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.
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.
If you book one day Bursa tour from Istanbul, we will take you back to your hotel.
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.
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.
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