Bursa Tours from Istanbul

Visit Bursa, the first capital of the Ottoman Empire.

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Bursa Tours from Istanbul

The splendid “green city” Bursa is located to southeast of Istanbul and  and is one of the most populous cities in Turkey. The city is known for its vast and rich forest outskirts, thick green gardens and parks and it is believed to be a gift of nature. Ironically, the city also holds several green painted 15 century buildings that are added attractions to the region.

The view of Bursa, known as the Green City

Why should you visit Bursa & around?

Bursa, is one of the exceptional cities in Turkey, with the most historical buildings and heritage in terms of historical and cultural richness. Bursa was the first capital city of the Ottoman Empire. This famous city has embraced the first six Ottoman sultans. This historical city is frequently called “Green Bursa” in reference to the parks and gardens located across its urban vegetation as well as to the vast forests and orchards that extend in its surrounding region. Bursa is also famous for its spring waters and thermal baths.

Bursa Tours Itinerary

You can customize this tour by replacing the tour days and/or including/excluding sights from the itinerary. Please contact us to tailor this tour to suit your needs.

DAY 1: ISTANBUL TO BURSA
You will be picked up from your hotel in Istanbul for a morning road trip. After 2 hours drive, we will have a short break and start Bursa tour.
Day 1 >> Bursa Tour from Istanbul
Ancient Ottoman architecture is being portrayed well by the Ulu Cami (meaning The Great Mosque) and it is the largest mosque in Bursa. This unique architecture was ordered by Sultan Bayezid I and it contains 20 domes and 12 columns to support these domes.Another excellent architected mosque in Bursa is the Green Mosque (Yesil Cami in Turkish), whose name was derived from the green tiles while initially covered the dome. The structure is more beautified by the pristine marble fountain inside an octagon shaped pool. Attributing to the name, the inner walls are decorated with green tiles mixed with blue colored flower structures.The Green Tomb (Yesil Turbe) was constructed by Murad II in memory of his father and predecessor Ottoman Sultan, Mehmed I. This hexagonal styles structure stands tallest among the other buildings in the neighbourhood of Yeşil. Next we visit the Turkish and Islamic Arts Museum of Bursa.Apart from ancient buildings and mosques, Bursa also hosts markets like KOZA HAN and the bazaar quarters (means silk cocoon market) which is the capital for silk trade and industries.

If you book one day Bursa tour from Istanbul, we will take you back to your hotel.
DAY 2: CUMALIKIZIK VILLAGE & IZNIK
On your seceond you will start with the early-Ottoman Village of Cumalikizik. The village was an unknown entity -even to Bursans – until 2000 when it became the filming location for the popular series Kınalı Kar (Henna in the Snow). Cumalikizik is a preferred destinations for Bursa folk for a leisurely weekend brunch in an array of rustic garden restaurants, or as a spot to pick up fresh fruit, local honey and handicrafts.

Formerly known as Nicaea, Iznik, lies to the northeast of Bursa. Nicaea was founded in 316 CE by Antigonas, one of the generals of Alexander the Great, then taken over by another general, Lysimachus, who named the city “Nicaea” for his wife. Iznik was always in the focus during the Roman, Byzantine, Seljuk and Ottoman eras. Two important Ecumenical Councils were held in Iznik; Council of Nicaea in 325 and in 745 over iconoclasm (image breaking).

Iznik was the center of exquisite ceramic ware production which made an important decorative contribution to mosques and palaces throughout Turkey.
DAY 3: Mt ULUDAG & RETURN TO ISTANBUL
Today you will take the cable car to the top of Mt. Uludag (Mt. Olympus). Mt Uludag is highest area in Western Turkey and it is a favourite center of winter sports and a beautiful national park. December to May is the best time for skiing, although the area, Uludag National Park, is well worth a visit at any time of the year for the lovely views and wonderful fresh air.

Bursa Tour Packages from Istanbul

Below pricing are based on two people sharing the common costs ie, transportation, guiding services or accommodation.

1 Day Bursa Tour
from Istanbul - 2 ppl sharing
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  • Private Transportation
  • Private Bursa Tour
  • Same Day Return
  • Travel Insurance
2 Days Bursa Tour
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  • Private Transportation
  • Private Bursa Tours
  • 4 & 5 Star Hotel Options
  • Travel Insurance

Additional Tour Info

  • 2,5 hours of scenic road trip from Istanbul to Bursa
  • Visit Ottoman’s first capital rich in early Ottoman architecture
  • A clear overview of Ottoman history
  • Learn about the main events and religious milestones of Bursa’s and Marmara region’s history
  • Taste local delicacies; the famous “Iskender Kebab” and chestnut candies
  • See one of the biggest cities in Turkey by population.
  • Shopping opportunity on the way back for silk, textile and local delicacies
  • If you book 2 days tour you can visit an early Ottoman village; Cumalikizik and Iznik.

Hotels charge the following supplements;

  • Single Room Supplement 50% pp/room rate
  • Third Person Supplment is 70%

To book this tour please choose your desired day from the calendar below and continue with the booking steps. Our booking system will take you to the secure payment gateway provided by PayU.

There is a set deposit amount of $75 for any group size. Your booking will be confirmed after the deposit payment. The balance is to be paid 15 days before the start of the tour(s).

You may cancel your tour reservation up to 72 hours before the planned start of the tour. No cancellation charge is incurred within the allowed deadline. Please read our cancellation policy: Booking Terms.

This tour is organized within the legal scope of the Turkish Law concerning Travel Agencies And The Association Of Travel Agencies (TURSAB) numbered 1618, and Vocational Tour Guides Law numbered 6326.

What's included?​

  • Private transportation; pick-up & drop-off to your hotel
  • Private Tour(s) with lunch
  • 4/5* accommodation options
  • Travel Insurance

What's not included?

  • Personal Expenses
  • Drinks at lunch(es)
  • Tips & Gratitude

Why choose us?

  • No Hidden Costs
  • No Shopping Stops
  • Comprehensive Travel Insurance
  • Hotels in good locations
  • We value your time and money
  • Our professional team is with you
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