Edirne makes a wonderful trip from Istanbul, and with the expert guiding services of Şerif Yenen we will have the opportunity to learn much about this city and to visit all of its many places of very varied interest. Expect a long but very rewarding day’s outing. Set close to the Greek border on the intersection of 3 rivers, Edirne has a tranquil, almost European feel.
Capital of the Ottoman Empire prior to the successful 1453 siege of Istanbul, it was in Edirne that Mehmed II (later known as Sultan Fatih Mehmet, or Mehmet the Conqueror) ascended to the throne aged 12, and from age 18 started to make his meticulous preparations for the great siege.
Edirne was an important city on the main route connecting Europe and Asia, and as a result has a very rich cultural heritage from both the Byzantine and Ottoman periods. We will observe the evolution of Ottoman architecture, culminating in visiting the stunning Selimiye Mosque, acknowledged as Mimar Sinan’s greatest masterpiece.
Our packed programme will also include visiting the famous (and rather squeamish!) medical museum, the ruins of the Edirne Palace (predecessor of Topkapı), the historical train station, the Lausanne monument to the treaty that created modern Turkey, the stadium which hosts the annual Oil Wrestling championships, as well as seeing beautiful pavilions and the ancient hamam.
There will be three departure points across the city between 6 and 7am, and return will be around 10pm. During the journey, Şerif will make a presentation on Anatolian Civilisations.
Payment : Guiding, entrance fees, use of a headset, tea/coffee and transport and an illustrated map of Turkey are all included in the price. Participants will pay for their own lunch at a typical local restaurant. Reduced price for under 18’s – 180TL. N.B. Payment will be required by 18 May to secure your places.