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GREEN BURSA TOUR

Type: Full Day Tour
Meeting Point : Hotel Lobby
Starts at : 07:45 - 08:15 (approx.)
Finishes at : 22:00 - 23:00 (approx.)
Duration: 12 hrs.
Available Languages: English German French Italian Spanish
Available: Mondays, Thursdays & Saturdays
Tour Code: BRS01
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    GREEN BURSA TOUR >Full Day Tour
    Full Day Regular Group Tour 
    (20-25 people for each group)

    HISTORICAL BURSA - The first capital city of the Ottoman Empire! 

    Despite its smaller size, many of Bursa's Ottoman landmarks rival those of Istanbul. Best of all, this lush city, known as "Green Bursa", rests at the base of Mt. Uludag, a forested peak once thought to be the mythical Mt. Olympus. Enjoy a magical day of incomparable architectural wonders and natural beauty.


    We travel by ferry to Yalova, then by luxury coach to the city of Bursa*, which dates back to the 2nd century B.C. The first capital of the Ottoman Empire, Bursa is one of the greatest treasure houses of Islamic architecture.

    We will first visit the Green Mosque and the neighbouring Green Mausoleum, both world-renowned for their superb tile decorations, as well as the late 14
    th century Great Mosque and the Koza Han, which for centuries was the center of Bursa’s flourishing silk trade.

    As the capital of Turkey’s silk production and importation, Bursa was also the home of the skilled artisans who produced kaftans, pillows, embroidery and other silk products for the Ottoman palaces until the 17th century. Afterwards, enjoy a leisurely cable car ride up the slopes of Mount Olympus, in Turkish, Uludag, or if the cable car is not running, take in the panoramic views from beneath the more than 1,000 year-old plane tree that gives Cinaralti its name.

    Lunch is at one of Bursa’s most highly-regarded traditional Turkish restaurants, the Darüzziyafe, where we will enjoy the finest authentic Ottoman cuisine in a historic setting, where Sultan Murat the Second once dined.

    Late evening return to Istanbul and transfer to hotels.

    IMPORTANT NOTICE
    In the event the cable car is closed due to weather conditions, Cinaralti is substituted for Uludag.


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    What is included ?
    • Hotel Pick-up & drop-off
    • Entrance fees as per itinerary
    • Guide and Air-conditioned Vehicle

    • Cable car (if operated)
    • Ferry Boat
    • Lunch included
    • Vegeterian Menu is available
    • V.A.T. (incl.)

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    What is NOT included ?
     Gratuities / Tip (Optional) 
     Drinks

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    Payment (No Advance Payment !)
    • by Cash (EUR, USD, TL or GBP) or by Credit Card during the Tour.                
     Available Cards : 

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    Additional Information
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Children 18 years and under must be accompanied by an adult
    • Not recommended for participants with walking difficulties

    • A minimum of eight (8) participants are required for this tour.

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    Available Days > Sun   Mon    Tue    Wed    Thu    Fri    Sat 


    Season : All Year

    Price per adult : 70.-€
    Price per child (0-3) : Free
    Price per child (3-7) %50 : 35.-€
    Price per child (8-10) %30 : 55.-€
    You can make your Tour Payment Cash or with Credit Card to our Guide during the tour.

    BURSA
    Bursa is a city in northwestern Turkey. It is the fourth most populous city in Turkey and equally one of the most industrialized metropolitan centers in the country.

    Bursa was the capital of the Ottoman State between 1326 and 1365. The city was referred to as "Hüdavendigar" (meaning "God's Gift") during the Ottoman period, while a more recent nickname is "Yeşil Bursa" (meaning "Green Bursa") in reference to the parks and gardens located across its urban tissue, as well as to the vast forests in rich variety that extend in the surrounding region. The city is synonymous with Mount Uludağ which towers behind its core and which is also a famous ski resort. The mausoleums of the 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.
    Karagöz and Hacivat shadow play characters were historic personalities who lived and are buried in Bursa. Bursa is also home to some of the most famous Turkish dishes such as İskender kebap, specially candied marron glacés, peaches and lokum. Bursa is home to the Uludağ University, and its population attains one of the highest overall levels of education in Turkey. Within the Bursa Province, the towns of İznik (Nicaea), Mudanya and Zeytinbağı are especially notable for their long history and important monuments.
    According to the Turkish Statistical Institute, as of 2011 the city of Bursa had a population of 1,704,441 and its metropolitan municipality 1,948,744.
     
    HISTORY
    The earliest known settlement at this location was the Ancient Greek city of Cius, which Philip V of Macedon granted to Prusias, the King of Bithynia, in 202 BC. Prusias rebuilt the city and renamed it Prusa (Ancient Greek: Προῦσα). After 128 years of Bithynian rule, Nicomedes IV, the last King of Bithynia, bequeathed the entire kingdom to the Roman Empire in 74 BC.
    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[5] and the Ulu Cami (Great Mosque) between 1396 and 1400.[6] Bursa remained to be the most important administrative and commercial center in the empire until Mehmed II conquered Istanbul in 1453. The population of Bursa was 45,000 in 1487.[7]
    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.
    Following the foundation of the Republic of Turkey, Bursa became one of the industrial centers of the country. The economic development of the city was followed by population growth and Bursa became the 4th most populous city in Turkey.
    The city has traditionally been a pole of attraction, and was a major center for refugees from various ethnic backgrounds who immigrated to Anatolia from the Balkans during the loss of the Ottoman territories in Europe between the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The most recent arrival of Balkan Turks took place in the 1940s until the 1990s, when the communist regime in Bulgaria expelled approximately 150,000 Bulgarian Turks to Turkey.[8] About one-third of these 150,000 Bulgarian Turkish refugees eventually settled in Bursa.


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