Sapanca Lake and Maşukiye Tour Day Trip From Istanbul

Normal ticket value: €40

Free with Istanbul E-pass

Istanbul E-pass includes Sapanca Lake and Masukiye Tour Day Trip from Istanbul with English and Arabic speaking Professional Guide. Tour starts at 09:00 ends at 22:00. 

Sample itinerary is like below.

  • Pick up from hotels in Istanbul 08:00-09:00
  • A visit to Darica Zoo around 45 minutes to 1 hour (Participants can visit inside with extra cost)
  • Drive to Sapanca Lake
  • Lunch Break at Yayla Alabalik Restaurant in Sapanca
  • A visit to local Turkish Delight & Organic Products shop
  • A visit to Masukiye Village around 2 - 2.5 hours (Participants can attend to activities such as ATV ride, Zipline with extra cost)
  • Leave Masukiye around 19:00
  • Drop-off back to hotels around 22:00

Sapanca

Due to its location, It is one of the ideal destinations for weekend getaways and long-term holidays and has historically satisfying content. As such, you need to add Sapanca Lake when you are preparing your list of places to visit. On a day-trip distance for friendly nature activities, away from the chaos of a big city, you can see mosques built in different Ottoman Empire periods over there. You can also find the opportunity to closely examine the Byzantine ruins in the heart of the district. Sapanca Lake and its coast have been among the most popular places in the region in recent years. It is a very suitable lake for water sports with its stagnant water. Turkish Rowing national team is also training here. every year the Turkish Rowing Championships  being held on this lake. 

Masukiye

Masukiye was founded by the Circassian community who migrated to Anatolia after the Caucasian-Russian wars that ended in 1864. During the Ottoman period, it was a region often visited by lovers who wanted to spend time out of sight. Therefore, many mansions were built on the outskirts of Kartepe Mountain. Some of these mansions, which contain all the features of Ottoman civil architecture, can be seen when you take a walk on the hiking trails on the outskirts of Kartepe. It is a place that attracts tourists with its natural beauty and a rare sightseeing route that attracts the admiration of its guests with its cuisine and culture.

Kartepe

It would be unfair to come to Masukiye but not to stop-by Kartepe. Because if you take the time to this beautiful mountain, you can have a picnic in the beautiful highlands and breathe much fresh air, take a picture of it and encounter countless landscapes worth seeing and spend a pleasant time at the ski resort at its most beautiful peak. Kartepe Ski Center, where transportation from Istanbul is effortless, has ski slopes that can attract winter sports enthusiasts from all levels.

Forest

If you want a place to visit in Sapanca that appeals to all age groups, you can also consider Ormanya. The Natural Life Park, located on the outskirts of Kartepe, was built as a result of 10 years of research and planning. It covers 189 hectares and has five different public spaces on site. Families with children often head directly to the zoo. This place is full of activities where children can spend a long time without being bored. The Nature School project has been implemented for children from different age groups to have a comprehensive knowledge of wildlife and nature. 

The Wildlife Area appeals to those who enjoy observing. Not disrupt nature, no obstacles were placed between the observation areas and the animals' regions. If you are not interested in the zoo and observation area, you can choose to walk or cycle along the 26-kilometer trail.

Things to do in Sapanca:

  • You can prioritize cycling around the lake to make a pleasant start to your visit.
  • Alternatively, you can take long walks in the lakeside recreation area.
  • In the morning, you can have breakfast in places in Kirkpinar or Masukiye. Sapanca offers its guests very different alternatives in this regard.
  • While you're at the lake, don't forget to enjoy eating fish. For this, you can choose the places listed along the walking path if you want or go to Masukiye, famous for its trout. 
  • If you want to get to know the natural beauties surrounding you in detail, you can rent an ATV and go on tour.
  • If you like group activities, you can play paintball.
  • When you are looking for an activity with a high dose of adrenaline, you can head to the 250-meter zip line area in Naturkoy.
  • Be sure to go to the beach near sunrise because the landscape is lovely in the morning. 
  • If you go to the region in winter, you can also add skiing in Kartepe to your list.
  • If you like to be intertwined with nature, you can camp in the highlands or conservation areas close to the lake.
  • If you go to Kirkpinar, take a walk on Bagdat Street, where there are houses with beautiful gardens.
  • You can enjoy the perfect spa experience in hotels in the area.
  • If you prefer summer for a trip to Sapanca you can rent a canoe, sea bike or boat and go for a ride on the lake.

Final word

In a nutshell, Sapanca Lake is an ideal place to be if you want to wash all the tires and worries of the week. With sightseeing in the nearby areas, you can have a lot of fun and rest and the same in a single day. With Istanbul E-pass, you can enjoy a guided tour to see beautiful Ottoman mosques, the Natural life Park, Kartepe Ski Center and much more.

Sapanca Lake and Masukiye Tour Times:

Sapanca Lake and Masukiye Tour starts at 09:00 ends at 22:00

Pick up and Meeting Information: 

Sapanca Lake and Masukiye Tour Day Trip From Istanbul includes pick up and drop off service from/to centrally located hotels.

The exact pickup time from the hotel will be given during confirmation.

The meeting will be at the reception of the hotel.

 

Important Notes:

  • It is required to make a reservation at least 24 hours in advance.
  • Lunch is included with the tour, and beverages are served extra.
  • Participants need to be ready at pickup time in the lobby of the hotel. Pickup is included only from centrally located hotels.
  • ATV Safari tour, Zipline, and some attractions are available during free time.

 

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