History of Byzantium Tour with Robin Pierson & Serif Yenen (Five Days)

History of Byzantium Tour with Robin Pierson & Serif Yenen (Five Days)

Tour Date: 14-18 April, 2019

Robin Pierson is the author of ‘The History of Byzantium Podcast.’ He tells the story of the Roman Empire from 476 to 1453 AD. He says that “Byzantine history is fascinating, world changing and largely forgotten. Listen and discover who they were.” Robin is from London in the UK. His web site is the History of Byzantium.

It has been Robin and Serif’s great idea to put this tour together, and they have been working on it together. Now it is ready.

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.

In the company of Robin Pierson and Serif Yenen, you can discover many Byzantine monuments and artefacts, which have been standing in Istanbul for thousands of years.

Come join us to discover the Roman and Byzantine monuments in the Old City of Istanbul, which is now called as the Historic Peninsula.


April 14, Sunday (Walking Tour)

  • Photo stop at the Seven Hills Hotel Terrace
  • Hagia Sophia
  • Hippodrome
  • Nakkas Cistern with the exhibition on Hippodrome
  • Lunch
  • Church of St Sergius and Bacchus
  • Bukoleon Palace


April 15, Monday (Tour with Transportation)

  • Aqueduct of Valens
  • Saint Polyeuktos Church
  • Chora Church
  • Lunch
  • Tekfur Palace-Golden Horn Walls


April 16, Tuesday (Tour with Transportation)

  • Zeyrek Mosque
  • Patriarchal Church of St George
  • St Mary of the Mongols
  • Lunch
  • Land Walls (Silivrikapı-Porte Aurea)
  • St John’s Church – Studios Monastery (from outside)


April 17, Wednesday (Walking Tour of Underground Istanbul)

  • Basilica Cistern
  • Magnaura Palace
  • Eresin Hotel
  • Column of Constantine
  • Lunch
  • Antik Hotel
  • Forum of Theodosius
  • Kalenderhane Mosque
  • Bodrum Mosque
  • Rotunda


April 18, Thursday (Walking Tour)

  • The Archaeological Musuems of Istanbul
  • Lunch
  • Hagia Eirene
  • Mosaic Museum


April 19, Friday (Optional Walking Tour with accommodation: $200.00 USD per person in double room, $255.00 USD per person in single room. If you are going to take this optional day, please let us know separately.)

  • Topkapi Palace,
  • Blue Mosque,
  • Lunch
  • Suleymaniye
  • Bosphorus tour


To run this tour, we need a minimum number of participants. Until we reach this minimum number, please do not buy your flight tickets yet. Once we are sure that we will run the tour, we will let you know, so that you can buy your flight tickets.

  • The price will be $1125.00 USD per person (accommodation in double room)
  • The price will be $1435.00 USD per person (accommodation in single room)

For those participants, who pay the 25-30% deposit and bring the balance in cash, we have discounts like below:

  • The price will be $990.00 USD per person (accommodation in double room)
  • The price will be $1265.00 USD per person (accommodation in single room)


What is included in this price:

  • Private airport transfers from and to the Ataturk Airport
  • Accommodation in deluxe rooms at the Recital Hotel ( for 5 nights
  • Five breakfasts at the hotel
  • Five lunches at local casual restaurants with good traditional food
  • Five days of tours with Serif Yenen as an official guide
  • Two days of transportation in a private van/bus
  • All museum entrance fees and costs as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Complimentary copies of Serif Yenen’s maps and books
  • Headsets (Whispers) will be provided to hear your guide at each site


What is NOT included in this price:

  • Optional Walking Tour with accommodation on April 19
  • Dinners
  • Personal expenses
  • Gratuities
  • Flights



  • Minimum 12, maximum 20 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)