Explore the 'hip' districts: Fener & Balat

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If you want a richer, deeper, and more unique experience of the character, authenticity and traditions of this multi-civilizational city, then a guided walking tour of the Fener and Balat areas in the old city is for you. You will see churches, synagogues and mosques side by side and see impressive sights of religious co-existence dating back centuries ago. Our qualified and licenced tour guides can guide you, as part of a customised tour suited to your wants and needs, through the subtle magic of the narrow, steep and winding streets, detailing their history and present day significance whilst sharing their personal insight.

What's Included

Pickup transportation

Tour guide

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Traveler Information

  • TRAVELER: Age: 0 - 120

Additional Info

  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Infants and small children can ride in a pram or stroller
  • Suitable for all physical fitness levels
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • All areas and surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Public transportation options are available nearby
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised

Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours before the scheduled departure time.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.

What To Expect

This Greek Orthodox church is hugely important to the followers of this denomination of Christianity. Its current form was constructed in 1867 but the site has housed previous buildings of Christian worship. It holds significance for being the only church in the world to celebrate Mass on Fridays. This building, protected by an outer wall, is discreet and easily missed by unguided tourists and even locals.

30 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

Surp Hresdagabet Kilisesi
Gregorian Armenian Church.

20 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

Ferruh Kethuda Camii
The mosque of Mimar Sinan who is the most famous architect of the Ottoman period...The mosque is under construction, so we will be seeing it from the outside.

15 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

Ahrida Synagogue
One of the oldest synagogue in Istanbul which is built by the Macedonian Jews who came from Ohri. For security reasons, the synagogue can only be visited with a special permission.

15 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

Fener & Balat
The authentic backstreets of the neighborhood... We will be observing Fener & Balat districts' vintage soul by heart.

45 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

Bulgarian Orthodox Church
a.k.a. Bulgarian Iron Church. Richly ornamented neo-gothic style church is famous for being made of prefabricated cast iron elements.

30 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

Fener Rum Ortodoks Patrikhanesi Kutuphanesi
The Principal Eastern Orthodox Cathedral still in use. Fener Greek Orthodox College will be seen during the tour.

30 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

Walls of Constantinople (Istanbul City Walls)
Byzantine City Walls

• Admission Ticket Free

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