Grand Bazaar (Kapali Carsi) Tours

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The Grand Bazaar, or Kapali Carsi, is the mother of all markets, a treasure trove of gifts, souvenirs, essentials and fripperies. Heading into the cavernous bazaar from the daylight, it takes a minute for your eyes to adjust to this Arabian Nights visual feast of glimmering Turkish lights, brightly colored rugs and flickering candles.

Crammed into more than 60 domed alleys or streets, around 5,000 stallholders hold court in the labyrinthine covered market, parts of which date back to Byzantine days.

Calligraphy, carpets, beaded bracelets, gold and silver jewelry, curly-toed slippers, multicolored lanterns, flower-bedecked ceramics and belly-dancing outfits are just the tip of the iceberg in this shoppers’ cornucopia.

Practical Info

The Grand Bazaar is a few streets back from the waterfront in Sultanahmet. It's best reached from Divan Yolu, Sultanahmet's main thoroughfare.

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Address: Kalpakçılar Caddesi, Istanbul 34357, Turkey
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Hours: Open Mon-Sat: 9am-7pm
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Admission: Free
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Full Day: Classic Istanbul Tour Including Blue Mosque, Hippodrome, Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace

Experience Istanbul’s timeless sights on a full-day tour of the city’s stunning historic places. Listen for the ancient echoes of pounding hooves and charioteers at Hippodrome Square and spot the distinctive tiles of the Blue Mosque. See the Byzantine mosaics and minarets of St. Sophia, then follow in the footsteps of powerful sultans, courtiers and generals at Topkapi Palace, where Ottomans ruled for hundreds of years. Visit an Orthodox church turned Ottoman mosque before finishing your tour in the vibrant Grand Bazaar, browsing bright displays of handicrafts, carpets and souvenirs.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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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.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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  • Duration: 4 hours
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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, Blue Mosque 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.
  • Duration: 7 hours
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Istanbul Sightseeing Tour Including Grand Bazaar, Suleymaniye Mosque and Sultanahmet

Let a local guide show you around Istanbul during a half-day tour of this stunning city, which dates back to the Ottoman Empire. You’ll walk to unmistakable icons and hard-to-find spots that make Istanbul so captivating. See the Hippodrome and Divanyolu; visit Sultanahmet Camii (Blue Mosque), Süleymaniye Mosque and Rustem Pasa Mosque; and explore the labyrinthine Grand Bazaar and Spice Bazaar. Stop en route for tea at a local teahouse.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Istanbul Highlights Private Tour From Istanbul With Port or Hotel Pickup

Be treated like a Sultan on a private tour of Istanbul, and let your own personal guide show you around the city. See highlights of the former Ottoman Empire including the Hippodrome, Blue Mosque, Topkapı Palace, Hagia Sophia and Grand Bazaar. You'll travel with a professional driver in the personalized comfort of a luxury minivan from your hotel or cruise port.
  • Duration: 6 hours
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Heart of Historical Istanbul with St Sophia, Topkapi Palace, Blue Mosque, Hippodrome, Underground Cistern Grand Covered Bazaar

If you’re visiting Istanbul for the first time, check all of the city’s top attractions off your list on this 7-hour historical Istanbul tour. In an air-conditioned vehicle, you’ll travel between the world-famous Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, and the Basilica Cistern, a subterranean sanctuary dating back to the 6th century. See, too, the magnificent Topkapi Palace and learn about Istanbul’s rich culture and heritage from your guide. Hotel pickup and drop-off are included on this small-group tour, limited to 14 people.
  • Duration: 7 hours
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Istanbul Old City Private Tour - Sultanahmet Tour

Discover the great sights of Istanbul’s historical Sultanahmet quarter on this private 7-hour tour. With your own professional guide beside you, listen to intriguing tales of Istanbul’s Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman past as you visit the must-see attractions of the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace. Be dazzled by the still-luminous treasures of these three great empires, and intersperse the major sights with lunch (own expense) at a local restaurant, and explorations of the Hippodrome, Basilica Cistern and dizzying Grand Bazaar.
  • Duration: 7 hours
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Istanbul Old City Private Walking Tour

Discover Sultanahmet, the Old City of Istanbul, on a private full-day walking tour with an informative local guide. Visit Istanbul’s many architectural treasures including the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace. Stroll around the Hippodrome, explore the Grand Bazaar and go underground to check out the Basilica Cistern, an atmospheric gem. You’ll gain insight into the history and importance of these sites, which date back to the Byzantine and Ottoman eras, on a private tour that includes lunch, entrance fees, and pickup and drop-off at select hotels.
  • Duration: 7 hours
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Byzantine Half-Day Tour Of Istanbul

