Private tour

Istanbul: Fener and Balat Private Walking Tour

4.8 / 5

24 reviews

Activity provider: Walks In Europe
Private tour

Istanbul: Fener and Balat Private Walking Tour

Activity provider: Walks In Europe

From US$ 248.69 per group up to 2

Discover Fener and Balat in Istanbul on a private walking tour. Experience neighborhoods full of character and enjoy a ferry ride along the Golden Horn led by an expert guide.

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Duration 3 hours
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Live tour guide
German, English
Private group


  • Enjoy a private walking tour along the Golden Horn
  • See two authentic neighborhoods off the tourist trail
  • Visit churches, mosques and synagogues in an all included walking tour
  • Walk along the Byzantine city walls of Constantinople
Full description

Start your tour with a ferry ride along the Golden Horn and see the skyline of Istanbul from this famous waterway. Learn from your guide as they explain the history of Constantinople, the conquest by the Ottomans, and the introduction of Jewish culture. Visit the extraordinary church of Mary Blachernae, and see the Ahrida Synagogue. Walk through the streets and markets of Balat through the splashes of color and the vibrancy of its street life. Take a break in this vibrant neighborhood and enjoy watching people in their everyday activities. End your tour in Fener after seeing the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate, an essential part of this tour, as it is the most sacred site for the Orthodox people.

  • Professional guide
  • Walking exploration of the picturesque neighborhoods
  • Private tour at a relaxed pace
  • Galataport pickup only if ship details are provided
  • Lunch
  • Transportation to the meeting spot

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  • Galataport pickup is only offered if cruise ship details are provided
Customer reviews

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4.8 /5

based on 24 reviews

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We had a great time. Our tour guide was excellent, she showed us places in Balat and Fener we would never had went otherwise. She also explained many historical aspects, which at the end, gave us a deeper understanding of this truly marvellous city. Booking a small group guide was one of our best choices during our stay. Absolutely recommend.

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March 23, 2023

Hulya was very knowledgeable and informative about the churches and synagogues and their history in the area. We walked around Fener and Balat and saw the various old style buildings as well as the modern "hip" cafes, restaurant and antique shops that have sprung up in the area.

March 23, 2023

This neighborhood walking tour allows you to see the less traveled roads of Balat and Fener after a refreshing ferry ride. It is really interesting seeing the contrast in the roads between the old and modern. You also get to see the famous colored houses of Balat and know the history in-depth. I thoroughly enjoyed this experience.

March 23, 2023

Product ID: 196634