Discover Hidden Gems of Istanbul: Economic Tour

Every Saturday,
1 Day
1 City
2 Reviews

Places to Visit

  • Grand Bazaar Istanbul
  • Artisans' Workshops
  • Hidden Gems
  • Istanbul Shopping
  • Iznik Ceramic Makers
  • Silver Polisher
  • Jeweler

Tour Program

  • 9:00 AM: Meeting Point Meet your local guide at the designated meeting point in the Grand Bazaar, Istanbul. Get ready to embark on a unique journey through the hidden world of traditional artisans.
  • 9:15 AM: Off the Beaten Path Leave the bustling tourist areas behind as your guide leads you through the lesser-known corners of the market. Experience the charm of winding alleys and discover the workshops of skilled craftsmen and women.
  • 9:30 AM: Jeweler's Workshop Enter a jeweler's workshop and witness the intricate process of jewelry making. Interact with the talented jeweler, who will passionately share their craft with you. Learn about the materials, techniques, and cultural significance behind their creations.
  • 10:15 AM: Fabric Maker's Studio Next, visit a fabric maker's studio and explore the world of textile production. Marvel at the colorful fabrics and witness the meticulous artistry involved in their creation. Discover the stories behind traditional patterns and designs.
  • 11:00 AM: Iznik Ceramic Makers Step into the realm of Iznik ceramic makers and witness the delicate art of hand-painting ceramics. Learn about the historical significance of Iznik ceramics and the secrets of creating exquisite patterns and motifs.
  • 11:45 AM: Silver Polishing Workshop Continue your journey to a silver polishing workshop, where skilled artisans transform raw silver into stunning jewelry and decorative items. Gain insights into the techniques used to bring out the beauty and shine of this precious metal.
  • 12:30 PM: Lunch Break - Take a break from the workshops and enjoy a delightful lunch at a local restaurant. Relish the flavors of Turkish cuisine while reflecting on the craftsmanship you have witnessed so far.
  • 1:30 PM: Carpet-Making Factory Visit a small carpet-making factory, home to the last loom in the Grand Bazaar. Witness the age-old tradition of carpet weaving and marvel at the intricate patterns taking shape. Engage with the weavers and gain a deeper understanding of this cherished art form.
  • 2:30 PM: Conversation and Appreciation Throughout the tour, engage in conversations with the artisans, facilitated by your expert guide. Ask questions, share your admiration, and delve into the stories behind their crafts. Experience firsthand the passion and dedication that goes into each creation.
  • 3:30 PM: Donation and Farewell As a token of appreciation, a donation will be made to each studio visited, supporting the preservation of these traditional crafts. Bid farewell to the artisans and the hidden world of the Grand Bazaar's artisans, enriched with newfound knowledge and a deeper appreciation for Turkey's handcrafting traditions.
  • 4:00 PM: Tour Conclusion Conclude your tour back at the Grand Bazaar, where you can explore the market further or continue your Istanbul adventures, carrying the memories of this immersive artisanal experience with you.

Tour Details Tour ID 189

Unearth Istanbul's Hidden Gems on Our Economic Tour

Led by a local guide, you’ll slip away from the teeming tourist trail and wind through the less frequented warrens of the market until you find the traditional artisans’ workshops.

From carpet weavers and metalsmiths, to jewelry designers and pottery painters, you’ll meet the people carrying on Turkey’s ancient handcrafting tradition. 


✅Explore interesting and authentic corners of the Grand Bazaar

✅ Small groups max 15 person 
✅ Local Guides 

✅ Travel by luxury minivan ensures a personalized experience

✂ Fully customizable itinerary


Departures : Saturday


Starting Point : Pick up from Istanbul Hotels


Duration :  6 Hours


Language : English


Highlights

  • Traditional artisans’ workshops
  • Grand Bazaar
  • Jeweler
  • Fabric maker
  • Iznik ceramic makers
  • Silver polisher
  • Small carpet-making factory

When you open the booking form ( after you click make reservation button) you will see optional activities, so you can add them in your tour and you can customize it as you wish.

✅ Inclusion :

  • Licensed English Speaking Tour Guide
  • Hotel Pick-Up/Drop-Off 

❌ Exclusion :

  • Admission fee to workshops
  • Meals
  • Drinks
  • Tips for guide and items of a personal nature.

Q: What are the Hidden Gems of Istanbul?

A: The Hidden Gems of Istanbul are lesser-known and off-the-beaten-path attractions and neighborhoods in Istanbul, Turkey that offer a unique and authentic experience of the city.

Q: What are some examples of Hidden Gems of Istanbul?

A: Some examples of Hidden Gems of Istanbul include the Fener and Balat neighborhoods, the Istanbul Modern Art Museum, the Chora Church, and the Istanbul Archaeological Museums.

Q: How long does the Hidden Gems of Istanbul tour last?

A: The Hidden Gems of Istanbul tour can vary in length, but typically lasts a half day to a full day depending on the specific itinerary and tour operator.

Q: What is included in the Hidden Gems of Istanbul tour package?

A: The tour package typically includes a knowledgeable guide, and transportation to and from the sites.

Q: Is it necessary to book the Hidden Gems of Istanbul tour in advance?

A: It is recommended to book the tour in advance to ensure availability, especially during peak travel seasons.

Q: What should I wear and bring on the Hidden Gems of Istanbul tour?

A: Comfortable walking shoes are recommended, as the tour may involve some walking on uneven surfaces. Dress according to the weather and cultural norms, and bring water and sunscreen.

Q: Can the tour be customized to fit my preferences?

A: Yes, some tour operators may offer the option to customize the tour to fit your preferences and interests, but additional fees may apply.

Q: Is the Hidden Gems of Istanbul tour suitable for families with children?

A: The tour is suitable for families with children, but it is recommended that children be at least six years old to fully enjoy the experience.

Q: What languages is the tour conducted in?A: The tour is typically conducted in English, but some tour operators may offer the tour in other languages upon request.

# For cancellations made more than 7 days prior to the scheduled activity or service, there will be %20 of the total amount as penalty.

# If you like to re-schedule the tour date instead of refund. You can re-schedule your tour without any penalty 1 time. And you can tell your new travel date until 15 days of your arrival date. And this re-schedule right is valid 2 years after postponing the actual tour date.

# For cancellations made less than 7 days prior to the scheduled activity or service, there will be no refund.

# If you like to re-schedule the tour date instead of refund. You can re-schedule your tour with only %10 penalty 1 time. And you can tell your new travel date until 15 days of your arrival date. And this re-schedule right is valid 2 years after postponing the actual tour date.

After you submit your reservation please send copies of passports of all participants, and your arrival/departure airport transfer informations via email [email protected]. For further assistance please feel free to call +905434428069

Comments
Luca M.

The Discover Hidden Gems Istanbul Economic Tour provided a unique and insightful perspective of Istanbul beyond the typical tourist attractions. It was an enriching experience that allowed us to uncover the city's hidden treasures.

I'm giving it 4 stars because, while it was informative, there were moments when I wished for a bit more free time to explore independently. Nonetheless, it's an excellent option for travelers looking to delve into the lesser-known side of Istanbul on a budget.

Elissa P.

The Discover Hidden Gems Istanbul Economic Tour was a delightful and eye-opening experience! This tour took us off the beaten path to explore the lesser-known, yet equally charming, parts of Istanbul.

We discovered hidden neighborhoods, tasted delicious local snacks, and learned about the city's rich history from our knowledgeable guide. It was an authentic and budget-friendly way to connect with Istanbul's culture. If you want to explore the hidden treasures of Istanbul, this tour is a 5-star choice! yes

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