Duration : 8 hours (approx)
Route : Edirne
You shall be picked up from the Istanbul airport, Istanbul hotel ,Istanbul Marina or your cruise ship port in Istanbul. Your Edirne Tour guide will hold up a sign with your name on it.Your Edirne Tour Guide or Turkish Local Travel Agency will provide you with a complimentary Edirne City map,Turkey map and Turkey brochures. Edirne tour will take approximately 8 hours and after will drive you back to your Istanbul hotel ,Istanbul Marina ,Istanbul airport or Istanbul harbor in Turkey.
Departure from Istanbul in the morning by bus. Edirne is second capital city of Ottoman Empire. Edirne, the ancient Hadrianapolis (Adrianople), and the capital of Thrace (bordering on Greece and Bulgaria) was founded in 125 A.D by the Roman Emperor, Hadrian.The city had an important role as the gateway from Europe to East.It was from here that Constantine set out to defeat Licinius and Frederick the Great known as Barbarossa, stopped here with the Third Crusade. In 1363, for a century, Edirne served as the capital of Ottoman Empire. The city’s role for almost 100 years as capital of the Ottoman Empire accounts for its many historically and architecturally important buildings. With its mosques, religious complexes, bridges, old bazaars, caravanserais and palaces, Edirne is a living museum. First we will visit beautifull Selimiye Mosque.The Selimiye Mosque is the city’s focal poþnt occupying the top of a hill. Sinan’s design reflects the classical Ottoman style. Build on the orders of Sultan Selim ll (1569 – 1575) it attests to the techonological abilities of the day and the genius of the master Ottoman architect. The Eski Mosque is the oldest Ottoman structure in Edirne, built between 1403 and 1414 by Mehmet l. The white marble of its portal contrasts with the building’s cut stone and brick masonry. Calligraphic inscriptions of Koranic verses decorate the interior.Then we will go Three-Balconied Mosque, built between 1438 and 1447 by Murat l, presages the great period of mosque architecture under Sinan and embodies a new freedom from restraints as well as advaces in engineering. The northwest minaret has three galleries, giving the mosque its name. It was the highest minaret until those of the Selimiye Mosque in Istanbul eclipsed it.All mosques is an amazing architectural product. Before lunch our last stop will be The Grand Bazaar of Edirne. In bazaar you have taken one hour free time to relax, you can take some refreshments or lunch in the cafeteria. The food that is special to Edirne are delicious Ciger Tava (Fired Liver) or Edirne Meatballs, you can try it.As you walk through the city and peer into the corners of the grocery stores, you see blocks of white feta cheese, a local speciality. Hardaliye, another of the city’s delicacies, is a grape drink mixed with mustard and marpizan. Scented soaps, earthenware pots and straw baskets from Edirne make good souvenirs. You will also find it difficult to resist the beautiful embroidery work of the local women.
After lunch we will visit to Clock Tower and Castle ruins.. Clock Tower was located in the northeastern of the Fortress. It was used as an arsenal for a long time. In 1866, after the addition of wooden floors and clocks by Hacı İzzet Paşa, the tower became the Clock Tower and the clock here, was called as Nation’s Clock (Millet Saati). In 1894 the wooden floors were removed and three floors built of stones were constructed. Castle ruins, The construction of the Edirne Palace had started during the reign of Sultan Murad Iat the west of Tunca over a wide area in 1450. After the death of Sultan Murad II in 1451, his son Fatih Sultan Mehmed completed the construction of the palace.And then we will go The Archeology and Etnography Museum traces the history of the area from prehistoric to Byzantine times and exhibits clothing from the late Ottoman period. As the Turkish Islamic Art Museum examples of Ottoman architectural details, calligraphy, manuscripts, Korans, weapons, glass, along with an imperial tent used on military campaigns are on display. Our last stop will be Uzunkopru (Long Bridge) to see an interesting bridge built by Murat ll in 1444 spanning the Ergene River. Its 174 arches, the highest of which is 12.28 meters, make up its 1354 meter length. Uzunkopru is the longest stone bridge in Turkey. The mild climate and beautiful surroundings of the Saroz Gulf invite holiday makers for a relaxing break.Photo shooting at the bridge and coffee-tea break. End of the tour we will back to Istanbul by ferry. You will transfer your starting points.
- Transfer from Istanbul hotel or Istanbul airport.
- Transportation with air-conditioned and non-smoking buses and ferries.
- Professional English speaking guide.
- All entrance fees to the sites and museum.
What’s Not Included
- Tips (optional)