DAILY BIBLICAL TOUR ISTANBUL ITINERARY:
Pick up at 09:00am from the hotel and depart for a Istanbul Biblical tour.
First, visit the Patriarchate at Fener which is the seat of Orthodox
Christianity since Constantine The Great’ s declaration as the religion of Roman
Then visit Church of Panagia of Blachernae, the best known and most celebrated
shrine of the Holy Virgin located near Golden Horn.
The church is famed with the hagiasma (fountain of holy water), good to cure
health problems, and the Hagion Lousma (sacred bath) good to clean the soul
where the emperor also came to purify himself. Then see St. Savior in Chora (Kariye
Museum) originally a Byzantine monastery with fantastic mosaics and frescoes
portraying scenes from a bible, the life and miracles of Jesus. (closed on
wednesdays) The church is considered to be one of the most beautiful examples of
a Byzantine church.
After Kariye Museum, see Pantocrator (Zeyrek) from outside. It represents the
most typical example of architecture of the Byzantine middle period in
Constantinople and is, after Hagia Sophia, the second largest religious edifice
built by the Byzantines still extant in Istanbul.
Then visit Church of St. Mary Pammacaristos, once housed the Patriarchate for a
while after the conquest. The Parekklesion, besides being one of the most
important examples of Constantinoples Palaiologan architecture, has the largest
amount of Byzantine mosaics after the Hagia Sophia and Chora Church in Istanbul.
See Zoodochos Pege at Balikli, dedicated to the Mother of God at Pege, with an
underground cistern, full of gold fishes related to a well - known miracle, and
the fountain of holy water. Visit St. Sergius and Bacchus from outside, a
landmark in Byzantine ecclesiastical architecture.
This Byzantine building with a central dome plan was erected in the 6th century
and was a model for the Hagia Sophia, the main church of the Byzantine Empire.
Then see Hagia Eirene from out side, the old patriarchal church with its
impressive size stands next to Hagia Sophia. The building reputedly stands on
the site of a pre - Christian temple. It ranks, in fact, as the first church
built in Constantinople.
Lastly, visit Hagia Sophia, a former Orthodox patriarchal basilica, later a
mosque and now a museum. Famous in particular for its massive dome, Hagia Sophia
is considered the epitome of Byzantine architecture and is believed to have
"changed the history of architecture". See spectacular mosaics which depict the
Virgin Mother, Jesus, saints, Byzantian emperors and empresses and biblical
DAILY BIBLICAL TOUR ISTANBUL INCLUDES:
TOUR DOES NOT INCLUDE:
- Pick up transfer from your hotel in Istanbul at approx. 9:00am
- Guided Istanbul Biblical tour
- All entrance fees mentioned in the itinerary
- Transportation in a fully air-conditioned, non-smoking coach
- Professional English-speaking tour guide
- Return airport transfer to your hotel at approx. 5:00pm
- International flights
- Insurance: All types
- Turkey entry visa
- Items of a personal nature such as alcoholic drinks, cold drinks, laundry
- Any others expenses which are not mentioned at the included section
Please Note: Hagia Sophia is open on every day, Topkapi Palace closed on tuesdays, Grand Bazaar closed on sundays. If your tour is on one of these days we would offer you to visit Underground Cistern instead of Topkapi palace museum, instead of Grand Baazar you will visit Spice Bazaar.
|DAILY BIBLICAL TOUR ISTANBUL
REGULAR SUMMER PRICES IN EURO:
|Summer Season: from 10.03. - 10.11.
|DAILY BIBLICAL TOUR ISTANBUL
REGULAR WINTER PRICES IN EURO:
|Winter Season: from 11.11.- 11.03.
What are the discounts for children?
Children 0-6 years are free of charge.
Children 6-11 years are charged at 50% of a full priced adult tour.