Day trip

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
Save up to 25%

From US$ 65 US$ 48.75 per person

Discover the beauty of the Golden Horn on. Stop at St. George's Cathedral and admire the historic architecture before riding the cable car to Pierre Loti Hill. Walk around Fener and Balat neiborhoods.

About this activity

Free cancellation
Cancel up to 24 hours in advance to receive a full refund
Reserve now & pay later
Keep your travel plans flexible — book your spot and pay nothing today.
Covid-19 precautions
Special health and safety measures are in place. Check your activity voucher once you book for full details. Learn more
Duration 9 hours
Check availability to see starting times.
Live tour guide
Pickup included
Pick up Area (and/or Meeting Point): 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 may select our meeting point option. Kindly be at your meeting point/ at least 10 minutes before the stated meeting/pick up time. The tour guides will only wait a maximum of 10 minutes for you before proceeding to the next stop. If you are headed to the meeting point, we would like to stress that heavy traffic in the mornings is expected, and can vary greatly when compared to the travel time stated in navigation apps (e.g. Google Maps, Waze, etc.). Please make sure to consider leaving with enough time to reach your destination.
Small group
Limited to 9 participants


  • Explore the historic and picturesque areas by the banks of the Golden Horn
  • Visit Phanar Greek Orthodox College, one of the oldest educational institutions
  • Stroll around the colorful and cultural districts of Fener and Balat
  • See the stunning panoramic views of the city in Pierre Loti Hill and cable car
  • Marvel at the design and architecture of St. George’s Cathedral
Full description
The Golden Horn, a horn-shaped estuary, is said to be the world’s best natural harbor. Its name is rumored to have been derived from the golden hue of the water due to the reflection of the sun during sunset. During the Byzantine period, the Golden Horn was a trading harbor as well as a popular residential area. By the time of the Ottoman period, the Golden Horn had become populated by immigrants from Spain, Armenia, Greek, etc. In this full day trip, you’ll explore the areas by the banks of the horn and learn about the many historic sites nearby and explore the picturesque parks and promenades that have popped up in recent years. Start with a stop at St. George’s Cathedral. This neo-classical church dates back to the 16th century when it was recognized as 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. Built in the early 1800s and said to be one of the oldest educational institutions in Turkey, this historic structure will remind you of the iconic Hogwarts Castle in the famous Harry Potter franchise. Up next, you’ll head to the districts of Fener and Balat, which are steeped in history and culture. Wander 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. Also known as the Bulgarian Iron Church, this shrine’s design features prefabricated cast iron elements in the neo-Byzantine style. Marvel at the intricate details of the church before making your way to Pierre Loti Hill. To reach the top of the hill, you’ll board a cable car and take in the stunning 360-degree views of the Golden Horn. Once you reach the hill itself, take a breather and admire the breathtaking views of the wonderful city below.
  • Hotel/meeting point pick-up and drop-off
  • English-speaking tour guide
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Cable car ride
  • Lunch
  • Drinking water
  • Personal expenses
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

Select participants and date



Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sunglasses
  • Hat
  • Camera
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellent
  • Cash

Know before you go

  • If you cancel at least 24 hrs before the activity date, TripGuru will provide a full refund of the price paid at booking.
Customer reviews

Overall rating

5 /5

based on 1 reviews

Sort by:

Traveler type:

Star rating:

Muy amable y con conocimiento. Excelente guía Edur una chica muy recomendable

September 20, 2022

Product ID: 419823