12 days in Istanbul & Bursa Itinerary

12 days in Istanbul & Bursa Itinerary

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Istanbul
— 3 nights
Drive
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Bursa
— 3 nights
Drive
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Istanbul
— 5 nights

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Istanbul — 3 nights

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.
On the 1st (Sat), take a stroll through Taksim Square and then explore the galleries of Galata Tower. Here are some ideas for day two: brush up on your military savvy at Askeri Muze ve Kultur Sitesi KomutanlIgI, then admire the striking features of Dolmabahce Palace, then visit Ortakoy, and finally take in the views from Bosphorus Bridge.

For more things to do, ratings, photos, and tourist information, go to the Istanbul online road trip planner.

If you are flying in from Canada, the closest major aiports are İstanbul Airport, İstanbul Atatürk Airport and Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen International Airport. In January, plan for daily highs up to 10°C, and evening lows to 10°C. On the 4th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Bursa.
Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums
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Bursa — 3 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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Green Mosque, Tofas's Bursa Museum Of Anatolian Cars, Uludag Ski Center, and other attractions. Next up on the itinerary: admire the landmark architecture of Ulu Cami and take in the spiritual surroundings of Green Tomb.

To find ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Bursa trip planning tool.

You can drive from Istanbul to Bursa in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and taxi; or take a bus. Traveling from Istanbul in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Bursa, with lows of 5°C. You'll have a few hours on the 7th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to Istanbul.
Historic Sites · Shopping · Winter Sports · Parks
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Istanbul — 5 nights

Your day by day itinerary now includes Suleymaniye Cami as well as Chora Museum. Explore Istanbul further: admire the striking features of Hagia Sophia Mosque, take an in-depth tour of Topkapi Palace, stop by Mısır Çarşısı, and don't miss a visit to Sogukcesme Sokak.

To find photos, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Istanbul itinerary site.

You can drive from Bursa to Istanbul in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and ferry; or take a bus. Traveling from Bursa in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Istanbul, with lows of 10°C.
Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods
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