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January 24 Travel Seminar: Turkey-Crossroads of Civilization January 24th @ 10:00 AM - The Savvy Traveler (Edmonds, WA) will be hosting a travel seminar on the Turkey - Crossroads of Civilization presented by Wildland Adventures President Kurt Kutay. More about the event:  Wildland Adventures takes you from the modern age into the past to discover authentic travel opportunities in Turkey on routes used by ancient silk and spice traders between Europe and the Far East. Turkey was a land coveted by many conquerors, each successive empire leaving its mark on the culture, folklore and way of life. Twenty-first century Turkey is a modern, secular and western-oriented republic, best represented by the contemporary bustling city of Istanbul. And, still the grandeur of Asia Minor predominates everywhere. Wildland Adventures' founder, Kurt Kutay, who is of Turkish heritage, will share stories from their travels walking through Istanbul, hiking and hot air ballooning in Cappadocia, visiting an Imam at a mosque...

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Having a great time in Turkey We love getting little notes from our travelers while they are still on their trip! Laura, Jan and I are having a great time in Turkey. Our guides have all been very professional, as well as friendly; the food has been delicious at all the restaurants they've selected, and the sights have been splendid. I don't want to forget to add that the hotels have all been really special. Dave and Jan are traveling on our Highlights of Turkey Adventure Photo is of Jan and their Turkey guide Deniz Killic...

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All three generations had a wonderful time Message and trip report for a custom trip to Turkey designed by our Turkey program director Laura Finkelstein.  Hi Laura, To get straight to the bottom line, the trip was an overwhelming success. Exceeded even my own expectations -- which were very, very high. All three generations had a wonderful time. This was tied for the best trip we have taken with Wildland -- right up there with Peru/Amazon. We all just loved Turkey, and actually are seriously thinking about returning next year to see more of the country. Thanks for planning such an amazing family adventure. Best, Patrick Machado Patrick's Trip Report: What places or experiences did you enjoy most and why? There were so many highlights, but the gulet was probably the best. It was extremely relaxing and unstructured, and there was something to do for everyone. The crew really pampered us. There were lots of long faces in our group...

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Finding The Heart of Turkey This week we heard back from Christine Ye and Jeffery Marso who spent 2 weeks in Turkey with their daughters on our new Heart of Turkey Family Adventure which includes a 2 night stay at a village south of Cappadocia. They really enjoyed the homestay and their guide who joined them there. “My favorite experience was the home stay.  I loved the small town atmosphere.  The people were so friendly, generous and welcoming in the villages as well as at our homestay. Fondest Homestay memories:  I got up early most mornings to run before the others got up.   One morning I ran into town and was greeted by a small herd of goats with 2 women herding them.  Even the goats were friendly!  They swarmed around me  eyeing me with curiosity while the women tried to coax them back onto the road.  We were all laughing and enjoying the...

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Welcome to Urunlu Village in Turkey Welcome to Urunlu, a small Turkish village in the Taurus Mountains above the Mediterranean coast of Turkey. For the past 25 years we have been the invited guests of the Topkara family where we spend the night in their summer home en route from Cappadocia to the coast on our Turquoise Coast Odyssey. When we first made arrangements to stay with the Topkara family in their village home in 1989, the parents Shefika and her husband made all the arrangements and their young children were delighted to have foreign guests coming to stay. On one Wildland trip, when the multigenerational Whitmore family arrived with their 10 year old grandson at the front door, the Topkara's grandson Onur, who was also 10 at that time 10 years ago, he took his new American friend by the hand and they disappeared down cobblestone pathways to explore and play in the village together....
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