Highlights & Hidden Gems of Istanbul: Private City Tour

3 hours (Approx.)
Free cancellation
1 - 8
Mobile ticket


This is not just another city tour; this is the best of Istanbul with hidden gems that only a local can show you. Get to know Istanbul on a city tour that gives you the perfect overview, from culture, history, and local lifestyle - this tour has it all!

Forget about big touristy groups and the crowds; it's time to see Istanbul at its best thanks to your local guide’s knowledge and stories. Check out main landmarks like Topkapi, Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia and uncover city secrets that will show you the city through a different perspective. As they say, the locals know best!

Highlights & Hidden Gems of Istanbul: Private City Tour is one of Withlocals' signature tours available in major cities worldwide. We work with passionate local guides who earn a fair fee. We support local economies by only offering local produce and prevent over-tourism with only small non-intrusive groups. Our tours are carbon-neutral and away from the standard tourist routes.


  • Private tour
  • Local Guide
  • 1 local drink/tasting

What to expect

This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Hippodrome, Binbirdirek, Sultan Ahmet ParkI No:2, Istanbul Turkey

Learn the fascinating stories linked to the famous Hippodrome

Duration: 20 minutes

Stop At: Blue Mosque, Sultanahmet Mah At Meydani Cad No 7, Istanbul 34122 Turkey

Take the side entrance into the courtyard of Istanbuls most beautiful (and blue) mosque

Duration: 20 minutes

Stop At: Hagia Sophia Mosque, Sultan Ahmet, Ayasofya MeydanI No:1, Istanbul 34122 Turkey

Head further around Sultanahmet area and hear about the amazing Hagia Sophia

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Topkapi Palace, Cankurtaran Mahallesi Gulhane Park, Near Sultanahmet Square, Istanbul 34122 Turkey

Walk through the gardens of Topkapi Palace and learn about the Sultans who lived there

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Caferaga Medresesi, Caferiye Sk. Sogukkuyu Cikmazi No:5, Istanbul Turkey

Discover a local yet artistic hidden gem and enjoy a tea

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Galata Tower, Buyuk Hendek Cad. 2, Istanbul Turkey

Ride up in one of the worlds oldest funiculars to the amazing Galata area, wonder around the Galata area and admire it’s iconic tower. Time for another hidden gem to see the traditions of the Whirling Dervishes

Duration: 40 minutes

Stop At: Historic Areas of Istanbul, Istanbul Turkey

Time to take a tram down to Karakoy area

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Janset Bilgin Jewelry, Müeyyedzade, Tatar Beyi Sk., 34425 Beyoğlu/İstanbul, Turkey

Time to rest your feet in a quant and alternative local coffee shop/jewellery designers workshop

Duration: 30 minutes

Meeting point

Sultan Ahmet, Atmeydanı Cd. 3/A, 34122 Fatih/İstanbul, Turkey

Additional information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Private tour: only you & your local guide
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands


  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Extra food & drinks

Ticket delivery

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.


For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start time of the experience.
March 2022

Hakan our guide was a wonderful person to be around from start to finish. We told him what we hoped to see and he showed us each sight complete with a verbal detailed history. We got to sample local food and tea and enjoyed his company so much that we caught up for dinner before we left Turkey. H...

September 2021

As an avid traveler I normally pride myself on being able to find the not so touristy spots. I spend many hours doing research to create the best experience possible. I decided to shift the heavy lifting and book with Withlocals. I can honestly say it was one of my best travel decisions EVER! Ayf...

September 2021

We had only two days to explore Istanbul on our recent holiday, and a friend had recommended With Locals for personalized tour guides. Abdullah, or Apple as he likes to be called, was everything we hoped for and more. During our eight hour tour, he shared with us the amazing stories behind the to...

September 2021

We had a great time to Apo while visiting so many different places in the old town area: Topkapi palace, Ayasofia, blue mosque (not the best time to visit due to the ongoing massive restoration), grand bazaar and spice bazaar. We learned so much about the history of Ottoman Empire and Turkey incl...

August 2021

Alper is a cool, knowledgable and dedicated guide who manages to create a very chill & comfortable experience during the whole tour. It almost felt like he was a close friend guiding us through his favourite neighbourhoods! Totally recommended, especially for those who don't want to miss one of ...

July 2021

We spent an amazing day exploring Istanbul with Kadir. He was so incredibly friendly and helpful throughout the day and you could tell how passionate he is about the city and sharing it’s beauty with us. As the tour was private he was always catering it to our needs and desires - asking us about ...

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