Istanbul - Turkish slum and the district of Balat

Forget about the myths that tell you that Turkish slums are dangerous.
Istanbul's slums are colorful, attractive, and very photogenic.

With this self-guided tour you will walk around one of Istanbul's most vivid districts, Balat.

Stock up on a memory card - you will shoot without stopping and by the end of the walk you will have a hundred of photos.

• Discover hidden gems and secret places recommended by the locals
• Solve the riddles on the way to make your journey more fun.
• Avoid big buses and crowds with the self-guided tour downloaded into your smartphone
• Enjoy the advantages of the offline GPS navigation

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1 to 2 hours


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  • What's included :
    • A carefully planned route, offline GPS navigation, tips by a local guide
    What's excluded :
    • The cost of the tickets is NOT included. If you want to visit the museums, the approx.cost is 10 USD
    • Entry/Admission - Balat
    • Entry/Admission - Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople
    • Entry/Admission - Meryem Ana Rum Ortodoks Kilisesi
    • Entry/Admission - Kilic Ali Pasa Hamami
    • Entry/Admission - Palace of Blachernae
    • Entry/Admission - Chora Museum
  • This is a typical itinerary for this product

    Stop At: Balat, Istanbul Turkey

    Today, together we’re going explore the historic part of Istanbul that is adjacent to the city's walls. These are Turkish slums and the areas where non-Muslims lived.

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople, Sadrazam Ali Pasa Cad. No:35 Fener, Fatih, Istanbul Turkey

    Ecumenical Orthodox Patriarchate. According to a legend the church was founded by the Apostle Andrew the First-Called on this spot.

    Duration: 15 minutes

    Stop At: Balat, Istanbul Turkey

    We will visit a cosy cafe Naftalin, located in the colourful street of the Turkish Balat

    Duration: 15 minutes

    Stop At: Balat, Istanbul Turkey

    Greek Orthodox Lyceum. Due to its appearance it's been called Istanbul's Hogwarts

    Duration: 15 minutes

    Stop At: Meryem Ana Rum Ortodoks Kilisesi, Balat Mahallesi Fatih, Istanbul 34087 Turkey

    We will also visit the Maria Mongolian Church, the only church in Istanbul that has never under any circumstances stopped Orthodox services.

    Duration: 15 minutes

    Stop At: Balat, Istanbul Turkey

    Balat Mahallesi, Kiremit Cd. No:33, 34087 Fatih/İstanbul - a place that attracts thousands of bloggers because of the colourful houses around the street

    Duration: 15 minutes

    Stop At: Merdivenli Yokuşu, Balat, Merdivenli Ykş., Fatih/İstanbul, Turkey

    Another place of pilgrimage for lovers of beautiful photogenic places. This staircase, along with the colored houses and hanging laundry, is a symbol of Balat.

    Duration: 15 minutes

    Stop At: Ayvansaray, 34087 Fatih/İstanbul, Turkey

    There are many synagogues in this area and one of them is located near this place. You can't always go inside them.

    Duration: 15 minutes

    Stop At: Kilic Ali Pasa Hamami, Kemankes Mah. Hamam Sok. No: 1 Beyoglu, Tophane, Karakoy, Kilic Ali Pasa Camisinin Yani, Istanbul 34425 Turkey

    Let's climb the terrace and watch the area that we just crossed from the height.

    Duration: 20 minutes

    Stop At: Palace of Blachernae, Ayvansaray, 34087 Fatih/İstanbul, Turkey

    The ruins of the Palace of Blachernae. The palace originally served as the country residence of the Byzantine Palaeologus emperors and was located outside the city walls of Constantinople.

    Duration: 15 minutes

    Stop At: Chora Museum, Kariye Mahallesi, Kariye Camii Sokak, No: 18 EdirnekapI Fatih, Istanbul 34087 Turkey

    A former church of Chora, that is now known as a Museum of Mosaics and Frescoes!

    Duration: 15 minutes

  • Departure Point :
    Balat neighborhood Muhtarligi, Balat, Sultan Selim Cd. No:10, 34087 Fatih/İstanbul, Turkey
    Departure Time :
    3/13/2020 - 10/22/2021
    Monday - Sunday:08:30 AM - 10:30 PM
    Return Detail :
    Kariye Mosque, Dervişali, Kariye Cami Sk. No:18, 34087 Fatih/İstanbul, Turkey
    Hotel Pickup :
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.


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Organised by Lokimo

Activity ID: V-210206P9

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