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Throughout the human history, Istanbul became one of the most important interaction point between people. The biggest reason for this is because of the strategic position of Istanbul between two continent “EUROPE and ASIA”.
With this short excursion in Istanbul, we aimed to take you to some famous shopping places in Istanbul while enjoying local taste of these markets. Also this is another opportunity to upgrade your bargaining skills in these markets.
Istanbul airport or hotel
3 Hours Before Flight Time
A good chance for you to try your shopping skills in local markets. With this short excursion, we get to know more about secret tastes of Istanbul in local markets. Anything you name, you can find in Istanbul.
You will meet your local guide at your hotel and then have a brief information about shopping places in Istanbul and this experience. Afterwards we proceed to famous Spice Market which was built in 1660 from tax revenues that collected from Egypt state and this bazaar became a center of spice trade since then. Today there are thousands of shops which mostly about 15 to 20 meters square all the way to Grand Bazaar. First we take orientation briefing about Spice Market and surroundings and then we are going to have a free time enjoying shopping experience there. After our time ends there for shopping, we proceed to Grand Bazaar which was built in 1461 by Sultan Mehmed the Second after conquest of Constantinople by Ottoman Empire. The area was indeed a shopping center as well during the time of Roman reing in the city and Sultan Mehmed the Second did want to change the habbits of locals for shopping. A great number of tax revenues from those shops which there are 4 thousands shops in Grand Bazaar, used for the needs of infrastructure of surrounding places around Grand Bazaar. So we are going to have a orientation briefing about Grand Bazaar and then we have free time enjoying shopping in Grand Bazaar. After our time ends there, you will be transferred to your hotel.
You will be picked up from your hotel and then we will proceed to port to take a boat trip around Bosphorus Strait which has hunderds of beautiful mansions by the water. Our Bosphorus Cruise experience ends in Asian side of Istanbul and then we proceed to Kadiköy District to enjoy our local shopping experience at famous Bahariye Street which is one of the center of shopping anything you want to buy in Asian Side of Istanbul. First we are going to have a briefing orientation and then we enjoy our shopping time there. Not only clothes shopping but also you may find books, antiques, fruits, veggies, fish etc in Bahariye Street. At the end of our programme, you will be transferred to you hotel and we farewell till another trip in Istanbul.
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This actually depends on the purpose of the vacation and the places you want to visit in Turkey. But, Turkey experiences intense tourism mobility mostly between April and December. It doesn’t mean that only these 9 months are the beautiful periods for Turkey vacation. For instance, regions like Istanbul and Cappadocia offer their visitors a different kind of beauty in each month. Keep in mind that in low season, prices are lower as well when compared to the peak seasons.
Turkey is on GMT + 2 (daylight saving = GMT +3 and operates between late October to late March). This means generally that Turkey is 1 hour ahead of European and 2 hours ahead of the UK standard times. Still it is a good idea to check the local time when you arrive in Turkey and adjust your watch accordingly.
Credit cards are accepted in most shops and restaurants in the main Cities or Resorts areas. This may not be the case in smaller villages or remote places so it is generally a good idea to have some amount of cash while you are travelling
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