Eyup, Pierre Loti Hill, And Kariye Museum: Guided Day Tour From Istanbul

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Hotel pickup Available
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 8 Hrs
  • Language:
    English
  • Departure Time :
    08:30am
  • Departure Details :
    Traveler pickup is offered
    We will meet in front of the McDonald at Sultanahmet which is on the tram line.
  • Return Details :
    Your centrally located hotel
  • Cancellation Policy :
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.

Overview

Beat the crowds of Sultanahmet and discover a new side of Istanbul on this small-group 8-hour tour of Eyup, Pierre loti Hill, and the Golden horn. You'll visit the Eyup cemetery, Pierre loti Hill, the Kariye Museum (Chora Church), the Ecumenical Orthodox Patriarchate, and the Suleymaniye mosque, and pick up bags of local color along the way.

Highlights

Step back in time on a history tour

All entrance fees included

Led by a local guide

Enjoy fantastic aerial views

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Meet your guide and your small group of no more than ten people in Sultanahmet at 8:30am. Hop aboard your climate-controled minivan, and head out to Eyup. It takes about half an hour to reach this hilly suburb on the shores of the Bosphorus strait.

Along the way, your guide will explain the story of the district, how it takes its name from Abu Ayyub al-Ansari (Eyup in Turkish), a companion of the Prophet Muhammad, who is buried there. Since the dawn of Ottomam times, Muslims sought to be buried here to await Judgement Day, so the area became a city of the dead, full of beautifully carved tombs and epitaphs.

Stroll through the necropolis before you ride the cable car to Pierre loti Hill, which offers breathtaking views of the Golden horn. It was once the home of the French naval officer and novelist Pierre Loti, who loved Turkey and the Orient.

Linger over a Turkish coffee (own expense) before you board the minivan for the short trip to the Kariye Museum (Chora church), which boasts some of the finest surviving examples of late Byzantine frescoes and mosaics. Your guide will explain the Old and New Testament stories behind these 14th-century artworks.

Enjoy a local lunch here (own expense) before you embark on the 20-minute walk to the Golden Horn. Stroll through the Walls of constantinople and two of Istanbul's oldest districts, Fener and Balat, until you reach the Ecumenical Orthodox Patriarchate, the eastern Orthodox world's answer to the Vatican.

From here, it's just a short drive to the Suleymaniye mosque, built by the celebrated Ottoman architect Sinan in the 16th century in honor of Suleyman the Magnificent. With its stunning views and spectacular architecture, it's truly the jewel in the crown of the Golden Horn.

Enjoy a colorful stroll through alleyways and bazaars to the Golden Horn itself, where the Alibeykoy and Kagithane rivers meet the Bosphorus. From here, you'll drive back to your central Istanbul hotel, returning from 4:30pm.

Inclusions

Transport by air-conditioned minivan

Local guide

Hotel drop-off

Entry/Admission - Kariye Museum (The Chora Church)

Entry/Admission - Halic

Entry/Admission - Suleymaniye Mosque

Entry/Admission - Pierre Loti Tepesi

Exclusions

Lunch and drink

Hotel pick up (Please put your full details so we can pick you from hotel depending on group size)

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Wheelchair accessible

Traveler Reviews

  • 17-Apr-2019

    This tour was totally worthwhile. My guide Ece was so knowledgeable and lovely. The mosaics in the Chora museum are quite close as the church is small so much better to see than in for example, the Hagia Sophia. I was also impressed that they did not cancel or defer the tour due to me being the only person on that tour that day. Great day!

  • 03-Apr-2019

    Services of the pleasant tour guide, knowledge and pacing of the tour were all excellent. Would highly recommend this tour.

  • 21-Aug-2016

    This was a well done tour with a knowledgeable guide. We saw quite a lot. The Chora Church was a particular highlight. Our guide gave details that helped us to understand. Our inexpensive lunch was at an authentic place where everyone else was local. This was a lovely tour I will never forget and would highly recommend.