Karakoy, Golden Horn River and Pierre Loti Hill

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

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

Tour description

We will have a journey in two sites of golde horn river through walking and taking the ferry.

We will walk in the backstreets of Karakoy then we will see the panoramic view of Constantinople (Old City) from a public boat  with zigzags in the Golden Horn River. We will make a final from a hill where the famous French Author Pierre Loti had his coffee and wrote his book on Istanbul.

For the boat tour that we have in our program you need to have an istanbulcard to be able to get in the boat with 30 TL balance in it.

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
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'by boat' - 30mins with your istanbul transportation card

  • 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 Cemetery
  • Pierre Loti Hill Ponoramic View Point

*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 on windy days due to cancelletion of ferry services.

Please note that;

  • There is no online & credit card payment.
  • Please note that at the end of the tour, you are expected to tip the guide minimum 10 Euros or 400 liras per person

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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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    At the courtyard of the Kılıc Ali Pasha Mosque

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    Outside visit
    Kılıch Ali Pasha Mosque
  • 2
    Outside visit
    Karakoy Roman Prison
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    Outside visit
    Karakoy Pier
  • 4
    Outside visit
    Kasımpasha Pier
  • 5
    Outside visit
    Fener Pier
  • 6
    Outside visit
    Balat Pier
  • 7
    Outside visit
    Sutluce Pier
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    Outside visit
    Ayyob Sultan Pier
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    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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Nina 14 Mar 2024

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Travelled in group - Mar 2024
This walking tour was amazing! Very insightful and inspiring. We learned a lot and got interesting tips from our guide. Totally worth it
Miriam 31 Oct 2023

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Travelled in couple - Oct 2023
Önder is a very good guide. We totally recommend this tour to everyone!
Grace 30 Oct 2023
Mariano Matamoros

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Travelled alone - Oct 2023
Good tour. A little fast. Boat ride was a ok. Just pointing things out on shore. I guess it's the best way to see just a vast city
Camila 24 Oct 2023

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Travelled in couple - Oct 2023
Tour super interesante, zona más local que turística, se disfruto mucho. Eramos un grupo pequeño, entramos a varias mezquitas, la vista desde la colina es espectacular y el guía tiene mucho conocimiento, 100% recomendado.
Barry 23 Oct 2023

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Travelled in couple - Oct 2023
Great tour of the Golden Horn. Very informative pointimg out 5 UNESCO sites. We even climbed.to the top of a cemetary with views to Europe(New) and Asia. Following the conclusion of the tour, we went to the square our guide Onder, recommended for food and ice cream!!!
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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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