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  • Address: Galata Bridge, Istanbul 34357, Turkey
  • Admission: Free

The Golden Horn separates European Istanbul’s two major districts of Beyoglu, on the north bank, and Sultanahmet to the south.

This legendary body of water is crossed by the bustling Galata Bridge and forms a natural protective harbor.

Heading upstream from the Galata Bridge, the Golden Horn is crossed by Ataturk Bridge, Old Galata Bridge (moved here from its original position after a fire in1992) and the Halic Bridge.

In the days of Constantinople, a chain was stretched across the Horn from Seraglio Point to the old Galata Tower.

Other than sauntering across Galata Bridge, the best way to appreciate Istanbul’s legendary waterway is to hop on a ferry heading either up to Eyup or out to the picturesque Princes Islands in the Sea of Marmara.

Practical Info

The Golden Horn winds north-west from its meeting point with the Bosphorus and Sea of Marmara at Seraglio Point, on the tip of Old Istanbul. Ferries cluster beside Galata Bridge in Eminönü.

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Golden Horn Half Day Morning Tour in Istanbul, Istanbul, null
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Golden Horn Half Day Morning Tour in Istanbul

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Location: Istanbul, Turkey
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

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Evening Local Food and Wine Tour In Istanbul, Istanbul, Half-day Tours
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Evening Local Food and Wine Tour In Istanbul

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Bosphorus and Golden Horn Full Day Tour in Istanbul, Istanbul, Food Tours
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Bosphorus and Golden Horn Full Day Tour in Istanbul

Board a boat and get set for a fascinating cruise in Istanbul around the Golden Horn on this full-day tour. Start off with a stroll around the ancient ...  Read more

Location: Istanbul, Turkey
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $68.46
Morning Bosphorus and Golden Horn Cruise, Istanbul, Day Trips
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Morning Bosphorus and Golden Horn Cruise

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Location: Istanbul, Turkey
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

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Golden Horn and Miniaturk Park Tour in Istanbul, Istanbul, Day Cruises
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Golden Horn and Miniaturk Park Tour in Istanbul

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Explore the European side of Istanbul on this 3-hour tour, and see highlights like the Golden Horn, Eyüp Sultan Mosque and Miniatürk model park! With ...  Read more

Location: Istanbul, Turkey
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

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Istanbul Rowing Tour, Istanbul, Cultural Tours
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Location: Istanbul, Turkey
Duration: 75 minutes (approx.)

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Golden Horn of Istanbul Tour, Istanbul, Other Water Sports
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Golden Horn of Istanbul Tour

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Duration: 90 minutes (approx.)

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Bosphorus Cruise and Golden Horn Tour Including Cable Car from Istanbul, Istanbul, Day Trips
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Bosphorus Cruise and Golden Horn Tour Including Cable Car from Istanbul

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Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

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Eyup Pier Loti Hill and Chora Church: Guided Day Tour from Istanbul, Istanbul, Day Cruises
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Eyup Pier Loti Hill and Chora Church: Guided Day Tour from Istanbul

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Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

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Bosphorus Full-Day Sightseeing Tour: Golden Horn and Bosphorus Cruise, Spice Bazaar, Camlica Hill ... 
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Bosphorus Full-Day Sightseeing Tour: Golden Horn and Bosphorus Cruise, Spice Bazaar, Camlica Hill and Dolmabahce Palace

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Sail along the beautiful Golden Horn and Bosphorus and visit three other top Istanbul attractions on this variety-packed full-day sightseeing tour! Enjoy ...  Read more

Location: Istanbul, Turkey
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

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