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Kariye Museum (Kariye Müzesi)
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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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Byzantine Churches of Constantinople Private Tour (Visits from Exterior)

Byzantine Churches of Constantinople Private Tour (Visits from Exterior)

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Go back in time to the Byzantine times when Istanbul was Constantinople and enjoy an 8-hour small-group guided tour of monasteries and churches. On this tour, uncover the impressive history of Christian sanctuaries that peaked during the reign of the Byzantine Empire. Visit Kariye Museum, once Chora Church, and ogle its frescoes and mosaics. See mosques converted from churches such as Pammakaristos and Pantocrator. Immerse with your guide to discover the history of palatial remains plus enjoy lunch included on this tour. Numbers on this small-group tour are limited to 15 people for a more intimate experience.
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  • 6 hours 40 minutes to 7 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$252.81
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$252.81
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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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$45.97
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$45.97

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

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

Eyup, Pierre Loti Hill, and Kariye Museum: Guided Day Tour from Istanbul

Eyup, Pierre Loti Hill, and Kariye Museum: Guided Day Tour from Istanbul

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Enjoy a full-day Istanbul tour that takes in important sites around the Eyüp District, Pierre Loti Hill, the Golden Horn and more. See the Eyüp Sultan Mosque, the Chora Church (Kariye Museum), the Ecumencial Orthodox Patriarchate (aka Church of St George) and Suleymaniye Mosque as your informative guide shares the history of these Byzantine and Ottoman era monuments. Take in views of the Golden Horn from Pierre Loti Hill, and walk through the historic Fener and Balat districts, before ending the day at the Egyptian Spice Bazaar.
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  • 5 to 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$160.00
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$160.00

Small-Group Tour Including Topkapi Palace, Underground Cistern and Hagia Sophia

Small-Group Tour Including Topkapi Palace, Underground Cistern and Hagia Sophia

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Fit all of Istanbul's attractions at the top of your bucket list into one packed day, with the help of an expert local guide. Stroll Istanbul’s historic Sultanahmet neighborhood, brimming with iconic buildings and storied streets. Tour the Blue Mosque, one of the most important sites in the Muslim world. Delve into history of the Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, and Istanbul Hippodrome as well as the 'sunken palace' of Basilica Cistern. And you won’t want to miss the and the bustling Grand Bazaar or savory 3-course lunch.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$65.00
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$65.00

Small Group Tour: Essential Istanbul

Small Group Tour: Essential Istanbul

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Explore the top attractions in Sultanahmet (the old city) on a full-day tour with a knowledgeable guide. Take in UNESCO World Heritage sites and famous monuments in Istanbul including the stunning Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque and Hippodrome. Then follow your guide through the Grand Bazaar, browsing the shops of hundreds of vendors with an array of textiles, jewelry, perfumes, spices and more. Your guide shares the long history of Istanbul with your small group, which is limited to 10 participants to ensure a more intimate experience.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$59.00
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$59.00

Private Tour: Istanbul in One Day Sightseeing Tour including Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace
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Private Tour: Istanbul in One Day Sightseeing Tour including Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace

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Experience the finest attractions in Istanbul’s Sultanahmet district during this private, guided day tour of the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace. Marvel at these famous monuments alongside your expert guide who will give you individual attention on this private voyage.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$95.00
Price varies by group size
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$95.00
Price varies by group size

Big Bus Istanbul Hop-On Hop-Off

Big Bus Istanbul Hop-On Hop-Off

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Istanbul is one of the world’s greatest cities, and this hop-on hop-off tour offers a truly flexible way to explore it. Board your open-top, double-decker bus at any stop along the two routes, and enjoy the views as you listen to the audio commentary. Then, create your own sightseeing itinerary as you hop on and off at any of the stops to visit highlights such as the spectacular Topkapi Palace, the UNESCO-protected Hagia Sophia, the Egyptian Bazaar, and more. Your ticket is valid for 1, 2, or 3 days and entry to select attractions.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$51.71
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$51.71

