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SAFRANBOLU: Picture how Ottoman looked like 200 years ago...

Hosted by the Consul of the Istanbul Traveling Group
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Took place 2 months ago
Fri 17 Nov 20:00 - Sun 19 Nov 23:00

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This trip is a a rare blessing for those who would like to picture how an Ottoman town looked Protected content ago. We are off to a dreamy town of historical significance in the Black Sea region- inscribed on UNESCO World Heritage List - with a "not to be missed" cultural tour program. Mentioned in Homer’s Iliad, Safranbolu, with a history dating back to ancient times, has been one of the major cities of many civilizations including Roman, Byzantine, Seljuks and Ottomans. By means of these different civilizations today it reaches a very impressive cultural richness. Especially Ottoman Traces such as baths, mosques, fountain, bridges and unique halls are very impressive and fascinate people. The architectural forms of the buildings and the streets are illustrative of their period. The caravan trade was for centuries the main commercial link between the Orient and Europe. As a result, towns of a characteristic type grew up along its route.

Safranbolu is derived from “Saffronpolis” meaning “Saffron City”, after the saffron crocus once grown extensively in the region, the most expensive spice of the world. Saffron was used as an important raw material in the leather industry, especially in Ottoman times where the city was also popular for making leather shoes for the Ottoman army.

On our first day of the trip, we will join our trekking group for short walks and photography breaks at Yenice Forests, one of a hundred "HOT SPOTS" urgently designated for protection by the Woorld Wildlife Fund (WWF) on account of their rich wildlife and plant diversity. If you prefer to stay in Safranbolu you can do that so as well. At night we will tumble into one of the most deepest sleeps and the sweetest dreams in sandalwood-like scent rooms while we stay in one of the historical mansions right at the centre of old town.

On our second day of the trip, we will join a town tour with a professional guide who will enrich our souls with interesting details of town's history. We will see Cinci Han (a very old caravanserai), Hammam built in Protected content , Bazaars such as Yemeniciler Bazaar, Bakırcılar Bazaar, Semerciler and Demirciler Bazaar. The locus of traditional art and handicraft, these bazaars will broaden your horizon. Our last stop will be Kaymakamlar Evi (District Governor’s House). It is the most flawless example of historical houses in the area and a museum that tells the stories of past lives through folkloric mannequins.

Our last stop will be the glass terrace and Canyon of Tokatli.

In this trip, you will feel the endless delight of experiencing the past and the present merged together while strolling among those houses and leave with a taste of history, culture, and of course not to mention with a taste of delicate traditional food from the kitchen of town such as peruhi, keskek, bukme, saffron-flavored ‘zerde’ and Turkish delight assortments with Turkish coffee cooked in slow charcoal & wood fire.

Join our "not to be missed" cultural tour for the appreciation of history, friendship and laughter.

*Friday night arrival & rest in the hotel / Saturday stay in the city or join all day short walks or photography breaks in Yenice Forest / Sunday traditional culture trip in Safranbolu City.

Price includes:
•In bus services / Friday night munchies & services on the way back
•Mandotary Travel insurance (that covers up to Protected content for emergencies)
•Guide for trekking activity (If not we will refund this section)
•Mandotary professional guide for cultural presentations
•All parking&museum etc entery fees except Glass Terrace
•2 nights x in a double/twin room accomodation in an old Ottoman Masion. Single room is available for extra fee.
•2 breakfasts+1 lunch+1 dinner (Almost all inclusive)