COVERED BAZAARS OF ISTANBUL
Duration: Full day (09:00 to 17:30)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . .Just after a panoramic tour, we will go to the first stop in our shopping expedition: Arasta Bazaar, situated just near the Blue Mosque. Arasta Bazaar's shops full up with treasures that beckon customers to buy, buy, and buy. Despite of the big, unsteady, and exotic labyrinths of other Bazaars in Istanbul and Turkey can be not so good for first-time visitors who often is visually and psychologically stromed by so many products, merchants, shops, and touts.
Next we will visit the historical Caferaga Medresseh (“medresseh” is the name for a school, usually constructed within mosque complex), situated next to Hagia Sophia Basilica. It was built in 1559 by graet Turkish architect Sinan used at harem at the time of Suleyman The Magnificent. This magnificant building was renovated by Turkish Cultural Service Foundation, and now makes home to various courses and workshops in customary Turkish hand-craft. We will also visit the shop here, where the finest example of had-craft items are sold, that are done with respect to authentic traditions.
After this visit, we will on the famous Grand Bazaar. If you want to walk (about 20 min.) your guide will accompany to you through Nuri Osmaniye Street. This beautiful street is overflown with the shops selling Turkish trade-mark goods: carpets, ceramics , leather items,golden jewelry, and many more. You will come to end of the street at one of the entrances of Grand Bazaar, will spend our one hour here with shopping. It was a famous market place in Byzantine times. Two antique shops were built by Sultan Mehmet to get the economic life better in the city. So on many people needed more place to sell their goods, they also made addition parts outside these bedestens. During the Ottoman period, it affected by earthquakes and fires and was rebuilt many times. Today, its atmosphere is very interesting and it is a very popular place for tourists to discover a labyrinth of streets and shopping malls being home with eighteen entrances and over 4.000 shops.
Thelast stop of this tour is to Spice Market, which is being in Eminonu area on the shore of Golden Horn Bay.Also, you can walk there from Grand Bazaar in about 15 min. Spice Market was built in 1664 as a part of the Yeni Cami, which stands next to it. Only spices were sold in shops during Ottoman period. Today, in addition to spice shops there are dried fruit shops, börek restaurants (traditional Turkish pastry), jewelry,basket work, haberdashery, drapery, haberdashery and suchlike. It is like an “L” shape and it has got six gates.
After the tour, you will be taken to the hotel or Istanbul cruise port.
Please take note of the following:
* 30% discount for children below the age 7, free for the ages 0-2
* Roman Hippodrome, Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia Basilica will bee seen from outside
* You are kindly requested to present your self at the pick up point 15 minutes prior the pre advised pick up time
* Smoking is not permitted but all tours make frequent stops
* Pick up and drop off at your Hotel or Cruise Port
* Transportation by air-conditioned non-smoking tour coaches
* Professional Guide licensed by the Ministry of Tourism
* All entrance fees to the archaeological sites and museums, parking and road tolls
* Lunch at local restaurant (drinks extra)
* Local taxes