Ottoman culture is alive and well in Safranbolu. Real museum of this town, 225 km north of Ankara, filled with grace the Ottoman houses and artisans working at traditional Turkish crafts. The city of Safranbolu received its name from the saffron, which means native. As bright colors of a flower, the rich historical and cultural heritage displays itself through 1008 architectural structures, showing a good example of Turkish architecture, all preserved in their original environment. These structures include the public buildings such as Cinci Hodja Kervansaray and Cinci Hodja Hamam, Mosques of Koprulu Mehmet and Izzet Mehmet Pashas, The Tennaries Clock tower, Old hospital premises, the guild of shoe makers, The Incekaya aqueduct, the old city hall and fountains, as well as hundreds of private residences.
Safranbolu was placed in the World Cultural Heritage list by UNESCO in appreciation of the successful efforts in the preservation of its history as a unit. The city has deserved its real name for its Houses -the perfect examples of old civilian architecture, reflecting the Turkish social life of the 18th and 19th centuries.
In a day tour you will catch an overnight bus from Istanbul arriving to Safranbolu in the morning. You are met at the bus station and proceed with a full day tour where locals will show you all the main attractions of that amazing city. With all the great experience you will be transferred to the station from which you will depart for Istanbul. We are glad to meet you and drive to the hotel after your arrival.