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 baby strollers, kids and 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 in this tour. Both men and women are required to wear clothing that covers their shoulders, knees and for ladies to have a scarf in certain religious locations of the tour.

  • 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.

  • As we visit Fener Greek Orthodox Church when it is open, please follow modest dress code. The church authorities may not allow visitors who don't comply with visiting rules.

  • 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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    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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Petra 12 Jun 2024

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Travelled in couple - Jun 2024
This is a great experience for anyone visiting a new city, great way to make an impression of the city. Our guide was good, the tour also nice, it s just important to understand that weather also plays an important role, if it s too hot for example, but this has nothing to do with the guide and their preparation.
Cristiana 04 Jun 2024

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Travelled in couple - Jun 2024
Huseyn was a fantastic guide through Balat and Fener neighborhood ! We discovered a magic place of Instanbul
Sarah 01 Jun 2024

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Travelled in couple - Jun 2024
Great walking tour with Önder. He showed us around some lovely areas and provided us with plenty of information. He was very nice and professional. I would recommend!
Preeti 29 May 2024

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Travelled in group - May 2024
Enjoyed the trip and the Guide was sweet and kind and gave us time to click pics. We took the trip on 28th May 4.45pm, forgetting the guides name. But he was patient and good
Linda 29 May 2024

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Travelled in group - May 2024
Önder was a super knowledgeable and gave us loads of good recommendations for food and places to shop. He took us around the whole area and described everything in detail and has answers to all our questions. I would definitely go on a tour with him again :)
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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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