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Kariye Museum (Kariye Müzesi)
Kariye Museum (Kariye Müzesi)

Kariye Museum (Kariye Müzesi) Tours and Activities

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Originally built as the Church of the Holy Savior during the Byzantine era and converted to a mosque during the Ottoman rule of Istanbul, Khora Church is now a museum with colorful, well-preserved frescoes and mosaics. Located outside the Old City in the Edirnekapi neighborhood, the art-filled Kariye Museum (Kariye Müzesi) is well worth the trek.

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Kariye Mahallesi, Kariye Camii Sokak, No: 18 Edirnekapı, Fatih
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12 Days Private Turkey Tour From Istanbul

12 Days Private Turkey Tour From Istanbul

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Upon arrival at The Istanbul International Airport, you will be met and transferred to your hotel in Sultanahmet. You will meet your guide and other tour participants for a cocktail and a briefing on your trip before dinner. Dinner and overnight in Istanbul.
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  • 12 days
  • Free Cancellation
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$2,345.00
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$2,345.00

Semi Private - Constantinople Tour of Istanbul: Discovering the Byzantine Empire

Semi Private - Constantinople Tour of Istanbul: Discovering the Byzantine Empire

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Realize the true impact of the Byzantine Empire on Turkey during this 3-hour guided history of Constantinople tour in Istanbul. Step back in time almost 1700 years and discover how Istanbul’s famous religious architecture and monuments took shape during this age of Christianity. Explore prime examples such as the Holy Virgin at the Church of St Mary of Blachernae, the Walls of Constantinople, and the ruins of Blachernae Palace. The legacy created by the Byzantine empire is uncovered on this tour.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$45.40
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$45.40

Luxury Small-Group Tour of Imperial Istanbul Including Lunch

Luxury Small-Group Tour of Imperial Istanbul Including Lunch

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Immerse yourself in Istanbul’s fascinating cultural highlights on this small-group, full-day tour in a luxury Mercedes minivan. Cruise through Istanbul in comfort and style as your expert local guide details the captivating events that shaped this great city. Hear tales of its different rulers, from the Romans to the Ottomans. Savor a 4-course traditional Turkish meal at the famous  Matbah restaurant, then tour the Chora Church, the Hagia Sophia, the Istanbul Archaeology Museum and  Topkapi Palace. This tour is limited to eight people to ensure a quality experience.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$140.00
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$140.00

1-2 days ⭐️Divine Sanctuaries of Constantinople Private/Regular/Group Options

1-2 days ⭐️Divine Sanctuaries of Constantinople Private/Regular/Group Options

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As we mentioned on tour title, our tour focus on unique, historical, divine and sacred places. In accordance with the content of our tour, our guides are experts in the history of religions, Ottoman and Byzantine history. Our main goal in this program; keep you alive and witness the history,to see the ruins of historical artifacts and to tell the mystical-mysterious stories that exist in history. It’s not a SHOPPING tour
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  • 2 days
  • Free Cancellation
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$40.00
Price varies by group size
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$40.00
Price varies by group size

Highlights of Istanbul Private Tour: 1 Day, 2 Day or 3 Day Private Tour

Highlights of Istanbul Private Tour: 1 Day, 2 Day or 3 Day Private Tour

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Situated between Europe and Asia, Istanbul is a city of two continents. It has a timeless charm that takes you to a journey from modern Turkish republic to Byzantine, Roman and Ottoman eras. Our optional day tour/s will take you to the wonders of this fascinating city with the local experts: You explore all the highlights of the old city on Day 1. Visiting attractions are Blue Mosque - Hagia Sophia - Topkapi Palace - Hippodrome - Caferaga Madrasa - Grand Bazaar. Second day covers Spice Market, Rustem Pasha Mosque, Bosphorus Boat Tour, Dolmabahce Palace, Taksim Square, Istiklal Street, Galata Tower (outer visit) and Galata Bridge. Third day takes you to the City Walls of Constantinople, Chora Museum, Fener, Balat, Greek patriarchate, Ayyub al Ansari Mosque, Pierre Loti Hill. You have options to book only private tour guide OR guide and private vehicle according to the location of your hotel. We are looking forward to welcome you in the city of two continents!
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  • 6 to 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$150.00
per group
From
$150.00
per group

