All of us at Viator are passionate travelers, constantly looking for new tours and activities for us all to enjoy. With nearly 9,000+ events, tours and activities, 750+ destinations in 150+ countries worldwide, Viator is the traveler’s one-stop-shop for researching, planning, and booking destination activities that meet a wide range of travel tastes and preferences. Viator offers something for everyone, from the traditional excursion to the extreme adventure… and everything in between.
And because we are all travelers, if we’re not currently on a trip we are either returning from the last one or planning for the next one! So we know how important local information and advice are. These are what make the difference between just visiting a place and truly living a local experience.
Viator already offers great travel advice on a global scale, but we also understand the importance of providing travelers with up-to-date news and insights specific to their destination. With that in mind, we created Viator Things to Do | Local Experts – Local Insights – Local Experiences, a series of travel blogs that engage travelers like you at the local level, both those living in these destinations and those planning visits there. Information from these blogs is also posted across social media channels Facebook and Twitter, giving travelers even more ways to gain insider knowledge imparted from Viator’s global network of guides and freelancers. “Like” us on Facebook and “Follow” us on Twitter us now to get access to news on local happenings, festivals, activities, attractions and more!
As we know travel is a never-ending journey, feel free to check out our other Viator Things to Do blogs for more local travel insights – we currently have over 30 Local Experts – Local Insights – Local Experiences blogs, and more to come.
Welcome aboard, your voyage is about to start!
The Istanbul Things to Do Blog Team & Contributors
Aykut Altınışık is Viator’s local expert in Turkey and a highly rated licensed private tour guide. He is a Turkish archaeologist and has studied archaeology at Ankara University. He has been guiding private and archaeology tours in Turkey since 1997.
Nesrin Ulupinar is a licenced English-speaking tour guide, guiding in Istanbul and around Turkey. Originally from Cappadocia, Nesrin loves to meet new faces from different countries and showing her beautiful country. Nesrin is an experienced Viator private guide.
James Conway couldn’t be described as the most intrepid traveler, rarely choosing a jungle if there’s a museum as an alternative. Nonetheless he’s covered a lot of ground, his favorite travel experiences the first glimpse of the Alhambra, poking around backstage at St Petersburg’s Mariinsky Theater and a horse show in the Moroccan desert. He enjoys nothing more than picking through strangers’ cast-offs in flea markets around the world, dragging the spoils back to his Berlin base.