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Serpent Column (Yilani Sütun)
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Serpent Column (Yilani Sütun) Tours and Tickets

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The Serpent Column (Yilani Sütun) is what remains of an ancient bronze snake monument located at the Hippodrome of Constantinople in Istanbul. The column once featured three intertwined snakes, their jaws stretching open and supporting a golden tripod. This tripod, along with the heads and necks of all three snakes have since been lost, leaving only the column of their intertwined bodies that can be seen today.

The structure was built after the Battle of Plataea, which began in 479 BC and in which the Greeks defeated the Persians. The Serpent Column was erected next to the altar of Apollo at Delphi to commemorate the Greek states involved in the battle and, according to legend, was built using the bronze from the melted down weapons of the Persians.

The Serpent Column came to be in its current location mounted on the spina at the Hippodrome in Constantinople when Constantine the Great ordered its relocation in around 330 BC, along with several other ancient monuments.

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Istanbul Heritage Tour - Incl. Lunch

Istanbul Heritage Tour - Incl. Lunch

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Cover 3,500 years of history in just eight hours on your Istanbul group tour. You and your guide will explore the city’s most famous buildings, including the Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, and Topkapi Palace. No need to worry about lunch reservations, as your lunch has been arranged at a rooftop restaurant with a Bosphorus view. Skip the perils of public transit with comfortable transportation to and from your hotel.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$88.87
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$88.87

Istanbul Sightseeing Walking Tour

Istanbul Sightseeing Walking Tour

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See Istanbul’s most notable landmarks and secret backstreets on this small-group walking tour. Learn about the city’s Byzantine and Ottoman history from an English-speaking guide. Pass by Hagia Sophia, the Hippodrome, the Blue Mosque, the Grand Bazaar, and the Spice Bazaar. On this tour, learn about the attractions, but not venture inside. Discover where locals eat and drink.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$23.08
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$23.08
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Istanbul Imperial & Bosphorus Tour - Incl. Lunch

Istanbul Imperial & Bosphorus Tour - Incl. Lunch

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Enjoy Full Day Regular Small Group Tour with max 20 - 25 people. Discover the History of Istanbul with our Official & Profesional Guides in 7 hrs. See Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Hippodrome, Grand Bazaar. Lunch will be on the Roof Restaurant with Bosphorus View called Olive Restaurant (Restaurant Changable). After the Lunch, we will continue to visit Spice Bazaar (Egyptian Marlet) and Boat Trip on Bosphorus. Then drop off to the Hotels.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$73.87
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Istanbul Classics and Highlights! Blue Mosque, Hagia Sofia, Topkapi and more!

Istanbul Classics and Highlights! Blue Mosque, Hagia Sofia, Topkapi and more!

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This tour is a must in Istanbul with a group up to max 8 participants! You will begin the day with the Roman / Byzantine Hippodrome, where the chariot races were organised and take place. Blue Mosque the only mosque with six minarets. Next, you will see the German Fountain - a gift of Kaiser Wilhelm. Hagia Sophia - The Church of Divine Wisdom is the highlight of this day. Following the visits your guide will take you the Grand Bazaar for demonstration of Turkish Handicrafts. Magnificent Topkapı Museum is the big one, the most important museum of Turkey and the Balkan Peninsula. First, second, third and fourth courtyards; the Audience Hall, Divan-the High Court, Historical Kitchens,Treasury, gardens, kiosks. Hagia Irene Church. Your lunch will be served en route in a local and authentic restaurant where you will be able to taste various types of local tastes. To see these things with a great guide. Well, you will never be quite the same again.
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  • 8 to 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$80.00
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Highlights of Istanbul Walking Tour

Highlights of Istanbul Walking Tour

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First-time travelers can discover the best of Istanbul with this small-group highlights tour, perfect for getting your bearings in this picturesque city. Explore the city's top landmarks with your guide, find a few hidden gems, and learn about the city's diverse cultural and architectural achievements. Along the way, you can spot the Topkapi Palace and the Grand Bazaar, and even stop at an Ottoman-era spice market to get a taste of the time-honored marketplace experience.
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  • 3 hours
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$20.78
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Full Day Private Istanbul Tour

Full Day Private Istanbul Tour

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Step into the golden ages of the Ottoman, Byzantine and Roman empires with a full-day, private tour through Istanbul’s Old City. See the monuments and historic sites of Hippodrome Square, where Roman charioteers raced in ancient times, then explore St. Sophia's stunning architecture and museum. See the iconic tiles, mosaics and slender minarets of the Blue Mosque and browse traditional handicrafts inside the Grand Bazaar. Learn about the lives of sultans and courtiers at Topkapi Palace, which contains a remarkable collection of Turkey's greatest holy relics, imperial treasures and artwork.
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  • 7 hours
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$138.51
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$138.51
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Small-Group Istanbul Old City Sightseeing Tour

Small-Group Istanbul Old City Sightseeing Tour

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See the unforgettable landmarks of Istanbul’s old city on a full-day, small-group sightseeing tour with a professional art historian. Enjoy a comfortable seat on a luxury coach as you make your way to Hagia Sophia, descend into a stunning below-ground cistern system and explore a Roman-era hippodrome. Pause for a 3-course lunch before continuing to the Blue Mosque, the Ottoman Topkapi Palace and the bustling stalls of the Grand Bazaar, and get an insider’s perspective on the back stories and secrets of each place.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$80.80
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Full Day Guided Tour to Old City Highlights - Cultural Walking Tour of Istanbul

