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Majority of the people in Turkey are muslims and also Ottoman Empire was one of the caliphate that ruled islamic world for about 400 years. As a result, some important cities in Turkey has many Islamic relics, especially in Istanbul. So what about discovering Istanbul and Bursa by Islamic perspective?
3 Hours Before Flight Time
One Bedroom for each room (depends on number of guests in one room)
Depends on room type (one bathroom for each room)
Come and join us with this tour and discover some untold stories about Istanbul and Bursa. With this itinerary we focus on Islamic History of two important city in Turkey.
Upon arrival, meet and greet local guide and proceed to Istanbul Old City. Our first visit is going to be Blue Mosque which was built by Sultan Ahmet the first on 1616 and very famous with its stunning blue tiles on its Wall. Afterwards we visit Hagia Sophia which was built as an Orthodox Church by Emperor Justinian in 537 AD. However the giant worship center was converted in a Mosque by Sultan Mehmet the Second in 1453. It is now a museum where you can enjoy the harmony of two culture in the same building. After our time finishes at Hagia Sophia, we continue our trip visiting Topkapı Palace which was built by Sultan Mehmet the Second in 1475. Topkapı Palace is the biggest palace in Turkey and also one of the biggest in the World by its 80 acres area. Topkapı Palace is the most visited palace in Turkey while it offers to its visitors many beautiful small mansions with nice view of Bosphorus Strait or Golden Horn, many valuable jewelleries which was used by the Sultans, Holy Relics such as David’s sword, Moses’ Staff and so on. After we have our dinner, we proceed to hotel and check in.
Overnight in Istanbul/Asian side.
After we have our breakfast at hotel, we proceed to Bursa which was the first capital of Ottoman Empire. Upon arrival in Bursa, first we are going to visit Ulucami Mosque which was built in 1399 by Sultan Yıldırım Bayezit. Ulucami Mosque is the biggest mosque in Bursa with its beautiful 20 domes and caligraphies inside. Afterwards we are going to visit Yeşil Camii/ Green Mosque that was built by Sultan Mehmet the First in 1419. Green Mosque is famous mosque with its unique green tiles from 15th century. After we enjoy our time there, we are going to have free time at Silk Bazaar for silk shopping that is very famous in Bursa and Turkey. After that we are going to enjoy shopping time at Turkish Delight Shop for delicious Turkish Delights and other snacks that is unique to Turkey. After we enjoy our time at Bursa, we come back to Istanbul and have our dinner at hotel.
Overnight in Istanbul/Asian side.
On this morning after we have our breakfast at hotel, we check out from hotel and proeced to Leather Outlet Shop to enjoy shopping time. Afterwards we proceed Istanbul City Walls that was built on 5th Century by Roman Empire to protect Istanbul from invaders. These unbeatable walls was conquered by Ottoman Empire on 15th Century and became a symbol for Turkish history of conquest of Constantinople. Later on we enjoy a short cruise trip on Bosphorus Strait with hunderds of mansions and tens of palaces by the Bosphorus and then we continue to proceed to Grand Bazaar for local souveniers shopping. After we have our dinner, we proceed to airport for flight to Holy Land.
Till we meet on another trip…
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This actually depends on the purpose of the vacation and the places you want to visit in Turkey. But, Turkey experiences intense tourism mobility mostly between April and December. It doesn’t mean that only these 9 months are the beautiful periods for Turkey vacation. For instance, regions like Istanbul and Cappadocia offer their visitors a different kind of beauty in each month. Keep in mind that in low season, prices are lower as well when compared to the peak seasons.
Turkey is on GMT + 2 (daylight saving = GMT +3 and operates between late October to late March). This means generally that Turkey is 1 hour ahead of European and 2 hours ahead of the UK standard times. Still it is a good idea to check the local time when you arrive in Turkey and adjust your watch accordingly.
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