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Turkish Bath Experiences in Istanbul

Turkish Bath Experiences in Istanbul

Every visitor to Istanbul should experience a traditional Turkish bath house at least once, as it’s an ideal way to relax and unwind after a busy day of sightseeing. Here’s what you need to know about Istanbul’s hammams, or hamams.

What is a Turkish Bath?

The Turkish Bath, or hammam, rose to prominence in the Ottoman Empire, and it remains a popular tradition—considered a social event as much as it is a spa treatment—to this day. A typical hamam features separate areas for men and women, with a steam room, washroom with heated marble slabs, and plunge pool. The standard treatment is a scrub and soap massage to slough off dead skin, but many baths offer extras such as oil massages, facemasks, and hair treatments.


  • Treat yourself to a full Turkish bath experience, including a sauna, foam bath, and body scrub, followed by a rejuvenating oil massage.

  • Enjoy a luxurious hammam at the Cagaloglu Hamami, an 18th-century bath house, lavishly decorated with high-domed ceilings, white marble fountains, and tulip tiles.

  • Marvel at the 16th-century Cemberlitas hamam, the masterwork of Ottoman architect Sinan.

  • Choose an all-inclusive tour with hotel pickup and drop-off included.

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Turkish Hammam Bath Experience

Turkish Hammam Bath Experience

Visit the hammam at Çemberlitaş to enjoy a relaxing Turkish bath experience as it has been done for centuries. Admire the stunning architecture of the building as you go into the gender-segregated quarters where your bath attendant meets you. Expect an invigorating scrub down and massage that lasts 30 minutes, leaving you with silky skin and relaxed muscles. Have time to linger on your own in the elegant steam room afterward, soaking in the warmth and beauty of the hammam.
  • 45 minutes to 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation