Guided tour

Istanbul: Fener/Balat Walking Tour, Pierre Loti Hill & Ferry

4.9 / 5

28 reviews

Activity provider: My Local Guide Istanbul

Istanbul: Fener/Balat Walking Tour, Pierre Loti Hill & Ferry

Activity provider: My Local Guide Istanbul

From US$ 62.39 per person

Explore the historic outer western area of Istanbul away from typical tourist routes. Experience the local culture and lifestyle, admire centuries-old Ottoman buildings, and cruise on the Golden Horn.

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Duration 5 hours
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Live tour guide
English
Small group
Limited to 10 participants

Experience

Highlights
  • Explore the Fener/Balat district and admire Ottoman houses, churches, mosques, and synagogues
  • Take a cable car up to historic Pierre Loti Café and take in the spectacular views of Istanbul
  • Enjoy a ferry ride on the waters of the Golden Horn, the world’s longest natural harbor
Full description
Meet your guide at the Itimat Fabrika Satis yero/magazasi at the the entry gate of the Spice Market in the heart of Istanbul. From here you’ll take the local bus to Fener to discover Istanbul’s heritage. Travel by public bus to the colorful Fener/Balat district, one of the city’s oldest neighborhoods and at one time home to Istanbul’s Ottoman Orthodox and Jewish residents. See traces of Ottoman life, including wooden houses, mosques, churches, and synagogues, standing together and demonstrating the multicultural and religious ways of the Ottoman Empire. After walking along the cobblestoned streets of the Fener/Balat World Heritage area, you’ll continue along the historic Byzantine city walls that date to the 4th century A.D. and the time of Constantine the Great. See the exterior of the historic Eyüp mosque complex, a sacred area where pilgrims come to visit the mosques and the tombs of Muslim saints. From here you’ll take a short cable car ride up to the famous Pierre Loti Café, a popular meeting point for locals.

Enjoy stunning panoramic views of Istanbul while sipping a drink in one of the cafés where French Poet Pierre Loti was inspired to write Aziyade, part biography and part love story about his escapades in Istanbul in the late 1800s. Walk back down to Eyüp to catch the local ferry for a cruise on the blue waters of the Golden Horn. See Ottoman houses, shipyards, the old and new Galata bridges, Ataturk Bridge, ancient city walls, mosques, churches, and other historic and modern sites. You’ll disembark at Karaköy Harbor, where the tour ends.

Includes
  • English-speaking local guide
  • Golden Horn ferry ride
  • A çay tea
  • Turkish coffee or soft drink at the panoramic Pierre Loti Café
  • Public ferry fare back to Karaköy
  • Extra drinks
  • Gratuities
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
  • Wheelchair users
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
  • You will receive a mandatory temperature check

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Meeting point

The meeting point is outside the entry gate of the Spice Market/Egyptian Bazzar in front of the dairy shop named "Itimat Satış Mağazası". The guide meet you there.

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What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes

Not allowed

  • Pets
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.9 /5

based on 28 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    5/5
  • Transportation
    4.8/5
  • Value for money
    4.6/5
  • Safety
    5/5

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Beautiful tour and very friendly guide, although he did not speak entirely Spanish, he made an effort to make himself understood and was quite patient with the times to take photos. We made two stops for tea and coffee and even in one of them he brought us typical Turkish sweets, very good. On the way back by ferry, he invited us to another typical drink, very rich, a detail on his part.

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November 15, 2022

Wonderful tour! Incredible. It's really worth it to know the history of other peoples that formed Istanbul, like the Greeks, Christians, Jews... Also, our guide Önder was wonderful. The whole tour made me fall in love with Istanbul even more! I recommend it to anyone who wants to take a tour beyond the standard.

October 1, 2022

Amazing experience! Highly recommended tour for everyone who wants to “meet” bit of real Istanbul! Fener is absolutely beautiful and rides on public transport makes the tour interesting! My only regret is that we did not take cable car ride to the Pierre Loti Café due to the long queue but on the other hand walking through the cemetery was historically interesting! Thanks to our amazing guide Salih we will not forget this day! Thanks

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September 18, 2022

Product ID: 45417