All alternative tours in Istanbul

Bosphorus Night Cruise with Dinner in Istanbul
Tour ∙ 4 hrs
 ∙ From 
55 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.
From
55 EUR
Half Day Islamic Sahaba Tour in Istanbul
Tour ∙ 4 hrs
 ∙ From 
75 EUR

Half Day Islamic Sahaba Tour in 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.
From
75 EUR
Full Day Group Princes' Islands Tour from Istanbul
Tour ∙ 8 hrs
 ∙ From 
52 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.
From
52 EUR
Designer Shopping
Tour ∙ 2 hrs
 ∙ From 
27 EUR

Designer Shopping

Istanbul has a market with tasteful designers/makers in fashion, jewelry, ceramics, interior items and so on. Catch a glimpse, get inspired, and get shopping from the best designer spots!
From
27 EUR
Beautiful İstanbul Views in Silence and Peace
Tour ∙ 6 hrs
 ∙ From 
21 EUR

Beautiful İstanbul Views in Silence and Peace

It is a well known fact that Istanbul is crowded and noisy. Would you like to watch the most famous places in İstanbul in silence while drinking your Turkish coffee? If your answer is yes, this is the tour for you.
From
21 EUR
Beyoğlu Orientation Walking Tour, Istanbul
Tour ∙ 3 hrs
 ∙ From 
30 EUR

Beyoğlu Orientation Walking Tour, Istanbul

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Enrich your time in Istanbul with some valuable insider knowledge early on. Discover special spots to eat, drink, shop and explore in the district of Beyoğlu, and get practical tips to help you explore the city confidently throughout the rest of your stay.
From
30 EUR
Istanbul Artisan Walking Tour
Tour ∙ 3 hrs
 ∙ From 
34 EUR

Istanbul Artisan Walking Tour

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Discover both contemporary and age-old arts and crafts alive and thriving in the backstreet workshops of Istanbul’s Beyoğlu district.
From
34 EUR
Four Sacred Guards of the Bosphorus
Tour ∙ 8 hrs
 ∙ From 
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
Musical Istanbul
Tour ∙ 2 hrs
 ∙ From 
30 EUR

Musical Istanbul

Discover the rich and diverse Turkish music with a wonderful musician: Duygu Özay! Duygu will take you to a journey through music instrument workshops of Beyoglu and give a great introduction about Turkish music.
From
30 EUR
Layover Tour from Ataturk Airport
Tour ∙ 6 hrs
 ∙ From 
23 EUR

Layover Tour from Ataturk Airport

This is a perfect tour program option for transit travellers who have a couple of hours layover between their flights in Istanbul. Last minute passengers can contact us and we will arrange the tour as soon as possible.
From
23 EUR
Bosphorus on Boat Half Day Morning Tour
Tour ∙ 4 hrs
 ∙ From 
40 USD

Bosphorus on Boat Half Day Morning Tour

NEW!
Early in the morning you will be picked up from your hotel by our luxury minivan and transferred to the port where your boat will leave from for your half day morning tour.
From
40 USD

Customer feedback about Alternative Tours in Istanbul

Rating 4.9 based on 12 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
S
My experience of our trip to Istanbul was transformed by this tour with Duygu. At one point, when we were spending a lot of time at one spot, I expressed concern about that, and Duygu said not to worry, that we would finish the tour no matter how long it took. I didn't really time the tour after that, but I can say that we did finish the tour, and we were relaxed and enjoyed every artisan we visited.
There was no mention of us buying anything anywhere. I did buy a beautiful small glass vase at the glass making place, which was not expensive. The man there did a demonstration for us, which happened at several places. Sometimes we talked about the political situation as well as the crafts they were doing. All of them were glad to see Duygu and us, and they were friendly and welcoming, including one place where the man treated us with tea.
We visited a man restoring tin interiors to copper bowls for a restaurant, a glass craftsman, father and son wood carvers, a woman who makes a Turkish musical intrument, a metal artist, a man who gold leafs frames and furniture, and an architect who is restoring a large, interior court area and former orphanage to be a ... we'll have to go back to see! He showed us many things including beautiful architectural features that he has collected over the years. There were three similar things he was not sure of, and I was able to identify them as parts of stations of the cross from a Catholic church. That was a special encounter for me, and there were several such.
The last artisan we visited was not in when we got there, so while we waited for him to return to his shop, we went for lunch at a nearby restaurant that Duygu knew. It was excellent. We returned there a few days later and had another delicious meal.
Duygu is quite knowledgeable and informative. She is a gentle spirit who is well received by the people we visited. She freely shares her knowledge and gladly answered all our questions about the city.
If I return to Istanbul, I might do this same tour again. I would certainly do another tour with Duygu.
Istanbul Artisan Walking Tour
R
There are many sights to see in Istanbul of course but if you want to have a more personal encounter with its citizens, I’d highly recommend the Artisans tour with Duygu in the Beyolglu District. It was a refreshing change from the tourist venues as we had a chance to have conversations (with Duygu frequently acting as our translator) with Turks who don’t often interact with Americans. They are involved in trades which are vanishing. Some had been in their businesses for over 50 years and were eager to tell us how they went about their work and their history in the area. (One seemed so interested in talking to us that he bought us tea, which was promptly put before us!) Duygu seemed to have a special rapport with them so it was a very enjoyable time.

