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Istanbul City Tour With Expert Guide

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from US$ 47.00 per person pp

Key Highlights

  • Enjoy a customizable, private introduction to your neighborhood in Istanbul
  • Meet with an Istanbul local who shows you the ropes
  • Have a unique opportunity to learn from your insider's expertise and love for their city
  • Learn about local customs and fit in like a local!
  • Overview

    Meet a local insider for coffee, chat and an informal tour of your neighborhood in Istanbul as a way of getting your bearings on arrival. In this two-hour sit-down chat and informal tour you will meet a local insider who knows Istanbul inside and out, what makes it different and special, and how to feel like a local while you are here. Ideal for your day of arrival, or very beginning of your trip.

    Istanbul is a vibrant city full of energy and history. It can be intimidating to know where to go, what to do, and how to find anything that's not already listed in a guidebook. Begin by meeting you at your hotel or a coffee shop near where you are staying. Your insider will show up with maps, schedules of events, and tons of know-how about using local transport, where to eat, and fun places to visit. Spend about an hour together discussing your trip and answering any questions about what to do while you're here.

    Next, hit the streets for a basic, 1-hour introduction to your neighborhood. Your host will point out some local attractions—big and small—and orient you to your surroundings. Depending on where you're staying and what interests you we wander farther afield and explore the city more widely. The goal of this experience is to give you insight into the local culture and pace of life in Istanbul so that you'll feel a little more local while you're here. They will explain local customs (How do you buy produce in the local market? What's the correct word for that breakfast pastry glistening with sugar? What is the local drink of choice?) and share with you a bit of the area's history.

    About The Supplier:

    Your travel partner Context lets you learn directly from an expert as their crew is comprised of architects, art historians, ecologists, chefs, and more who are all scholars and specialists in their fields and make the best natural teachers and storytellers! All guided tours with Context allow you to discover new places through dialogue and conversation-driven learning which is structured, not scripted. Travel with context across the globe and allow your Context expert guide show you the way!

  • Activity Schedule & Itinerary

    Activity Schedule

    When does it run?



    2 hours

    Start time

    9am, 10am, 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm, 4pm

    Meeting Point

    Good news! You can get picked up from your hotel, just give us the details at the time of booking. Don’t worry if you havn't booked your hotel yet, you pass them onto the operator when you are ready. You will meet your guide at your accommodation at the starting time with materials to help you get oriented to the city. Your guide would also like to invite you for coffee at a nearby cafe as part of the experience. If you are staying in a hotel, your docent will meet you in front of the concierge desk in the lobby. If you are staying at an apartment, your docent will meet you outside the apartment door.

    Ending Point

    Same as starting point

  • Inclusions & Exclusions


    • Guided tour
    • Hotel pick-up


    • Hotel drop off
  • Please note

    Voucher information: Sorry, but we will need you to print a paper version of your booking voucher (we're working on changing this). At this time no refund can be given for customers without a printed copy of their voucher.

    The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details. They’re a nice bunch, and will happily answer any logistical questions you may have. Pick up times are approximate. Please give them a call at least 24 hours before your organized activity to reconfirm.

    Please share your contact details with us in the specific requests field at the time of booking.