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Private Nicea and Bursa Tour from Istanbul

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    Begin the tour with a morning departure from your Istanbul hotel. Ride the ferry to the nearby town of Yalova, then hop in a car for a 45 minute drive to İznik (Nicea), passing through beautiful countryside as you go. In İznik, see the ruins of the Haghia Sophia of Nicea and the City Walls, as well as the Green Mosque. The city has a rich history: it was conquered and incorporated into the Ottoman Empire in the 14th century and later became a major center for local faïence pottery (known as the İznik Çini, Çin meaning China – Chinese porcelain stood in great favor with the Sultans.) İznik tiles were used to decorate many of the mosques in Istanbul designed by Sinan.

    After İznik, head to the town of Bursa in the northwestern slopes of Mount Uludağ, in the southern Marmara Region. Bursa is frequently cited as "Green Bursa", thanks to the many parks and gardens located throughout the city, as well as the vast forests that surround it. 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.

    Traditionally a pole of attraction, Bursa was a major center for refugees from various ethnic backgrounds and holds an immaculate heritage of Ottoman civil architecture. Spend time here exploring the Green Mosque, the Green Tomb, and the Grand Mosque; and shop for treasures at the Covered Bazaar and the Old Silk Market. Taste the world famous “Iskender Kebap” before returning to Istanbul at the end of the day.
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    Departure Point
    Istanbul hotels
    Departure Time
    7am
    Duration
    14h
    Return Details
    Istanbul hotels
    Inclusions
    • Lunch
    • Professional guide
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off
    • Private tour
    • Transport by private vehicle
    Exclusions
    • Drinks
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    • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
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    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    I have visited Istanbul with friends several times and wanted to see signature places and discover the culture. Ordered private guide tour which was lead by Cenk. He was great - very knowledgeable about the history. Even through our time was limited we saw everything we wanted
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    By: Travelium
    167 reviews
    samhelmy12
    32
    Great tour of Istanbul
    Had a very enjoyable and interesting tour with our guide Hakan Erkinay. I highly recommend him to take you around
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    DougA554
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
    8124
    Never again!
    We booked an airport transfer through Expedia, prepaid. When we emerged from customs, no sign of our pick-up.
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    Zpig
    20
    A fantastic day In Istanbul
    I had only one day In Istanbul and it was incredible thanks to my guide, Cenk Akbostanci. Cenk was incredibly
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    arshad_d07
    Istanbul, Turkey
    11
    Panoramic Tour of Istanbul and Bosphorous Cruise
    Absolutely amazing day with the family. Imran, our guide has become an extended part of the family through his
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    RashidPour
    20
    When in Istanbul, you better call Cenk!
    i have had a chance to spend a full day Istanbul experience and i can not explain how Cenk made it so wonderful.
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    RettepSnej
    10
    When in Rome,do as the Romans do. When in Istanbul, explore the city with Cenk Akbostanci as your trusted guide.
    What Cenk doesn't know about the city and its people, is not worth mentioning. Cenk's command of English is
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    yoko20082019
    Tokyo Prefecture, Japan
    20
    Great tour guide Cenk "Jack" Akbostanci in Istanbul
    I visited Istanbul for the first time in July 2019 and fell in love with the amazing city, thanks to my great tour
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    Globetrottingcid
    Kenya
    156
    Cenk Akbostanci - when a guide is like family
    Cenk was highly recommended to me by a good friend. She was spot on. It felt like I spent 3 days with a friend
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    travellingtheworld96
    11
    Knowledgeable and friendly guide (Cenk)!
    We had an amazing private day tour of Istanbul with Cenk as our guide. We managed to pack in all of the major
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    0irynas
    Lviv, Ukraine
    20
    Cenk Akbostanci is a great guide
    I have visited Istanbul with friends several times and wanted to see signature places and discover the culture.
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    730orlyb
    31
    cenk "JACK" Akbostanci - Istanbul's best of the best tour guide
    First time visiting Istanbul and because of CENK we fell in love with this amazing place. He was able to provide
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    PennyKM
    Sydney, Australia
    80109
    Look no further for a guide- Jake Cenk Akbostanci
    Don’t bother looking further!!! Jake is the perfect Istanbul guide. From our hotel were lucky to be teamed up
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    UmittaI
    56
    Amazing Tour Guide- Cenk Akbostanci
    Istanbul has becomes one of our fav cities to visit thanks to your amazing our guide on our 1st visit in 2015 with
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    mitchellei
    Beirut, Lebanon
    99
    Thank you Cenk Akbostanci !!
    Visited Istanbul with some friends and had the most amazing time thanks to our very knowledgeable, well-connected
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    Lmclbv
    11
    Cenk Akbostanci has been an amazing guide !
    If you plan to travel to Istanbul, I really advise you to have a tour with Cenk Akbostanci. He is a very nice
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