Explore & Discover First Capital Of The Ottomans
Bursa was the capital of the Ottoman State between 1326 and 1365. No trip to Turkey is complete without visiting Bursa, once the final stop on the Silk Road. Also known as 'Green Bursa' because of its parks and gardens, this full day trip will take you through a 700 years of rich cultural heritage and history , experiencing the early Ottoman period and Bursa's role as a trade center and explores nearby villages and natural wonders.
Departure Days: Everyday
Bursa tours are operated everyday, but can not be available sometimes depending on total number of participants on several days of the week. For this reason please let us know if any alternative days may also work for you.
Tour Program: Pick up around 08:00 am from hotels on the European side Istanbul. You will first cross the Izmit gulf with car-ferryboat; a very lovely journey on the sea lasting about one hour. After which, you will continue by a short bus ride through a very beautiful landscape, among the green forests, traditional small towns and villages along the way. After visiting the highlights of this beautiful city you will return to Istanbul same way arriving at around 19:00-19:30. PS: Indicated times can differ depending on the location of hotels. Specific pick up times will be informed after your reservation is completed.
Highlights of Daily Bursa Tour
Ulu Camii (Grand Mosque of Bursa) - You will see exquisitely simple calligraphy and rich craftsmanship in this 600 year old Ulu Camii
Green Mosque - Visit the complex named after its beautiful turquoise colored tiles and considered the gem of Bursa.
Koza Han - Stop by this last caravanserai on the Silk Road and a meeting place for travelers over the centuries.
Tophane - Still traditional, historical district of Bursa located on the outskirts of Uludag Mountain. You can enjoy a magnificent view over Bursa's parks and gardens.
Cable Car - We will take the first line of cable-car up to Uludag Mountain, according to a legend it is from where gods watched the Trojan war. Cable car can be cancelled by local authorities without prior notice due to weather conditions or technical reasons, in which case we will drive to upper parts of the mountain skirt by the tour bus/minivan.
Price for Regular (Group) Tours:
90 Euro per person (official tour price).
Discount: 80 Euro per person discounted price for 2-3 participants.
Discount: 75 Euro per person discounted price for 4 and more participants.
All taxes are included. Surcharges may apply in case of credit cards payments.
All transportations required for the tour from / to your hotels)
Lunch in Bursa, in a traditional local restaurant.
Full guidance during the tour (English speaking guide)
Any entrance fees for the places to be visited mentioned in the tour program.
Price for Private Tours: (Private guide & transfer for individuals and private groups)
Please ask for small groups. The price will highly depend on the number of participants in this case. Recommended for minimum 7 people for reasonable per person pricing. .
The First Capital of Ottoman Empire. Osman Bey, who was born in a town of Bursa, conquered the towns around Bursa in 1299 and this is the year regarded as the founding of the Ottoman Empire, which was to survive for over six hundred years. (The word Ottoman is derived from his name, Osman) Bursa is located in the northwest of the Anatolian peninsula and southeast of the Marmara Sea. The shores of the Marmara Sea are 135 km away. The most important peak in the province is Uludag (Legendary Mount Olympus), which is a ski resort and national park.
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Mount Uludag (Misios Olympos)
Uludag (2543 m), 36km south of Bursa, is one of the country’s favorite winter sports centers and as well as skiing, its richness of flora and fauna has made it into a National Park and summer activities like trekking and camping are also popular. Uludag was previously known as Olympus Misios in ancient times, and is known in mythology as the place where the gods watched the Trojan war.
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Ulucami (Grand Mosque of Bursa)
It was constructed between 1396 and 1400 by Sultan Bayezit, fully made up of cut stone, with very thick and high walls, 12 heavy four edged grade, with pendantives as of 20 domes. It is the most classical and monumental sample of the multi - domed mosques. It has the biggest size (318 square meters) among all of the Turkish mosques with its rich and roomy space.
Green (Yesil) Mosque
Constructed between 1419 and 1420, It is called Green Mosque due to the green turquoise tiles used on adornments. It is one of the most important Ottoman period structure in Bursa, and the mosque is famous with its adornments much more than its architecture.
Structure, which is the symbol of Bursa, is one of the most beautiful samples of Ottoman tomb architecture. Octagonal structure, to which you can climb via a marble stair, is covered by a lead dome perched on a high hoop. It is a unique structure with its tile adornments. Its fully tile covered balcony is a master piece of art. One of the most beautiful samples of the Ottoman wooden work, the door was built by transition technique of walnut tree, adorned with geometrical motifs and has inscription on it.
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