WHO WE ARE
Secret Istanbul Tours is a small team of local guides, licensed and experienced in giving guided tours of Istanbul in English and other languages. We are all freelance local tour guides and work directly with our customers in Istanbul and around Turkey.
Although we are all licensed guides in Istanbul. we all have our own regions of expertise. We have archaeologists, art historians, and university lecturers among our ranks, and as our reputation has grown we continue to invite similarly-qualified guides to join us.
Our philosophy is simple: We believe that tours should be fun as well as informative, so any our workmates are open and friendly disposition on tours, and willing to assist our customers with any situation. A passion for Istanbul is mandatory.
We also believe that our customers are best served in small groups. For this purpose, we strictly limit all of our group tours to only 8 people. This does not mean that we cannot cater for more than 8 people – if you have a private party and wish to stay together for an entire tour we can arrange for this – but for group tours we like to keep the groups small and intimate, so that you can engage with your guide and ask questions.
Our fees are honest and reflect the small sizes of our groups. We include ticket prices in our tour fees where tickets are applicable, and we always skip the lines. Headsets are provided for groups of more than 10 people – if you are lucky enough to be in a group of 5 or less you will see that headsets are not required!
Since our inception in 2013, we have received some great reviews on Tripadvisor, and we thank all of our previous customers, both for their repeat business and for recommending us to their family and friends. Our customer base and reputation have been growing steadily over the past few years, and we promise to continue to strive to deliver the perfect Istanbul, Constantinople and Byzantium experience for all our future guests.
We hope to see you on one of our tours in 2020!