Day Tour

Byzantine Highlights (4 Hours)

Sea Song Tours - Turkey

Istanbul, Turkey

Valid for Travel Now Through: 28 Aug 2019

Byzantine Highlights (4 Hours )

Istanbul, Turkey

Tour Features

Experience(s)

  • Culture, History & Arts

Meals

None

Recommended Ages

All Ages

Activity Level

Easy • Wheelchair Accessible

Description

Arrive in Istanbul, you will meet with your professional guide at 9:00am, holding a name sign outside of the terminal building and and start your private half-day of sightseeing in Istanbul.

Your private tour of Istanbul starts with a visit to the Hippodrome, which was one of the largest chariot race grounds of the Byzantine Empire. Istanbul's Byzantine Hippodrome was the heart of Constantinople's political and sporting life, and the scene of games and riots through 500 years of Ottoman history as well. This was the largest hippodrome of the ancient world with a design that was conceptually based on the Circus Maximus in Rome. You will see Egyptian Obelisk, Serpentine Column, Constantine Column which are remained from the original Hippodrome.

Next, you will visit St. Sophia, the church of the Divine Wisdom. The architectural marvel of all time. It was built during Emperor Justinian reign ( AD 537 ) and it remained the greatest church in Christendom until the conquest of Constantinople in 1453 by Sultan Mehmet II who ordered to convert Hagia Sophia into a Mosque. In 1934, Atatürk proclaimed it a museum. The walls of

this beautiful piece of architecture are decorated with gorgeous mosaics.

Then, you will visit the Underground Cistern. It was built by Justinian in the 6th century. It is 70 meters wide and 140 meters long, with a capacity of 80,000 m³ of water. It has 336 beautiful columns that support the cistern, two of which are carved with the head of Medusa on the plinth.

Last, you will explore ninety-two streets of the famous Grand Bazaar. The Grand Bazaar is the largest and oldest covered Bazaar in Turkey with more than 4,000 shops. A variety of Turkish Handicrafts, Oriental carpets, rare jewels and inexpensive souvenirs all sold in small shops next to each other. The streets are named according to the trades, such as gold and silver sellers, carpet sellers, booksellers, etc. The most oriental atmosphere in Istanbul is found in the bazaar.

At the end of your sightseeing, you will return to your ship.

About Us

The Sea Song team has been working hard over the last 17 years to build a company that is completely focused on the experiences of our travelers. We pay attention to every detail from the time of arrival until departure. This makes the Sea Song difference. Virtuoso and your Travel Advisor curate the best travel experiences from around the world. We choose exclusive experiences just for you.

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Terms & Conditions

METHODS OF PAYMENT

CHECK - We accept Personal or Company checks drawn on a United States Bank. Made payable to : Sea Song Tours Mail to : KAREN FEDORKO P.O BOX 2774 EAST HAMPTON, N.Y. 11937

CREDIT CARD - Sea Song mail-order form will be filled out, signed, and scanned or faxed to Sea Song office for processing. (Visa & Master Card & American Express are accepted - no additional cost).

WIRE TRANSFER - Wire Transfer to our bank account; All tour invoices indicate bank details at the bottom left corner of invoice. (The Sender is responsible for all transfer expenses including intermediary Bank Charges )

Payment Schedule

The policy of our company is to receive a 25% deposit upon confirmation . The balance of payment is due 60 days prior to clients arrival in Turkey.

