Day Trip From Istanbul To Bursa: The Ottoman Capital

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Hotel pickup Available
  • Duration: 13 Hrs
  • Language:
    English
  • Departure Time :
    09:30 AM Hotel pickups commence prior to this time, you must contact the local service provider to verify your exact pickup time.
  • Departure Details :
    Traveler pickup is offered
    We are offer free pick up service just from Europe Side and just From City center Hotels.
    Ports
    Kabataş Boys' High School, Ortaköy, Çırağan Cd. No:40, 34349 Be.. read more
  • Return Details :
    Returns to original departure point at approximately 9:00pm
  • Cancellation Policy :
    This activity is non-refundable Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.

Overview

Explore the former Ottoman capital Bursa on this day trip from Istanbul. Travel by ferry via Yalova, enjoying the lovely countryside view. Enjoy lunch of famous "Kebap of Alexander The Great". Climb to Uludag, the legendary Mount Olympos, by cable car), visit to Ulucami, the Green Mosque and the Green Mausoleum, the old Silk Market in the Covered Bazaar. Late evening return to Istanbul and transfer to hotels..
PS;Our Bursa tour takes place in another city other than Istanbul. Therefore, the tour hour is long and we spend our long time in the minibus. Please make a reservation considering this issue.

Highlights

  • Explore the local streets on a walking tour of the city
  • All entrance fees included
  • Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
  • Lunch included
  • Day trip (destination A to B)

Know More about this tour

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 Uluda 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.

Inclusions

Hotel pickup and drop-off (selected hotels only)

Beverages

Lunch

Driver/guide

Entry/Admission - Covered Bazaar (Bedesten)

Entry/Admission - Green Mosque

Exclusions

Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)

Gratuities

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required

Not wheelchair accessible

Near public transportation

Infants must sit on laps

Infant seats available

Most travelers can participate

On Free Time for activities in Bursa (ATV Safari, Zipline) Guest pay their own expense.

Bursa Shopping possibility at the outlet center etc 1,5 hour

This tour/activity will have a maximum of 25 travelers

Face masks required for travelers in public areas

Face masks required for guides in public areas

Face masks provided for travelers

Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff

Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized

Regular temperature checks for staff

Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival

Traveler Reviews

  • 17-Jun-2022

    Worst tour and a total nightmare. Terrible if you are especially traveling with family. They pick you up from the hotel at 8 am but the tour finished at 2am the next day. This was because they were encouraging the tourists to do more shopping from their affiliate shops. Actually these tour operators fish their preys (tourists) from outside well known spots like Hagia Sofia or topakapi museum. The unsuspecting tourists is promised a very nice tour at a very reasonable price. We were also caught up in this dark web. To make matters worse, the tour guide couldn’t speak English and was talking in Arabic as all the tourists except our family was Arabic speaking. Therefore we couldn’t understand a word of what was being said. Worst, on our way back to Istanbul at around 12 am we were told that we will be taking a ferry on our way as the highway toll will cost them extra money. Most of us agreed to pay extra tl 15 per person but the company refused to facilitate and the bus took the long way via the ferry. I requested them that I had little kids and a flight to catch next day but to no avail. We at last reached our hotel at around 2 am. All this was because they only want people to shop at three times the normal market price. So my piece of advice: be very careful and try to book the tour via you hotel. Don’t get fished or hooked by the cronies selling these tours outside historical places or bazaars. Government of Turkey and Istanbul as well as tour operators association should take a note of these practices.

  • 24-Jul-2019

    I called the company in the morning as the building I was staying is not located on main road and there was constructions happening, I asked for the driver number to communicate with him to avoid any confusion to him but I was instructed firmly to stay at the entrance of the building and the driver will come to pick me up. After waiting for 50 minutes in front of my accommodation with my family, the driver called me and decided to cancel my trip as he could not locate me. I wondered if he could call me to tell me about cancelling my trip, why he didn't call to check my location? other option was given to me to arrange my own transport to Taqsim square to catch the tour. without waiting for me reply, the driver hanged up. When I called the company they said that i'm not entitled for pick up because I stay in Furnished apartment even though they received full name and address of my furnished apartment when they offered me the pick up 22 days prior to the trip day by email, and I will get refund fot my tour. It is very unprofessional spoling my day and itenarary showing that is may mistake that I did not meet the driver even though I tried to avoid such a situation by calling them, but they did not show any concern.

