Istanbul, Turkey

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clock-o3 hours 30 minutes (Approx.)
TransportHotel pickup offered
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commentOffered in: English

Overview

Perfect your haggling abilities in the heart of the Grand Bazaar during this 3.5-hour small-group guided walking tour in Istanbul. With more than 60 blocks of bustling stalls and shops, the Grand Bazaar is one of the biggest covered markets on the planet. Stroll this labyrinth alongside your expert guide and discover the finest merchants and even try your luck bargaining for crafts and souvenirs. This tour is limited to 15 people to provide a more intimate atmosphere with 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
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.

Reviews

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J
, Jul 2016

Great tour guide very informative with alot of knowledge and history for the Grand Bazaar

L
, May 2016

Serhat was a fantastic guide, he showed us around his Grand Bazaar with great pride and insiders knowledge. There were only 2 of us which made it very special and Serhat was in no hurry to move us on. He explained the art of bargaining and took us to some special places we would never have found on our own. At the end of the tour he recommended a place for lunch which was amazing and also ensured we knew our way back to the hotel. Thank you Serhat for the introduction to wonderful Istanbul.

L
, Feb 2016

Serhat took my husband and I on a private tour of the Bazaar, very interesting and fun. I definitely would not have been able to appreciate the history and see the little hans, gold and silversmiths with out Serhat. Went in the morning when all the shopkeepers were just opening and setting up for the day, the best time as the bazaar was not crowded.

K
, Aug 2015

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

W
, Aug 2015

We didn't see enough of the Grand Bazaar - instead we were taken to a rug shop outside the bazaar when noone wanted to see or purchase a rug.

Turkish delight shop was excellent

J
, Dec 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.

B
, Sep 2014

The company did not realize there were no tours to this site on Sundays so I was postponed until the following weekend and had to change my travel plans.
Only one person (me) on the tour. Kind of short, guide seemed in a hurry to get away.

w
, Sep 2014

this tour was nice and the tour guide was so friendly, we really enjoyed it! however there were no drop off hotel facility, while it was clearly mentioned into the voucher that it is included! we had to return by taxi!! what is more that we nobody picked up us from hotel till 1 hour and we had to call the contact person, then they had arrived but very lately, so we had lost approx. 1.5 hrs of our tour.

J
, Aug 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.

K
, Jul 2014

was to much on history and how the Bazaar came about and about the gold and silver we just wanted to shop hence why we went on a shopping tour


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