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A historically Jewish neighborhood in Istanbul, Balat shows off its roots in two major synagogues, which are still standing. Visitors also head to the Byzantine-era Chora Museum, formerly the Chora Church, to see its mosaics and frescoes. The colorful cafes and shops on the lower streets of Balat attract a big afternoon crowd.

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Balat Mahallesi, Istanbul, 34087
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Best of Istanbul: 1, 2 or 3-Day Private Guided Istanbul Tour

Best of Istanbul: 1, 2 or 3-Day Private Guided Istanbul Tour

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Prepare to be awed by Istanbul’s magnificent architecture, rich history, and eclectic bazaars as you discover the unmissable highlights of the Old City on this 1-, 2-, or 3-day private tour. Marvel over the glorious Hagia Sophia, learn how the Blue Mosque earned its famous nickname, and see the ancient Basilica Cistern. Tour Topkapi Palace to gain an insight into the lavish lifestyles of the Ottoman sultans and their harem, and browse the legendary Grand Bazaar, where you find everything from carpets to Turkish delight.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$150.00
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$150.00
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Fener - Balat- Piere Lotti and Golden Horn Experience

Fener - Balat- Piere Lotti and Golden Horn Experience

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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 all sort of public transport as tram, bus and cable car. 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. And finally we will be on top of the Piere lotti hill to watch the view which inspired the French poet to write the book titled Aziyade. We will have a coffee break here on top of the hill to watch Istanbul over the Golden Horn ( natural harbor ) and we can count Istanbul’s seven hills together.
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  • 5 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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Private & Guided Fener - Balat Walking Tour - Istanbul Off The Beaten Track.

Private & Guided Fener - Balat Walking Tour - Istanbul Off The Beaten Track.

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This is a special tour including some of the most unique places in the city but also which are difficult to visit on your own. The tour will take you to the roots of historic Istanbul with visits to the Muslim, Jewish, and Christian monuments.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$150.00
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$150.00
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Circle Istanbul (Extraordinary Istanbul)

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Circle Istanbul (Extraordinary Istanbul)

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Have you ever toured a city and wished you knew someone there? Someone with the inside scoop on the city; who you could trust and would show you the things you would have never seen on your own? This is how we want travelers to view CIRCLE ISTANBUL. Circle Istanbul was created by professional guides, who are passionate about their city. More so, our tour was designed for travelers who have seen the major sights and are now ready to see the heart of the city.
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  • 11 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Afternoon Bosphorus Cruise Tour, Golden Horn Coach Tour and Pierre Loti Tour

Afternoon Bosphorus Cruise Tour, Golden Horn Coach Tour and Pierre Loti Tour

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See Istanbul from three different vantage points on this tour, including a sightseeing cruise, panoramic tour and cable car ride. Take a scenic cruise on the Bosphorus and admire top Istanbul attractions such as the Bosphorus Bridge and Rumeli Fortress from the water. Then, take a coach drive around the Golden Horn districts to see the former Jewish quarter, old city walls, iron-built St Stephens and other lesser-known treasures. Lastly, catch the cable car up Pierre Loti Hill to witness the stellar city views from its hilltop cafe.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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$40.67
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Istanbul Small-Group Tour Including Dolmabahce Palace and Luxury Transport

Istanbul Small-Group Tour Including Dolmabahce Palace and Luxury Transport

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Explore the many renowned sites of Istanbul on this small-group, half-day tour of its historical landmarks. Enjoy comfortable transportation in a plush Mercedes minivan. Travel in style with you expert guide to the enchanting Dolmabahçe Palace, then venture to other city highlights, like the Spice Bazaar, the Rüstem Pasha Mosque, and the Jewish quarter known as Balat. Throughout the day your guide will educate you on the rich history of this unforgettable city. To ensure a quality experience, this group is limited to 14 people.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$65.00
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Istanbul Photography Tours

Istanbul Photography Tours

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Capture incredible Istanbul on this private photographer tour: great for budding photographers or those wishing to brush up on their skills. Photograph sensational spots around the city, with the assistance of a documentary photographer working in the area for over 13 years. Wonder down Istiklal Street, enticing side streets and the vibrant area of Kadikoy. See incredible views from Uskudar Pier, Princes’ Islands and more: capturing moments as you go with the assistance of your guide.
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  • 5 to 8 hours
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$138.67
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$138.67
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Golden Horn Tour of Byzantine Istanbul
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Golden Horn Tour of Byzantine Istanbul

