Guided Istanbul Tours

The number #1 on TripAdvisor with Certificate of Excellence.

What do we do?

As a local travel agency, we have operated many tours in Istanbul and the rest of Turkey. Now we offer you a boutique tour option in the most varied destinations of Turkey. Here in the cradle of civilizations, we can offer you an endless diversity of travel attractions besides the mesmerizing nature along with the local tour guides who are licenced by the Ministry of Tourism and you can learn more about us on TURSAB page and TripAdvisor.

Your tour package will be designed by our experienced team members to offer you a private tour service in your chosen tour destinations. You can check our website to learn more about us and check our TripAdvisor ad Viator reviews to have an idea about us and our service quality with reviews of our previous guests.

About Us

Your vacation is very important both for you and us who will be your local tour supplier during the stay. Your guide will inform you not only about the history but also art, architecture, culture, food and religion so you will be able to feel like a local during your holiday here.

Personalized tour itineraries offer you the travel content which is more convenient for you. You don’t have to follow the well-known tour routes with a bunch of people who have to follow them out of the ark destinations.

Guided Istanbul Tours uses secure online booking systems to ensure the safety of our guests’ personal information. We offer the largest range of travel packages in Turkey and we create a personalized itinerary for every guest.

Not only our staff working to create your itinerary but also our staff who will serve you as guide or driver all our staff attach importance to the punctuality and the perfection which will make you happy. We won’t give you the opportunity to surprise you which means you will be informed in writing of all the details of your travel package.

Guided Istanbul Tours operated by Urban Explorist Travel Agency is officially licenced by TURSAB (Association of Turkish Travel Agents) with a Licence Number 10876. You may check our licence and learn more about us by clicking here.

Once we have you as our guest here in Turkey we will be waiting to have your friends and family as our guests here as well.

Here are some of the international travel platforms our tours are listed as recommended with the highest rate of comments.

1200+ Customers

As professional tour operator we have offered service over 1200 guests here in Turkey. You can check reviews of the experiences of our happy guests on TripAdvisor, Viator and GetYourGuide.

20+ Destinations

Visit some of the most popular destinations besides off the beaten path routes. For all these destinations we can create a customized tour itinerary for you, please get in touch with us.

24/7 Support

Please do not hesitate to give us a call in case of need. If you haven’t got an email from us after your request in 24 hours, please send us another email because most probably your previous tour inquiry is lost in space.

7+ Languages

We operate in English, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Italian, German and Turkish. However please contact our team so we can check the availability of our guides in each destination.

No Hidden Cost

During the process of booking you will be informed about all the costs. Inclusions and exclusions will be notified in written with the confirmation email. No hidden costs!

Only Private Tours

We don’t operate group tours. All our guests are special for us so we operate only private services for our guests. We only operate private service for our guests.

Flexible Options

All our tours are flexible and customizable. We don’t include museum tickets in Istanbul to provide you flexibility even during the tour. For tours in rest of Turkey we need to finalize tour itinerary, then we will include the tickets.

Easy Payment

You can make the payment in cash upon arrival in Istanbul or with credit card during the process of booking. We don’t push our guests to pay total amount in advance so we keep the flexibility of our services.

“It’s time to visit Turkey”

Bordered by eight countries and straddling two continents, Turkey is a land of contrasts. Cosmopolitan yet full of antiquity, it has ties to the ancient Greek, Persian, Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman empires. With so much to see and do, travelers often wonder where to even begin exploring this cultural capital.

What our guests say

You may read some of our reviews provided by our guests who experienced Turkey with us

Celine P

I had a very long layover in Istanbul and had never been to Turkey. Booking the tour was super easy and the logistics could not have been smoother. My excellent guide, Mustafa, could not have provided a better experience.

Aimone P

Caner seems to have a good knowledge and explained us the story of Istanbul! He was very pleasant the time with him. He was engaging and very professional and answered all our, many, questions!


We had only 2 days to visit, but with the help of a guide we managed to visit everything that was planned. Hasan was very helpful, gave us a lot of information. Wonderful 2 days in Istanbul.

Reinaldo B

Very professional company starting with the booking process. The meetup and schedule worked seamlessly even though Istanbul traffic can be crazy flat times.  I couldn’t recommend our private guide enough.

Rachel L

I had Ceren as a guide and she was great. I went on a Monday so the Hagia Sofia was closed, and instead they accommodated my request to substitute it with a Bosphorus Cruise. They were also very communicative.


Great tour guide with a very good tour company. Fast responsive and very friendly. Our tour guide Sercan was extremely knowledgeable, patient and nice. I would recommend Sercan to anybody.