Jump into a surreal time capsule as you explore Istanbul's historic outer western area, miles away from typical tourist itineraries. Explore the local culture and lifestyle, through the people and admire centuries-old Ottoman structures, ride the cable car up Pierre Loti Hill, and cruise the Golden Horn.

Key Highlights

  • Admire the architecturally fascinating Ottoman houses, churches, mosques, and synagogues in the Fener/Balat district
  • Take a cable car up to the historic Pierre Loti Café for spectacular views of Istanbul
  • Take a ferry ride through the Golden Horn, the world's longest natural harbor

About Fener Balat Walking Tour with Pierre Loti Hill Cable Car & Golden Horn ferry

Meet your guide at the Fuego Café and Restaurant in Sultanhamet, Istanbul's main tourist district. From here, take the local tram to Eminönü Harbor and begin a 5-hour journey through Istanbul's heritage.

Travel by bus to the vibrant Fener/Balat district, one of Istanbul's oldest neighborhoods and once home to Ottoman Orthodox and Jewish residents. See traces of Ottoman life, all standing together and demonstrating the Ottoman Empire's multicultural and religious ways. Continue along the historic Byzantine city walls, which date back to the 4th century A.D. and Constantine the Great's reign.

Visit the historic Eyüp mosque complex, a sacred site where pilgrims come to visit mosques and Muslim saints' tombs. From here, take a short cable car ride up to the famous Pierre Loti Café, a popular local hangout. Return to Eyüp to catch the local ferry for a cruise on the Golden Horn's blue waters. The tour concludes at Eminönü Harbor, where you will disembark.


  • English-speaking local guide
  • Skip the line and go straight to your destinations
  • Tram to Eminönü Harbour
  • Golden Horn ferry ride
  • Cable car to Pierre Loti Cafe
  • A çay tea
  • Turkish coffee or soft drink at the panoramic Pierre Loti Café
  • Public bus fare back to Eminönü


  • Extra drinks
  • Anything else not mentioned in the inclusions


Additional Information

  • Pets are not allowed on this tour.
  • This tour begins at 1:00 PM.
  • The duration of the tour will be around 5 hours
What to Wear: 
  • We recommend that you dress up in line with the local customs.
  • We recommend you to wear comfortable shoes as there will be a fair amount of walking on uneven surfaces.
  • Children between 6-11 years will be charged as per the child fare.
  • Guests above the age of 11 years will be charged as per the adult fare.
Things to Note:
  • Meet your guide at Fuego Café and Restaurant. The meeting point is a short walk from the Sultanahmet tram station. The public tram system starts at 06:00 AM and ends at around Midnight.
  • The Fener/Balat Tour is limited to a group of 10 participants.
  • We recommend you to carry sunglasses and water bottles.
  • This tour is unfortunately not suitable for guests who are wheelchair users or guests that have mobility disabilities.

Cancellation Policy

  •  For a full refund cancel at least 24 hours prior to the start of the Fener/Balat Tour.
  •  No-shows and late cancellations are non-refundable.

My Voucher

  • Your Fener/Balat Tour tickets are valid for the event date and time stated.
  • Your Fener/Balat Tour tickets will be mailed to you once you’ve made a booking. All you have to do is show the voucher with a Govt id proof.
Meeting Point
Present your voucher at the start of the tour.

Fener Balat Walking Tour with Pierre Loti Hill Cable Car & Golden Horn ferry Frequently Asked Questions

Are children allowed to join the Fener/Balat Tour?
Yes, children are allowed to join this experience. However, they should be accompanied by an adult.
How can I book a ticket for the Fener/Balat Tour?
Select the number of tickets on our website and click ‘Book Now’ to get your confirmed ticket on your email.
How long is my ticket valid?
Your Fener/Balat Tour tickets are valid for the event date and time selected during checkout.

Ratings & Reviews

Renata Ploska
Travelled March 2023

Quick and efficient, as usual. Thank you.

Péterffy-Baricska Emese
Travelled March 2023

Correct price, fast confirmation.

Travelled March 2023

Good discount and very easy purchase

Ursula Mansson
Travelled March 2023

Easy booking !

Renata Ploska
Travelled March 2023

Quick and sufficient, as usual. Thank you. Brgds,

Fener Balat Walking Tour with Pierre Loti Hill Cable Car & Golden Horn ferry