Reborn By Golden Horn

Duration: 6h
Languages: English
Guru: Ahmet
Registered on September 08, 2021

Hi! I am Ahmet, a professional tour guide licensed by the Turkish Ministry of Tourism and Culture and all my tours are being conducted under the regulations and price policy of the Ministry. Feel free to contact me for more information.....

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

Tour description

The Byzantine Empire had its naval headquarters in the Golden Horn and walls were built along the shoreline to protect the city of Constantinople from naval attacks. At the entrance to the Horn on the northern side, a large chain was pulled across from Constantinople to the old Tower of Galata to prevent unwanted ships from entering.

Known among the Byzantines as the Megàlos Pyrgos (meaning "Great Tower" in Greek), this tower was largely destroyed by the Latin Crusaders during the Fourth Crusade in 1204. In 1348, the Genoese built a new tower nearby which they called Christea Turris (Tower of Christ), now called Galata Tower where we will start our journey and catch the Golden Horn boat to learn more about its history by sailing on it.

Main attractions that we will see and I will explain on the boat;

  • Phanar Greek High School
  • Greek Patriarchate (The Vatican of Greek Orthodoxy) 
  • Bulgarian Church (St. Stephen) 
  • Balat (Old Jewish Quarter and Colorful Houses) 
  • R. Koc Museum (The first industrial heritage museum in Turkey) 
  • Miniaturk (all the touristic places in Turkey in miniatures) 
  • And much more... 

After 7 stops by the boat, we will disembark on the Eyup pier and take a cable car to reach the famous Pierre Loti Hill where you can have breakfast or lunch, drink Turkish tea or coffee in a spectacular Golden Horn view.
And then we will walk on a historical road (accession road where ceremony to recognize new Ottoman Sultan was held) which the Sultans had to for the enthronement to reach the most holy shrine in Istanbul, Eyup Sultan Mosque. (Eyup Sultan was the standard bearer to the Prophet Mohammed). After that holy visit, we will get on the tramway for Fener and Balat where colorful houses, churches, synagogues and historical places are.... 
I offer you a unique tour to learn from a licensed tour guide about the history and importance of the Golden Horn, the conquest of Istanbul by Mehmed the Conqueror, and historical buildings during the 45-minute journey on the boat, to have an experience of a cable car and tramway with Golden Horn scenery; local tastes in an uphill place to admire the Golden Horn, to know the history of Islam and its place in old and new Turkish life.


a) This is an exclusive tour which has an itinerary you cannot find anywhere else. It is not for group tour and is limited up to 5 people or less so it can be considered as a boutique or private tour. Price per person is 55 Euro and it can only be done if there are two people at least and I am available on the requested day. 

b) The ferryboat, cable car and tramway fees are included in the tour. 

c) Meals, drinks and museum entrances (if any) are not included in the tour. Places where we will be going are not touristic so prices will be comparably more affordable than Taksim and Historical Peninsula areas. 

d) Please wear appropriately and bring a headscarf or something to cover your head if you are a lady and want to enter into the tomb and mosque. No shorts over your knees allowed for the mosque if you are a gentleman. 

e) As I am a licensed tour guide affiliated to the Turkish Cultural Ministry, I can only conduct tours with my official badge on me and a piece of official paper which shows all details about the tour. I have to show them to tourism officials in case of any inspection. Price policy is regulated by Cultural Ministry. Please check the official license of the guide before any tour you might participate in.

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What will we visit on this tour?

  • Meeting point:
    Kemankeş Mah, Rıhtım Cd. No: 1, 34425...
    Kemankeş Mah, Rıhtım Cd. No: 1, 34425 Beyoğlu/İstanbul, Türkiye
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    I will be in front of the Caribou Coffeehouse by a colorful umbrella.

  • 1
    Outside visit
    Eyüp Sultan

    The most holy mosque of Istanbul. We will see many Ottoman gravestones, tomb of Eyup Sultan, the standard bearer of Prophet Mohammed and we will see inside of the mosque.

  • 2
    Outside visit

    Colorful houses under protection of UNESCO.

  • 3
    Outside visit
    Pierre Loti Hill Panoramic View Point

    The highest and most beautiful scenery of Golden Horn. You can also have Turkish tea, Turkish coffee and Turkish pancake with meat, potato or cheese on your request. A good spot to take a rest and immerse in history and beauty.

  • 4
    Outside visit
    Yavuz Sultan Selim

    We will visit Fener Greek Orthodox Patriarchate (Vatican for Orthodox Christians)

  • 5
    Outside visit

    We will visit the only iron mosque in the world : Bulgarian Orthodox Church

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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Emilija 24 Dec 2023

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Travelled alone - Dec 2023
Highlight of my Istanbul trip! I absolutely enjoyed doing this tour and would recommend it to ANYONE who wants to discover all the marvelous Istanbul parts aside from the ‘typical touristy’ spots. The guide Ahmet is brilliant - super friendly, helpful, considerate and extremely knowledgeable. We even had a few chances to sit down in the bars/pubs where the local people spend their free time, providing traditional Turkish specialties. Not to mention, enjoying the spectacular view of the city with the best place to drink coffee/tea. Thank you again Ahmet!!!
Maria 05 Dec 2023

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Travelled in family - Dec 2023
El tour fue sencillamente espectacular, recorrimos parte de Estambul como locales y no como turistas mientras nos empapamos de valiosa información histórica de la mano de Ahmet. Durante el tour hubo tiempo para recorrer barrios, tomar café, degustar sabores locales, visitar mezquitas, iglesias ortodoxas y el imprescindible barrio de Balat entre otros muchos lugares atractivos. Vale mucho la pena reservar unas horas de tu visita a Estambul para compartir un rato con Ahmed y su excepcional tour.
Anasha 22 Nov 2023

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Travelled in group - Nov 2023
Time flied, we booked a 6 hour tour. My friends were a bit hesitant because of the length of the tour but at the end they were surprised the hours already passed. We visit Istanbul a few times per year and were very excited to discover a new part of the city. Ahmet was full of stories and facts, he really didn’t stop talking. Ahmet showed us off the beaten track gems but also the well known highlights of the area we explored. I can really recommend to join one of his tours, Ahmet you’re the best! Ahmet it was an absolute joy to have you as our guide. I want to thank you for making our day special and we hope to see you again in the future!
Johanna 15 Nov 2023

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Travelled in couple - Nov 2023
We had a great day with Ahmet exploring the local Istanbul on the asian side. It was a fantastic day and we really got an insight in turkish culture and local life. We highly recommend this tour. Thank you Ahmet for this wonderful day!🍀
Alice 24 Oct 2023

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Travelled in group - Oct 2023
Ahmet is a great guide , very knowledgeable
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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 requires 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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