Full Day Guided Tour to Old City Highlights - Cultural Walking Tour of Istanbul

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Istanbul Old City Tour with Art Historian Tour Guide Experience Istanbul's timeless sights on a full-day tour of the city's stunning historic places. Listen for the ancient echoes of pounding hooves and charioteers at Hippodrome Square and spot the distinctive tiles of the Blue Mosque. See the Byzantine mosaics and minarets of Hagia Sophia, then follow in the footsteps of powerful sultans, courtiers, and generals at Topkapi Palace. Continue your tour in the vibrant Grand Bazaar, browsing bright displays of handicrafts, carpets, and souvenirs. We will visit Hippodrome, Hagia Sophia Museum, Blue Mosque, Grand Covered Bazaar, Topkapi Palace, Sultan Tombs. End of the tour we will drop you off at your hotel. Let's start to explore Istanbul. The first visit is to Ancient Hippodrome. It was the center of sports activities in Constantinople. Blue Mosque, as known as the Sultanahmet Mosque, is a breath-taking building is one of the most majestic Ottoman mosques in all of Turkey.
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  • 8 hours
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$92.34
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Istanbul Walking Tour

Istanbul Walking Tour

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Istanbul can be an overwhelming experience for first-time visitors, particularly after a long journey. Get your bearings in the city with this full-day walking tour, which showcases the most prominent attractions in the city’s Historical Peninsula. Having seen the highlights in Sultanahmet and Fatih, you’ll be well placed to discover the rest of the culture and heritage Istanbul has to offer.
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  • 6 to 7 hours
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$46.17
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Istanbul 1-Day Tour with Flight from Side

Istanbul 1-Day Tour with Flight from Side

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Visit Istanbul on a day-trip from Side that includes round-trip flights, a guided tour of the city’s highlights, and all airport transfers. Step into the world of the Ottoman sultans at Topkapi Palace, see the landmarks of the old city, and practice your bargaining skills at the Egyptian Bazaar. This full-day tour offers a convenient, cost-effective way to see Istanbul while you’re visiting Turkey’s Mediterranean coast.
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  • 16 hours
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$229.69
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Istanbul Byzantine Relics Half-Day Morning Tour

Istanbul Byzantine Relics Half-Day Morning Tour

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The history of Istanbul spans thousands of years, and most tours cover attractions from all time periods. Well-suited to savvy travelers, this enriching guided visit focuses on the city’s Byzantine heritage, covering relics from after the Roman Empire and before Ottoman times. Listening to informative stories from your private group guide, you’ll get a peek at world-famous landmarks like Hagia Sophia and the Grand Bazaar from an insider’s historical perspective.
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  • 4 hours
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$43.10
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Istanbul 5-Day City Package with Hotel, City Tours and Airport Transfers

Istanbul 5-Day City Package with Hotel, City Tours and Airport Transfers

If this is your first time to Istanbul and you want to see all the highlights of this amazing city at a leisurely pace, this is the tour for you. This five-day stay will take you to the palaces of Topkapi Palace, Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Bosphorus, Dolmabahce Palace, Pierre Loti Hill, Asian side and there's even time for shopping in the Grand Bazaar to pickup a souvenir or two. A stroll down Istiklal Street connects the city's modern culture, architecture and theatres with quirky art and craft shopping. Istanbul city break is a gift for art lovers with a visit to Istanbul Modern Art, just one of many fine museums as well as other art galleries . Some of the world's best restaurants are located in the city making a break to Istanbul essential travel planning. Come and enjoy Istanbul in a 5-Days Istanbul City Break.
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  • 5 days
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Private Tour Istanbul Classics with Local Expert Guide

Private Tour Istanbul Classics with Local Expert Guide

Don’t worry about organizing your own excursions around Istanbul: discover the city’s top sights in one day, and leave all the planning to someone else, when you book this private tour. Meet your guide in the morning at your local hotel, and set off. You can look forward to discovering world-renowned landmarks like the Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Grand Bazaar, Topkapi Palace, and more in a single day. You’ll also enjoy a traditional Turkish lunch as part of your itinerary.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Istanbul Sites: Peel back the layers of Turkish history with this audio tour

Istanbul Sites: Peel back the layers of Turkish history with this audio tour

Istanbul is like a big cake, with layers and layers of history piled on top of one another. Welcome to the Sultanahmet, the city's historic heart, and an awe-inspiring hotspot for visitors. This self-guided audio walk is an easy introduction to some of the Turkish culture. Get your bearings before you start discovering Istanbul. Walk past tons of bronze-plated history, through an ancient stadium and learn why Kaiser Wilhelm was treated with suspicion by the Sultan... The tour is ready whenever you are. Simply download it onto the VoiceMap app in a wifi zone and then, when you're ready, select the Start Tour option. You can pause the tour whenever you like and when you're ready to get going again, the tour will pick up right where you left off. Your guide is Arzu Altinay who operates a walking tour company in Istanbul. You can find more about her walking tours. She enjoys writing, travelling and storytelling...oh, and good wine.
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  • 20 to 30 minutes
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