  • 06-Aug-2018

    A principio parace não entusiasmar a viagem rumo a Grecia atravesando a Turqui. Foi o maior feito que já fizemos em viagens pelo mundo. A historia da Biblia brota em quase todos os,lugares que se viaja, atravessando o pais. Os castelos com seus harens e historias das odalistas. as Mesquitas famosas. O caminho dos pereguinos. A casa de Maria. A Igreja de São Jorge. So indo para arrepiar. Sem deixar de ver o ceu da Capadocia de balão. uauuuuuuuuuuuuuu .

  • 28-Feb-2016

    Are you serious? It was a nightmare. I boarded the bus/van in front of my hotel at the prescribed time, and the tour guide checked my name off his roster. We proceeded from there to stop at innumerable hotels to pick up and wait interminably for others who were not ready. What ensued from that point forward did not even vaguely resemble the itinerary I had been sent and paid for. The bus/van stopped several times so that the passengers could visit and make purchases from selected vendors. We then proceeded to Uludag, NOT Bursa, as promised, where passengers were invited to ski or go snowmobiling NOT on the tour agenda. I was forced to get of the bus/van and wait nearly two hours in the freezing cold while others partook of these activities. We finally proceeded from there to Bursa and were allowed 40 minutes to peruse a mosque, a tomb, a park, and a silk shop. That was it for Bursa. We never came anywhere near never mind stopped at the Koza Han or any other bazaar. And it was nightfall by then, so I didn't see much of anything at all. En route back to Isanbul, we were treated to three more stops at merchants chosen by either the driver, guide, or both. We were also treated to a stop at a car wash. What fun! The tour was suposed to be in English. The guide spoke about 500 words of heavily-accented English and was barely understandable. Thank you for ruining my and my comanion's entire day comrising 16 worthless hours from beginning to end.

  • 28-Feb-2016

    Are you serious? It was a nightmare. I boarded the bus/van in front of my hotel at the prescribed time, and the tour guide checked my name off his roster. We proceeded from there to stop at innumerable hotels to pick up and wait interminably for others who were not ready. What ensued from that point forward did not even vaguely resemble the itinerary I had been sent and paid for. The bus/van stopped several times so that the passengers could visit and make purchases from selected vendors. We then proceeded to Uludag, NOT Bursa, as promised, where passengers were invited to ski or go snowmobiling NOT on the tour agenda. I was forced to get of the bus/van and wait nearly two hours in the freezing cold while others partook of these activities. We finally proceeded from there to Bursa and were allowed 40 minutes to peruse a mosque, a tomb, a park, and a silk shop. That was it for Bursa. We never came anywhere near never mind stopped at the Koza Han or any other bazaar. And it was nightfall by then, so I didn't see much of anything at all. En route back to Isanbul, we were treated to three more stops at merchants chosen by either the driver, guide, or both. We were also treated to a stop at a car wash. What fun! The tour was suposed to be in English. The guide spoke about 500 words of heavily-accented English and was barely understandable. Thank you for ruining my and my comanion's entire day comrising 16 worthless hours from beginning to end.

  • 14-Nov-2015

    This was one of the worst day trips I've ever taken. In effect it was a 16 hours shopping strip. We signed on because of a day trip I took to Bursa years about 12 years ago where we visited the green mosque and other sites. This trip was one shopping stop after another with the mosque and mausoleum visit at the end after dark. The synopsis suggests you take the cable car during the day. It was not. Again after dark so the views were not so great except for the city lights.
    To make it worse we were given a lunch in a freezing cold restaurant. Then taken to the mountain top where we were told we had to take a chair lift and/or mountain bike ride at an additional cost. The option was to wait in the very cold while any who wanted those activities partook. Not sure what or where the bus driver and guide went when they dropped us off.
    Even the shopping stops were expensive. I would expect them to be so but as an example the place which sold olive oil was 65 - 80 higher than the same product was sold in Taxsim Square in Istanbul.
    No one should take this tour - look for other options.

  • 14-Nov-2015

    This was one of the worst day trips I've ever taken. In effect it was a 16 hours shopping strip. We signed on because of a day trip I took to Bursa years about 12 years ago where we visited the green mosque and other sites. This trip was one shopping stop after another with the mosque and mausoleum visit at the end after dark. The synopsis suggests you take the cable car during the day. It was not. Again after dark so the views were not so great except for the city lights.
    To make it worse we were given a lunch in a freezing cold restaurant. Then taken to the mountain top where we were told we had to take a chair lift and/or mountain bike ride at an additional cost. The option was to wait in the very cold while any who wanted those activities partook. Not sure what or where the bus driver and guide went when they dropped us off.
    Even the shopping stops were expensive. I would expect them to be so but as an example the place which sold olive oil was 65 - 80 higher than the same product was sold in Taxsim Square in Istanbul.
    No one should take this tour - look for other options.