Things to do in Bursa

Our most recommended things to do in Bursa

From Istanbul: Green Bursa Full-Day Excursion

1. From Istanbul: Green Bursa Full-Day Excursion

Bursa was at one time the capital of the Ottoman Empire, one of the largest empires in the history of the world. Enjoy a full-day excursion from Istanbul to explore this city situated on the north-western slopes of Mount Uludag, including 45 minutes in Bursa City for your personal needs.  The city is known as Yesil or Green Bursa owing to its many lovely gardens and parks. The 4th-largest city in Turkey, it is also known for its peaches, chestnuts, and its silk industry. Next, visit the Green mosques, the Green Mausoleum, and the old silk market.

From Istanbul: Private Bursa City Day Trip

2. From Istanbul: Private Bursa City Day Trip

After getting picked up from your hotel in the early morning, you'll drive from Istanbul to Eskihisar port. Here, hop on the ferry to Topcular and enjoy views of the country and seaside. After the 45-minute ferry ride, drive to Bursa, the former Ottoman capital. 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.  The city is synonymous with the mountain Uludag which towers behind the city core and which is also a famous ski resort. Travel here and sit on a cable car to get great views of the vast forests and thermal baths that surround the region.   You can let your driver know if you have any particular sites within Bursa that you would like to see, including: • Visit Cumalıkızık and eat a village breakfast • Uludag mountain for a ride on a cable car • Bursa city center • Ulu Camii (Grand Mosque) • Yesil Camii (Green Mosque) • Yesil Turbe (Green Mausoleum) • 600-year-old pine tree • Koza Han • The Covered Bazaar (Silk Market)

Day Tour to Green Bursa from Istanbul

3. Day Tour to Green Bursa from Istanbul

If you are visiting Istanbul in Turkey and would like to see some other historical locations that are not too far away, then a trip to Bursa is the perfect solution. Be sure not to miss out on this fascinating city. The tour begins in the morning when our representative guide conveniently picks up visitors by bus from their hotels. A short but beautiful ferry trip is then necessary to take passengers from the port of Yenikapi to the town of Yalova. From this point, visitors travel comfortably by bus to the final destination of Bursa. The name of “Bursa” originates from Purissias, the king of antique Bithynia. It is a large city center located North-East of Uludag. This dynamic city, which is often renowned for its many soothing hot water spas, is at the same time a significant center of winter sports in the Marmara region. Bursa largest mountain cable car tour , delight and jam shopping Following a well-deserved break for lunch, visitors will then take a fascinating trip to the captivating Green Mausoleum and richly decorated Green Mosque, which takes its name from the green-blue tiles of the interior. At this point in the day and then we will return to Istanbul. BOOKING TOURS TURKEY looks forward to hearing from you!

From Istanbul: Bursa and Mt. Uludağ Full-Day Tour

4. From Istanbul: Bursa and Mt. Uludağ Full-Day Tour

Departing from your hotel in Istanbul at 08:00, head directly for the port and board a ferry-boat that will take you to the city of Bursa. The streets of Bursa, the first capital of the Ottoman Empire, are filled with relics of the past, including historical buildings and artifacts that tell the story of Turkish history, culture and civilization. Often called "Green Bursa," the city is also filled with lush parks and gardens, vast forests, and orchards. Take the cable car to the Mt. Uludağ, where you will enjoy a BBQ lunch before visiting Ulu Cami (Grand Mosque). The mosque, built between 1399 and 1400, is still the largest mosque in Bursa. There, you can admire its exquisite calligraphy and the great craftsmanship. Afterwards, you may enjoy some famous local Turkish products, including roasted chestnuts and Turkish sweets. Before the day is done, pay a visit to Bursa's silk market and then begin your journey back to Istanbul.

