Balat to Tekfur: Mystery walk in the Old Town

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Balat to Tekfur: Mystery walk in the Old Town

Let’s get lost in the fascinating streets of Balat! Our guide will take you to an area where a lot of cultures blend together.

Duration: 4 Hours
Live Guide: English.
Pick-up Services: Pick up is available from centrally located hotels.


  • Wander from Istanbul's Balat Jewish Quarter to the Tekfur district.
  • Learn about the Jewish community which has been settled in Istanbul since the Ottoman Empire.

Full Description

Balat is surely one of the areas which have the richest history in Istanbul. Also, there are lots of UNESCO heritage sites. The most important thing that makes Balat so beautiful is its unique atmosphere. There are painted colorful houses and lots of traces coming from Jewish, Armenian and Orthodox communities. In this tour, we will discover Balat streets together and see synagogues, Armenian churches, Romaic churches, Byzantine remnants and Ayazma's. During the tour, we will be visiting: Ahrida and Yambol Synagogues, the cast-iron Bulgarian Orthodox church of St. Stephen of the Bulgars, the city walls and the ruins of the Byzantine palace known as Tekfur Saray, and the Armenian Church of Surp Hreşdagabet.



  • Entrance fees.
  • Professional Guidance in English.
  • Pick up & Drop off Service from centrally located hotels.
  • Refreshments.

Meeting point

Your hotel lobby.


Know Before You Go

  • *This tour is only available on Sundays.
  • Please ask if pick-up is available for your hotel.

About your Host

Istanbul Walks

Istanbul Walks is Tour Operator that organises Daily City Tours and Walking Tours in Istanbul and Turkey with its company owned vehicles. We are licensed as “A Group No 6174” from the ministry of Culture and Tourism...
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Customer Reviews

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Jimmy - June 05, 2019

Old colored buildings with nice cafes all over the place. great for street photography!

Melissa - May 20, 2019

Balat was very charming. I love the atmosphere there. A photo opportunity at every corner.

Dianna - January 10, 2019

It was great to get away from the crowds and enjoy strolling around these unbelievable streets. It is a district where muslim, christian and jewish people have lived together in peace. Should be visited.

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