- City: Istanbul
- Duration: 4 hrs
- Start Time: 9.30AM
- Go behind the scenes at Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar to meet traditional artisans in their workshops.
- You’ll meet craftsmen whose families have been creating carpets, jewelry, linens, ceramics or other crafts for generations.
- During your Grand Bazaar tour you’ll visit 4 special (secret!) rooftops; including the scene of James Bond’s ‘Skyfall’ rooftop chase.
EXTENDED TOUR DESCRIPTION
Meet the artists behind incredible crafts at the Grand Bazaar
Join us for an adventure beyond the storefronts of Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar, exploring the history and mastery behind its crafts. Led by our local guides, you’ll visit the workshops and stores of carpet-weavers, jewelry-makers, antique-collectors, pipe-carvers and ceramic artisans (to name just a few).
With your guide as translator, you’ll learn about the history of these traditional crafts and meet craftsmen who learned their trade from their fathers who learned it from their fathers and on and on. For every store in the Grand Bazaar is a backstreet workshop (or han), where an old man sits over a piece of marble or a woman perches at her loom. These are the people you’ll meet on our behind-the-scenes tour.
Visit the scene of James Bond’s rooftop chase
Climbing hidden staircases, you’ll gain access to rooftops even locals don’t know about. In four such visits you’ll witness incredible views over the Bosphorus, the Grand Bazaar and all of Istanbul. You’ll even go to the exact spot where Daniel Craig rode his motorbike across the red rooftops of the Bazaar during the opening scenes of James Bond ‘Skyfall’.
Insider shopping tips from your local guide
Throughout this 4-hour tour your local guide will give you tips on how to spot the best goods in the Grand Bazaar and how to get the best prices. Traveling in a small group of 12 people or fewer you’ll find your guide easy to interact with and hard to lose in the twisting, turning streets of the Grand Bazaar.
Importantly, pay a small monetary contribution to the workshops we visit (including the carpet shop) so you will never face any pressure to buy – in fact, most of the stores you visit don’t even sell goods. So you can relax and enjoy your backstage tour of Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar.
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Before you travel, please read our important notes about possible disruptions & site entrance requirements
Guests should be advised that the tour includes walking down and up steep hills and that often the ground is uneven. The rooftop views also require climbing uneven and high steps - some without railings - onto real rooftops. We ask our guests to pay extra attention to safety when climbing. For this reason we cannot accommodate guests with mobility impairments or strollers on our group tour. Please contact us at [email protected] and we will work with you to find a suitable alternative.
This tour is a “shopping free” tour. Your guide will in fact remain with you throughout the tour instead of letting you explore the Bazaars on your own. You are welcome to continue your exploration of the Grand Bazaar and shop after the tour.