Bolu, Abant and Safranbolu Tour From Istanbul

This 3-day voyage begins in Istanbul and sweeps through Ormanya Park, Mashukiye village, and Kartepe Mountain, before an overnight stay in Abant. The second day takes you to Safranbolu, where you’ll explore Bulak Mencilis Mağarası cave, Tokatlı Canyon, and enjoy local cuisine at the Dereköy Dizdar Su Değirmeni restaurant. The journey concludes with a visit to the historic Yörük Village and a brief stop at Golcuk Lake on the way back to Istanbul. This all-encompassing package prioritizes your comfort and convenience, offering a truly memorable exploration of Turkey’s beauty.

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    Uncover Turkey’s Hidden Gems: An Exquisite 3-Day Journey from Istanbul to Bolu, Abant, and Safranbolu

    Embark on a 3-day enchanting journey from Istanbul through Bolu, Abant, and Safranbolu. Experience Turkey’s diverse landscapes, historical sites, and rich cultural heritage, from serene lakes and panoramic mountain views to well-preserved Ottoman era houses. Book now for an unforgettable adventure!


    Per person in a Double room – $659.99

    Per person in a Triple room – $469.99

    The package includes hotel pickup in Istanbul, transportation in a private van with a friendly and knowledgeable driver, two nights’ accommodation in selected hotels at Abant and Safranbolu, daily breakfast, and visits to key attractions such as Ormanya Park, Mashukiye village, Kartepe Mountain, Sapanca Lake, Naturkoy, Bulak Mencilis Mağarası Cave, Tokatlı Canyon, Hıdırlık Tepesi, Safranbolu center, Yörük Village, and Golcuk Lake. Also included are practicalities such as diesel for the van, parking, and the driver’s accommodation.

    Minimum booking requirement: 2 persons.

    Discovering Turkey Beyond the Beaten Path: A Three-Day Journey from Istanbul to Bolu, Abant, and Safranbolu


    This meticulously curated 2-night, 3-day itinerary from Istanbul to Bolu, Abant, and Safranbolu offers an immersive experience into Turkey’s rich history, vibrant culture, and stunning natural beauty. The journey encompasses a wide range of activities and destinations, from exploring wildlife-rich parks and serene lakes to visiting a UNESCO World Heritage Site and indulging in local cuisine.


    Ormanya Park: Europe’s largest urban forest, teeming with wildlife and a variety of plant species.

    Mashukiye Village: Known for its captivating natural beauty and a wide range of activities, including motor safari and zipline.

    Glass Terrace at Kartepe Mountain: Offers panoramic views of the lush Turkish landscape.

    Sapanca Lake and Naturkoy: Enjoy the tranquility of this serene lake and explore the natural beauty of Naturkoy.

    Abant: Overnight stay in this peaceful region known for its diverse flora and fauna.

    Safranbolu: A UNESCO World Heritage Site known for its well-preserved Ottoman era houses and vibrant local culture.

    Bulak Mencilis Mağarası Cave and Tokatlı Canyon: Explore these natural wonders, offering a unique insight into Turkey’s rich geological history.

    Dereköy Dizdar Su Değirmeni Restaurant: Experience local Turkish cuisine at this popular restaurant.

    Hıdırlık Tepesi: Take in panoramic views of Safranbolu from this vantage point.

    Yörük Village: Visit this historical village known for its traditional Turkish homes and a preserved way of life.

    Golcuk Lake: One of the most beautiful lakes in Turkey, offering a serene natural environment to relax and rejuvenate.

    Details of the Itinerary

    Immerse yourself in the exceptional beauty of Turkey with our meticulously curated itinerary, spanning 2 nights and 3 days, and providing a gateway to an unforgettable experience. From the bustling metropolis of Istanbul, we journey through the breathtaking landscapes of Bolu, Abant, and Safranbolu, inviting you to enjoy a tapestry of scenic vistas and historic locales.