From Istanbul: Full-Day Tour to Bursa

5. From Istanbul: Full-Day Tour to Bursa

Explore the first capital of the Ottoman Empire. Enjoy a full-day trip from Istanbul to see Bursa situated on the slopes of Mount Uludag. Start your journey with a pickup from your hotel on Istanbul’s European side. Next, you will transfer to the port to catch a ferry and cross the Sea of Marmara. Relax and enjoy the ride to Bursa, the former Ottoman capital. Upon arrival, visit the Green Mausoleum and Grand Mosque, Ulu Cami.  See historic bazaars, and sample some of the local produce of the region, such as chestnuts, honey, olives, and Turkish Delight.  Next, climb a mountain and tuck into a delicious barbecue lunch. Enjoy some free time to take an ATV safari, or a minibus to the ski slopes for a spot of skiing, if you like. You will have the opportunity of shopping from one of the most famous manufacturing places in Turkey. Finally, you will see the gorgeous old three which is more than 600 years old. Once the tour ends you will be dropped off at your hotel in Istanbul.

Bursa: Guided Day Tour with Lunch & Cable Car Experience

6. Bursa: Guided Day Tour with Lunch & Cable Car Experience

At 9 Am, get ready to be taken by Moussa to must to visit sites in Bursa! You'll be heading to in a private car, from your hotel/hostel to ~ The Plane Inkaya: Nothing is better than having breakfast under a 600 years old tree, where it was previously used as a threshing field, It has 13 main branches and is 45 meters tall and the plane will grant cool shade and peaceful moments to you! A ride in Bursa Teleferik (Cable car): A unique ride, where you'll be getting up high the mountain Uludag as you'll be sightseeing such a rare sight of forest-covered by snowflakes! SILK MARKET - KOZA HAN: The doorway to Koza Han. The structure composes of two breathtaking floors in the typical Ottoman architecture with a courtyard in the middle. All is covered and arched and despite silk trade as such is no longer organized here, the shops selling silk garments, scarves and also some table silver. Two special waterfalls: There is no greater adventure than getting to waterfalls in Bursa, For those who enjoy discovering hidden treasures, you'll be amazed by both of them, well, don't forget to take pictures! Honey farm and Fruit farm - ARICILIK: Where you'll taste the organic honey and get to know how honey is originally made, a place where you'll get enough information from and pick up fresh fruit by yourself and you'll get treated with fruit and vegetables ~ Gemilik lokumcusu factory: a place where a famous Turkish dessert is made and you'll get a chance to see a variety kinds of this amazing dessert and taste some ~ Magazin Outlet Shopping Center: You're free to go shopping in one of the biggest and best malls in Istanbul ~ You'll get dropped off at your hotel/hostel with unforgettable memories!

From Istanbul: Söğüt and Bursa Ottoman History Day Trip

7. From Istanbul: Söğüt and Bursa Ottoman History Day Trip

Begin your journey of Ottoman history with a bright and early pickup from your hotel in Istanbul, where you will be greeted by your guide who will take care of you throughout the day. Head straight to Söğüt, the Ottoman Empire’s birthplace, whereupon arrival your guide will take you on a walking tour. Walk in the footsteps of Turkey’s great hero Ertuğrul Gazi and visit his tomb where he was laid to rest in 1288. Feel like an Ottoman hero and hire traditional Alp or Hatun clothes, for men and women, respectively, and snap Instagram-worthy pictures. Next, head to the tomb of Sheikh Edebali, Ertuğrul Gazi’s mentor who was considered the spiritual founder of the Ottoman Empire. Visit the impressive Orhan Gazi Mosque, built in 1332 and the first Ottoman Mosque with a lead dome. Then, make your way to İnegöl where you will visit the tomb of Turgut Alp, known as one of the greatest warriors of the Ottoman Empire, and a very close confidant of Ertuğrul Gazi and later his successor, Osman I. Continue your tour with a visit of the first capital city of the Ottoman Empire, Bursa. Visit the Tophane area of the city, where the founders of the Ottoman Empire are buried in two ancient Byzantine structures. End your tour with a visit of the Grand Mosque of Bursa, built between 1396 and 1399, and marvel at its structure that withstood the test of time. Best of all, choose from either a group or private guided experience to make your trip special. Enjoy lunch along the way, and take your time to walk through the ancient Bazaar and pick up some souvenirs to bring home.

