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Relish an opportunity to learn about the Ottoman Empire's first capital, Bursa, during a small-group half day tour from Istanbul. Over centuries of rule, the Ottoman Empire influenced so much of Turkey’s culture and during this tour you will experience some of Bursa’s most historic landmarks. See the Green Mausoleum (Yesil Turbe) and the Green Mosque (Yesil Camii) famous for their tile decor. Visit the 14th-century Great Mosque (Ulu Cami) and then savor a lunch at a charming local eatery. Finally, venture to Koza Han to discover the ancient heart of silk trade. This tour is limited to 15 people to ensure a quality experience. 

Highlights

  • Day trip to Bursa from Istanbul
  • Visit the Green Mosque and Green Tomb, both renowned for their superb decorations
  • Enjoy a ferry ride to Yalova and admire sweeping city views from Uludag
  • Indulge in a traditional Turkish meal at a restaurant where Sultan Murat II once dined
  • Be astounded by the massive domes and pillars of the 14th-century Great Mosque, where local Muslims worship
  • Visit Koza Han, a vast market that was the center of silk trade for many centuries.
  • Small-group tour limited to 25 people ensures a more personalized experience

What You Can Expect

Small-Group Tour: Bursa Day Trip from Istanbul

Small-Group Tour: Bursa Day Trip from Istanbul

Kick-off your small-group day trip to Bursa by meeting your guide at your Istanbul hotel. Then, journey by ferry to Yalova to get in your air-conditioned coach and continue to Bursa.

Arrive in Bursa and start with a stop at the 15th-century Green Mosque (Yesil Cami). Here, discover the eternal resting place of Sultan Mehmet who was buried at the Green Tomb (Yesil Turbe) in 1421. Admire both attraction’s elegant architecture inside and out as you explore with your guide.

Next, stroll to the Great Mosque (Ulu Cami) and enjoy its Seljuk architectural design. Marvel at the 12 towering pillars and 20 stunning domes built in 1399 in the heart of Bursa. Then, learn about the Muslims who have worshipped at this imperial building over centuries.

At a local restaurant where Sultan Murat II formerly feasted, stop for lunch to savor kebabs and other traditional fare. Afterwards, continue to the enormous marketplace of Koza Han, where for centuries international silk merchants have congregated to do business.

Next, head to your last attraction of the day Uludag (Mt Olympus). Arrive by cable car and capture expansive views of verdant fields and Bursa below. Finally, cruise by coach past well kept Ottoman-era residences as you journey to Cumalikizik Village. Then, enjoy more window views as you travel back to your Istanbul hotel where your tour ends.

Customer Reviews

Rania

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2013

Very nice tour. Our tour guid was May and she was very nice and informative.

Russell S

1 star rating: I do not recommend this September 2011

WE WOULD NOT RECOMMEND THIS TRIP. IN ALL THE DAY WAS FAR TO LONG - 16.5 HOURS. THERE WAS NO TIME ALLOCATED FOR DINNER AT NIGHT AND WE ARRIVED BACK AT ISTANBUL AFTER 12.30AM.

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