13 Best Istanbul Cultural & History Tours 2020 - Best Tours in Istanbul

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Whirling Dervishes Ceremony in Istanbul Every Thursday
Tour ∙ 3 hrs
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34 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!
From
34 EUR
Off The Beaten Path of Real Istanbul Tour
Tour ∙ 7 hrs
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40 EUR

Off The Beaten Path of Real Istanbul Tour

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This unique tour is designed for curious travelers who want to discover what Istanbul is really about. Sign up to see the city’s top sights, explore beyond the beaten track, enjoy authentic Turkish experiences and more!
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40 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 Yacht Tour & Photo Shooting
Tour ∙ 1 hr
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19 EUR

Private Yacht Tour & Photo Shooting

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This is a one hour yacht cruise to take best pictures of you on a perfect location. We are going to take professional photos of you and send them to you after the trip. ONLY PRIVATE TOUR (1 person or 6, this tour is always private for you)
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19 EUR
Half Day Islamic Sahaba Tour in Istanbul
Tour ∙ 4 hrs
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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.
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75 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
Group Bosphorus Tour in Istanbul
Tour ∙ 8 hrs
 ∙ From 
59 EUR

Group Bosphorus Tour in Istanbul

Join our wonderful full day Bosphorus tour in Istanbul. The tour includes Bosphorus cruise, Dolmabahce Palace & Two Continents in Istanbul.
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59 EUR
Istanbul Highlights
Tour ∙ 8 hrs
 ∙ From 
14 EUR

Istanbul Highlights

This is the tour that one must do if s/he stays only one day in Istanbul. During the classical tour you will explore the history of two different Empires.
From
14 EUR
Segway Istanbul Old City Tour - Afternoon
Tour ∙ 3 hrs
 ∙ From 
50 EUR

Segway Istanbul Old City Tour - Afternoon

Forget about exhausting foot marches, experience Istanbul simply in an elegant way. Learn to ride a Segway in less than 2 minutes and join our professional guided city tours. No experience necessary! Tour starts daily at 15.00, tour duration is 3 hours
From
50 EUR
Segway Istanbul Old City Tour - Evening
Tour ∙ 3 hrs
 ∙ From 
50 EUR

Segway Istanbul Old City Tour - Evening

Forget about exhausting foot marches, experience Istanbul simply in an elegant way. Learn to ride a Segway in less than 2 minutes and join our professional guided city tours. No experience necessary! Tour starts daily at 10.00am. Please check also our morning and afternoon segway tours
From
50 EUR
Istanbul Uncovered
Tour ∙ 6 hrs
 ∙ From 
30 EUR

Istanbul Uncovered

Get an in-depth look into what Istanbul is really about. I have designed this unique Istanbul walking tour to introduce our guests to the real Istanbul. An alternative tour to see different sides of Istanbul.
From
30 EUR
Segway Istanbul Old City Tour - Morning
Tour ∙ 3 hrs
 ∙ From 
50 EUR

Segway Istanbul Old City Tour - Morning

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Forget about exhausting foot marches, experience Istanbul simply in an elegant way. Learn to ride a Segway in less than 2 minutes and join our professional guided city tours. No experience necessary! Tour starts daily at 10.00am. Please check also our afternoon and evening segway tours
From
50 EUR

Customer feedback about Cultural & History Tours in Istanbul

Rating 5.0 based on 25 reviews

Awesome Tour
The wife And I did a full day tour and it was great! We got to see a lot of the main attractions and the guide did a great job telling us about the past of each area and building. He lead us to several key areas of the city and then took us to areas we might had no idea had such history. The tour was well worth it and a great time.
Off The Beaten Path of Real Istanbul Tour
As good as its words
The tour is exactly what it is marketed as - a trip off the beaten track. We saw the non-mainstream sights with a very knowledgeable guide, who was both attentive and informative while letting us enjoy the sights on our own a little bit. Fantastic way to finish off your Istanbul experience!
Off The Beaten Path of Real Istanbul Tour
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
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
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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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
thoroughly informative and worth it.
the tour captured all the aspects that one was expecting although i added hagia sophia to the itinerary it did not deter from it.

