TOUR 21: Edirne Western Gate to Turkey

The Greek mythology associates the founding of the city with Orestes, son of king Agamemnon of Homer's Iliad. The city was (re)founded eponymously by the Roman Emperor Hadrian, hence the origine of its name today.

Strategicly located, Edirne has been in the middle of no less than 16 wars or sieges thorughout its history, before it was conquered by the Ottoman Sultan Murad 1st in mid-thirteenth century. 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 by the master architect Sinan, his masterpiece in his own words, is located in Edirne as well. It has the highest minarets in Turkey, at 70.9 meters, of an all together grandiose appearance, and a cupola which is four feet higher than that of Hagia Sophia in Istanbul.

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 in 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. You may also try the regional cuisine, or have some delicious sea food along the drive back to Istanbul.


Prices do not include 18 % V.A.T.

Number of Guests Prices per person
1 1,300 €
2 735 €
3 525 €
4 430 €
5 370 €
6 310 €
7 285 €
8 265 €
9 235 €
10 up 215 €


  • • Transportation by air conditioned vehicles.
  • • Fully escorted by an English speaking tour guide.
  • • Admission fees, Lunch.

  • • Drinks and all personal expenses.

  • • Cancellation policy for tour out of Istanbul can be done up to 48 hours before the tour to avoid any penalties, otherwise full tour rate will be charged.
  • • Children 11 and younger receive 50% discount.
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