At 8:00am, you will meet your professional guide in the hotel lobby and drive approximately 2,5 hours to Bursa.
First, you will visit the Great Mosque (Ulucami). Ulu Cami is the largest mosque in Bursa and a landmark of early Ottoman architecture which used many elements from the Seljuk architecture. Ordered by Sultan Bayezid I, the mosque was designed and built by architect Ali Neccar in 1396–1399. It is a large rectangular building, with twenty domes arranged in four rows of five that are supported by twelve columns. The mosque has two minarets.
There is also a fountain (şadırvan) inside the mosque where worshipers can perform ritual ablutions before prayer; the dome over the şadırvan is capped by a skylight which creates a soft light below, playing an important role in the illumination of the large building.
Next, visit the Green Mosque, named after the color of its minaret. It is the symbol of İznik. It was built by Architect Hacı Mustafa between 1378 and 1391. With its single dome, it is one of the most splendid mosques built in the Early Ottoman Period. The main part is ornamented with blue and green ceramic tiles in a zigzag mosaic technique. The diversity of green and turquoise ceramic tiles of the mosque attracts attention.
Lunch iwill be served in a local restaurant where you will try Iskender Kebab, a very famous kebab special to Bursa.
Last, you will visit the Koza Han. Kozahan is a silk cacoon han and it was built by the great architect Abdul Ula Bin Pulat Sah as a foundation for historical works in Istanbul by the order of Ottoman Sultan Bayezid II in 1491. After passing through many restorations, the Koza Han still survives today and continues to be the center of cocoons which are ready for spinning. Koza Han today, is a marketplace that consists mainly of merchants selling silks and brocades. You will enjoy a Turkish coffee in the courtyard of the han.
At the end of the day, you will drive back to Istanbul and return to your hotel approximately around 6:00pm.