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Les Arts Turcs Tours

#130 of 1,044 things to do in Istanbul
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Address: Alemdar Mh. Incili Cavus Sk. No:19, Istanbul 34400, Turkey
Phone Number:
+90 544 220 1022
09:30 - 22:00
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Sun - Sat 09:30 - 22:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours

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Genuine experience.

Absolutely fascinating and moving experience. This is no tourist show but the real thing. The pre-visit explanation of sufism very informative and helpful. Highly recommended.

Reviewed 30 March 2016
Michael C
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36 reviews
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Reviewed 30 March 2016

Absolutely fascinating and moving experience. This is no tourist show but the real thing. The pre-visit explanation of sufism very informative and helpful. Highly recommended.

Thank Michael C
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Reviewed 29 March 2016 via mobile

I had a great 5 days in Sultanahmet, largely due to the help and advice I received from Alp. Through him, I arranged a half-day cruise on the Golden Horn, a Whirling Dervish ceremony, and a full day tour of the main sites (with Mustafa, who was great guide). In addition, Alp kindly offered to assist me in looking for... More 

1 Thank TokyoRory
Jeddah, Makkah, Saudi Arabia
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Reviewed 30 November 2015

I searched online about this place and I was walking in SultanAhmet area and asked about it, and I did not get lost because many turkish people know about it. and when I went there I took an Ebru lesson and I enjoyed every minute of this amazing art. and they provide other workshop and lessons like turkish Henna, Calligraphy,... More 

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Mount Isa, Australia
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Reviewed 25 November 2015

I wish I had found this earlier in our trip but all in all was a fantastic end!! I used email as my source of communication and the response was direct & quick, was so grateful of Alp and his service. Easy instructions & easy to find right behind the Basilica Cistern. I was greeted with a friendly and welcoming... More 

1 Thank Tiffany W
Adelaide, Australia
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15 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 October 2015

One of the most restful and interesting things we have done in 4 trips to Istanbul was an evening with the Whirling Dervishes. A small gathering for each session in an atmospheric round 'theatre' the group of eight dancers are accompanied by traditional music. Mesmerising. Please dress with appropriate covering of the arms and legs as this is a religious... More 

1 Thank Wendy T
Troy, New York, United States
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Reviewed 14 October 2015

I love this tour company they provide such unique cultural tours. The tour leaders are very knowledgeable and provide such interesting cultural perspectives and activities.

1 Thank Adilah A
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Reviewed 7 October 2015

We were in contact with Alp AKSAHIN from Les Arts Turcs Tours (and Bazaar Turkey). He arranged for us 10 tickets to a football match of Fenerbahce against Bursaspor. We also needed the passalong cards before we could get game tickets. All was arranged by Alp. We hade a great match!

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South San Francisco, California
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Reviewed 4 September 2015

A wonderful experience in the heart of Istanbul. Easy to find right behind the Basilica Cistern. Professional & clean, they use only organic henna. They take appointments and Alp fit us in at the last moment on our last day. A great way to take home a beautiful piece of art from Istanbul. A warm and friendly environment and I... More 

1 Thank Laura W
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Reviewed 2 September 2015

I contacted Les Arts Turcs seeking some Turkish music lessons while in Istanbul for a couple days. Alp and the rest of the staff were extremely helpful, and were able to co-ordinate a couple lessons with a local Turkish teacher who played Bendir (Turkish frame drum), Ney (Turkish flute), and sang. With Alp translating, our lessons focused on Turkish rhythm,... More 

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Reviewed 17 August 2015

had an amazing experience. the show was mesmerizing. we were told not to take pictures especially with flash on but all the tourit were taking them. the belly dancer afterwards changed the mood. had lentil soup which was great. the rice pudding was tooo sweet.

1 Thank Arzoo D

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