Zoom
with a local in
Istanbul

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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Vibrant culture, a very Grand Bazaar, and impossible to resist mezze.

$39.96 per person

4 hours

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The Grand Bazaar, meze platters, and some serious haggling.

$53.43 per person

5 hours

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

$54.83 per person

8 hours

Eat like a local in Istanbul
Food & Drink

Eat like a local in Istanbul

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

$63.55 per person

3 hours

Shopping Istanbul’s markets & bazaars
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Shopping Istanbul’s markets & bazaars

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

$36.25 per person

3 hours

Full day in Istanbul with a local
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Full day in Istanbul with a local

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

$54.83 per person

8 hours

Experiences for all
types of travelers

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for all types
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Latest reviews from our guests

    Ferhat showed me all the important and iconic sites. He was very knowledgeable about the history and able to meet my curiosity with my many questions. He also very thoughtful and considerate of rest stops and finding alternative movement around town when I became a bit fatigued. Excellent tour and guide. Thankyou Ferhat

    July 2022

    Gail H

    Attila took the time to ask questions to understand fully what would be ideal for me to see. The actual tour was very personalised, and I felt so comfortable with him. Taking me to Kadiköy was the best place to go for the experience of local life that I was looking for. A very good tour guide, I would highly recommend.

    July 2022

    Gail H

    Atilla was great. Handled our needs and shaped the day to met our wishes. He listened and adjusted plans per our wishes.

    July 2022

    Sam S

    Atilla was an amazing guide and I am so glad we got this tour. He gave us invaluable insight into the local culture, showed us beautiful mosques, helped us bargain for lamps and carpets, took us to great places for wine and kabobs, and was just an all around wonderful person to know in Istanbul. I really appreciated how he read the survey we filled out and personalized our visit accordingly. He took us over to the Asian side by ferry, and even though he lives there, he rode the ferry back with us at the end of the night and put us in a cab to make sure we got back to our hotel safely. It was above and beyond the call of duty. Teşekkürler, Atilla!

    June 2022

    Shahirah M

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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!