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Sapanca Lake and Masukiye Full-Day Tour from Istanbul

1. Sapanca Lake and Masukiye Full-Day Tour from Istanbul

Enjoy a full-day tour away from the hustle and bustle of Istanbul on a day trip to the Gulf of Izmit and the freshwater lake of Lake Sapanca. Following a pick-up from your hotels in the city center, transfer to Lake Sapanca for a walk in nature. Located on a tectonic hole, between Izmit Bay and the Adapazari Meadow, Lake Sapanca is known for its scenic beauty. Continue to the picturesque village of Masukiye to enjoy lunch under a canopy of trees. Then, drive to a waterfall before climbing Kartepe Mountain. Hike in the mountains, or take the ski lift if you prefer. Discover a popular area for picnics in summer and ski breaks in the winter. Transfer back to your hotel in Istanbul for the end of tour services.

Istanbul: Full-Day Sapanca Lake and Masukiye Tour with Lunch

2. Istanbul: Full-Day Sapanca Lake and Masukiye Tour with Lunch

Following a pickup from your hotel in Taksim or Sultanahmet area, transfer to the picturesque village of Masukiye, located 120 kilometers east of Istanbul. Marvel at Masukiye's beautiful natural landscapes and green forests. If you're interested, join the various optional activities at the park such as ziplining, ATV rides, or take a visit to the zoo. Make a stop to taste the locally produced honey and Turkish delight in Sapanca. Following the tasting, enjoy your lunch break. Then, head to your next destination. This tour takes you to Ormania Natural Habitat Park during the summer season and to Kartepe Snow Resort to enjoy the snow games during the winter season.  The last stop takes you to Sapanca Lake where you'll get to spend some free time on the beautiful coast. Here, take in the fascinating views of the surrounding green mountains before heading back to your hotel where you will arrive between 9 and 10 PM.

From Istanbul: 8 Days Highlights of Turkey Bus Tour with B&B

3. From Istanbul: 8 Days Highlights of Turkey Bus Tour with B&B

Meet and greet with your guide in Istanbul. Stay overnight at a hotel in Bursa. Enjoy breakfast, and visit Grand Mosque and Green Mosque with Tomb. Go shopping at Turkish Delight, and drive to Kusadasi. Overnight at a hotel in Kusadasi.  Begin the day with breakfast. Enjoy shopping and a live fashion show at Leather Outlet Center. Visit Ephesus Ancient City. After lunch, drive to Pamukkale. Tour the Antique City of Hierapolis and the fascinating travertine in the form of white terraces and basins. Overnight at a hotel in Pamukkale.  After breakfast, drive to Konya. Visit Mevlana Museum. Tour Konya City. Overnight at a hotel in Konya.  Begin the day with breakfast. Proceed to Cappadocia with its surrealistic geological creation. Stop at Caravanserai and see the Inns used by traders traveling the Silk Road. Enjoy a trekking tour in Ihlara Valley and visit an Underground City. Overnight at a hotel in Cappadocia.  Take an optional hot air balloon ride in the early morning hours. Enjoy breakfast. Explore the Cappadocia region with its highlights such as Love Valley, Uchisar village, a traditional handmade Carpet Factory, Pasabag, Goreme Panorama, Devrent Imagination Valley, and Ortahisar. Overnight at a hotel in Cappadocia.  After breakfast, drive to Ankara, then Bolu. Visit Salt Lake on the way. In Ankara, visit the magnificent Mausoleum constructed to commemorate Ataturk. Enjoy a visit to Golcuk Lake. Overnight at a hotel in Bolu.  Begin the day with breakfast before returning to Istanbul. Visit Sapanca Lake. Enjoy a stop at Masukiye and Camlıca hill for a panoramic view of Istanbul. Drop off at your hotel or airport in Istanbul.

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What people are saying about Sakarya Province

Overall rating

3.8 / 5

based on 40 reviews

this trip was one of the best decisions we made while in Istanbul. We had the best tour guide we could ask for. We got to do so much in one day and everyone was just so happy and full of excitement. Everything was amazing, you have to experience it for yourself. I think this is best suitable for friends, families and couples who are into road trips adventure and activities but also nature.

Everything was fine, thank you very much for the route and plan! I will add only one thing — I wanted to spend more time on the lake and less in the shops))

It was an amazing tour, it covers a lot of activities, and the tour guides were vey helpful. Sapance is an amazing gateway from istanbul.

Over all experience was so good. Guide Tallah was so amazing and patient enough. Loved it

Literally so amazing, was my highlight of my entire stay in Istanbul.