Turkish Bath Experience In Istanbul

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Overview

Deep cleanse your body and mind during a 2-hour traditional Turkish bath experience at Istanbul’s Cagaloglu Hamami, a gorgeous 18th-century bath house. As authentic as cultural experiences get, a Turkish bath experience remains much the same now as it was during the Ottoman era. Relax on a marble slab in a steamy bath chamber, have a vigorous and exfoliating scrub to strip away dead skin cells, and then relax in a cooler room. Hotel pickup from hotels on the European side of Istanbul are also included.

Highlights

  • All-inclusive tour
  • Hotel pickup included

Know More about this tour

If your hotel is located on the European side of Istanbul, start your hammam experience with a hotel pickup. Alternatively, make your own way to Cagaloglu Hamami, the beautiful Turkish bath house that dates back to the 18th century, and head inside with your entrance ticket.

This is the last Hammam to be built in the Ottoman Empire. It was begun by one of the head architects of that time, Suleyman Aga, and finished by Abdullah Aga. Its elaborate interiors remain much the same as they were in the Ottoman days, and you’d be hard-pushed to find a more resplendent-looking place to while away a couple of hours.

Leave your coyness at the door and follow the locals’ lead to strip off completely or alternatively, change into your bikini or swimming shorts if you want to reserve your modesty. Then slip on your peştamal (traditional cotton robe) and step inside the bath chamber where a heated marble platform covers the floor. Lie on the marble slab to encourage your body to sweat, and splash yourself with hot water from the bathing basins that line the edges of the room.

After roughly 45 minutes of relaxing and building up a sweat in the steamy bath chamber, one of the baths’ attendants will exfoliate your body, scrubbing you down with a loofah mitten and hot, soapy water.

Rinse away the soapy suds with hot water from the bathing basins, put your peştamal back on and then visit one of the baths’ cooler rooms to relax. The duration of each stage of your Turkish baths experience varies, but most people find 45 minutes on the marble slab, 15 minutes of exfoliation and an hour of relaxation time to be the norm.

Feeling relaxed and rejuvenated, return to the changing rooms to dress and then leave the bath house.

Inclusions for Turkish Bath Experience In Istanbul

  • Hotel pickup (selected hotels only)
  • Entrance fee

Exclusions for Turkish Bath Experience In Istanbul

  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Hotel drop-off

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Cancellation Policy
  • If you cancel within 3 calendar days (72 hours) of the scheduled departure time, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel between 4 to 7 Calendar days before scheduled tour departure,the cancellation charge will be 50% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel at least 8 calendar days in advance of the scheduled departure time, there is no cancellation fee. You will receive Full Refund for the paid amount.
  • Please note that in case of No show, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the listed tour fare.
  • Please note tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.
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  • Very frustrating!!! The receptionist who was not very friendly did not know about Viator and did not even recognize the Viator voucher. I had to tell him to look at the reservations in his computer. The description said this was supposed to be a two-hour experience but my experience was just less than one hour. I was made to stay in the steam room for 20 mins. The actual scrub took only 15 mins. Afterwhich, I was asked to dress up. I felt shortchanged. Instead of leaving the Turkish Bath feeling relaxed, I left feeling very stressed out. Do not take this tour!!!

  • nice experience

  • From beginning to end this was a complete disappointment. We were pushed through without welcome or introduction to the experience. We were directed to a changing room to disrobe, and then taken to the bath area where we were left standing naked to figure it out on our own. Once the scrubbers came in, the bath was less than 15 minutes. All in, we were there for less than an hour and left feeling very disappointed. Absolutely skip this one.

  • I've had a Hammam experience before so my expectations were high. It was a good experience, clean facility, nice to get dropped off but definitely NOT worth the cost. The guy at the desk didn't even know what my voucher included so he gave us middle of the line when I was clearly supposed to get a premium package including massage. I could have booked this myself for 50 Euro but paid 2X by booking it through a site. I know for next time. Reviews online are questionable so I recommend you ask Friends and Family for their experience.

  • Horrible experience. The person wispered in my ear that he would accept dollars as a tip. Kind of blows the whole experience.

  • This sure is an experience loved it

  • Great hammam!

  • Overpriced. Admin staff rather rude. Do not recommend.

  • "What a surprise! I had a vague memory of a sauna back in France and this was a way different experience. After getting changed and wrapped in a towel, we were brought to a huge dome area, all in white marble. The temperature and humidity were quite high but total bearable, but get you ready for the next steps, sweating and all in the steamy bath chamber. A masseur then comes to give you a good exfoliating scrub and a good wash. One can use a small bucket to keep watering down, with cold or hot water. It was a nice moment, unexpected and relaxing. "

  • Just by entering the beautiful historical building, you feel in a different world. After we changed, we got into the hot Hammam area - it was not as hot as I thought it would. It's all white marble top to bottom, and very clean. We were first left to water ourselves down, then brought to the central marble piece, where we go the scrubbing. Be ready, this is quite surprising (and a bit hurtful) first but then you wonder how come you don't do that more often as you feel so clean and reinvigorated. We had upgraded to a massage as well while on site, and this really completed the experience perfectly. There were not that many people so it was a definite intimate experience, and from the majestic building to the full attention and treatment from our masseurs, it was perfect! You can't go to Istanbul and not have a Hamman, and Hamman Cagaloglu was the perfect choice!

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