9 Best Istanbul Cultural & History Tours 2022 - Best Tours in Istanbul

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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 33 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 33 people!
From
28 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.
From
60 EUR
Top Sites Of Istanbul: Half Day Small-Group tour
Tour ∙ 5 hrs
 ∙ From 
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.
From
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
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
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.
From
59 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
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50 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 4.9 based on 19 reviews

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 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
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 Luxury Yacht Cruise
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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
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
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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 Luxury Yacht Cruise
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Great experience in Istanbul
Captain Anil & Captain Basak are very friendly and professional hosts! Don't miss the beautiful sunset on the sea!
Private Luxury Yacht Cruise
Excellent and authentic experience
This is the real deal, you take oart in a ceremony and not a show for tourists. A very unique experience
Whirling Dervishes Ceremony in Istanbul Every Thursday
Absolutely fantastic
. Don't bother with other operators, punctual, knowledgeable and small group
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Top Sites Of Istanbul: Half Day Small-Group tour
Great authentic experience. Highly recommended!
Whirling Dervishes Ceremony in Istanbul Every Thursday
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Excellent experience!
Whirling Dervishes Ceremony in Istanbul Every Thursday
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a spititual experience
The hosts were generous all throughout the evening. They want you to feel at home.
You get to see the real deal. No showmanship as they start with a prayer which then leads into the whirling session. A true insight on how the process takes place. The whirling is impressive as you see them go into a trance like state. it's not an easy thing to do and you could even see some of the dervishe exhausted.

I'm not sure how this compares with the other lodges but my only issue is that the ceremony started quite late, 9:10 rather than 8:30, which meant we were late leaving the venue.
Whirling Dervishes Ceremony in Istanbul Every Thursday

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