Recent Searches
Clear
Questions? (888) 651-9785(888) 651-9785

Grand Bazaar (Kapali Çarsi) Tours

1,587 Reviews
Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar (Kapali Çarsi) is the ultimate covered market. Its 5,000+ vendors hawk carpets, beaded bracelets, gold and silver jewelry, multicolored lanterns, leather goods, ceramics, belly-dancing outfits, and more. With goods that span all price ranges, you’ll find the perfect souvenir in the bazaar’s labyrinthine alleys.
 
The Basics
Getting lost in the Grand Bazaar is part of the experience, as every twist and turn reveals interesting Turkish goods. Built in the 15th century during the Ottoman era, the market remains an active and lively center of commerce—and today, tourism—in Istanbul.
 
Explore the best stalls on a guided shopping tour. Many Istanbul sightseeing tours combine the Grand Bazaar with the Spice Bazaar or with other sights in Istanbul’s Sultanahmet district, including the Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sophia Museum (Aya Sofya), and the Basilica Cistern.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • The Grand Bazaar is a must-visit for history buffs, carpet enthusiasts, and shopaholics.
  • Don’t be afraid to haggle; it’s expected.
  • Wear comfortable shoes—you will be on your feet as you explore the vast market.
  • Be prepared to take your time. The Grand Bazaar is large and it’s easy to get lost.
  • The bazaar is accessible to wheelchair users, though there is a 4-inch (10-centimeter) drop at most entrances and some lanes are quite narrow.

How to Get There
The Grand Bazaar, a 20-minute walk from Sultanahmet Square, has many different entrances. One main entrance is a short walk from the Beyazit tram stop; another is behind the Spice Bazaar, not far from the Eminonu tram stop. Taxis are a convenient option.

When to Get There
The market is open from 9am to 7pm Monday through Saturday; it is closed on various Turkish and religious holidays. Beat the crowds—and possibly strike better deals—in the morning or close to closing time.

Buying a Carpet in the Grand Bazaar
Many Istanbul visitors aim to pick up a Turkish carpet. The buying process in the Grand Bazaar involves haggling over a price while sipping Turkish tea. Take your time to speak with the seller and have a sense of what you’re looking for in a carpet. Don’t be afraid to walk away from the sale, as the carpet seller will often lower the price to keep you in the shop.
Address: Kalpakçılar Caddesi, Istanbul 34357, Turkey
Admission: Free
Read More

130 Tours & Activities to Experience

Category
Select Dates
Today
Tomorrow
Filter




Sort: Featured
Free Cancellation:Get a full refund up to 24 hours in advance on most experiences.See Details
Sort by:Featured
Cultural Tours

NEW TO VIATOR

Hiking in the old town of Istanbul

Let's visit the Blue Mosque in the Old Town, the Church of St. Sophia, the Old Palace, the Hippodrome, and the Grand Bazaar. These classics are all inside the old town. You can walk to visit. And we went to see the biggest market in Istanbul. This place also has a history. Also used before. Now this place of the world is a place where tourists come to play.
...  More
  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
From  
US$56.21
From  
US$56.21
Learn More
  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Bus & Minivan Tours

Small-Group Istanbul in One Day Tour Including Topkapi Palace and Hagia Sophia

Immerse yourself in Istanbul’s six best sights on this guided full-day tour. Fit all of the attractions at the top of your bucket list into one packed day, with the help of an expert local guide. Stroll Istanbul’s historic Sultanahmet neighborhood, brimming with iconic buildings and storied streets. Tour the Blue Mosque, one of the most important sites in the Muslim world. Delve into history of the Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, and Istanbul Hippodrome as well as the sunken palace of Basilica Cistern. And you won’t want to miss the and the bustling Grand Bazaar or savory 3-course lunch. This tour is limited to 14 people to ensure a quality tour experience.
...  More
  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
From  
US$90.00
From  
US$90.00
Learn More
  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Private Sightseeing Tours

Best of Istanbul: 1, 2 or 3-Day Private Guided Tour

Prepare to be awed by Istanbul’s magnificent architecture, rich history and eclectic bazaars as you discover the unmissable highlights of the Old City on this full-day, 2-day, or 3-day private tour. Marvel over the glorious Hagia Sophia, learn how the Blue Mosque earned its famous nickname and see the ancient Basilica Cistern. Tour Topkapi Palace to gain an insight into the lavish lifestyles of the Ottoman sultans and their harem, and browse the legendary Grand Bazaar, where you find everything from carpets to Turkish delight.
...  More
  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
From  
US$140.00
From  
US$140.00
Learn More
  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Private Sightseeing Tours

