A Unique Walking Tour with Serif Yenen: Underground Istanbul (What Lies Beneath)

A Unique Walking Tour with Serif Yenen: Underground Istanbul (What Lies Beneath)
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$125
Duration: 7 hours
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Description

Discover what lies beneath during this intriguing underground tour of Istanbul.  Walk along the beaten path to discover the unknown and unexpected ruins beneath the city.  This will surprise even the long-time residents of Istanbul with what lies beneath.  Learn about these places from Serif Yenen - author of one of the best cultural guidebooks of Turkey ("Turkish Odyssey") who also wrote many other books and films.  Then take a break for lunch at a very good casual, local restaurant serving delicious traditional food.  Then you will have the opportunity to take in great photo opportunities of our picturesque community with your camera.  The tour is perfect for small groups.

Please note:  depending on the location of your hotel you may be picked up directly by public transport or you may be asked to meet our guide at the Seven Hills Hotel lobby in Sultananahmet which is in the Old City.  The hotel is opposite the Four Seasons Hotel in Sultanahmet.

Istanbul is capital to three of the great empires – the Roman, Byzantine and the Ottoman – and has a very diverse and rich history. As one of the most unique cities in the world, we are privileged to live or visit here and have much to discover.

Over the centuries, perhaps out of ignorance or lack of appreciation, or at times in haste or to meet urgent needs, newer buildings have been built over the older structures. 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 artifacts, which millions of people living here "above ground" are unfamiliar with.

Program Summary (Selections from the program):

  • The tour will start from Sultanahmet and end in Laleli/Bayezid area.
  • Start with an orientation briefing to the Byzantine and Ottoman periods from a terrace overlooking many highlights.
  • Vist the ruins of the Byzantine Great Palace, which is underneath a cafe. We will be spending 15 minutes underground.
  • Vist the Panagia Hodegetria Church and Sacred Water. This is 3 floors below a carpet store.
  • Nakkas Cistern and an Exhibition on Byzantine Hippodrome. The cistern is a good size one which was once upon a time in the Byzantine Palace Grounds.
  • Walk through the Ancient Hippodrome, Byzantine Processional Road of Mese and the Constantine Forum.
  • Free time for lunch at a restaurant (lokanta) with good local food. This is in the Grand Bazaar area.
  • Visit the Antik Hotel in Bayezid to see the beautiful cistern underneath the hotel.
  • Visit the Greek Orthodox Church of Myrelaion, which was converted into the Bodrum Mosque. 
  • Visit a circular building with tens of colums inside. This is also an underground building and called as Rotunda. It serves as a marketplace today. Lots of shops are scattered among 1500-year-old Byzantine columns and capitals.

What is Included?

  • Professional tour guide services by Serif Yenen.
  • Some complimentary copies of Serif’s publications and maps.
  • Tea/coffee breaks.
  • Entrance fees.

What is not Included?

  • Lunch
  • Transportation
  • Personal expenses

Discover what lies beneath during this intriguing underground tour of Istanbul.  Walk along the beaten path to discover the unknown and unexpected ruins beneath the city.  This will surprise even the long-time residents of Istanbul with what lies beneath.  Learn about these places from Serif Yenen - author of one of the best cultural guidebooks of Turkey ("Turkish Odyssey") who also wrote many other books and films.  Then take a break for lunch at a very good casual, local restaurant serving delicious traditional food.  Then you will have the opportunity to take in great photo opportunities of our picturesque community with your camera.  The tour is perfect for small groups.

Please note:  depending on the location of your hotel you may be picked up directly by public transport or you may be asked to meet our guide at the Seven Hills Hotel lobby in Sultananahmet which is in the Old City.  The hotel is opposite the Four Seasons Hotel in Sultanahmet.