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Istanbul has been capital of the Eastern Roman (Byzantium) and Ottoman Empires for more than 1400 years and presenting the heritage of many other civilizations as well. At Fairyland travel based on your requests and our suggestions, we have created tailor-made tours. Our tours are available as small group tours or private tours.

DAILY ISTANBUL TOUR (Regular – Group)

Topkapi Palace: Old Istanbul Walk – including guide, lunch and tickets

Topkapi Palace
Basilica Cistern
Hippodrome and Obelisks
Lunch
Hagia Sophia (Ayasofya Church)
Blue Mosque
Million Stone

Cemberlitas (Column of Constantine)

First time in Istanbul? This is our most popular itinerary chosen by many of our guests, showing the highlights of the historical city.

We will pick you up from your hotel in Sultanahmet area around 08:30 and your day begins with a visit to the amazing Topkapi Palace – home to the Ottoman Sultans for almost 400 years. Today, the palace houses amazing artifacts from the Ottoman period as well as many religious pieces and the famous Harem. Basilica CisternThe Basilica Cistern is our next stop – also known as the Sunken Water Palace, the Cistern has 336 marble columns and was built in 532 A.D. On to the Roman Hippodrome – this Byzantine scene was home to Constantinople’s sporting and political life. Today we can see many monuments including a 3500 year old Egyptian Obelisk. Our next destination is a local restaurant for lunch.

After lunch, we continue with our walking tour by visiting the famous Aya Sofia (Hagia Sophia) museum – this architectural wonder was built in 360 A.D. and was used as a house of worship by different religions until finally being converted to a museum in 1935. The next stop is the Sultanahmet Mosque, also known as the Blue Mosque – built in the 16th century, this working mosque gets its names from the intricate blue Iznik tiles which adorn the inside. We continue on to the Tomb of Sultan Mahmud and the ancient Ottoman cemetery, the Cemberlitas – known as the Banded Column and finally onto the Grand Bazaar. The Grand Bazaar – the ultimate Old World shopping center with some 4000 shops. The tour will end in the Grand Bazaar around 16:30 and the guide will give you information on how to get back to your hotel (an easy 5 to 10 minute walk to the hotels in Sultanahmet). 

Hagia SophiaThe full-day guided walking tour is 85 Euros per person. This includes a professionally-licensed English-speaking guide, entrance fees, lunch and all taxes. The tour rate includes pick up at your hotel in the Sultanahmet and taksim area – for hotels located in other areas, a fee may be charged. The rate does not include drop off your hotel.
Hagia Sophia is closed on Monday; Topkapi Palace is closed on Tuesday and Grand Bazaar is closed on Sunday. We will visit Chora Church on Mondays and Archaelogy Museum on Tuesdays.

HALF DAY ISTANBUL TOURS

Anastasis Scene from Chora Church Istanbul Faith Tour
( including guide, transportation and tickets)

• Suleymaniye Mosque
• Chora Church (Kariye Camii)
• Pierre Loti Hill overlooking Golden Horn

We will pick you up at about 08:30 am for the tour. The first stop is Suleymaniye Mosque, constructed by Architect Sinan by the order of Sultan Suleyman The Magnificient. This is the largest mosque complex of the city used as the Imperial Mosque and offer a gorgeous view over the Golden Horn. After the mosque, we will stop by Pierre Loti Hill named after the French Poet who gave the spot his name.Golden Horn and Galata Tower There you will find a beatiful scenery of the city and peaceful location for taking a Turkish Tea.The next visit is to one of the oldest and most important churches in the city – The Church of Chora – representing fascinating wall paintings which tell the life of Christ in an historical order. Even though the building itself being small, the meaning was great for Byzantines as being founded at the borders of the city and welcoming the visitors. Today the environment is restored and this is a good place to spend time with local artisans and wooden houses. Driving along the city walls, the tour will end about 12.00 noon with drop off to the hotels. The tour is not operated on Wednesdays as Chora Church is closed. We provide free pick up & drop off service from Sultanahmet, Sirkeci, Beyazit, Taksim area hotels and Cruise Port.

The half-day Byzantine Istanbul tour : This includes a professionally-licensed English-speaking guide, entrance fees, transportation and all taxes. The tour rate includes pick up at your hotel in the Sultanahmet and Taksim area – for hotels located in other areas, a fee may be charged.We do need minimum 4 people to run this tour.

Blue Mosque – Sultanahmet CamiiMorning Old Istanbul Walk The above full day “Old Istanbul Walk” can also be separated into two half day tours. You will be picked up from your hotel in Sultanahmet around 08:30 and visit
• Topkapi Palace
• Basilica Cistern
• Hippodrome and Obelisks
We don’t operate this tour on Tuesday as Topkapi Palace is closed.

The half-day Morning Old Istanbul Walk is 40 Euros per person. This includes a professionally-licensed English-speaking guide, entrance fees and all taxes. The tour rate includes pick up at your hotel in Sultanahmet area – for hotels located in other areas, a fee may be charged.

. Hagia Sophia Afternoon Old Istanbul Walk

Just like the morning part of the above full day “Old Istanbul Walk”, the afternoon part can be done as a half day tour. We will pick you up from your hotel in Sultanahmet around 13:00 and you will see
Hagia Sophia (Ayasofya Church)
Blue Mosque
Million Stone
Cemberlitas (Column of Constantine)

 

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