Balat & Fener Walking Tour(Easy Access by Ferry)

Duration: 2h
Languages: English
Guru: iWalk
Quality Verified Registered on August 30, 2021

We are licensed tour guides in several languages and we do thematic and boutique tours under an official (Tursab) tour agency in Istanbul. We tell the stories of our city. In our tours, we limit the number of walkers with max 15 participants to have more motivated & connected group tours. You can always write to us about any special things you need during your visit in Istanbul. It could be about any how-to questions.

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  • Free booking and cancellation
    Free payment tour, no set price, booking and cancellation are free

Tour description

Welcome to Istanbul Dear Walkers!

We begin our tour from the Karakoy area where we get into the Golden Horn Ferry via Karakoy Pier. We have a Golden Horn River Ferry Tour to the Christian Quarter called Fener. From Fener to Balat we walk to the Jewish Quarter of the Ottoman Empire period through colourful streets. With the harmony you will come across in the area you will be finding peace.
At the finish point, there are public transportation (tram to Eminonu) opportunities to be back to certain areas. We help the walkers how to go back easily.

Itinerary (from outside):

  • Golden Horn Ferry Tour(Public Ferry ticket will be paid by the guide)
  • Instagrammable Spots 
  • Fener Orthodox Patriarchy
  • Greek Red School
  • Fener and Balat Colourful Streets and Stairs
  • Mansions and Classical Apartments of the Balat
  • Ahrida and Yanbol Synagogues
  • Balat Armenian Church
  • Balat Armenian School
  • Ferruh Kethuda Mosque(Great Architect Sinan's Heritage)
  • Jewish Bazaar
  • City Walls of Istanbul (Roman Period)

Please note that;

  • It is around 2,5 km of walking and sometimes a bit steep.

  • At the end of the tour, you are expected to tip the guide minimum 10 Euros or 300 liras per person

  • We keep the number of walkers between 7 - 12 in our tours.

  • There is only cash payment

If the tour hours don't suit you please check other tour options in Fener & Balat area given by other gurus.

Guruwalk official guides will cover your expectations for Fener&Balat. 

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What will we visit on this tour?

  • Meeting point:
    Karaköy Meydanı, Halil Paşa Sokak, No...
    Karaköy Meydanı, Halil Paşa Sokak, No:14 Aksu İş Hanı, Kat:5, Daire:507, Kemankeş Karamustafa Paşa, 34425 Beyoğlu/İstanbul, Türkiye
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    I will be in front of the Atlas Outdoor (next to Karakoy Tram Station)

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    Coloured Houses of Balat

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    Ahrida Synagogue
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    Balat Jewish Bazaar


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    Karakoy Pier
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    Fener Piewssr

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    Kemankeş Karamustafa Paşa

How much does this tour cost?

Free tours do not have a set price, instead, each person gives the guru at the end of the tour the amount that he or she considers appropriate (these usually range from €10 to $50 depending on satisfaction with the tour).

Tour opinions

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naama 22 Sep 2023

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Travelled alone - Sep 2023
A very nice tour in the area, it's fun to get guidance so you don't just get lost
ingeborg 22 Sep 2023

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Travelled in group - Sep 2023
Cagatay hat die Gruppe mit viel Liebe und Wissen zu den Sehenswürdigkeiten geführt. Bester Tourguide 👍🏽👍🏽👍🏽
Dario 17 Sep 2023
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Travelled alone - Sep 2023
It was a great tour in a very Charmin part of town, not as touristy and a little bohemian.
Sonia 16 Sep 2023

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Travelled in couple - Sep 2023
Very good
Helena 15 Sep 2023

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Travelled alone - Sep 2023
Lovely guide. Really interesting places to visit. Wouldn't have found them myself so great tour !
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Who is this tour for?

Non suitable for people with reduced mobility.
Does not accept large group reservations.
Not suitable for pets.

What should you know?

Minimum of attendees
A minimum of 5 people is required for the tour.
Additional costs:
The tour does not require the payment of entrance fees or additional expenses.
Free cancellation
If you will not be able to attend the tour, please cancel your booking, otherwise the guide will be waiting for you.
Payment methods
Only cash payment is accepted.
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