Guided tour

Istanbul's Golden Horn, Eyüp, Miniatürk & Pierre Loti Tour

4.3 / 5

11 reviews

Istanbul's Golden Horn, Eyüp, Miniatürk & Pierre Loti Tour

From US$ 39.70 per person

Visit Istanbul’s most sacred site at the Eyüp Sultan Mosque and Tomb. Discover why thousands of faithfuls visit everyday. Continue to the famous Pierre Loti Coffee house and explore the Miniatürk miniature attractions.

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Duration 4 hours
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  • Visit the 3rd most sacred site in the world after Mecca and Jerusalem at the Eyüp Sultan Mosque & Tomb
  • Take in wonderful panoramas of the Golden Horn on the Teleferique (cable car)
  • Walk in the footsteps of the poet Pierre Loti and see the café where he got his inspiration
  • See Turkish life through the ages in miniature at Miniatürk
  • Shop for colorful souvenirs at a busy shopping center
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This half-day tour of Istanbul’s Golden Horn visits the city’s most sacred site and the 3rd most sacred site in the world after Mecca and Jerusalem. The Eyüp Sultan Mosque is visited by thousands of faithful people every day and you will join in as you explore the Mosque of Eyüp-El-Ensari, flagbearer of the Prophet Mohammed. Eyüp-El-Ensari died in Istanbul during the Arabic siege of the city in the 7th-Century. The old trees, pigeons, praying believers and the large crowd create a mystical and colorful atmosphere around the mosque. Continue via the Teleferique to the Pierre Loti Coffee House, located on a hill with beautiful trees. Enjoy the wonderful panorama of the Golden Horn and the bird’s eye view of the Horn from the cable car as you ascend 1,800 feet (550 meters) in less than 2 minutes. The coffee house takes its name from Pierre Loti, the French author and poet who was extremely fond of İstanbul and wrote as he sat in the coffee house while enjoying the views. Next visit Miniatürk, an open field of miniature scaled models of the best known masterpieces of Turkey that create a fairy-tale environment of İstanbul, Anatolia and the former Ottoman territories. It reflects the revival of Turkish culture and history in all its magnificence. Countless human models, situated throughout the park, such as a railroad worker, Muslims in a mosque courtyard, Jews praying in a synagogue, and flower sellers, portray the lifestyle of Turkish society through ages. Spend some time exploring the colorful shopping center, where you can find some of the best souvenirs in İstanbul, before the tour concludes.
  • Air-conditioned transport
  • Museum entrance fees
  • Free pick-up and drop off service for centrally located Istanbul hotels
  • Refreshments
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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  • Passport or ID card

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  • Smoking

Know before you go

  • A minimum of 6 guests is required to operate this tour. Guaranteed departure on Mondays and Thursdays.
  • After booking, you need to call the local supplier in order to learn exact time and free shuttle availability.
  • Pick-up is only available for centrally located Istanbul hotels. When verifying your booking, your local supplier will advise you on alternative meeting points for hotels which are not accessible
  • Free shuttle pick-up is offered between 13:00 and 14:00 (depending on the location of your hotel), and takes 45 to 60 minutes.
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Overall rating

4.3 /5

based on 11 reviews

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Excellent tour, the guide Emel and the driver are very nice. The guide explained to us the history of each place and leaves us free then, that's what I wanted. The only thing is that the tour was in English instead of French. To do especially for the view of the café (Pierre LOTI) and the miniatures of each monument beyond Turkey.

August 18, 2021

Interesting tour

The collection directly from the hotel worked perfectly. We were even driven in the "luxury bus" for private tours. :) Because there were only two of us, this tour had a very personal character. We could ask a lot and the tour was really interesting. A tiny drawback was the somewhat inflexible design of the tour process in relation to the weather conditions. So the stay in "Miniaturk" with drizzle, freezing wind and 1 degree was not a pleasure. But in the warmer months, the trip is always recommended!

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December 17, 2018

I would have liked more time in Cafe Pierre de Loti and probably less in minitaturk.

November 6, 2018

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