Off The Beaten Path Museums In Istanbul

Overview

This is a special tour including some of the unique places in the city but also which are difficult to visit on your own. The tour will take you to the roots of historic Istanbul with a visit to the monuments of Byzantine and Ottoman cultural heritage. As the places of visit are all located out of the touristic centers, you will also have the chance to visit the current daily local lifeon a 6-hour insider driving tour with a local guide.

Details about this tour

Itinerary
This is a typical itinerary for this product
Stop At: Suleymaniye Mosque, Istanbul
The Suleymaniye mosque was built on the order of Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent and constructed by the great Ottoman architect Sinan. The construction work began in 1550 and the mosque was finished in 1557. The mosque is modeled in part on the style of a Byzantine basilica, particularly the Hagia Sophia, which was perhaps a conscious move on the part of the sultan to create a continuity and a symbolic connection with the city's past.
Duration: 1 hour
Stop At: Kariye Museum (The Chora Church), Istanbul
The Church of Chora - representing fascinating wall paintings which tell the life of Christ in a historical order. Even though the building itself is small, the meaning was great for Byzantines as being found 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.
Duration: 1 hour
Stop At: Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople, Istanbul
Fener Orthodox Patriarchate
Duration: 1 hour
Stop At: Dolmabahce palace, Istanbul
The Dolmabahce Palace the last residence for Ottoman Sultans with 365 rooms and 22 saloons. Famous for the great collection of European antiquity, furniture, and 4.5 tons chandelier.
Duration: 1 hour

Inclusions

  • Fuel surcharge
  • Afternoon tea
  • Bottled water
  • Coffee and/or Tea
  • Local guide
  • Professional guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Port pickup and drop-off
  • Private tour
  • Transport by air-conditioned minivan
  • Transport by private vehicle
  • Entry/Admission - Kariye Museum (The Chora Church)

Exclusions

  • Drinks
  • Lunch
  • Gratuities
  • Entry/Admission - Dolmabahce Palace

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Most travelers can participate

Infants must sit on laps

Wheelchair accessible

Children must be accompanied by an adult

At time of booking, Cruise ship passengers must provide the following information at time of booking: ship name, docking time, disembarkation time and re-boarding time

A dress code is required to enter places of worship and selected museums. No shorts or sleeveless tops allowed. Knees and shoulders MUST be covered for both men and women. You may risk refused entry if you fail to comply with these dress requirements

This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

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Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.
From
USD 67.5
Per Person