Istanbul Half Day Walking Tour - Balat's Jewish History


The Fener and Balat areas in Istanbul, are two of the most characteristic and richest in history. They are UNESCO listed yet not a lot of visitors to Istanbul visit these areas, nor know the history.   This tour covers the intriguing tradtional Jewish area of Balat.

Highlights of this tour are:

  • Bulgarian Church of Saint Stephen of the Bulgars
  • City walls
  • Tekfur Saray
  • Armenian Church of Surp Hreshdagabet
  • Heritage Listed Old buildings
  • Modern day restoration

You will be picked up from your hotel between 1 and 1.30  and taken to the starting point of the 1.30 tour.

Balat is a historical area of Istanbul and known as one of the Jewish districts where Jews re-settled during the Ottoman Empire period. Synagogues, Armenian Churches, Romaic Churches, Byzantine Remnants, the intriguing streets and the colorful authentic buildings are part of exploring Balat. 

Although once it had seven synagogues, today, Balat possess only two in good condition: Ahrida and Yambol Synagogues. The cast-iron Bulgarian Orthodox Church of Saint Stephen of the Bulgars, the city walls and the ruins of the Byzantine Place known as Tekfur Saray and the Armenian Church of Surp Hreshdagabet are all among the places the tour covers. 

However as we walk around the neighbourhood, you will notice that it is becoming very trendy place to live and places are being renovated and there is many new cafes springing up every week. Prepare yourself to indulge in a historical and cultural experience that reflects a less discussed era. 

You will be taken back to your hotel around 5pm

Aspectos importantes

  • This is a Small Group Tour every Sunday for around 3 hours.
  • You need a moderate level of fitness to walk on this tour as it includes going up and down hills on some uneven surfaces for up to 3 hours


  • Transportation to and from your hotel
  • Professional Licensed English-speaking guide
  • Entrance fees to all mentioned sites


  • Tips to Guide
  • Any other meals, costs or services not specified in "price includes"


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