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Grand Bazaar Tour with Expert & optional Hagia Sophia Ticket

Product ID: 162549
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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. If you like, you can add a skip–the–line ticket to Hagia Sophia.
About this activity
Duration 3 - 4 hours
Skip the ticket line
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
English
Wheelchair accessible
Easy cancellation
Cancel up to 24 hours in advance for a full refund

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Experience

Highlights
  • Savour the history of Grand Bazaar and beyond through the eyes of a local
  • Have access to priority admission tickets to Hagia Sophia to end your day
  • 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. Choose to finish your day with a skip the line admission ticket to the Hagia Sophia.
Includes
  • Expert local guide
  • Small group tour in the Grand Bazaar
  • Skip-the-line admission ticket to the Hagia Sophia – if option selected
What’s Not Included
  • Transport to the meeting point
  • Guided tour of the Hagia Sophia
  • Lunch
  • Personal expenses

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

Meeting point varies depending on option booked.

Important information
Please bring
  • Comfortable shoes
Know before you go
• This tour has two options, the 2-hour Grand Bazaar tour, and the 2-hour Grand Bazaar tour together with the entry ticket to the Hagia Sophia
• Please note that this is not a guided tour of the Hagia Sophia. If you book the option, the guide will give you a skip-the-line entry ticket at the end of the walking tour and you may choose your preferred time to use it, always within the same day
• Kids under 8 years old will be given a discounted price if they can show a photo ID
• This is a walking tour so please wear comfortable shoes