Spend a full day discovering Istanbul’s Byzantine past as you visit some of the city’s oldest churches. In addition to tours of St. Sophia, St. Chora, and St. Irene churches you’ll see historical sites in Sultanahmet. Marvel at centuries-old mosaics.
What to Expect
Istanbul features many churches dating from the Byzantine period. Some of the churches are now museums, others lie in ruins, and many are seldom seen by visitors or locals. In additional, some of the churches have been converted into places of Muslim worship.
On this full-day tour you’ll have a chance to admire Greek and Byzantine mosaics inside the churches you visit. As many as 450 mosaics from over 1,100 years of the Byzantine Empire have been documented.
Istanbul is home to churches of different faiths, including Catholic, Protestant, and Russian Orthodox, but this tour focuses on the city’s Byzantine churches, and in some cases, only ruins of the ancient walls remain.
Visit the Byzantine churches of St. Sophia, St. Chora, and St. Irene, as well as some historical sites in Sultanahmet dating to that period.
The itinerary includes visits to the following:
• Hagia Sophia (interior)
• Hagia Irene (exterior)
• Pantocrator Zeyrek (exterior)
• Greek Patriarchate (interior)
• St. Savior in Chora (interior)
• Pammakaristos Church(interior)
- Licensed tour guide
- Entrance fees to museums
Know Before You Go
On Mondays, the Hagia Sophia Museum is closed.
On Wednesdays, St. Savior and Pammakaristos churches are closed.