Sapanca, Masukiye, and Kartepe Day Tour from Istanbul
Next, you'll drive an hour to Sapanca Lake, where you can enjoy a relaxing stroll along its scenic shores and admire the villages and mountains reflected in its fresh waters. Then explore...
Next, you'll drive an hour to Sapanca Lake, where you can enjoy a relaxing stroll along its scenic shores and admire the villages and mountains reflected in its fresh waters. Then explore the pretty lakeside village of Masukiye, where you'll enjoy a traditional Turkish lunch under a canopy of trees beside a waterfall.
After viewing the waterfall up close, drive up Mount Kartepe, which is a ski resort in winter time, to enjoy stunning views across Lake Sapanca. You can choose to ride the chair-lift to the peak of the mountain (additional charge). You'll get back on the coach around 6pm to return to Istanbul, arriving back at your hotel around 8:30pm.
We are offer free transfer service just from Europe Side and Just From City Center Hotels
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- Infant seats available
- Child rate applies only when sharing with 2 paying adults
- Minimum drinking age is 18 years
- This tour/activity will have a maximum of 18 travelers
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We had a guide that did not speak a word of English. The poor driver assisted with a few words letting us know what time to get back. We had no knowledge of what was going on . Waste of money. Would like a refund !
I'm sorry to give such a low review as the tour guide did his very best, but this trip simply wasn't worth the long drive from Istanbul. The first stop one hour away is a zoo, which is no different to any zoo in one's home country. The second stop another hour away is a lake, which is is no different to any other lake and not particularly special. There are a few shops that line it, which are nothing special. You then have an OK lunch which is by the waterfalls in the picture. The picture is misleading in that this is just one view most of the place is filled with huts and other buildings rather than natural beauty. You then go to Kartepe where you don't actually hike to the top you have to pay 150 Turkish Lira to rent a Jeep to drive to the top, but the view from the top is nothing special. On the way back, we spent an hour stopping off at a Western shopping mall which was nothing special and certainly not a Turkish experience.
Overall, I felt I got zero Turkish experience in the tour. The description read as if it would be immersion in the Turkish countryside and scenery, but you spend most of your time on the bus. The lake is just a lake, nothing special, and the waterfall looks far less idyllic than the picture due to all the buildings. I learned afterwards that the tour is mainly targeted at Middle Easterners who do not have access to lakes, waterfalls, and zoos. For them, the tour is probably very good. For westerners who are used to seeing these things, I'm afraid I would not recommend the tour, since this is no different to what we have back home, and would recommend other tours which are much more Turkish.