Private Tour: Istanbul in One Day Sightseeing Tour including Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace

Experience the finest attractions in Istanbul’s Sultanahmet district during this private, guided day tour of the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace. Marvel at these famous monuments alongside your expert guide who will give you individual attention on this private voyage.
...  More
  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
From  
US$134.00
From  
US$134.00
Learn More
  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Cultural Tours

Morning Istanbul: Half-Day Tour with Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Hippodrome and Grand Bazaar

See the sights of Istanbul on a half-day tour that takes in the city’s famous historical landmarks and cultural sites. You’ll see Hagia Sophia, the Hippodrome, the Blue Mosque and the Grand Bazaar. Entrance fees are included, as is hotel pickup for your convenience.
...  More
  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
From  
US$38.00
From  
US$38.00
Learn More
  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Day Trips

Small Group Tour: Essential Istanbul

Explore the top attractions in Sultanahmet (the old city) on a full-day tour with a knowledgeable guide. Take in UNESCO World Heritage Sites and famous monuments in Istanbul including the stunning Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque and Hippodrome. Then follow your guide through the Grand Bazaar, browsing the shops of hundreds of vendors with an array of textiles, jewelry, perfumes, spices and more. Your guide shares the long history of Istanbul with your small group, which is limited to 10 participants to ensure a more intimate experience.
...  More
  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
From  
US$59.00
From  
US$59.00
Learn More
  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Private Sightseeing Tours

Best of Istanbul: 1 or 2 Day Private Tour

Make your Istanbul adventure totally unique with a 1- to 2-day private sightseeing tour. Opt for a single day and see the whole of the Old City, plus the Grand Bazaar. Extend the tour to include a second day and visit the Spice Bazaar, Dolmabahce Palace, Taksim, and Istiklal Street, plus a Bosphorus cruise. Please note that your guide is happy to alter the itinerary completely to accommodate your personal interests.
...  More
  • 2 days
  • Free Cancellation
From  
US$150.00
From  
US$150.00
Learn More
  • 2 days
  • Free Cancellation

Walking Tours

Historic Off the Beaten Path Tour of the Real Istanbul

Discover Istanbul on a full-day tour that travels on foot and public transit to historic landmarks and local cultural hubs. Start by touring the Hippodrome, Serefiye Cistern and Grand Bazaar, then take a break for Turkish coffee, pastry and hookah (tobacco pipe). Visit the book and paper market Sahaflar Çarşısı, which started in the Byzantine era, then tour Istanbul University. Continue to Suleymaniye Mosque, the Spice Bazaar and the Church of St George before winding through the districts of Fener and Balat — the old Greek and Jewish neighborhoods.
...  More
  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
From  
US$78.69
From  
US$78.69
Learn More
  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Multi-day Tours

8 Days Small Group Turkey Tour Istanbul, Ephesus, Pamukkale, Konya, Cappadocia

Istanbul - Cappadocia - Konya  - Pamukkale - Ephesus - Istanbul.  7 nights & 8 days Domestic flights from Istanbul to Cappadocia and from Izmir to Istanbul are included. Fully guides in 4 and 5 star hotels .This is the best program to visit popular highlights in a short time. We will visit Topkapi Palace, St. Sophia, Hipodromme, Blue Mosque, Grand bazaar in Istanbul. Ephesus, The House of Virgin Mary, Artemission temple in Ephesus, White Terraces and Hierapolis in Pamukkale, Whirling Dervishes museum in Konya, Underground city, Goreme, Uchisar in Cappadocia and many more.
...  More
  • 8 days
From  
US$869.00
From  
US$869.00
Learn More
  • 8 days

Cultural Tours

Private Istanbul Tour from Istanbul Hotels and Port

Experience the very best of historic Istanbul with a private, 6-hour tour of the city’s most important sites and landmarks. Enjoy the flexibility of a private tour to set your own pace, with plenty of time to see the places that interest you most. Visit the stunning Hagia Sophia and Blue Mosque, then learn about royal intrigues, courtiers and harems in Topkapi Palace. See the Byzantine architecture of the hippodrome and soak up the sights and sounds of Turkish culture at the vibrant Grand Bazaar.
...  More
  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
From  
US$110.00
From  
US$110.00
Learn More
  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Multi-day Tours

