Istanbul, Bursa & Ertugrul Tour with Shaykh Ahmed Imran
Aug 21st Day 1: Istanbul – Arrival Day
Meet at the airport Transfer to your hotel. You will be given your room key and the rest of the day is
yours to explore Istanbul. Overnight in Istanbul. There are two airports in Istanbul. Istanbul Ataturk
Airport is 20 km away from city center and Sabiha Gokcen airport is 55 km away from city center.
Transfer from Ataturk airport to your hotel is included, if you arrive to Sabiha Gokcen airport please
contact us for transfer rates. Overnight in Istanbul.
Aug 22nd Day 2: Historical Istanbul Culture and City Tour
After breakfast departure from the hotel. Visit to the ancient Basilica Hagia Sophia, built by Constantine the Great in the 4th century and reconstructed by Justinian in the 6th century, which is
one of the architectural marvels all of times.
Topkapi Palace is the great palace of the Ottoman Sultans from the 15th to the 19th centuries housing an exquisite collection of crystal, silver, and Chinese porcelain, robes worn by the Sultans and their families.
The famous jewels of the Imperial Treasury, miniatures, the Holy Mantle; enshrining relics of the Prophet Mohammed. Sultan Ahmet Blue Mosque across the Hagia Sophia was built in the 16th century by the architect Mehmet, with magnificent interior decoration of blue Iznik tiles.
Moving on to the Ancient Hippodrome, the scene of chariot races, with the three monuments; the Obelisk of Theodosius, the bronze Serpentine Column and the Column of Constantine. After lunch break moving on to the Grand Bazaar.
In this labyrinth of streets and passages are more than 4,000 shops each having its own area: the goldsmiths’ street, the carpet sellers, Turkish arts and crafts, such as hand painted ceramic plates,
hand-honed copperware, brassware and trays, water ewers, onyx-ware and meerschaum pipes.
After the tour transfer back to the hotel. Overnight in Istanbul.
Aug 23rd Day 3: Istanbul – Bursa – Sogut (Ertugrul Gazi)
After an early breakfast depart from the hotel for Bursa city tour via ferryboat cruising through Marmara Sea and viewing the scenery and feeding sea gulls and arrive in Bursa. Our first visit is to Sogut which is the first place that Ottoman was settled in that region.
Then visit to Ertugrul Gazi tomb and his Masjid. The places to be seen are Sogut Hukumet Square, Celebi Mehmet Han mosque,Karakecili Park, Hamidiye Mosque, Kaymakam (Governorship), and, at the end of our tour visit to Turkish Victory Historical Monument. Then we go back to our hotel. Overnight in Bursa.
Aug 24th Day 4: Bursa
Following a nice breakfast at the hotel, we visit the Green Mosque and Green Tomb and The Grand Mosque which is one of the most attractive masterpieces of the Ottoman architecture in the transition period.
The mosque with an interior fountain and a beautiful wooden pulpit is considered a classic. It is also worth visiting the famous Silk Bazaar,Overnight in Bursa.
Aug 25th Day 5 : Istanbul Sahabah (Prophet Mohammad’s companion) and Islamic Tour
After breakfast departure from the hotel and transfer back to Istanbul via ferryboat viewing The Marmara Sea.
Upon arrival, visit to the grand mosque which was built in the city, Eyup Sultan
And then we visit the tombs of the Sahabah which are very famous in Turkey, representing the first generation of Muslims, who have come as far as Istanbul and Extended the city.
Ka’b Bin Malik is one of the 29 Sahabah buried there.
The small Sahabah Cemetery just outside Egrikapi Gate may seem like a standard Muslim cemetery. After the cemetery, we visit The Sulaymaniyah Mosque which was built by the most famous architect Sinan in the 16th century. The masterpiece has a great significance with its historical and cultural context.
Then we go down to Spice Bazaar where you can shop for spice, Turkish coffee and delight and to Panoramic Ahi Evran Celebi Mosque.
Then we go on a great Bosporus tour viewing palaces, manors along the coast. Overnight in Istanbul.
Aug 26th Day 6: Istanbul (free day or Horse Riding & Archery Lesson)
After breakfast, we have full free day for shopping or horse riding, archery (Joined by cast member of Ertugrul Series subject to availability). Overnight in Istanbul.
Aug 27th Day 7: Istanbul – Back to your own country.
After breakfast meeting with the guide at the scheduled time and transfer to the airport.
* 6 nights 4-5* Hotel accommodation.
* 6 breakfasts in hotel & dinner.
* Professional English-speaking tour guide.
* Transportation in fully air-conditioned, non-smoking luxury buses.
* Museum Entrance Fees included.
* Horse Riding & Archery lessons Included, £30 discount if you want to opt out. ( Subject to availability Ertugrul Series cast member will join us in the lessons).
* Lessons on history & rise of Ottoman Empire with Shaykh Ahmed Imran.
* Children 2-6 (50% Discount ).
* Infants Free under 2 ( only visa & airfares).
TOUR NOT INCLUDE:
· International flights ( Unless Traveling from Birmingham)