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  • Location: Istanbul, Turkey
  • Duration:  13 hours (approx.)
Get to know Bursa, the first capital of the Ottoman Empire, on a day trip from Istanbul! With a private guide at your side, travel by minivan and ferry to the city and then visit some of its landmark monuments. Gaze in awe at the colorful grandeur of the Green Mosque, and then learn of the city as an Ottoman-era silk powerhouse on a trip to Bursa Silk Market and the Koza Han building. After lunch, ride to the top of Mt Olympus by cable car and ogle some impressive city views.

Highlights

  • Private day trip to Bursa from Istanbul with an expert local guide
  • Learn about Bursa during its Ottoman heyday, as the empire’s first capital city
  • Visit the Green Mosque and admire its array of turquoise tiles inside the domed hall
  • See Koza Han, a historical building inside the covered Bursa Silk Market
  • Ride to the summit of Mt Olympus by cable car and admire the vistas from the top
  • Travel by air-conditioned minivan and ferry between Istanbul and Bursa

What You Can Expect

Private Tour: Bursa Day Trip from Istanbul

See the sights of Bursa on a private tour!

Start your day with a pickup from your European-side Istanbul hotel, and travel to the port where your ferry awaits. Cruise south across the Sea of Marmara to Yalova, and then continue your journey by air-conditioned minivan. After just over two hours of traveling, arrive into Bursa, the first capital city of the Ottoman Empire.

Make your way through the city, and hear how the ancient capital evolved into the flourishing modern metropolis that it is today. While contemporary sights are common, the city has retained its original opulence with an abundance of historical monuments strewn around its streets.

Your first stop is the Green Mosque (Yeşil Camii). Follow your guide inside and marvel at its elegant marble archway and turquoise-tinged tiles that embellish the walls of the domed central hall. Learn about Sultan Mehmet I for whom the mosque was built, and then continue by foot to neighboring Koza Han, an intriguing building in the heart of the old Bursa Silk Market (Kapalı Çarşı).

For centuries, Koza Han symbolized the center of Bursa’s thriving silk trade and, although it now exists as a tea house, the building has retained its historical allure. Hear how Bursa marked the end of the ancient Silk Road, and how the city was once home to countless skilled artisans who produced caftans (long garments of clothing) and soft furnishings for the Turkish sultans.

Stop for lunch at a local cafe to enjoy a traditional Turkish kebab or other similar specialty, and then travel to the city’s cable car. Ride up the slope of Mt Olympus and enjoy some free time to soak up the panoramas from the summit. On rare occasions when the cable car is closed, follow your guide to another vantage point, located by an ancient plane tree, instead.

Return to your minivan, and travel back to Istanbul by coach and ferry. Your tour then finishes with a drop-off at your European-side Istanbul hotel in the early evening.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2011

BURSA - THE OTTOMAN CAPITAL
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4 star rating: Recommended July 2010

We all enjoyed the day and having a guide made everything so much more interesting.
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