You shall be picked up from Istanbul airport, Istanbul hotel ,Istanbul Marina or the cruise ship port in Istanbul. Your Edirne Tour guide will hold up a sign with your name on it so you can easily find your allocated tour guide and transfer service for the day. This Edirne tour will take approximately 10 hours and afterwards we will then 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 the second capital city of Ottoman Empire, and Edirne also was known as the ancient Hadrianapolis (Adrianople), and the capital of Thrace (bordering on Greece and Bulgaria) which was founded in 125 A.D by the Roman Emperor Hadrian. The city had an important role as the gateway from Europe to East and 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 and was 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 the beautiful Selimiye Mosque - The Selimiye Mosque is the city’s focal point occupying the top of a hill, Sinan’s design reflects the classical Ottoman style and was built 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 that was 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. Moving on then we will go Three-Balconied Mosque that was 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 and it was the highest minaret until those of the Selimiye Mosque in Istanbul eclipsed it. Before lunch our last stop will be The Grand Bazaar of Edirne in the bazaar you will be given one hour free time to relax so 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 and we would definitely recommend you to give them a try. 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 is located in the northeastern of the Fortress and it was used as an arsenal for a long time. In 1866, after the addition of wooden floors and clocks by Hac? ?zzet Pa?a, 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. Next we will then go see The Archeology and Etnography Museum wjere traces of 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 - there will also be a stop here for the chance to take some photos or grab a coffee. At the end of the tour we will head back to Istanbul by ferry and then from here you will then be transferred back to your starting points.
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Private Professional Licenced English Speaking Tour Guide.
(You can ask for other language options).
Private Deluxe A/C VIP Vehicle.
Parking and Ferryboat or toll road fees of vehicle
Pick up From Istanbul Harbor, airport, Hotels
Drop off to Istanbul Harbor, airport, Hotels
What’s Not Included
Gratuities to the guide and driver (Optional).
Entrance fees to various sites.
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