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 Rahmi M. Koc Museum. Visit Hagia Sophia Mosque and Basilica Cistern for their historical value. The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sultan Ahmed Mosque, get to know the fascinating history of Pierre Loti Tepesi, explore the world behind art at Chora Museum, and contemplate the long history of Galata Tower.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Istanbul trip itinerary planner.

Helsinki, Finland to Istanbul is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Helsinki to Istanbul, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Helsinki in August, with highs in Istanbul at 34°C and lows at 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can drive to Bursa.

Things to do in Istanbul

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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 Panorama 1326 Bursa Fetih Muzesi. Step off the beaten path and head to Yesil Camii and Isabey CAMii. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bursa: Hayme Ana Turbesi (in Kutahya) and Oylat Thermal Spring (in Inegol). There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at I. Murat Hudavendigar Mosque, see the interesting displays at Karagoz Museum, admire the striking features of Orhan Gazi Mosque (Orhan Camii), and get engrossed in the history at Ordekli Culture and Art Center.

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Getting from Istanbul to Bursa by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and taxi; or take a bus. While traveling from Istanbul, expect a bit warmer days and little chillier nights in Bursa, ranging from highs of 31°C to lows of 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to travel to Cunda Island.

Things to do in Bursa

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 5 — 11:

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: Killik Koyu (in Bademli), Bergama (Ruins of Pergamum & Pergamon Antik Kenti) and Pinarbasi Piknik Alani (in Gure).

To find maps, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Cunda Island road trip tool.

You can drive from Bursa to Cunda Island in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Bursa to Cunda Island due to the time zone difference. In September in Cunda Island, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cunda Island

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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