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Istanbul Byzantine Monasteries Full-Day Tour with Lunch

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Activity provider: ISTANBUL WALKS

Istanbul Byzantine Monasteries Full-Day Tour with Lunch

Activity provider: ISTANBUL WALKS

From US$ 128.73 per person

Enjoy a stunning look at the center of Byzantine Constantinople on an extraordinary walking tour of the greatest Byzantine sights. Visit monasteries, homes, and ruins with an expert guide to help you gain a deep and rich understanding of Turkey's history.

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Duration 8 hours
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Pickup included
Pickup is available from centrally-located Istanbul hotels within Taksim Square, Şişli, Beşiktaş, Sultanahmet, and Fatih neighborhoods.


  • See the St. Polyeuktos Church ruins, Pantokrator Church, Aspar Cistern, and Pammakristos Church
  • Visit the Chapel of St. John the Forerunner, the Monastery of St. Saviour in Chora, and Tekfur Palace
  • Discover ancient Byzantine Heritage on this walking tour
  • Enjoy a look at beautiful monasteries and ancient cisterns
  • Learn the history and myths behind some of Istanbul's best preserved monuments
Full description
If you are fan of Byzantine Art and civilization and want to know more about Byzantium Empire, then this is the tour for you. Istanbul is the capital of the Byzantium Empire that rocked the world from the 4th to the 15th centuries. Today, walk in the footsteps of the Byzantine rulers who once called Istanbul home. Visit the St. Polyeuktos church ruins, Pantokrator Church, Aspar Cistern, Pammakaristous Church (Fethiye Camii), the Chapel of St. John the Forerunner,the Monastery of St. Saviour in Chora, and Tekfur Palace on this incredible walking tour. Byzantine art and civilization paved the way for the Renaissance and modern world as we know it today. The center of this empire rested right beneath your feet, and on your walking tour of Istanbul's greatest Byzantine heritage sights, your guide will point out the monasteries and ruins of Constantinople. You will discover mystery and legend buried deep in these stone houses, cisterns, dungeons, and palaces.
  • Guiding services in English
  • Public transportation tickets
  • Entrance fees
  • Lunch
  • Donation to churches
  • Transportation to and from the hotel
  • Beverages during lunch
  • Personal expenses
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users

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Important information

Not allowed

  • Luggage or large bags

Know before you go

  • In the event of any museum closures, an alternative similar museum will be visited
  • Entrance fees, public transportation tickets, and donation to churches are included in the price
  • Beverages and personal expenses are not included in the price
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4.6 /5

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Had a really great experience. The guide, Diana, was friendly and knowledgeable. She is also passionate about the historical importance and significance of the different places we were brought to. Additionally, she was very conversant and we had many good exchanges and conversations. Her insights also brought a lot of new understanding and depth to each place. She was also highly helpful from the very beginning and really thank her from the bottom of our hearts!

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April 30, 2022

A fantastic day!

The tour started on time. I did not had to wait. On the tour I was the only person, so it was very special. The tour guide answert all of my questions and told me a lot about the culture. Also she was a very nice young person, so I liked the tour. If you are a Christian you should not be surpriced about all the sits taken over by other religions. There is not much left of Christianity. However you can see many monasteries and a grave yard. Because of the time in year most of the time we were nearly the only visitors in the different monasteries. By chance I also saw a Turkish mariage which was just luck. The tour guide got me into the ceremony which was awsome. Finally I got a cup of wine to tast ;-). It was perfectly organised with pic up and drop off service.

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December 31, 2013

Wealth of the formation , outstanding views, off beaten path delightfu

You should be in good physical condition to do this tour. Lot of walking uphill!

August 29, 2019

Product ID: 18134