6 Days Tour Bursa - Edirne - İstanbul
The Ottomans took Bursa in the 1320’s and made it their first capital. The city refained its spiritiual and commercial importance forever. Bursa also has thermal baths used for therapeutical purposes since Roman times and houses many historical sights.
Departure after breakfast for Bursa, the first capital of Ottomans. Visit to Green Mausoleum and Green Mosque famous with the İznik Tiles, Grand Mosque, Historical Silk Market. Cable Car (Teleferique) to Uludağ Mountain. Drive to the restaurant if cable car does not operate due to inconvenient weather conditions. Barbeque lunch will be served at the mountain. Free time to discover the richness of flora & fauna of the National Park. Drive to 600 Years Old Plane Tree at İnkuyu and tea break. Dinner at hotel and overnight.
Edirne City Of The Sultans, Sultan Of The Cities was the capital for Ottomans from the 14th century until the conquest of Constantinople(1453) when the dynasty moved to İstanbul. Heir apparent sultans were sent to Edirne for their royal education. Sultan Mehmet The Conquerer was born and was educated here. The city hosted various civilizations of different religions andlanguages throughout the history. Imperial past and cultural wealth makes Edirne very popular and attracts tourists from all over the world.
Departure after breakfast for Edirne, the second capital city of Ottomans. Arrival at Edirne and a quick check-in. First visit to Selimiye Mosque, the symbol of the city and the “masterpiece” built by the Court Architect Master Sinan, showing the superiority that the Ottoman architecture had reached. Arasta Bazaar, Archaeological Museum. Lunch of typical regional delicacies of Edirne. Old Mosque, Grand Synagogue, Health Museum, Karaağaç Train Station. Dinner at hotel.
Üç Şerefeli Mosque, Clock Tower, Balkan War Museum, Şükrü Pasha Monument, Sarayiçi where Kırkpınar Oil Wrestling Competition Week is held every year in June since 1361. This cultural event is added to UNESCO’s Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. Lunch of regional tastes. Ali Pasha Bazaar, stroll at the City Center. Departure for İstanbul, the main capital of Ottoman Empire. Arrival atİstanbul, check-in to hotel. Dinner and overnight
İstanbul guards the precious relics of the three world dominatingempires; Roman, Byzantian and Ottoman which she has been the capital, a unique link between the East and West, between past and present. Bosphorus, the waterway separating the two continents will give you a lifetime experience to cross from one continent, Europe to another, Asia.
Sultanahmet Center, the heart of the “Old City” from where the Byzantine and Ottoman Empires were ruled. Hagia Sophia Mosque, Blue Mosque famous with İznik Tiles, Byzantine Hippodrome, center of sportive events and political activities, Serpentine Column, Obelisk Of Theodosius and the German Fountain, Grand Covered Bazaar. Lunch at a traditional Turkish Cuisine restaurant. Topkapı Palace Museum, Sultan’s Tombs. Bosphorus Dinner Cruise with show.
Visit to Spice Bazaar. A panoramic tour along the Golden Horn viewing Fener Orthodox Patriarchate, Metal Church of St. Stephan The Bulgarian, Jewish Hospital (Or Ahayim), Byzantine CityWalls. Bosphorus cruise. Lunch of typical Turkish Cuisine. Drive over the Bosphorus Bridge from Europe to Asia. Çamlıca Hill for a panoramic view of Bosphorus. Return to hotel.