Must see Istanbul with a local
Must see Istanbul with a local
Must see Istanbul with a local
Must see Istanbul with a local
Must see Istanbul with a local
Must see Istanbul with a local
Must see Istanbul with a local

Must see Istanbul with a local

A mosaic encrusted Byzantine basilica, continent hopping, and syrup-soaked baklava.

  • Private &

  • 8 hours

  • From
    $41.30  USD
    per person
    based on 8 adults

  • Walking

  • Multiple languages available
    (including English)

How could anyone expect you to explore a city which straddles two continents in just one day? But, with one of our Istanbul hosts by your side, you can certainly make a go of it.

There’s a mosaic-encrusted Byzantine basilica waiting for you, the stunning Blue Mosque to marvel at, the lush gardens of Dolmabahçe Palace to stroll through and the Grand Bazaar to get lost in as you haggle for a Turkish tea set (you never know when you’ll need one).

Along the way, you’ll enjoy a feast of mezze on a terrace overlooking the Bosphorus Strait, duck into an obscure looking tavern for some traditional dishes or spend the whole day munching on street eats.

This being said, we know that a city is more than a place, it’s a feeling.

So what we’ll ensure you experience is the inimitable feeling of the city, experienced through the authentic lens of someone who knows and adores it.

Shoot for the moon, and if you fall you’ll land amongst the stars. Or maybe on one of the turrets of Topkapi Palace.


  • Must see Istanbul with a local
  • Must see Istanbul with a local
  • Get to know the real Istanbul with a local, avoiding the tourist traps but seeing the highlights.

  • Tick off your ‘must see’ famous sites in a day

  • Eat Turkish delicacies at places that are loved by locals - pick up some street food on the run or give your feet a break and stop by at a Meyhane Tavern

  • Pause to indulge in delicious sweet treats like Turkish Ice Cream or Baklava

  • Soak up the history of the city by chatting to locals or engaging your host in conversation

  • Get tips from your host (over a tea or beer, perhaps) for the rest of your stay in Istanbul

This experience will be personalized to you!

What’s included

  • A private and personalized experience
  • 8 hours with your host
  • Walking experience ( if required, your host can suggest public transport or private taxi options )
  • Hotel meet-up ( available on request for central location )

What’s not included

  • Food and drinks
  • Tickets to any attractions
  • Transportation costs
  • Gratuities (optional)

Your hotel/apartment or any other central location

Cancel 7 days before the experience for a full refund

How it works

  • 1

    Tell us about you!

    Once you book, fill in a quick questionnaire and tell us what you’d like from your experience.
    Tell us about you!
  • 2

    We introduce you to your perfect local

    Build your perfect tour and experience together
    We match you with a host
  • 3

    The best part!

    Experience the city like you would with a knowledgeable friend living there
    The best part!

If you’re unsure about what experience to book or would like more information on how it all works, just email me here. I or someone from our Customer Experience Team will get in touch so we can suggest the perfect personalized experience for you.

If you prefer to speak to someone, feel free to send us your WhatsApp or cell number and we’ll give you a call back.

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