Welcome to Bursa

Bursa was awarded Unesco World Heritage status in 2014 for being the birthplace of the Ottoman Empire. The city's historic contributions to Islamic development have given it an austere reputation. Yet locals are kind and welcoming, and you can take the occasional photo inside historic religious structures (just be respectful). You'll see a majority of headscarved women here and devout prayer in overflowing mosques.

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$56.35 Day Trips & Excursions

Bursa Full-Day Tour From Istanbul: Green Mosque, Mt Olympus

Explore the first capital of the Ottoman Empire on a small group full-day tour of Bursa from Istanbul.Following a pick-up from your hotel on Istanbul’s European side, transfer to the port to catch a ferry to Yalova. Cross the Sea of Marmara. Then, relax in air-conditioned comfort on the 2-hour drive to Bursa.Upon arrival, sample some of the local produce of the region, such as chestnuts, honey, olives, Turkish delights and more. See historic bazaars and sights, such as the Grand Mosque (Ulu Cami).Next, climb a mountain for a barbecue lunch. Enjoy some free time to enjoy an ATV safari, or take a minibus to the ski slopes for a spot of ski-ing (extra fee own expense).Hear how Bursa marked the end of the ancient Silk Road, and how the city was once home to countless artisans who produced kaftans and soft furnishings for the Turkish sultans.Return to Istanbul in the evening, for a drop off at your hotel.

$46 Day Trips & Excursions

Daily Green Bursa Tour From Istanbul

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Green Mosque (Yesil Camii), IznikGreen mosque built 1424, it was largest complex on the past time.Duration: 20 minutesStop At: Green Tomb, BursaGreen mausoleum the tomb of the ottoman sultan Mehmet Celebi.Duration: 15 minutesStop At: Uludag Ski Center, BursaVery good place for winter sport center and national park.Duration: 2 hours

$120 Day Trips & Excursions

Small-Group Tour: Bursa Day Trip from Istanbul

After pickup from your Istanbul hotel, enjoy a scenic ferry ride to Yalova before hopping on your coach to continue by road to Bursa. With your guide, visit the early 15th-century Green Mosque (Yesil Cami) and the Green Tomb (Yesil Turbe), where Sultan Mehmet I was buried in 1421. Both these sites are celebrated for their pristine architecture and beautiful interior embellishment, and you'll certainly see why!Continue to Bursa’s city center to visit the imperial Great Mosque (Ulu Cami). Be astounded by its 20 domes and 12 massive pillars built in the Seljuk style in 1399, and learn how this is a common place for Muslim worship. At midday, relax at an elegant restaurant – where Sultan Murat II once dined – and enjoy a lunch of traditional kebabs and other local specialties. After lunch, explore Koza Han, a vast market where merchants from all over the world have met for centuries to trade silk cocoons.Next, travel by cable car to Uludag (Mt Olympus), where you can admire panoramic views of Bursa and the fertile plains below. Continue by coach to Cumalikizik Village and pass beautifully preserved early Ottoman-era homes before heading back to Istanbul.

$51.75 Shore Excursions

Day Trip from Istanbul to Bursa: The Ottoman Capital

Start your day with a pickup from your European-side Istanbul hotel, and travel to the port where your ferry awaits. Cruise south across the Sea of Marmara to Yalova, and then continue your journey by air-conditioned minivan. After just over two hours of traveling, arrive into Bursa, the first capital city of the Ottoman Empire.With a your guide at your side, travel by minivan and ferry to the city and then visit some of its landmark monuments. Gaze in awe at the colorful grandeur of the Green Mosque, and then learn of the city as an Ottoman-era silk powerhouse on a trip to Bursa Silk Market and the Koza Han building. After lunch, ride to the top of Mt Olympus (Snow Hill) by cable car and some impressive city views.Ottoman Empire was one of the largest empires in the history. Bursa was its first capital. The city that is settled on the northwestern slopes of Mount Uludag is known as "Yesil Bursa" (meaning "Green Bursa") from its beautiful parks and gardens located throughout the city. This fourth largest city of Turkey is also known for its peaches, chestnuts, and silk industry. The city is frequently cited as "Green Bursa" in a reference to the beautiful parks and gardens located across its urban tissue, as well as to the vast forests in rich variety that extend in its surrounding region. The city is synonymous with the mountain Uludağ which towers behind the city core and which is also a famous ski resort. The mausoleums of early Ottoman sultans are located in Bursa and the numerous edifices built throughout the Ottoman period constitute the city's main landmarks. The surrounding fertile plain, its thermal baths, several interesting museums, notably a rich museum of archaeology, and a rather orderly urban growth are further principal elements that complete Bursa's overall picture.

$51.75 Day Trips & Excursions

Daily Bursa and Uludag Tour

Departure from Istanbul to ferry-boat at Eskihisar for this full day tour. Pick up will be from your hotel. The time of pick-up from hotels in Istanbul will be 07:30. While you are on a boat, get ready to be thrilled for the experience you are about to get. Trust us, it is one of a lifetime experience, you will understand this once the tour will get started. Enjoy the beauty of this country and its seaside.Drive to Bursa, which is a former Ottoman Capital. Here, you will get the opportunity to see local products of the region like ches nut, honey, olive oil, Turkish delight, outlet center and what not. Roam around this amazing place, see how beautifully the products are being made, taste the Turkish food and buy something for yourself.Next, climb to mountain for an amazing barbecue lunch. With the mountainous view around you and a barbeque being cooked on the other side, just imagine about the feels you are going to get there. After it, avail your free time by going to Atv safari or ski motor for skiing. Another fun activity planned out only for you. This is not for the people who love adventures, even if you are into this stuff we would still suggest you to try it just for once.You will never forget the fun. Visit Ulucami (Grand Mosque), and roam around the old silk market in the Covered bazaar. It is one of the most known bazaar in Istanbul. Roam around this market, you will get to see number of shops selling number of things. When you will be back, it will be evening already. While retuning to Istanbul in the even

$229.98 Cultural & Theme Tours

Discover Bursa

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: The Great Mosque, BursaVisit of the Great Mosque: Ulu Cami dating from 1399.Duration: 1 hourStop At: Koza Hani, Bursa- Visit Koza Han (the silk market) of the Ottoman period and / Bursa Grand Bazaar.Duration: 3 hoursStop At: Green Mosque (Yesil Camii), IznikVisit of the Green Mosque and the Green Mausoleum: From the 15th century of the Sultan Mehmet I period.Duration: 2 hoursStop At: Tombs of Osman and Orhan, BursaVisit the Mausoleum of Osman Bey (founder of the Ottoman Empire) and his son Orhan the 2nd Sultan of the Empire and the conqueror of the city of Bursa.Duration: 2 hours