Meet a Local in Istanbul - Private Tour

Meet a Local in Istanbul - Private Tour

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      Istanbul, Turkey
      2 Hours
      Shore Excursion with Guaranteed Return to Ship
      From (USD)
      $ 123
      • Get your bearings: Your docent, an expert on Istanbul and a long-time local, meets with you in your hotel or apartment to explain the overall layout of the city as well as the specific area in which you’re staying.
      • Little tips, big returns: This pre-stroll discussion also addresses local customs, public transit options/routes, the histories of (and directions to) sites you’ll be seeing, useful Turkish words, proper etiquette for entering mosques or more conservative neighborhoods, and much more! 
      • Pre-“flight” check: If multiple tours have been booked with us, our local expert will give your overall itinerary a final look to ensure that your limited time in Istanbul has been maximized.  So important!
      • Exploring the neighborhood: Now it’s time for a walking tour of your neighborhood, during which your experienced scholar-guide will orient you to its sights and unique cultural vibe. You’ll also learn the best markets and cafés, and where to find the freshest simit-cayduos, a glass of Turkish raki, and delicious mezes!  
      • Acclimation success: At tour’s end, we’ll leave you with maps, a little bit of history, and a treasure trove of knowledge on navigating the complexities of glorious Istanbul.
      • Note: Please provide your hotel name or exact apartment address (entrance codes, floor, etc.) in the notes box during checkout so that our docent will know where to meet you.  We’d also like to know your interests and any questions you may have in order to personalize your “welcome” experience.

      Meeting point

      Please meet in the lobby reception area of your hotel - your guide will be holding a sign with your name/the tour's name on it. You must confirm the name of your hotel at checkout, so we know where to pick you up. Your tour begins there.

      Helpful hints

      As in many cities, keep your wallet or purse secured and leave the bling behind. In need of retail therapy after your tour? Your guide can advise you where to go in search of that "must have" souvenir to take home. Be sure to have some local currency and a backpack for all your great buys.

      Getting around

      Plan to walk for approximately 2 miles at a gentle pace. This itinerary can be modified for your private group to accommodate wheelchairs and those with limited mobility. Let us know ahead of time at

      Activity type

      Walking Tour, Cultural, Scenic, Family Friendly, Private Tour

      Transportation used

      Public transportation may be used from time to time. Have local currency available for tickets. Your tour may involve walking only.

      Included amenities

      Ph.D. or MA-level scholar guide. Entrance fees, meals, and/or transportation are not included.

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      Tour Participation Requirements

      Activity Level

      This experience is rated moderate. Full participation may require extended periods of walking over even and uneven surfaces, steep terrain and/or water activity in a slight current. There may be steps, inclines, cobblestone surfaces, and extended periods of standing. Participants with physical limitations should take this into account.

      Age restrictions

      Suitable for all ages.

      Special Medical Restriction

      If you use a folding wheelchair, we'll do our best to accommodate you with at least 7 days� advanced notice, providing you have someone along to assist you. Email us at Accessibility at all venues cannot be guaranteed.

      Special comments

      Walks are held rain or shine with some variations to accommodate the weather. If you are running late for your meeting with our guide, we ask that you call to alert us so that we can relay the message to the guide.

      Choose your date and time very carefully. Only a portion of this tour is refundable from the time of booking; within 72 hours of operation, it is fully non-refundable.


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      Istanbul, Turkey
      Istanbul, Turkey
      Istanbul, Turkey
      Istanbul, Turkey
      Istanbul, Turkey
      Great photo opportunities
      Bring photo ID
      Bring money
      Bring water
      Wear comfortable shoes
      Wear Sunglasses
      Wear Hat

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