I'm rowing in Istanbul

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Golden Horn
1 hours

1 hour rowing class

Professional Rowing Instructor

Special rowing equipment (life jacket, boat rental etc.)


Transportation to the rowing club

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“What an amazing way to start our day in Istanbul! We were picked up promptly from The Four Seasons Sultanhamet by Sinan, and were in a sculling boat rowing on the Golden Horn within 45 minutes. With a little direction by our knowledgeable instructor and a bit of practice, we rowed up and down the bay on a beautiful and calm morning. It was exhilarating to be on the water in the early morning watching the city come alive. We always felt safe and well cared for, and enjoyed hearing Sinan tell us about the historical sites from the water view. Most amazingly, we learned how to row in a sculling boat! If I lived here, I would spend every morning rowing in Istanbul; it is a FABULOUS tour.” Read more on Tripadvisor.

I'm Rowing in Istanbul

Rowing tour is one of the most unique Istanbul experiences that we offer. There’s no better sound than that of oars skimming swiftly through still water. Particularly when paired with fantastic views of the sun rising over the old city, and the sweet sound of bird song. Even better, we row early in the morning so you’ll feel you have Istanbul all to yourself. Whether you’re an experienced rower or a complete beginner we spend an hour and half rowing on the historic Golden Horn, one of Istanbul’s most important waterways.

  • Golden Horn of Istanbul: We start our day early, at a rowing club located on the shores of Golden Horn (Haliç). The Golden Horn is one of Istanbul’s defining features. Approximately eight kilometres in length, the Haliç is a natural inland of Istanbul dividing the European side of the city. You can learn more on one of our Golden Horn tours.
  • Historical Landmarks of Istanbul: On one side of the water is the historical peninsula of Istanbul (former Constantinople), in which we can see the city walls, towering Ottoman mosques, 19th century churches and great panoramic view. On the other side is the newer part of the city dominated by the iconic Galata Tower.
  • Professional and Expert Teachers: If you are new to rowing, there’s nothing to worry about as we use the most talented teachers in Istanbul. You will learn the basics of rowing only in thirty minutes and then get to enjoy rowing together on the Golden Horn.
  • Have Istanbul all to yourself: As we go early in the morning, you can enjoy the calm water, pink hues of sunrise, the sound of ezan (call for prayer) and no one else around! It's just you… and the other early birds.
  • Safety First: We offer a thirty minute demonstration and briefing before we start to row in the water and use experienced and licensed rowing instructors. We also provide a life jacket for each participant.

Who is this tour for?

  • Anyone who has never tried rowing and would like to learn the basics in a safe environment.
  • Anyone from experienced rowers to complete beginners who want to get out and take in the city whilst being active.
  • Anyone that would like to see the Istanbul from a new perspective.

Why book with Istanbul Tour Studio?

  • We use professional, licenced rowing instructors that will make you feel safe and comfortable at all times.
  • Our founder, Sinan, is a keen rower and is always happy to share his knowledge and experience with visitors.
  • Istanbul Tour Studio is rated "Excellent" on Tripadvisor. Click to read the latest reviews about us.

 Contact us for more information

Tour Curator
Sinan Sökmen
Founder of Istanbul Tour Studio
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