With its diverse landscapes of waving grasslands, arid deserts, soaring mountains and dramatic coastlines, all combined with cosmopolitan cities, South Africa is a fascinating and beautiful country. Cape Town is a major city, but it boasts some of the most beautiful hiking trails in the world, with views that span dramatic mountain ranges and the sparkling Atlantic Ocean below. Hiking up two iconic peaks – Lions Head and Table Mountain – are must-dos for any avid hiker visiting the area. Local guide Ian will make sure travellers get up and down safely whilst showing the best viewpoints hidden to most tourists. Born and bred in Cape Town, Ian has been taking groups up this mountain since the age of 13, providing him with a wealth of knowledge and experience that is only achievable to those who call Cape Town home.
ToursByLocals offers the four-hour Platteklip Gorge – Table Mountain, A Private Guided Hike tour for £99 for a four-person group (maximum group size of four people). Guiding services are included.
A great place for a shopping adventure is Grand Bazaar in Istanbul, one of the largest and oldest covered markets on the planet, originating in 1461. Wander the Grand Bazaar and backstreets of Istanbul with a local guide to find ceramics that are still made the same way as they were in the fifteenth century. Expert local guide, Mine is an experienced guide who knows the city like the back of her hand, even her way around the labyrinth puzzle of the many bazaars. The tour weaves in exclusive visits to hidden streets that only locals know, followed by a coffee break at one of the city’s oldest coffee shops. The guide will take travellers to the Backstreet Markets to meet creative craftsmen whose skills have been passed down through generations.
ToursByLocals offers the three-hour Istanbul Private Tour of Bazaars and Backstreet Markets for £141 for a four-person group (maximum group size of four people, prices vary according to group size). Guiding services, public transportation tickets, Turkish delight and a refreshing herbal tea are included.
Bulgaria’s largest city is one of Europe’s most compact and walkable capitals – offering travellers a cosmopolitan east-meets-west experience. Travellers can explore Sofia’s many beautiful churches, captivating museums and delicious local cuisine on a private tour with local guide Pavlina. Pavlina is a graduate of the Faculty of Tourism at the Plovdiv University and is an expert in all things Bulgarian tourism; she is well equipped to organise every aspect of a trip including booking hotel accommodation and transfers to and from airports. Top of Pavlina’s itinerary is the Aleksander Nevski Memorial Church, built to honour the 200,000 Russian solders who died fighting for Bulgaria’s independence in 1878. Other highlights include the National Art Gallery, and Parliament Square.
ToursByLocals offers the two-and-a-half Sightseeing Tour of My Sofia for £87 for a ten-person group (maximum group size of ten people). Guiding services are included.