1. Day : Arrival
Upon your arrival we will pick you up from the airport and transfer to Hotel in Sultanahmet area. Overnight in Istanbul
2. Day : Bosphorus Cruise, Camlica Hill and Spice Bazaar (B,L)
CITY WALLS The first breach of the walls was by the Fourth Crusade in 1204, the second by the cannons and troops of Sultan Mehmet the Conqueror in 1453.
DRIVE BY BUS TO GOLDEN HORN As a natural and extremely secure harbor, the Golden Horn has played an important role in the development of Istanbul. The inlet separates the European shore into two. It is approximately 8 km long, and the widest part is the entrance from the Bosphorus. Two streams drain into this inlet at its far end.
SPICE BAZAAR (EGYPTIAN BAZAAR) The air here is filled with the enticing aromas of cinnamon, caraway, saffron, mint, thyme and every other conceivable herb and spice.
BOAT TRIP ON THE BOSPHORUS An amazing cruise between the two continents, EUROPE and ASIA, along the Bosphorus by the Dolmabahçe and Beylerbeyi Palaces, wooden villas and mansions up to the Rumeli Fortress.
THE RUMELI FORTRESS(FROM THE SEA) (NO INTERIOR VISIT)
İstanbul had been besieged many times before Mehmet the Conqueror took the city in 1453,but it managed to defend itself with the help of the Roman city walls.
LUNCH (Drinks are extra)
SHOPPING As Turkey is one of the best leather producing countries in the world. We will watch a fashion-show in an outlet center which produces and manufactures different varieus of great quality leatherware. So it’s a good opportunity to have a look at the reasonable priced good quality leather accessories. (Optional due to high traffic jam and long line for the Palace)
BOSPHORUS BRIDGE Unique chance to step from one continent (ASIA) to another (EUROPE)
BEYLERBEYİ PALACE The summer residence of Ottoman Sultans with its original furniture and magnificent gardens with the HAREM on the ASIAN SIDE.
ÇAMLICA HILL one of the highest point in Istanbul. At the top of it you can rest and admire the magnificent panorama of Istanbul and the Bosphorus from the beautiful gardens, landscape in traditional style, as you sip your drinks in a cafeteria. Overnight in Istanbul
3. Day : Ertugrul Tomb and Bursa City Tour (B,L)
You all have been watching Dirilis Ertugrul and Kurulus Osman and have a great love and interest to Ottoman History . You have been watching Resurrection Ertugrul serials on TV Channels and Netflix .
Due to huge interest and demand , we have started Ertugrul tours for new and having an excellent response from all over the world . Our travelers have joined our tours so far and we all had great Ertugrul tour with them.
Due a long jornej we are departin earlie in the morning after breakfast. We drive with rest breaks straight to Sogut where located Ertugrul Ghazi Tomb & Tombs of Alps and Hatuns and his family members.
Especially thinking the fact that our great hero Ertugrul Ghazi had been in these places and walked here and now it is our turn to follow his footsteps. We will visit the tomb of Ertugrul Ghazi where he died in 1288 and lots of monuments which are tributed to him, scattered around the town. You will have free time here to take photos. We will also visit the Tomb of Sheikh Edebali who was the mentor of Ertugrul Ghazi and considered as the spiritual founder of the Ottoman Empire. We also visit Orhan Ghazi Mosque which is the first Ottoman Mosque with a lead dome built-in 1392.
After visit of Ertugrul Gazi complex we will have a lunch break at Bozuyuk. After lunch we continue to city Bursa.
Bursa City which was the first capital of Ottoman Empire. We will visit Tophane area , where Osman Gazi and Orhan Gazi, the founders of the Ottoman dynasty, were laid for their final rest in two ancient Byzantine structures, which underwent drastic alteration or were even completely rebuilt after the earthquake of 1855. The tour ends by visiting Bursa Grand Mosque; built in the Seljuk style, it was ordered by the Ottoman Sultan Bayezid I and built between 1396 and 1399. Then, we will start to journey back to Istanbul via Osman Gazi Bridge .End of Ertugrul Tour with sweet memories.
