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Istanbul Urban Adventures

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Address: Ticarethane Sok, HakkiBey Apt, No 11, Istanbul 34421, Turkey
Phone Number:
+90 532 641 2822
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours

Istanbul Urban Adventures offers unique and authentic day tours around...

Istanbul Urban Adventures offers unique and authentic day tours around Istanbul. They range from 2 hour to 1 day adventures and uncover back streets, hidden gems, and fascinating sights. Step into the lives of locals, find out what makes the city tick, and get acquainted with the local food, culture, and traditions of Istanbul. A local expert guide will provide the knowledge and lead you through a fantastic urban experience.

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Great fun, despite horrible weather

I probably picked the worst day to go on a walking tour, as it was 3 degrees, freezing rain and stormy winds. Despite this, I had a great experience, since the guide was super! He... read more

Reviewed 30 December 2016
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Reviewed 30 December 2016 via mobile

I probably picked the worst day to go on a walking tour, as it was 3 degrees, freezing rain and stormy winds. Despite this, I had a great experience, since the guide was super! He was funny, knowledgable, and great to be around. Shared lots of interesting information about the sites we visited. Startes with Blue Mosque, Hippodrome, Hagia Sophia,... More 

Thank Huxflux
UAIST1, Operations Manager at Istanbul Urban Adventures, responded to this review

Thank you so much for the review. It was indeed a very cold wet day and we thank you for continuing with your tour despite the elements. Cumali is great fun, never a dull moment with him and he knows his stuff. Thanks for choosing Istanbul Urban Adventures and for visiting our city. More 

Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 7 December 2016

This was like an UA tour like no other - it allowed us to explore life as a local in Istanbul and visit a centre that caters to displaced Syrian citizens. We talked to them about the hardships they have overcome - its a lot to take in and have a authentic home cooked Syrian meal. It wasn't so much... More 

Thank Thetravelingspandex
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Reviewed 3 December 2016

Even with the rain, the tour was great and the guide was able to give us a lot of insights and answer all our questions.

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Portland, Oregon
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Reviewed 24 October 2016

I booked two Intrepid Travel ~ Urban Adventure tours while I was in Istanbul. The first one was the 'Half Day Sight Seeing Tour (Grand Bazaar, Suleymaniye Mosque and Sultanahmet)'. The second tour was 'Eat Like A Local and Cultural Tour with Dinner at a Local Home'. I used Intrepid Travel a few years ago in Nepal and India for... More 

Thank Paul H
UAIST1, Operations Manager at Istanbul Urban Adventures, responded to this review

Thank you Paul for your review, as you said a Great Tour Happens when you have a Great Tour Leader and we think enthusiastic travellers who are open to learn about new cultures make for; the Best Day Ever.... as we like to say; so thank for joining us and we hope we showed you the best day in Istanbul.... More 

Nashville, Tennessee
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Reviewed 16 October 2016

While in Istanbul, I was able to go on two different Urban Adventures tours. I have toured with Urban Adventures in other cities, and know that they have a quality product. My first tour was In Focus, The Olive Tree of Istanbul. This is a new strand of tours for Urban Adventures and has a social element to it. I... More 

Thank JennyOstermiller
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Reviewed 6 October 2016 via mobile

We did a nigh trail food tour the day we arrived in Istanbul and it was the best thing we could have done! We came to Istanbul a few days after the failed military coup, not too long after some bombings and spending time with a local gave us such confidence to explore this amazing city!!! We learnt so much... More 

Thank katierang
2 reviews
Reviewed 4 October 2016

We went to the food tasting tour of Istanbul during the evening on 1st October 2016. Our guide Emre was very courteous and helpful, and stay with us for even longer than planned. We never felt rushed to go to the next site, and had an overall lovely evening. The spots were all great, and the experience was very memorable,... More 

Thank Afra A
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Reviewed 4 October 2016 via mobile

What a fantastic experience. We got to try all the local favorite foods and see the sights at the same time. Our guide Emre was very knowledgeable and could answer all our questions about local customs, traditions, religions, foods, etc. He worked hard to make sure our tour was customized just for us. We will absolutely recommend this tour and... More 

Thank Laurie B
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Reviewed 18 September 2016 via mobile

We were in Istanbul during the Festival of the Sacrifice, which meant that the tours we wanted to do were not available. Upon contacting the company, we had a "compilation tour" made to show us what they could. Cumali was our guide and he was fantastic! He had such great knowledge of the history and modern aspects of the city.... More 

Thank Simon C
UAIST1, Operations Manager at Istanbul Urban Adventures, responded to this review

Thanks so much for your review Simon and Rana we are happy that you were able to enjoy your time in the city over the Sacrifice Holiday and had some fun with Cumali. We are always happy to accommodate private tours and have lots of suggestions, we look forward to welcoming you back to Istanbul in the future. More 

Brussels, Belgium
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Reviewed 14 September 2016

We took the 'in focus tour' towards an ngo/community center called 'The Olive Tree'. Two fantastic ladies (volunteers) guided us through the Capa district in Istanbul, towards The Olive Tree were we were warmly welcomed by Syrian ladies. Had time and opportunity to discuss with both volunteers and the Syrian ladies, whilst enjoying a wonderful meal cooked by the Syrian... More 

Thank chantal19652016
UAIST1, Operations Manager at Istanbul Urban Adventures, responded to this review

Chantal it was such a pleasure to host you and Ingrid at the Olive Tree dinner and thank you so much for the review. We hope to meet you back in Istanbul in the future. The Syrian ladies at the centre will welcome your kind words and I will pass on this review to them. Raising awareness and understanding is... More 

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