    Day 1 – The Journey Begins

    Kick-starting our odyssey at 9 am, we’ll pick you up from your hotel in Istanbul and begin our voyage towards Abant. En route, we’ll stop at Ormanya Park, a lush, wildlife-rich forest with a zoo, perfect for families and nature enthusiasts alike. We’ll then explore Mashukiye village, a place synonymous with enchanting natural beauty and engaging activities like motor safari and zipline.

    Next, prepare to be captivated by the stunning panorama of Turkish nature from the glass terrace at Kartepe Mountain – an oasis of greenery. We’ll then visit the serene Sapanca Lake, followed by a tour of Naturkoy, before completing our journey with a stay at a premium hotel in Abant. As the day concludes, surrender to the tranquility of Abant, with an overnight stay in a luxury suite.

    Day 2 – Safranbolu’s Wonders

    Post-breakfast, our journey leads us to Safranbolu, a two-hour drive from Abant. Our first stop here will be the awe-inspiring Bulak Mencilis Mağarası, one of the best caves Turkey has to offer, followed by a visit to the majestic Tokatlı Canyon.

    Savor a delectable lunch at the famous Dereköy Dizdar Su Değirmeni restaurant. We then ascend Hıdırlık Tepesi, a hill offering panoramic views of Safranbolu and its traditional homes. Our day concludes with a leisurely stroll through Safranbolu’s center, where you can peruse a myriad of shops and historic sites. The day ends with an overnight stay in Safranbolu.

    Day 3 – The Homeward Trek

    On our final day, after checking out from the hotel, we journey to the historical village of Yörük. After an enriching visit, we commence our return trip to Istanbul, making a pit stop at Golcuk Lake – one of the most beautiful lakes in Turkey. After a brief sojourn, we resume our drive, heading back to Istanbul.

    Our comprehensive package includes accommodations with breakfast, diesel, parking, and driver’s accommodation. Please note that lunch, dinner, and tickets to places (if any) are not included. So, pack your bags and join us on this magical journey through some of Turkey’s most exquisite landscapes and historical sites, and make memories that will last a lifetime.

    Choosing this itinerary gives you the unique opportunity to uncover the diverse beauty of Turkey, straying from the well-trodden tourist routes and delving into the heart of its exquisite landscapes and rich cultural heritage. The destinations included in this trip have been handpicked to give you an authentic and immersive experience of Turkey’s natural wonders, from the bustling metropolis of Istanbul to the tranquil retreats of Abant, Bolu, and Safranbolu.

    The reasons for selecting this itinerary include:

    Diverse Landscapes: From the sprawling cityscape of Istanbul, the serenity of Sapanca Lake, and the lush greenery of Ormanya Park to the snow-capped peaks of Kartepe and the mesmerizing waters of Golcuk Lake, this trip will take you through a variety of enchanting vistas.

    Cultural Immersion: Experience Turkey’s rich history and vibrant culture up close. Walk the cobbled streets of Safranbolu, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, marvel at the well-preserved Ottoman era houses, and meet the friendly locals in Yörük Village.

    Adventurous Activities: Whether it’s exploring caves at Bulak Mencilis Mağarası, enjoying a motor safari and zipline in Mashukiye village, or hiking in Abant, this itinerary is packed with thrilling activities for the adventurous at heart.

    Culinary Delights: Savour the delectable Turkish cuisine in the charming Dereköy Dizdar Su Değirmeni restaurant and explore local produce at the various stops along the way.

    Choosing our company to facilitate this journey offers numerous benefits:

    Local Expertise: Our team possesses extensive knowledge of the region, ensuring you receive an authentic and immersive experience.

    Personalization: We believe in crafting journeys that cater to the unique interests of our clients. This itinerary is flexible and can be tailored to meet your specific preferences.

    Premium Services: From handpicked accommodations to a private van with a driver, we ensure that your comfort and convenience are prioritized. We also take care of practical aspects like diesel, parking, and driver’s accommodation, so you can focus on enjoying your trip.

    Quality Assurance: Our company is committed to delivering high-quality travel experiences. From our initial communication to the end of your journey, we assure exceptional service quality, setting us apart in the industry.

    We welcome you to join us on this splendid journey, uncovering the beauty, history, and culture of Turkey, creating memories that will last a lifetime.


