Highlights of Istanbul itinerary completely and efficiently immerses you into Sultanahmet by visiting the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Grand Bazaar and Topkapı Palace in a single day.
- Discover Byzantine-era Istanbul, Constantinople!
- This is the area along the Golden Horn that was known as Constantinople before the Ottoman Conquest.
- City walls
- Chora Church
- Ferry ride along the Golden Horn
- We buy admission tickets and skip the line with our priority admission.
- Choice of a private tour or a shared group of eight people max.
- Local and professional tour guides
Discover Byzantine-Era Istanbul
Want to discover Byzantine-era Istanbul, then known as Constantinople? Have you finished the famous sites in Sultanahmet and are ready to walk in areas where most tourists do not go? Then our Byzantine tour is a perfect choice!
The vastness of the vision and boldness of the design of Byzantine-era Constantinople is expressed in Hagia Sophia, but medieval Constantinople around the Golden Horn offers more information compared to Sultanahmet.
We poke around forgotten corners just over this hauntingly beautiful inlet, the Golden Horn, and walk to see Constantinople as it was before the Ottoman Conquest in 1453.
Our Byzantine-era tour starts with a ferry ride from Eminonu or Karakoy, zigzagging through both sides of the Golden Horn to end in Ayvansaray.
Ayvansaray is where Constantinople officially ended, and we see and walk along the mighty Byzantine walls of Theodosius from the fifth Century.
Our first stop is an extraordinary Greek Orthodox Church, Mary Blachernae, the only church in the whole world where there’s a service on a Friday morning. This church was built on a sacred water source and is a pilgrimage for Greek people in Istanbul.
We climb the seventh hill of Istanbul as we make our way to one of the oldest Byzantine palaces of the 13th century, Tekfur Sarayi.
The highlight of the trip is the famous Chora, the Byzantine marvel of mosaics and frescoes.
We then walk back through Balat, which houses one of Istanbul’s surviving medieval synagogues and trendiest houses that are now enjoying their second or even third type of use.
In Fener, we see the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate housing a column which is believed to have been used for the binding and flogging of Jesus in Jerusalem.
You can enjoy the Byzantine-era tour with the company of a private tour guide, or you can join a group of eight max.
- Admission fees to sites and museums
- Full day guiding fee for a professional guide
- Ferry tickets to the Golden Horn
- Transport to Sultanahmet
- Meeting Point
We meet in Karakoy ferry dock. This is where we will get on the Golden Horn ferry. Please make your way to Karakoy and locate the ferry dock by the water. Your guide will wait just by the exit.
Looking at the sea, Galata Bridge will be on your right.
- This tour runs every day, except Wednesdays
- Starts at 09:30