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Istanbul: Golden Horn & Pierre Loti Hill Cable Car Day Trip

Activity provider: TripGuru Turkey

Istanbul: Golden Horn & Pierre Loti Hill Cable Car Day Trip

Activity provider: TripGuru Turkey
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Explore Istanbul's Golden Horn on this day tour with lunch. See the St. George Cathedral, ride a cable car to Pierre Loti Hill, and take a guided walking tour of the Fener and Balat districts.

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Duration 9 hours
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Live tour guide
Pickup included
Pickup is from hotels around the Sultanahmet, Faih or Taksim area. Look for a guide wearing a TripGuru shirt or holding a TripGuru sign. If you are not staying within the free pick-up zones, you can select a meeting point location. Kindly be ready for pickup at least 10 minutes before the stated meeting time.
Small group
Limited to 9 participants


  • Dig into mouth-watering local flavors with lunch at a restaurant in Balat
  • Explore the historic and picturesque areas on the banks of the Golden Horn
  • Soak up the atmosphere around the vibrant cultural districts of Fener and Balat
  • Marvel at panoramic views of the city on the cable car ride to Pierre Loti Hill
  • Discover the neo-classical design and architecture of the St. George’s Cathedral
Full description

Discover the beauty of the historic Golden Horn estuary in Istanbul on this guided day tour with hotel pickup and drop-off from the Sultanahmet, Faih or Taksim areas. Admire panoramic views of the city with the included cable car ride to Pierre Loti Hill.

Hop aboard an air-conditioned car and take in views of the Golden Horn which ahs been a trading harbor since the Byzantine-era. Start with a stop at St. George’s Cathedral, a 16th-century, neo-classical church which was the seat of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople. 

Take a look inside the lavish interiors of the cathedral before heading to the Phanar Greek Orthodox College to see one of the oldest educational institutions in Turkey. 

Head to the districts of Fener and Balat, which are steeped in history and culture. Follow your guide around the cobblestone streets and take in the colorful Ottoman architecture. Stop for lunch in one of the local restaurants in Balat before heading to the Bulgarian St. Stephen Church.

View the church's design features of prefabricated cast iron elements that are in the neo-Byzantine style. Appreciate at the intricate details of the church before making your way to Pierre Loti Hill.

Board a cable car and take in the stunning 360-degree views of the Golden Horn as you make your ascent. Once you reach the hill itself, capture pictures of the breathtaking views of the city below. Return to your hotel or meeting point at the end of the tour. 

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off in select areas
  • English-speaking guide
  • Air-conditioned transportation
  • Cable car ride
  • Lunch
  • Drinking water
    Not suitable for
    • Pregnant women
    • People with mobility impairments
    • People with heart problems
    • People with respiratory issues
    Covid-19 precautions
    Safety measures in place
    • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
    • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
    • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
    Traveler requirements
    • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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    What to bring

    • Comfortable shoes
    • Sunglasses
    • Hat
    • Camera
    • Sunscreen
    • Insect repellent
    • Cash
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    Muy amable y con conocimiento. Excelente guía Edur una chica muy recomendable

    September 20, 2022

    Product ID: 419823