The Other Tour of Istanbul is a unique and alternative tour experience that takes visitors off the beaten path to explore the lesser-known, yet fantastic neighborhoods and hidden gems of Istanbul.
The Other Tour is led by knowledgeable and friendly guides who are passionate about showcasing the local culture, food, and history of Istanbul in a fun and engaging way.
The Other Tour offers a refreshing and authentic travel experience for those looking to discover the city beyond the usual tourist spots.
We love Istanbul and we think she’s way too important of a city to glance over – she deserves better than that.
The Other Tour is not a tour. It is a detour. A detour from mainstream tourism. It is a great detour from the touristic sights of the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace etc., allowing you to immerse yourself for a short while into the Turkish way of life.
Since early 2011, we have had thousands of participants from all across the planet who seek to catch a glimpse into the local culture and cuisine.
It is a unique tour like no other, offering a fresh look into Istanbul that prioritizes people and culture over historic monuments and museums.
The Other Tour always starts at 9am from a pre-determined starting point, usually your hotel. We hit the road and drive up north by the Bosphorus.
Our first stop is usually Arnavutköy, one of the prettiest neighborhoods of Istanbul. We may stop for coffee or orange juice after a nice little walk through the historic area.
Embark on a private boat journey along the breathtaking Bosphorus, renowned as one of the world’s most picturesque waterways.
Following our enchanting cruise, we disembark at Kanlıca, celebrated for its traditional Turkish yogurt drizzled with honey.
Welcome inside a local family home for a wonderful home-cooked meal by Ayşe Karataş, the mother of The Other Tour.
We immerse ourselves in local schools, engaging with enthusiastic students and participating in their interactive lessons.
Our journey also includes visits to inspiring music schools operated by NGOs, where we are enveloped in the harmony of their exceptional musical sessions.
Delve into the heart of Istanbul’s vibrant street market culture with The Other Tour.
We explore the dynamic ‘pazar’, a roving marketplace that breathes life into different neighborhoods daily.
Witness the lively exchange at these local bazaars, where an array of fresh produce and traditional goods are brought directly to the community’s doorstep, showcasing Istanbul’s rich mosaic of agriculture and shopping traditions.
Experience the ancient tradition of a Turkish bath with a massage.
We will not only experience this ancient Roman tradition, but also feel fresh, look good, and get a massage.
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