15 Best Istanbul Tours & Experiences 2022 - Local Guides

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Whirling Dervishes Ceremony at Istanbul’s Sirkeci Train Station sirkeci ( Dede Efendi House in Sultanahmet )
Tour ∙ 1 hr
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20 EUR

Whirling Dervishes Ceremony at Istanbul’s Sirkeci Train Station sirkeci ( Dede Efendi House in Sultanahmet )

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Booked by 87 people!
Experience a Sufi music concert and Whirling Dervishes ceremony first-hand at Istanbul’s Sirkeci Train Station.
Booked by 87 people!
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20 EUR
Turkish Paper Marbling (Ebru) Class in Istanbul
Tour ∙ 2.5 hrs
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33 EUR

Turkish Paper Marbling (Ebru) Class in Istanbul

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Just Booked!
Need a break from the hustle and bustle of tourist life in Istanbul? Come and take a Turkish paper marbling (Ebru) class with the remarkable Turkish artist Betul! Turkish paper marbling is a method of aqueous surface design that can create patterns similar to marble, hence the name.
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33 EUR
Half Day Islamic Muslim Sahaba Tour Istanbul
Tour ∙ 4 hrs
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60 EUR

Half Day Islamic Muslim Sahaba Tour Istanbul

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Discover Istanbul’s Islamic heritage and Sahaba tombs on this half-day tour through the city. Visit mosques, learn about the religious significance of the tombs and hear teachings from the Prophet Muhammed.
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60 EUR
Whirling Dervishes Ceremony in Istanbul Every Thursday
Tour ∙ 3 hrs
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28 EUR

Whirling Dervishes Ceremony in Istanbul Every Thursday

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Booked by 31 people!
Discover the story of Sufism, learn about Istanbul’s present-day Sufi community, and experience a Whirling Dervishes ceremony first-hand in an authentic Sufi monastery.
Booked by 31 people!
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28 EUR
Top Sites Of Istanbul: Half Day Small-Group tour
Tour ∙ 5 hrs
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50 EUR

Top Sites Of Istanbul: Half Day Small-Group tour

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Get the perfect introduction to Istanbul’s most iconic places with a 5-hour, small-group tour of the old city with an experienced guide. Visit the top sites of Istanbul: Hagia Sophia, Basilica Cistern, Blue Mosque, Hippodrome and the Grand Bazaar.
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50 EUR
Private Luxury Yacht Cruise
Tour ∙ 2 hrs
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26 EUR

Private Luxury Yacht Cruise

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Take the chance to enjoy beauties of Istanbul on a private luxurious yacht steered by a professional crew. Spoil yourself with your private yacht in the most vibrant spots of Istanbul. Book this private tour to avoid crowds and have this luxurious yacht only for yourself.
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26 EUR
Bosphorus Night Cruise with Dinner in Istanbul
Tour ∙ 4 hrs
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59 EUR

Bosphorus Night Cruise with Dinner in Istanbul

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Enjoy a tasty dinner and a traditional Turkish show with live music and belly dancing while cruising on the Bosphorus.
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59 EUR
Tour of the Historical Peninsula of Istanbul
Tour ∙ 8 hrs
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80 EUR

Tour of the Historical Peninsula of Istanbul

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Our journey begins at the place where the Ottomans ruled their legendary Empire. Following the orders of the Sultan, a new power emerged.
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80 EUR
Full Day Group Princes' Islands Tour from Istanbul
Tour ∙ 8 hrs
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47 EUR

Full Day Group Princes' Islands Tour from Istanbul

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Find out why Byzantine Empire princes once holidayed on these islands on this full day tour from Istanbul. Cruise the Marmara Sea, ride a horse drawn carriage, and enjoy the beauty of Buyukada.
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47 EUR
Istanbul Street Photography Tour
Tour ∙ 4 hrs
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75 EUR

Istanbul Street Photography Tour

Istanbul is an enchanting city with an ancient beauty and a modern charm, if only you know where to look. Let the experts and artists of Istanbul Life ORG take you on a tour of Eyüp, Balat, the Golden Horn and Fatih, specially tailored for the photographer or videographer.
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75 EUR
Day Trip to the Princes' Islands
Tour ∙ 8 hrs
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7 EUR

Day Trip to the Princes' Islands

The Ottoman Empire forced traitors and the Greek population to live on the Princes' Islands. See how they adapted to life on the Islands with me on my full-day tour.
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7 EUR
Ottoman-Turkish Calligraphy Workshop in Istanbul
Tour ∙ 2 hrs
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72 EUR

Ottoman-Turkish Calligraphy Workshop in Istanbul

Ottoman-Turkish calligraphy, also known as Arabic calligraphy, is the art of writing, and by extension, of bookmaking. Calligraphy is an especially revered form of Islamic art since it was the primary means for the preservation of the Qur’an.
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72 EUR
Traditional Turkish Tile-Painting (Cini) Workshop in Istanbul
Tour ∙ 2 hrs
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69 EUR

