Fener and Balat Half-Day Tour in Istanbul with Pickup

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From $145.00

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Pricing Info: Per Person

Duration: 4 hours

Departs: Istanbul, Istanbul

Ticket Type: Mobile or paper ticket accepted

Free cancellation

Up to 24 hours in advance.

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Take a stroll through the fascinating Fener and Balat districts in Istanbul for a real lesson in history. See a functioning Byzantine church, made solely from iron and steel, and much more on this half-day walking tour.

What's Included

Entrance fees

Hotel Pickup

Professional Guide

What's Not Included

Hotel Drop-off

Personal Expenses

Traveler Information

  • INFANT: Age: 0 - 2
  • CHILD: Age: 3 - 6
  • ADULT: Age: 7 - 80

Additional Info

  • Face masks provided for travellers
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Suitable for all physical fitness levels
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Temperature checks for travellers upon arrival

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

Fener & Balat
Our tour starts with picking you up from your hotel and heading to explore this historic area where we will see the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate and the Fener Greek Orthodox College, the oldest surviving Greek Orthodox school in Istanbul, commonly known as the Red School. In the early of 15th century, the Ottoman Turks had conquered much of Asia Minor and had turned the Balkan Peninsula in the province of their territory. In the spiritual sector, the situation was even worse. That’s because, before the Fall of Istanbul, the most eminent scholars fled to West, where they occupied important positions in the intellectual history of Europe and were coefficients of the Renaissance.

2 hours • Admission Ticket Free

Our next stop is Church of Panagia Mouchliotissa located in the district of Fener. It is the only Byzantine church in the city that has continued to function as an Orthodox church. This church, which is also known as St. Mary of the Mongols, was a Middle Byzantine structure significantly altered during the Palaiologan and Ottoman eras. The church, originally known as Theotokos Panagiotissa served as the katholikon of the convent founded by Maria Palaiologina in the late 13th century. However the church has been significantly altered over time, with its original structure - a tetraconch - dating back to the 11th century. It is the only Byzantine church that was never converted to a mosque and has always been a Greek Orthodox Church.
This is where our tour ends.

2 hours • Admission Ticket Included

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