Fener and Balat Walking Tour (with Local Guide) 2024

Fener and Balat districts offer a wonderful experience for those who want to go beyond the classic tourist route in Istanbul. Fener and Balat were the Greek and Jewish districts of old Istanbul, and it is still possible to see the traces of those days.

As a local tour guide, I have been giving history and culture themed walking tours in Istanbul for many years. Among them, the Fener and Balat walking tour is the one I like the most.

Fener and Balat districts in Istanbul have become a phenomenon on social media in recent years with their colorful houses and stairs. However, it should be noted that what these districts offer to their visitors is not limited to this.

There is a remarkable historical heritage in the Greek neighborhood of Fener and the Jewish neighborhood of Balat. In these districts, churches, synagogues and mosques are side by side and each has a unique story.

Fener Balat tour is the trip where you will need a local tour guide the most in Istanbul. Because the historical artifacts here are not open to visitors regularly, and a guide who knows the staff in the buildings can help you see these hidden treasures.

In the following lines, I will introduce you to the places visited during the Fener Balat walk. However, if you would like to make a reservation directly instead of reading this long article, you can reach me by filling out this form on the contact page.

Highlights of the Fener and Balat Tour


1. Kadir Has University

Kadir Has University in Cibali


2. Church of St Theodosia

Old Byzantine Church to be seen in Fener and Balat tour


3. Church of St Nicholas

Church of St Nicholas aka Santa Claus


4. Greek Orthodox School

Greek Orthodox School to be seen in Fener and Balat tour


5. Church of St George

Church of St George located in Greek District Fener


6. The Colorful Stairs

The Colorful Stairs of Fener and Balat districts


7. The Colorful Houses

The Colorful Houses of Fener and Balat tour


8. Ahrida Synagogue

Ahrida Synagogue located in Jewish District Balat


9. Colorful Streets of Balat

Colorful Streets of Fener and Balat in Istanbul


10. Iron Church

The Iron Church is belong to Bulgarian Christians of Istanbul



Many people have joined my Fener and Balat tour so far and they found this experience far beyond their expectations. They were very impressed by being able to witness hundreds of years of history, away from the tourist crowds.

There is information about my references on the about page of this site, but if you wish, you can also read reviews about me on TripAdvisor. Although some of these comments are about other tours, a significant part of them are feedback about my Fener and Balat tours.

If you want to embark on this historical journey that starts from the Byzantine period and continues throughout the Ottoman period, you can contact me by filling out the form on the contact page. As a licensed tour guide in Istanbul, I am ready to share with you all I know.

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