Traditional Turkish Tile-Painting (Cini) Workshop in Istanbul

The painting of Turkish tiles and ceramics is very important in the history of Islamic art. Its roots can be traced at least as far back as the Uighurs of the 8th and 9th centuries. Its subsequent development was influenced by Karakhanid, Ghaznavid and especially Iranian Seljuk art.
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69 EUR
Four Sacred Guards of the Bosphorus
Tour ∙ 8 hrs
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50 EUR

Four Sacred Guards of the Bosphorus

Istanbul is a city which has a shiny past with the help of Saints. While mariners pass through the Bosphorus, they greet 4 holy guards of the Bosphorus. Let' s visit them & feel their holiness.
From
50 EUR
The Old City of Istanbul Full-Day Walking Tour
Tour ∙ 8 hrs
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80 EUR

The Old City of Istanbul Full-Day Walking Tour

An expedition to the first heartbeats of Istanbul. Priceless buildings, incredible human traffic, charming streets, amazing flavours…
From
80 EUR

Customer feedback about Tours in Istanbul

Rating 4.7 based on 48 reviews

Great trip
Our guide was a sweetheart! I was travelling with my mom and the guide was very attentive to her, which made it an easy and memorable trip. He also definitely knows a lot about the city and told us a great deal about Istanbul while we were on the island. This is perfect for companies of 3-5 people. Excellent experience!
Full Day Group Princes' Islands Tour from Istanbul
Fantastic
It was a great experience. We had a very competent guide, very knowledgeable and attentive to our questions and needs. This is an ideal option if you are travelling with family (3-5 people), keeps it very personal and entertaining. Definitely would recommend it to a friend!
Top Sites Of Istanbul: Half Day Small-Group tour
Great day exploring Istanbul
Eyup was a great source of information as he showed us round the main tourist attractions. Friendly and engaging we had a fanatic day exploring and left as good friends.
Tour of the Historical Peninsula of Istanbul
Simply amazing!
This is what you call an actual dervish ceremony. The one you see at bosphorus tours is just for fun. This was actually spiritual. Loved it.
Whirling Dervishes Ceremony in Istanbul Every Thursday
lovely experience!!!
i had the most fun learning Ebru with bettul and her husband. theyre both really lovely people and very good teachers.
Turkish Paper Marbling (Ebru) Class in Istanbul
Mezmerizing
This is definitely worth your time and money. An enchanting spectacle and unusual unforgettable music.
Whirling Dervishes Ceremony at Istanbul’s Sirkeci Train Station sirkeci ( Dede Efendi House in Sultanahmet )
An authentic experience
If you want to experience Whirling Dervishes Ceremony like a local then don’t miss that one.
Whirling Dervishes Ceremony in Istanbul Every Thursday
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Paper marbling
We just got back from Istanbul and the I booked the marbling class for the last day. I was not expecting to have such experience. The artist talked about the whole process then walked us through step by step allowing us to creat more elaborate are as we went. I have very little talent but even so I was proud of my work. My daughter, on the other hand, is very talented and caught on right away. Even though the lesson was supposed to be a couple of hours, Ali worked with my daughter for double the amount of time. The attached picture shows what you can creat having never done this before. After we finished working we were welcome on the terrace for tea and cookies. I don't think there is a better view in all of Istanbul. We had to allow the paper to dry so we took a walk to the spice market to do a bit of shopping for kitchen items. When we walked back to the studio our artwork was dry and ready to take home.

The day was certainly not spent waiting on long lines to view tourist attractions rather experiencing something fun and unique.

An A+ company giving A+ experience.
Turkish Paper Marbling (Ebru) Class in Istanbul
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Sahabe visit May 2016
We had the privilege of this being our second visit to the blessed Sahabe of Istanbul. The blessings received are priceless. I would totally recommend anyone visiting this beautiful city not to leave without doing ziyaret of the blessed Sahabe.
This company is thoroughly professional & it is commendable that they are keeping alive the history of the blessed Sahabe in Istanbul . This is not something that can be done without guidance as most tombs are scattered around the city,some in obscure locations.
Time was allocated at each place for respectful contemplation & prayers.
We had the full benefit of Dervish Erol's expert knowledge & spiritual insight. He brought the stories of the Sahabe alive with great eloquence. His words were poetic, translated with great care from Turkish by Hakan, who was amazing.
Many thanks for a memorable day.
May Allah bless you with every success in your endeavours.
Half Day Islamic Muslim Sahaba Tour Istanbul
Enchanting Istanbul with an awesome guide!
Top sites half day tour with Emir
I got back from Istanbul with some wonderful memories!
They started with my first tour on the first day of my arrival.
I met Emir, the tour guide, at the pudding shop.
He was punctual and friendly on introduction.
Then went on to Hagia Sophia, I was impressed with the level of knowledge he had and the ability to share his sense of humour alongside an awesome tour!
Honestly this was my favourite tour of the city and top sites.