    This 2-night, 3-day journey commences in Istanbul, where participants are picked up from their hotels and driven towards the first destination, Abant. On the way, stops are made at the wildlife-rich Ormanya Park, the picturesque Mashukiye village, and the panoramic glass terrace at Kartepe Mountain, followed by visits to the serene Sapanca Lake and Naturkoy. The day ends with a relaxing overnight stay in Abant.

    Day two sees the group traveling to Safranbolu after breakfast. Highlights include exploring the magnificent Bulak Mencilis Mağarası cave and Tokatlı Canyon, enjoying a traditional meal at the Dereköy Dizdar Su Değirmeni restaurant, and taking in panoramic views of Safranbolu from the hill, Hıdırlık Tepesi. The day is concluded with a leisurely exploration of Safranbolu’s center, characterized by its historic architecture, followed by an overnight stay.

    On the third day, the group heads to the historical village of Yörük after checking out of the hotel. The journey back to Istanbul includes a brief visit to the stunning Golcuk Lake. The package includes accommodations with breakfast, diesel, parking, and the driver’s accommodation, excluding lunch, dinner, and entrance tickets to various attractions.

    Here are some historical details for each place mentioned in the itinerary:

    Istanbul: This city has a rich history dating back to 660 BCE, when it was founded by the Greeks. Istanbul has served as the capital of three different empires – Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman – each leaving its mark on the city’s culture, architecture, and history. Known for its iconic landmarks such as the Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, and the Topkapi Palace, Istanbul effortlessly fuses the ancient with the modern.

    Ormanya Park: Located in Izmit, Turkey, Ormanya Park is the largest urban forest in Europe. It was opened in 2016, aiming to offer an accessible natural space for visitors. The park features a variety of wildlife and plant species, picnic areas, walking paths, and a children’s zoo.

    Mashukiye: This village, situated in Kocaeli, is known for its breathtaking natural landscapes. While it’s a relatively recent tourist destination, it offers a glimpse into the tranquil rural life of Turkey, steeped in tradition and the timeless rhythms of nature.

    Kartepe: Kartepe, or “Snow Mountain,” is the third-highest mountain in the Marmara region of Turkey. It’s a popular winter sports destination. The region has been developed recently for tourism, with facilities for skiing and hiking, offering splendid views of the surrounding landscapes.

    Sapanca Lake: This is a tectonic lake with a rich history, located between the Adapazari Meadow and Izmit Bay. It’s known for its beautiful surroundings, including forests and mountains. In recent years, it’s become a popular destination for tourists seeking relaxation and recreational activities.

    Abant: The region around Lake Abant, located in the province of Bolu, has been a nature park since 1988. The area offers a diverse array of flora and fauna and is an excellent spot for hiking and picnicking. It’s a sanctuary of tranquility amidst the rush of modern life.

    Safranbolu: This town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site due to its well-preserved Ottoman era houses and architecture. It played a key role in the caravan trade route between Europe and the East in the 13th century. The city is named after the saffron spice, which is grown in the region and used in many local recipes.

    Bulak Mencilis Mağarası: This cave is a fascinating natural wonder in Safranbolu. It’s said to be nearly 3 million years old, formed by the dissolution of limestone rocks. The cave, with its stalactites, stalagmites, and columns, offers a unique journey into the earth’s past.

    Tokatlı Canyon: This canyon is located near the city of Safranbolu and offers stunning views of the surrounding landscapes. While the history of the canyon is deeply intertwined with geological epochs, it is nowadays a famous tourist destination.

    Yörük Village: This village in Safranbolu is known for preserving its traditional way of life. Its history stretches back to the Ottoman period, and many of its structures, including traditional Turkish homes and a historic mosque, have been preserved.

    Golcuk Lake: This lake, situated in the province of Bolu, is another natural jewel. It’s a favorite spot for locals and tourists alike due to its beautiful scenery. The surrounding area has been used as a summer residence by the Seljuk and Ottoman empires, and the lake is encircled by a forest, providing opportunities for relaxation and exploration.

    Each of these places offers a glimpse into Turkey’s rich history, natural beauty, and cultural heritage.

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