Istanbul-Bursa Private Tour / 5Days 4Nights (TMPL-2008)

Day 01 Istanbul Arrival Day – Bursa (-,L,D)
Welcome to Istanbul! After meeting with Tempel Travel’s English speaking tour director continue to Eskihisar Town by coach and cross the Sea of Marmara by ferry and our journey to Bursa. Welcome to the first Capital of Turkish people Bursa. Visit Ulucami (Grand Mosque) – the largest Mosque in Bursa with the most striking example of Ottoman Turkish art and impressive calligraphic wall decorations from 1399 AD. Next, Koza Han, which means the "silk cocoon market". Koza Han was built in 1491 by sultan Beyazit II. It was both used as a caravanserai and a silk market because Bursa was the last stop on the great Silk Road from China. Since 1491, the Koza Han has remained the center of the silk industry and trade. Next is Cumalikizik Village an early ottoman settlement area. The village has maintained its historical character and presents one of the finest example of early Ottoman architecture. Overnight in Bursa

Day 02 Bursa – Istanbul (B,L,D)
After breakfast visit and pay respect for the very first founder of Ottoman Dynasty’s first sultan Osman Gazi and his son Orhan Gazi Mausoleum and continue back to the Istanbul from Topcular by the ferry. Upon arrival in Istanbul, we will commence with sightseeing in Istanbul, covering the following: Bosphorous Cruise trip. Here, you will be able to soak in the sights and sounds of Turkey’s Asia and Europe sector as you cruise through this water channel that is the very beat of life in Istanbul.  Witness the magnificent architecture of the buildings along the river and the interesting activities of our local people. We will get very chance of taking photo of Rumeli Castle and Anatolia Castle build by the conquerer of Istanbu in 1453.  Visit famous Tiara Jeweller Shopping Center. Next, continue to visit Spice Market (Egyptian Market), this marketplace was constructed in the 1660s as part of the New Mosque complex, with rents from the shops going to support the upkeep of the mosque and its charitable activities. It was called the Egyptian Market because it was famous for selling goods shipped in from Cairo. Overnight in Istanbul

Day 03 Istanbul (B,L,D)
After breakfast, Next, why not to visit and enjoy leather outlet and light fasion show. Visit Blue Mosque (Sultan Ahmet Mosque), a 16th century’s religious center and the only mosque in Istanbul with 6 minarets. Hippodrome square where horse carriage and gladiator fights took place during the Byzantian Empire. It is decorated today with an Egyptian Column, Serpentane Column and Ibrahim Pasa Palace (view only). Next, Topkapi Palace – a museum palace with a wide collection of Porcelains, Treasuries, religious collect peace. It is the first Great Imperial Palace of Ottoman Dynasty.  Visit St. Sophia (Hagia Sophia), at one time a cathedral and a mosque, a now a magnificent museum. Continue to visit and walking tour on Istiklal Street (Taksim Square), in the late 19th century, this major street was known as the Grande Rue de Pera, and it carried the life of the modern city up and down its lively promenade. It's still the center of Istanbul life, and a stroll along its length is a must. Overnight in Istanbul

Day 04 Istanbul (B,L,D)
After breakfast, we are starting our day with visit of Dolmabahce Palace, second imperial palace in Istanbul after Topkapi palace after 18C. It is located today at Bosphorous sight of Istanbul. Next visit Underground Water Cistern, built in the fourth century, is one of the underground cisterns that riddle the foundations of the city. It has been extensively excavated and renovated and is worth visiting and exploring while listening to the tunes of classical music. Next, Lets stop all together and understand very famous Turkish hand made rugs store. Next, visit the 500 year-old Grand Bazaar, which has more than 4000 shops selling local products handicrafts. Overnight in Istanbul

Day 05 Istanbul Departure (B,-,-)
You will have free and Easy day before you return back to your home. Transfer to the airport for your flight back home, bringing back wonderful memories and superb souvenirs from your Turkish vacation