Private and Guided Off The Beaten Paths Of Istanbul

Private and Guided Off The Beaten Paths Of Istanbul

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See a wide range of Istanbul’s cultural heritage and skip the long lines on this customizable driving tour. In the company of a guide, depart from your hotel in a private air-conditioned minivan and make your way into the city. Stop at the Chora Museum, Suleymaniye Mosque, the neighborhoods of Fener and Balat, Pierre Loti Hill, and more.
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  • 6 to 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$180.00
Price varies by group size
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$180.00
Price varies by group size

2 Days Istanbul Tour with Private Guiding Service

2 Days Istanbul Tour with Private Guiding Service

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With so much to see across Turkey’s capital, it can be tricky to tick it all off in just one trip. Gain a comprehensive overview of Istanbul on this two-day tour and enjoy an intimate glimpse of must-see sights including the Blue Mosque and Roman Hippodrome. Avoid hidden costs with entrance fees and lunch included in the price and benefit from the personalized attention of your private guide throughout.
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  • 2 days
  • Free Cancellation
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$328.67
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$328.67

Golden Horn Tour of Byzantine Istanbul
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Golden Horn Tour of Byzantine Istanbul

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Leave Sultanahmet for the day and see Byzantine-era Istanbul along the famous city walls. Relax on a local vehicle along the Golden Horn zigzagging both sides of this inlet 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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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$83.99
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$83.99
Price varies by group size

Private Tour: Hidden Istanbul

Private Tour: Hidden Istanbul

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Get beyond the tourist sites in Istanbul with a full-day, private tour that combines iconic destinations with atmospheric neighborhoods often overlooked by visitors. Explore a historic university and a series of Christian landmarks, old city walls and a Byzantine prison. Soak up the city’s rich history at an Ottoman mosque and the Chora Museum, whose vivid Byzantine mosaics depict early Christianity. See a palace and a 15th-century synagogue gate, Panagia Blachernae Church and a bustling street full of small shops and stalls stocked with local handicrafts and souvenirs.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$397.23
per group
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$397.23
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3 Days Private Istanbul Tour Including Ottoman and Byzantine Sites

3 Days Private Istanbul Tour Including Ottoman and Byzantine Sites

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• Blue Mosque, Hippodrome, Basilica Cistern, Topkapi Palace, Harem section, Grand Bazaar, St. Chora, Spice Market, Hagia Sophia, • Next we walk through the old cobbled streets down to Rustem Pasha Mosque and then the Spice Market, where Genoese and Venetian goods were sold at a time when there was no Suez Canal, and all the spices from the East were also brought here after being loaded on vessels in Egypt. We end the tour with a visit to the Grand Bazaar. Overnight at ahotel in Sultanahmet.
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  • 3 days
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$701.00
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$701.00

Private Off The Beaten Path Istanbul

Private Off The Beaten Path Istanbul

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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 life.
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  • 6 to 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$160.00
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$160.00
Price varies by group size

Ottoman and Byzantine Relics-Less known mosques, city walls,local markets

Ottoman and Byzantine Relics-Less known mosques, city walls,local markets

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This is a package of different activities combined for those who don't want to do the same and similar things all day. This tour appeals to those who likes see the different face of Istanbul. We will start with the Topkapı palace where the Ottomans used to control the empire for four hundred of years. Your guide will bring to the live with the stories from the Harem, about the Grand viziers to Sultan skills and weakness. We then will walk off the main touristy part of the city to little known Şehzade mosque which was built for the Sultan's son Mehmet who died in a young age. We will be looking at the Roman aqueduct which has been challenging to the centuries. These are the part of the city where you will only see yourself among the many locals. We will continue to Chora museum which has some the most beautiful and oldest icons in the world.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$113.49
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$113.49
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1-2 or 3 Day Private istanbul Guided Tour

