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4 Hours
Istanbul
Istanbul
Min Age : 6
Max People : 4
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PRIVATE TOUR

Due to its unique location, Istanbul has always been a gateway from east to west or vice versa, making it a very important commerce hub. Historically, Istanbul has always played a strategic role both for Silk and Spice trade routes. Eastern spices and silk products were stocked and shipped from Istanbul to Europe. The famous Grand Bazaar and Spice Bazaar were meeting points of western and eastern traders where they exchanged goods and products.

Shopping is fun when you know the right places. And Grand Bazaar is a paradise on earth in terms of shopping. There are over 4000 shops in and around the market. From antiques to silverware, silk products to calligraphy, hand-woven carpets to gold jewelry a huge variety of handicrafts are available at the bazaar. Let our expert guides lead you away from the tourist traps to see the real heart of this historic place.

Highlights of Bazaar Day in Istanbul Program

In this itinerary you can find our favorite stores, hidden corners and eateries of both the Grand and Spice Bazaar. 

  • Grand Bazaar: With its 66 streets and over 4000 shops, the Grand Bazaar is the biggest covered market in the world. From high end jewelry to leather purses, hand-made Turkish carpets to copper work, Iznik tiles to calligraphy a wide selection of products are available in the bazaar. In most of the stores bargaining is customary although there are fix price shops as well. The bazaar is also a historical landmark of the city. It was built in 1461 by Conquerer Sultan Mehmet the 2nd. The massive market is considered as an architectural masterpiece as well.

 

  • Zincirli Han: This is one of the many hans (inns) of the Grand Bazaar. Hans, in the past, were places for traveler merchants to sleep and do their business. Normally a han would be formed by a courtyard, fountain in the middle of the courtyard for washing or purification, a kitchen or coffee place and of course shops and workshops. Inns specialised in different crafts. Most hans in the bazaar were dedicated to a particular craft. Today some of the hans are still specialised in a specific craft such as silver, leather or textile. The place is very authentic and live. You can still find artists or smiths hands-on working, the little coffee shop at the corner serves teas and coffees to its neighbor shops. 
  • Cevahir Bedesteni: This Antique Old Bazaar is the oldest part of the Grand Bazaar.  It is also called as Old Antique Bazaar. Cevahir Bedesteni dating back to 15th century still retains the original warehouse design of the bazaar. This section of the bazaar hosts nearly 120 shops. It has four different entrances which makes you feel like you are in a maze. From old watches to calligraphy artworks, religious rosaries to hand-made Iznik tiles almost all kinds of handicraft is available at this part of the bazaar. Although the most common product is silver, that’s why it is also known as the silver bazaar among the locals.
  • Spice Bazaar: Built in 1664, it is one of the most colorful bazaars of the city. Historically, Istanbul has always been a gateway from Europe to Asia and vice versa. Therefore, Indian spices were shipped to Istanbul and from there distributed to several different areas of Europe. Today, the bazaar is still home for wide range of spices. Turkish delights, dried fruits and vegetables, nuts, saffron and caviar is also available as well as spices.

Pick-up / Drop-off Location

In Front of Cistern Basilica – In front of Spice Bazaar

Departure Time

Flexible

Price Includes

  • Professional shopper guide specialized in hand crafts, arts objects (Private Tour)
  • Local taxes
  • Walking tour
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