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Serpent Column (Yilani Sütun) Tours and Activities

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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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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
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$152.77
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Istanbul 1-Day Guided Tour from Belek including Domestic Flights

Istanbul 1-Day Guided Tour from Belek including Domestic Flights

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Spend a full day exploring the old city of Istanbul on a tour that includes round-trip flights from Antalya. Visit top attractions including Topkapi Palace, the Hippodrome, Blue Mosque, and the Egyptian (Spice) Bazaar, and have the option to take a sightseeing cruise on the Bosphorus River. Includes flights, guide, entrance fees, and hotel pickup and drop-off from Belek, Serik, Kadriye and Antalya.
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  • 1 day
  • Taking safety measures
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Full-Day Guided Tour of Istanbul, from Antalya including Domestic Flights

Full-Day Guided Tour of Istanbul, from Antalya including Domestic Flights

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During your stay in Antalya, fly to Istanbul for a full-day tour of the top attractions in the old city of Sultahnamet. Visit Topkapı Palace, the Hippodrome, Blue Mosque, and the Egyptian (Spice) Bazaar, then have the option to take a sightseeing cruise on the Bosphorus River and have dinner before your return flight. Includes round-trip plane tickets, guide, entrance fees to Topkapi Palace, and hotel pickup and drop-off.
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  • 18 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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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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$24.64
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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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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
  • Taking safety measures
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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
  • Free Cancellation
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Istanbul 1-Day Guided Tour from Bodrum including Domestic Flights

Istanbul 1-Day Guided Tour from Bodrum including Domestic Flights

See the historic city of Istanbul on a full-day tour from Bodrum that includes a guided tour of the city, round-trip flights, and all ground transport. Explore the former home of Ottoman sultans at Topkapi Palace, visit the Old City and Blue Mosque, then browse the colorful stalls at the Egyptian Bazaar. This full-day Istanbul tour is a cost-effective way to tour Istanbul while visiting Turkey's Aegean coast.
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  • 12 hours
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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
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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
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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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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
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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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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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Istanbul Old City Tour: Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace, Grand Bazaar

Istanbul Old City Tour: Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace, Grand Bazaar

Discover the top 5 sites in Sultanahmet on this 8-hour tour. See the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, Ancient Hippodrome and the Grand Bazaar in a small group walking tour. Enjoy skip the line priority admission and never wait in a line again. The word "Hagia" in Greek means "Divine" and "Sophia" means "Wisdom", "Divine Wisdom is one of the attributes of Jesus Christ and this church is devoted to his divine wisdom. Blue Mosque The Blue Mosque is one of the most prominent landmarks of Istanbul. Hippodrome and Obelisks The square in front of the Blue Mosque covers the site of the ancient "Hippodrome", one of the most famous areas in Byzantine. Grand Bazaar The oldest and the largest covered market place in the world is situated in the center of the city. Lunch Break Topkapi Palace Topkapi Palace was more than just the private residence of the Sultan and his court, It was the seat of the supreme executive and judiciary council, the Divan and the training school.
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  • 8 hours
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Currently, an entrance ticket to Serpent Column (Yilani Sütun) costs USD 5.40. Guided Serpent Column (Yilani Sütun) tours start around USD 5.40 per person. See all 15 Serpent Column (Yilani Sütun) tickets and tours on Viator.
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