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Ottoman Art & Islamic Art (full day)

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We start our day in Eminonu, with a glance to New Mosque’s courtyard, where is the most impressing amongst imperial mosques of Istanbul. We will then walk to Rustempasa Mosque where we will see perhaps the best examples of Ottoman art on mosaics. After taking a peek to the 400 year old streets around the mosque, we will head to Museum of Turkish and Islamic Arts which is located in the Palace of one of the most renowned pachas of Ottoman Empire (Ibrahim Pasa). After lunch, we will visit Caferaga Medresesi, an Ottoman school complex which still houses a Traditional Handicrafts School on our way to Tiled Kiosk Museum inside Topkapi Palace Complex.

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Things to know

    • Museum of Turkish and Islamic Arts is closed on Mondays
    • Tiled Kiosk Musuem is closed on Mondays
    • Closed museums will be replaced with a substitute

Do & Don't in Istanbul

  • +Watch a belly dancing show
  • +Take a peek at Princess Islands
  • +Take a romantic ferry ride along Bosphorus
  • -Don't drive in local traffic
  • -Don't wander in the back streets of Beyoğlu after midnight
  • -Do not be shy with locals


Period 1 Pax 2 Pax 3 Pax 4 Pax 5 Pax 6 Pax
01.01.2016 31.12.2016 € 339 € 189 € 147 € 129 € 99 € 95

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



  • 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

    I send a huge, huge, shout-out to Orientalist Burcu and Yoko RaksTurkey. Thank you SO MUCH for everything! The trip was wonderful from beginning to end. All I can say to everyone in the dance community is Go. Just Go.
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    Marie Garniero

  • We had a wonderful time! Thank you for giving us the opp to share a unique cultural experience with great people! - Jennifer &George Hawkins

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