Grand Bazaar - Walk in the Oldest Shopping Mall

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Grand Bazaar - Walk in the Oldest Shopping Mall

Step into the chaos of the Grand Bazaar with a local guide who will help you make sense of its nearly 4,000 shops and stalls. Enjoy a workshop on gold melting before stepping out onto a terrace with a great view of Istanbul.

Duration: 4 Hours
Live Guide: English
Pick-up Services: Pick up is availabe from centrally located hotels.

Highlights

  • Visit the Grand Bazaar with a local guide
  • Learn the tricks of how to barter like a local
  • Visit a Gold Workshop where you can see jewelry made

Full Description

Probably the best way to describe the Grand Bazaar is to quote Mark Twain - "We went to the Grand Bazaar in Stamboul, of course, and I shall not describe it further than to say it is a monstrous hive of little shops – thousands. I should say - all under one roof, and cut up into innumerable little blocks by narrow streets which are arched overhead." With more than 4000 shops in 64 streets and with 22 gates, the -Grand Bazaar- or Kapalicarsi as it is in Turkish, looks like a labyrinth.

We must say that this definitely is not a shopping tour - but a walk that will leads you through shops where they sell leather goods, sweets, dried fruit and spices, jewelry, glassware, pottery, fabrics, belly dancing costumes, t-shirts and all sorts of souvenirs. We will visit workshops where you will see how gold is melt in fire, as it has been for centuries; you will witness how the craftsmen fix degrees on carats; you will see how artisans do their engraving on silver.

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Includes

  • Professional Guidance in English
  • Pick up & Drop off Service from/to centrally located hotels.
  • Refreshments

Meeting point

Pick up is availabe from centrally located hotels.

Location

Know Before You Go

  • This tour is only available on Mondays.

About your Host

Istanbul Walks

Istanbul Walks is Tour Operator that organises Daily City Tours and Walking Tours in Istanbul and Turkey with its company owned vehicles. We are licensed as “A Group No 6174” from the ministry of Culture and Tourism...
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