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Private Istanbul Basics Fener and Balat Tour with Professional Guide

Bosphorus Cruise

  • Schedule

    Everyday from 09:30 to 16:30
  • Languages

    English (Extra charge for ohter languages)
  • Guides

    Private professional tour guide

Private Istanbul Basics Fener and Balat Tour with Professional Guide

Overview Duration: 7 hours
  Tour starting point: In front of the German Fountain at Sultanahmet square
  Tour ending point: Sultanahmet Square
  Timeline: The tour starts at 9:30 AM – Ends 4:30 PM
  Includes: Professional tour guide, private tour
  Excludes: Lunch, transfer

Schedule Balat District, Golden Horn, Walls of Constantinople, Sveti Stefan Church, Greek Orthodox Patriarch, Ahirda Synagoge, Pierre Loti Hill

Inclusions Private professional tour guide
  Private tour

Exclusions Lunch and Drinks
  Tips for Guide and Driver

What to expect Fener and Balat neighborhoods are one of the oldest neighborhoods of the city located inside of the city walls which is refered as old city helds the highest density of Christian and Jewish population in Istanbul. Explore how other religions practise in Turkey and take a look of their sancturaries.


You will meet with your tour guide at your hotel lobby or IBO Office to start your Fener Balat tour.

Balat District:

An ancient neighborhood of Istanbul has the highest density of Orthodox Christian and Jewish population.

Golden Horn:

Natural lagoon that was used as a port by every civilization inhabited old city.

Walls of Constantinople:

The famous walls of the city which protected it between 4th and 15th centuries.

Sveti Stefan Church:

The only iron prefabric church in the world belongs to the Bulgarian Orthodox community.

Greek Orthodox Patriarch:

Patriarch church of the Greek Orthodox community in Istanbul.

Ahirda Synagoge:

Another important sanctuary of Istanbul from 15th century established by Jewish community migrated from Macedonia’s Ohri city.

Pierre Loti Hill:

The highest hill nearby Golden Horn offers the best view of the lagoon and old city. The hill was named after a French gentleman by local people of the neighborhood. There are facilities such as restaurants, cafes and streed food vendors and tea houses.

** At the end of your tour you will be dropped off to your hotel.

Please Note The tour includes easy to moderate level walking. There are rules in the sanctuaries the guests are expected to obey. If there is a prayer inside the group will wait (10-15 mins) until it ends. The tour may include usage of public ransportation.

  • Q: How long this tour is?

  • A: This tour lasts 4,5-5 hours.

  • Q: How can I meet with the tour guide?

  • A: The guide will meet you at arrival to Pamukkale.

  • Q: Is pick-up and drop-off included in this tour?

  • A: We do not provide any transfer service for this tour.

  • Q: Will there be lunch break and is it included?

  • A: It is not included. There will be lunch break during your private tour given by the tour guide. You can decide where to eat or the tour guide can recommend.

  • Q: Are the guides licenced?

  • A: Of course. Our tour guides are licenced from Ministry of Culture and Tourism. (Unlicenced tour guides are illegal in Turkey.)

  • Q: Which language is avaliable for this tour?

  • A: We can arrange a tour guide in English, Spanish.

  • Q: How to buy enterance tickets for museums and attractions?

  • A: The tour guides have priority in most of the touristic places in Istanbul so your guide will assist you without waiting in the queue.

  • Q: How can I book and how do I pay?

  • A: You can book from your hotel or tour sales point, travel stores and also you can visit IBO Tours website. You can pay for this tour with credit card (MasterCard or Visa) or cash in any currency.

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