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  • Istanbul: Two Sides of The City Half-Day Bike Tour

    1. Istanbul: Two Sides of The City Half-Day Bike Tour

    Meet your tour guide in the historical neighborhood of Balat, in the European side of the city. Choose your bike for the day then board the public boat to Uskudar. From the boat, admire views of the city skyline and take photos of Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sophia, Maiden Tower, Süleymaniye Mosque, Bosphorus Bridge, and more. Arrive in Uskudar, which is on the Asian side of the city, and admire the cultural influences that surround you. Hop on your bike and pedal to Fenerbahce Park, stopping along the way to take in the sights and listen to your guide share information about the area’s history and culture. Once you’ve worked up a sweat from the bike ride, enjoy a refreshing cup of Turkish tea or coffee at a local cafe and admire the view of Princes’ Islands while you relax. Jump back on your bike and pedal to Kadıköy Pier for a boat ride to Karakoy. Next, cross over the Golden Horn Bay via ...

    Ramo is a friendly guide who speaks English well. It was a bit scary cycling against heavy traffic but that is apparently ok in Turkey. Bikes were good and Ramo made sure we were comfortable.

  • Bosphorus Boat Cruise & Two Continents Tour with Lunch

    2. Bosphorus Boat Cruise & Two Continents Tour with Lunch

    From the Golden Horn to the arm of the Boshorous you will experience the beautiful sights of the historical peninsula which separates the old and new parts of Istanbul. You will be a part of history as you take an in-depth look at the residential areas for Byzantine Jews, Italian traders and other non-Muslim minorities. Get a true sense of the history behind the Balat and the Metal Church. Stop at the sights of St. Stephen the Bulgarian, and get a glimpse of what life was really like at the Jewish Hospital. You can take a break from the historic sights by taking a stroll along the Byzantine City Walls. Another charming feature of the tour is the array of colorful shops that you will see at the Spice Bazaar. We'll make a stop at the stalls selling fruits, vegetables and flowers. After enjoying the variety of shops, the tour takes you to the Bosphorus Cruise and through the waterway sepa...

  • Istanbul: Bosphorus Cruise and Golden Horn Bus Tour

    3. Istanbul: Bosphorus Cruise and Golden Horn Bus Tour

    Enjoy a Bosphorus cruise through the waterway separating the two continents, Europe and Asia, with a possibility to take photographs of marble palaces and ancient wooden villas of Ottoman architecture besides modern residential and luxurious apartments. See the Rumeli Fortress from the boat, a historical armament built by the Conqueror to control and protect the Bosphorus. It is a unique example of military architecture. Visit the Golden Horn by bus, the arm of the Bosphorus and a natural harbor of the historical peninsula separating the old and new parts of Istanbul where the first colonies settled during the Byzantine Empire. This was a residential area for Byzantine Jews, Italian traders, and other non-Muslim minorities. Drive along the traces of history in Balat and view the Bulgarian St Stephen Church, the Jewish Hospital (Or-Ahayim), the Fener Orthodox Patriarchate, and the 22-k...

    The Bosphorus cruise, somewhat surprised about the "non existing:" Pierre Loti house

  • Istanbul: Morning Bosphorus Cruise

    4. Istanbul: Morning Bosphorus Cruise

    From the Golden Horn to the arm of the Boshorous you will experience the beautiful sights of the historical peninsula which separates the old and new parts of Istanbul. You will be a part of history as you take an in-depth look at the residential areas for Byzantine Jews, Italian traders and other non-Muslim minorities. Get a true sense of the history behind the Balat and the Metal Church. Stop at the sights of St. Stephen the Bulgarian, and get a glimpse of what life was really like at the Jewish Hospital. You can take a break from the historic sights by taking a stroll along the Byzantine City Walls. Another charming feature of the tour is the array of colorful shops that you will see at the Spice Bazaar. We'll make a stop at the stalls selling fruits, vegetables and flowers. After enjoying the variety of shops, the tour takes you to the Bosphorus Cruise and through the waterway sepa...

  • Istanbul: Old City Half-Day Bike Tour

    5. Istanbul: Old City Half-Day Bike Tour

    Explore Istanbul by bike and see some of the most beautiful sights of the city while burning off some calories. You will ride your bike through palaces, mosques, churches, parks, and the most characteristic districts of historic Istanbul, and including Eminönü. Depart from Balat, ride to Eminönü and admire the Galata Bridge, New Mosque, and Spice Bazaar. Look across the Golden Horn to the district of Beyoglu. Ride along the waterfront to Gülhane Park, an oasis of peace extending over the slope of Topkapı Palace. Leaving the park, catch a glimpse of the former gate of the Grand Vizier's residence. Take a short ride to Sultanahmet Park and see the city’s iconic St. Sophia and Blue Mosque. Run the full lap of the Hippodrome, just like the Roman horse-chariots used to, and admire the obelisks that dominate the street. Pass through its imposing gates of Topkapı Palace, the magnificent reside...

  • Istanbul: Golden Horn Bike Tour

    6. Istanbul: Golden Horn Bike Tour

    The perfect way to see the major attractions of Istanbul’s historic peninsula is on a bike tour. You’ll take in the sights, both on and off shore, on this 3.5-hour excursion. Historic Istanbul is situated on a peninsula flanked by water on 3 sides: the Sea of Marmara, the Bosphorus, and the Golden Horn. It has been the capital of 3 great empires: the Roman, the Byzantine, and the Ottoman. For more than 1,600 years over 120 emperors and sultans ruled the world from Istanbul. No other city in the world can claim such a distinction! The bike route is a moderate one, running along the world’s greatest natural harbor. Take in some of the city's most historical and cultural attractions, as well as some of the best views of the Golden Horn from Pierre Loti Hill. The final part of the ride takes you to the Sutlice, Balat, and Kasimpasa districts, the naval yard, marinas, and more, until you ...

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What people are saying about Balat

Once you have seen the main Istanbul attractions, I can't imagine a better complementary experience, and a better way to see more of Istanbul - both the older European side, and the newer vibrant Asian side - than this 5h biking tour. Organization was smooth, the ride was safe and scenic, punctuated by ferryboat rides and stops at points of interest and coffee places. Our guide, Cem, was both very professional/knowledgeable, and very friendly. One can tell he has a talent for working with people, and a passion for his native Istanbul. He made the experience in our small group the highlight of our 5 days in Istanbul. Warmly recommended!

It's really a fabulous activity. You get to really experience the thrum of Istanbul from East to West. A must do for anyone with an elevated sense of adventure and To see things differently!

Amazing trip, amazing people, amazing city. Nothing to add. Must do in Istanbul if you are not pregnant or an old person (P.S.: Don't forget to take enough sunscreen)

Cem is a very pleasant, personable guide, socially competent and responds to the wishes / needs of the participants.

Very good guide. Ive learn so much Things. I highly recommand