Guided tour

Grand Bazaar Tour with Expert

Grand Bazaar Tour with Expert

From $41.02 per person

Explore the Grand Bazaar with a professional guide. Make your way through this ever-changing maze with local knowledge about the oldest shops, exotic goods and talented craftsmen.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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Covid-19 precautions
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Duration 3 hours
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Live tour guide
English, German
Wheelchair accessible

Experience

Highlights
  • Savour the history of Grand Bazaar and beyond through the eyes of a local
  • Follow your expert guide as he talks about the bazaar's intricate geography and swarming passageways
  • Be shown the best stalls and merchants for your purchases and learn the art of haggling
Full description
Enjoy the charm of Grand Bazaar in Istanbul with the company of a small group tour and a local expert guide. Start your walk on one of the high streets to get a feel of the atmosphere of a covered market that goes back to 15th Century. Learn about the Ottoman Empire and the local way of life today walking through a maze of 4000 shops, 66 streets, 14 inns and 11 gates. Navigate your way through the busy and winding backstreets of the bazaar with your local guide. Delve into the treasure trove of Turkish artisan crafts. Go beyond the standard carpet showrooms and put your hands on vintage and rare pieces available for small group tours. Relax on richly decorated bedspreads, suzani and Ottoman caftans in silk, cotton and velvet. Visit some of the more curious corners of the bazaar, such as the money market, a dark passage where illegal but tolerated currency trading takes place between the vendors.  Enjoy a cup of tea overlooking the bazaar as you learn about the its infrastructure. Feel comfortable getting the price right which can be particularly frustrating, and learn why Turkish merchants expect you to bargain.
Includes
  • Expert local guide
  • Small-group tour (maximum 12 people)
  • Transport to the meeting point
  • Lunch
  • Personal expenses
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All required protective equipment is provided
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds

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Meeting point

House of Medusa Restaurant in Sultanahmet, 50 meters from the Basilica Cistern

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes

Know before you go

  • This is a walking tour so please wear comfortable shoes.
Customer reviews

Overall rating

5 /5

based on 2 reviews

Review summary

  • Value for money
    5/5
  • Safety
    5/5
  • Service
    5/5
  • Organization
    5/5

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Great tour with a super guide

Our guide Mustafa was very knowledgeable and knew all the ins and out of the Grand Bazaar. He had a lot of informations to share with us beyond the specifics of our tour. Enjoyed that tour very much.

October 31, 2018

Un guide d'une gentillesse et d'une patiente incroyable. Merci beaucoup

October 7, 2020

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