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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 Tour

Best of Istanbul: 1, 2 or 3-Day Private Guided 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
  • Taking safety measures
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$150.00
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Private & Guided Fener - Balat Walking Tour - Istanbul Off The Beaten Track.

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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
  • Taking safety measures
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$119.00
$140.00
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$140.00
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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
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$82.62
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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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Istanbul Small-Group Tour Including Dolmabahce Palace and Luxury Transport
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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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$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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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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$112.13
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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
  • Free Cancellation
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$360.00
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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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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
  • Free Cancellation
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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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Half Day- Istanbul Jewish Heritage Walking Tour

Half Day- Istanbul Jewish Heritage Walking Tour

Istanbul has had a vibrant Jewish community for more than 1,000 years. After the Turkish conquest of Istanbul, Sultan Mehmet II encouraged immigration to repopulate the city. Over half a million Jews persecuted in Spain and Portugal were encouraged to establish themselves within the boundaries of the Ottoman Empire. In Istanbul, the new immigrants settled mostly near Galata – a quarter on the northern bank of the Golden Horn – where a Jewish community had existed since the early days of the Ottoman Era in Istanbul. On this tour, you'll walk around Galata, exploring its intriguing streets full of colorful life. The tour includes synagogues, the Jewish Museum, Jewish Apartments, the amazing story of Abraham Kamondo, and other Jewish heritage sites. Important Information This tour requires minimum 2 pax per booking and may not be applicable during Jewish and Muslim religious holidays.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$110.00
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Half Day Morning or Afternoon Istanbul Bosphorus Boat tour & Spice Bazaar

Half Day Morning or Afternoon Istanbul Bosphorus Boat tour & Spice Bazaar

Imperial Gardens of Royal Yildiz Palace, Bosphorus & Sultan Ahmet Bridges, connecting Europe & Asia continents form the boat, and see historical places from the bus.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$40.00
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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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$234.11
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Private Guided Tour in Fener Balat Neighbourhood

Private Guided Tour in Fener Balat Neighbourhood

The historical districts of Fener and Balat will be visited with accompany of a professional tour guide will give you a chance to see most authentic atmosphere of the area. The live commentary of a professional local tour guide is at high importance as all churches have different history and importance in life of people who live in Istanbul both in christian and Muslim communities. In the narrow streets of Fener and Balat districts we will see small shops selling local products and original artifacts of artists who is trying to enrich the modern culture of area. Auctions in one of these small shops can be witnessed in various hours of the day and traditional vendue culture of Turkish people will be a joy if it's your first time to experience such a thing in your life. Greek Orthodox Patriarchate is one of our stops to do praying in historical center and you can drink from ayazma of church (holy spring of orthodox greeks) Please remember Sundays are always more crowded than other days
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$150.00
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Bohemian Neighbourhoods Fener & Balat Walks

Bohemian Neighbourhoods Fener & Balat Walks

The areas of Fener & Balat dating back to Byzantine times are rich in history, culture and art. They have historically been home to different communities and religions. A walk through these historic neighborhood offer travelers a unique experience where past and present mingle in colorful cobbled streets, designers cafés and shops are lined with traditional coffee houses. This is the kind of place where you can join locals in buying fresh veggies and fruits from a cart and try authentic Turkish food in local eateries.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$155.00
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Istanbul Eurasia Bike & Boat Tour

Istanbul Eurasia Bike & Boat Tour

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
  • Free Cancellation
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$70.82
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Istanbul Fener and Balat Tour

Istanbul Fener and Balat Tour

Visit the painted houses in a myriad of colors, washing lines are strung between buildings, kids play in the streets, and traces of Jewish, Armenian, and Orthodox communities still stand. Your professional tour guide will inform you from begining till the end of the tour
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  • 5 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$165.00
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$165.00
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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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Istanbul Mystery Walking Tour: Balat & Tekfur

Istanbul Mystery Walking Tour: Balat & Tekfur

Join us for a walking tour around the bright, colourful neighbourhood of Balat. The area is undergoing a rejuvenation and the old houses have been renovated and painted bright colours, making the area very instagram-worthy! There's a lot of history to be found here and many sites are UNESCO heritage protected. During the Ottoman Empire, Jewish people were resettled in Balat and there were once seven synagogues here, but today only two are in good condition, Ahrida and Yambol Synagogues, which we will visit. We'll also see Armenian churches including the Church of Surp Hreşdagabet and the famous cast-iron Church of St Stephen, a Bulgarian Orthodox Church. Finally, we'll walk by the city walls and the ruins of the Byzantine palace, Tekfur Saray.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$105.00
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$105.00
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Bosphorus, Golden Horn and Eyüp District Tour

Bosphorus, Golden Horn and Eyüp District Tour

Hop on a Bosphorus Cruise, through the waterway separating the two continents – Europe and Asia – giving you a perfect chance to take amazing photographs of marble palaces, ancient wooden villas of Ottoman architecture besides modern residential areas and luxurious apartments. The Rumeli Fortress (seen from the boat – no interior visit), is the historical armament built by the Conqueror to control and protect the Bosphorus and is a unique example of military architecture. The Golden Horn (from the car), 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. Our last stop will be Pierre Loti Hill where you can observe the breath-taking view of Golden Horn. What a vista!
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$285.90
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Jewish Heritage Tour of Istanbul - Private Tour

Jewish Heritage Tour of Istanbul - Private Tour

Discover the centuries old Jewish Heritage of Istanbul. Being one of our themed tours, Jewish Heritage Tour of Istanbul takes you to historical synagogues in Istanbul, old Jewish neighborhoods and introduces you the life, past and present of Jewish community in Istanbul.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$151.47
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Private Tour: Istanbul Fener & Balat Tour

Private Tour: Istanbul Fener & Balat Tour

Private Fener and Balat Tour lets Tour to the the richest in history, most fascinating and the most authentic areas of Istanbul.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$169.00
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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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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 2021?
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Currently, an entrance ticket to Balat costs USD 40.00. Guided Balat tours start around USD 40.00 per person.
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