Depart Istanbul at 07:00 return by 19:00
Bursa was the first capital city for the Ottoman Empire until 1363 when Edirne in East Thrace was conquered. Located on the Silk Road, Bursa remained an important commercial center in the Ottoman Empire and today it’s the fourth largest city with quite an impressive industry. Because of its being the first Ottoman capital, Bursa is very rich in religious monuments , mosques and tombs.
Bursa and Cumalikizik were inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
Cumalikizik was one of the first places settled by the Ottomans when Bursa became a capital. This historic village is located on the lower slopes of Mount Uludağ remains in UNESCO World Heritage list with its narrow stone alleys, authentic 750-year-old Ottoman style residential houses that haven’t lost their originality and the ambience that keeps the rural life.
Places that will be visited
Green Mosque and Green Mausoleum
Koza Han – Koza Han was the center of Bursa’s flourishing silk trade for centuries. Skilled artisans who produce kaftans, pillows , embroidery and other silk products for the Ottoman palaces until the 17th Century all came from here.
Cumalikizik Village – Authentic Ottoman village
Iznik ( Ancient Nicea ) - On the way back to Istanbul you will be stopping over in Iznik, a little town set beside a picturesque lake, historically famous for hosting the First Ecumenical Council of the church at the Council of Nicaea in 325 AD. You will see the Old City Walls , Green Mosque and St. Sophia Church , the site of the Second Council of Nicea in 787 and see the remains of the mosaic floor and frescoes.