You will be picked up from your hotel (**only Old City and Taksim area with free pick up service) about 08:00 and our journey start with a ferry to Yalova, enjoying the lovely countryside view.Drive to Bursa, former Ottoman Capital which was founded by the Bithynian King Prusias I Cholus "theLame" (reigned 228-185 BC), and he also gave his name -altered to the Hellennistic "Prusa" the city. Legend has it that the great Carthaginian general Hannibal helped him to choose the site. The city is frequently cited as "Yesil Bursa" ( meaning 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 Uludag 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 edificies built throughout 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. After visiting the Ulucami and Green Mosque-Mausoleum complex, you will have a lunch of famous "kebap of Alexander The Great". After the lunch, we will climb to Uludag Mountain ( the legendary Mount Olympos) by cable car (first stage) which is a favourite center of the winter sports held and as well as skiing, its richness of flora and fauna has made it into a National Park and summer activities like trekking and camping are also popular. Visit to Ulucami (Grand Mosque) the major mosque of Bursa and a landmark of early Ottoman architecture, the Green Mosque and the Green Mausoleum the old Silk Market in the Covered Bazaar. Late evening return to Istanbul and transfer to hotels.The cost of the programme is 85 euro per person including the transportation, entrances fees, lunch and Professioanl English speaking guide
** Please note that there will be an extra charge for pick up service from other locations which will be informed you separetely when we get your hotel details. The extra pick up service cost payable to the driver in cash change please.
Tours: All tours are made as regular. There are about 15-20 people mostly from EU countries. There are less people on the tours in Istanbul as operated by our company. The tour guides speak fluent English and licensed by The Ministry of Culture. They are well educated and experianced. The tour vehicles are new and air-conditioned midibuses . The tours include transportation with air-cond. buses, entrance fees, and professional guidance.
Buses: All intercities buses are very comfortable and air-conditioned provided through major local companies. They are specially designed for overnight journeys with recycling seats. They also have breaks at the roadside restaurants during the journey at about each 4 hrs for refreshment.
Important Note : Please note that all reservations are subject to availability of the tour eventhough payment is done online. In such a case, we will inform you accordingly and refund you the whole payment on the first week day.
More About Bursa
Bursa (historically also known as Prusa) is a city in northwestern Turkey and the seat of Bursa Province. With a population of 2,562,828 in 2007, it is Turkey´s fourth largest city, as well as one of the most industrialized and culturally charged metropolitan centers in the country. The city is frequently cited as "Ye■il Bursa" (meaning "Green Bursa") in a reference to the 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 Mount Uluda which towers behind its 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. The earliest known site at this location was Cius, which Philip V of Macedonia granted to the Bithynian king Prusias I in 202 BC, for his help against Pergamum and Heraclea Pontica. Prusias renamed the city after himself, as Prusa.Prusa evolved into one of the largest cities of Mysia and retained its importance for the region throughout the Hellenistic, Roman and Byzantine periods. Its strategic location on the westernmost end of the famous Silk Road ensured Prusa to remain as one of the largest centers of silk trade throughout the Medieval period. Bursa became the first major capital city of the early Ottoman Empire following its capture from the Byzantines in 1326. As a result, the city witnessed a considerable amount of urban growth throughout the 14th century. After conquering Edirne (Adrianople) in 1365 the Ottomans turned it into a joint capital city for governing their European realms, but Bursa remained the most important Anatolian administrative and commercial center even after it lost its status as the sole Ottoman capital. The Ottoman sultan Bayezid I built the Bayezid Külliyesi (Bayezid I theological complex) in Bursa between 1390 and 1395 and the Ulu Cami (Great Mosque) between 1396 and 1400. During the Ottoman period, Bursa continued to be the source of most royal silk products. Aside from the local silk production, the city imported raw silk from Iran, and occasionally from China, and was the main production center for the kaftans, pillows, embroidery and other silk products for the Ottoman palaces until the 17th century.
Another traditional artisanship in the city, among many others, is knife production, which still continues today. Historically, the city was a center for the production of horse carriages during the Ottoman period. In the latter half of the 20th century, Bursa became the largest center of motor vehicle production in Turkey.