Our journey stars with a ferry down to Yalova, enjoying the lovely country-side view.
Drive to Bursa, former Ottoman Capital which was founded by the Bitnynian King Prusias I Cholus "the Lame" (reigned 228-185 BC), and he also gave his name -altered to the Hellenistic "Prusa"- the city. Legend has it that the great Carthaginan general Hannibal helped him to choose the site. The city is frequently cited as "Yeşil Bursa" (meaning is "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 Uludağ 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.
After the lunch we will climb to Uludağ Mountain (the legendary Mount Olympos) by cable car (first stage) which is a favourite center of the winter sports held and as well as skiing its richness of flore and fauna has made it into a National Park and summer activities like trekking and camping are also popular, visit to the old Silk Market in the Covered Bazaar.
Late evening return to İstanbul and transfer to hotels.
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