Take a break from the vibrant energy of Istanbul and explore a favored weekend getaway spot. Marvel at the serene beauty of freshwater Sapanca Lake, nestled between Izmit Bay and Adapazari Meadow. Relish a meal amidst the tranquil ambiance of a waterfall, sheltered under a lush canopy of trees.
Embark on a soothing walk around Sapanca Lake and soak up the charm of the picturesque village of Masukiye. Journey up to Kartepe Mountain, a frequented spot for summer picnics and a sought-after winter ski resort. Experience the contrasting tranquility of these locations, offering a refreshing contrast to Istanbul’s dynamic rhythm
Our designated driver will greet you at your hotel lobby between 07:00 – 08:00, then escort you to the rendezvous point where you’ll join other attendees of the Masukiye, Sapanca, and Kartepe expedition. You’ll embark on a journey to the following locations, guided by a professional and knowledgeable tour guide certified by the ministry of tourism.
Upon arriving at Sapanca, we’ll head straight to the serene lake that sprawls over an area of 42 km2. This picturesque tour provides a serene escape in a stunning landscape. Nestled between the Adapazari Meadow and Gulf of Izmit and encircled by mountains, the lake is a popular retreat for city dwellers seeking tranquility in nature. This water body caters to industrial and domestic needs, and you’re free to stroll along the lakeside or pedal a water cycle in the pristine lake waters (pedal boating cost is not included in the tour).
The next stop on our Istanbul journey is Masukiye Village, where you’ll have the opportunity to indulge in local cuisine. With lunch included in your package, you’ll relish a meal amidst organic produce, set against the backdrop of cascading waterfalls.
(Winter Time 15.11 – 19.04) Kartepe, positioned about 1700m above sea level, presents an awe-inspiring panorama of Sapanca Lake on one side and Izmit Bay on the other.
(Summer Time 20.04 – 14.11) Experience Turkey’s largest zoo, Darica Zoo, spanning across 170,000m2 and home to over 2,600 different animal species.
On our return journey to Istanbul, we’ll pause at either the Viaport Outlet Center or Akasya Shopping Mall for some shopping indulgence.
End Of Tour
At the conclusion of your tour, we’ll ensure you’re comfortably dropped back at your hotel.