After an early breakfast in your hotel, you will be picked up at about 08:30 to join with a small group for a full day excursion touring the rich offerings of Bursa, a diamond among Turkey’s cosmopolitan centers. After leaving the sprawl of Istanbul behind, your minibus will reach the coastline of the Marmara Sea at Gebze, where you will board the ferry for a crossing to Yalova from where your minibus will then continue on to Bursa.
An approximately three hour jaunt south from Istanbul and picturesquely set in the shadow of Uludag, the 2543 meter/8343 foot peak known to the ancient Mycians as Mount Olympos, Green Bursa became the imperial seat of the Ottoman Empire in 1326 under its founding sultan, Osman Gazi and is a city rich with Islamic history and architecture. In the old city district you will delight in the display of Iznik decorative tile work at the Grand/Ulu Mosque and the Green Mausoleum, which is the octagonal tomb of Sultan Mehmet I, who reigned from 1413 until his death in 1421. A walk across the park that faces the Ulu Mosque will bring you to the traditional covered bazaar as well as the Koza Han/Cocoon House, which was the center of Bursa’s flourishing silk trade for centuries.
Bursa has a positive reputation among Turks for a special dish known as Iskender Kebab and there will be a break for a nice lunch served at a traditional Turkish food restaurant that specializes in this scrumptious recipe. Afterwards, you will then ride to Bursa’s famous pine forested Uludag/Mount Olympos to enjoy a relaxing and picturesque cable car ride. We will drive back to Istanbul, boarding once again the ferry from Yalova, and you will be dropped off at your hotel.