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Private Tour: Bursa Day Trip from Istanbul

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icon13 hours  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

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What you can expect during your visit
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
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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Overview

Discover the former capital and silk trade hub of the Ottoman Empire, Bursa, during a privately guided day trip from Istanbul. Head Bursa to by vehicle and ferry and explore famous attractions to learn about ancient Ottoman history. Admire the brilliance of the Green Mosque and gain insight into the ascendance of the city’s silk trade market during a visit to the Bursa Silk Market and the Koza Han building. This tour also climbs to the peak of Mt Olympus by cable car for mesmerizing panoramas of the city below. 
  • Private day trip to Bursa from Istanbul with an expert local guide
  • Learn about Bursa during its Ottoman heyday, as the empire’s first capital city
  • Visit the Green Mosque and admire its array of turquoise tiles inside the domed hall
  • See Koza Han, a historical building inside the covered Bursa Silk Market
  • Ride to the summit of Mt Olympus by cable car and admire the vistas from the top
  • Travel by air-conditioned minivan and ferry between Istanbul and Bursa
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Hotel pickup and drop-off
Private guide
Round-trip transport by air-conditioned minivan and ferry
Lunch
Gratuities
Food and drinks, unless specified

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered

Departure Time

7:00 AM
After meeting your guide at your Istanbul hotel (European side only), begin your privately guided trip to Bursa. Coast to the port and hop aboard your ferry for a relaxing cruise over the Sea of Marmara south to Yalova. Then traverse two hours on an air-conditioned minivan enjoying window views until you arrive in Bursa.

Hop off, stretch your legs and listen as your guide sheds light on the Ottoman Empire’s first capital. Wander through this modern day city observing contemporary monuments but focusing on discovering its many ancient landmarks where the rich history lies.

Follow your guide to the Green Mosque (Yeşil Camii) and step inside to admire its exquisite marble archway and vibrant sapphire colored tiles that illuminate the halls of the central dome. Continue to stroll along and learn how the mosque was dedicated to Sultan Mehmet I. 

Next, take a short walk to the main building in the old Bursa Silk Market (Kapalı Çarşı) - Koza Han. Learn how the ancient Koza Han building, now tea house, was once filled with silk artisans who traded caftans (long garments of clothing) with Turkish Sultans. Then, gain insight into how Bursa was the final stop on the famous Silk Road.

Take a break for lunch at a cafe and savor a Turkish kebap or try other traditional fare. Afterwards, head to Bursa’s cable car and hop aboard for a climb to the peak of Mt Olympos. Stretch your eyes over expansive views of the city and enjoy some free time to capture photos. In the unlikely event the cable car is not operating, walk with your guide to a similar overlook near an old plane tree.

Finally, step back into your minivan and return to Istanbul by combination of coach and ferry. Just before dinner your tour ends with short transfer from the port to your hotel.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Bursa
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. Make your way through the city, and hear how the ancient capital evolved into the flourishing modern metropolis that it is today. While contemporary sights are common, the city has retained its original opulence with an abundance of historical monuments strewn around its streets.
Duration: 4 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Yesil Camii
Your first stop is the Green Mosque (Yeşil Camii). Follow your guide inside and marvel at its elegant marble archway and turquoise-tinged tiles that embellish the walls of the domed central hall. Learn about Sultan Mehmet I for whom the mosque was built, and then continue by foot to neighboring Koza Han, an intriguing building in the heart of the old Bursa Silk Market (Kapalı Çarşı).
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Koza Hani
For centuries, Koza Han symbolized the center of Bursa’s thriving silk trade and, although it now exists as a tea house, the building has retained its historical allure. Hear how Bursa marked the end of the ancient Silk Road, and how the city was once home to countless skilled artisans who produced caftans (long garments of clothing) and soft furnishings for the Turkish sultans.
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Uludag National Park
Stop for lunch at a local cafe to enjoy a traditional Turkish kebab or other similar specialty, and then travel to the city’s cable car. Ride up the slope of Mt Olympus and enjoy some free time to soak up the panoramas from the summit. On rare occasions when the cable car is closed, follow your guide to another vantage point, located by an ancient plane tree, instead. Return to your minivan, and travel back to Istanbul by coach and ferry. Your tour then finishes with a drop-off at your European-side Istanbul hotel in the early evening.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not recommended for children aged 4 and under
  • A dress code is required to enter places of worship and selected museums. No shorts or sleeveless tops allowed. Knees and shoulders MUST be covered for both men and women. You may risk refused entry if you fail to comply with these dress requirements
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • OPERATED BY Neon Tours

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Private Tour: Bursa Day Trip from Istanbul?
A:
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
See all safety measures taken by Private Tour: Bursa Day Trip from Istanbul.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Private Tour: Bursa Day Trip from Istanbul?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Private Tour: Bursa Day Trip from Istanbul.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Private Tour: Bursa Day Trip from Istanbul?
A:
The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Private Tour: Bursa Day Trip from Istanbul.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Private Tour: Bursa Day Trip from Istanbul?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 9 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Private Tour: Bursa Day Trip from Istanbul.

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It was a worthwhile trip, but not being...
Jennifer S
, Jun 2009
It was a worthwhile trip, but not being a shopper I did not appreciate all the time allowed for at shops and would have preferred not to have been so rushed at the historic sites and mosques.
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We all enjoyed the day and having a...
Anne A
, Oct 2008
We all enjoyed the day and having a guide made everything so much more interesting.
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