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(Public Ferry ticket will be paid by the guide)
  • Instagrammable Spots 
  • The famous cafes in the area
  • Bulgarian Orthodox Church
  • 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 350 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:
    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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    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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Sonja 26 Nov 2023

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Travelled alone - Nov 2023
Interesting Tour to Balat and Fener with all the coloured houses. Due to weather we could not take the ferry, that was ok for me. Professional and routined performance of the guide.
Tanya 12 Nov 2023

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Travelled in couple - Nov 2023
Amazing place well worth the visit. The guide took us to places we would never otherwise have visited . Thank you for the great tour
Shauna 12 Nov 2023

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Travelled in couple - Nov 2023
Enjoyed the ferry ride and seeing this part of Istanbul.
Gabrielle 03 Nov 2023

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Travelled in family - Nov 2023
Fatih was great! He had a lot of information and lots of energy. We had 2 toddlers in strollers with us, so we were alittle slower but we tried our best to keep up and Fatih was considerate of our pace.
Yrish 01 Nov 2023

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Travelled in group - Oct 2023
It was a great experience walking around Fener and Balat area.Fatih gave us a lot of valuable information regarding its history . Great value for money , highly recommended.
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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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