about Who We Are. What We Do. Get To Know Us Better.
We are a small group Istanbulites who would like to show you different faces and lifestyles of our beloved city...
Locally Istanbul was founded by Ümit Aggül and Erk Erkaya in 2011.

The idea is to create tailor-made tours for you based on your interests, expectations, timing and mood :)

We design day & night tours of Istanbul. Every first time visitor wants to see the main historical attractions of Istanbul for sure, but we also want to show you “today” and “tomorrow” Istanbul. The unique and the vibrant city of 2 continents where East meets West.


Istanbul has so much to offer beside it's amazing history; in terms of design, fashion, art, culture, music, without forgetting the amazing night life and our point is not only to show the beauty of the city but make you feel the soul of Istanbul !

We are not professional guides, we are just young and fun locals, who was born & grown in Istanbul and we want to make you consider us as one of us, rather than a guest. Therefore, you can feel the amateur spirit and the fun of our beloved city.

sidecar A unique experience of Istanbul on a vintage sidecar motorbike.
Riding Istanbul on our WW2 Vintage Motorcycle. A total different way to explore Bosphorus.

Check Itineraries for more information about Sidecar Tours. Don't worry, we'll pick you up from your hotel, provide helmet, body armour and camera! Just book a tour and Enjoy!

Itineraries Check Out Our Most Popular Tours.
Below, you may see some of our most preferred itineraries

Tours & itineraries may be re-designed based your requests

Old City Tour

Witness the history!

Galata Pera Cukurcuma Tour

Feel the real deal.

Asian Istanbul Tour

Change the continent, be local.

Golden Horn Tour

No Starbucks around, yet.

Private Bosphorus Cruise

Enjoy Turkish Wine & Cheese.

Turkish Designers Tour

In fashion we trust.

Art & Antiques Tour


Istanbul by Night

Explore this Sleepless City.

Motorcycle Sidecar Tour

Crossing The Bridge.

On Press Getting famous all around the world =)
Newspapers, magazines & blogs that we've been mentioned
Conde Nast Traveller

March 2014

Le Figaro

May 2013


March 2014

The Guide Istanbul

June 2014


Summer 2013

The Independent

September 2013

La Tavola Magazine Switzerland

July 2012

Biba Magazine France

November 2011

Wanderlust and Lipstick USA

August 2012

L'Express Magazine France

September 2012

Milliyet Daily Newspaper Turkey

September 2012

Societe & Perrier USA

December 2012

Louis Vuitton City Guide Istanbul


Consumentenbond Mag. the NL

May 2012

Locally Team Get to know us better
ümit aggül

Ümit is surely the one to call to discover Istanbul’s hidden delicacies as he is a true expert on traditional Turkish cuisine and has a natural GPS that perfectly locates all the local spots. With an eye for creativity that meticulously scans the immediate and distant surroundings for all signs of artistic manifestation, Ümit will accompany you on your grand tour of Istanbul’s blooming art and design scene. If you’re in for some music and drama, make sure you tip Ümit off since he knows all the goings-on in Istanbul’s theater, opera and music scenes. As a student of Actuarial Science, probably all of Ümit’s expert recommendations will come analytically approved!

erk erkaya

Erk is a true gastrophile who has a highly sensitive sweet tooth, making him the ideal dessert junkie to stick to in this city of thousand desserts. He also is an antiques enthusiast with a good eye for all things old and beautiful. Having spent a year at ‘The Big Apple’, Erk decidedly grabbed New York’s exuberant shopping scene by the throat and is now happy to utilize his know-how for you to have the greatest shopping experience in Istanbul. As a recent college graduate Erk is eagerly preparing for his postgraduate studies on Hospitality Management.

news Read Our Latest News. Stay Informed. Be Cool.
Madonna MDNA Tour Istanbul

June 9, 2012

Madonna was in Istanbul, so did we. It was amazing!

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Terracotta Warriors in Istanbul

November 22, 2012

You don't need to go to China to see Terracotta Warriors, they are in Istanbul! Chinese Treasures Exhibiton in Topkapı Palace will be open until February 23. For further information, visit our blog!

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Money is not everything!

January 17, 2013

Art Barter will be held in IMC between 18-26 January 2013, in collobration with Filiz Avunduk.

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Address: Meric Cad. Botanik Carsi 15/38 Atasehir - Istanbul
Phone: +90 538 064 9400

Hereunder you may see our personal contact details.

Ümit Aggül
Phone : +90 532 302 1940
E-Mail: umit@locallyistanbul.com

Erk Erkaya
Phone : +90 532 707 7885
E-mail: erk@locallyistanbul.com