Heritage of Jewish and Orthodox in Fener and Balat with Galata Tower

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A nostalgic trip to trace the footsteps of the centuries old Jewish and Orthodox communities in Istanbul starting from Galata Tower to the combined neighborhoods of Fener, Balat and Ayvansaray, which are inhabited mostly by Jews and Orthodox Christians in the past. Off the beaten path, these streets have hosted a mosaic of communities. 

  • Acquaint yourself with Jewish and Orthodox Christian culture and heritage in Istanbul.
  • Discover multi-cultural and picturesque old neighborhoods
  • Admire the stunning view of the Old City, Bosphorus and the Golden Horn from the Galata Tower
Meeting point

We have a passion for uncovering this unique city’s lesser known historical treasures on foot. Our tour starts with imposing Galata Tower which is overlooking to beauties of Bosphorus and the Old-City. After visiting Museum of Turkish Jews, where artifacts chronicling the history of Jewish people in Turkey, plus an art gallery & synagogue, we take you off the major tourist trail to multi-cultural Fener, Balat and Ayvansaray. These are the old Istanbul neighborhoods where Constantinople officially ends which means we admire surviving city walls of Byzantines and discover historic churches, mosques, synagogues, traditional houses and even the remnants of a palace. Finish off our tour with a relaxing ferry journey along the Golden Horn.

What’s Included

Professional guide
Synagogue, Museum and Galata Tower entry fees/donations/
Transport by Ferry and Public Bus
Small Group


Hotel pickup and drop-off

Additional Information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Officially issued identity card or a passport is necessary for visiting Jewish Museum
  • Jewish Museum is closed on Saturdays (Sabbath), national and religious holidays.
  • Visitors are required to show their HES codes when entering the Jewish Museum and Galata Tower.
  • It is a walking tour, so there is a moderate amount of walking involved
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 6 travelers

Pricing Details:

Adults Age (18-99): 1 Person: €60.00 | 2 Person: €100.00 | 3 Person: €135.00 | 4 Person: €140.00 | 5 Person: €175.00 | 6 Person: €210.00

Childeren Age (14-17): €30.00

Galata Tower:

One of the city’s most distinctive sights, this great fortification dating back to 1348 was erected by the mercantile Genoese Italians as a vantage point over the city walls and was subsequently used as a fire lookout tower until as recently as the 1960s.

Multi-cultural Fener-Balat Neighborhoods:

Colorful streets of Fener and Balat await you. 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.

Ecumenical Patriarchate: (Cathedral Church of St George)

Ecumenical Patriarchate is recognized as the spiritual center (basically the “Vatican”) of the Eastern Orthodox Christians.

St Stephen of Bulgarian Church:

This is a curious, neo-Gothic white-painted church and interestingly made up from cast iron sections. Built or should say “cast” in Vienna in 1896 and carted all the way to Istanbul.

City walls of Constantinople:

The walls of Constantinople were the greatest fortifications of the medieval age. With various towers and gates, large sections still stand more or less intact today.


Halic (Golden Horn) means inlet in English separates the old and new sections of Istanbul. The views of this water body is magnificent, especially at dawn or dusk, when the hues of the sunlight play on the water and the different structures along its banks and bridges across. The views of the city, old and new, from water is equally stunning.

Departure Point:

Daru Sultan Hotels Galata

Our tour guide will meet you outside the entrance to “Daru Sultan Hotels Galata” which is located right next to Şişhane Metro Stop (M2) ( Yenikapı-Hacıosman Metro Line) and a 5-minute walk from the Galata Tower.



Return Details:


Our tour ends in Karaköy Ferry Terminal next to Galata Bridge. Our guide can give you a recommendation of what to see next nearby.

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January 1, 2021