Who was Ertugrul?
Ertugrul Gazi, on whom the popular series is based, was the son of Suleyman Shah, leader of the nomadic Kayi tribe from the steppes of Central Asia. Early in the thirteen century, it is thought that he led his tribe in fleeing the region to avoid the violence of the Mongol invasions, but drowned crossing the Euphrates into Syria. At this point his family divided; two sons led part of the family back to Horasan to enter into Mongol service, while another son, Ertuğrul, led the others westward to Anatolia.1
In his time, the Byzantines and the Seljuks were two of the major competing powers, vying for control of Anatolia, as well as the Mongols. According to the traditionally accepted version of events, Ertuğrul brought 400 followers into the service of the Seljuks, as auxiliaries against both the Byzantines in the west and the Mongols in the east). He was, therefore, rewarded for his efforts by the Seljuk Sultan in Konya, and given land in western Anatolia, namely the two small districts of Söğüt and Domaniç.
Again, according to the popularly accepted version, Ertugrul Gazi is thought to have envisioned a prosperous and secure state for all peoples, Muslim and non, alike; a state rooted in the principles of the Islamic faith, and justice and fairness for all. This new ‘homeland’ became the foundation for what would become the Ottoman Empire.
Ertuğrul is thought to have passed away in Sogut at the age of 90 in the late 1290’s.
Late evening (10pm) return to Istanbul and transfer to hotels.Overnight in Istanbul
4. Day : Full Day Istanbul City Tour (B,L)
We begin our tour of the Sultanahmet district, the heart of old Istanbul, at Hagia Sophia *. Built by the Emperor Justinian in the early 6th century AD and designed by Anthemius of Tralles and Isodore of Miletus, the church is one of the marvels of world architecture. Converted into a mosque in 1453, it is now a museum. Its massive dome still dominates the skyline of old Istanbul. It is also famed for its mosaics, including glittering portraits of emperors and empresses and a poignant Virgin and Child.
Next we visit the Blue Mosque** which takes its name from the exquisite tiles adorning its interior. Built by Sultan Ahmet I in the early 17th century and designed by a pupil of Sinan, the greatest of Ottoman architects, it is the only imperial mosque with six minarets. Its courtyard is especially grand. The Hippodrome, the stadium of ancient Byzantium, held 100,000 spectators and featured objects from all corners of the empire. Of these, an Egyptian obelisk and a bronze sculpture of three entwined serpents from Delphi survive. The Grand Bazaar was the commercial heart of the old city and its 4,000 shops are full of treasures including carpets and kilims, silks, jewelry, ceramics, icons, and leather goods. Wandering through the Grand Bazaar, indulge in some shopping, Ottoman style.
Our tour is continued at Topkapı Palace, which, from the 15th to the 19th century, was the principal residence of the Ottoman Sultans. We will visit the fabulous Imperial Treasury and the Baghdad Kiosk. Topkapı Palace is now a museum and has unrivalled collections of jewelry, including the Spoonmaker’s Diamond, the 3rd largest in the world. It also possesses numerous Ottoman court costumes and ceramics, notably including one of the world’s finest collections of Chinese celadon ceramics, many of which were gifts from other rulers. Interestingly, some of the ceramics have a special glaze that was said to change color in the presence of poison. We also visit the Imperial Armory, displaying centuries of Ottoman weaponry. But perhaps the loveliest feature of Topkapı Palace are its courtyards with their ancient trees; it is easy to imagine the sultan strolling here far from the cares of state and empire. Last but by no means least, we visit the Grand Covered Bazaar, most attractive shopping center and the biggest “souk” in the world with nearly 4000 shops selling antiques, jewellery, gold, carpets, leatherware and souvenir. Overnight in Istanbul
5. Day : Departure (B)
Checkout and we will transfer you to Istanbul international airport according to your flight schedule. Goodbye!
Legend: B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner