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Authentic Istanbul Experience With The Locals

From US$ 47 per person
Based on 3 Reviews
  • Free Cancellation
  • No booking or credit card fees
  • E-ticket/Mobile voucher
  • Learn about Turkish life in the home of a local family
  • Taste authentic home-cooked Turkish food and feel warm Turkish hospitality
  • Spend an evening with Istanbul locals and views of the Marmara Sea
This amazing local experience is sure to show you the ‘real’ Istanbul that so many strive to find. Our local guide will pick you up from the meeting point, and stroll with you through the famous Sultanahmet towards the home of a local family. Here you will experience true Turkish hospitality, as the family take you into their home and you hear stories about life in the districts of Istanbul. Our guide is fully bilingual, so there will be no misunderstandings or awkward silences here.

One of the highlights of your evening will be sharing a meal with the family, lovingly home-cooked, and full of the famous flavours of the city and the country itself. Istanbul is particularly known for its food, and sharing such a meal will just add to the amazing experience of time spent in a local home. After meals and farewells, our guide will lead you out into the evening in search of more authentic Istanbul.

You will head to a popular local hangout, a hive of action and activity, and has marvelous views of the Marmara Sea. You may choose to get involved with one of the many games of backgammon, or simply sit back and watch a game of football while trying some local tea or the renowned Narglie (water pipe).

Whatever your choice, you will be surrounded by authentic Istanbul, and your guide will make sure that you are not short of ideas for the rest of your visit.
what’s included
  • Local english-speaking guide
  • Dinner and drinks with a local family
  • Tea
  • Narglie waterpipe.
what’s excluded
  • Extra drinks at the teahouse
  • Tips or gratuities for your local guide.
Tour details
Booking Type Instant Booking  
Duration 3.5 hours
Tour Type Group Tour  
guiding method Live guide/instructor
guide language English
meeting/Start point Istanbul, Turkey
customer reviews
4.8 - Excellent Based on 3 reviews
Very Good
Ms. Janet S. At
4.5 - Excellent
“Fatih was excellent. Knowledgeable and friendly. I enjoyed the shisha and backgammon.”
Mr. Guy H. At
5 - Excellent
“Guide engaging and informative with excellent English. Format was ideal - great way to interact with a culture and people one wouldn't otherwise get to experience on such a short visit. Home-cooked food terrific, and local shisha bar atmospheric. Really memorable trip.”
Mr. Vera W. At
5 - Excellent
“Can was a perfect guide and the trip was a wonderfull experience. The meal was great and thank you so much, that you even paid attention to my request for a vegetarian meal.”
Good to know Dress standard: Please be aware that the standard of dress through out Turkey is conservative. To respect this and for your own comfort we recommend modest clothing. This means clothing that covers your shoulders and knees for both women and men. Turkish people do not wear shoes within the home so we suggest easy slip on shoes be worn. The weather in Istanbul is highly variable depending on the time of year. Winters range from freezing cold to extremely hot and humid in summer (June, July and August).

Child Policy: This is a child-friendly tour. Children between the ages of 6 and 11 inclusively are permitted on this tour at the rate listed above. Please select ‘child’ above when booking. Children under the age of 6 are permitted to join this tour free of charge. Please inform us at the time of booking if you’ll be bringing a child under the age of 6. You can do so in the special request box on the checkout page.
Cancellation Cancellation for this product is free up to 48 hours before the chosen start date - full refund will be given.
If cancelling less than 48 hours before the chosen start date no refund applies.
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