The Cradle of Four Different Civilizations / Daily Trip to Iznik (Nicaea)

If you want to explore a city nearby Istanbul, Lodger Travel can plan a daily Nicaea tour for you to show the beauties of a city which was the cradle of four different civilizations. Nicaea is historically famous for hosting the first and the seventh ecumenical councils of the church: The 1st Council of Nicaea in 325 AD and 2nd Council of Nicaea in 787 AD. As a travel agency which designs “tailor made” tours for private groups or individuals, we can change whole tour details upon your demand. As well, we can book your hotel, arrange your transfers from / to the airport and fulfil your any kind of requests…


09.00 AM: We will leave the hotel after breakfast for a car travel from Istanbul to Iznik which takes about 2.5 to 3 hours. As we arrive to Iznik, we will visit the Old City Walls and City Gate from Roman and Byzantine periods.
12.30 AM: Lunch break will be given at a traditional Iznik restaurant.
01.30 PM: Following the lunch break, we will visit the Green Mosque built by the Ottomans which was decorated in green tiles. Afterwards we will proceed to Hagia Sophia of Nicaea, a former church which was built by Byzantine Emperor Justinian the Great in the 6th century. It was designed as a small copy of the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul. And it has a significant importance because it is the place where the Second Council of Nicaea met in 787 AD. Afterwards we will visit the Imaret of Nilufer Hatun, a museum where you can see the collection of Iznik ceramics. Iznik became famous between the 15th -17th centuries as a centre of ceramic production. Therefore we will go to small studios to see how Iznik quartz tiles are made.
03.30 PM We will leave Iznik and travel by car back to Istanbul.

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Lodger Travel,

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