Hidden Gems of Istanbul

Everyday Guarantee Departures
1 Day
1 City
15 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 24

Artisans' Workshop Tour in the Grand Bazaar

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

✅ Everyday guarantee departures 
✅ Small groups max 8 person 
✅ Local Guides 

✅ Skip-the-line express entry tickets to attractios

✅ Travel by luxury minivan ensures a personalized experience

✂ Fully customizable itinerary


Departures : Everyday


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 :

  • Admission to all workshops 
  • Live tour commentary provided in English
  • Hotel Pick-Up/Drop-Off 

❌ Exclusion :

  • Meals
  • Drinks
  • Personal expenses
  • Optional additional tours or activities 
  • Tips for guide & driver

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, transportation to and from the sites, any attractions included in the itinerary.

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
Wyatt J.

Istanbul's magical blend of East and West captivated me on day one of Turco Travel's tour. Our guide, Ahmet, skillfully navigated us through the historical wonders of the city, from the Hagia Sophia to the Grand Bazaar, providing insightful commentary that brought the rich tapestry of Istanbul's past to life.

Garry O.

Tour was a treasure trove of creativity and talent. Discovering the hidden scene of skilled artisans was a privilege. From intricate carpet weaving to delicate jewelry design, witnessing their craftsmanship firsthand gave us a deeper appreciation for Turkey's rich artistic heritage.

Mathilda T.

The Hidden Artisans of the Grand Bazaar tour provided a refreshing escape from the typical tourist attractions. Exploring the lesser-known workshops and interacting with skilled craftsmen was inspiring. Our guide's interpretation helped bridge the language barrier, allowing us to appreciate the artisans' dedication to their craft.

Heather S.

The Hidden Gem tour was a captivating journey into the world of Turkish craftsmanship. Meeting passionate artisans and learning about their traditional techniques was a truly immersive experience. The donation made to each studio showed a commitment to supporting these talented individuals.

Felicia R.

The Hidden Artisans of the Grand Bazaar tour was a truly immersive experience. Meeting the skilled craftsmen and women and witnessing their passion for their craft was inspiring. It provided a unique glimpse into the rich tradition of Turkish handcrafting and offered an authentic and memorable experience. Highly recommended for those seeking a deeper connection with Istanbul's cultural heritage. 

olga y.

This tour was worth every penny. Our guide was a true storyteller and took us to some of the most enchanting places in Istanbul. I came away with a deeper understanding of the city's history and culture.
 

cameron e.

If you're interested in Istanbul's history and culture, you have to take this tour. Our guide was a wealth of information and took us to some truly magical places.
 

harmony selina f.

This tour was an absolute delight. Our guide was so knowledgeable and took us to some of the most fascinating places in Istanbul. I learned so much and had a great time.smileyyes
 

anderson r.

I never realized how much there was to discover in Istanbul until I took this tour. Our guide showed us some truly hidden gems and shared fascinating stories about the city's mystical past.
 

ramzi el g.

If you're interested in Istanbul's mystical history, you have to take this tour. Our guide was so knowledgeable and took us to some truly magical places. I came away with a new appreciation for the city's cultural heritage. i am happy for my family, thanx all Turco yes

estanbul lover federico

I loved this tour! heartheartOur guide was so enthusiastic and took us to places I never would have found on my own. I learned so much about Istanbul's mystical history and came away with some great photos.
 

Anonymous

heartyescoolI had such a great time on this tour. Our guide was so friendly and knowledgeable, and the places we visited were truly awe-inspiring. I would recommend this tour to anyone.
 

heather h.

This was the perfect tour for anyone interested in Istanbul's cultural heritage. Our guide was a true expert and shared fascinating stories about the city's mystical past.
 

clara h.

The tour of Istanbul's hidden treasures and mystical history was a real eye-opener. Our guide was so passionate and knowledgeable, and the places we visited were truly special.
 

alexandr jr.

I can't imagine visiting Istanbul without taking this tour. Our guide was a true expert and showed us some truly incredible places. I came away with a deeper understanding of the city's cultural heritage.
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