1-2 or 3 Day Private istanbul Guided Tour

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Make your Istanbul adventure totally unique with a 1- 2- or 3 day private guided istanbul tour. Optional for a single day and see the whole of the Old City, plus the Grand Bazaar. Extend the tour to include a second day and visit the Spice Bazaar, Dolmabahce Palace, Taksim, and Istiklal Street, plus a Bosphorus cruise. Extend the tour to include a third day and visit Galata Tower,Fener Rum Patrikhanesi,Kariye Museum,Pierre Loti Tepesi Please note that your guide is happy to alter the itinerary completely to accommodate your personal interests. * FULL DAY PRIVATE ISTANBUL GUIDED TOUR FOR YOUR INTEREST *Create an itinerary that suits your interests and set your own pace for the day *Full-day tour of Istanbul's essential sites *Comprehensive tour of the city over one, two, or three days *Explore the local streets on a walking tour of the city *Enjoy magnificent views on a relaxing cruise along the Golden Horn and Bosphorus Strait
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  • 3 days
  • Free Cancellation
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$90.00
per group
From
$90.00
per group

10-Day Small Group Tour of Turkey From Istanbul

10-Day Small Group Tour of Turkey From Istanbul

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While Istanbul is full of beautiful historic sights, many of Turkey’s most memorable attractions are a long journey from its European soil. Starting in Istanbul, this 10-day tour takes travelers all over the country to see the best Turkish landmarks, the perfect option for visitors seeking an extensive overview of Turkey without the hassle of organizing your own itinerary or transport.
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  • 10 days
  • Free Cancellation
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$1,078.20
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$1,078.20
Price varies by group size

3 Days Small Group Istanbul Tour Including Ottoman and Byzantine Sites

3 Days Small Group Istanbul Tour Including Ottoman and Byzantine Sites

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Istanbul has so much to offer that even long-time Istanbullus struggle to decide which attractions to take visiting friends and family to see. Spare yourself the endless researching involved in planning a visit to Istanbul with this three-day small group tour, which focuses on some of the city’s most approachable sites. From the indomitable Hagia Sophia to the frenetic energy of the Grand Bazaar, this tour offers a fulsome overview of the city where Asia and Europe collide.
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  • 3 days
  • Free Cancellation
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$349.07
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$349.07

Shore Excursion: Istanbul Hidden Highlights Private Tour

Shore Excursion: Istanbul Hidden Highlights Private Tour

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Uncover historical attractions and hidden gems in Istanbul on this 5-hour privately guided shore excursion. Explore three of the city’s best off the beaten path highlights. Discover the elegant Chora Church and view its unparalleled Byzantine mosaics. Delve into the underworld of the Basilica Cistern and learn about its important history as you admire its pools and marble support pillars. Witness the lively Egyptian Bazaar and experience odiferous foods and spices as well as charming vendors.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$147.54
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$147.54
Price varies by group size

14 Days Private Turkey Tour From Istanbul

14 Days Private Turkey Tour From Istanbul

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Highlights:  Turkey is a treasure chest. Being in Turkey is like being in candy shop. On this trip, you will reward yourself for being in such an amazing country withh all the stories you heard in history classes taking action in this country. You will witness how lucky the Turks are and leave the country by drying your appetite .
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  • 14 days
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$2,500.00
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$2,500.00

Exotic Istanbul Tour - Chora Church, Imperial Mosques, Bazaars, Fener and Balat

Exotic Istanbul Tour - Chora Church, Imperial Mosques, Bazaars, Fener and Balat

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Discover the prominent and lesser known monuments, markets, and culinary creations of Istanbul on a private tour. In addition to the famous Basilica Cistern and Suleymaniye Mosque, the well-rounded itinerary takes you to the colorful neighborhoods of Fener and Balat. Enjoy traditional Ottoman dishes at a traditional restaurant near the often overlooked Chora Church. After the tour, relax in complimentary hotel drop-off.
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  • 6 to 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$139.22
Price varies by group size
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$139.22
Price varies by group size

