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Byzantine and Ottoman Istanbul tour

From Byzantium to Istanbul, travelling through Constantinople, explore thousands of years of history in just one day with this guided tour of one of the world’s greatest cities. Meet your guide at the Hagia Sophia Museum and make your way to the Hippodrome, where in ancient times, tens of thousands of spectator would cheer on the blues and greens here as they raced each other in chariots. Then be dazzled by the intricate beauty of interior tiles that have given the Sultan Ahmed Mosque the popular moniker of the Blue Mosque. We’ll cross the splendid gardens of Sultanahmet Square to the 1,500-year-old Hagia Sophia, a museum that was built as an Orthodox basilica, which became a mosque after the Ottoman conquest. You will also visit the Milion Stone, the marker from which all distances were measured in the Byzantine Empire, and the Caferaga Madrasah gallery. Afterwards, we will feast on a traditional Turkish lunch. After eating we’ll for a stroll through the Arasta Bazaar on our way to the Topkap? Palace, the stunning complex from where by the sultans ruled their empire and kept their harem. At the Conqueror’s Pavilion there are dazzling exhibits of precious jewels. We’ll end the tour at the Grand Bazaar, which attracts up to 400,000 visitors daily to its more than 3,000 shops in 61 covered streets. From Byzantium to Istanbul, travelling through Constantinople, explore thousands of years of history in just one day with this guided tour of one of the world’s greatest cities. Meet your guide at the Hagia Sophia Museum and make your way to the Hippodrome, where in ancient times, tens of thousands of spectator would cheer on the blues and greens here as they raced each other in chari Meeting/ Pick up point: Hagia Sophia Museum where your guide will hold a sign with the itinerary, which begins at the Hippodrome and ends at the Grand Bazaar. Start or opening time: 8.45amOthers: If either Hagia Sophia or the Topkapi are closed, the underground Basilica Cistern will be visited.