Day 5. 6 April 2010. We went to Bursa and Uludag on a full day excursion away from Istanbul.
Bursa is the fourth largest city in Turkey, situated around 1o0km northwest of Istanbul. One of the most industrialized centers in Turkey, Bursa is the center of the Turkish automotive, textile and food industry. The city is synonymous with Mount Uludağ which towers behind its 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 (literally means “Great Mountain”) is a wintersports center and a national park, the highest mountain in Marmara region (2,543m).
To go to Bursa from Istanbul one can take ferry to Yalova and then drive to Bursa. From Bursa Uludag can be reached through a cable car (teleferik) or a car. Alternatively, from Istanbul one can drive all the way to Bursa, via a short ferry trip for otherwise long driving along Gulf of Izmid.
We’re picked up at our hotel around 8:30am by a feeder van for rearrangement in the Senkron tour agent office at Arasta Bazaar, at the back of Blue Mosque. The cost for this Bursa and Uludag tour is 90 Euro per person.
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