Balat & Fener Walking Tour(Easy Access by Ferry)

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

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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!

Fener and Balat are the two colourful districts of old city in Istanbul.

Instead of starting this tour from the Fener&Balat area, we inivite you to begin our tour from the Karakoy Pier where we get into the Golden Horn Ferry. We have a short Golden Horn River Ferry Tour to see the panoramic view of Fener & Balat districts from the ferry.

First we will step into the Christian Quarter called Fener and from Fener to Balat we walk to the Jewish and Armenian 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 is a tram (T5 Fener - Eminonu) and bus (55T Fener - Taksim) to be back to certain areas.

We help the walkers how to go back easily!

Itinerary (from outside):

  • Golden Horn Ferry Tour
  • Instagrammable Spots 
  • The famous cafes in the area
  • Bulgarian Orthodox Church
  • Fener Orthodox Patriarchy(If there is an availabilty, will be visited)
  • Great Greek Red School
  • Fener and Balat Colourful Streets and Stairs
  • Mansions and Classical Apartments of the Balat
  • Ahrida and Yanbol Jewish Synagogues
  • Balat Armenian Church & 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. Not friendly for those who have difficulties to walk steep streets.

  • You need an Istanbulcard with min 30TL per person to get on the public ferry (Visa or Mastercard Credit Cards work as well).

  • Dress modestly since we are visiting the Patriarchy and walking in the practising muslim districts of Old City

  • The tour duration may vary depending on the guide and the number of participants. 

  • Smoking and consumption of alcohol are strictly prohibited during the tour.

  • At the end of the tour, you are expected to tip the guide minimum 10 Pounds, 10 Dollars, 10 Euros or 400 liras per person

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

  • There is only cash tipping to the guide.

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What will we visit on this tour?

  • Meeting point:
    Kemankeş Karamustafa Paşa, Karaköy, G...
    Kemankeş Karamustafa Paşa, Karaköy, Genelev, 34425 Beyoğlu/İstanbul, Türkiye
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    We will be in front of the Şehir Hatları Karaköy Pier.

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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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    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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Giovanni 25 May 2024
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Travelled in couple - May 2024
Fatih is an outstanding guide. His tour exceeded our expectations, being both highly entertaining and informative. Thanks to him, we discovered our favorite neighborhoods in Istanbul—places we wouldn't have found on our own!
Mandy 23 May 2024

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Travelled in group - May 2024
I highly recommend the guru Fatih and his tour. Not only does he take you to the water route which is a very scenic ride but he takes you to explore the way of local people's life and their religion, along with the history of istanbul. Very knowledgeable guide, he also bought sample of breakfast and local snacks for us to try! Oh, and turkish coffee!
Gurmeet 22 May 2024

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Travelled in couple - May 2024
I recently had the pleasure of joining the Amazing Fener and Balat Tour with our guide Fatih, and it was an unforgettable experience. Our guide's extensive knowledge of the area and its rich history truly stood out. Not only did they provide insightful and engaging stories about the local culture and landmarks, but they also made the entire tour incredibly fun with their enthusiastic and friendly demeanor. One of the highlights was the guide treating us to some fresh local snacks along the way. Highly recommended!
David 21 May 2024

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Travelled in couple - May 2024
Great tour of two very interesting neighborhoods away from the crowds of central Istanbul. Highly recommended. Tour guide was informed and full of interesting historical and contemporary trends in these two neighborhoods.
Maria 20 May 2024

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Travelled in group - May 2024
Onder was very friendly and was willing to give us valuable info and tips.
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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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