Home of the Grand Bazaar
Due to its magnitude, Istanbul reaches into both Asia and Europe. It is the only city in the world that is on more than one continent, located on the Bosporus Strait and extends over the entire area of the Golden Horn, a natural harbour.
The flights from Auckland to Istanbul take over 24 hours, depending on the airline and transit points chosen. Contact your local Global Travel Network Agent to find the best possible airfares and suggestions to design your ideal holiday.
The Grand Bazaar in Istanbul is one of the oldest and most enormous covered markets in the world. Spanning over 61 covered streets and more than 4,000 shops. Due to its massive size and extensive range of goods, visitors can easily get lost. Lots of stores sell similar goods so haggling and customer service are essential. The Turkish way of welcoming visitors is to offer tea, if the tea is accepted it does not automatically mean either party has sealed the deal. If you are not comfortable with the offer, leave and look elsewhere. If you enter the Bazaar through the Beyazit gate, nearby you will find the main walkway is covered with jewellery. There are lots of stores selling a range of silverware through to candle holders. There are also fine arts and antiques as well as an extensive range of Carpets and Kilims, with a wide range of colours and tassels. There are textiles available as well as handmade ethnic products.
Exploring the Topkapi or Dolmabahce Palaces may appear to transport you back in time to an era when Istanbul was controlled by mightly sultans and their harems. Turkey has different food recipes in each of its regions and Istanbul offers this with great street food as well as more upscale food available. Weekly food bazaars are available in most neighbourhoods with fresh produce, cheeses and olives and turkish sweets, or visit the famous and colourful Spice Bazaar with untold spices, dried nuts and Turkish delights as well as so much more.