Full Day Tour in Suleymaniye Mosque and Chora Church

Full Day Tour in Suleymaniye Mosque and Chora Church

Start your day off getting picked up by one of our wonderful drivers. From your hotel you will first take a stop at the Suleymaniye Mosque in Istanbul where you will get to see one of the largest and most iconic mosques in Turkey. After stopping here you will take a break to eat lunch and then head on your way to the Chora Museum, which is a Byzantine church that has recently been converted into a mosque. From the Chora Museum your driver and guide will take you back to your hotel.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$500.00
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$500.00

Christian Heritage Private Tour In Istanbul: Byzantine Churches

Christian Heritage Private Tour In Istanbul: Byzantine Churches

Istanbul has a history of Christianity dating back to 312 AD and ancient Constantinople was once an important religious center. Discover the city’s rich Christian heritage on this private full-day tour, and visit magnificent Byzantine monuments such as the Panagia Blachernae church, the St. Savour-in-Chora monastery, and the sacred church of Zoodohu Pege.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$320.00
per group
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$320.00
per group

8 Days - Seven Churces of Revelation

8 Days - Seven Churces of Revelation

This is an 8 days biblical package combined with Istanbul, Alexandria Troas, Troy, Assos, and Seven Churches of Revelation. Walk on the 1st century roman road where Paul actually walked on his missionary journey. Discover the meanings of the letters in revelation by observing the actual places. Find out Ancient Christian Traditions of early congregations from your Bible Oriented Guide. Visit the treasures of Istanbul and learn history about Romans, Byzantines, and Ottomans. Enjoy typical Turkish food in local restaurants. Experience shopping with locals in Grand Bazaar. Skip-The-Line tickets, luxury transportation, bible oriented guide, 4* accommodation provided.
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  • 8 days
  • Free Cancellation
From
$1,326.00
Price varies by group size
From
$1,326.00
Price varies by group size

Best of Istanbul: 1, 2 or 3 Days Private Tour with Friendly Local Guide

Best of Istanbul: 1, 2 or 3 Days Private Tour with Friendly Local Guide

Ideal for travelers on tight schedules, this private, insider’s tour of Istanbul offers one, two, and three-day options. Follow a customized itinerary tailored to meet your tastes and interests. Either tick off top city highlights, or get personalized recommendations to uncover off-the-beaten-track local hotspots. Guided tours include hotel pickup and drop-off each day.
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  • 3 days
  • Free Cancellation
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$266.00
per group
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$266.00
per group

The Exotic Istanbul - Private Tour (with Chora Church, Fener & Balat)

The Exotic Istanbul - Private Tour (with Chora Church, Fener & Balat)

See second part of Istanbul Top 10 List. Visit the Underground Cistern, walk along Divanyolu Street (the Imperial Road) until Suleymaniye Mosque, the most impressive work of architect Sinan. Wander down to Eminonu area, strolling through the bazaar quarters. Short visit to the Spice Market (the Egyptian Bazaar) and we then continue with the Chora (Kariye) Church Museum after lunch at a local restaurant. Next, you will discover Istanbul's two of the most photographed neighborhoods.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$132.00
Price varies by group size
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$132.00
Price varies by group size

Byzantium Spirit of Istanbul

Byzantium Spirit of Istanbul

Today we feel the spirit of Byzantium of Istanbul. Our first visit is to the natural naval harbour of the Byzantines named “the Golden Horn” because of its hornlike shape and the golden reflection of the glittering waves under the sunshine when viewed from the hilltops. Visit the Patriarchate at Fener which has been the seat of Orthodox Christianity since Constantine The Great’s declaration of Christianity as the religion of the Roman Empire. Church of Panagia of Blachernae, the best known and most celebrated shrine of the Holy Virgin Mary and famed for its “Hagiasma” (holy water) and “Hagion Lousma” (sacred bath). The Anemas Dungeons (seen from outside, The Tekfur Palace, the only surviving Pavillion of the Blachernae Palace and the next stop on this tour is the amazing Church of St. Savior in Chora (Kariye Museum), originally a Byzantine monastery with exquisite mosaics and frescoes portraying scenes from the Bible. The Byzantine city walls will be in our list today. Join us!
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$196.64
Price varies by group size
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$196.64
Price varies by group size

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