1 Day:

Istanbul Airport – Edirne

Edirne

Coffee break in Meriç Bridge

Karaagach

Historical Karaağaç Neighborhood is one of the places that should be seen in Edirne with its colorful, single storey houses and wide streets. Many restaurants and tea gardens are  available in Karaağaç. Here is also the Monument and Museum dedicated to the Lausanne Treaty of 1923, opened in 1998.

Shopping breakin historical bazaar and modern malls in Edirne

Saraclar Caddesi, A pedestrian shopping street with pleasant cafés on sides and bazaars of “Bedesten” and “Arasta“.

Grand Synagogue of Edirne, is a historic Sephardi synagogue. It was Europe’s third largest temple and the biggest Jewish temple in all of Turkey.

Ali Pasha Bazaar in Edirne is a covered market designed by Mimar Sinan in 1569. Decorated with red and white stone arches, there’re six different gates into the bazaar.

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Visiting Selimiye Mosque 

Selimiye Mosque  was built by Mimar Sinan between 1569-1575. Selimiye is considered as the zenith of Ottoman architecture and has been listed as a World Heritage site by UNESCO in 2011.

The Complex of Sultan Bayezid II Health Museum was built between 1484 and 1488 and is the largest social structure of the Ottoman Empire. It is also one of the most important historical treasures of Edirne.

Edirne Palace, known as Edirne New Palace, was built with Sultan II as being the second palace in this region, completed in 1451. Justice Pavilion, erected in 1561 by Suleiman the Magnificent, who is called in Turkey as Suleiman the Lawmaker is the only structure as part of the palace complex, which remained intact.

Historic Kırkpınar Oil Wrestling Square, Oil wrestling – Turkish wrestlers wear leather waist-to-ankle pants called kispet, and before the match they cover each other’s bodies in olive oil, making it much harder to grip the opponent.

Accommodation in Kirklareli (Demirkoy Igneada)

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Demirkoy

The Demirköy Foundry is known that the cannonballs fired during the conquest of Constantinople in 1453 by Ottoman Sultan Mehmed II (the Conqueror) were manufactured here.

Vize

Vize Fortress is a fortification constructed in the Ancient Roman era.

Amphitheatre is an open-air theatre built in the 2nd century during the Late Roman era, the only known one in Thrace.

Little Hagia Sophia Church (Gazi Suleiman Pasha Mosque) is a former Byzantine era Orthodox church built during Emperor Justinian I (reigned 527-565) times, which was converted later in the Ottoman era into a mosque.

Kiyikoy

St Nicholas Monastery is a small religious complex engraved into a rocky slope of a hill in the forest near the bank of the  river near Kiyikoy. It is a Byzantine era Orthodox monastery, built during the time of Emperor Justinian I.

Accommodation in town of Kirklareli

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Hızır Bey Külliye: This külliye (religious complex) consists of Hızırbey Mosque, double bath, arasta (Ottoman bazaar) and fountain. Hızırbey Mosque, also known as Great Mosque, was built in 1383. Hızır Bey Mosque: Located at the center of the city, it was built on a square plan by Köse Mihalzade Hızır Bey in 1383.

Kırklareli Museum: The museum consists of three sections for “culture and nature”, “ethnography”, and “archaeology”

Yayla Neighborhood Historical Houses and Ataturk House: Kırklareli Yayla Neighborhood is a place with Bulgarian, Greek and Jewish population.

Mounds Asagı Pınar and Kanlıgeçit – ancient settlements dated from 3000 B.C.

Departure to Bulgaria passing the border point of Derekoy

Malko Tarnovo –Brashlan – Burgas

Archaeological Museum of Burgas – Collections of archeological finds related to ancient Thrace, the Greek colonies along the Black Sea and the time of the Roman Empire.

Ethnographical Museum of Burgas – The ethnographic expositionto the Regional Museum of History in Burgas offersthe richest ethnographic collection in Southeastern Bulgaria.

Seaside Garden of Burgas – hundreds of exotic plants are present in the garden, from all continents, and the old part of the Seaside Garden (nearly a quarter of it) has been declared as a monument of garden art.

Pomorie, Nessebar, Sunny beach

The Cupola Thracian tombnear Pomorie is from the Roman period and in its construction the Thracian domed vault model was applied.

