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Video call with a local to plan your perfect trip or to ask for local tips, essential info and insider secrets!

City Unscripted Zoom with a local
City Unscripted Zoom with a local
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City Unscripted Zoom with a local

Chat to one of our locals via zoom and get answers to all your questions plus personalized recommendations on things to do, places to go, best local eats and logistics to make your trip a breeze.

How does it work?

  • Tell us about you

    After booking, answer our short questionnaire so we can choose the right host for your video call

  • Chat to your host

    Got questions? Ask away, and get insider tips based on your interests, travel style and what you want to see and do

  • Get your customised plan

    Get a summary of your conversation from your host, including a list of their recommendations and helpful links

City Unscripted Zoom with local

We don’t do deals with restaurants, shops or attractions so you’ll always get unbiased recommendations from our hosts!

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$41.12 per person

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

$56.42 per person

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Yeşilköy, Kapali Çarşi and perhaps a market whose name you can pronounce first time.

$37.29 per person

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Baklava dripping in honey, flaky pastries and the best kebab in the city.

$65.38 per person

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Trip planning video call

Zoom with a local in Istanbul

Video chat or email with a local to plan your perfect trip or get answers to all your questions

$26.75 for 30 min

30-90 minutes

Full day in Istanbul with a local
Full day

Full day in Istanbul with a local

The Bosphorus Strait, a meyhane tavern, and some good old market haggling.

$56.42 per person

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Latest reviews from our guests

    Hands down this was the best tour we’ve ever done! And hands down this tour made our trip special. We filled in a questionnaire before our tour and specified we wanted to go off the tourist trail and immerse ourselves in local life. And what we got was beyond our expectations. Atilla was our guide and he was just amazing. We all clicked from the moment we met and it was like seeing the city with an old friend. He planned the day around what we had said we wanted to do and took us to Kadikoy in the Asian side. We just loved that part of the city. It is so vibrant and full of character. We stopped to have some local food at a little place we never would have found on our own and it was great! We walked through narrow streets, busy streets, quiet streets discovering so much and mostly things we would have totally missed on our own. Atilla was amazing to our 6 year old and she really enjoyed his company too. He took us to a little playground so she could have a little play and that was so sweet. We also got a list of restaurants which was great considering that there is so much choice! Doing this tour on our first day was the best decision ever as we got to understand this city in a way we would have missed had we started on our own doing the main attractions first. We totally recommend you try this tour, which apparently can be shaped to whatever you want from it!

    April 2022

    Junna T

    I did a video call with Cerit to ask questions and get tips about my upcoming trip to Istanbul and it was great! Now I am confident about booking accommodation in the right area and I have a great list of things to do and most importantly, places to eat! I will never travel again without doing one of these video calls

    March 2022

    Junna T

    I spent the whole day with Ilknur in Istanbul and she was the perfect guide you could ask for. She really knows how to personalize a tour according to your nature and needs. For anyone looking for a great tour of Istanbul, whether group or solo, I'll definitely recommend Ilknur a 100 percent.

    December 2021

    Moeed S

    Margo is gorgeous, lovely lady and easy going, open and friendly

    November 2020

    Cerit C

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Travel planning consultation

Got questions about the city you’re visiting? Our local hosts have all the answers. City Unscripted will set your trip up for success with travel planning tips from our knowledgeable local insiders – the only travel consultants you’ll ever need.

With our simple travel planning service, you can chat with a like-minded local before you even board your flight! We’ll set up a video call or email conversation with a guide in the city you’re visiting, so you can get expert online travel advice to make your travel planning a breeze.

Save yourself the hours of researching online travel advice yourself. Whether you have questions about public transport, need advice on where to stay, or you simply want to arrive at your destination fully prepared with insider tips and tricks, our travel planning service will set you up.

What are you waiting for? Book a tour with City Unscripted and let’s get your travel planning started with top-notch online travel advice from the travel consultants who know it all – the locals!