• 6 Hours
  • Small Group Tour
  • Daily Departure
  • Min Age : 10+

Tour Overview

Introduction:

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

Content: 

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.

Sapanca Lake 

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).

Masukiye Village 

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.

Shopping 

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.

Detailed Itinerary

This built Basilica, ancient by Constantine the Great in the 4th century and reconstructed by Justinian in the 6th century is one of the architectural marvels of all time. It was converted into a mosque after the conquest of Istanbul in 1453.

One of the best examples of classical Turkish art, built between 1609 and 1616 by the Architect Mehmet Aga the mosque takes its name the blue Iznik (Nicea’s) tiles which decorate splendidly its walls.

The ancient Hippodrome, where chariot races took place was the center of Byzantine political life, standing in the open space in front of the Blue Mosque, the area is now called as Sultanahmet.

Of the monuments which once decorated it, only three remain, the Obelisk of Theodosius, the Serpentine Column, and the Column of Constantine.

In this labyrinth of streets and passages, there are more than 4,000 shops with each trade having its own area; selling mostly gold and silver jewelry, copper and brass items, leather, coats, carpets, and many other beautiful Turkish art and handicrafts such as handpainted ceramic plates, etc.

The great palace of the Ottoman Sultans from the 15th to 19th centuries housing an exquisite collection of crystal, silver, and china porcelain, caftans are worn by the Sultans and their families, the famous jewels of the Imperial Treasury, miniatures, the Holy Mantle enshrining relics of Prophet Mohammed.

What's Included

  • Hotel pick up and drop off (on the European side of Istanbul only)
  • English-speaking professional licensed tour guide
  • Transport by air-conditioned coach
  • Entrance fees mentioned in the itinerary
  • Fast-track entries to the museums and natural parks
  • Lunch at a local restaurant (one soft drink included)
  • Service charges and local taxes

What's Excluded

  • Items of a personal nature
  • Gratuities (optional) to the guide and driver
  • All kinds of beverages

Additional Info

  • Includes free pick-up service from hotels in Sultanahmet or Taksim area. There will be an extra charge for other locations.
  • Children aged 0-2 are free of charge, 30% discount is for children aged under 7 years old.
  • Children 18 years and under must be accompanied by an adult.
  • In the event of any museum closures, an alternative similar museum will be visited.
  • This tour is regular. Please contact us for private tour options.

Meeting and Pickup

  • Hotel pick up is at 08:15-08:45
  • Hotel drop off is at 17:00-17:30

Cancelation Policy

  • You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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