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
Save İbrahim

All About Mezes: Private Cooking Workshop on Prince Island

Perfect day to spend in Istanbul!! Ibrahim was super helpfull with all the planning and what boat we should grab etc. when we got to the island it was raining so Ibrahim suggested we go back to his apartment and drink tea before we start cooking. The view from the apartment is amazing and we just hung out for a while talking, drinking tea whilst Ibrahim told us abit about Istanbul, his family and gave us some tips for what we could do for the rest of our trip. The cooking was awesome. I myself am a horrible cook and really dont enjoy it but he made it fun 😊! And the food was AMAZING!! So beautifull surroundings, good food and fun and awesome company makes this totally worth the money and is time well spent whilst in Istanbul!!

Withlocals guest
Withlocals host
Cemil Alper

Alternative Istanbul: Yeldeğirmeni & Street Art in Kadıköy

Alper is an amazing guy,
I can say this, if you like grafity art, local food, small urban shops. If you like to see Istanbul like the locals do live. I would say you got to book this guy.

I wish there would be more like this.

Withlocals guest
Withlocals host
Hamish İbrahim

All About Mezes: Private Cooking Workshop on Prince Island

Ibrahim was a fantastic host. He showed us around the Island, took us shopping and welcomed us into his home which had fantastic views across all of Istanbul. We cooked and talked all afternoon and ate some of the most delicious food we had during our time in Turkey. I cannot thank Ibrahim enough for his kindness and hospitality. Definitely recommend.