Duration: 8 hours (approx)
Route: Istanbul – Iznik (Nicaea)
You shall be picked up from the Istanbul airport, Istanbul hotel ,Istanbul Marina or your cruise ship port in Istanbul. Your Iznik guide will hold up a sign with your name on it.Your Iznik Tour Guide or Turkish Local Travel Agency will provide you with a complimentary Iznik map,Turkey map and Turkey brochures. Iznik tour will take approximately 8 hours and after will drive you back to your Istanbul hotel ,Istanbul Marina ,Istanbul airport orIstanbul harbor in Turkey.
Departure from Istanbul in the morning, transfer across the Sea of Marmara by ferry. First we will go a little town on the coast of a wonderful lake of Askania, Iznik (Nicaea) is well-known because the first Ecumenical Council 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 the first occasion for the development of technical Christology. This town had even been the temporary capitol of the Byzantine Empire when Constantinople was captured by the Latins. The centre of the town, still surrounded by Roman and Byzantine walls, is remarkable for the ruins of St. Sophia Temple remaining since those times. In addition to that, an interesting monument is the Green Mosque, decorated by light blue ceramics.
First we will visit The St. Sophia Cathedral was the seat of the Second Eucomenical Council in 325AD and is one of Iznik’s most visited sites. Despite its later conversion into a mosque and fire and earthquake damage, Ottoman architect Mimar Sinan renovated St. Sophia in the 16th century. The Cathedral has beautiful mosaic pavements and frescoes.The ancient City Walls which surround Iznik are relatively well preserved. Dating to the 4th century, there are also remnants of old hamams and mosques scattered about.The Green Mosque, constructed in the latter part of the 14th century, gets its name from the green tiles which adorn its minaret. Between the tour, you have taken one hour free time to relax, you can take some refreshments or lunch in the cafeteria. You can try delicious Iznik Meatball..There is a lot of shops sell beautiful İznik ceramics.
After lunch we will visit Iznik Archaeological Museum is also worth a visit. The Museum’s collection includes a historic assortment of tiles and antiques from Roman times. End of the tour we will back to Istanbul by ferry. You will transfer your starting points.
- 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)