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Sailing Trips

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Bosphorus Dinner & Show Cruise (All Inclusive)

Book your evening cruise on the Bosphorus ahead of time; this must-do activity sells out quickly. Step on board the boat for views of Istanbul's top landmarks—including the Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge and the Blue Mosque—lit up for the night. Enjoy a traditional Turkish dinner with drinks, followed by entertainment.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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Wine Tasting & Winery Tours

Full-Day Wine Tour from Istanbul Including Lunch

Drink in delicious flavors during a full-day guided wine tour in the historical region of Kirklareli from Istanbul. Taste your favorite wine varietals at three classic wineries as you explore the heart of Thrace and its beautiful foothills beside the Strandja Mountains. At each stop, savor four wines and hear about the production of each grape varietal including merlot, cabernet sauvignon and zinfandel. Refine your palate as you discover each wine's particular qualities and learn about foods that pair well. Plus, spend time relaxing at a winery for lunch and gain more insight into the history of Turkey's incredible wine culture.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 9 hours
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Cultural Tours

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Whistle-stop Istanbul: Beat the Layover Blues

Beat the layover blues and make the most of your time in a new city – even if it is only for a few hours. Join one of our hosts in a personalised experience where they’ll enable you to see Istanbul through the eyes of a local that knows it inside out! From iconic mosques to tangles of streets and bazaars that enrich its cultural diversity- there is so much to take in and that is exactly what you will do with this totally customised experience tailored to fit your time, budget and interests. See the city's most famous attractions such an iconic art gallery of palace or explore a nearby neighbourhood and soak up the local lifestyle. Having a host by your side means you’ll skip the tourist traps and drive into what really matters. Whether you’re staying for a night, or stopping off for a shorter period of time, there is plenty to keep your entertained. Whatever your preference, make the most of your time with a host that can’t wait to show off their city.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Cooking Classes

Cooking Class in Turkey From Istanbul

Whether tucking into a tasty kebab, feasting on mezes or indulging in sweet baklava – Turkish cuisine is a treat for adventurous foodies. Uncover Istanbul’s culinary secrets on this 3-hour cooking class and learn to cook your traditional dishes under the guidance of an expert chef.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Cultural Tours

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Istanbul's history and culture

A sparkling jewel in the crown of the Bosphorus Strait which separates Europe from Asia, Istanbul is unlike any other city in the world. The historic city is an all-senses enhancing experience not to be missed, bursting with ancient ruins, palaces, stunning mosques, narghile bars and endless shops. Dive into the emporiums, with a Host by your side and learn what the city is all about! With some of the oldest markets in the world, a dizzying array of foods to try and historic attractions to explore, find out how to enjoy the best of Istanbul; from the dizzying and mystifying to the peaceful and vibrant. We will contact you within 24 hours of your booking to find out about your interests so we can assign a like-minded Host who will create a bespoke experience for you. Your Host will suggest an itinerary and agree a meeting time and place, but you can always change your mind about what you want to do.
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  • 4 hours
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Balloon Rides

Cappadocia Day Tour from Istanbul Including Balloon Flight

Combine a comprehensive tour of Cappadocia with its most popular activity—a hot air balloon ride—on this overnight package from Istanbul. Round-trip transportation means no need to rent a car, and you'll make stops at all the highlights: Uchisar Rock Castle, the Goreme Open-Air Museum, Pasbag, the Dervent Valley, and others. Day two includes a sunrise hot-air balloon flight for epic aerial views of the region.
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  • 1 day
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  • 1 day

Balloon Rides

Cappadocia Hot Air Balloon Flight from Istanbul

Float over Cappadocia’s fairy chimneys, tuff valleys and rock-cut churches and experience the sunrise from a unique aerial viewpoint on Cappadocia hot air balloon flight. Enjoy memorable panoramic views from up to 1,000 feet (300 meters) above ground, then celebrate your safe landing with a champagne toast and a personalized flight certificate.
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  • 1 day
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  • 1 day

Private Sightseeing Tours

Istanbul: Book a Local Host

Whether you want to check out famous sights or go off the beaten path, this personalized walking tour with a local guide reveals the best of Istanbul. Learn about top attractions, and get an insider’s look at the city’s great restaurants and cafes as you explore an authentic slice of Istanbul. Your guide can also share tips for places that you can visit later independently.
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  • 3 to 8 hours
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  • 3 to 8 hours
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Private Sightseeing Tours

Istanbul Like a Local: Customized Private Tour

Although Istanbul’s best known for thousands of years of history, the in-the-know visitor is just as keen to get a local’s view as they are to visit the most popular sites in the city where Europe and Asia collide. Join a passionate Istanbullu for a flexible city tour that focuses as much on cultural differences, local events, and the nuances of Turkish life as it does on the city’s well-loved art and architecture.
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  • 2 to 6 hours
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  • 2 to 6 hours
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Cultural Tours

