Silk Road Wonders: A Free Walking Tour of the Grand Bazaar - Small Group

Duration: 2h and 30min
Registered on April 01, 2023

THEY CALL IT CHAOS - WE CALL IT HOME! We're Istanbul Walks, and we're here to show you the real Istanbul: the city that's equal parts ancient history and modern mayhem, where mosques mingle with street art and the air crackles with the scent of baklava and rebellion. ✊ Ditch the guide books and explore hidden alleys, haggle at the Grand Bazaar, sip çay with locals, unearth secret gems🧿, meet vibrant characters – join Istanbul Walks & discover the city's beating heart! No boring history lectures, no overpriced tourist traps. Just real Istanbul, with all its grit, charm, and unexpected delights. We'll show you why this city is more than just a pretty postcard. It's a beating heart, a melting pot, a symphony of spices and laughter and honking horns. It's home. Ready to get lost (and found) in Istanbul? We'll see you on the streets! Follow us on Instagram: @istanbulwalkss #istanbulwalks #chaosishome #getlostinistanbul P.S. We also accept tips in the form of baklava. Just sayin'.

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Tour description

This is a free walking tour of the Grand Bazaar, in which I explain the sections of it and talk about the evolution of the Bazaar through the centuries, as we walk along. During our tour, we usually have a pause in one of the quiet corners of the Bazaar and enjoy a Turkish tea or coffee. 

We will also be passing by a number of shops and I will be explaining what products the shops offer, although we may not always have a chance to enter all of them.

Starting with a breathtaking view of the Grand Bazaar from an old inn nearby, we will walk through the Bazaar and see the secrets it is hiding from unknowing eyes.

As you step into the Bazaar, you'll be transported to a world that has enchanted travellers for centuries.

The Grand Bazaar is a labyrinthine network of mystical and antique shops, all nestled beneath a single, sprawling roof. 

Join me on this tour to see the real riches of the Bazaar rather than the familiar tourist sights!

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What will we visit on this tour?

  • Meeting point:
    Mollafenari, Vezirhan Cd. No:20, 3412...
    Mollafenari, Vezirhan Cd. No:20, 34120 Fatih/İstanbul, Türkiye
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    We will meet in front of the Column of Constantine (Çemberlitaş). I will be holding up a purple umbrella.

  • 1
    Outside visit

    We start in front of the Constantine's Column, which is one of the oldest standing statues in the city.

  • 2
    Outside visit
    Nuruosmaniye Mosque

    One of the finest examples of the Ottoman Baroque style, the mosque rightfully acquired its place in the Tentative List of World Heritage Sites in 2016!

  • 3
    Outside visit
    Kalcılar Han

    One of the earliest inns around the Grand Bazaar, now it houses the best silverware production ateliers and shops.

  • 4
    Outside visit
    Grand Bazaar

    We enter into the intriguing maze called the Grand Bazaar!

  • 5
    Outside visit
    Zincirli Han

    At this inn, we will observe how merchants from all around spend their nights safely within its walls.

  • 6
    Outside visit
    Leather Makers' section

    The famous Leather Market section of the Bazaar.

  • 7
    Outside visit
    Tahtakale Foreign Exchange Market

    This is the unofficial exchange market of the Bazaar, where billions change hands in minutes!

  • 8
    Outside visit
    Main Street of the Bazaar

    This main street of the Bazaar used to be occupied by makers of the fur caps, hence the name.

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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Norma 12 Feb 2024
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Travelled alone - Feb 2024
The Guide was nice and the walk very interesting, good stories about Istanbul .In general interesting and wellcoming.
Zlaz 12 Feb 2024

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Travelled alone - Feb 2024
it was a very interesting tour
Naima 12 Feb 2024

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Travelled alone - Feb 2024
Great tour. Mert was great, charming and giving us plenty of information about the city and the history of it.
Joseph 11 Feb 2024

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Travelled alone - Feb 2024
Our tour guide was very knowledgable! Great and fun experience.
Yuri 11 Feb 2024

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Travelled alone - Feb 2024
The tour was very thorough explaining the history and myths of Istanboul.And our guide, Mertcan, knew how to answer all the extra questions I had for him, he was also very funny.
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Who is this tour for?

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

What should you know?

Minimum of attendees
A minimum of 5 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.
Payment methods
Only cash payment is accepted.