Guided tour of Byzantine remains in Istanbul


  • Discover remains during the tour

  • History of Byzantium as told by your guide

  • Istanbul's city walls

Essential info*

Duration 4hrs

  • English

* All details will be sent to you upon reservation


Discover the monasteries and remains of the Byzantine Empire that marked the history Istanbul between the 4th and 15th centuries!

Accompanied by your guide, you'll will travel to Fener, a district of Istanbul, to see the city's Patriarchate which dates from the Byzantine era.

You will continue your visit to the St. Mary of Blachernae basilica in this northern district of Istanbul. Here you will discover a sacred shrine built in honour of the Virgin Mary.

We then arrive at the Church of the Holy Saviour in Chora, one of the most beautiful examples of a Byzantine church, built in the 5th century. Marvel at the frescos and mosaics of that time, and the giant domes.

Along the way we will see the outside, of Byzantine prisons and the Palace of Porphyrogenitus which dates from the 12th century.

The tour will end near the city walls of Istanbul, which at the time surrounded the Acropolis of Byzantium.

Good to know

  • Availability: Tuesdays (except in exceptional circumstances)
  • Time: 9:00am
  • Duration: Approx. 4 hours
  • Language: English
  • Departure: From your hotel in Istanbul (European Side only)
  • Tour commentary in English
  • A shuttle bus will collect you from your hotel. The exact pick-up times will be provided at the time of booking
  • End: The tour will finish in Istanbul's historic district (Sultanahmet)
  • Note: When visiting places of worship you should not wear flip-flops, shorts, sleeveless shirts, or clothes that are inappropriate to the location, skirts should be below the knee. In some places you must wear a headscarf.
  • Details about lunch will be provided on the day by your local guide.

The price includes :

  • Transport from your hotel
  • Services of a tour guide
  • Entry to the various sites visited

The Price does not include :

  • Return transport to your hotel
  • Entry to Byzantine prisons
  • Entry to Palace of the Porphyrogenitus
  • Tips (optional)
  • All other extra costs

All of the details, particularly those relating to the exact departure point, will be sent to you at the time of booking

Cancellation Terms & Conditions

No charges will be levied for cancellations made more than 7 days before the date of the activity (excluding special dates). After this, the following charges will be levied:
Between 7 and 4 days prior: 50% of the price
After this time and in case of a no-show: 100% of the price
Any reservation made for special dates cannot be cancelled, modified or refunded.

Cancellation policy terms and conditions

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