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Discover Istanbul in a day

Istanbul is a multicultural city made up of many pockets waiting to be uncovered. With a day to spare, navigate through the city with a Host and immerse yourself in its rich cultural diversity. You could visit all the famous attractions, take in the beauty of the iconic mosques of Istanbul or delve into the belly of the city and live like the locals do by exploring the tangles of streets and bazaars that give the city its personality. Your Host will help you make the most of your time in Istanbul, whether it’s in the heart of the city or the neighbourhood you’re staying in. Within 24 hours of your booking, we will contact you to find out about your interests so we can assign a like-minded local who will create a bespoke experience for you. Your Host will suggest an itinerary and agree a meeting time and place, but you can always change your mind about what you want to do.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Photography Tours

30 Minute Private Vacation Photography Session with Photographer in Istanbul

Flytographer 30 Minute Vacation PhotoshootConnect with a local professional photographer in Istanbul and capture your most memorable moments during this private photoshoot. Get insider tips on the best things to do in Istanbul, including where to eat and what to see from your vacation photographer.  Return from your trip with beautiful, high-quality, vacation photos.The best souvenir ever.
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  • 30 minutes
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US$250.00
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  • 30 minutes
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Cultural Tours

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Kickstart your trip to Istanbul

If it is your first time visiting Istanbul or you don’t have long, you may be wondering how you can make the most of your time here. You’ll probably want to familiarise yourself and get oriented while exploring a few iconic attractions and learning how to navigate the tangles of streets and bazaars. There are many pockets of Istanbul waiting to be uncovered so let your Host help you navigate around the city and show you how to get around. Perhaps you would like to wander along the cobbled streets and soak up the atmosphere as you immerse yourself in local culture? Within 24 hours of your booking, we will contact you to find out about your interests so we can assign a like-minded local who will create a bespoke experience for you. Your Host will suggest an itinerary and agree a meeting time and place, but you can always change your mind about what you want to do.
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  • 4 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 4 minutes
  • Free Cancellation

Photography Tours

60 Minute Private Vacation Photography Session with Photographer in Istanbul

Put down the selfie stick and immortalize your Istanbul adventure with a private photoshoot. Use the city’s most scenic neighborhoods, including Galata and Sultanahmet, as your backdrop. Your personal photographer captures candid and posed pictures from the perfect angles. Within five days, you receive 30 high-resolution digital photos from the shoot. Ideal for solo travelers, honeymooners, and families alike, the excursion is the perfect opportunity to capture your vacation.
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation

Cultural Tours

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Istanbul - Markets, Bazaars & Artisans: Shopping Experience

Istanbul’s magical shopping scene is home to exciting markets, enchanting bazaars and the workshops of talented artisans. Join a personally handpicked Host and experience the city coming alive in the entertaining shopping districts, both during the daylight and as the sun sets. Relish in the local vibe and enjoy a full sensory experience with your Host; exploring emporiums, covered markets, indoor bazaars, quirky stalls, and a diverse shopping scene all the while getting the top tips on bartering. Your Host can present you with ideas for the best places to enjoy the unique merchandise of Turkey, from organic produce to handmade pottery, to clothing, and lanterns. We will contact you within 24 hours of your booking to find out about your interests so we can assign a like-minded Host who will create a bespoke experience for you. Your Host will suggest an itinerary and agree a meeting time and place, but you can always change your mind about what you want to do.
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  • 3 hours
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Cultural Tours

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Must See Istanbul in a Day

Istanbul is a city with many faces. From its iconic mosques to tangles of streets and bazaars that enrich its cultural diversity- there is so much to take in. But with so much to experience, you may be wondering how you could possibly discover what the city has to offer in just one day! With your thoughtfully handpicked Host by your side, you’ll be able to visit some of the top attractions as well as a few secret local spots along the way too. Whether you want a grand sight-seeing experience that takes in the iconic Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia museum, to a casual stroll through the lush gardens of the Dolmabahce Palace – let us know your pace and we will stick to it. Within 24 hours of your booking, we will contact you to find out about your interests so we can assign a like-minded local who will create a bespoke experience for you. Your Host will suggest an itinerary and agree a meeting time and place, but you can always change your mind about what you want to do.
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  • 8 hours
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  • 8 hours
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Cultural Tours

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Discover Istanbul's nightlife

Istanbul is a vibrant city that thrives when the sun goes down. With its people often out late; eating, drinking and exploring the city’s nightlife and undiscovered gems, there are plenty of things to see, taste and do. Different areas offer a different vibe and a night with a Host will ensure you make most of your night in Istanbul; enjoying spectacular views of the oriental skyline of domes and quaint cobbled streets pointing to Asia, glistening blue waters of the Sea of Marmara, and magical bazaars, eating, drinking and shopping your way around some of the best neighbourhoods, and maybe even continuing your night partying after getting some top tips from your Host. Within 24 hours of your booking, we will contact you to find out about your interests so we can assign a like-minded local who will create a bespoke experience for you. Your Host will suggest an itinerary and agree a meeting time and place, but you can always change your mind about what you want to do.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 5 hours
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Cultural Tours

