Duration: 8 hours (approx)
Route: Istanbul-Iznik (Nicaea)-Bursa
You can be picked up from Istanbul airport, Istanbul hotel , Istanbul Marina or even the cruise ship port in Istanbul. Your Bursa & Iznik guide will hold up a sign with your name on it so you can easily find your correct guide and transfer service. Your Bursa & Iznik tour will take approximately 8 hours and after will drive you back to your Istanbul hotel ,Istanbul Marina ,Istanbul airport or Istanbul harbor in Turkey.
Departure will be from Istanbul in the morning, and then a transfer across the Sea of Marmara by ferry. First we will go to a little town on the coast of a wonderful lake of Askania, Iznik (Nicaea) which is well-known because of the first Ecumenical Council that took place here in 325 AD. The Council of Nicaea was historically significant because it was the first effort to attain consensus in the church through an assembly representing all of Christendom. It was also the first occasion for the development of technical Christology, this town had even been the temporary capital of the Byzantine Empire when Constantinople was captured by the Latins. The centre of the town is still surrounded by Roman and Byzantine walls and the remarkable ruins of St. Sophia Temple are remaining since those times. In addition to that an interesting monument is the Green Mosque, that is decorated by light blue ceramics, and then we will make our way to Bursa. At the foot Mount of Uludag (Misios Olympos) that had once been called the Mysian Olympus is now the location of the amazingly green town of Bursa. Mount of Uludag was previously known as Olympus Misios in ancient times and is known in mythology as the place where the gods watched the Trojan war. The most important peak in the province is Uludag, which is a ski resort and national park. Bursa is The First Capital of Ottoman Empire. Osman Bey, who was born in a town of Bursa and conquered the towns around Bursa in 1299 and this is the year regarded as the founding of the Ottoman Empire which was to survive for over six hundred years. (The word Ottoman is derived from his name, Osman) Bursa is located in the northwest of the Anatolian peninsula and southeast of the Marmara Sea. The shores of the Marmara Sea are 135 km away. Ulu Mosque (Great Mosque) : Was constructed between 1396 and 1400 by Sultan Bayezit, was fully made up of cut stone with very thick and high walls, 12 heavy four edged grade with pendantives as of 20 domes. It is the most classical and monumental sample of the multi – domed mosques. It is by far one of the largest in its size (318 square meters) among all of the Turkish mosques with its rich and roomy space. And then you will go on to expplore The Museum of Turkish and İslamic Arts: This historical museum is an important Islamic site for its rich artifact collection. The exhibits include displays on items which have a variation in fabrics, textiles, costumes, glass, porcelain and pottery this just to name a few. The collection in the Museum of Turkish and Islamic Art, Bursa includes Selçuk ceramics, inlaid wood pieces, objects in iron, copper, bronze and wood, pearl and ivory articles, intarsia work, manuscripts, decorated book covers, screens, sections of decorated wooden ceilings, weapons, tiles from Iznik and Kütahya, embroidery, ornaments, superbly wrought articles from tekkes or dervish convents, calligraphy and tombstones, there is also a unique collection of turbans in various forms on display. The early Ottoman architecture monuments is, Green Mosque and Green Mausoleum : Constructed between 1419 and 1420, It is called Green Mosque due to the green turquoise tiles used on adornments, it is also one of the most important buildings from the Ottoman period to be structured in Bursa, and also famous with its adornments much more than its architecture, so called for abundance of green and turquoise in the finish. Structure, which is the symbol of Bursa, is one of the most beautiful samples of Ottoman tomb architecture. Octagonal structure, to which you can climb via a marble stair, is covered by a lead dome perched on a high hoop. It is a unique structure with its tile adornments. Its fully tile covered balcony is a master piece of art. One of the most beautiful samples of the Ottoman wooden work, the door was built by transition technique of walnut tree adorned with geometrical motifs and has inscription on it. Between the tour you will be given one hour free time to relax or you can take some refreshments or a spot of lunch from the nearby cafeteria. You can try famous and most delicious Iskender Kebab. As the tour for today comes to an end you will then be trasnferred back to your allocated pick up points from which you was stood in the morning.
- Transfer from Istanbul hotel or Istanbul airport.
- Transportation with air-conditioned and non-smoking buses and ferries.
- Professional English speaking guide.
- All entrance fees to the sites and museum.
What’s Not Included
- Tips (optional)