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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.
Relish an opportunity to learn about the Ottoman Empire’s first capital, Bursa, during a small-group full-day tour from Istanbul. Over centuries of rule, the Ottoman Empire influenced so much of Turkey’s culture and during this tour, you will experience some of Bursa’s most historic landmarks. See the Green Mausoleum (Yesil Turbe) and the Green Mosque (Yesil Camii) famous for their tile decor. Visit the 14th-century Great Mosque (Ulu Cami) and then savor a lunch at a charming local eatery. Finally, venture to Koza Han to discover the ancient heart of the silk trade. This tour is limited to 10 people to ensure a quality experience.
Highlights of Bursa
Ulu Camii (Grand Mosque of Bursa) – You will see exquisitely simple calligraphy and rich craftsmanship in this 600-year-old Ulu Camii
Koza Han – Stop by this last caravanserai on the Silk Road and a meeting place for travelers over the centuries.
Tophane – Still a traditional, historical district of Bursa located on the outskirts of Uludag Mountain. You can enjoy a magnificent view over Bursa’s parks and gardens.
The Tombs of Osman and Orhan Gazi – The present tombs of the founders of the Ottoman state, Osman and Orhan, are structures erected in recent times. They were brought to a state beyond repair by the earthquake that leveled Bursa in 1855; following which time they were constructed in their present form after the complete removal of the original buildings. The original tomb buildings are known to have been, essentially, a centuries-old utilization of one or several very ancient Byzantine structures dating to the period prior to the conquest of Bursa.
Green Mosque and Toomb – Visit the complex named after its beautiful turquoise-colored tiles and considered the gem of Bursa.
The primary language for group tour guidance is English or multilingual available. Tours in languages other than English are available exclusively as private tours. Please note that there might be a price variation for different languages. Kindly specify your preferred language for the tour if it's not English!
Tour fees include professional English guide service or assistant service. In half-day tours, meals are not included, but in full-day tours, a set menu or open buffet meal is generally included. Kindly refer to the tour description for a detailed breakdown of included and excluded services.
In group tours, hotel pick-up and drop-off are generally included. Rarely, some tours do not include hotel pick-up and drop-off or just drop-off. All private tours include hotel pickup and drop-off. Please read the description carefully to find out.