Visit the 3 Capitals of Ottoman Empire
Meet at the airport. Tansfer to your Hotel in Bursa. Rest at the Hotel.
Overnight in Bursa
Bursa, the first official capital Ottomans after Söğüt – first Visit Tophane where the tombs of Osman Ghazi and Orhan Ghazi are. Then visit the Great Mosque of Bursa. Then visit the Green Tomb and Green Mosque. Drive to Historical Tree (Tarihi Çınar) – have a coffe break.
Back to Hotel – Overnight in Bursa
Drive to Sogut. Visit the tomb of Ertugrul Ghazi and Alps. Visit the Ertugrul’s mosque in Sogut. Drive to Bilecik and visit the tomb of Seyh Edebali – Sipiritual leader of Ertugrul Ghazi and Osman Ghazi. Then continue to Iznik via Osmaneli (an old Ottoman Town). Walk in the streets of Osmaneli and visit the old Ottoman Style Houses and Mosques.
Overnight in Iznik
Visit old Nicea where conquered by Orhan Ghazi. See the city walls and Hagia Sophia Mosque. Take the picture of old Roman Theatre. (Just a photo break from outside due to on going excavations)
After lunch continue to Istanbul. Cruise on Bosphorus in Istanbul
Overnight in Istanbul
Blue Mosque – Built in 1616 by Ahmet I . Decorated with about 2ok blue coloured Iznik tiles.
Hagia Sophia – Built in 537 by Emperor Justinian as church. Converted into a mosque by Mehmed II after the fall of Constantinople in 1453
Topkapi Palace – The main palace of the Ottoman Empire for 400 years offers great collection from Ottoman Era and house the “sacred trusts”
Sulemaniye Mosque – Built in 1551 by Suleyman the Magnificent as the greates mosque of Istanbul. We will visit the tomb of the Sultan Suleyman.
Drive for Edirne. Overnight in Edirne
Edirne – the second capital of the Ottomans before Istanbul.
Visit Selimiye Mosque – Old Mosque and Fluted Minaret Mosque. Drive to Health Museum. Visit the palace ground and see the remainings. Learn about Turkish Wrestlers.
Drive back to Istanbul. Overnight in Istanbul
Departure for Airport. On the way ,we will first stop at the Eyup Sultan Mosque and visit the tomb of Eyyubel Ensari.
We were able to see the places of Ertugrul. We have visited the tombs of Ottoman Sultans. Beautiful Mosques took our breath away. We dressed up like Alps and it was fun. Our guide, Gokmen was phenomenal. He answered all of our questions and made our trip.