The medieval Galata Tower adds a fairytale element to the hilly Beyoğlu district, on the north side of the Golden Horn. Capped with a conical tiled steeple and gold finial, the 67 meter (220 foot) stone tower was built by the Genoese in 1348.  ... 

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Peter
Australia

4 star rating: Recommended
September 2010

Walking around the top of the Galata Tower is a great way to get your bearings in Istanbul. The 360 degree views helped me to figure out how the city with its Golden Horn, Bosphorous River and mosques are pieced together. Some say you can get the same picture more cheaply by going to a rooftop bar, but no bar would have the same height as the tower.

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better
July 2014

The tour started at Rumeli Hisan fortress we cruised up to Anadolu Kavagi where we were given the option of either swimming of the boat or a hike up to the castle but not both. I asked if were going into the Black Sea and I was told that he did not have the authority to go any further so even though weather conditions were fine they had no intention of going to Poyrazkoy. We decided to hike up to the castle where at least we could view the Black Sea. We did not go any where near the golden Horn so we could not see the Galata tower as described in your literature. We were offered wine on the return leg in a way that we thought it was complimentary but of course they charged 15 lira for a small glass of cheap wine. The food at lunch time was fine but there was no afternoon snacks apart from a slice of melon. The weather was great!!!

Doing what: Bosphorus Strait and Black Sea Half-Day Cruise from Istanbul

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