Istanbul Guides - Explore Istanbul

Istanbul is a city that is more than merely “big” or “crowded” – it’s full!  The city is full of flavors, full of new experiences, full of new things to see, and of course, full of cats!  It spans two different continents and countless cultures. That’s where local guides in Istanbul can help.  A private guide in Istanbul makes the huge city seem smaller and more welcoming, mostly thanks to the amazing tradition of Turkish hospitality!  Going with an Istanbul private guide is a great idea for several reasons.

Withlocals experiences in Istanbul are

100% With locals

Who you see is who you get.
The Withlocals host you book is the
host that welcomes you.

100% Private

All Withlocals experiences
are private, meaning exclusively
for you.

a 100% taste of the city

From city highlights to hidden gems.
From food essentials to home dinners.
Our hosts share it with you.

Local Guides in Istanbul

Never miss a beat

Istanbul is a vast city with so many things to see all over the city.  Don’t lose time going from point A to point B; instead, go with a local and find the most direct and efficient ways to get around the city.  This way, you’ll spend your time exploring places you want to see instead of getting lost or stuck in traffic.

Never miss a gem

In Istanbul, you never know what treasure you’ll find just around the next corner. But, if you don’t know what you’re looking for, these little gems, like quaint cafes or favorite local hotspots, are easy to pass by.  Private guides in Istanbul will make sure that you don’t miss a chance to experience every winding street to its fullest!

Never miss a meal

Let’s face it: no one knows the food of a place like the ones who live there.  In Istanbul, there are hundreds of choices to be made about food for literally every meal.  With so many great foodie spots in the city, having a private guide to help you find the best of the best is a huge advantage.  With the help of your local guide, you’ll be sure to make the most of every meal. Plus, due to the sheer force of Turkish hospitality, your local friend will make sure that you never stay hungry during your visit!

Never miss a deal

In Istanbul, a lot of things come down to personal relationships with people.  There’s a saying that “the man that you buy your bread from will even come to your funeral,” which shows that even small daily transactions are the basis for strong personal ties.  When you tour with a local private guide, you get to experience these personal relationships, and as a result, you’re much less likely to be scammed. Plus, with a private guide, you’ll be able to make friends at every turn!

Never miss a memory

While you’re moving with the quick pace of the city, you may forget to take a moment to make a memory.  But, when you travel with a private guide in Istanbul, they’ll be sure to help you find the best places to stop, take a photo, and make a memory.  Not only do they know the best and most memorable spots, but they know the best times to go and the best ways to get there. Thanks to their expertise, you’ll be able to pack your visit to Istanbul full of experiences and memories!

Top private tours in Istanbul

The Best of Istanbul: Half Day Tour



€33.00 p.p.

When Europe Meets Asia: Full Day Tour



€52.50 p.p.

Istanbul’s Cultural Gems: Mosques & Museums



€75.50 p.p.

Top benefits of having a private local guide

  • Flexibility – you choose the hour, the day, the place.
  • Locals know their city – they were born or lived there for many ears, they know it by heart.
  • You can set your own itinerary – you pick what you’d like to do, everything can be personalized.
  • See hidden attractions – that only locals know about.
  • Get local tips – where to go, what to do, they know it all!
  • Saves time — no waiting for others, like on a regular tour group.
  • Cultural insights – learn more about the local lifestyle

This is what guests are saying about our hosts

Withlocals guest
Withlocals host
Marcia Benoit

Underground Ruins & Rooftops of Old Istanbul

Benoit is a rock star tour guide! Not only is he fun, sociable, postive and accomodating to your interests and needs, but he is extraordinarily knowledgable and passionate about the life and times (present and past) of Istanbul. A true scholar and professional. We couldn't have had a better guide to open us up to the mysteries and the histories of a most incredibly beautiful and complex city -- Istanbul. Thank you Benoit.

Withlocals guest
Withlocals host
Doreen Alper

Alternative Istanbul: Yeldeğirmeni & Street Art in Kadıköy

As a female solo traveler and a street art junkie, I chose Alper and was not disappointed.
He was kind enough to pick me up as I was staying on the European side. He taught me how to purchase and top-up an Istanbul card which was very useful as I continued to use for the next two days. Our walk at Kadiloy took us to the neighbor of Yeldegirmeni and Moda. We saw many interesting and fascinating street arts and murals. His knowledge of the artists and their art works was impressive. During our cay break, he shared some culture and history of Turkey. As it’s a private walking tour, the pace is entirely up to you. I saw more than 15 street arts, plus churches and buildings. If you want hidden gems and non-touristy places, Alper is your guy.
Good job Alper, and thank you for a wonderful and memorable guided tour!

Withlocals guest
Withlocals host
Rhoda Ugur

A customized trip with Ugur

We spent a fantastic day with Ugur as he showed us around the main historical sights of Istanbul. He was very interesting to talk to and was really helpful in advising us about where to eat and other places to visit. Nothing was too much trouble for him. I would highly recommend booking a private tour with Ugur.