our guide was very fluent in his understanding of the history and way of life of istanbul and offered incredible insight to this beautiful city full of history.

thinking back to our day spent with him brings back wonderful memories. he offered us local's insider which we greatly valued and needed as we were planning a shopping trip the day after.

my one major critisism with like a local is that i still havent received money that i booked another tour prior to booking this one on the 14th May 2018; that tour was full at the time and i was sent an email notifying me that the funds will be returned to my bank account, this has not yet happened and today is the 30th May 2018.
other than that, the like a local is a brilliant idea

kudos
Off The Beaten Path of Real Istanbul Tour
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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We did the "Real istanbul" on our first morning in the city. Emre, our guide was very knowledgeable and enthusiastic about the city and was able to quickly get us orientated. He was passionate about sharing the culture, traditions and religion which have played their parts in shaping the city and its people. The tour took place in the main sites but also gave us a taste of some of the more quieter and hidden areas just a few steps from the tourist trails.
Emre bought some local teas, pastries and organised a hookah at a traditional cafe and later provided baklava. we used bus and ferry too to go old greek district and to come back from there to Eminonu

This is great tour to do on your first day. The tour started at 9 am and finished about 5pm and was well paced for the guests.
Off The Beaten Path of Real Istanbul Tour
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I've just returned from a short trip to Istanbul where I wanted to see as much as possible. I decided to get some assistance, so I booked myself on Real Istanbul Tour. The tour started with Hippodrome, the Blue-Mosque and Hagia Sophia. After which, we had leisure time in a hookah cafe to enjoy shisha smoking, drink Turkish tea and eat delicious food. Our guide then showed us Istanbul off the beaten path, visiting colorful areas, listening to Turkish music and tasting local deserts. We returned back by ferry, to end the journey in the grand Bazar to do some shopping.The tourguide was easygoing and was not rushing us. I absolutely loved my weekend escape to Istanbul!
Off The Beaten Path of Real Istanbul Tour
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
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 Yacht Tour & Photo Shooting
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Had a wonderful experience at the Dervish Ceremony which was authentic and unlike others that are more catered for tourists. Excellent service by our contact point, Mr Hakan, who's very engaging and friendly! Really enjoyed our conversations with him sharing on football and Istanbul. Thank you Hakan and Istanbul Life! We truly enjoyed ourselves!
Whirling Dervishes Ceremony in Istanbul Every Thursday
S
Like its own name says, this was a Real Istanbul Tour as we got to see touristic areas as well as local spots which we all loved. Yunus took his time and energy to explain us everything making us feel so full of knowledge and very confortable every where we'd go. He showed us gorgeous places and let us try some delicious food! Teshekurlar!!
Off The Beaten Path of Real Istanbul Tour
An authentic experience – Recommend!
I was skeptical of going to see the Whirling Dervishes in Istanbul because it sounded very touristy, but this experience was very authentic. Before the "performance" we got to see a real Sufi ceremony and the experience was so interesting. Highly recommend for those interested in a more authentic cultural experience.
Whirling Dervishes Ceremony in Istanbul Every Thursday
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We took the tour for Sufi ceremony at Silivrikapi. It was perfect, exactly as I expected. When we book, we were afraid that it could be a touristic attraction but it was not. We were among real followers and not tourists. Thank you Hakan and thank you Erol.
Whirling Dervishes Ceremony in Istanbul Every Thursday
Great way to see the highlights
Tiur operator was great. Very knowledgeable of all the sites and genuinely able to provide good insights into history, life in Istanbul and Turkey today, and how to make the most out of my trip.
Would highly recommend.
Off The Beaten Path of Real Istanbul Tour
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If you want to spend time at sea in Istanbul Lotus Yatch is the best option. We had a lot of fun, it was a memorable day.
Private Yacht Tour & Photo Shooting

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