The tour is a full-day trip. The tour is delivered by a professional guide. The group is transferred by a comfortable bus according to the program. Museum tickets and lunch are included in the tour price.
Departure from Istanbul in the morning, transfer across the Sea of Marmara by ferry, arrival at Bursa, tour. Departure to Iznik, tour. Departure to Istanbul.
At the foot of Mount Uludag that had once been called the Mysian Olympus is located an amazingly green town of Bursa. Once it had been the first capitol of the Ottoman Empire. For a long time, Bursa had also been the family tomb of the Ottoman dynasty, where its founder Sultan Gazi Osman lies buried. You will see the early Ottoman architecture monuments: the Green Mosque, the Green Mausoleum – so called for abundance of green and turquoise in the finish; the Ulu Mosque (the Great Mosque) – the first really big mosque of the empire; the Bayazit Mosque, dedicated to sultan Orhan’s Emir – all being the grand noteworthy constructions in Bursa.
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.