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Istanbul: Fener/Balat Walking Tour, Pierre Loti Hill & Ferry

Istanbul: Fener/Balat Walking Tour, Pierre Loti Hill & Ferry

Activity provider: My Local Guide Istanbul
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Explore the historic outer western area of Istanbul away from typical tourist routes. Experience the local culture and lifestyle, admire centuries-old Ottoman buildings, take a cable car up Pierre Loti Hill, and cruise the waters of the Golden Horn.

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Duration 5 hours
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Live tour guide
English
Small group
Limited to 10 participants

Experience

Highlights
  • Explore the Fener/Balat district and admire Ottoman houses, churches, mosques, and synagogues
  • Take a cable car up to historic Pierre Loti Café and take in the spectacular views of Istanbul
  • Enjoy a ferry ride on the waters of the Golden Horn, the world’s longest natural harbor
Full description

Meet your guide at the "Balık Pazarı " the entry gate of the Spice Market in the heart of Istanbul. From here you’ll take the local bus to Fener to discover Istanbul’s heritage. Travel by public bus to the colorful Fener/Balat district, one of the city’s oldest neighborhoods and at one time home to Istanbul’s Ottoman Orthodox and Jewish residents. See traces of Ottoman life, including wooden houses, mosques, churches, and synagogues, standing together and demonstrating the multicultural and religious ways of the Ottoman Empire. After walking along the cobblestoned streets of the Fener/Balat World Heritage area, you’ll continue along the historic Byzantine city walls that date to the 4th century A.D. and the time of Constantine the Great. See the exterior of the historic Eyüp mosque complex, a sacred area where pilgrims come to visit the mosques and the tombs of Muslim saints. From here you’ll take a short cable car ride up to the famous Pierre Loti Café, a popular meeting point for locals.

Enjoy stunning panoramic views of Istanbul while sipping a drink in one of the cafés where French Poet Pierre Loti was inspired to write Aziyade, part biography and part love story about his escapades in Istanbul in the late 1800s. Walk back down to Eyüp to catch the local ferry for a cruise on the blue waters of the Golden Horn. See Ottoman houses, shipyards, the old and new Galata bridges, Ataturk Bridge, ancient city walls, mosques, churches, and other historic and modern sites. You’ll disembark at Karaköy Harbor, where the tour ends.

Includes
  • English-speaking local guide
  • Golden Horn ferry ride
  • Cable car to Pierre Loti Cafe
  • A çay tea
  • Turkish coffee or soft drink at the panoramic Pierre Loti Café
  • Public ferry fare back to Karaköy
  • Extra drinks
  • Gratuities
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
  • Wheelchair users
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • You will receive a mandatory temperature check

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Meeting point

The meeting point is outside the entry gate of the Spice Market/Egyptian Bazzar in front of the dairy shop named "Itimat Satış Mağazası". The guide meet you there.

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What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes

Not allowed

  • Pets
Customer reviews

Overall rating

5 /5

based on 15 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    5/5
  • Transportation
    4.7/5
  • Value for money
    4.6/5
  • Safety
    5/5

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Onder was a fantastic guide. He had a wealth of knowledge about not only Istanbul but also other points of interest in Turkey. In excellent English he generously shared stories along every step of the way and expanded our understanding of this magical city. Onder was also extremely kind and patient with us, adapting to our interests and pace. At the end of the tour we were rushing to get to another appointment, and he calmly and confidently led us there through a frantic rush hour Istanbul. We’d highly recommend booking Onder as a guide and would love to sign up for another tour with him in the future.

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May 27, 2022

ONDER (guide) arrived in good time to meet me. I was the only one on this tour, which meant that I had a private tour. This tour was excellent, both in terms of content and because of Onder - he was highly knowledgeable, generous with his time, highly considerate, and enthusiastic in a low-key way. He showed me everything there was to see, and more, and went out of his way to make this a highly memorable experience in a variety of ways. Nothing was too much trouble for him, and it felt as though I was with a friend. I was particularly delighted about two things: (1) that we were able to enter the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate, and (2) that we had an iconic dish (balik ekmek) that was on my personal wish list, but I had the pleasure of having it with Onder. Excellent tour, excellent compassionate, knowledgeable guide. Special.

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May 28, 2019

I took this tour with another lady, guided by Onder, and partially by Selih. Onder was probably the best guide I had while in Istanbul and he really made me enjoy this part of the city

July 23, 2022

Product ID: 45417