Museum of Salt and Pomorie Lake – The first “Museum of Salt” in Eastern Europe was built at Pomorie Lake. Healing mud is produced in the southern part of the lake for the sanatoria in the town and the northern part is used for traditional salt production, preserved for longer than 2000 years.

Sunny beach – Sunny beach is the largest and most popular beach resort in Bulgaria. It is a Blue Flag winning resort, located in a picturesque and ecologically clean gulf on the Bulgarian Black Sea coast.

Old Nesebar – The Historical and Architectural Reserve Nesebar is located on a small peninsula about 850 m long and 350 m wide. In 1983 it was enscribed in the UNESCO World Heritage List. Nesebar is one of the most ancient cities in Europe, founded 3200 years ago. The Archeological Museum in Nesebar was created in 1956 to present the history of antique Mesambriya and Nessebar of the Middle Ages.

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Ruen – Aytos – Karnobat – Straldzha – Yambol

Attractions in the Municipality of Ruen include the rock formations “The pig’s head”, “The turtle”, “The wonderful rocks” and “The professor”, as well as the ethnographic museum collections in the villages of Lyulyakovo and Dobra Polyana.

Genger Architectural and Ethnographic in Aytos is an open-air ethnographic exhibition presenting the most typical for  Aytos region folk artistic crafts.

Markeli Fortress situated 7.5 km west of the present town of Karnobat is one of the most impressive medieval monuments throughout South Bulgaria.

Yambol

National Kabile Archeological Reserve – the ruins of the ancient Thracian town of Kabile – economic, cultural and political center of Thrace, an important fortress in the state of Philip of Macedonia, flourished in Roman times until the invasion of the Goths. It has a museum of area 960 sq. m showing a standing exhibition with exhibits representing the historical development of the antique city.

Historical Museum of Yambol founded in 1952, has rich museum funds of: prehistory, antiquity, Middle Ages, numismatics, Renaissance, ethnography, a new history, and the most recent history.

Art Gallery “George Papazov” – develops collections, research, exhibition, educational and popularizing activities. The Gallery includes more than 3,100 works, over 3,000 research fund units and more than 1,000 volumes of specialized literature.

Bezistena in Yambol city was built in the second half of 15 c. It is the only building of this type in Bulgariaand it is one of its symbolsof Yambol. Bezistena was restored in an appearance quite similar to the original one and has been adapted to the environment in the modern city.

6 Day:

Yambol – Elhovo – Topolovgrad – Harmanli – Haskovo

Elhovo

Elhovo Ethnographic Archaeological Museum – The museum exposition is situated on an area of 244 sq.m.. It has one of the richest ethnographic expositions in the country with examples of the folk crafts and costumes of Bulgarians immigrants from Belomorska Thrace, Lozengrad and Odrin.

Haskovo

“Kenana” park in Haskovo is the largest park on the territory of municipality. It occupies an area of 236.6 hectares. There can be seen tree species such as Blagoon, Cherry, Winter oak, Hairy oak, Muddar, Wild Cherry and others. Interesting are the “Small and Big Ground”, the Rosarium, the Dendary and the “Dry River”. The wide 3 km long alley leads to an artificial lake.

The Monument of the Holy Mother of God was unveiled in 2003. Standing at a total height of 31 meters (of which the statue itself is 14 m), the monument has been certified by the Guinness Book of World Records as the tallest statue of the Virgin Mary with the Infant Jesus in the world. The monument’s pedestal includes the small Bulgarian Orthodox Chapel of the Nativity of the Mother of God, the interior of which resembles an ancient church and features a stone altar.

The Haskovo Regional History Museum  treasures more than 120000 pieces and artifacts of the historical cultural heritage The museum has unique collections of prehistoric, antique and medieval artifacts made of ceramics, stone, iron and glass.

Museum Center “Thracian Art of Eastern Rhodopes”. Important exponent in the exhibition hall is the exact duplicate of the original tomb, unique monument of the ancient art in Thrace.

Lyutitsa is one of the largest and best preserved castles in the Eastern Rhodopes. It is also known as the “Marble City”, because walls are made of white marble. The fortress occupies an area of 26,000 sq.m and has 12 towers.

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Departure from Haskovo, passing Svilengrad and border point of Kapitan Andreeve we arrive in Edirne and then continue to airport in Istanbul.