The Best of Istanbul: Half Day Tour

The Best of Istanbul: Half Day Tour

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  • See the main highlights of the European side
  • 100% personalized experience just for you
  • Private tour: only you & your local host!
  • Visit the Blue Mosque & the Hippodrome
  • Enjoy a simit, a coffee & some tea
  • Discover hip neighborhoods like Karakoy

You will meet here: Atmeydanı Cd.

What you can expect

Being a huge cultural melting pot, Istanbul has plenty to offer! Every corner has its unique charm and if you want to see it all in just half a day, this is the perfect way to satisfy your need to explore! See the best of the best with a local insider by your side, and you won’t leave anything behind on this amazing & private tour.

In the European heart of Istanbul you can instantly appreciate its main highlights as they boast proudly in the city. And what would a trip to Istanbul be without seeing the Blue Mosque? Go with your favorite local to discover this fascinating cultural gem.

If you are looking for some cultural awakening, then Caferaga Medresesi will be one of your favorites. Step into the cobblestoned courtyard and see the work of local artisans. You’ll be amazed!

Check out the hippest neighborhood in town and do as the locals do: get on a tram and head to Karaoke. Enjoy amazing views as you cross the Galata bridge and see how locals fish along the bridge. No matter what time or day, there's always a fish to catch!

Time for a break, so grab a simit, Istanbul's version of a bagel. Stroll around local shops, galleries and hotspots. Enjoy the lively buzz of locals chilling at cafes with their nargile in hand.

Do you love art and hidden gems? Check out the Galata Mevlevi House and feel inspired by this museum full of traditions, music and artisan shops. In this same square, there’s a little gate that will lead you to meet a very interesting character. No need to spoil the surprise, all you have to know is that you’ll be in for an inspiring treat!

Sit down with your new local friend to enjoy a Turkish coffee while you both recap everything about your private tour. By the end of your experience, your love for Istanbul will be even bigger!

This half day experience is packed with incredible sights and things to do, all thanks to your local insider. Just pick your favorite one from the video options and let them know what else you would like to see while in Istanbul. Personalize everything to your needs and enjoy Istanbul to the fullest!
***NOTE: The tickets to go inside the highlights are not included.In case you want to go inside, extra costs for the tickets will be charged.

This is the plan

Meeting Point
Meet your host by the German Fountain
Learn the fascinating stories linked to the famous Hippodrome
Blue Mosque
Take the side entrance into the courtyard of Istanbuls most beautiful (and blue) mosque
Hagia Sophia
Head further around Sultanahmet area and hear about the amazing Hagia Sophia
Topkapi Palace
Walk through the gardens of Topkapi Palace and learn about the Sultans who lived there
Hidden Art Cafe
Discover a local yet artistic hidden gem and enjoy a tea
Karakoy District
Time to take a tram down to Karakoy area
Galata Area
Ride up in one of the worlds oldest funiculars to the amazing Galata area
Galata Mevlevi House
Time for another hidden gem to see the traditions of the Whirling Dervishes
Galata Tower
Wonder around the Galata area and admire it’s iconic tower
Local Coffee Shop
Time to rest your feet in a quant and alternative local coffee shop/jewellery designers workshop

Feel free to personalize this offer with the host of your choice

City tour details

Private City tour
Mode of transport
Walking tour (cost included)
4 hours
Nr. of guests
1 - 8 persons
Meeting point
Atmeydanı Cd.
Guest pick-up
instant confirmation
  • checkFree cancellation up to 14 days before experience date
  • closeNo refunds within 14 days of experience date

What's included
checkPrivate guide
check2 non alcoholic drinks

about Withlocals Originals

  • Experience the heart
    of the city

  • With the host of
    your choice

  • Private. Affordable.
    And 100% You.


How it works:

  1. 1 Choose the theme of your tour.
  2. 2 Pick your favorite local as your private guide.
  3. 3 Let your guide personalize anything you like.


Now you can enjoy the true heart of the city in the most personal and unique way.