Discover the first capital of the Ottoman Empire on a 12-hour private tour to Bursa from Istanbul. Cruise across the Sea of Marmara. Then, explore the city’s main monuments, such as the Green Mosque. Ride the teleferic up Mt. Olympus, and more.
What to Expect
Explore the 1st capital of the Ottoman Empire on a private day trip from Istanbul, crossing the Sea of Marmara to the old city of Bursa. Following a pick-up from your hotel on Istanbul’s European side, transfer to the port to catch the ferry to Yalova. Then, relax in air-conditioned comfort on the 2-hour drive to Bursa.
Learn how the ancient city evolved into the flourishing metropolis it is today, and marvel at the opulence of previous eras. Go to the Green Mosque and follow your guide inside the marble archway. Look at the turquoise tiles of the domed central hall.
Next, explore the Koza Han, located in the heart of the old silk market and a symbol of Bursa’s thriving silk trade. Although it’s now a tea house, the building retains 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 kaftans and soft furnishings for the Turkish sultans.
Stop for lunch at a local café, and enjoy a traditional Turkish kebab or other specialty. Then, it’s time to take the cable car up Mt. Olympus for breathtaking views from the summit, before your return transfer to Istanbul in the early evening.
- Private car with driver
- English-speaking local guide
- Hotel pick-up and drop off
- Round-trip transport by air-conditioned minivan and ferry
- Entrance fees to various sites
- Service charges and local taxes
What's Not Included
- Gratuities (optional)
- Food and drinks (unless specified)
Know Before You Go
• On rare occasions when the cable car is closed, your guide will take you to another vantage point by an ancient plane tree