Duygu was an amazing resource not only in telling us about the artisans but answered questions about the city, its history and what is current in Turkish politics. She is friendly, and has a warm, thoughtful way of talking. It was so great to spend some time talking to her about her experience in Istanbul. She made the tour quite special. I was resistant to spend so much money on a tour but it was money well spent!
Istanbul Artisan Walking Tour
J
We spent a fantastic afternoon with Necla who showed my husband, his parents and myself all around the the Beyoglu area. Necla had so much knowledge about the area and her English was excellent. We were staying in Beyoglu and did the tour on our very first afternoon and were so glad that we did as we felt less like tourists and more like locals after this! Istanbul is such an enormous city it was lovely to feel like we could confidently walk around and knew where were the safer areas and which to avoid at night. Necla took us to a range of shops selling ceramics and other homewares as we requested and showed us many restaurants we could return to later. Necla even showed us how to buy a travel card so we could easily travel around using the tram later during our week in Istanbul. We did the 3 hour Orientation to Beyoglu tour and did a lot of walking which we enjoyed. The tours can be tailored depending on your level of fitness. I would highly recommend this tour if you are staying locally, thank you Necla!
Beyoğlu Orientation Walking Tour, Istanbul
N
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 Sahaba Tour in Istanbul
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We met our tour guide Necla right on time who proceeded to ask us a few key questions and, based on the our interest and preferences, designed a 3 hour walking tour of Beyoglu District.

We wanted to acquaint ourselves with how contemporary Turks live, eat and relax in this historic yet very residential neighborhood. She led us through backstreets, covered passage ways, a local fish market, the city's oldest Turkish Delight purveyor, a subterranean wine bar, and a 16th C caravan sarayi designed by a Genoese that currently serves as a workshop coop for repairmen, machinists etc. We received great recs for bfast, lunch, and dinner. Nothing touristy and extremely reasonable. Hands down, one of the best eating out experiences we had was at Zubehir Ocakbasi. Can't thank Necla enough for her patience, kindness, and hospitality. Our vacation would not have been the same without it.
Beyoğlu Orientation Walking Tour, Istanbul
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Four of us were given a tour by Necla thru the Beyoglu District (we were based right next to the Galata Tower) and had a delightful time with her. She has a wonderful sense of humor, clearly knows the out-of-the-way places for food and shopping, and enjoys showing off 'back street' Istanbul. She showed us a subterranean wire bar which we of course returned to the next day - great selections. Recommended Subehir Ocakbasi for dinner - off-the-chart delicious and great fun. We also had a terrific breakfast a few days later at the restaurant where she worked and plan to stay in touch. Highly recommended.
Beyoğlu Orientation Walking Tour, Istanbul
K
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
J
The dinner and Turkish show were wonderful. The show consisting of traditional folk music, whirling dervish, belly dance and an entertaining international singer who used to greet by singing a short song from each country, whose citizens were in the show. Your trip to Istanbul is incomplete if you have not attended this show.
Bosphorus Night Cruise with Dinner in Istanbul
5 Stars :)
Our guide was very sweet and gave us a great tour through Istanbul. She also gave us tips for things to see, where to buy the best Turkish delight and beautiful small vintage shops. We would definitely recommend her for anyone who wants to see Istanbul like a local.
Beyoğlu Orientation Walking Tour, Istanbul
Great tour with great insights
We had the guided tour which was great. Necla showed us the hidden Istanbul. Would definitely recommend this!
Beyoğlu Orientation Walking Tour, Istanbul
Resourceful guide, great experience
Duygu Ozay, my guide, went the extra mile in researching exactly what I wanted to see, and instead of the regulation tour took me to the Grand Bazaar to look at textiles, embroiders, and traditional clothing. She researched the best places, asking friends who worked in this area for advice, and took me to shops inside the Bazaar which I would never have found for myself. Not only that, she is personable, has great English, and has a good eye for Turkish antiques and folk art. She also taught me how to use the tram!
Istanbul Artisan Walking Tour

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