Grand Bazaar and Suleymaniye

Duration: 2h and 30min
Languages: English
Guru: Haktan
Quality Verified Registered on April 03, 2019

Hello, my name is Haktan. I am a licenced tour guide who is in love with Istanbul! I will take you to some amazing places and tell you their even more amazing stories! I studied in the USA and travelled to more than 30 countries joining the walking tours whenever I had a chance. I always dreamt of doing such tours in Istanbul and I got my tour guiding degree and started doing it 3 years ago. So far I've received great reviews and met a lot of amazing people. Looking forward to meeting you! Haktan

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  • Free booking and cancellation
    Free payment tour, no set price, booking and cancellation are free

Tour description

One of the most well-known  masterpieces by Architect Sinan, Suleymaniye represents the peak of Ottoman art and engineering.  Suleymaniye tour definitely requires a guide because there is a detail and an amazing story hidden in every corner of the complex. It's one of my favorite destinations to take my groups.

Grand Bazaar has been the heart of the commercial life of Istanbul for centuries. We are going to visit hidden caravanserais and inns that preserved their historical features. The maze-like streets of the bazaar is definitely a must-see for every visitor and with a local guide it won't be a simply visual experience but one with lots of interesting information and anecdotes...

Useful information for the traveler:
-No ticket is needed for any place we will enter.
-You may want to bring a scarf to enter the mosques.
When the tour ends you will be able to pay the guru whatever you consider fair. Some will pay €10, others $50. It's up to you! (minimum contribution is €10 per person around the world.)

 Looking forward to meeting you!

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  • Meeting point:
    Mollafenari, Vezirhan Cd. No:16 D:18,...
    Mollafenari, Vezirhan Cd. No:16 D:18, 34120 Fatih/İstanbul, Turkey
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    I will be waiting under Column of Constantine (Çemberlitaş) with a tour guide tag and a YELLOW BACKPACK.

How much does this tour cost?

Free tours do not have a set price, instead, each person gives the guru at the end of the tour the amount that he or she considers appropriate (these usually range from €10 to $50 depending on satisfaction with the tour).

Tour opinions

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Vadim 25 Jan 2023
Saint Petersburg

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Travelled alone - Jan 2023
I'm a guide in St. Petersburg and I organize many tours in Russia. And thus I know well what it is to be a good guide. And trust me Haktan is one of the best!!!! I started with "2 Continents 1 City tour" and couldn't help myself... I had 2 days in Istanbul and visited all four of his excursions. All his tours are different and do not overlap each other. He knows how to generate interest and shift attention, uses high-quality humor and personal approach. He always draws attention to interesting details and leaves no chance to feel bored. Haktan showed us secret places and best photo locations, gave advice about hamam and best places to eat with reasonable prices
Ruth 22 Jan 2023
Los Angeles

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Travelled alone - Jan 2023
This guided tour was the highlight of my short first-time visit to Istanbul. The hidden gems and tips that Sultan showed us were amazing. This is a high-quality tour led by a professional and expert that is worth far more than the recommended tip.
Kelly 17 Jan 2023

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Travelled alone - Jan 2023
This was my second tour with Haktan, and if I had more time in Istanbul, I’d be taking all he has to offer! A great way to get oriented and feel comfortable in the Grand Bazaar, while exploring lesser known corners like the caravan and a rooftop cafe with tea, overlooking the area and beyond. A peaceful visit to Suleymaniye Mosque to end the tour, with onward recommendations for food and sights. Just a wonderful experience, thank you Haktan!
Mollie 06 Jan 2023

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Travelled in family - Dec 2022
This was one of 3 tours we did with Haktan and he was a great guide. I was really glad we chose to do the Grand Bazaar tour with him, because we would have been lost otherwise. This is a great way to experience it and learn some interesting history as well.
Eman... 05 Jan 2023

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Travelled in couple - Jan 2023
Tour super interessante, fondamentale la presenza di Haktan nel giro al gran Bazar per scoprire gli angoli più interessanti e avere una panoramica degli usi e costumi turchi. Ottimo tour!
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Who is this tour for?

Non suitable for people with reduced mobility.
Does not accept large group reservations.
Suitable for carrying pets.

What should you know?

Minimum of attendees
A minimum of 4 people is required for the tour.
Additional costs:
The tour does not require the payment of entrance fees or additional expenses.
Free cancellation
If you will not be able to attend the tour, please cancel your booking, otherwise the guide will be waiting for you.
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