Bursa is Turkey’s fourth biggest city and one of the most developed urban centers in terms of culture and economy, with a long and glorious history: it was founded in the 3rd century BC by the Bithinyan King Prusias I Cholus, “the Lame”, who gave his name to the city, and it was the first capital of the Ottoman Empire.
Today is commonly nicknamed Yesil Bursa (“Green Bursa“) due to the abundance of parks and gardens within in the urban fabric and of forests in the surrounding area. In fact, Bursa is beautifully located at the foot of Mount Uludag, a well-known ski resort. Bursa is also home of the mausoleums of early Ottoman sultans and of wonderful buildings, excellent exmples of Ottoman architecture.
Our full-day tour will start with an early pick-up from your hotel. We’ll take a ferry from Yenikapi to Yalova, on the Southern shore of the Marmara Sea. Once arrived in Yalova, we will drive through the lovely countryside until we reach Bursa. Here we will visit the Ulucami (the Great Mosque), the Green Mosque and Mausoleum and the Old Silk Market in the Covered Bazaar, the city’s most iconic landmarks. For lunch we will have a delicious Iskender kebab (“Alexander’s kebab”), a Bursa’s specialty. After lunch, we will take a cable car to Uludag Mountain, a National Park rich in flora and fauna which offers many winter and summer activities to the visitors. From the mountain we will admire beautiful views of the city and of the fertile plain below. Mount Uludag is our last stop, after that we will start our return trip with a late evening drop-off to your hotel in Istanbul.