I would highly recommend this tour early on in your visit because you get fast track entry to the sites so you're not waiting around in the long queues.
Whether you're travelling alone or in a group, definitely book the tour with Emir! You really got a sense of him being proud of his city and how he loved sharing his knowledge with others!

Wishing him all the best to his future!
Until the next visit!
Top Sites Of Istanbul: Half Day Small-Group tour
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Turkish painting
I took 2 classes from Betul Senguler. The classes were fabulous I have learnt a lot. The first class we did backgrounds did the peacock wave. Next went onto flowers. I learnt about the tools as well. The second class we went into more info about the paint brushes and other tools. I could not of asked for a better instructor. Betul taught me the carnation and rose. She also showed me how to do a full background. I thoroughly enjoy my experience and will be going back next year when I come back to instanbul. She gave me a name who supplies her with product and I am going there this afternoon.. thank you so much I could not of had a better time.
Pearl Highstead.
Turkish Paper Marbling (Ebru) Class in Istanbul
Great Experience
I am a long-time fan of the poet, Rumi, so this authentic experience of seeing a whirling dervish ceremony was one of the top highlights of my trip to Istanbul. The educational session beforehand was excellent and our guide was well organized and thoughtful. I booked this excursion two weeks in advance from the states, and the guide answered all of my emails/questions promptly beforehand. I highly recommend this event for anyone who is interested in learning more about the true history of the whirling dervish community.
Whirling Dervishes Ceremony in Istanbul Every Thursday
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Great tour
Our guide was knowledgeable, accommodating and friendly. We enjoyed getting a taste of the rich history and not spending the entire day doing it.

We’re well traveled and enjoy seeing the highlights of any spot we visit but we’re not interested in dragging things out unnecessarily. Our guide picked up on that and got us to the best spots with maximum efficiency. He even accommodated our schedule change graciously due to a mix up on our part.

Would absolutely recommend!
Top Sites Of Istanbul: Half Day Small-Group tour
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Fun and educative
This was a fantastic class with Betul and Ali. They showed my friend and I the techniques of Ebru (Turkish paper marbling, which is not unlike west European paper marbling), showed us how to make some traditional floral designs, then left us to our own devices. We made 20 or 30 sheets, some independent pictures, others we plan to use as a basis for painting and/or collage. The workshop is fantastic, in historic Istanbul with a view over the Bosphorus.
Turkish Paper Marbling (Ebru) Class in Istanbul
Great Experience :)
We've had a great experience learning how to draw on the water in Ebru method, we had a great artistic talk with Mr. Ali the ebru teacher.

very friendly place in a great tourist area if you want to visit the blue mosque and Sultan Ahmet area.

The booking process with Hakan is smooth and easy and we got his confirmation on very quickly in short notice.

This experience is highly recommended by me and my friend that share with me the experience.
Turkish Paper Marbling (Ebru) Class in Istanbul
Great tour with a very knowledgeable guide
I've been on masses of Segway tours (over 100) all around the world but this tour had probably the most knowledgeable guide I've had. What he didn't know about the history of Turkey and Istanbul wasn't worth knowing!

It's a great way of getting around Instanbul and leaning about the history of the sights plus we went up some hills so had the most wonderful panoramic view of the city and river.

I can't recommend this tour highly enough!
Segway Istanbul Old City Tour - Morning
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A breath of fresh air
Thanks to our lovely captains Basak and Anil (they were attentive and so fun!), We had an absolute blast during pandemic time.

The Bosphorus tour was simply fascinating, we did not even realize how couple of hours passed. Snacks and drinks were satisfying.

Surprisingly, we got to see numerous dolphins close up, which was my favorite part of the tour.

Highly recommended, will definitely do it again! 😊
Private Luxury Yacht Cruise
Unique experience
Unique experience on EBRU. Many thanks to teach me and provide maximum time to my own design. Betul is a real master, many thanks for your knowledge and so pretty converstaion about Turkey and whole world.
Unexpected skill to me but I highly recommend to anybody especially if you want to know Turkey arts bette and have a meditation because it's really like a meditation.
Turkish Paper Marbling (Ebru) Class in Istanbul
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The cruise consists of a meal and sightseeing, as well as dancing and singing performances. Overall experience was very nice, we had a great time! Very well organized starting from the booking, fast response and easy to use. The food had some typical apetizers and A-La-Cart Menu options, the show was fantastic, especially the leading belly dancer and the singer.
Bosphorus Night Cruise with Dinner in Istanbul
A warm and creative experience
I loved learning (the first baby steps) of such a long lasting and beautiful tradition with Ebru. She’s a fantastic teacher and a super warm host. She brings out the most creative you with ease. And the technique is very easy to grasp for a beginner. The place is lovely as well, including a nice terrace where we had coffee and tea overlooking old Istanbul.
Turkish Paper Marbling (Ebru) Class in Istanbul

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