After meeting your guide near Çemberlitaş tram station in Istanbul, make your way through this lively neighborhood to the entrance of the famous Grand Bazaar. Enter the world’s oldest and largest souk and learn how it was built in the 15th century by the Ottomans who defeated and took over Constantinople.
Begin your 3.5 hour walking tour, but remember to keep close to your guide since it’s easy to get lost in the slender alleys and winding corridors of this labyrinth of commerce. Hear how this covered market is home to upwards of 4,000 stalls and shops that provide something for everyone. See striking jewelry, artisan crafted ceramics, traditional Turkish woven rugs and an array of other eclectic crafts. As you roam through this maze, uncover the detailed history of this market and discover its best shops.
Take a break and stop for some traditional Turkish tea or coffee or grab a snack at an eatery which can be easily found in between shops and stalls (own expense).
Listen as your guide explains the tricks of the trade for bargaining with shopkeepers. With your skills honed, search for your favorite items and bargain for great and fair deals. After you finish the tour, bid farewell to your guide and continue shopping and exploring at your leisure.