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Leave Sultanahmet for the day and see Byzantine era Istanbul along the famous city walls. Enjoy a small-group tour of the Chora Church by an expert guide Relax on a local vehicle along the Golden Horn zigzagging both sides of this inlet Savor a local lunch in Balat which is a residential neighborhood Visit the Greek Orthodox Patriarchal Church in Fener to talk about non-Muslim Istanbul
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$110.38
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İstanbul LGBTQ Tour

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İstanbul LGBTQ Tour

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Istanbul or Constantinople which connects Asia and Europe is one among the most the world’s most vivid and interesting urban cities. It is an authentic melting pot of cultures, beliefs, and history. Filled up with sightseeing opportunities, religious and historic treasures, famous shopping, cuisine, and Turkish Baths, together with a brilliant nightlife and gay scene, the metropolitan presents an excellent destination. Istanbul LGBT+ Tour‘s objective is to give you the finest experience to LGBT+ travelers visiting Istanbul. Our tours and activities are undertaken by licensed tour guides with the great knowledge. I operate LGBT or LGBT-friendly local dealers to guarantee the perfect time for our guests visiting Istanbul. This tour route can be changed, reorganized according to your will. Contact me for more information. If you have any further questions please DM me on instagram ( turkeyprotraveller ) Travel with pride!
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  • 5 hours
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$139.43
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Istanbul Eurasia Bike & Boat Tour

Istanbul Eurasia Bike & Boat Tour

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It is a unique opportunity which allows to discover two parts of Istanbul (Europe and Asia) in a half day tour.
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  • 4 to 5 hours
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$69.71
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Istanbul Express Tour 1,2,3 or 4 Days

Istanbul Express Tour 1,2,3 or 4 Days

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See the most visited highlight of istanbul city, the mosques, churches, and most photographic parts of the city.
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  • 4 days
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$360.00
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Explore the 'hip' districts: Fener & Balat

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.
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  • 4 to 8 hours
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Byzantine & Ottoman Traces ST-3

Byzantine & Ottoman Traces ST-3

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Full Day City Tour with Lunch and Entrance fees Included -Hagi Sophia From the Golden Age of Byzantine, this once Christian Church is one of the most extraordinary buildings in the history of architecture, It played a very important role in the Beyzantine Empire and later as a mosque in the Ottoman Empire, The word “Hagia” in Greek means “Divine” and “Sophia” means “Wisdom”, Divine Wisdom is one of the attributes of Jesus Christ and this church is devoted to his divine wisdom
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  • 9 hours 30 minutes
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6-Day Istanbul Muslim Best of Tour Package

6-Day Istanbul Muslim Best of Tour Package

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Discover some of Istanbul’s Islamic landmarks and structures on this 6-day tour. Visit places like Pierre Lotti Hill, the Eyup Sultan Mosque, the Princess’ Islands, the city of Bursa, and enjoy a cruise down the Bosphorus. Learn about the Ottoman and Muslim influences throughout the entire city and take in the beautiful scenery as you explore. This tour is inclusive of all tours, lodging, daily breakfast, transportation, and entrance fees.
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  • 6 days
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Istanbul Like A Local - A Unique City Orientation Tour

Istanbul Like A Local - A Unique City Orientation Tour

With Istanbul Like A Local tour we aim to give our guests an orientation tour of Istanbul, mainly exploring off-the-beaten-path locations, avoiding tourist crowds of Istanbul like a local would do. On Istanbul Like A Local Tour we not only visit hidden sights but also popular sights of Istanbul with a local's perspective. Along the day we introduce you to Turkish Cuisine as well as famous street food in Istanbul. We will be paying visit to places where you will meet and blend in with the locals and the culture. At the end of the tour you would know well about Istanbul's history, historic, popular and less known districts, the mosaic of local people, cuisine, how to make your way in the city using public transportation, where to eat, drink, visit next and much more. Briefly we will be making a big city circle in Istanbul experiencing most of what Istanbul offers to visitors from anywhere. Join us with this unique Istanbul city experience.
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  • 8 hours
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$135.00
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Bosphorus, Golden Horn and Eminönü District Tour

Bosphorus, Golden Horn and Eminönü District Tour

On this tour, you will spend your time sightseeing around the Golden Horn, the arm of the Bosphorus and a natural harbour in the historical peninsula separating the old and new sides of İstanbul where the first Byzantine colonies settled. This area was the residential area for Byzantine Jews, Italian traders and other non-Muslim minorities. Listen to the account of how the Golden Horn was conquered by the Ottomans. Drive along the traces of history in Balat viewing the Metal Church of St. Stephen the Bulgarian, the Jewish Hospital (Or-Ahayim), the Fener Orthodox Patriarchate. See the Byzantine city walls, which span 22 km are were the strongest fortification in the middle age. Immerse your senses in the sights, sounds and smells of the mystical Spice Bazaar (also called the Egyptian Bazaar). Take in the different aromas of various spices, take a taste of delicious fruits, observe the fishmongers and sellers of fresh produce and flowers as they go about their business. Oh, what a joy!
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  • 5 hours
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$285.90
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$285.90
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Original Istanbul Jewish Heritage Tour.

