DAILY TOURS: Green Bursa

Tour Code :PER013IST
City :ISTANBUL
Tour Name :Green Bursa
Tour Dates :DAILY
Duration :FULL DAY | 07:00 - 19:30
Available Languages :EN, AR

VISITS OF GREEN MOSQUE & GREEN MAUSOLEUM, SILK MARKET & ULUDAG MOUNTAIN

The tour starts by picking-up from the hotel and guests are transported to the tour starting point.

Located on the slopes of Uludag Mountain in the north-western part of Turkey, Bursa represents the creation of an urban and rural system establishing the first capital city of the Ottoman Empire and the Sultan’s seat in the early 14th century. In the empire’s establishment process, Bursa became the first city, which was shaped by kulliyes, in the context of waqf (public endowments) system determining the expansion of the city and its architectural and stylistic traditions.

BURSA

Early in the morning (07:00 – 07:30) embark on this tour to discover the beauties of the first capital of Ottoman Empire and first, drive from Istanbul, enjoying the lovely country, to Eskihisar port and take ferry to Topcular. Ferry takes about 45 minutes than drive to Bursa.

The city of Bursa 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 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 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.

ULUDAG MOUNTAIN

Whether winter or summer, take a cable-car up and see the views and the cool, clear air of Uludag National Park. You will have free time for ATV safari (optional) or ski motor and skiing in winter (optional)

Uludag Mountain & National Park is a mountain with an elevation of 2,543 m, which makes it the highest mountain of the Marmara region. It is a popular centre for winter sports such as skiing, and a national park of rich flora and fauna.

BBQ or local Turkish lunch will be provided. 

GREEN MOSQUE & GREEN TOMB

The mosque for the Complex of Mehmet I was built between 1491-1421 by architect Haci Ivaz Pasa. The building went under extensive renovation following the earthquake in 1855, led by architect Parveillée. The mosque is based on a reverse T-plan with a vestibule at entrance leading to a central hall flanked by eyvans on the east and west and a larger eyvan with mihrab niche on the south. Two small eyvans flank the entryway above which the royal box (hünkar mahfili) is located. The interior of the mosque is decorated with a mosaic of blue green tiles on walls and ceiling of eyvans from which it gets its name.

Set amidst cypresses on top of the hill in Yeşil (Green) neighborhood of Bursa, the Green Tomb stands higher than the rest of the complex. It is built on a hexagonal plan and crowned with a hemi-spherical dome. The exterior of the mausoleum is clad with green-blue tiles that give it its name. The entry portal is crowned with semi-umbrella vault and has muqarnas niches above marble seats on both side of entrance. Iznik tiles with flower patterns in blue, white and yellow adorn the portal. The exterior of the mausoleum is clad with green-blue tiles that give it its name.
Inside, past the carved wooden doors, the royal catafalque stands on a platform at the center surrounded by seven other tombs. It is richly decorated with scriptures and flower designs painted in yellow, white and blue glazed tiles. The lower section of walls is lined with blue-green tiles, also used in tympana of windows on the interior. The muqarnas niche of mihrab on the qibla wall is also set in a large frame of ornamental tilework: the mosaic of tiles inside the niche depicts a garden of roses, carnations and hyacinths. The chandelier and the colored glass windows are later additions.

KOZA HAN (SILK MARKET) & GRAND BAZAAR

Kozahan was built by the great architect Abdul Ula Bin Pulat Sah as a foundation for historical works in Istanbul by the order of Ottoman Sultan Bayezid II in 1491. 
Once upon a time, it was a place where pod (silkworm cocoon) was sold. The silk fabrics obtained the cocoons played the first role to be a textile centre of Bursa. Approximately, having lived around Bursa for a thousand year and called as ‘’Greengrocers’’, Turks have made the production of pod for centuries. That tradition, sericulture comes from Central Asia. 
Silk Market is two-storey “han” located on the rectangle yard. There is found a sadirvan with 95 rooms in the middle of that magnificent structure. The stores of Silk Bazaar contains high quality and cheap productions such as silk fabrics, silk scarfs, shawls, outfit materials, artistic goods, dowry, home textile products, underwear, silver and the other valuable souvenirs.

The Koza Han is connected to Bursa’s bewildering covered bazaar, which extends in all directions through halls, into courtyards, down underground, along tiny passages and onto upper floor terraces looking down on tea gardens. In terms of size and confusion, Bursa’s bazaar is nearly the equal of Istanbul’s. 
Return to Istanbul around 19:00-19:30 and be transferred to your hotel. 

INCLUDES

- Transportation in a fully air-conditioned, non-smoking vehicle
- Pick-up / drop-off from the hotel
- Professional English speaking guide
- Entrance fees to the museums featured on the itinerary
- Lunch at the local Turkish restaurant or BBQ lunch

EXCLUDES

- Any personal expenses
- Meals that are not mentioned above
- Any kind of drinks
- Tips and gratuities
- Optional activities cost
- Turkish visa fee
- Travel and Health insurance

NOTES

- Children of age 2, 99 and below are free of charge
- Other languages are available with an extra fee upon request

Disclaimer
- Guests must be able to walk approximately 2,5 km (1.5 miles) over uneven and cobblestone surfaces.
- Comfortable shoes, a hat and plenty of sunscreen are recommended in summer as shade is limited.
- The sequence of the tour itinerary may change in order to avoid congestion. Guests should watch their step at all times in order to avoid injuries
- This is a scheduled motor-coach tour
- Group usually consist of up to 20 people
- Group might include the people of different nationalities, cultures, ages and interests
- The regular tour is of a good value, but may not be the best choice for those who have special interests and/or concerns about keeping up with, or being held back by, a group.
- Touring is paced to allow the average traveller reasonable time to enjoy each site

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