Fener and Balat - Old Greek & Jewish Quarter | La Vacanza Travel

Fener and Balat - Old Greek & Jewish Quarter

Duration: 3 hours
Destination: Türkiye, İstanbul, Istanbul

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  • 3 hours
  • Istanbul
  • E-Voucher
  • Lowest Price
  • Not-Cancellable


This tour is to the neighborhoods far away from main touristy parts of the city and it is about experiencing the real Istanbul. In this afternoon walking tour, we take you away for an introduction to the local life style of Istanbul. We will start with experiencing of using tram. Visiting the residential neighborhoods which will give you the chance to see how locals live in this cosmopolitan city. We will sit at the local cafes to sip cay tea and see how local get social. We will pass through the local markets, bakeries, tea houses. We will learn how the Constantinople was concurred by Ottoman in 1453.


Leave the main tourist precincts behind for an afternoon and explore the outer historic western area of Istanbul with the Istanbul. This tour will take you off the normal tourist trail and show you the former Greek and Jewish heritage, 18 & 20 century houses, Golden Horn and the rich Byzantine and Ottoman history that exists near the old city walls of Istanbul.

Visit colorful Ottoman houses which located by the Golden Horn and visit the neighborhood where Jews, Christians and Muslims lived together for centuries. Discover the residential neighborhoods of Istanbul and feel the culture on the streets.
Cruise down the Golden Horn; see the colorfully Ottoman houses near the UNESCO World Heritage precinct.

Stop At:

• Fener Rum Patrikhanesi, Dr. SadIk Ahmet Cd. No:44 Yavuz Sultan Selim Mahallesi, Istanbul 34083 Turkiye
• Balat, Istanbul Turkiye
• Halic, Istanbul Turkiye

  • Snacks - We will stop in Balat at a local cafe for a snack. Tea or coffee will also be offered.
  • Tram tickets ( return )
  • Licensed english speaking guide.
  • Entry to St. George Church
  • Entry to Bulgarian Church

    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Near public transportation
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
    • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    Departure Point

    İtimat Fabrika Satış Yeri, Rüstem Paşa, Avrupa Yakası, 34116 Fatih/İstanbul, Türkiye

    Departure Time

    01:00 PM

    Return Details

    Returns to original departure point

    Voucher info

    You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.


    3 hours

    User's Reviews


    09 Feb, 2024

    Tour was great. I ended up being the only one booked so it was a private tour! Showed off the beaten path Istanbul and I marked several spots to come back for coffee or to explore more. A little pricey for what you get but was still a good experience.


    21 Dec, 2023

    Barack is an extremely well-informed tour guide. His tour was like a one credit college class in the ethnic history of Constantinople and Istanbul. A+


    28 Oct, 2023

    From the moment Burak met us at the meeting location everything was absolute perfection! He created a wonderful day by making the group feel cohesive and relaxed. His knowledge of everything that we were seeing was extensive, and his way of expressing that knowledge was on point! What a wonderful opportunity to see items that were off the beaten path… A side of Istanbul definitely worth visiting!


    26 Oct, 2023

    If you are done with the big tourist sites in the Sultanahmet district, this is an excellent tour of some of the lesser known neighborhoods focusing especially on the Greek Orthodox and Jewish communities. Learn some of the more recent history of Istanbul such as the expulsion of the Greeks in the 20th century as well as the ancient roots of the Orthodox church in Istanbul. Even though it is less touristy there are plenty of local cafes and shops of interest and the history is followed up with a cable car ride, panoramic views of Istanbul and introduction to the tram system.


    22 Oct, 2023

    This tour was a nice addon to our visit in Istanbul. It allowed us to see a different part of this city, away from the traditional historical landmarks. We loved our guide, Burak. He is personable, very well mannered, always politically neutral, and was tirelessly sharing with us interesting and relevant information about history, culture and customs. Thumbs up!

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    you'd need an hour or so to hike up and down


    Fantastically enlightening tour


    Interesting tour of some great neighbourhoods


    Great informative tour


    The Perfect Golden Horn Excursion


    Very informative


    Un recorrido por Fener - Balat- Piere Lotti


    No perderse este recorrido


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