An Off-the-Beaten Tour with Serif Yenen: Istanbul, Roofs-Terraces & Underground | Serif Yenen
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An Off-the-Beaten Tour with Serif Yenen: Istanbul, Roofs-Terraces & Underground

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An Off-the-Beaten Tour with Serif Yenen: Istanbul, Roofs-Terraces & Underground

While the Roman capital Rome was shrinking to a cow town, Constantinople was on the rise with a population of half a million. After seeing resplendent metropolis with its harbor full of vessels, with its markets filled with silks, spices, furs, precious stones, perfumed woods, carved ivory, gold and silver and enameled jewelry, the Crusader Villehardouin was in shock and said: “One could not believe there was so rich a city in all the world.”

Byzantium was a buffer shielding medieval Europe from the empire-building Persians, Arabs, and Turks. It was a bridge between East and West. Byzantines were law makers, developed religious, political, and social practices vibrant to this day. They were masters of mosaics. They pictured Christ enthroned as the Pantocrator, Creator of Universe in the domes of many of their churches.

While Charlemagne, King of the Franks, could barely write his name, many Byzantine emperors were scholars. While men in the West for centuries tested guilt or innocence by subjecting the accused to severe pain, Justinian set scholars to compiling his famous Corpus Juris Civilis (Body of Civil Law), the foundation of Roman Law in continental Europe today. Via the Code Napoléon, Byzantine precepts were transmitted to Latin America, Québec Province, and Louisiana, where they still hold sway.

Today, as we go back and investigate more, and in the course of recent construction projects, new discoveries are being made constantly, and long-lost traces of previous occupants of the city are being uncovered. History is being re-written.

This tour will surprise even long-time residents of Istanbul with many unknown and unexpected ruins beneath the city. In the company of Serif Yenen, you can experience the feeling of discovery and privilege of seeing many artefacts, which millions of people living here ‘above ground’ are unfamiliar with.

The program will include visits to several cisterns, churches, palace ruins, some sub-structures, terraces with beautiful view, and the places where James Bond passed through. Some of the places visited will be the places, which are normally not open to the public.

Come join us to discover what lies beneath and what is above in the Old City of Istanbul within the walls.

Program summary (Selections from the program):

  • Depending on the location of your hotel, we will pick you up from your hotel by private transport.
  • We will be going through almost all of the Seven Hills of Constantinople.
  • The tour begins with an orientation visit to a terrace in Sultanahmet
  • Ruins of the Byzantine Great Palace
  • Panagia Hodegetria Church and Sacred Water
  • Nakkas Cistern and an Exhibition on the Byzantine Hippodrome
  • Visit many other terraces and cisterns and mosques
  • Lunch at a restaurant (lokanta) with good local food
  • Some terraces around the Grand Bazaar
  • Chora Church

An Off-the-Beaten Tour with Serif Yenen: Istanbul, Roofs-Terraces & Underground

  • This is a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
  • Discover what lies beneath and what is above Istanbul.
  • Go beyond the regular and become true travelers.
  • This tour is a collection of best examples from various parts of the city.
  • Visit off the beaten path and discover unknown places in the Old City.
  • This tour will surprise even long-time residents of Istanbul with many unknown and unexpected ruins beneath and above the city.
  • Learn about all these places from Serif Yenen. Serif is the author of one of the best cultural guidebooks of Turkey; “Turkish Odyssey”, and he wrote many other books and made films.
  • Lunch break will be at a very good casual local restaurant with traditional food
  • Catch picturesque instants with your camera.

An Off-the-Beaten Tour with Serif Yenen: Istanbul, Roofs-Terraces & Underground

Meeting Point and Time?

  • Depending on the location of your hotel, we will pick you up from your hotel by private transport.
  • We can start this tour anytime you like.
  • This tour is available everyday.

Duration of the Tour?

  • It will take about 6-7 hours.

Price and Payment:

  • The price is $145.00 USD per person.
  • Children up to the age of 3 are free.
  • The children between 4 and 11 will pay $90.00 USD only.
  • For the confirmation of the tour, we will kindly ask you to make payment.

What is Included?

  • Professional tour guide services by Serif Yenen.
  • Private Transportation.
  • Some complimentary copies of Serif’s publications.
  • Tea/coffee breaks.
  • Entrance fees and costs to the places to be visited.

What is not Included?

  • Lunch
  • Personal expenses
  • Gratuity to the guide (optional)

Capacity

  • Minimum 2, maximum 6 guests.

Terms & Conditions and Cancellation Policy

This tour is operated by A-group Travel Agency “Serif Yenen Travel” licensed by the Turkish Ministry of Tourism (Licence number: 8860)