7 Day Private Turkey Adventure from Istanbul

Visit four of Turkey’s UNESCO World Heritage sites, from stunning natural landscapes to remarkable Roman ruins on this 7-day small-group tour from Istanbul, including accommodation and domestic flights. An ideal introduction for first-time visitors, you’ll walk the WWI battlefields of Gallipoli, see the famous Trojan Horse of Troy and relive the glory of ancient Ephesus. That’s not all: the jam-packed itinerary also includes Pamukkale, the ancient city of Hierapolis, the Mevlana Museum of Konya, and the fairy chimneys of Cappadocia.
...  More
  • 7 days
From  
US$2,490.00
From  
US$2,490.00
Learn More
  • 7 days

City Tours

Istanbul City Tour

Experience Turkey’s Ottoman and Byzantine eras during this full-day guided Istanbul city tour in the Sultanahmet district. Aboard a comfortable coach, head to top attractions like Topkapi Palace, Blue Mosque, and the UNESCO-listed museum Hagia Sophia. Witness the lively atmosphere of one of the world’s largest covered markets - the Grand Bazaar. Prior to lunch, enjoy engaging stories about sultans and their harems and other Istanbul lore from your friendly local guide.
...  More
  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
From  
US$78.69
From  
US$78.69
Learn More
  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation

City Tours

Full-Day City Tour with Private Tour Guide and Red Carpet Treatment with Luxury Minibus

Enjoy a royal welcome to Istanbul as you’re picked up by a private guide, escorted around the sights in a luxurious Mercedes-Benz minibus and whisked to the front of the queue at the city’s most popular attractions. A great introduction to Istanbul for first-time visitors, this full-day tour includes visits to the historic Hippodrome, the exquisite Blue Mosque and iconic Hagia Sophia. You’ll also experience the lavish lifestyles of the Ottoman Sultans with a tour of Topkapi Palace and spend time browsing the colorful stalls of the Grand Bazaar.
...  More
  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
From  
US$140.00
From  
US$140.00
Learn More
  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Private Sightseeing Tours

Private Tour: Istanbul Highlights and Nakkas Cistern

Discover some of Istanbul’s most popular attractions, tuck into some traditional Turkish cuisine and venture off-the-beaten-track on this full-day private tour, including lunch. Enjoy the undivided attention of your expert guide as you admire the beautiful dome of the Blue Mosque, explore the notorious harem of Topkapi Palace and tour the UNESCO-listed Hagia Sophia. Stop to sip Turkish coffee and haggle over souvenirs at the legendary Grand Bazaar, before visiting the little-known Nakkas Cistern, an underground Byzantine cistern that now hosts a fascinating exhibition on the city’s ancient Hippodrome.
...  More
  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
From  
US$99.00
From  
US$99.00
Learn More
  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Cultural Tours

Private istanbul tour

Dive headfirst into the world-famous attractions of Istanbul’s Old Town on a private 8-hour tour. The well-rounded itinerary takes you to Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Hippodrome, and Topkapi Palace, plus a shopping visit at the Grand Bazaar. It would be overwhelming to tackle the short list independently in one day. But with your knowledgeable guide at your side, you're treated to a relaxing and thorough sightseeing experience.
...  More
  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
From  
US$50.00
From  
US$50.00
Learn More
  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Cultural Tours

SPECIAL OFFER

Half Day Morning Istanbul Old City Tour

Discover Istanbul's rich Culture and history with our experienced guides. Skip the Museum Ticket Queues with your guide. Visit Hagia Sophia Museum, Blue Mosque, Hippodrome and Grand Bazaar in a Half Day Tour
...  More
  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
From  
US$32.04
US$33.73
US$1.69 savings
From  
US$32.04
US$33.73
US$1.69 savings
Learn More
  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Cultural Tours

NEW TO VIATOR

Istanbul Flexi : Best of Istanbul 1-2-3 Day packages

Unique Price Offer for mini group up to 8 people. Istanbul Flexi : Best of Istanbul 1-2-3 Day packages is a flexible solution for those who needs a comprehensive tour of the city by a certified guide. The program can be customized according to your needs. The program explores both Istanbul banks including back street to find out and taste the local cuisine while balancing its content with the highlights of Istanbul: Topkapı Palace, Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Golden Horne, Asian Side with Kadıköy and Üsküdar, Pera and Galata including Istiklal Avenue and Taksim Square, Pierre Loti and Eyüp Mosque, Spice Bazaar, Dolmabahçe Palace and Bosphorus Strait with a nice cruise. Sample of Days Structures1 Day Istanbul Flexi: Visit Topkapi Palace, Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Basilica Cistern, Grand Bazaar.2 Days Istanbul Flexi: Day 1: Idem Day 2: Spice Market, Bosphorus Cruise, Dolmabahce Palace, Taksim Square, Istiklal Street. 3 Days Istanbul Flexi: All above + Kadıköy + Eyüp - Golden Horne
...  More
  • 8 to 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
From  
US$168.63
From  
US$168.63
Learn More
  • 8 to 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Private Sightseeing Tours

