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Your First Day in Istanbul

Rated 4.90 out of 5 from 67 reviews.Istanbul, Turkey

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Experience hosted by Utku

2 hours
Includes drinks
Up to 7 people
Hosted in English

What you'll do

This experience is to cover your Istanbul and Turkey days.

We will organize your rest of your staying while discovering the heart of the city.

Topics we will talk about to do things, tricks of the city, best restaurants to eat, places to visit, local spots, neighborhoods visitors usually miss. I will share my all knowledge with you not to let you get some scam things.

We will also walk from Taksim to Galata and see many places that must be on your bucket list during your Istanbul days. You can mark them to visit later depending on your preference.

I will also order you very traditional Turkish Coffee on the way.

Finally, we will discover Galata neighborhood at the end of the experience. If you still have time and are willing to chat more, I may show you another coffee shop and we can keep chatting more while enjoying the neighborhood.
This experience is to cover your Istanbul and Turkey days.

We will organize your rest of your staying while discovering the heart of the city.

Topics we will talk about to do things, tricks of the city, best restaurants to eat, places to visit, local spots, neighborhoods visitors usually miss. I will share my all knowledge with you not to let you get some scam things.

We will also walk from Taksim to Galata and…

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What's included

  • Drinks
From ₹1,439
/ person
No dates available

Meet your host, Utku

Host on Airbnb since 2013
  • 67 Reviews
  • Identity verified
Hey there,

After living and working 4 years in San Francisco/Silicon Valley, I got back to Turkey 1.5 years ago. When I was there, I worked in Local Operations Team at Airbnb HQ. Thanks to that work experience, I am quite familiar with your needs, expectations, and concerns as a tourist in a new city.

Many visitors miss real neighborhoods of Istanbul and my motivation is doing this experience to show you the local parts of city and our culture in a best way. Therefore, although you won't join my experience, I am always here to help you and answer your questions anytime to make sure that you feel secure, happy and like a local during your Istanbul visit.

I am into art, design, jazz music, literature, and traveling. I would like to chat and hear about your adventure during experience.

See you in Istanbul! :)
Hey there,

After living and working 4 years in San Francisco/Silicon Valley, I got back to Turkey 1.5 years ago. When I was there, I worked in Local Operations Team at Airbnb HQ. Thanks to that work experience, I am quite familiar with your needs, expectations, and concerns as a tourist in a new city.

Many visitors miss real neighborhoods of Istanbul and my motivation is doing this experience to show you the local parts of city and our culture in a best way. Therefore, alth…
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Where you'll be

- Taksim Sauqre,

- Istiklal Street

- Traditional Turkish Coffee place

- Galata Neighborhood

- Many other neighborhoods, places, restaurants, bazaars, streets to mark to visit later.

Rated 4.90 out of 5 from 67 reviews.

Noah
December 2019
Great first day activity in Beyoglu. You get a great understanding of the area and Utku gives some wonderful recommendations. It’s a nice walk with Utku who makes you feel very welcome and has nice conversation.
Kai Fong
December 2019
We booked this as a primer for Taksim and it lived up to expectations and more! Uktu brought us to the little nooks and crannies of Taksim and Beyoglu. It is such a fascinating district with a lot of history and different cultures coming together. Uktu was also very accommodating and understanding because we had 3 kids in tow. Highly recommended!
We booked this as a primer for Taksim and it lived up to expectations and more! Uktu brought us to the little nooks and crannies of Taksim and Beyoglu. It is such a fascinating dis…
Brook
November 2019
We had a really nice time on our guided crash course tour of Istanbul! We learned a lot about the neighborhoods, where to go and where to avoid, and interesting facts about Istanbul and Turkish culture. He was warm, friendly, and a great host! He also sent a detailed list of recommendations of where to eat and drink after the experience. Highly recommend!
We had a really nice time on our guided crash course tour of Istanbul! We learned a lot about the neighborhoods, where to go and where to avoid, and interesting facts about Istanbu…
Stephanie
November 2019
The tour with Utku was great!! If you want to know some of the history behind some of the neighborhoods in Istanbul, book this tour! Utku was super friendly and made the experience even more awesome when we stopped to get some Turkish tea. Highly recommend!
The tour with Utku was great!! If you want to know some of the history behind some of the neighborhoods in Istanbul, book this tour! Utku was super friendly and made the experience…
Carlos
November 2019
I thoroughly enjoyed this experience. Utku was very helpful in getting me acquainted with the area. I had several days left in my visit and felt like I had a pretty good lay of the land. I highly recommend this experience.
Christopher
November 2019
Wish you had a friend in Istanbul who could help you get settled into the city and plan your trip so you see all the right things? Utku is your man! We spent a wonderful two hours with him, exploring the neighborhood near our hotel. It was just what we needed on our first day, to get oriented to the city, to understand a bit more about the culture and context, and to get some great suggestions (including confirmations about choices we had already made) that made the rest of the trip really memorable. What we particularly enjoyed was his willingness to talk about the things we were interested in - he had his route and sights arranged but it really felt like a local friend was just showing us around and pointing out the details that a tourist would otherwise completely miss.
Wish you had a friend in Istanbul who could help you get settled into the city and plan your trip so you see all the right things? Utku is your man! We spent a wonderful two hours…

Things to know

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Guest requirements

Up to 7 guests ages 12 and up can attend. Parents may also bring children under 2 years of age.

More tips

This tour can be a little bit intense. The goal is to share as much as possible things about the city. We will visit many places, be ready for walking :)

What to bring

Smart phone, Notebook, Pen/Pencil, Istanbul Map, Tablet