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Istanbul Half day city Tour with The Goldern Horn and Pierre Loti


On this very enjoyable guided Istanbul city tour spend a wonderful half day with us at the Bosphorus as well as Golden Horn, which are among the most lovely parts of Istanbul. Enjoy the sights of this splendid historical city by taking cable car to the Pierre Loti Hill. And also enjoy the boat cruise along the unique Bosphorus.


  • The ancient City walls
  • The Golden Horn
  • Cable car ride to Pierre Loti hill
  • Bosphorus boat trip

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Afternoon Istanbul city excursion with cable car ride to Pierre Loti hill, Bosphorus cruise, view at the Golden Horn

With this terrific half-day excursion you will certainly experience from 3 different sights of the wonderful city of Istanbul. And with an awesome boat cruise of 90 mins in the Bosphorus, you will see the stunning traces of old Istanbul.

As well as the stunning "Golden Horn" view from the top of Pierre Loti! The only area where you can see the scenic view of the Golden Horn is the Pierre Loti hillside, that bears the name of the French author Pierre Loti who was in love of an ottoman lady (Aziyade) and lived in Istanbul. And we will take the cable car ride to Pierre Loti hill to witness the outstanding city views from its hilltop cafeteria.

The Golden horn
The Golden horn is one of the most gorgeous areas of Istanbul with its rich historical, cultural and also physical framework. Because of its horn-shaped structure extending from the south of the Bosphorus to the west, it was called Khrysokeras, in other words, "Golden Horn".

It is not known if the ship of Byzantium is in the bottom of the Golden Horn waters, but the Oriental ruins on the coasts are really essential for Istanbul's cultural splendor. Oriental royal residences, city wall, ottoman palaces and baths, as well as the historic homes of people of numerous nations, places of worship of the 3 main religions can still be seen on these coasts. Also the Golden Horn, the maritime center of the Byzantine Realm, the walls along the coastline were built to protect the city from a marine fleet attacks. At the entry of the Golden Horn, there was a huge chain expanding throughout the city to the northeast end of the old Galata Tower to avoid the entry of unwanted ships. This tower was thoroughly destroyed by the Latin Crusaders in 1204 throughout the 4th voyage. Then the Genoese developed a new tower alongside it. This tower, which was called the Tower of Jesus in 1348, is the renowned Galata Tower.

The historical Galata bridge is undoubtedly one of the most important values of the Golden Horn. However, the record also shows a bridge that Leonardo Da Vinci drew as a project in 1502, but never built.

In the Golden Horn, where the minority population lived throughout the Ottoman duration, particularly Balat and Fener are the areas where you should visit that shows traces from a very rich history.

90 minutes Boat trip along the Bosphorus

Istanbul, which was the resources of 2 magnificent states such as Byzantine and also Ottoman in the past, is a city very rich in terms of locations to visit and also activities to do. The very best way to find the history as well as nature of the mega city, where Asia and also Europe are linked, is the Bosphorus trip.

What's included

  • Hotel pick up & drop off by air-conditioned non-smoking tour coaches
  • Entrance fees
  • Professional licensed tour guide
  • Service charges & local taxes

What's Not included

  • Meals and beverages
  • Personal expenses

What to Remember

Bosphorus boat trip
The Rumeli Fortress (can be seen from the sea)
Cable Car ride to Pierre Loti Hill
City Walls (can be seen from the bus)
Golden Horn (can be seen from the bus)

Due to any reason if the cable car doesn’t operate Vigo Tours can not be held responsible.

Pick-up and drop-off from hotels is only possible from centrally located Istanbul hotels. Some hotels may not be able to check in and out by tour bus. In this case pick-up and drop-off is made from the closest point of the hotel.

At the end of the tour you can get off the bus from anywhere and continue the day on your own at the city.

Pick-up and drop-off from hotels far from the center and Istanbul airport is subject to an extra charge.

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29.00 €
406.00 Turkish Lira (TL)
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Adult (12+)
29.00 €
Children (8-11)
25.00 €
Children (3-7)
19.00 €
infant (0-2)
0.00 €
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