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Day Tour to Green Bursa from Istanbul

1. Day Tour to Green Bursa from Istanbul

If you are visiting Istanbul in Turkey and would like to see some other historical locations that are not too far away, then a trip to Bursa is the perfect solution. Be sure not to miss out on this fascinating city. The tour begins in the morning when our representative guide conveniently picks up visitors by bus from their hotels. A short but beautiful ferry trip is then necessary to take passengers from the port of Yenikapi to the town of Yalova. From this point, visitors travel comfortably by bus to the final destination of Bursa. The name of “Bursa” originates from Purissias, the king of antique Bithynia. It is a large city center located North-East of Uludag. This dynamic city, which is often renowned for its many soothing hot water spas, is at the same time a significant center of winter sports in the Marmara region. When visitors arrive in Bursa they will first visit the famous covered bazaar to browse the countless possible souvenirs on display and afterwards they will experience the impressive architecture of the sacred Ulu Cami (Grand Mosque). The city of Bursa itself is absolutely full of historical works of art. Following a well-deserved break for lunch, visitors will then take a fascinating trip to the captivating Green Mausoleum and richly decorated Green Mosque, which takes its name from the green-blue tiles of the interior. At this point in the day and then we will return to Istanbul. BOOKING TOURS TURKEY looks forward to hearing from you!

From Istanbul: Bursa and Mt. Uludağ Full-Day Tour

2. From Istanbul: Bursa and Mt. Uludağ Full-Day Tour

Departing from your hotel in Istanbul at 08:00, head directly for the port and board a ferry-boat that will take you to the city of Bursa. The streets of Bursa, the first capital of the Ottoman Empire, are filled with relics of the past, including historical buildings and artifacts that tell the story of Turkish history, culture and civilization. Often called "Green Bursa," the city is also filled with lush parks and gardens, vast forests, and orchards. Take the cable car to the Mt. Uludağ, where you will enjoy a BBQ lunch before visiting Ulu Cami (Grand Mosque). The mosque, built between 1399 and 1400, is still the largest mosque in Bursa. There, you can admire its exquisite calligraphy and the great craftsmanship. Afterwards, you may enjoy some famous local Turkish products, including roasted chestnuts and Turkish sweets. Before the day is done, pay a visit to Bursa's silk market and then begin your journey back to Istanbul.

From Istanbul: Green Bursa Full-Day Excursion

3. From Istanbul: Green Bursa Full-Day Excursion

Bursa was at one time the capital of the Ottoman Empire, one of the largest empires in the history of the world. Enjoy a full-day excursion from Istanbul to explore this city situated on the north-western slopes of Mount Uludag, including 45 minutes in Bursa City for your personal needs.  The city is known as Yesil or Green Bursa owing to its many lovely gardens and parks. The 4th-largest city in Turkey, it is also known for its peaches, chestnuts, and its silk industry. Next, visit the Grand and Green mosques, the Green Mausoleum, and the old silk market in the covered bazaar. 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, and orderly urban growth add to Bursa’s appeal.

From Istanbul: Daily Green Bursa Tour

4. From Istanbul: Daily Green Bursa Tour

Start with being picked up from the comfort of your hotel in Istanbul. Journey in an air-conditioned vehicle to the historical Green Bursa mosque by taking a scenic ferry to Yalova. Visit a traditional covered Bazaar and got to Ulucami and the grand mosque of Bursa. Climb up Uludag Mountain, vantage point where the Greek gods were said to have watched the Trojan war. After a lunch break, continue to the Green mosque to see its stunningly masterful execution of the Ottoman architectural style. Stop at the Green Mausoleum to see its intricate decoration before returning to Istanbul.

From Istanbul: Private Bursa City Day Trip

5. From Istanbul: Private Bursa City Day Trip

After getting picked up from your hotel in the early morning, you'll drive from Istanbul to Eskihisar port. Here, hop on the ferry to Topcular and enjoy views of the country and seaside. After the 45-minute ferry ride, drive to Bursa, the former Ottoman capital. From there, Bursa is your oyster. Choose to go to the beautiful parks and gardens located across the city and enjoy nature. Or, drive to the mausoleums of early Ottoman sultans and the numerous edifices built throughout the Ottoman period. See the city's main landmarks and listen to expert commentary from your guide.  The city is synonymous with the mountain Uludag which towers behind the city core and which is also a famous ski resort. Travel here and sit on a cable car to get great views of the vast forests and thermal baths that surround the region.   You can let your driver know if you have any particular sites within Bursa that you would like to see, including: • Visit Cumalıkızık and eat a village breakfast • Uludag mountain for a ride on a cable car • Bursa city center • Ulu Camii (Grand Mosque) • Yesil Camii (Green Mosque) • Yesil Turbe (Green Mausoleum) • 600-year-old pine tree • Koza Han • The Covered Bazaar (Silk Market)

Istanbul: Private Bursa, Inkaya Tree & Uludag Mountain Tour

6. Istanbul: Private Bursa, Inkaya Tree & Uludag Mountain Tour

Drive to Bursa, which was the first capital of the Ottoman Empire, from 1335 to 1363. The city’s nickname is Yesil Bursa (“Green Bursa”), in reference to the many parks and gardens dotted throughout the city, and the rich forests of the surrounding region. First stop in the city is the Green Mosque, built at the request of the Ottoman Sultan Mehmet Celebi and completed in 1419. Visit the mosque’s mausoleum, madrasah (Islamic school) and Turkish baths, before learning how candy is made at a local factory. Then head to the village of Inkaya, famous for an enormous tree that has stood for over 600 years. Stop for lunch where you can enjoy a traditional Turkish kebab and a desert such as baklava. After lunch, head to Uludag Mountain, a popular center for winter sports. Enjoy free time to go walking or join a jeep safari. You’ll then take the cable car from Uludag Mountain back to Bursa, admiring the breath-taking panoramic views on the way.

