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Çemberlitaş Hamamı

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Historical Turkish Bath Experience

1. Historical Turkish Bath Experience

Located in the heart of the historical peninsula, at a walking distance from Grand Bazaar and serving since 1584, the historical Çemberlitaş Hamam is waiting for you! If you are searching for the best place for a Turkish bath in Istanbul, this is the best place for you. Going to the Turkish bath and witnessing the Turkish bath experience is one of the essential things to do in Istanbul. Take a break from the Istanbul day tours and all the Istanbul sightseeing places and relax in Cemberlitas Hamam. The Turkish Bath is a traditional type of public bathing which is essentially based on the ancient Roman bathing culture and the principles of the steam bath. Combining this with the traditional Turkish bath massage (“Turkish scrub”), it became an integral part of Turkish culture as well as an important part of social life. After sweating, the person in charge of scrubbing and foaming will scrub all the dead skin from your body. Do not worry, it does not hurt. You will be surprised how much dead skin will come off your body. After foaming, you can relax as long as you want in the Hammam. Your body will begin to breathe in each cell and your blood circulation accelerates. Do not miss this experience! Learn more about the ancient bathing ritual of the Ottoman Sultans while relaxing. 

Çemberli Taş Traditional Turkish Bath

2. Çemberli Taş Traditional Turkish Bath

The Çemberlitas Bath, built in 1584, is located on Divanyolu Street and surrounded Istanbul’s historic monuments. At the beginning of your 2-hour visit an attendant will show you to a dressing cubicle on the first floor, and provide sandals and a peştemal – a colorful checked cloth to be tied around the waist. There are many services available. With the self-service option, you bathe yourself, bringing your own soap, shampoo and towel. The traditional bath option includes a 15-minute massage and the soap, shampoo and towel are provided. Other choices include gobektasi, or stone sweating; scrubbing, bubbles and sultan’s bath; aromatherapy oil massage; Indian massage; and clay mask.

Istanbul: Basilica Cistern & Grand Bazaar Tour with Entry

3. Istanbul: Basilica Cistern & Grand Bazaar Tour with Entry

Get to know Istanbul on a guided tour of the Basilica Cistern, and enjoy skip-the-line entry. Wander around the “Subterranean Palace” and learn about its history. Continue by visiting the Grand Bazaar, one of the oldest covered markets in the world. Opt to visit a hammam at the end of the tour. Begin at the famous Basilica Cistern and travel back in time on a tour led by a local guide. Benefit from skip-the-line entry and head in faster. See the underground pillars and learn about Byzantine architecture. Walk on the wooden walkways over the water until the famous upside-down Medusa head. Continue to the Grand Bazaar to explore its intricate geography and swarming passageways. Make your way through this ever-changing maze with knowledge from your guide about the oldest shops, exotic goods, and talented craftsmen. Delve into the treasure trove of Turkish artisan crafts. Choose to complete your experience with a visit to a Turkish bath, which is still a major part of the local culture. Benefit from your guide's roadmap on how to enjoy a traditional Hamam package to the most: washing, traditional body scrubbing with a handwoven washcloth, a foam wash, and a massage.

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What people are saying about Çemberlitaş Hamamı

Overall rating

4.1 / 5

based on 75 reviews

It was an amazing experience. The whole experience feels quite authentic. It doesn't have the luxuries of a new hotel affiliated spa but is exactly what they promise it to be. I did not feel rushed at all. Loved the building, it feels like you are stepping back in time. So peaceful. I did not book an oil massage, but next time... If I lived in Turkey I would go once a week. If I knew it would be so amazing I would have done it once after the long flight and again at the end of the holiday. It feels so cleansing.

What an amazing way to experience historical Turkish culture. It was fabulous from start to finish. Bring your own bikini bottoms and it may not be suitable for you if you aren't keen on nudity or breast exposure. I'd fully recommend paying extra for the massage. It was one of the best massages I've ever had. A must do for Istanbul.

Everything was perfect but not 1.5 hours promised, everything went very quickly in the hammam we were the shortest. Security could be better guaranteed. My girlfriend almost slipped because she was foamed and asked to get up. Pity!!

Very good experience, you don't need to speak Turkish to understand. It is very safe and the bath they give you is like going back to your childhood.

The treatment was very pleasant and a must for the holidays in Istanbul.