Guided tour

Istanbul: Fener and Balat Private Walking Tour

4.8 / 5

24 reviews

Activity provider: Walks In Europe

Istanbul: Fener and Balat Private Walking Tour

Activity provider: Walks In Europe

From US$ 53.17 per person

Discover Fener and Balat in Istanbul on a private walking tour. Experience neighborhoods full of character and enjoy a ferry ride along the Golden Horn led by an expert guide.

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Duration 3 hours
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Live tour guide
English, German
Private group available


  • Enjoy a private walking tour along the Golden Horn
  • See two authentic neighborhoods off the tourist trail
  • Visit churches, mosques and synagogues in an all included walking tour
  • Walk along the Byzantine city walls of Constantinople
Full description

Start your tour with a ferry ride along the Golden Horn and see the skyline of Istanbul from this famous waterway. Learn from your guide as they explain the history of Constantinople, the conquest by the Ottomans, and the introduction of Jewish culture. Visit the extraordinary church of Mary Blachernae, and see the Ahrida Synagogue. Walk through the streets and markets of Balat through the splashes of color and the vibrancy of its street life. Take a break in this vibrant neighborhood and enjoy watching people in their everyday activities. End your tour in Fener after seeing the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate, an essential part of this tour, as it is the most sacred site for the Orthodox people.

  • Professional guide
  • Walking exploration of the picturesque neighborhoods
  • Private tour at a relaxed pace
  • Lunch
  • Transportation to the meeting spot

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Meeting point

Meet at the Karakoy ferry dock. Please make your way to Karakoy and walk down to the water to find the ferry dock. Your guide will be waiting at the exit. Looking at the sea, Galata Bridge will be on your right.

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4.8 /5

based on 24 reviews

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We had a great time. Our tour guide was excellent, she showed us places in Balat and Fener we would never had went otherwise. She also explained many historical aspects, which at the end, gave us a deeper understanding of this truly marvellous city. Booking a small group guide was one of our best choices during our stay. Absolutely recommend.

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August 30, 2022

This neighborhood walking tour allows you to see the less traveled roads of Balat and Fener after a refreshing ferry ride. It is really interesting seeing the contrast in the roads between the old and modern. You also get to see the famous colored houses of Balat and know the history in-depth. I thoroughly enjoyed this experience.

May 30, 2022

This was a fantastic tour, around the Fener and Balat neighborhoods of Istanbul. The tour started with a ferry ride which was such a great way to see the city! We were then taken through all the different streets and learnt about the city's rich history along the way. Our guide Cetin was absolutely fantastic - super knowledgeable about the area and history, was very easy to get along with. We had a great time with him! He kindly took us on the bus back to into the city centre so we could catch our ferry home. Thank you Cetin for an amazing morning out! Would definitely recommend :)

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May 11, 2022

Product ID: 196634