Bosphorus Sunset Cruise on Luxury Yacht

Bosphorus Sunset Cruise on Luxury Yacht

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Instead of driving around Istanbul all day in a stuffy tour bus, discover the city’s beauty in style on this relaxing sunset cruise down the Bosphorus, the waterway that marks the border between Asian Turkey and European Turkey. From the open-air deck of your luxury yacht, see riverside landmarks like the Dolmabahçe Palace, the Ortaköy Mosque and the Rumeli Fortress, all lit by the beautiful dusk light.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$57.46
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$57.46

Skip the Line: Whirling Dervish Ceremony Ticket in Istanbul

Skip the Line: Whirling Dervish Ceremony Ticket in Istanbul

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Marvel at the mystique of whirling dervishes as they gracefully dance the ceremonial ‘sema’ Mevlevi at the emblematic Hodjapasha Dance Theater in Istanbul. Enjoy a cultural evening in Istanbul during this age-old performance of choreographed spiritual dancing accompanied by traditional music and Persian chanting. Before the show, set the mood with Turkish delight and a drink at the bar. Then, admire the dervishes as they elegantly twist and turn in their white flowing gowns.
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
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$36.77
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$36.77

Whirling Dervishes at Hodjapasha

Whirling Dervishes at Hodjapasha

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Uncover the sacred practice of the mystical Sufis at an authentic Mevlevi Sema Ceremony held at Istanbul’s Hodjapasha, and witness the 800-year-old tradition that has been preserved on UNESCO’s list of Intangible Heritage of Humanity. Be mesmerized by the bizarre yet beautiful sight of the Whirling Dervishes as they perform their unique spiritual rituals during an hour-long show, including a live orchestra and 360-video projections.
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
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$30.00
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$30.00

Gallipoli Day Trip from Istanbul

Gallipoli Day Trip from Istanbul

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Experience somber battlefields and historic World War I memorial sites during this guided day trip to Gallipoli from Istanbul. With an expert guide, visit heartbreaking sites on the Gallipoli peninsula where Australian, New Zealand and Turkish soldiers lost their lives during a merciless WWI campaign. Hear rare stories about the fallen troops at famous sites including Lone Pine, ANZAC Cove, Ari Burnu Cemetery and the Nek.
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  • 14 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$102.28
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$102.28

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
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$40.00
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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. Enjoy a small-group tour of the Chora Church by an expert guide 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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$109.17
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$109.17

Private and Guided Off The Beaten Paths Of Istanbul

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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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$153.00
$180.00
$27.00 savings
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$153.00
$180.00
$27.00 savings
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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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$402.21
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$402.21
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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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$114.92
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$114.92
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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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$110.00
per group
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$110.00
per group

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

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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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$126.00
$140.00
$14.00 savings
Price varies by group size
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$126.00
$140.00
$14.00 savings
Price varies by group size

St. Saviour in Chora (Kariye) - Guided Visit

St. Saviour in Chora (Kariye) - Guided Visit

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At about 2:30PM meet with your guide at the main entrance of the museum.The Church of the Holy Saviour in Chora is a medieval Byzantine Greek Orthodox church in Edirnekapı neighborhood of Istanbul. The neighborhood is situated in the western part of the municipality of the Fatih district. In the 16th century, during the Ottoman era, the church was converted into a mosque; it became a museum in 1948. The interior of the building is covered with some of the oldest and finest surviving Byzantine mosaics and frescoes; they were uncovered and restored after the building was secularized and turned into a museum. The Chora Church was originally built as part of a monastery complex outside the walls of Constantinople, to the south of the Golden Horn. Literally translated, the church's full name was the Church of the Holy Saviour in the Country: although "The Church of the Holy Redeemer in the Fields" would be a more natural rendering of the name in English.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$16.09
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$16.09

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

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We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since Kariye Museum (Kariye Müzesi) can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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How much does it cost to visit Kariye Museum (Kariye Müzesi) 2021?
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Currently, an entrance ticket to Kariye Museum (Kariye Müzesi) costs USD 16.09. Guided Kariye Museum (Kariye Müzesi) tours start around USD 16.09 per person.
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