[Istanbul experiences
personalised for you by our hosts]
personalised Istanbul experiences
Private & personalised to what you want to see and do with insight from a local
see Istanbul like a local
From the iconic tourist sites to secret local hangouts; you will see the authentic Istanbul
kids up to 12 years old go free!
Kids only pay for extras such as food & tickets to attractions when included in an experience

How it works

1. find and book

Find and book an experience or browse our Host's profiles and book your favourite one directly

2. tell us about you

We'll send a questionnaire to find out more about you, the places and things you want to see and the type of experience you're after

3. chat & plan

We'll match you to your ideal Host (if you didn't book one directly) and they'll contact you to plan your personalised experience.

4. explore together

Meet up and explore the city together. Experience the things and places that locals love and which make the city unique

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Find a Host In Istanbul

Find and book your favourite local who will personalise a city experience for you or get in touch if you’d like us to match you to your ideal Host in Istanbul

Hi my name is Nese. Nese means "joy" in Turkish and that's how I feel showing people around my city, Istanbul. Istanbul is one of the most interesting and historically important cities in the world and the best way to see Istanbul is with a friend who knows the city inside and out. I am interested in history and finding new and surprising places to visit and eat in Istanbul. I love the old style traditional restaurants that serve Turkish food the same way they would have hundreds of years ago. I also love cats and Istanbul is one of the great cat friendly cities.

  • Nese Is Great For

    Business travellers, Children and families, Food & Drink, High-end travellers, History and culture, LGBTQ, Off-the-beaten-path, Parks and nature, Senior travellers, Solo travellers, Young adults

  • Languages

    English, Turkish

Not sure which Host to book? We know each of our Hosts individually, so leave it to us to find the Host who best matches your interests, personality and requirements. Simply book below and we’ll be in touch within 24 hours to find out more about you so we can choose a like-minded Host who can create an experience in Istanbul that you will love. Alternatively, contact us directly at bookings@cityunscripted.com to let us know the proposed details of your trip so we can find the perfect Host for you!

  • Your Perfect Host Is Great For

    Business travellers, Children and families, Food & Drink, High-end travellers, History and culture, LGBTQ, Nightlife, Off-the-beaten-path, Parks and nature, Senior travellers, Solo travellers, Young adults

  • Languages

    English, French, Spanish, Arabic, Mandarin, Korean, Japanese, Hindi, Italian, German, Dutch

I was born in this beloved city and fortunately traveled both throughout the country and around the world a bit which has provided me a whole array of experiences from hitchiking on the way to camping to staying at a royal hotel upon a conceptual tour. I love being on the road so much but I am also home-loving so currently I live with my cats on a cozy rooftop in a central area and do translation from home besides some internet services projects which some of those could be done by being mobile in the city. I love cooking, reading about the stuff I am interested in, listening to music and sometimes going to dance. And games! - I like playing cards, board games, video games, mobile games. I've also been into sports since my childhood both as trained and arbitrarily. Few of them are swimming, skating, skiing. I am in love with nature. I try to be in nature often by visiting family or making short trips to possible areas. One of my cats is mobile with me sometimes :)

  • Ezgi Is Great For

    Business travellers, Food & Drink, LGBTQ, Nightlife, Off-the-beaten-path, Parks and nature, Senior travellers, Solo travellers, Young adults

  • Languages

    English, Turkish

Dear Travellers, i have been working as a professional guide since 2007. I have lived in England for 5 years studied travel and tourism and lived in Cuba and Guatemala to learn spanish too. Now i am married to a Mexican husband, have two bilingual kids aged 3 and 4years old. We love going out at the weekend with kids discover places where the kids would enjoy also we love going out trying new restraurants wining and dining in the evenings too

  • Dilek Is Great For

    Business travellers, Children and families, Food & Drink, High-end travellers, History and culture, LGBTQ, Off-the-beaten-path, Senior travellers, Solo travellers, Young adults

  • Languages

    English, Spanish

I am happy to have heard your extension to Istanbul. I work with another start-up as well offering cooking workshops, and day trips on the Prince Islands, Istanbul. I have a nice flat with panoramic Istanbul view and can host up to 6 people at meze workshops. In summer, I also make boat trips around the island and bosphorous ( swimming, party on the boat, discovering). And I also go for road trips as multiday trips in a camping mood. I am a well informed freelancer, working as a social media evaluater and ghost writer as well (during low season), I live with my girl friend from Germany on Prince Islands and I am passionate about introducing our culinary, feasting, local culture to new people. I have a remarkable information about undiscovered parts&aspects of our society and history. I am an emphathetical, commicative person with international friends. I want to extend my channels and do this job at its bests, and contribute to the concept of alternative and local tourism.

  • Ibrahim Is Great For

    Food & Drink

  • Languages

    English, German, Turkish

I have been living in Istanbul for the last 11 years. I enjoy meeting travelers from all around the world and hosting different people everyday in this beautiful city, Istanbul. Also being a traveler myself, I am aware of your expectations and will do my best to fulfill them and make your trip a memorable one. I will enjoy exploring the city with you and I'm happy to share my knowledge and experience about the history, culture, daily life, food. Let's travel together !

  • Ilknur Is Great For

    Business travellers, Children and families, Food & Drink, High-end travellers, History and culture, LGBTQ, Nightlife, Parks and nature, Senior travellers, Solo travellers, Young adults

  • Languages

    English

I'm a friendly, easy-going and open-minded person. I love enjoying every moment I have. I live my life positively and as full as possible. I do my best to make people around me feel the same, I have very high energy which I love to share. I love to talk about fine arts, music, cultures, science, vegetarian foods, yoga and Ayurveda. I'm a real wine lover. In my free time, I walk around my favorite places of İstanbul. I watch people and beautiful buildings, and Bosphorus in the sunset.

  • Ayşegül Is Great For

    Food & Drink, History and culture, Off-the-beaten-path, Parks and nature, Solo travellers, Young adults

  • Languages

    English, Italian

I'm a civil engineer with an interest in architecture, history, food, politics. I care a lot whether visitors are having pleasant time in my country! I am willing to give city and inter-city walking experiences, explore Istabul's nightlife and cuisine and to share everything I know to make guests feel immersed in Turkish culture.

  • Atilla Is Great For

    Business travellers, Food & Drink, High-end travellers, History and culture, LGBTQ, Nightlife, Off-the-beaten-path, Parks and nature, Senior travellers, Solo travellers, Young adults

  • Languages

    English, Turkish