Bursa is the former Ottoman Capital. It is also refered as Green Bursa, as it is filled with beautiful parks and gardens.
Bursa is spread across the slopes of Uluda? mountain (aka Mount Olympus). Bursa's major sight seeing places are in five separate districts, plus the mountain summit.
It is popularly visited through One day Bursa Tour from Istanbul.
Shopping is good in Bursa's Covered Bazaar and several others at the center of the city next to the Ulu Cami.
Silk, particularly silk scarves, are a specialty of this place.
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One needs to take a ferry ride from Eskihisar port to reach Bursa.
Seaplane flights one or both ways between Istanbul's Golden Horn and Bursa's Gemlik port can substantially reduce your travel time, though at added expense.
You can fly from Istanbul to Bursa. (Yeni?ehir Airport)
There are no trains, and taking a bus all the way around the Sea of Marmara takes hours through heavy traffic.
Buses from Istanbul take at least 3 hours to reach Bursa but the trip can take over 4 depending on the traffic and cost about 20 TL