Pick up from the hotel and join the group. We will drive to the city of Bursa, holding great importance for the Ottoman Empire’s history for being the first capital and having a rich Islamic Cultural Heritage for centuries.
We will visit the Green Mosque and the Green Mausoleum neighboring each other. They are both known for the green-blue tiles used for the impressive decorations. Green Mosque also represents the architectural transformation between Seljuk style and Ottoman Style, later its architectural form will be known as “Bursa Style” and will be used during the construction of other mosques in Bursa.
Next, we visit Great Mosque, a remarkable landmark form the early Ottoman period. Its importance lies in well preserved early ottoman architecture of the mosque. Great Mosque is also known for its inner fountain used for ritual ablution. The fountain is well placed under one of the domes of the mosque, capping the sky-light and illuminating the mosque. The dim light also serves to create a sense of privacy during the prayer.
The lunch will be served in a local Restaurant. Cable car to Uludag. then transfer back to lstanbul.
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The city which is also known as “Green Bursa”!
It offers not only fresh air from the lush vegetation and the vast forests, but also all the advantages of a big city, by being one of the fourth biggest cities in Turkey!
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.
We pass to the Asian side of Istanbul by driving on the Bosphorus bridge with a stunning view. We will pass to Yalova from the Asian side of Istanbul by ferry and you will have a great voyage to take a photo of an amazing sea view. Green mosque and Green Mausoleum will be first stop in Bursa, both built by 5th Ottoman Sultan Mehmet Çelebi in 15th century. Then we will climb Uludağ Mountain by minibus and have fun with a magnificent city view. You will want to take a photo every second while passing through the forest with lots of tree species. You will go to the top of the mountain which is 2.486 meters above sea level and feel the fresh air. We will have lunch on the mountain with barbeque. Next, you will see a gorgeous old tree which is more than 600 years old. While coming back to Istanbul, we will stop one of the most famous delight factories with the most delicious ones in Bursa.
Get to know Bursa, the first capital of the Ottoman Empire, on a day trip from Istanbul! With a private guide at your side, travel by minivan and ferry to the city and then visit some of its landmark monuments. Gaze in awe at the colorful grandeur of the Green Mosque, and then learn of the city as an Ottoman-era silk powerhouse on a trip to Bursa Silk Market and the Koza Han building. After lunch, ride to the top of Mt Olympus (Snow Hill) by cable car and some impressive city views.
Ottoman Empire was one of the largest empires in history. Bursa was its first capital. The city that is settled on the northwestern slopes of Mount Uludag is known as “Yesil Bursa” (meaning “Green Bursa”) from its beautiful parks and gardens located throughout the city. This fourth largest city of Turkey is also known for its peaches, chestnuts, and silk industry.
Departure by ferry-boat via Yalova, enjoying the lovely countryside view. Drive to Bursa, former Ottoman Capital and lunch of famous Barbecu. Climb to Uludag, the legendary Mount Olympos, by Minibus, visit Ulucami (Grand Mosque), 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 city is frequently cited as “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 Uludağ 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 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.