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Non Touristy Istanbul – Live Istanbul like a native (full day)

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We start our non touristy Istanbul tour with the conservative part of Istanbul, Eyup. After visiting the famous Eyup Mosque where is a holy visit site for Muslims. Then we take the cable car ride up the hill to Pierre Loti Hill, where the famous writer used to be inspired for his novels by the breathtaking view of Istanbul. We will then take drive to Asian side. First we will visit the Sakirin Mosque, the first ever mosque that is designed by a woman. Our lunch is special, in a very popular restaurant among locals cooking home made vegetable dishes daily; (30 to 40 cold served starters and 15 warm courses to choose from; but each is cooked to the exact high quality taste requirements of the Turks dining here) and these are displayed at warm and cold sections accordingly; and before giving your order a presentation on the selections will also be possible. After lunch, we will drive back to Europe, for a half hour concert of Mehter Band – Ottoman Military Band with their 50 performers in their Original Ottoman costumes with native Ottoman instruments at 3 oclock; the band influenced composers like Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, or Mozart: The music called A la Turca originates from their music. The concert is in the Military Museum of the New Town, which houses superb collection of Ottoman arms, flags, banners, helmets, models and miniatures. We will end the day with a walk along Istiklal Street all the way to Tunel, visiting art galleries and cafes along the way.

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Things to know

    • Dolmabahce Palace is closed on Mondays & Thursdays
    • Military Museum is closed on Mondays & Tuesdays
    • Closed museums will be replaced with a substitute

Do & Don't in Istanbul

  • +Take a peek at Princess Islands
  • +Go antique and vintage shopping in Cukurcuma
  • +Watch a belly dancing show
  • -Do not enter the houses with shoes
  • -Do not forget your passport anywhere
  • -Do not stick to one type of cuisine


Period 1 Pax 2 Pax 3 Pax 4 Pax 5 Pax 6 Pax
01.01.2016 31.12.2016 € 329 € 189 € 139 € 119 € 109 € 99

Tour Includes:

Pick-up & drop-off from/to your hotel or cruise ship

Entrance fees as per itinerary

Air-conditioned vehicle

Professional English speaking tour guide, fully licensed under the Tourism Ministry


  • We had a great time with a lovely teacher who taught us a lot about belly dancing! We really enjoyed ourselves today!
    Thank you very much for a memorable day!
    Asja, Ina, Randi and Jannicke

  • Miss you already Burcu! I can't wait to come back to Turkey! Of course, I would want to be on a tour with you again! You have such a wonderful personality! Thank you for everything! - Helena Zahra

  • Oriental Istanbul is a wonderful company. They are welcoming, helpful, knowledgeable and very accommodating. I would recommend them without hesitation! - Artemis Mourat / 2013, Teacher

    Wonderful and unforgettable experience, loved every moment! Will definitely return to Istanbul! hoping to see you all again! - Itsumi Suganuma / 2012, Student


    If you are a dancer at heart that appreciates beauty, history and colorful culture this is the perfect trip to embark on.  With knowledgeable and kind hosts that will take care of you and welcome you to their home town you will be delighted by what they have planned for you.  A beautiful trip to bring a friend along and to make new ones!  I would return in a heartbeat. - Bozenka / 2013, Teacher

    I always have a great time with Oriental Istanbul tours as guest teacher, knowing my students will be hosted very well in stunning parts of Turkey and its makes my work so easy and pleasureful.. One of the best and warmest  organizers I ever worked internationally. Strongly Recommended! - Ozgen / 2011, 2012, 2013 Teacher

    THE perfect tour: very rare & unique - detailed instruction by Ozgen, real roman by Reyhan + local festival in Edirne. How can be better than that! Really appreciate the flexibility about stay & activities. All people in the tour are nice, friendly and helpful - pleasurable all the time. Most of all Burcu and Yoko did such a great job organizing & leading us - easy going yet professional, they know tourism and dancing well. Plus, Ozgen is the great instructor as well as our travel buddy - fun & positive energy, multi tasking (waiter, guide, entertainer etc.. ;) ) Can't wait for the next year! - Akiko Tanikawa / 2012 & 2013, Student

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