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Istanbul: 6-Hour Byzantine Tour Along the Golden Horn

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Discover Constantinople before the Ottoman conquest in 1453. What else is there to Constantinople after you've seen Hagia Sophia? It's all along the Golden Horn with its churches, walls, gates and an entire whole medieval culture.
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Duration 6 hours
Starting time 9:30 AM
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  • Enjoy a local ferry along the Golden Horn zigzagging both sides of this inlet
  • Climb the seventh hill of Constantinople to discover the famous Chora Church
  • Walk along the famous medieval city walls of Constantinople
  • Savor a local lunch in Balat which is a residential neighborhood
  • Visit the Greek Orthodox Patriarchal Church in Fener to talk about non-Muslim Istanbul
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Want to discover the Istanbul of Byzantine Constantinople? Have you finished the famous sites in Sultanahmet and ready to walk in areas where tourists do not go? Then this Byzantine Istanbul (Constantinople) tour along the Golden Horn will be the perfect choice for you. The vastness of the vision and boldness of the design of Byzantine era Constantinople is expressed through the Hagia Sophia located in Sultanahmet but medieval Constantinople around the Golden Horn offers more information.

Poke around forgotten corners just over this hauntingly beautiful inlet – the Golden Horn and walk to see Constantinople before the Ottoman Conquest of 1453. Your Byzantine Istanbul Constantinople tour will start with a ferry ride from Eminonu or Karakoy zigzaging both sides of the Golden Horn to end in Ayvansaray. Ayvansaray is where Constantinople officially ended, so you’ll see and walk along the mighty Byzantine walls of Theodosius from the 5th century. Your first visit will be to an extraordinary Greek Orthodox Church – Mary Blachernae. The only church in the whole world where there’s a service on a Friday morning. Built on a sacred water source, the church is a pilgrimage site for the Greek people in Istanbul.

Climb the 7th hill of Istanbul as you make your way to one of the oldest Byzantine palaces from the 13th century (Tekfur Sarayi). The highlight of the trip will be the famous Chora, the Byzantine marvel of mosaics and frescoes. Then, walk your way back through Balat which houses one of Istanbul’s surviving mediaeval synagogues and trendiest houses that are now enjoying their second or even third type of use. In Fener, you will see the Greek Orthodox patriarchate housing a column, which is believed to have been used for the binding and flogging of Jesus in Jerusalem.
  • Entrance fees
  • Professional guide
  • Guaranteed to skip the long lines
  • Small-group tour (maximum 12 people)
  • Walking tour
  • Ferry ride along the Golden Horn
What’s Not Included
  • Lunch
  • Gratuities (optional)

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Meeting point

Meet at the Karakoy ferry dock. This is where you 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.

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Important information
Know before you go
• Children must be accompanied by an adult
• A moderate amount of walking is involved
• Ferry ride is only 30 minutes on a public boat

From £85.44 per person

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Product ID: 127004