Original Istanbul Jewish Heritage Tour.

Become immersed in the cultural legacies and history of the Jewish communities of Istanbul on this special Jewish heritage tour. Our tour includes a deep understanding of the story of the Jewish population in Istanbul with the lead of Sephardic Jewish guide.Since our guide is also one of the member of Jewish community ,he has deep understanding about the Jewish Heritage of Istanbul.None of your questions will remain unanswered.He will explain every detail of Jewish Heritage of Istanbul.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$399.00
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The Jewish Roots In Istanbul

The Jewish Roots In Istanbul

Discover the rich Jewish heritage of one of the world’s most culturally diverse cities on this full-day private tour of Istanbul. Accompanied by a private guide, follow Istanbul’s Jewish Route through the old Jewish quarter of Galata; visit the Ahrida and Etz Ahayi synagogues; stop by the Jewish Cemetery; and tour the Jewish Museum.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$250.00
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Istanbul Up and Down by Oguz Kulakac

Istanbul Up and Down by Oguz Kulakac

This tour programme is built up for the guests who would like to visit less visited and touristic parts of Istanbul. Istanbul is located on seven hills and there are seven huge mosques on the top of these hills. Most of them are never visited or known by most of the visitors. We will have a chance to visit some of them and get closer to local parts by this way.
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  • 6 to 8 hours
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$145.00
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Turkish Cuisine, Food, and History

Turkish Cuisine, Food, and History

If you are interested in different cuisines and history, you are in the right tour. This tour is a combination of cuisine, food and history. While visiting the highlights of Istanbul, you will also learn about food culture in byzantine and ottoman period. You will get all information what people used to eat in Istanbul and what people’s daily lives were like in history. An interesting journey in the pages of history with food habits, daily culture and cooking history and a different experience than cooking classes.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$250.00
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$250.00

Vacation Photoshoot in Istanbul

Vacation Photoshoot in Istanbul

Enjoy a unique experience and be the star of a professional photo shoot in Istanbul. Appreciate the rich history of the city and have a Turkish coffee at a vintage cafe. Follow a planned route including many famous and local sights around Istanbul. Enjoy your time and take home some unforgettable memories in beautiful photos. Discuss with your photographer where to meet, the route of your shoot, and add or remove any location you want.
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  • 1 to 3 hours
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$200.00
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Jewish District Walking Tour in Istanbul

Jewish District Walking Tour in Istanbul

Exploring a city by walking is an intimate way of getting to know it, and there is no better way to learn about the Karaköy Jewish District than to the walk around it. You will go on a group walking tour around modern day Galata and be charmed by its colorful streets, all while learning about daily life over there as you walk by the Jewish Apartments. You will also walk up and down the famed Camondo Steps, an architectural marvel constructed using a quirky combination of Art Noveau and Neo-Baroque artistic styles. Be regaled by the stories and commentary of a fun and knowledgeable English-speaking guide, especially when you drop by the Jewish Museum where you will learn about the culture and history of Jewish Turks. Venture into the consecrated grounds of the district's synagogues such as the Ashkenazi and Schneider synagogues, bask in their calming and holy atmospheres, and understand how religion has influenced the lifestyles of the district's inhabitants.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$81.33
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Personal Travel and Vacation Photographer Tour in Istanbul

Personal Travel and Vacation Photographer Tour in Istanbul

Forget the hassle of posing for the perfect holiday snap and dedicate your time to exploration on a private tour of the city that includes a personal photographer. With your local guide, come up with a personalized sightseeing itinerary to suit your interests, then wander the streets for an immersive experience, and leave with a collection of memorable snaps to show family and friends back home.
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  • 1 to 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$233.27
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Jewish Heritage - 3 Days

Jewish Heritage - 3 Days

Explore the most popular Synagogues of Istanbul with an expert Jewish guide. Learn as Jews have not only found religious asylum in Turkey but also become part of its society and assumed important roles in different fields. Today over 26,000 Jewish people live in Turkey. The vast majority live in Istanbul. Luxury transportation, 4* accommodation, lunch in the local restaurant provided.
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  • 3 days
  • Free Cancellation
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$305.00
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Should I book Balat tickets in advance?
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We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since Balat can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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How much does it cost to visit Balat 2022?
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Currently, an entrance ticket to Balat costs USD 40.67. Guided Balat tours start around USD 40.67 per person.
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