Discover the grand churches and and landmarks of Byzantine Istanbul on a half-day, small-group tour of the city by air-conditioned minivan. Explore Hagia Sophia, a crown jewel of Christian Constantinople, and learn the soaring church's dramatic history. Step back into a time of fierce chariot races and grand ceremonies at the hippodrome, then see the iconic tiles and artwork of the Blue Mosque. Finish your day with a guided visit of the legendary Grand Bazaar, and browse vivid displays of carpets, handicrafts and local foods.
  • Duration: 5 hours
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Istanbul Combo: Classic City Tour and Bosphorus Cruise

Follow winding streets to domes, minarets and vibrant markets on a full-day, private tour of Istanbul’s most iconic sites. Enjoy the flexibility of a private tour, so you can fully experience the sites that interest you most. Enter the Old City gates to discover Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, Hippodrome Square and a pair of remarkable bazaars, then finish the day with an optional sightseeing cruise on the Bosphorus.
  • Duration: 7 hours
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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. You’ll also tour Topkapi Palace, where you’ll gain an insight into the lavish lifestyles of the Ottoman sultans and their harem, and browse the legendary Grand Bazaar, where you’ll find everything from carpets to Turkish delight.
  • Duration: 7 hours
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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.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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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.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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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.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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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.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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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.
  • Duration: 7 hours
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  • Duration: 7 hours
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Small-Group Istanbul Old City Sightseeing Tour

See the unforgettable landmarks of Istanbul’s old city on a full-day, small-group sightseeing tour with a professional art historian. Enjoy a comfortable seat on a luxury coach as you make your way to Hagia Sophia, descend into a stunning below-ground cistern system and explore a Roman-era hippodrome. Pause for a 3-course lunch before continuing to the Blue Mosque, the Ottoman Topkapi Palace and the bustling stalls of the Grand Bazaar, and get an insider’s perspective on the back stories and secrets of each place.
  • Duration: 9 hours
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  • Duration: 9 hours
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Private Tour: Discovering Istanbul

A great choice for first-timers or cruise visitors, this private morning or afternoon tour takes in the highlights of Istanbul’s UNESCO-listed historic quarter. Learn about Istanbul’s two great empires, as you stroll through the Byzantine Hippodrome and tour the opulent Ottoman palace of Topkapi. Keep your camera to hand as you visit the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia, two of the city’s most magnificent works of architecture. Finally, soak up hundreds of years of history as you wander around the Grand Bazaar, with plenty of time for souvenir shopping.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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  • Duration: 8 hours
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Private Tour: Ottoman Istanbul Full-Day Tour

Witness the must-see wonders of Ottoman Istanbul on this full-day private tour. With your own expert guide, explore top Istanbul attractions including the Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace and Grand Bazaar, and visit the glorious Hagia Sophia, the 6th-century basilica turned into an Ottoman mosque in 1453. Learn about Istanbul’s fascinating history from your guide, and stop midway for a delicious included lunch at a local restaurant. Upgrade to make your visit to the Hagia Sophia in the early morning or evening, so you can enjoy its treasures without the crowds.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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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.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Imperial Istanbul Half-Day Tour: Hagia Sophia, Basillica Cistern and Grand Bazaar

Venture to imperial monuments rich with history and discover the Hagia Sophia, Basilica Cistern and the Grand Bazaar during this half-day guided tour in Istanbul. Gaze at the Hagia Sophia’s massive columns and dome during a visit to one of the world’s largest basilicas and most popular museums in Turkey. This tour will take you underground to Basilica Cistern which was once the backbone of the Great Palace of Constantinople. Enjoy a trip to the Grand Bazaar where you can barter for souvenirs and feel the pulse of one of the oldest and largest covered markets on the planet.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Istanbul Highlights Morning Tour

Get the perfect introduction to Istanbul’s history, art and culture with a 4-hour tour through the heart of the Old City. Take in slender minarets, tiled mosaics and frescoes at Hagia Sophia and the Blue Mosque, then see the historic landmarks of Hippodrome Square, where ancient charioteers and athletes competed for Byzantine emperors. Learn to navigate the sprawling aisles of the Grand Bazaar, with inside tips on shopping for Turkish carpets and handicrafts.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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  • Duration: 4 hours
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Private Tour: Highlights of Istanbul

Get an overview of Istanbul’s most notable sights on this private full-day tour. Meet your guide at your hotel and depart in an air-conditioned vehicle equipped with WiFi to keep you connected. Visit the Hippodrome, the Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sophia, and the Grand Bazaar. Learn about Istanbul’s history from your guide.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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  • Duration: 8 hours
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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.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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