Indulge yourself in a steam, soap, and scrub at an authentic hamam with this 2 hour Turkish bath experience in Istanbul.
Duration: 4 Hours
Operating Days: Daily
Tour Starting Time: Anytime between 9:00am thru 7:00pm
You will be picked up from your centrally located Istanbul hotel and take a ride to Cagaloglu Hamami, the beautiful Turkish bath house that dates back to the 18th century. Head inside with your entrance ticket. This was the last Hamam that was built in the Ottoman Empire. Construction of the hamam was started 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 relax for a couple of hours.
You will leave your coyness at the door and follow the locals’ lead to strip off completely or to 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 and relax 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, you will return to the changing rooms to dress and then leave the bath house.