About Us

Istanbul Tour Guides: Scholarly, Experienced, and Local

Walks in Istanbul is the city’s premier walking tour company for customized walking tours with experienced, scholarly, and local guides.

We help you see the big picture — and the small. We are inspirational and good storytellers. Our guides in Istanbul can capture your intellect and your imagination. Rated as the best tour guides in Istanbul, Walks in Istanbul design a better Istanbul experience.

Explore the popular sites in Istanbul as well as those off the beaten path. Immerse yourself into Istanbul’s neighbourhoods. Experience Istanbul with a local and get an idea of what it’s like to live in the city. Make new friends as you tour Istanbul.

Book and Istanbul tour now for personalized attention and skip the lines with priority admission.

Arzu Founder / Tourism Pro

Arzu is a tour guide, tourism professional, and an entrepreneur living part-time in Istanbul and Tallinn. She is responsible for running this business when she is not trying to catch up on laundry. She’s a kick-ass mom and enjoys writing, traveling, storytelling, and good wine with good company.

She’s an MBA candidate at Tallinn University of Technology to complete her engineering degree, and you may still have her as your guide while she’s in Istanbul.

Ebru Tour Guide / Foster mother to all the street animals you see in the Old City

Ebru studied English Literature at Bosporus University and had a career as an editor for a travel magazine. Her dream job was to become a tour guide, and she got her license in 2002. She’s has been master’s student in History of Religions for the past three years; so far she has only mastered the art of procrastinating on her thesis on temple liturgy. Ebru is the proud mother of a rescued dog (Bozo) and a rescued cat (Tarator).

Bozo Professional Tour Dog

Before Bozo accepted Ebru as her human in 2009, her main hobby was to bark at cows, horses, donkeys, and old village ladies. Now as a big city girl, she prefers barking at skaters and bikers. She happily shares Ebru with a rescued cat. Her most popular phrase is ‘woof woof woof woof’ (in Turkish).

Adnan Professional Tour Guide

Born in historical Ottoman Bursa on World Tourism Day, it was Adnan’s destiny to be in tourism. He studied economics and completed a second degree to fulfill his childhood dream: being a tour guide. He traveled to some 40 countries around the globe. Adnan’s known for his enthusiasm and sense of humor. We pride ourselves on having him on the team with his 27 years of experience. He’s a delight to walk around with thanks to his love for gastronomy and photography.

Adnan is married to Funda and they parent Pelin beautifully.

Etem Professional Tour Guide

Etem can easily pass for an American. He owes his English language skills to the American school of Tarsus. he studied economics at the University of Istanbul, then Spanish literature at the same university, then got a master’s degree in architectural history at Kadir Has University. Etem is an avid reader and travels around the globe with his wife Nazan and their gorgeous daughter Mira.

Esin Professional Tour Guide

Esin studied Tourism Management and Tour Guiding in Marmara and has been guiding since 1999. She delivers a very special experience to our guests from all around the world. Esin is a passionate traveler, dancer, and cook. Her beautiful redhead holds many secrets. She loves to share stories and experiences of her travels as well as history, traditions, and insider tips about our beautiful homeland.

Efe Professional Tour Cat

Efe is a lovely rescue cat who is non-approchable by strangers. He shares an apartment and life with Esin and is tremendously ginger (a real cat lover will know what that means).

Ezel Professional Tour Guide

Ezel is a true Istanbulite who has traveled to more than 60 countries. She lived in the Netherlands for a year and is a bilingual guide in English and Dutch. She has an engineering degree from ITU and her hobbies are maths (yes), learning new languages, and enjoying being a chef.

Duygu Professional Tour Guide

A true local from Istanbul (maybe a Byzantine?), Duygu has a deep love for this beautiful country. She has a degree in tourism and traveled around Turkey many times before she decided to settle back home and start a family. She mothers Aras when she is not guiding and when not at the theatre.

Tan Professional Tour Guide

Guiding is a tradition in Tan’s family. He has the expertise from his parents and is now enjoying 25 years in business. He lives in Izmir and is our destination manager for the Aegean coast. He’s behind the scenes organising all the vehicles, transfers, and makes sure everyone sits back and enjoys our shore excursions in the area. He has a big laugh and has a lot to talk about (in a good way). His passion is to transfer the uncommercial face of our country to our guests.

Erkut Professional Tour Guide

Erkut holds a B.A. in American Studies from Hacettepe University in Ankara. He’s working hard to fulfill two of his childhood dreams: to read all the books in his library and to travel to every single place on the map of Turkey. Erkut is a great chef. His dinner parties are famous; you may enjoy one if you like offals.

He’s the proud father of 10-year-old Ali and a gray cat.