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Classic & Byzantine Art (full day)

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We will start the day with a visit to St Chora Museum, where you will see some of the finest examples of Byzantine art, frescoes and golden mosaics. Your guide will take you through the lifetime of Jesus and Mother Mary following the artefacts on the walls. We will then head to Archaeological Museum, where the largest collection of Ancient Greek, Roman and Persian items from Asia minor and near east are displayed. We then head to St Sophia, the master work of Byzantine architecture and the largest church of its era. After lunch we will walk through the Arasta Bazaar and visit the Mosaic Museum, where mosaics from the original floor of the Byzantine Palace are on display.

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Things to know

    • Chora Museum is closed on Wednesdays
    • Archeology Museum is closed on Mondays
    • St Sophia Museum is closed on Mondays
    • Mosaic Museum will be closed until June 2012
    • 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
  • +Try “kokorec” - a very much appreciated Turkish dish (google it before trying)
  • +Go antique and vintage shopping in Cukurcuma
  • -Don't wander in the back streets of Beyoğlu after midnight
  • -Do not trust the taxi drivers, check the meter as you are getting on
  • -Don't drive in local traffic


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01.01.2016 31.12.2016 € 399 € 189 € 147 € 120 € 99 € 95

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


  • I would like to thank you again Gursan, you truly made this a trip of a life time and opened so many doors. Take care my friend.
    David Tallentire

  • Oriental Istanbul is a wonderful company. They are welcoming, helpful, knowledgeable and very accommodating. I would recommend them without hesitation! - Artemis Mourat / 2013, Teacher

    Wonderful and unforgettable experience, loved every moment! Will definitely return to Istanbul! hoping to see you all again! - Itsumi Suganuma / 2012, Student


    If you are a dancer at heart that appreciates beauty, history and colorful culture this is the perfect trip to embark on.  With knowledgeable and kind hosts that will take care of you and welcome you to their home town you will be delighted by what they have planned for you.  A beautiful trip to bring a friend along and to make new ones!  I would return in a heartbeat. - Bozenka / 2013, Teacher

    I always have a great time with Oriental Istanbul tours as guest teacher, knowing my students will be hosted very well in stunning parts of Turkey and its makes my work so easy and pleasureful.. One of the best and warmest  organizers I ever worked internationally. Strongly Recommended! - Ozgen / 2011, 2012, 2013 Teacher

    THE perfect tour: very rare & unique - detailed instruction by Ozgen, real roman by Reyhan + local festival in Edirne. How can be better than that! Really appreciate the flexibility about stay & activities. All people in the tour are nice, friendly and helpful - pleasurable all the time. Most of all Burcu and Yoko did such a great job organizing & leading us - easy going yet professional, they know tourism and dancing well. Plus, Ozgen is the great instructor as well as our travel buddy - fun & positive energy, multi tasking (waiter, guide, entertainer etc.. ;) ) Can't wait for the next year! - Akiko Tanikawa / 2012 & 2013, Student

  • Many thanks to Ozgen and Burcu and all new friends who I met in Istanbul. It was really fantastic to stay and felt as if I was at home all the time. Wonderful and unforgettable experience, loved every moment! Will definitely return to Istanbul! hoping to see you all again! Itsumi Suganuma

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