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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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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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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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$80.86
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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
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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

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
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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
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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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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 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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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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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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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
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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
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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
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$165.00
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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 Heritage - 4 Days

Jewish Heritage - 4 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. Walk on the Sultanahmet historical peninsula and visit the monuments such as Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Hippodrome of Constantinople, and Grand Bazaar. Learn history about Byzantines, Ottomans, Jewish and Modern Turks from your expert local guide, Experience shopping with locals in Grand Bazaar, Taste typical Turkish food in a local restaurant.
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  • 4 days
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$480.00
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Full-Day Private Istanbul Jewish Heritage Tour

Full-Day Private Istanbul Jewish Heritage Tour

Discover the rich Jewish heritage of one of the world’s most culturally diverse cities on this full-day private tour of Istanbul’s historic districts. Wander around the old Jewish quarter of Galata and tour the fascinating Jewish Museum, then visit some of Istanbul’s most impressive synagogues. Finish by admiring the mesmerising architecture of Hagia Sophia and exploring the lively shops of the Grand Bazaar.
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  • 5 to 8 hours
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The Exotic Istanbul - Private Tour (with Chora Church, Fener & Balat)

The Exotic Istanbul - Private Tour (with Chora Church, Fener & Balat)

See second part of Istanbul Top 10 List. Visit the Underground Cistern, walk along Divanyolu Street (the Imperial Road) until Suleymaniye Mosque, the most impressive work of architect Sinan. Wander down to Eminonu area, strolling through the bazaar quarters. Short visit to the Spice Market (the Egyptian Bazaar) and we then continue with the Chora (Kariye) Church Museum after lunch at a local restaurant. Next, you will discover Istanbul's two of the most photographed neighborhoods.
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  • 6 hours
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$132.00
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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
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$200.00
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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
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$150.00
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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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