Lake Abant is freshwater lake formed as a result of a great landslide in Turkey's Bolu city in northwest Anatolia.,Abant is about 200 km. away from Istanbul. Abant lake is at an altitude of 1320 m in a distance of 40 km from Bolu city center. Abant lake surrounded by dense pine forests,Abant lake is fresh water lake is 1320 metres above sea level. Abant is an ideal place for people who want to escape the bustle of the city and the stress of the daily grind.The lake Abant has an area of 1.28 square kilometres and its lowest point is 18 m. A special fish species only seen in this region,it is Abant trout it is special fish.it is an endemic subspecies brook trout, Salmo trutta abanticus of the lake(Abant Alasi).If you like fishing there is small fee for fishing.In the forests around the lake offer an ideal habitat for deer, and special wildlife. Black Pine trees, Scots pine trees, oak trees, willow trees, hazelnuts and Strawberry trees are among the tree species which compose the lake's forests. Abant lake in summer season is really rich for plants life with wild fruit trees, flowers and water lilies.Abant lake
Departure: Ataturk or Sabiha Gokcen Airport
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DAY 1 - Arrival in Istanbul Upon arrival,
You will be met at Istanbul Ataturk Airport and transferred to your hotel in the city of Istanbul, the only city in the world that overlaps the two continents of Europe and Asia. Remainder of day will be at your leisure. Overnight in Istanbul.
DAY 2 – Byzantian & Ottoman Relics (B,L)
Your guide will take you to visit some of Istanbul’s most fascinating sights such as the Blue Mosque (unique with its 6 Minarets) and St Sophia Museum, the jewel of Byzantine architecture in Istanbul, a 6th Century Church dedicated to Divine Wisdom. You will walk around the Hippodrome, once the home of chariot races and other activities during the Roman period. After lunch and visit to Grand Bazaar, next stop is the Topkapi Palace, the home of the Ottoman Sultans and their families for over 400 years, a city within a city with 3000 residents. Your final stop for the day will be the Rustem Pasha Mosque which is famous for its exquisite Iznik tiles, set in beautiful floral and geometric designs. Overnight in Istanbul.
DAY 3 - Princess’ Islands Cruise Tour (B,L)
Meet your guide to for your full day tour, escaping the bustle of Istanbul for the day. Start the day by boarding a ferry bound for the charming Princes' Islands, your destination, Buyukkada, the largest of the island chain, passing by four other islands during the trip. The islands are famous for their mild climates, lush vegetation, ornate Ottoman houses and for being vehicle-free. The preferred means of transport is the charming horse-drawn carriage known as the Phaeton, which you will use on your trip around Buyukada, passing by elegant mansions draped in brilliant purple bougainvilleas. Feel as though you have stepped back in time to a more peaceful and graceful era. You can feel the 19th century grandeur that adorned the waterfront on your leisurely stroll along the promenade. Lunch will be at one of the many exceptional traditional fish-restaurants on the waterfront, with time to gaze across the water at the Asian shore of Istanbul, so close, yet feels a world away. After the tour, you will cruise back to Istanbul and transferred to your hotel. Overnight in Istanbul.
DAY 4 - Bosphorus Cruise & Asian Istanbul Tour (B,L)
Start the day a driving journey along the Golden Horn, the arm of the Bosphorus peninsula which separates the old and new cities of Istanbul. Follow the traces of history in Balat at the Fener Orthodox Patriarchate, proceeding on to visit the Metal Church of St Stephen the Bulgarian, Ahrida Synagogue, Eyup Sultan Mosque and see the 21km long City Walls of Istanbul. Next stop, the Egyptian Market (Spice Bazaar), with different aromas of various spices From here, join a cruise along the Bosphorus on one of the iconic ferries of Istanbul giving you the chance to see the two bridges that link Europe and Asia. Disembark the ferry and enjoy a trip over the Intercontinental Bosphorus Bridge to Camlica Hill, the highest hill in Asiatic Istanbul to enjoy breathtaking views of both shores. Travel back to Europe with a stop at Dolmabahce Palace, with more than 340 rooms & eight Turkish Baths the imperial residence of the last six Sultans. Overnight in Istanbul.
DAY 5 - Lake Abant Tour (B,L,D)
After breakfast and check-out, you will be met at your hotel and driven to Bolu, enjoying magnificent mountains views, verdant woodlands and clear lake waters. After taking in a panoramic view from Mount Bolu, enjoy lunch at lovely hotel with spectacular views of Lake Abant. This region is known for its brilliantly-colored foliage, and the nearby forests can be explored on foot, horseback or by horse-drawn carriage. After the tour, you will be dropped at your hotel in Abant. Overnight in Abant.
DAY 6 - Free Day in Abant / Drive to Istanbul (B)
After breakfast & check-out you will have the morning at your leisure will you will be met and driven to Istanbul. Overnight in Istanbul
DAY 7 - Transfer to Istanbul International Airport (B)
After you have checked-out from your hotel, we will arrange for the transfer to Istanbul International Airport for your onward flight.
All hotel accommodations in choice of preferred class
All noted city sightseeing tours on regular group OR private guided basis
All tours with professional tour guide, licensed by the Ministry of Tourism
All main entrance fees to sights mentioned by the itinerary
All meals mentioned by the itinerary - Vegetarian meals available
All required land transport & round-trip airport transfers with A/C minivans throughout the trip.
All parking fees, ferry, tolls and petrol. Local taxes & handling services
International flights to/from Turkey
Personal travel insurance,
Any other expenses not noted in the above included section or airport tax,
Visa for Turkey (if required), any tips to guide, driver or staff at hotels, items of a personal nature, hotel extras (minibar, telephone/internet usage, laundry, etc), drinks with meals (except the drinks served with breakfast) and medical services.
30% discount for children below the age 7, free for the ages 0-2 Haghia Sophia Museum is closed on Monday; replaced with Underground Cistern. Topkapi Palace is closed on Tuesday; replaced with Beylerbeyi Palace Beylerbeyi Palace is closed on Monday and Thursday, replaced with Kariye (St. Savior in Chora) Museum Spice Bazaar is closed on Sunday replaced with Pierre Loti Hill Grand Covered Bazaar is closed on Sunday You are kindly requested to present your self at the pick up point 15 minutes prior the pre advised pick up time