Balat to Tekfur: Mystery walk in the Old Town

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Balat to Tekfur: Mystery walk in the Old Town

Join us for a tour of the colourful streets of Balat and experience the Jewish, Armenian, Bulgarian and Byzantine history of the area.

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


  • Take the scenic route from Balat to Tekfur.
  • Learn about the Jewish community in Istanbul.
  • See the old city walls and the ruins of Tekfur Saray.

Full Description

Join us for a walking tour around the bright, colourful neighbourhood of Balat. The area is undergoing a rejuvenation and the old houses have been renovated and painted bright colours, making the area very instagram-worthy!

There's a lot of history to be found here and many sites are UNESCO heritage protected. During the Ottoman Empire, Jewish people were resettled in Balat and there were once seven synagogues here, but today only two are in good condition, Ahrida and Yambol Synagogues, which we will visit. We'll also see Armenian churches including the Church of Surp Hreşdagabet and the famous cast-iron Church of St Stephen, a Bulgarian Orthodox Church. Finally, we'll walk by the city walls and the ruins of the Byzantine palace, Tekfur Saray.



  • Entrance fees.
  • Professional guided tour conducted 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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