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Balat

Balat

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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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$100.00
per group
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$100.00
per group
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Afternoon Bosphorus Cruise Tour, Golden Horn Coach Tour and Cable Car Ride

Afternoon Bosphorus Cruise Tour, Golden Horn Coach Tour and Cable Car Ride

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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
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$43.02
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$43.02
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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
  • Free Cancellation
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$138.67
Price varies by group size
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$138.67
Price varies by group size

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
  • Taking safety measures
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$86.03
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$86.03
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6-Day Istanbul Muslim Best of Tour Package

6-Day Istanbul Muslim Best of Tour Package

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
  • Taking safety measures
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$942.28
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$942.28
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Istanbul Flexi : Best of Istanbul 1-2-3 Day packages

Istanbul Flexi : Best of Istanbul 1-2-3 Day packages

Unique Price Offer for mini group up to 8 people. Istanbul Flexi : Best of Istanbul 1-2-3 Day packages is a flexible solution for those who needs a comprehensive tour of the city by a certified guide. The program can be customized according to your needs. The program explores both Istanbul banks including back street to find out and taste the local cuisine while balancing its content with the highlights of Istanbul: Topkapı Palace, Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Golden Horne, Asian Side with Kadıköy and Üsküdar, Pera and Galata including Istiklal Avenue and Taksim Square, Pierre Loti and Eyüp Mosque, Spice Bazaar, Dolmabahçe Palace and Bosphorus Strait with a nice cruise. Sample of Days Structures 1 Day Istanbul Flexi: Visit Topkapi Palace, Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Basilica Cistern, Grand Bazaar. 2 Days Istanbul Flexi: Day 1: Idem Day 2: Spice Market, Bosphorus Cruise, Dolmabahce Palace, Taksim Square, Istiklal Street. 3 Days Istanbul Flexi: All above + Kadıköy + Eyüp - Golden Horne
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  • 8 to 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$204.85
per group
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$204.85
per group
Taking safety measures

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
  • Taking safety measures
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$300.00
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$300.00
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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 Istanbul Modern Art Museum, 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
  • Taking safety measures
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$50.00
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$50.00
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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
  • Taking safety measures
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$140.00
Price varies by group size
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$140.00
Price varies by group size
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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
  • Taking safety measures
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$276.54
per group
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$276.54
per group
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Bohemian Neighbourhoods Fener & Balat Walks

Bohemian Neighbourhoods Fener & Balat Walks

The areas of Fener&Balar 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 neighbourhood offer travellers a unique experience where past and present mingle in colorful cobbled streets, designers cafes 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
  • Taking safety measures
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$180.00
per group
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$180.00
per group
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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
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$86.03
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$86.03
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Full-Day Private Istanbul Jewish Heritage Tour

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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
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$115.50
$210.00
$94.50 savings
From
$115.50
$210.00
$94.50 savings
Taking safety measures

 Istanbul Jewish Heritage Tour

Istanbul Jewish Heritage Tour

In the morning, you will be picked up from your hotel and start to discover Istanbul’s Jewish culture on this half-day tour. You will visit; Neve Shalom, Ahrida and Ashkenazi Synagogues. You can take a stroll in the colorful streets of the Jewish communities in the quarters of Balat and Galata along the Golden Horn where the start of David appears on the facedes of some buildings. In the end of the tour, we will drop you off to your hotel.
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  • 4 to 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$233.52
Price varies by group size
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$233.52
Price varies by group size
Taking safety measures

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
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$200.00
Price varies by group size
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$200.00
Price varies by group size
Taking safety measures

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
  • Free Cancellation
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$135.00
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$135.00

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
  • Free Cancellation
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$132.00
Price varies by group size
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$132.00
Price varies by group size

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
  • Taking safety measures
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$650.00
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$650.00
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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
  • Taking safety measures
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$73.74
From
$73.74
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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
  • Taking safety measures
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$305.00
Price varies by group size
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$305.00
Price varies by group size
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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
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
From
$268.03
Price varies by group size
From
$268.03
Price varies by group size
Taking safety measures

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
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
From
$480.00
Price varies by group size
From
$480.00
Price varies by group size
Taking safety measures

Istanbul Jewish Heritage Tour

Istanbul Jewish Heritage Tour

In the morning, you will picked up from your hotel and start to discover Istanbul’s Jewish culture on this half-day tour. You will visit; Neve Shalom, Ahrida and Ashkenaz Synagogues. You can take a stroll in the colorful streets of the Jewish communities in the quarters of Balat and Galata along the Golden Horn where the start of David appears on the facedes of some buildings.
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  • 4 to 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
From
$344.14
Price varies by group size
From
$344.14
Price varies by group size
Taking safety measures

Istanbul - Turkish slum and the district of Balat

Istanbul - Turkish slum and the district of Balat

Forget about the myths that tell you that Turkish slums are dangerous. Istanbul's slums are colorful, attractive, and very photogenic. With this self-guided tour you will walk around one of Istanbul's most vivid districts, Balat. Stock up on a memory card - you will shoot without stopping and by the end of the walk you will have a hundred of photos. • Discover hidden gems and secret places recommended by the locals • Solve the riddles on the way to make your journey more fun. • Avoid big buses and crowds with the self-guided tour downloaded into your smartphone • Enjoy the advantages of the offline GPS navigation
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  • 1 to 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$18.42
per group
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$18.42
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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. See all 30 Balat tickets and tours on Viator.

Currently, an entrance ticket to Balat costs USD 18.42. Guided Balat tours start around USD 18.42 per person. See all 30 Balat tickets and tours on Viator.