- Culture & History
- Arts & Crafts
- Immerse in five centuries of history while strolling through Grand Bazaar and the Spice Market
The old markets of Istanbul marks the westernmost end of 8000 mile long Silk Road all the way from Xian, China. You will be taking a relaxing ferry journey from Kadikoy to Eminonu like an ordinary Istanbullu followed by walking into spice market also known as Egyptian Bazaar. Recently restored to its former glory, 90 shops display any type of spices, herbs, oils as well as tea and coffee culture products. Around the block, you will also witness the most diverse patterns of Iznik tiles at the tiny Rustem Pasha Mosque built by the great Architect Sinan.
On the way to the Grand Bazaar we walk thorough a maze of streets presents the most vibrant shopping culture of textiles in the city. Grand Bazaar’s secrets is a mind-blowing experience. You will see the finest examples of goldsmiths, silversmiths, antique dealers, fabrics, leather products, semi precious stones, calligraphic examples and finally the most advanced art of rug weaving.
In a medieval school complex called madrasa we will have a break trying nargile (water pipe) along with tea, apple tea and turkish coffee.
Who This Experience Is Good For
History lovers, anyone interested in the culture and shopping and old Istanbul.
Easy, no experience necessary.
Meet Our Local Host
Aydın Kudu is a distinguished tour guide and a travel expert, photographer and documentary film maker. He is National Geographic’s local expert. When writers, photographers or filmmakers work in Turkey he guides them, interpreting Turkey’s culture, history and language. He has been an active tourist guide in all over Turkey since 1987.
8:00 Meet at Kadıköy Pier for Eminönü
8:15-8:45 Ferry ride to Eminonü
9:00-9:45 Spice Market
9:45-10:00 Rustem Pasha Mosque
10:00:-10:30 Walk to Grand Bazaar
10:30-12:00 Grand Bazaar
12:15-12:45 Nargile and Tea break
- Local guide Aydın
- Tea/coffee/water pipe
What's Not Included
- Extra food or drinks not mentioned
- Anything not mentioned above
- Local ferry ride tickets
Know Before You Go
- Wear comfortable clothing and shoes, maybe a backpack with water and snacks if you think you will need them
- You can leave the tour at any time.
Minimum To Operate
Deadline To Book
5 days prior to the start of the experience