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  • Location: Istanbul, Turkey
  • Duration:  3 hours (approx.)
Explore the European side of Istanbul on this 3-hour tour, and see highlights like the Golden Horn, Eyüp Sultan Mosque and Miniatürk model park! With an expert guide at your side, you’ll visit the Eyüp district’s most significant mosque before riding up a cable car to Pierre Loti Café. Enjoy stunning views of the Golden Horn – Istanbul’s natural harbor – and then finish your tour admiring miniature model replicas of Turkey’s famous buildings at Miniatürk.

Highlights

  • Explore the European side of Istanbul on a 3-hour tour
  • Visit Eyüp Sultan Mosque and see the tomb of Eyüp El-Ensari
  • Ride up the Eyüp cable car to the famous Pierre Loti Café
  • Admire bird's-eye views of Istanbul’s Golden Horn – the world’s largest natural harbor
  • Stroll around Miniatürk and see miniature replicas of famous Turkish buildings

What You Can Expect

Golden Horn and Miniaturk Park Tour in Istanbul

Ride the Eyup Cable Car in Istanbul

Start your tour with a hotel pickup, or alternatively, meet your guide in the city center and then head straight to the district of Eyüp by minibus. Your first stop here is Eyüp Sultan Mosque, the place of worship that’s widely considered to be Istanbul’s holiest site. Visited by thousands each day, the mosque is known for its colorful yet mystical ambiance.

Inside the building is the tomb of Eyüp El-Ensari -- a close companion of the Prophet Mohammed. After exploring the mosque, you’ll pay a visit to his famous mausoleum while leaning about his prominent religious role in Turkey.

Continue your tour with a walk to the Eyüp cable car, and then ride up it to the Pierre Loti Café, where the French poet Pierre Loti wrote while admiring views of the Golden Horn. Sit down and relax here, while soaking up commanding views of the horn-shaped fjord below that splits the city’s European shoreline into two.

Head down the cable car and stroll across to your tour’s final destination – Miniatürk! This kitsch yet fascinating museum showcases hundreds of models of Turkey’s most famous buildings. Aptly demonstrating the Turk’s pride for their heritage, the miniature park also boasts a selection of figurines that depict the country’s culture; see praying Muslims, Jews at a mosque, flower sellers and more!

Spend time exploring the site independently and then check out its popular shopping center for souvenirs to take home. Your tour then ends with a drop-off at your Istanbul hotel.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2013

I enjoyed this tour very much. We had a good tour guide, and the sites we visited were very interesting. Would recommend this tour.

4 star rating: Recommended November 2013

Miniaturk, Eyup Sultan r.a.'s shrine and mosque as well as Pierre Loti Hill are sites not to be missed. It was nice day!

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