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Full Day Tour to Edirne City from Istanbul

Istanbul, Turkey
Excellent

Duration

9 hours

Tour Type

Daily Tour

Group Size

28 people

Languages

ENG

Overview

Explore the city of Edirne with an informative guide on a full-day tour from Istanbul. Founded by the Roman Emperor Hadrian in 125 AD and the second capital of the Ottoman Empire, Edirne is an important gateway between Europe and the East. See landmarks including Eski Cami (Old Mosque), Uc Serefeli Cami with its four distinctive minarets and Sinan’s masterpiece Selimiye Mosque. Browse the shops at Selimiye Arastasi or Ali Pasa Covered Bazaar, and check out the Medical Museum at Beyazit Kulliyesi.

Your tour includes lunch, and hotel pickup and drop-off in Istanbul.

You will depart from your hotel in the early morning, at which point you will make your way towards Eski Camii. The structure was built of cut stone and brick between 1402-14, with fine white marble and decorative calligraphy on the interior walls and pillars. Uc Serefeli Camii, the name of the mosque, was derived from the three balconies on the southeast minaret. Each balcony is reached by a separate stairway, and the decorative tile designs on the minarets are all different. The minarets were the most important development in the structure of the mosque in the 15th century.

Selimiye Mosque Edirne’s crowning glory was built for Selim II, (1566-74) by Sinan who was the architect of the Abode of Felicity for 50 years. It was the masterpiece of Sinan’s old age, and its symmetrical design was strongly emphasized by the four minarets and the soaring rise of the central dome. Semiz Ali Pasa Arasta is also the work of Sinan. Completed in 1589, it is a long tunnel-like building with shops on both sides. There you may buy one of Edirne’s specialities, soap shaped like fruit or vegetables.

Meric Bridge (New Bridge) was constructed at the junction of the Meric and Arda rivers between 1842-1847. Kule Kapisi (a 12th-century tower gate) is all that remains of the tower, which once protected the principal gate of the citadel. It was rebuilt by the Byzantine emperor John Comnenus II (1118-1143) as part of his repair of the Hadrianic defensive system. Beyazit Kulliyesi is the largest in Edirne, the complex had a mosque and a hospital which was famous for the skill of its surgeons. In the octagonal domed timarhane, the insane were treated with musical therapy. At the conclusion of your historic tour, you will be returned back to your point of origin.

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • Day trip to Bursa from Istanbul via ferry boat
  • Learn about this historical Ottoman city and UNESCO World Heritage site
  • Learn about local history, architecture and art
  • Take a cable car up Mt. Uludag, the historic Mt. Olympus
  • Pay a visit to the ancient Ulucami (Grand Mosque)

Itinerary

Included/Excluded

  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off services from centrally located hotels
  • Transport by air-conditioned coach
  • Museum entrance fees
  • Cable Car Ticket
  • Lunch
  • Fully guided tour with the services of an experienced and licensed English speaking guide
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Drinks
  • Any extra services

Tour's Location

Istanbul, Turkey

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Zev

26/06/2022
This was a memory visit - emotional - I will visit again soon.
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Willa Willa

09/05/2022
The tour was so much fun with our guide, This was an excellent overview of the city and its sites.
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Alma Armonio

20/02/2022
We enjoyed our tour very much, there is nothing to say more than to share our satisfaction with you.
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Paola Carrelli

10/12/2021
Fabulous tour, we loved it, and we were 100% satisfied.
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Rabah Harbi

08/11/2021

So wonderful

So wonderful. we had a good journey.
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Confiesate Medallo

15/10/2021

Superb experience

Superb experience, we visited the most beautiful historical places in Edirne!
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Hable Edossa

07/09/2021

Great experience

It was a great experience. The transportation and guide were very nice.
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Boe Brooks

09/08/2021

Memorable day to Edirne

It was memorable day We are very happy with your friendly and supportive staff. Thank you we will book again
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