Karakoy, Golden Horn River and Pierre Loti Hill

Duration: 2h and 15min
Languages: English
Guru: iWalk
Quality Verified Registered on August 30, 2021

We are licensed tour guides in several languages and we do thematic and boutique tours under an official (Tursab) tour agency in Istanbul. We tell the stories of our city. In our tours, we limit the number of walkers with max 15 participants to have more motivated & connected group tours. You can always write to us about any special things you need during your visit in Istanbul. It could be about any how-to questions.

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  • Free booking and cancellation
    Free payment tour, no set price, booking and cancellation are free

Tour description

Welcome to Istanbul Dear Walkers!

Istanbul has been a hub for big empires. To discover the unique blending of two of the biggest empires in history we will go through a journey in which we will walk in the backstreets of Karakoy then we will see the history from a public boat having a the view of Constantinople (Old City) with zick zacks in the Golden Horn River and from a hill where the famous French Author Pierre Loti had his coffee and wrote his book on Istanbul. 

So in this tour, you will be able to see all the Unesco World Heritage Areas and these followed buildings.

 'by 1st Walk'

  • Kılıc Ali Pasha Mosque 
  • Karakoy Gourme Streets 
  • French Gateway-Passage
  • Karakoy Orthodox Churches
  • Roman Prison
  • Instagram Spots

'by boat' - 30mins

  • Ottoman Empire Topkapı Palace 
  • Hagia Sophia 
  • Galata Tower
  • Suleymaniye Mosque 
  • Valens Aqueduct 
  • Zeyrek Monastery 
  • Fatih Sultan Mehmet Mosque 
  • Greek Orthodox High School
  • Constantinople Old City Walls 
  • Golden Horn Bridges

 'by 2nd Walk'

  • Ayyob Sultan Mosque and Tomb (Companion of the Prophet Mohammad)
  • Local Market and Walking Streets of the area
  • Coronation Road of the Ottoman Sultans
  • Walking at Ayyob Sultan Cemetary
  • Pierre Loti Hill Ponoramic View Point

*The boat ticket/pass will be covered by tour guide for one way.

**The tour will be finishing at the Pierre Loti Hill which is 10-15 mins walking distance from tram station. For those who have already istanbul transportation card they can use cable car to come back to T5  Pierre Loti-Eminonu Tram Station or you can follow the guide by going down from the Pierre Loti Hill to T5 Pierre Loti-Eminonu   Tram Station  on foot.

**At the end of the tour our guide also can help you how to get istanbul transportation card.

***Feel free to message us. Your questions will be answered by our guides as much as earlier in their available times.

***This tour may not be conducted in the windy dates due to cancelletion of ferry services.

Please note that;

  • At the end of the tour, you are expected to tip the guide minimum 10 Euros or 300 liras per person

  • There is no online & credit card payment.

Please check the other options on guruwalk if our time schedules do not suit you


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What will we visit on this tour?

  • Meeting point:
    Kemankeş Karamustafa Paşa, Tophane, 3...
    Kemankeş Karamustafa Paşa, Tophane, 34425 Beyoğlu/İstanbul, Türkiye
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    Before the Kılıc Ali Pasha Mosque

  • 1
    Outside visit
    Kılıch Ali Pasha Mosque
  • 2
    Outside visit
    Karakoy Roman Prison
  • 3
    Outside visit
    Karakoy Pierre
  • 4
    Outside visit
    Kasımpasha Pierre
  • 5
    Outside visit
    Fener Pierre
  • 6
    Outside visit
    Balat Pierre
  • 7
    Outside visit
    Sutluce Pierre
  • 8
    Outside visit
    Ayyob Sultan Pierre
  • 9
    Outside visit
    Ayyob Sultan Mosque and Tomb
  • 10
    Outside visit
    Pierre Loti Hill Panoramic View Point

How much does this tour cost?

Free tours do not have a set price, instead, each person gives the guru at the end of the tour the amount that he or she considers appropriate (these usually range from €10 to $50 depending on satisfaction with the tour).

Tour opinions

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Giulia 23 Sep 2023

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Travelled alone - Sep 2023
Fatih was an excellent tour guide! I really enjoyed the moment when he explained the organization of the mosque and the infrastructure around (hammam and learning structure). Worth to mention when he performed the traditional prayer with few sentences from Koran. AMAZING. In the end he supported me to return to my hotel…THANK YOU!
Kamila 19 Sep 2023

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Travelled in couple - Sep 2023
Really nice introduction in islamic culture, knowledgeable tour, recommended
Shannon 18 Sep 2023

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Travelled in couple - Sep 2023
Our tour guide was super knowledgable and helpful! We learned a lot about Türkiye, the Bosphorus, and the neighbourhoods we visited - would recommend!
Farah 15 Sep 2023

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Travelled in group - Sep 2023
Great tour and wonderful and kind guide
Ale 12 Sep 2023
Mexico City

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Travelled in group - Sep 2023
El gurú está bien I firmado, es agradable y muy cortés. El recorrido es muy bueno.
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Who is this tour for?

Non suitable for people with reduced mobility.
Does not accept large group reservations.
Not suitable for pets.

What should you know?

Minimum of attendees
A minimum of 5 people is required for the tour.
Additional costs:
The tour does not require the payment of entrance fees or additional expenses.
Free cancellation
If you will not be able to attend the tour, please cancel your booking, otherwise the guide will be waiting for you.
Payment methods
Only cash payment is accepted.
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