Highlights of Istanbul: 1 or 2-Day Private Guided Tour

There’s so much to see and do in Istanbul, it can be overwhelming for first-time visitors. This private 1- or 2-day tour is the perfect way to maximize your time. Tick off top attractions such as Topkapi Palace; admire architectural wonders like the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia; cruise along the Bosphorus between Europe and Asia; and shop for souvenirs at the famous Grand Bazaar.
...  More
  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
From  
US$112.42
From  
US$112.42
Learn More
  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Cultural Tours

Private Guided Istanbul Day Tour

Take the time to explore Istanbul’s most magnificent sites at your own pace with a full-day, guided tour of the city's historic places and landmarks. Follow in the footsteps of charioteers and Roman soldiers at the Hippodrome, then see the arcing tiles of the Blue Mosque. Listen for the whispers of courtiers and sultans inside Topkapi Palace, then see Hagia Sophia’s stunning murals and minarets. Browse the vibrant displays at the iconic Grand Bazaar, with inside tips on the best places to find carpets, handicrafts and local souvenirs.
...  More
  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
From  
US$120.00
From  
US$120.00
Learn More
  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Shopping Tours

Turkish Shopping Experience From Istanbul

Fill your bags with souvenirs, spices and exquisite handicrafts with a 4-hour shopping tour of Istanbul’s most renowned markets and shops. Get inside tips on bargaining as you browse the sprawling aisles of the Grand Bazaar and Spice Market. Meet local craftsmen and producers while searching for the perfect Turkish carpets and ceramics, choosing the highest-quality leather clothing and bags, or finding unique jewelry and gems. Shop Istanbul with a local to find the souvenirs of your dreams.
...  More
  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
From  
US$39.00
From  
US$39.00
Learn More
  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Cultural Tours

NEW TO VIATOR

Full Day Highlights of Istanbul Old City incl Lunch

The ideal introduction for first-time visitors to Istanbul, this attraction-packed, full-day tour covers the most popular landmarks in the one-time Ottoman capital. See where hundreds of thousands of spectators once gathered in the Hippodrome, watch a handicrafts demonstration at the Grand Bazaar, and marvel at centuries-old attractions in the Hagia Sophia Museum and Topkapi Palace. Tours include a multi-course Turkish lunch.
...  More
  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
From  
US$67.45
From  
US$67.45
Learn More
  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Private Sightseeing Tours

SPECIAL OFFER

Private Tour Istanbul Classics with Local Expert Guide

Don’t worry about organizing your own excursions around Istanbul: discover the city’s top sights in one day, and leave all the planning to someone else, when you book this private tour. Meet your guide in the morning at your local hotel, and set off. You can look forward to discovering world-renowned landmarks like the Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Grand Bazaar, Topkapi Palace, and more in a single day. You’ll also enjoy a traditional Turkish lunch as part of your itinerary.
...  More
  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
From  
US$126.47
US$140.52
US$14.05 savings
From  
US$126.47
US$140.52
US$14.05 savings
Learn More
  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Walking Tours

Istanbul Small-Group Walking Tour: Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace and Grand Bazaar

Head back in time and discover the old world of the Sultanahmet area during this full-day small-group guided walking tour in Istanbul. This tour explores the amazing UNESCO World Heritage-listed Hagia Sophia Museum and the Blue Mosque which exemplify why Istanbul is the city where east meets west. Enjoy a walk through the famous Topkapi Palace where Sultan's roamed and harems flourished. Plus, spend time observing the Hagia Irene’s Byzantine architecture and stroll through the Grand Bazaar to witness handicrafts created by local artists.
...  More
  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
From  
US$78.69
From  
US$78.69
Learn More
  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Private Sightseeing Tours

Private Half-day Tour: Imperial Istanbul - Hagia Sophia, Basilica Cistern and Grand Bazaar

Explore the fascinating history of Hagia Sophia, Basilica Cistern and Grand Bazaar during this half-day privately guided tour of imperial Istanbul. Discover the ancient church, former mosque and now internationally famous museum, the Hagia Sophia. This tour will wind you through the Grand Bazaar where you can haggle for Turkish treasures and then take you 500 feet below ground into the historic Basilica Cistern where a James Bond once thwarted evil plans.
...  More
  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
From  
US$42.00
From  
US$42.00
Learn More
  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation


Book online or call
(888) 651-9785
(888) 651-9785