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Semi Private Tour - Golden Horn and Miniaturk Park Tour in Istanbul

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Fatih, Turkey
Semi Private Tour - Golden Horn and Miniaturk Park Tour in Istanbul
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Overview

Venture to the Miniatürk model park and see views of the Golden Horn during this 3-hour guided tour of Istanbul’s European side. You will explore the famous Eyüp Sultan Mosque and cruise up to Pierre Loti Café on board a vintage cable car. With your expert guide, discover the beautiful natural harbor of the Golden Horn and marvel at the intricate models of Turkey’s iconic monuments at Miniatürk.
  • 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
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Hotel pickup and drop-off
Air-conditioned vehicle
Local guide
Cable car ride
Donation to Eyüp Sultan Mosque
Food and drink
Gratuities

Departure Point

Sultan Ahmet, Küçük Ayasofya Cd. No:14, 34122 Fatih/İstanbul, Turkey

Please be ready in front of Tamara restaurant at 08:15 and look for blue and white Midibus/Minivan with the logo of Plan Tours and Gray Line

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Meet your guide and minibus at your hotel pickup and then drive to the neighborhood of Eyüp. Head to Eyüp Sultan Mosque and visit one of Istanbul’s most important religious locations. Enter this colorful holy building where thousands visit daily and treasure its spiritual atmosphere.

As you explore with your guide, hear how a close disciple of Prophet Mohammed, Eyüp El-Ensari, was buried within these walls. Following your tour of the mosque, walk with your guide to Eyüp’s tomb and learn about his importance to Turkey’s religious people.

Next, stroll to the Eyüp cable car and enjoy a tram lift to a popular vantage point of the Golden Horn at Pierre Loti Café. Relax here and share the same stunning views as the French poet Pierre Loti who once wrote some of his best pieces here. After savoring this famous lookout point, where Europe’s coastline diverges, head back to the cable car for a short ride to Miniatürk. 

At last, admire Istanbul from a totally different angle at this quirky yet interesting museum that demonstrates Turkey’s iconic monuments. See hundreds of replicas of buildings that showcase Turkey’s pride filled culture and an abundance of figurines that display the intricacies of everyday Turkish life such as: Muslims praying, flower sellers, and even Jews at a mosque. There’s loads to see at the miniature park.

Continue to walk through the park at your leisure or explore the souvenir store for something to purchase. Finally, hop back aboard your coach and return to your hotel or central Istanbul.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Eyup Sultan Mosque
Eyüp Sultan Mosque and his Tomb are the most sacred sites in İstanbul after Mecca and Jerusalem where thousands of faithful people visit everday. Eyüp El-Ensari was the flagbearer of Prophet Mohammed and died here during the Arabic siege of the city in the 7th century. The old trees, pigeons, praying believers and the visiting crowd create a mystical and colorful atmosphere around the mosque.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Pass By:  
Halic
Natural naval harbour of the Byzantines named as Golden Horn because of its hornlike shape and golden reflection of the glittering waves under sunshine when viewed from the hill tops
Stop At:  
Miniaturk
Miniatürk, “a story land”, the most influencing open field miniature park exhibiting scaled models of the most known masterpieces which 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 figure models situated throughout the park such as a railroad worker, Muslims in a mosque courtyard, Jews praying in a synagogue, flower seller etc., portray the lifestyle of the society through ages.
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Pierre Loti Tepesi
Teleferique (cable car) to Pierre Loti Coffee House among the green which is located on a hill with beautiful trees where you can enjoy the wonderful panorama of the Golden Horn.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Please note: When reconfirming your booking, your local supplier will advise you on alternative meeting points for hotels which are not accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Plan Tours
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Semi Private Tour - Golden Horn and Miniaturk Park Tour in Istanbul?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by Semi Private Tour - Golden Horn and Miniaturk Park Tour in Istanbul.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Semi Private Tour - Golden Horn and Miniaturk Park Tour in Istanbul?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Semi Private Tour - Golden Horn and Miniaturk Park Tour in Istanbul.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Semi Private Tour - Golden Horn and Miniaturk Park Tour in Istanbul?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Semi Private Tour - Golden Horn and Miniaturk Park Tour in Istanbul.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Semi Private Tour - Golden Horn and Miniaturk Park Tour in Istanbul?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Semi Private Tour - Golden Horn and Miniaturk Park Tour in Istanbul.

Reviews

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star-4
Very good organisation of pick up...
KAIMA K
, Sep 2015
Very good organisation of pick up from the Hotel. The guide was informative funny speeching French and English very good. Interesting sites
star-4
Nice and light tour. Our children loved...
Basel A
, Aug 2015
Nice and light tour. Our children loved the Miniaturk Park
star-3
Miniatures are presented well and of an...
Robyn C
, Aug 2014
Miniatures are presented well and of an excellent likeness.
star-3
I enjoyed the places visited on this...
christine p
, Nov 2013
I enjoyed the places visited on this tour, but found the tour guide indifferent in the extreme. He appeared not at all interested in us or any of the site we were visiting. getting information required pulling teeth.
star-1
i couldnt go on this tour as there...
Rebecca W
, Sep 2013
i couldnt go on this tour as there werent enough people to fill it. I got a replacement day for it but this was on the same day i was doing the Istanbul in one day so was unable to make it and therefore cant comment on it.
star-4
Miniaturk, Eyup Sultan r.a.'s shrine...
Minnie
, Jun 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!
star-4
Enough time to wonder around the...
Fauzi Adnan
, May 2013
Enough time to wonder around the miniaturk park. Excellent guide with knowledge of history when visiting Eyub Al Ansari mosque and tomb.
star-5
I enjoyed this tour very much. We...
Kevin F
, Mar 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.
star-2
Je ne suis pas satisfaite de cette...
francoise l
, Sep 2015
Je ne suis pas satisfaite de cette excursion.En effet, le transport etait mal organisé.On a perdu beaucoup de temps plus d'1 heure ce qui a eu comme consequence la visite de Miniaturk en à peine 1 heure! De plus l'excursion etait en français et en anglais. La visite de la mosquée etait aussi moyenne. Aucune emotion. Par contre le Miniaturk est excellent et super.trop court dommage.
star-3
Tres bonne excursion d autant que ns...
GERMAINE B
, Sep 2013
Tres bonne excursion d autant que ns avions un guide pour 2. Note 15/20

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