Istanbul: Bursa Uludag Full-Day Trip with Cable Car Ride

8. Istanbul: Bursa Uludag Full-Day Trip with Cable Car Ride

Visit Uludag Mountain, one of Turkey's best destinations for winter sports, on this day trip from Istanbul. Ride on the cable car, enjoy a traditional Turkish lunch, and take a walk through the old silk market. After getting picked up from your hotel in Istanbul, hop on the ferry at Kocaeli for a 45-minute journey to Yalova, where you will drive to Bursa, the former Ottoman capital. Your first stop of the day is the historical Inkaya Tree, a 600-year-old tree and the symbol of Bursa. Refuel with a mixed grill lunch on the outskirts of the town. Continue to Uludag Mountain and climb to the summit by bus. Enjoy some free time for winter activities such as skiing, motor skiing, or riding on the chair lift before taking the cable car back down the mountain for some panoramic views. Next, head to the Green Social Complex, where you'll find the stunning Green Mosque and the Green Mausoleum. These impressive sights are nearby the Old Silk Market, where you can find typical Turkish products such as Turkish delight, honey, and jam (not included in tour cost). Return to Istanbul by bus in the evening and get dropped off back at your hotel.

Istanbul: Private Bursa, Inkaya Tree & Uludag Mountain Tour

9. Istanbul: Private Bursa, Inkaya Tree & Uludag Mountain Tour

Drive to Bursa, which was the first capital of the Ottoman Empire, from 1335 to 1363. The city’s nickname is Yesil Bursa (“Green Bursa”), in reference to the many parks and gardens dotted throughout the city, and the rich forests of the surrounding region. First stop in the city is the Green Mosque, built at the request of the Ottoman Sultan Mehmet Celebi and completed in 1419. Visit the mosque’s mausoleum, madrasah (Islamic school) and Turkish baths, before learning how candy is made at a local factory. Then head to the village of Inkaya, famous for an enormous tree that has stood for over 600 years. Stop for lunch where you can enjoy a traditional Turkish kebab and a desert such as baklava. After lunch, head to Uludag Mountain, a popular center for winter sports. Enjoy free time to go walking or join a jeep safari. You’ll then take the cable car from Uludag Mountain back to Bursa, admiring the breath-taking panoramic views on the way.

Bursa: Private Romantic Tour

10. Bursa: Private Romantic Tour

Explore the romantic side of the charismatic city of Bursa with a local professional guide. Admire the beauty of the city with your partner on this romantic tour.  Hear many historical love stories, hidden in the pretty old lanes, buildings, and parks in the city. Know about the heartbreaking and tragic to the hilarious or spicy stories of the romantic legends. Discover what is special about Bursa Teleferik while taking a stroll around the city. Find the best place in the city for a date and where you can take the most beautiful photos. Admire the warm and welcoming vibe of the spectacular city of Bursa on a romantic tour. This tour is especially recommended to take around Saint Valentine Period.

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What people are saying about Bursa

Overall rating

3.7 / 5

based on 131 reviews

Amazing trip...Soniya was an excellent guide. The shopping stops are short and perfect. Sailing across the ocean with minibus on ferry was an adventure. Bursa is beautiful.

I like the tour, but there were too many stops for shopping, i wanted to see more of Bursa, taking off the many shopping stops to maybe 2 would be much better

Our guide Sangur was knowledgeable and helpful. The tour was far better than expected. Highly recommend.

Very good service, very good guidance, historically top, the lunch a bit poor with such good food...

It was great experience, group tour was managed very well