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Istanbul Spice Market Excursion Reviews

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Experience the wondrous spice perfume that fills the air at Istanbul's spice market, and pick up gifts and souvenirs.

canuck1669

1 review

Fun place to visit and see all spices, fruits nuts etc.


Provider: Independent Operator

CondorX2

1 review

It was not so great. Too crowded, oomany people and not enough time...we had 20mn.


Provider: Princess Cruises

Surfari1

1 review

Nearly got left nehind at the end of the tour, but otherwise good.


Provider: Holland America Line

sea pup

2 reviews

Was interesting to see all the different spoces


Provider: Thomson Cruises

Banjo_uk

2 reviews

It does exactly what it says on the tin, a great place

Provider: MSC Cruises

Pezzy

1 review

Interesting place..part of the complete tour we took

Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line

sadied

2 reviews

do this on your own. no bargaining here.

Provider: Holland America Line

Riley Dog

1 review

The tour we complained about: spice market good but the fish market poor. Expected it to be a part of something bigger but it is just a fish market requiring a 30 minute journey through city traffic to get there. The guided tour of the city centre was non-existent (DIY and come back in an hour!) and there was a stop at a jewellery shop billed as traditional Turkish crafts but selling Swiss watches (not quite in keeping with trades description!)

Provider: Celebrity Cruises

wismergirl

3 reviews

There were lots of spices, teas and other souvenirs on sale in the Spice Market. The best was its location which was close to Galata Bridge and the Golden Horn with the floating restaurants. Lots of picture opportunities nearby even if you are not interested in shopping at the Spice Market.

Provider: Independent Operator

Artteacher

2 reviews

Saffron seems to be the big seller here, but there is also lots of other things to choose from. Try the apple tea.

Provider: Celebrity Cruises

paul stabb

1 review

A good boat trip around the Bosphorus straits, largely in between the 2 huge suspension bridges - wrap up warm for this! Spice Market visited after the boat trip. Interesting and very very busy!

Provider: Regent Seven Seas Cruises

Peter Wise

1 review

This is a wonderfully colourful and aromatic experience, but not for those who are uncomfortable in extremely crowded and confined spaces. The building is high but narrow and the day we went (Sunday) it was choc a bloc. The main entrance is also the main exit so people jostle to get in and out. Once in, it can be difficult to be a tourist i.e. to stand and look - because you get carried along. Like the rest of the Istanbul visit, it's not one I would have wanted to miss, but not one I'd care to repeat. According to our guide it's like that every day.

Provider: Regent Seven Seas Cruises

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