5 Days / 4 Nights
Day 1 – Istanbul – Arrival Day
Arrival Atatürk airport Transfer to your hotel. Rest of the day is yours to explore Istanbul.
Day 2 – Istanbul
08:30 we have Istanbul Islamic and Sahabe Tour. Istanbul is the center of religion for centuries. After the ottoman period Islamic Religion spreaded throughout the city. The first mosque in Istanbul was built in Kadikoy on the Asian side of the city, which was conquered by the Ottoman Turks in 1353. The first mosque on the European side of Istanbul was built inside the Rumeli Castle in 1452. The first grand mosque which was built in the city proper is the Eyup Sultan Mosque a mosque complex (külliye) was constructed on the site in 1458 by the Ottoman Turks only five years after the conquest of Constantinople in 1453. Eyüp Sultan is believed to have died during the first Arab siege of Constantinople in the 670s. His tomb is greatly venerated by Muslims and attracts many pilgrims.
The mausoleum is on the north side of a courtyard opposite the main entrance to the prayer hall of the mosque. The mosque was the traditional site for the coronation ceremony of the Ottoman Sultans, where the new sultan was girded with the sword of Osman. We will visit the tombs of the Sahabe, which is very famous in Turkey by being the first generation of Muslims, who had come as far as Istanbul and besieged the city. The small Sahabe Cemetery just outside Egrikapi Gate may seem like a standard Muslim cemetery. Next stop is The Süleymaniye Mosque, built on the order of Sultan Süleyman (Süleyman the Magnificent), “was fortunate to be able to draw on the talents of the architectural genius of Mimar Sinan”
The construction work began in 1550 and the mosque was finished in 1558.The Süleymaniye Mosque was designed as a the Süleymaniye Mosque was designed as a külliye, or complex with adjacent structures to service both religious and cultural needs. (B)
Day 3 – Istanbul – Bursa – Istanbul
07:30 depart from the hotel and drive to Bursa for a daily guided tour in Bursa.
Bursa was the first major and second overall capital of the Ottoman State between 1335 and 1363. The city was referred to as Hüdavendigar (meaning “God’s gift”) during the Ottoman period, while a more recent nickname is Yeşil Bursa (meaning “Green Bursa”) We will visit with all famous and Islamic heritage places. We will visit to Ulucami (Great Mosque) Bayezid I defeated in the Battle of Nicopolis. Bayezid built the
magnificent Ulu Cami celebrate this victory. then we will visit the Green Mosque, The mosque was built between 1419–1421 by architect vezir Hacı İvaz Pasha. Yeşil Türbe (Green Tomb) is a mausoleum of the fifth Ottoman Sultan, Mehmed I or Mehmed Çelebi, It was built by Mehmed’s son and successor Murad II After Bursa City tour depart for Istanbul back. Overnight in Istanbul. (B/L)
Day 4 – Istanbul
08:30 from your hotel for the a day tour of old Istanbul city.
Visit to St. Sophia This ancient basilica, built by Constantine the Great in the 4th century and reconstructed by Justinian in the 6th century, is one of the architectural marvels of all time. Topkapı Palace 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 Privy Chamber houses the Chamber of the Sacred Relics (Kutsal Emanetler Dairesi), which includes the Pavilion of the Holy Mantle. It houses what are considered to be “the most sacred relics of the Muslim world” the cloak of Muhammad, two swords, a bow, one tooth, a hair of his beard, his battle sabres, an autographed letter and other relics which are known as the Sacred Trusts. Several other sacred objects are on display, such as the swords of the first four Caliphs, The Staff of Moses, the turban of Joseph and a carpet of the daughter of Mohammed.
Sultanahmet Imperial Mosque Across from St. Sophia built in the 16th century by the architect Mehmet, is known as the BLUE MOSQUE because of its magnificent interior decoration of blue Iznik tiles. Hippodrome, ancient Hippodrome, the scene of chariot races, with the three monuments; the Obelisk of Theodosius, the bronze Serpentine Column and the Column of Constantine. Lunch break at 13:00pm after the lunch Murtis Tour will then take you to The Grand Covered Bazaar in this labyrinth of streets and passages are more then 4,000 shops with each trade having its own area: the goldsmiths’ street, the carpet sellers, Turkish arts and crafts, such as handpainted ceramic plates, hand-honed copperware, brassware and trays, water ewers, onyx-ware and meerschaum pipes. Return to your hotel. (B)
Day 5 – HOME..
After breakfast check out from the hotel.
Have a safe trip back home and thanks for choosing Meditour Turkey. (B)
P. P. in Dbl from € 640.00
Sgl Supplement € 232.00
Hagia Sophia on Monday,
Blue Mosque; visited from outside on Friday mornings until 13:00
because of noon-pray,
Topkapı Palace on Tuesday,
Grand Covered Bazaar on Sunday,
- There are two airports in Istanbul
Istanbul Ataturk airport is 20 km away from city center,
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.