Introduction to The Other Tour

 The traveler sees what he sees, the tourist sees what he has come to see.

Gilbert K. Chesterton

 Istanbul’s premier culture tour

experience this city,

the way she deserves:


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. Fethi gives a lot of himself by inviting you into his family home and life. He is not your guide. He is your friend for the day as you walk and talk and eat and experience Istanbul life. –A TripAdvisor Review

We set out to experience a special day in life with a simple goal in mind: experiencing the real Istanbul.


The Other Tour was established in early 2011 and since then, we have had thousands of participants from all across the planet who seek to catch a glimpse into the local culture and cuisine instead of just seeing the famous touristy attractions.

It is a unique tour like no other, offering a fresh look into Istanbul that has been often referred to as profound.


We don’t believe in providing a step-by-step, hour-by-hour guide to what your day on The Other Tour will be like. An itinerary of that nature simply wouldn’t do the experience justice. However, you may read our itinerary to learn about the activities we engage in on The Other Tour.

the other tour istanbul - lunch at mamas



-David Mitchell

This is not a typical tour. The Other Tour is designed for curious travelers to explore such an amazing city together in a way that focuses more on human condition and culture rather than historical sights and museums.


Running this tour has been the best education and a fantastic experience for our team & family. And we thank everyone who has taken the time to add to the wonderful collections of +500 reviews.

To book, you may email us at [email protected]