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The Other Tour

Arnavutkoy Mah. Tekkeci Sk. No:8/3 | Besiktas, Istanbul 34345, Turkey
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Ranked #30 of 543 Activities in Istanbul
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Owner description: The Other Tour offers unique one day cultural experiences in Istanbul. It has 1 aim: to get people...
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Owner description: The Other Tour offers unique one day cultural experiences in Istanbul. It has 1 aim: to get people into real Turkish environments. Our mission is to provide curious, open minded travelers with the opportunity to discover how Turkish people live and thrive in Istanbul. Away from typical tourist attractions, we dive deep into Istanbul (a city of over 16 million people) to immerse ourselves in the lives of local residents. During this guided adventure our Turkish neighbors open their hearts and homes to us, sharing with us their customs and traditions.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014

I went on The Other Tour a week ago with my cousin. She came to visit me, when I already stayed in Istanbul for a month. She found the tour on the internet, suggesting it would be a nice opportunity to get a feeling for the city in a short amount of time, since she only had a few days... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

My wife and I shared a wonderful day (and evening) with Fethi and his crew. As adventurous 50 somethings we embraced the day with great enthusisam and were not disappointed. We were granted the keys to the other side of Istanbul - the glitz, the glamour, the history and the warts and all view. it was extraordinary and a life... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

The Other Tour offered a look into Istanbul that most tourists would not likely be able to experience. My wife and I went in November during the slow season and were the only ones on the tour so it offered a one-on-one feel. We weren't planning on visiting the Asian side of Istanbul so it was appreciated to take the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014 via mobile

As the only clients on the day my husband and I spent a fabulous day and evening on a personalised tour, witnessing the real Istanbul; learning about the recent history (well past century) which has moulded this country into its present state; visited some amazing places; partook in local events (market, hamam and school visits)and cuisine( beautiful lunch by Fethi's... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

My family and I were in Istanbul for 2 days and wanted to do something a little different and more personal. We really enjoyed the day with Fethi and Murat, touring some unconventional spaces in the city. I'd been to Istanbul once before and The Other Tour gave me an alternate and contemporary perspective on this unique historical space. Would... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014

Skip the rest of daily city tours and definitely have this. You will be treated like locals and learn the undiscovered parts of local life in terms of culinary and culture. We also have friends during our tour and exchanged ideas about life. Thats oen of a kind tour that needs to be explored.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

The Other Tour was one of the highlights of my recent trip to Istanbul. In addition to a fun and interesting day, I'm so glad to have had the opportunity to meet the guides and talk to them, from a peer perspective, what it is like living in Turkey. As a solo traveler, it was also a great way to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

The Other Tour strives to show you the other side of Istanbul, beyond the obvious tourist sights, beyond the barrage of people trying to sell you stuff, beyond Turkish Delight and doners. The 'other side' of Istanbul is what you get. Fethi, Soner and the gang at The Other Tour deliver a realistic view of everyday life in Istanbul, by... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

This tour is the answer for those wanting a peak at the real Istanbul. Of course Aya Sophia, the museums, and mosques are all fabulous. But that's not everyday Istanbul. If you want to know how people there live, how they eat, where they live, what they really do, then this tour is for you. My partner and I were... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

The "Other Tour" is one of the most worthwhile travel activities available. Over a 12-14 hour day these three young men offer experiences that allowed me to feel very fortunate. We visited a real elementary school and interacted with young Turkish students.. We ate lunch at the home of one of the guides. A Turkish bath was included. We saw... More 

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