From Istanbul: Söğüt and Bursa Ottoman History Day Trip

7. From Istanbul: Söğüt and Bursa Ottoman History Day Trip

Begin your journey of Ottoman history with a bright and early pickup from your hotel in Istanbul, where you will be greeted by your guide who will take care of you throughout the day. Head straight to Söğüt, the Ottoman Empire’s birthplace, whereupon arrival your guide will take you on a walking tour. Walk in the footsteps of Turkey’s great hero Ertuğrul Gazi and visit his tomb where he was laid to rest in 1288. Feel like an Ottoman hero and hire traditional Alp or Hatun clothes, for men and women, respectively, and snap Instagram-worthy pictures. Next, head to the tomb of Sheikh Edebali, Ertuğrul Gazi’s mentor who was considered the spiritual founder of the Ottoman Empire. Visit the impressive Orhan Gazi Mosque, built in 1332 and the first Ottoman Mosque with a lead dome. Then, make your way to İnegöl where you will visit the tomb of Turgut Alp, known as one of the greatest warriors of the Ottoman Empire, and a very close confidant of Ertuğrul Gazi and later his successor, Osman I. Continue your tour with a visit of the first capital city of the Ottoman Empire, Bursa. Visit the Tophane area of the city, where the founders of the Ottoman Empire are buried in two ancient Byzantine structures. End your tour with a visit of the Grand Mosque of Bursa, built between 1396 and 1399, and marvel at its structure that withstood the test of time. Best of all, choose from either a group or private guided experience to make your trip special. Enjoy lunch along the way, and take your time to walk through the ancient Bazaar and pick up some souvenirs to bring home.

Bursa: Private Walking Tour

8. Bursa: Private Walking Tour

Visit the big tourist attractions of Bursa and treat your eyes to a few hidden gems of the city on this walking tour. Explore the city while hearing fascinating facts from your expert guide. Find out about the legend of the city and why sometimes the city is called Green Bursa.  Next, enjoy a short walk through the town and discover the Yildirim Beyazit Mosque, the first one built in the new Ottoman style. Listen to many stories are hidden in the streets, buildings, and corners of Bursa. Wander through beautiful areas of Bursa and get indulged in the charming atmosphere. Your guide will tell you about the town's unique way of life. Enjoy a scenic tour of the picturesque city of Bursa. 

From Istanbul: Private Full-Day Bursa Tour

9. From Istanbul: Private Full-Day Bursa Tour

Enjoy a full-day tour from Istanbul to Bursa, the former capital of the Ottoman State and one of the most industrialized metropolitan centers in the country. After departing your hotel at 7:00, take the ferry from Yenikapi to Yalova, after which you will be escorted by bus to Bursa. When you arrive in Bursa you will visit the historical covered bazaar and Ulu Cami, the Grand Mosque. Bursa is full of historical works of art and you will also have the chance to see the magical beauty of Bursa by cable car, an optional excursion that depends upon the weather conditions. After a lunch break, you will visit Green Mosque and Green Mausoleum before beginning the return journey back. You will arrive in Istanbul around 23:00.

From Istanbul: Private Guided Tour to Bursa

10. From Istanbul: Private Guided Tour to Bursa

Enjoy a full-day private tour to the most famous sights of Bursa from Istanbul. Explore the former capital of the Ottoman State and one of the most industrialized metropolitan centers in the country with a professional guide. After getting picked up from your hotel, experience a scenic drive to the harbor to board a ferry. Enjoy a beautiful ferry trip across the Marmara Sea and dock in Yalova. From there, travel comfortably by bus to the final destination of Bursa. Once you arrive, stop at a local restaurant for lunch. Savor delicious Iskender kebabs and other local dishes to fill up your stomach. After lunch, take a tour of the famous Green Tomb Mausoleum and the Green Mosque. Admire the beauty of the stunning architecture of the Ottoman Empire.  Visit the famous covered bazaar to browse the countless possible souvenirs on display and the Silk Market. See the main landmarks of the city and listen to expert commentary from your guide.  The city of Bursa is synonymous with the mountain Uludag which is also a famous ski resort. Climb up the Uludag Mountain by a cable car or a bus, depending upon the weather conditions. Soak in the mesmerizing views of the vast forests and thermal baths surrounding the region. Finally, after the whole day trip take the return ferry to return to Istanbul.

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Overall rating

3.6 / 5

based on 117 reviews

excellent! from the guide to the activities! excellent Q/P ratio and unforgettable moments! thank you also to the guide Yacoub, who did it like a chef!

Make sure if you are english speaker go for english because we could also speak arabic thats why it was an amazing experience for us

Very good service, very good guidance, historically top, the lunch a bit poor with such good food...

This place is great by winter! The Ski Resort is a must try and the whole experience is fascinating.

It was great experience, group tour was managed very well