposed to amazing food, ancient historical sights, beautiful coastal towns, super friendly people, bustling cities, quaint villages and comfortable accommodations.  The size of the group was perfect and made for really getting to know our fellow travelers. The guide, our driver and John and Julie made this an extremely interesting adventure.  We would highly recommend this trip.

    Dave and Diane Milczarek


    The transportation was great....from the bus (amazing driver) to the walking tours, boat tours and walking tours. Our last night in Istanbul using public transportation was a good experience. Julie, John and Rustem were all wonderful guides. And, it was great to meet and eat with Burcu too!

    Monica Lane


    Excellent Tour and we loved Turkey. What a beautiful country and so many amazing places to see. The food in Turkey was fantastic and the people were friendly and easy to talk to. Lots of laughter! We want to go back soon.

    Gloria Auler



    Jackie Garcia


    I really enjoyed visiting Turkey and came home with a nice sense of the the country, its history and its people. Thank you for being so welcoming to us all.

    Sue Priest


    "We had an incredible tour of Western and Central Turkey and visited amazing archaeological sites from Neolithic to Roman.  Our small group tour was able to visit sites during times when the tour buses were gone, and we often had the place to ourselves, just wandering through beautiful ancient places.  Our very knowledgeable Turkish guide enriched our experience of these diverse early cultures.  Julie and John were so much fun to travel with, and gave us their unique perspectives and experience of Turkey.  It is an incredible country for anyone interested in archaeology, and the food and the people are wonderful too!  We highly recommend this tour."
    Ron and Glo Auler, Flagstaff, AZ

  • Gulay: We would like to Thank you for a dream two days! You were most professional and personable! Your knowledge of Istanbul is excellent. Please stay in touch with us...If you find yourself coming to New York...let us know. Again...thank you! I will defintely suggest you to friends and family when touring Istanbul...along with Unison Turkey. Charles T. Forthofer Preston t. Phillips

  • I am back in Japan, and already want to go back to Istanbul. Thank you so much for the wonderful memories. Sayuki Schafer

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