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Take in the highlights of UNESCO-listed Bursa on this full-day tour from Istanbul, starting with a scenic ferry ride across the Sea of Marmara. Discover how the city was the one-time capital of the Ottoman Empire, and why it’s nicknamed ‘Green Bursa’ as you tour the famous Green Mosque, stroll the Silk Market and ride the cable car to the top of Mt Olympus for an impressive city view.

Highlights

  • Explore the local streets on a walking tour of the city
  • All entrance fees included
  • Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
  • Lunch included
  • Day trip (destination A to B)

What You Can Expect

Day Trip from Istanbul to Bursa: The Ottoman Capital

Bursa Tours

Customer Reviews

Paul D

1 star rating: I do not recommend this March 2016

Are you serious? It was a nightmare. I boarded the bus/van in front of my hotel at the prescribed time, and the tour guide checked my name off his roster. We proceeded from there to stop at innumerable hotels to pick up and wait interminably for others who were not ready. What ensued from that point forward did not even vaguely resemble the itinerary I had been sent and paid for. The bus/van stopped several times so that the passengers could visit and make purchases from selected vendors. We then proceeded to Uludag, NOT Bursa, as promised, where passengers were invited to ski or go snowmobiling NOT on the tour agenda. I was forced to get of the bus/van and wait nearly two hours in the freezing cold while others partook of these activities. We finally proceeded from there to Bursa and were allowed 40 minutes to peruse a mosque, a tomb, a park, and a silk shop. That was it for Bursa. We never came anywhere near never mind stopped at the Koza Han or any other bazaar. And it was nightfall by then, so I didn't see much of anything at all. En route back to Isanbul, we were treated to three more stops at merchants chosen by either the driver, guide, or both. We were also treated to a stop at a car wash. What fun! The tour was suposed to be in English. The guide spoke about 500 words of heavily-accented English and was barely understandable. Thank you for ruining my and my comanion's entire day comrising 16 worthless hours from beginning to end.

terkeller

1 star rating: I do not recommend this November 2015

This was one of the worst day trips I've ever taken. In effect it was a 16 hours shopping strip. We signed on because of a day trip I took to Bursa years about 12 years ago where we visited the green mosque and other sites. This trip was one shopping stop after another with the mosque and mausoleum visit at the end after dark. The synopsis suggests you take the cable car during the day. It was not. Again after dark so the views were not so great except for the city lights.
To make it worse we were given a lunch in a freezing cold restaurant. Then taken to the mountain top where we were told we had to take a chair lift and/or mountain bike ride at an additional cost. The option was to wait in the very cold while any who wanted those activities partook. Not sure what or where the bus driver and guide went when they dropped us off.
Even the shopping stops were expensive. I would expect them to be so but as an example the place which sold olive oil was 65 - 80 higher than the same product was sold in Taxsim Square in Istanbul.
No one should take this tour - look for other options.

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