CANCELLATION POLICY

  • 61 days prior to arrival, no penalty
  • Between 60-31 days prior to arrival, penalty is 50% of tour price
  • Between 30-15 days prior to arrival, penalty is 75% of tour price
  • Less than 14 days prior to arrival, penalty is 100% of tour price


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Sea Song is outstanding

By: KathyO


Reviewed on: 03 Oct 2013

We spent three days touring Istanbul with all arrangements made by Sea Song. They are outstanding, looking after absolutely every detail from cute little water bottle carriers, to a guide book of the city, to shoe bags when you go in the mosques, to hand wipes in restaurants. Our tour guide was outstanding in every respect; her English was impeccable; she was attentive to the needs of her group; she was extremely knowledgable about all aspects of Turkey and she was fun to be with.
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Outstanding

By: Pat


Reviewed on: 12 Oct 2013

Very knowledgeable guides. Transfers were flawless. Guides' recommendations for restaurants were excellent. Good hotels especially the boutique hotel in Istanbul.
Travel Advisor:  Jessica Griscavage
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Knowledgeable

By: frankie


Reviewed on: 17 Oct 2013

Our guide was not only knowledgeable but friendly, well dressed, open to suggestions and extremely helpful with recommendations for restaurants, etc.
Travel Advisor:  Mary Ann Tiemeier
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Highly recommend Sea Song

By: Craig and Sandy


Reviewed on: 17 Oct 2013

Sea Song was a fantastic tour group. They spoke excellent English and they were very knowledgeable of the tours they provided. Definitely will ask for them by name on any international cruise we take in the future.
Travel Advisor:  Birgit Navarre
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Highly Recommended

By: Lipps


Reviewed on: 10 Nov 2013

The first tour guide was not very good but she was quickly replaced and with the following guides, one was better than the last. They took special care of me as I was handicapped and they made sure I was never in an uncomfortable place/position. Their guides were very knowledgeable and extremely accommodating. I can't imagine how anyone would go wrong using their services.
Travel Advisor:  Deborah Brye
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definitely recommend

By: Kona Carole


Reviewed on: 07 Nov 2013

I was very pleased with Sea Song Tours. Our guide was knowledgeable, friendly and punctual. I was presented with a tote bag with tour information. All entry fees, lunches and cold drinks were included in the price of the tour. Tours and food were wonderful.
Travel Advisor:  Aline Coleman
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Highly recommended

By: Susan and David


Reviewed on: 20 Nov 2013

The arrangements with Sea Song were wonderful. We were met at the gate and transported quickly through Visa and Passport control. The Hotel was a small local hotel and perfectly located. The hotel staff was very accomodating. Our tour guide was knowledgable and spoke wonderful English. He tailored our tours to our specific interests. We were very pleased.
Travel Advisor:  Eleanor Hardy
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Sure, great

By: Pompey


Reviewed on: 26 Nov 2013

Great hotel right next door to Hagia Sophia. Bosporus cruise was a high point of trip.
Travel Advisor:  Eleanor Hardy
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Very impressed and very pleased

By: Diane and Broc


Reviewed on: 20 Nov 2013

All of the services provided by Sea Song were of the highest quality from sightseeing excursions to the VIP airport transfers. Guides and escorts were very knowledgable and unfailingly courteous, conscientious and accommodating--even though we had extra requests that at times were not part of the scheduled program.
Travel Advisor:  Beth Jenkins
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Excellent

By: Becky


Reviewed on: 25 Nov 2013

Sea Song provided excellent drivers and guides. Since I was in a wheelchair, they also provided escorts to assist me in each location. They were delightful young men who were a great addition to the tours. The guides were extremely knowledgeable and informative. I would highly recommend Sea Song to anyone visiting Turkey.
Travel Advisor:  Kristie England
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Definetly recommended

By: Sandy


Reviewed on: 02 Jul 2014

We were very impressed with Sea Song, especially in Instanbul, we were fortunate to have had a great guide ( Asli ), always considerate since my Husband had some issues of walking & seeing, very punctual, took us to good local restauants, enjoyed her personality
Travel Advisor:  Deborah Brye
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Sea Song was the Best

By: Stacy243


Reviewed on: 16 Aug 2014

We were VERY happy with the service provided by Sea Song on our recent visit to Turkey. Sea Song organized separate tours for our guys who didn't want to go shopping. My shopping tour was perfect, and the guys reported loving Turkey thanks, in large part, to the excellent service provided by Sea Song. The extras provided by Sea Song were a step above other tour providers. We had everything we needed, including luxury vans/mini-buses, excellent drivers and wonderful guides. We continued to use the Sea Song wet wipes throughout the rest of our travels in Europe! They were much appreciated on hot days. We all cannot wait to return to Turkey.
Travel Advisor:  Shelly Lynch
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Expert Vacation Planners

