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  • Exclusive Experience

Historical and Contemporary Islam Tour in Istanbul

Explore the depths of Islam in lesser known mosques

Tour Highlights:

  • Exclusive tour for the die-hards who want to understand Islam
  • Introduction to Sufi culture and music
  • Visit Suleymaniye Mosque to understand the zenith of the Ottoman Empire
  • Great lunch at a traditional restaurant
  • Visit Arap Mosque to talk about the Arab invasion of the city before the Turks arrived
  • Local and expert tour guides
  • Small group of max 12 or private tours
Private Tours for 2 people

Exclusive tour to understand historical and contemporary Islam in Istanbul

Special tour for the die-hards! Not for the regular tourist! Our tour is for people with a certain mindset who have flexibility should the conditions at the mosques change for our visit.

This is not a show designed for tourists. We visit actual mosques in Istanbul where the locals perform their spirituality. We are only welcome as visitors who have a deep interest and hopefully an understanding of spirituality in Islam.

Our  tour in Istanbul’s traditional neighborhoods runs in this order:

  • Meet your guide and small group ( or private tour) in Karakoy
  • Talk about Islam, orders, and spirituality in the historical and contemporary context
  • Start your tour visiting Yeralti Cami ( underground mosque) at the entrance of the Golden Horn where the famous chain used to be.
  • Understand how the city changed after the Ottoman Conquest and see the conversion of Byzantine churches into mosques
  • Visit Arap Mosque, quite away from the touristy route
  • Take the metro to Karakoy and enjoy the panoramic views of the Golden Horn
  • Visit Suleymaniye Mosque which is a truly mystic atmosphere.
  • Enjoy lunch at a very traditional Turkish Restaurant — vegetarians are well catered.
  • This tour does not run during Ramadan.