Guided tour

Istanbul: Greek Orthodox District 3-Hour Walking Tour

Activity provider: ISTANBUL WALKS

Istanbul: Greek Orthodox District 3-Hour Walking Tour

Activity provider: ISTANBUL WALKS

From US$ 105.51 per person

See old apartments and visit Byzantine churches in an area of Istanbul with a fascinating Greek Orthodox history. Learn about the Phanariotes and wander through colorful streets with an expert guide.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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Duration 4 hours
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Live tour guide
Pickup included
Pickup is available from centrally-located Istanbul hotels within Taksim Square, Şişli, Beşiktaş, Sultanahmet, and Fatih neighborhoods.
Small group
Limited to 6 participants


  • Explore the fascinating Fener district of Istanbul
  • Check out the area's old houses, Byzantine churches, and the Red School
  • See the sights in a small group so you can have all your questions answered
Full description

Learn about the history and culture of the Greek Orthodox part of Istanbul on a walking tour with an expert local guide. Explore the charming streets lined with old homes and glorious Byzantine churches.

This Sunday morning, 3-hour walking tour investigates an area of Istanbul currently protected as part of a UNESCO conservation project. Derived from the Greek word 'Fanari,' meaning 'lantern' or 'lighthouse' in Turkish, Fener was a district of prominent and predominantly Romaic (Greek Orthodox) families up to the beginning of the 20th century.

It is the part of Istanbul where the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople is situated. On the tour, you are invited to explore the world of the Phanariotes, who dominated the administration of the Patriarchate. Listen to the story of Phanariotes who served as dragomans to the Ottoman government and to foreign embassies. Visit a Byzantine Church and see the world’s only church made of iron and steel. As you wander the jumble of streets, you will see apartments and palaces, and get a taste of the fascinating history of one of Istanbul’s most intriguing neighborhoods.

  • English-speaking guides
  • Entrance fees
  • Hotel pickup
  • Donations
  • Hotel drop-off
  • Lunch
  • Personal expenses
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users
Covid-19 precautions

You must book this activity online because the ticket office is closed

Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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Important information

What to bring

  • Passport or ID card
  • Comfortable shoes

Not allowed

  • Pets
  • Luggage or large bags

Product ID: 18270