28 days in Istanbul, Bursa & Cunda Island Itinerary

28 days in Istanbul, Bursa & Cunda Island Itinerary

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Istanbul
— 8 nights
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Bursa
— 6 nights
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Cunda Island
— 12 nights
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Istanbul

— 8 nights

Queen of Cities

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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Topkapi Palace and Galata Tower. Visit Hagia Sophia Mosque and Suleymaniye Cami for their historical value. There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Haydarpasa Terminal, see the interesting displays at Rahmi M. Koc Museum, get to know the fascinating history of Pierre Loti Tepesi, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sultan Ahmed Mosque.

For maps and tourist information, go to the Istanbul holiday builder app.

Helsinki, Finland to Istanbul is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone changes from Eastern European Standard Time (EET) to Turkey Time (TRT), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Helsinki in August, expect Istanbul to be somewhat warmer, temps between 34°C and 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Bursa.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Bursa

— 6 nights
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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Ataturk Museum and Karagoz Museum. Step off the beaten path and head to Yesil Camii and I. Murat Hudavendigar Mosque. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bursa: Hayme Ana Turbesi (in Kutahya) and Oylat Thermal Spring (in Inegol). And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Isabey CAMii, get engrossed in the history at Ordekli Culture and Art Center, admire the masterpieces at Uluumay Museum of Ottoman Folk Costumes and Jewelry, and admire the striking features of Orhan Gazi Mosque (Orhan Camii).

To see other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Bursa day trip app.

Getting from Istanbul to Bursa by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and taxi; or take a bus. When traveling from Istanbul in September, plan for somewhat warmer days and slightly colder nights in Bursa: temperatures range from 31°C by day to 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Cunda Island.

Things to do in Bursa

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Cunda Island

— 12 nights
Get some cultural insight at The Asklepion and Taksiyarhis Cunda Ayvalik Rahmi M. Koc Muzesi. Let the collections at Tahtakuslar Museum and Kazdagi Muzesi capture your imagination. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cunda Island: Bergama (Ruins of Pergamum & Pergamon Antik Kenti), Pinarbasi Piknik Alani (in Gure) and Killik Koyu (in Bademli).

To see more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Cunda Island trip planner.

Traveling by car from Bursa to Cunda Island takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Bursa to Cunda Island is minus 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in September, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cunda Island

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips