12 days in Istanbul & Bursa Itinerary

12 days in Istanbul & Bursa Itinerary

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12 days in Istanbul & Bursa Itinerary

Start: Istanbul
1
Istanbul
— 8 nights
Drive:  2 h
2
Bursa
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h
End: Istanbul

8
nights
Istanbul

Istanbul ©
A physical and cultural bridge between Europe and Asia, the transcontinental city of Istanbul serves as a living reminder of the Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman empires.
Istanbul is known for historic sites, museums, shopping, nature, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take an in-depth tour of Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), admire the striking features of Dolmabahce Palace, browse the eclectic array of goods at Kapali Carsi, and explore the ancient world of Basilica Cistern.

To see where to stay, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Istanbul online vacation maker .

If you are flying in from Saudi Arabia, the closest major airports are Istanbul Airport and Sabiha Gökçen International Airport. In November in Istanbul, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to drive to Bursa.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites Museums Tours

Side Trip

Göynük Köyü Mer. Cami
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Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque

3
nights
Bursa

Bursa ©
The first Ottoman capital and a World Heritage Site, Bursa is known as "The Royal Springs" for its famous hot mineral waters--though it offers much more than your typical spa destination.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Green Mosque (Yesil Camii), steep yourself in history at Tombs of Osman and Orhan, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Green Tomb, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Ulu Cami. On your second day here, contemplate the waterfront views at Golyazi and then browse the eclectic array of goods at Koza Hani.

For photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Bursa day trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Istanbul to Bursa takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Bursa when traveling from Istanbul in November, with lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Tue) to allow time for the car ride back home.

Things to do in Bursa

Historic Sites Shopping Parks
Highlights from your plan
Ulu Cami ©
Ulu Cami
Emir Sultan Camii ©
Emir Sultan Camii
Green Tomb ©
Green Tomb

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