Day 1: Istanbul
You will be met by your guide at the Istanbul International Airport (IST) and transferred to your hotel. After checking into your hotel, you will have some time to relax.
Free leisure day afterwards. Overnight in Istanbul.
Day 2: Istanbul | Tour of Old City Istanbul
After early breakfast at the hotel, you will be picked up around 08:15-08:45 for full day tour. We will first visit Hagia Sophia, the Church of the Divine Wisdom, one of the greatest marvels of architecture, constructed as a basilica in the 6th. century by Emperor Justinian. Afterwards, we visit the Blue Mosque, facing Hagia Sophia, famous with its blue Iznik tiles and unique with 6 minarets, built in the name of Sultan Ahmet. Right next to the mosque is the Hippodrome, center of sportive events (chariot races, athletics) and political activities of the old city, where we will see the Serpentine Column, Obelisk of Theodosius and German Fountain of Wilhelm II.
The day will continue with the Grand Bazaar, most attractive shopping center and the biggest “souk” in the world with nearly 4000 shops selling antiques, jewellery, gold, carpets, leatherware and souvenir. After lunch (Not Included), we will visit Topkapı Palace, residence of Ottoman Sultans exhibiting imperial treasury, sacred Islamic relics of Prophet Mohammed, kitchen, Chinese porcelain, weapons, calligraphy section etc. Live guide commentary is not allowed in special sections. (Harem is not included in the program) Sultan Tombs, there are five tombs of Ottoman Sultans within the graveyard at Hagia sophia. The ceramic panels are the most beautiful examples of the 16th century with purple, red, green and blue flower motives. Prince robes and a small piece from the Kaaba covers are displayed on the sarcophaguses. Tour end around 17:00, drop off to Hotel.
Overnight in Istanbul (Breakfast)
Day 3: Istanbul
After early breakfast at the hotel, you will be picked up around 08:15-08:45 for full day tour. We will first visit Spice Bazaar (Egyptian Bazaar), mystical smells of different aromas of various spices. Shops selling fruits, vegetables, fish, flowers etc. Bosphorus Cruise, through the waterway separating the two continents, Europe and Asia, with a possibility to take photographs of marble palaces, ancient wooden villas of Ottoman architecture besides modern residentials and luxurious apartments. Rumeli Fortress (from the boat – no interior visit), historical armament built by the Conqueror to control and protect the Bosphorus..
After the tour, you will be transferred to your hotel. Rest of the day free for your leisure.
Overnight in Istanbul (Breakfast)
Day 4: Istanbul – Bursa
After breakfast, we will depart via Yalova to Bursa. Arrive to Bursa in the afternoon, check in to your Hotel and Free time afterwards for relaxation.
Overnight in Bursa (Breakfast)
Day 5: Bursa
After early breakfast, Full Day Bursa City and Mount Uludag Tour.Tour of the magnificent Bursa, one of the former Ottoman Capitals. First, the day will commence with a visit to the central historic area of Bursa, where you will visit Ulucami (Grand Mosque), the Green Mosque and the Green Mausoleum (from the outside). You will also have the chance to tour around the old Silk Market and the Covered Bazaar. We suggest you to try the original iskender kebab for lunch (Not Included). We will then drive to the 600 year old Inkaya Plane Tree, where you can take a small coffee break (Not Included) while enjoying the amazing scenery and the sound of fresh mountain water. We will then drive up to Mount Uludag, and stop at the first stage for a short while. Prepare to dress well, as it may be colder on this small plateau on every season. In the evening, end of the tour, drive back to your hotel.
Overnight in Bursa. (Breakfast)
Day 6: Bursa – Yalova
After breakfast check-out from your hotel in Bursa and private transfer at 12:00 hrs noon time to your hotel in Yalova, check-in. Rest of the day free for leisure.
Overnight in Yalova (Breakfats)
Day 7: Bursa – Yalova
After breakfast at the hotel, we will drive to Yalova. Situated in the northwest of the country, Yalova is one of the most fabulous Turkish cities. Frequently visited by tourists from every corner of the globe, it is little wonder why people make their way here. With history that stretches back into prehistoric times, stunning natural beauty spots and vibrant cities, it certainly is well worth exploring. Because of its rich history, Yalova has become incredibly wealthy in terms of its culture, traditions and attractions. One of the first things to do in Yalova is to pay a visit (Private baths not included the tour price) to the thermal spas of Termal. Located around eight miles south of the city, the hot springs have been used by the inhabitants here since the Roman period and then reconstructed by the Ottomans.The spas contain sodium chloride, calcium sulphate and fluoride and remain at a pleasant temperature of around 57 to 60 degrees Celsius. For centuries they have been used as a means of relaxation, healing and cleansing. Waterfalls; Watch the amazing view of nature. Arboretum (Live Open Air Plant Museum); seven thousand different plant species, subspecies, varieties and cultural form is hosted. Lunch break at HasanBaba (not included); Free time for city Center. Transfer back to your hotel.
Overnight in Yalova. (Breakfast)