A Seat at the Council of Nicea, İznik&Bursa (Private)
What is the best way to discover Bursa&Iznik?
The first council of Nicea (Iznik) was held here under the reign of Constantine that defined the more straightforward concept of Holy Trinity in 325 A.D. The doctrine of the Trinity was then finalized at the Council of Constantinople in 381 AD, which expressly included the Holy Spirit as equal to the Father and the Son. It was also at Iznik that the Second Council of Nicaea met in 787 to discuss the issues of iconography. The city was conquered and incorporated into the Ottoman Empire in the 14th century. The town later became a significant center for creating local faience pottery (known as the Iznik Çini, Çini meaning China – Chinese porcelain stood in great favor with the Sultans.) Iznik tiles were used to decorate many of the mosques in Istanbul designed by Architect Sinan. Iznik, apart from its biblical legacy, holds a beautiful heritage of Ottoman civil and administrative architecture. Your tour starts with an early departure from the hotel at 07:00 am. The ferry trip to the nearby town of Yalova will be followed by a 3-hour drive to Iznik (Nicea), passing by beautiful countryside. In Iznik, you will see the Hagia Sophia of Nicea's ruins, the City Walls, and the Green Mosque. After the visit to Iznik, your tour will continue with a visit to Bursa. Settled on the northwestern slopes of Mount Uludag in the southern Marmara Region, Bursa is frequently cited as 'Green Bursa', about the parks and gardens located across its urban tissue and the vast forests in a wide variety that extend in its surroundings. The first major capital city in the early years of the Ottoman Empire, Bursa kept its importance as a commercial center, especially as the source of most royal silk products during the Ottoman period. Thus, Bursa has traditionally been a pole of attraction and was a major center for refugees from various ethnic backgrounds; and it holds an immaculate heritage of Ottoman civil architecture. Places to visit are The Green Mosque, the Green Tomb, the Grand Mosque, the Covered Bazaar, and the Old Silk Market. You can also taste the world-famous 'Iskender Kebab' and go to Olympus Mountain via cable car. The return to Istanbul follows the same route.
At the eastern tip of Lake Iznik
Discover the historical sites at the eastern tip of Lake Iznik.
Explore the beautiful city of Bursa with its rich history and attractions.
Children between the ages 2 and 10 receive a 50% discount.
Included in the Package
- Professional tour guide experience in various languages
- Transportation from/to your address via proper, comfortable vehicle.
- Highway fees
Not Included in the Package
- Food and beverages
- Personal expenses
- Admission fees
- Cable car fee
- Cancellation for tours can be made 36 hours before for full-day excursions outside of İstanbul without paying the penalty. Otherwise, you will be charged the full tour price.