turkey travel, travel to turkey, turkey tours and travel, tours to turkey, turkey tours
* Istanbul Shopping Tour * (1/2 day)

This entertaining and educational walking tour starts at the Grand Bazaar and ends at the Egyptian Spice Bazaar. (Available everyday.)


Around 10:30 AM, you'll be picked up from your hotel.
We will begin our day by visiting the Nuruosmaniye District, with its delightful jewelry stores and carpet (hali) shops; we'll then swing by the Grand Bazaar (Kapali carsi - "covered market" in Turkish).

* Grand Bazaar: this is one of the largest and oldest covered markets in the world, with more than 58 streets and over 4,000 shops attracting between 250,000 and half-a-million visitors every day!
The Bazaar's construction began in 1455 and opened in 1461, and is still renowned today for its jewelry, ceramics, spices, textiles, and of course, carpet shops. Many of these shops are grouped together according to the wares being sold.
The Bazaar contains two bedestens (domed masonry structures built for storage and safe-keeping), the first being constructed between 1455 and 1461 by the order of Sultan Mehmed the Conqueror. The bazaar was vastly expanded in the 16th century, during the reign of Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent, and, in 1894, underwent a major restoration following an earthquake.
Today, the Grand Bazaar houses two mosques, two hamams, four fountains, and multiple restaurants and cafes. This sprawling complex consists of 12 major buildings and has 22 entrances.

After the Grand Bazaar, we will take an enlightening walking tour down to the water front near Eminonu. You'll see hundreds of interesting shops lined up cozily side-by-side. Of course, there will be time for for a break at a typical Turkish cafe before indulging our taste buds in the Egyptian Spice Bazaar, tasting lokum (Turkish Delight) and other sweets.

* Egyptian Spice Bazaar (Misir carsisi): One of the oldest bazaars in the city. Located in the neighborhood of Eminonu, it is also the second-largest covered shopping area in Istanbul after the Grand Bazaar.
There are several documents suggesting the original name of this bazaar was "New Bazaar". However, due to the fact that many spices were imported via Egypt during the Ottoman period, the name "Misir" was favored by the public. The word "misir" has a double meaning in Turkish: "Egypt" and "maize". This is why sometimes the name is wrongly translated as "Corn Bazaar". The bazaar was (and still is) the heart of spice trading in Istanbul.The structure itself is part of the külliye of New Mosque (Yeni Camii), and rent collected from these shops was intended to help pay for the upkeep of the mosque. The structure was designed by the Sultan's chief architect, Koca Kasim Aga, but was actually completed by the architect Mustafa in 1660.
Upon this tour's conclusion, you will be taken back to your hotel (another location if you prefer).

This tour ends at approximately 2:00 PM.

Price: 25 Euro (per person)

* Pick-up and drop-off from hotel
* Professional, English-speaking tour guides
* All taxes and service charges

istanbul tours
istanbul tours
spice bazaar

Contact us for your questions and booking requests

Full Name *
Email *
Travel dates *
Number of guests *
Questions & Inquiries

istanbul old city tours bosphorus cruise tours, bosphorus tours old city tours, istanbul tours princess islands
golden horn tours asian side leanders tower tour bursa tours turkish night tour
turkish cooking culinary tours whirling dervishes black sea tours
daily tours from istanbul to cappadocia ephesus tours pamukkale tours
About us Client reviews How to book Contact us Home payments

turkey travel
cappadocia tours

Cappadocian Escape
Explore main highlights of amazing Cappadocia in just 2 days

Istanbul & Cappadocia
6 day tour exploring Istanbul & Cappadocia

turkey tours

Western Turkey & Cappadocia
Departs Istanbul: ancient city of Ephesus, travertines of Pamukkale, and Fairy Chimneys and cave.

ephesus tours Ephesus & Pamukkale
Ancient history and natural beauty combined in this 2 day program.
troy gallipoli tours

Istanbul, Gallipoli & Troy
Short trips to Gallipoli, Dardanelles, Canakkale & Troy

Glories of Turkey
14 day tours that illuminate
history, culture and
natural beauty >>>>>

gallipoli troy tours

Gallipoli & Troy
Tours departing from Istanbul to Gallipoli, Troy, Assos


Istanbul, Gallipoli, Troy, Ephesus & Pamukkale
- history and natural landscapes come together >>>>>

turkey tours

Grand Tour of Turkey
A comprehensive, in-depth
journey highlighting
the best of Anatolia

nemrut tours

Nemrut & Urfa
Get a good glimpse of Eastern Turkey with this trip - departs from Istanbul >>>

urfa tours

Cappadocia, Nemrut & Urfa
Discover Turkey's most mythical landscapes for yourself

Eastern Turkey & Black SeaVisits Nemrut, Urfa, Mardin, Diyarbakir, Van, Ayder & Trabzon >>>

black sea tours

Black Sea: Trabzon &
Excellent 2-day program
for those wishing to get a taste of Black Sea culture

blue cruise

Ephesus & Pamukkale
...as well as a 3-night Blue Cruise charter from Fethiye to Antalya >>>>>>>

turkey greece tours

2 Weeks: Athens to Istanbul
Western Turkey and Aegean

antalya tours

Antalya in 3 Days
Ancient sites of seaside Antalya on
a full-day cruise - also visits underwater ruins of Kekova..

more turkey tours

Highlights of Turkey &
A special and
unforgettable 14-day tour of both countries >>>>>

santorini Greece & Turkey tours
Customized tours that combines both Greece and Turkey, Explore both countries in a unique way >>>>
blue cruise charters Blue Cruise Charters
Enjoy swimming relaxing and sun bathing on the magnificent Aegean and Mediterranean shores of Turkey>>>>
turkey egypt tours Turkey & Egypt tours
Customized tours that combines both Egypt and Turkey, Explore both countries in a unique way >>>>
black sea tours Black Sea Region of Turkey
Enjoy the Green, amazing forests with breath taking views , Tea Gardens, Monasteries, small
towns and more >>>
shore trips Shore Excursions in Turkey and in Greece, going Turkey and Greece on a cruise? Check our amazing offers for daily shore excursions in Turkey and Greece Eastern Turkey Tours
Go off the beaten path, see small towns, village, amazing ancient sites, different traditions, beauty and more >>>>

Daily tours in different parts of Turkey
Daily tours in Istanbul
Cappadocia tours and travel services
Antalya tours and travel services
Kusadasi tours and travel services
Bodrum tours and travel services
Marmaris tours and travel services
Fethiye tours and travel services
Izmir tours and travel services
travel agency in istanbul Kaletur Tourism LTD, & Encounter Tours Istanbul, Turkey
Tel: +90-212-517-8115 & Fax +90-212-517-8114
E-mail: info@kaletour.com
Encounter tours trip advisor like us on facebook encounter tours on you tube linked in Encounter tours

Terms & conditions - Travel insurance - Travel agents - Turkey facts - Back to main page


Travel links

All copyrights reserved - Encounter Tours & Kaletur Tourism LTD, 2001 - 2015