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  • Location:Istanbul, Turkey
  • Duration:3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

Small-Group Grand Bazaar Shopping Tour in Istanbul

Sharpen up your bargaining skills while exploring Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar on this must-do 3.5-hour walking tour. As one the world’s largest covered markets, the Grand Bazaar is home to thousands of shops and stalls spread over nearly 60 blocks. Find the best places to shop in this mystical maze as your local guide introduces to you its best traders and helps you to bag a few bargains!

Numbers are limited to 15 on this small-group tour, ensuring you’ll enjoy personalized attention from your guide.


  • 3.5-hour shopping tour of Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar led by an expert local guide
  • Avoid getting lost in this world-famous souk and seek out the best stalls and shops
  • Learn how to haggle like a local and find a bargain
  • Shop for authentic Turkish keepsakes like locally crafted jewelry, or alabaster pots
  • Small-group tour with a maximum of 15 people ensures a more personalized experience

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What You Can Expect

Small-Group Grand Bazaar Shopping Tour in Istanbul

Small-Group Istanbul Shopping Tour

Meet your guide close to Istanbul’s Çemberlitaş tram station, and then stroll through the city’s bustling streets to reach the Grand Bazaar – easily Europe's most famous souk . Created back in the 15th century, just after the Ottomans conquered Constantinople, this incredible market is one of the oldest, not to mention largest, in the world.

Avoid getting lost in its crazy mazes by exploring every little nook and cranny with your expert local guide on your 3.5-hour walking tour. Catering to every possible shopping whim, the Grand Bazaar is home to nearly 4,000 shops and stalls, selling eye-catching jewelry, intricately woven rugs, hand-painted ceramics and just about everything else you can imagine! While strolling around, your guide will explain some of the market’s fascinating history and point out all the must-visit stalls.

Thriving restaurants, cafes and food traders are sandwiched between the market’s many shops and stalls, so there's plenty of opportunity to grab a Turkish coffee, tea or even find a bite to eat (own expense) as you shop.

Join in the banter with the market traders and learn how to barter for the very best prices. Your friendly guide will teach you all the tips to bag a bargain, so shop 'til your heart is content, knowing that any purchases are at a fair price. Your tour finishes in the market – ideal if you want to continue shopping and browsing at leisure.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Incredible. Definitely to the morning tour - the Bazaar is not crowded. Excellent guide. Lots of information. Lots of fun!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2014

The small-group turned out to be a private tour. Our guide Apo determined what we wanted to see and what we didn't want to see and tailored everything to us. Overall a great experience.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2014

Great tour guide and great tour.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2013

extremely knowledgable and personal guide who took me all over the Grand Bazaar to see things I would never have found on my own. Yuke also helped me by teanslating my bank problem to the person in charge.
A most enjoyable experience in evry respect.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2013

This small group tour turned into me having my own private guide as I was the only one on it. It was fantastic as my guide showed me some great stores and told me what is locally made (which is very little) and the stuff not to buy. We went to a lovely coffee shop and enjoyed some Turkish coffee. Afterwards my guide took me on a walk of the area to look at the local architecture as I had enough of shopping. The guides in Turkey have to complete a 4 year course so are all highly knowledgable and are really friendly.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2013

This tour guide was brilliant no shopping just the history

4 star rating: Recommended December 2014

Ended up getting a private tour with Serhat, which I thoroughly enjoyed, particularly the visit to the silversmith and goldsmith! He was able to answer all my questions (there were lots). The visit to the carpet manufacturer - while somewhat interesting - was not necessary.

4 star rating: Recommended June 2013

There were only the two of us in the tour. We met with the young guide on time. We walked the bazaar and received some interesting inside information.

4 star rating: Recommended February 2013

We were the only ones on this tour so we had personal attention. Our guide, Serhat, was very knowledgeable, friendly and spoke perfect English. He showed us and told us many interesting things. Our only slight criticism was that the tour ended in a carpet outlet, away from the Grand Bazaar, that we did not want or need and was a waste of everyones time.

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4 star rating: Recommended February 2013

Great tour.Gets you into the hidden parts of the Grand Bazaar, the guide is very informative and has good inside knowledge and a few surprises .

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