Istanbul Day Tours, with a local
Constantinople, Stamboul, Istanbul -- a city that straddles both east and west, a city so fascinating that many travellers find it hard to leave. Istanbul Urban Adventures invite you to discover those exotic and mystical things about Istanbul through an Istanbul city tour with a local. Become intoxicated with the fabulous Istanbul food, incredible skylines dotted with minarets, and the breathtaking sight of sunset over Europe from the Bosphorus.
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Based on 6 user ratings
Length: 4 hours From USD 34.70
- Enjoy a meal with a local family in Istanbul and learn about the cultural customs
- Take a stroll through Sultanahmet
- Learn the secrets of the locals' favourite games and pastimes
- Enjoy the national beverage in a teahouse
- Try a Turkish waterpipe
- Chat informally with a locals and learn what its like to live in modern day Turkey
Based on 7 user ratings
Length: 4 hours From USD 34.70
- Discover the secrets haunts of locals in Sultanahmet and explore the back streets and hidden gems
- Walk the ancient highway to Rome "Divanyolu"
- Explore the Suleymaniye Mosque with a local and gain insight into Islam
- Be stunned by stellar views of Istanbul and hear tales of both Byzantine and Ottoman drama and intrigue
- Explore the labyrinth that is the Grand Bazaar
Old & New Istanbul
Based on 8 user ratings
Length: 4 hours From USD 34.70
- Rub shoulders with modern Turks in their stomping ground of Taksim
- Get an insight into the history of modern Turkey
- Take the perfect shot of 19th century architecture
- Visit a grand church just off the bustling Istiklal Street
- Have a Turkish fortune teller predict your future over an authentic Turkish coffee
- Discover a fish market in the middle of town
Istanbul Street Food Picnic
Based on 4 user ratings
Length: 2.5 hours From USD 34.70
- Eat like a local. Sample delicious Turkish cuisine from trusted street stalls.
- Experience the bustling markets of the Spice Bazaar and see how Turkish delight is made.
- Enjoy a traditional Turkish picnic in a grassy, picturesque area of Istanbul.
- Take a stroll along the busy waterfront along the Golden Horn.
- Learn more about Istanbul’s unique food culture.
07 Mar 2014 We booked 2 half-day tours since we were only in Istanbul for one day. It was perfect - We had a 'private' all day tour with Tolga. He was wonderful. I wanted to see authentic arts & crafts and do a little shopping and he made sure we saw and did what we wanted in addition to his 'regular' tour. He guided us to the best shops for quality and price. He made us feel very comfortable, he is patient and courteous and we fell in love with the city through his stories of the history and the sights. We would love to go back and spend more time and thanks to Tolga we would manage on our own. We also feel we made a friend. I highly recommend the tours to get a very intimate and local feel for the city and see things you might miss otherwise.
07 Mar 2014 We booked 2 half-day tours since we were only in Istanbul for one day. It was perfect - We had a 'private' all day tour with Tolga. He was wonderful. I wanted to see authentic arts & crafts and do a little shopping and he made sure we saw and did what we wanted in addition to his 'regular' tour. He guided to the best shops for quality and price. He made us feel very comfortable, he is patient and courteous and we fell in love with the city through his stories of the history and the sights. We would love to go back and spend more time and thanks to Tolga we would manage on our own. We also feel we made a friend. I highly recommend the tours to get a very intimate and local feel for the city and see things you might miss otherwise.
05 Feb 2014 The guide was very informative and I learnt a lot. I hope i can join some of the other tours in comng future.
11 Jan 2014 I was the only person taking the tour with Tolga and it felt like just walking around Istanbul, chatting and looking at different things with a friend. Tolga is very patient and courteous, knowledgeable about the history and traditions and it makes him an excellent guide. Thank you so much, Tolga! I highly recommend this tour as an orientation during your first days in Istanbul. The meeting point was a bit hard to find, due to the fact that there are a few entrances in the Spice Bazaar, and not a single person knew where Balik Pazari Kapisi was.
15 Nov 2013 really fun evening getting to know a local family and eating home-cooked food
10 Oct 2013 Semih was an excellent guide whose command of English was very good. He showed us all his favourite local "haunts" within the spice market and surrounding areas. Great experiences with local food vendors which was fun as well as tasty. The picnic after was excellent sampling local products bought from the market.
17 Sep 2013 Our guide, Semih, was amazing! He was friendly, knowledgeable, and enthusiastic about his city. This is the perfect tour to do after hitting the key sights as it shows you another side of the city; filled with history, culture, and even some fortune telling. Perfect tour, PERFECT guide!
08 Sep 2013 I took all 4 urban adventures available in Istanbul. Thanks to Semih I had a fantastic time in Istanbul and gained a great appreciation for the county, city and culture. On this tour, "Old and New" I particularly appreciated seeing the huge contrasts that exist within the city. In some areas if it weren't for the buildings & architecture you could be in any major city. It truly is a place of contrasts - antiquity to modern across all aspects of society and social thought. I would highly recommend this tour if you wanted to see the heart Istanbul that you just wouldn't see from a regular tour
08 Sep 2013 This tour was a fantastic & excellent experience. I so appreciated Semih's enthusiasm to share knowledge of his country & culture. I loved having the opportunity to learn about and experience many of the foods of the area. This was a fabulous way to see see and experience another aspect of the amazing city of Istanbul
08 Sep 2013 This tour was a fantastic way to have an introduction to Istanbul. Semih our guide took us through a number of the key tourist sites but then really introduced us to the local side of Istanbul. I appreciated seeing the city through the eyes of a local person and gained an appreciation of local culture. In the days that followed I felt 'at home' in the city thanks to the many insights that Semih imparted. If he and this tour are truly representative of Intrepid urban adventures then I will be taking them everywhere I go.
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