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Explore Istanbul in half a day

Istanbul is considered to be one of the largest cities in Europe but with half a day to spare, you may be wondering how you can make the most of your time here. You couldn’t possibly explore all of Istanbul in a week, let alone a day – but we can help make your trip a memorable one by pairing you up with a Host who can take you to the places you've always wanted to experience. You may prefer to spend your time wandering through the city's cobbled streets and bustling bazaars, losing yourself in Istanbul's rich cultural diversity, or you could instead absorb Istanbul's history with a trip to one of its museums. Within 24 hours of your booking, we will contact you to find out about your interests so we can assign a like-minded local who will create a bespoke experience for you. Your Host will suggest an itinerary and agree a meeting time and place, but you can always change your mind about what you want to do.
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  • 4 hours
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Cultural Tours

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Explore Istanbul as a family

There are many pockets of Istanbul waiting to be uncovered but when it comes to a family-friendly holiday, you may be wondering how to keep your tribe entertained while making the most of your time here. You’ll probably want to discover a few iconic attractions before setting off to explore the streets and bazaars of Istanbul and squeezing in activities designed to keep the kids entertained. If there’s somewhere you’ve always wanted to see let us know and your Host will help to show you the sides of Istanbul that will delight young and old alike. We will contact you within 24 hours of your booking to find out about your interests so we can assign a like-minded local who will create a bespoke experience for you. Your Host will suggest an itinerary and agree a meeting time and place, but you can always change your mind about what you want to do.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Photography Tours

120 Minute Private Vacation Photography Session with Photographer in Istanbul

Flytographer 120 Minute Vacation PhotoshootConnect with a local professional photographer in Istanbul and capture your most memorable moments during this private photoshoot. Get insider tips on the best things to do in Istanbul, including where to eat and what to see from your vacation photographer.  Return from your trip with beautiful, high-quality, vacation photos.The best souvenir ever.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$650.00
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Cultural Tours

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Eat & Drink like a local in Istanbul

Turkish food is bursting with exotic flavours but it all comes together in the beautiful city of Istanbul, where the cuisine is tied to its rich history and cultural diversity. Discover this bustling city's vibrant food culture with a Host, who will take you through the neighbourhoods and culinary backstreets of a city lined with an eclectic mix of mosques, temples and churches. Wander through the city streets and feast upon authentic dishes from the street cafes, food stands and ‘meyhane’ taverns of Istanbul. Within 24 hours of your booking, we will contact you to find out about your interests so we can assign a like-minded local who will create a bespoke experience for you. Your Host will suggest an itinerary and agree a meeting time and place, but you can always change your mind about what you want to do.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 3 hours
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Wine Tasting & Winery Tours

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Daily Tekirdag Wine Tasting Tour from Istanbul

Early morning departure from centrally located hotel in Istanbul and drive to Tekirdag region for our full day wine tasting tour. You’ll be informed about wine history of the region on the way. First we’ll visit Chateau Kalpak. We’ll arrive here around 11:00. We’ll be informed about wine making and tour the vineyard. After our first tasting at Chateaus Kalpak we’ll drive to Barbare Vinyard and enjoy a walk around this beautiful place. We’ll see vault and storehouse filled with barrels. We’ll do our tasting during the lunch at Barbare. Our last stop is Chateau Nuzun winery. Here we’ll learn about the organic wines. After tasting organic wines we’ll drive back to Istanbul.
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  • 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$170.00
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  • 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Private Sightseeing Tours

90 Minute Private Vacation Photography Session with Photographer in Istanbul

Flytographer 90 Minute Vacation PhotoshootConnect with a local professional photographer in Istanbul and capture your most memorable moments during this private photoshoot. Get insider tips on the best things to do in Istanbul, including where to eat and what to see from your vacation photographer.  Return from your trip with beautiful, high-quality, vacation photos.The best souvenir ever.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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US$500.00
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation

Historical & Heritage Tours

Private Full-Day Historical Tour of the Byzantium Empire

Get ready for a private amazing journey to discover historical highlights of Byzantium Empire such as Little Hagia Sophia, Hagia Sophia (St. Sophia), Basilica (Underground) Cistern, Hippodrome, Walls of Constantinople and Chora Church.This private tour will start at 09:30 in the morning after your breakfast in your hotel and it will have finished by 16:30.You may have lunch and rest in the middle of the tour in a traditional Turkish restaurant.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation


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