Istanbul Balat to Tekfur Mystery Walking Tour

Explore an authentic Turkish neighbourhood

Lose yourself in the colourful and vibrant streets of Balat, a traditional Jewish quarter located on the European side of Istanbul by the western bank of the Golden Horn. The photogenic old streets of Balat, one of Istanbul's Jewish districts, await participants in this stimulating four-hour walking tour.

Get away from the tourist crowds and some of the city's more congested zones to explore an authentic Turkish neighbourhood, which is home not only to a well-established Jewish community but also thriving populations of Greeks and Armenians. Synagogues, Armenian churches, Romaic churches, Byzantine remnants and holy springs, known as ayazmas, all vie for the visitor's attention.

Although it could once boast seven synagogues, Balat now has only two in good condition. These are Ahrida Synagogue, one of the oldest in Istanbul, and the Yanbol Synagogue, first built by Jews from Yambol in Bulgaria. The Bulgarian Orthodox church of St. Stephen of the Bulgars, also known as the Bulgarian Iron Church, is famous for being one of the few churches in the world to be made of cast iron. The prefabricated parts, weighing 500 tons, were produced in Vienna and transported to Istanbul by ship through the Danube and the Black Sea.

See the ruins of the Byzantine palace known as Tekfur Saray, a 13th-century monument and one of the few major surviving examples of Byzantine secular architecture anywhere in the world. Discover a melting pot of cultures and religions on this intriguing tour of modern-day Balat.


  •  Enjoy colourful and vibrant streets of Balat
  •  Explore an authentic Turkish neighbourhood
  •  Visit Synagogues, Armenian churches, Romaic churches, Byzantine remnants and holy springs
  •  Visit Byzantine palace known as Tekfur Saray
  •  Discover a melting pot of cultures and religions
  •  Visit Yambol Synagogue
  •  Visit Ahrida Synagogue
  •  View Bulgarian St. Stephen Church
  •  Visit Palace of the Porphyrogenitus


48 Hours
4 Hours
Hotel Pick-Up/Drop-Off
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Operating Hours

Tour Start Time: 13:00hrs

Duration: 4 Hours

What You Get


  •  Transport
  •  Tickets
  •  Guide

Additional Information

  • Infants 0-2 years carried free of charge.
  • Child Price: 3-7 years
  • Pick-up Service is available only in a hotel located in Sultanahmet, Aksaray, Sirkeci, Beyazt and Taksim areas. Outside these areas pick-up service is unavailable.

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Age: 3-7 years

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