By: cfw


Reviewed on: 26 Oct 2014

Sea Song was absolutely perfect. We received wonderful services at every stop. We received expert pre trip advice regarding our vacation. From greeters to guides we were treated like royalty. Each assistant answered our special needs, each appointment was made in a timely manner, assistance to foreign airports was most helpful. The gifts and lovely hand wipes from Sea Song were especially appreciated. This company is expertly run!
Travel Advisor:  Monika Dysart
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Perfect service

By: Sheridan


Reviewed on: 21 Jun 2015

All services were perfect. Greece a la Carte was also excellent.
Travel Advisor:  Rochelle Lieberman
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Excellent guide!

By: margaret1200


Reviewed on: 24 Jul 2015

Our guide in Turkey, Tuly (sp?), was wonderful. She was so patient and understanding. Her knowledge of facts and history was amazing and explained everything a way everyone could understand, from my 75 year old mother-in-law down to my 6 year old niece. She stayed longer than planned and was happy to accompany us beyond her original schedule. I would highly recommend her.
Travel Advisor:  Peg Aikman
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Great tour agency!

By: Redheaded Traveler


Reviewed on: 10 Jun 2016

Sea Song has great tour guides. Our Sea Song guides and drivers in Ephesus and Istanbul were amazing! They were knowledgeable, personable, and fun! They gave us plenty of time to take photos and were very gracious and helpful in answering our questions. We highly recommend them.
Travel Advisor:  Trish Mercer
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Wonderful service

By: js_ga


Reviewed on: 11 Sep 2016

Beautiful hotel, guides, and recommended restaurants. We really had a feel of the culture in Istanbul. Our main guide, Çulay, was especially knowledgeable and showed us parts of the city that we would have missed if she had not been there. Highly recommended!
Travel Advisor:  Eleanor Hardy
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Travel Review

By: Dolce


Reviewed on: 02 Jun 2017

Excelent service, only thing is that we never got a confirmation number for airplane tickets and on our first flight they couldn't find our reservation. Great staff and guides
Travel Advisor:  Francis Contreras
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Istanbul

By: C&J


Reviewed on: 09 Sep 2017

Seasong was excellent. We had a knowledgeable and helpful tour guide showing us around the city. The van service was very prompt and on time. They provided us with an extra-ordinary service at the airport as we were leaving. I had lost my iPhone and the Seasong representative worked very hard to locate it and bring it back to me before my plane left. His actions saved all my iPhone pictures from our entire trip and I am extremely grateful.
Travel Advisor:  Eleanor Hardy
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Tours in Turkey

By: Phil


Reviewed on: 11 Sep 2017

It was everything we expected and more. Everything went according to schedule. Our driver was very congenital and accommodating. Our tour guide was exceptional.
Travel Advisor:  Angela Walker
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Awesome

By: Dave


Reviewed on: 14 Sep 2018

They are amazing. Tour was spectacular and an amazing value
Travel Advisor:  Rachel Hardy

Super fantastic

By: Lucky Lake


Reviewed on: 07 Sep 2018

Our Sea Song tour of Istanbul was absolutely perfect. Every aspect of their planning was over the top wonderful. The hotel, the tours, the guide, the VIP airport service etc etc. well planned and personalized. Loved, loved, loved our experience with Sea Song!
Travel Advisor:  Rachel Hardy

Marvelous

By: San


Reviewed on: 18 Sep 2018

The tour was great. Our tour guide and driver were very friendly and courteous and so were the other tour personnel that also assisted us. Our tour guide spoke great English and was a well of historical information. I would certainly recommend her.
Travel Advisor:  Eleanor Hardy