One could describe the combined neighborhoods of Ayvansaray, Balat, and Fener as a miniature chronicle of the Byzantine, Ottoman, and modern times. These streets have hosted the most influential of empires along with their monuments; housed a mosaic of communities.
We have a passion for uncovering this unique city’s lesser known historical treasures on foot: Our tour starts at a convenient meeting point (or meet you in your central Istanbul accommodation) and take you off the major tourist trail: Fener, Balat and Ayvansaray. These are the old Istanbul neighborhoods where Constantinople officially ends which means we admire surviving city walls of Byzantines. Churches, mosques, synagogues, traditional houses-even the remnants of a palace. Chora Church is considered to be the highlight in this area contains some the best Byzantine mosaics and frescoes in existence.
My wife and I just finished a private day tour with Erol.
We would highly recommend him for anyone considering a personal guide for the day- he is a good listener, very informative and comfortable to be with.
He is also quite courteous to other travellers- on the Bosphorus cruise we sat beside 2 young men from Australia. They had a few questions which Erol gladly answered, when he really was not required to.
He made sure he got us back to our hotel safely at the end of the day.
Thanks Erol! If you ever get to Canada let us know. J&M