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Edirne Day Trip from Istanbul

Expect pickup from your central Istanbul hotel by 8am for the 2.5-hour drive to the city of Edirne, founded by the Roman emperor Hadrian in 125 AD, and for many years an important gateway between Europe and the East. You'll travel by minivan in air-conditioned comfort.Start your tour at the Old Mosque (Eski Camii), built from cut stone and brick between 1402 and 1414. Take time to admire the fine white marble portal and the elaborate calligraphy on the interior walls.Next, visit the Uc Serefeli Mosque, a 15th-century limestone mosque. Note the unusual minaret with three balconies, each with separate stairways.Now it's time for Edirne's crowning glory, the UNESCO-listed Selimiye Mosque. Built by Sinan, the legendary Ottoman architect, for Selim II in the late sixteenth century, it's considered the masterpiece of his old age. Its serene symmetry and soaring central dome make this truly a glorious piece of religious architecture.Break for an included Turkish lunch at a local restaurant, before your city tour continues. Your next stop is the Grand Bazaar, an elaborate covered market that's also the work of Sinan. You may wish to pick up a souvenir of Edirne, such as the city's specialty, soaps designed to look like fruit or even vegetables, here.Next, take a quick look at the 19th-century New Bridge, which spans the meeting point of the Meric and Arda rivers, and admire the Tower Gate (Kule Kapisi). This 12th-century structure is all that remains of what was once the citadel's principal gate: the Byzantine emperor John II Kommenos constructed it when he repaired Hadrian's defenses.Finally, you'll visit the Sultan Beyazit II Mosque Complex, the largest set of religious buildings in Edirne. Besides the mosque and madrasa, the complex boasted a hospital, with famously skilled surgeons, and an octagonal dome where the insane were treated with music therapy.You'll leave Edirne around 3:30pm, returning to your hotel around 6pm, traffic depending.

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Private Tour From Istanbul to Western Gate to Turkey Edirne

The Edirne tour starts with an early departure from Istanbul, as you will have a nice drive ahead of you, first alongside the European Cost of the Marmara Sea, and then towards inland Thrace. You will witness the unique countryside lifestyle at this region.Major sights to visit in Edirne are; The Selimiye Mosque, the masterpiece of Architect Sinan and The Üç Şerefeli Mosque, as well as the The Covered Bazaar.Edirne served as the capital city of the Ottoman Empire from 1365 to 1453; until the Ottoman conquest of Constantinople (Istanbul) which became the empire's new capital.This beautiful city is famed for its many mosques, elegant domes and minarets; and it contains the ruins of the ancient palace of the Sultans. The Selimiye Mosque, built in 1575 the master architect Sinan,his masterpiece by his own words, is located in Edirne as well. It has the highest minarets in Turkey, at 70.9 meters, of an altogether grandiose appearance, and a cupola three or four feet higher than that of Hagia Sophia in Istanbul. You may also try the regional cuisine, or have some delicious sea food along the drive back to Istanbul.

$198.54 Cultural & Theme Tours

Private Edirne Day Tour from Istanbul

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Eski CamiOld MosqueDuration: 20 minutesStop At: The Grand Bazaar of EdirneBazaarDuration: 30 minutesStop At: Selimiye MosqueSelimiye mosqueDuration: 40 minutesStop At: Beyazit II Mosque ComplexBeyazit complexDuration: 40 minutes