This tour makes taking a day-trip from Istanbul to the former Ottoman capital of Edirne easy. See beautiful mosques, 15th century buildings and fascinating museums on this comprehensive tour of Turkey’s westernmost city.
What You'll Do
- Visit the westernmost city in Turkey without any of the hassles of public transport
- See genuine buildings built by Ottomoan Sultans in the 15th Century
- Visit Selimiye Mosque, a masterpiece of Sinan the most populer architect of Ottoman Empire
- Learn how and why this city was the second capital of the Ottoman Empire
What to Expect
Edirne is one Turkey’s most captivating cities, but due to its distance from Istanbul, it goes largely unvisited. Thanks to our guided full-day tour from Istanbul, that doesn’t have to be the case for you. We'll pick you up at 7:00 in the morning and have you back in Istanbul by 21:00.
The westernmost city in Turkey, Edirne sits close to the Greek and Bulgarian borders. It was also the second capital of the Ottoman Empire, one of the largest empires in history, and was once called Hadrianople.
During that time you’ll have a chance to see Sinan’s masterpiece, the Selimiye Mosque, which was recently declared as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. And that’s not the lone must-see sight in Edirne – Ottoman Sultans of 15th century built magnificent mosques, medreses, baths, and palaces that survive to this day. You can so see the Museum of Health, which has beautiful statutes made of wax and artefacts from the Ottoman medical history.
Before returning to Istanbul there will be time for some shopping as well, with traditional soaps, brooms, and cheeses making perfect souvenirs to take back home with you.
Tour Type : Cultural ExperienceGroup Size : Generally 20 - 40 Transport : Bus