Sapanca Lake & Maşukiye Daily Tour
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Take a day-trip to escape the busyness of Istanbul and enjoy the natural beauty of Sapanca Lake and Maşukiye.
Sapanca is a small town close to Istanbul that is well-known for its natural beauty. Sapanca Lake is a jewel of the area and one of the most famous lakes in Turkey. The Maşukiye region is also famous for its incredible natural beauty and local river. The name 'Maşukiye' comes from the Arabic word for ‘love’ and is one of the most popular places for honeymooners to stay. Next, we’ll stop at Mahmudiye where lunch will be served near the waterfalls. You will be able to fully experience the beautiful scenery and breathe in the fresh, country air. After lunch, we'll visit one of the local Turkish delight and honey manufacturers and then stop at the Mall of Symbol in Kocaeli/Izmit for some shopping. The tour will end at around 10:00pm/11:00pm, depending on traffic and weather conditions.
*During the winter season only, we will also visit Mount Kartepe where you see the snow and experience the “winter wonderland” atmosphere.
*ATV and zipline activities do not belong to our travel agency. Anyone who participates in these activities does so at their own risk.
*Our supplier reserves the right to change this tour program at any time to suit the weather and traffic conditions of the day.
Hours & Schedule
This is a full day tour starting with pick-up from your hotel at aroud 8:30 am (depending on traffic and hotel locationmay vary) and ending late evening with a drop off to your hotel at round 11:00 PM.
How To Get There?
This tour includes a pick-up from your hotel within Istanbul Europian side.
- Lunch is included
- Drinks are not included
- Personal expenses are not included
- Pick up and drop off available from/to from hotels in Sultanahmet, Eminönü, Sirkeci, Laleli, Beyoğlu, Beşiktaş and Şişli areas.
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About Sapanca Lake and Masukiye
First, we have the Masukiye Village. This village is famous for its organic fruits and vegetables bazaars, cozy, modest restaurants and the amazing nature surrounding it. It has 2 main neighborhoods: Soguksu and Cinarli. Almost every café or restaurant here has an astonishing nature view, so it just comes down to your food choices. This village is also known as the “Lovers’ Village” because it was once believed that everyone that came to Masukiye fell in love with it. When you visit it, you will see that this is not that far from the truth. The place is also known for having the first female mayor in Kocaeli, and one of the firsts in Turkey, Leyla Atakan in 1925.
After you eat a fantastic Turkish breakfast and lunch in one of the restaurants in this jewel of a village, it is time to explore its natural beauties. Aygir River is one of the highlights here. This river starts from the top of the Kartepe and lies down until Masukiye. Since this river has a lot of trout, you can see many excellent restaurants along the river that’s serving great, organic trout. Eating in one of these restaurants while listening to both the sound of the river and the birds will give you a peace of mind that very few things can.
There are also many large plateaus in Masukiye, including Kirazli, Kuzu and Sultanpinar Plateaus. If you go on a Masukiye daily tour during summer or spring months, the pure green color of these places is enough alone to leave you amazed.
Next up, we have the other half of this amazing tour: Sapanca Lake trip. This lake is at the north of the Masukiye Village and is one of the most popular and beautiful lakes in Turkey, and for good reasons. Since Sapanca is a large lake, you don’t need to tour its perimeter fully; its shores near Masukiye is enough for a Sapance Lake daily trip. There are also many ATV, zipline and pedalo activities you can join in this region to complete your nature trip. But if you are not in for that, simply having a picnic and walking along the shores of Sapanca is enough to appreciate this natural miracle.
Sapanca Lake and Masukiye Daily Tour
To experience these places to their fullest extent, you can join the Istanbul Tourist Pass’ Sapanca Lake & Masukiye Daily Tour and see this magical place with a guide. First, we will tour the Masukiye Village and its incredible natural beauties. Then, a short trip will take us to Mahmudiye, a place near the southern of Sapanca Lake. You will taste a great Turkish lunch near a waterfall and see one of the most beautiful views you can ever see in Turkey. Of course, because the place has many organic food manufacturers, we will also visit a local honey and Turkish delight manufacturer.
If the tour is on the winter season, we will also visit Mount Kartepe, in which you will see the snow-covered paradise of this district. On our way back, you will also get to pay a visit to Kocaeli’s biggest and most popular shopping mall, Symbol.
Where is Sapanca Lake and Masukiye?
What makes Masukiye a unique place for tourists and locals is the vast variety of natural attractions it offers. The entire village is surrounded with an unbelievably untouched nature with small hills, forests and rivers. The air you breathe feels clean and fresh, and that alone makes this place special for its regular visitors. If your daily Sapanca tour left you wanting more, you can give Xtrem Adventures Istanbul a visit. This place in Maslak has many parkours and challenge courses that are suited for both children and adults inside a large forest area. You will get to climb, run, jump and zipline through trees with your friends or family in these adrenaline-filled courses.
Jungle Park Istanbul is another great choice. Visitors here can see nearly 400 animals belonging to more than 100 species. Some of these species are on the verge of extinction, but they are being protected here in Jungle Park. From giant spiders and tall scorpions to exotic fish and reptiles, there are many different species waiting to be discovered here.
Looking for another daily trip outside of Istanbul? Then a Bursa Day Trip may be a great choice. This city was once the first capital city of the Ottoman Empire, so it still carries many cultural and historical landmarks for you to explore. You will visit the famous Grand Mosque, Green Tomb and the Bursa Silk Market. Then, you will go up to the Uludag Mountain with a cable car and enjoy a great Turkish lunch from 800 meters up the Uludag Mountain. Not only that, but despite its active city life, Bursa managed to stay intimate with the nature, so you can also explore the many picnic areas, rivers and natural parks of this city.