You know a trip has gone well when the travelers nearly mutiny and refuse to leave! That was the resounding message we received from our October guests onboard the season's last Turquoise Coast Odyssey, beginning with arrival to Istanbul on 4 October and ending with a very reluctant departure on the 18th. In between, 12 exceedingly happy travelers strolled through Istanbul's historic Sultanahmet district, spent 3 beautiful days exploring the underground cities of Cappadocia, hiking the lush river valleys and floating above the iconic fairy chimneys in a hot air balloon at dawn. But it was when they boarded the Kaya Guneri II gulet that things got really interesting!
Said multiple-time Wildland Adventures Alumni traveler Denise Hastings: The sailing was great! The boat was perfect, cabins are great with plenty of space, nice bathrooms. There was plenty of space to relax on deck, too. The crew was exceptional, and the...
My father came to the US as a student enrolled at Berkeley in 1939 and met my mother when she was working in a soda fountain. They married, moved to Turkey where she learned to speak Turkish and cook Turkish cuisine. They moved back to Los Angeles where I was born and raised on delicious Turksih dishes all my life. Three common delicious dishes that were always on the table in Istanbul when we visited relatives, and frequently served at home in California are below.
When my sister learned to make the walnut chicken dish, she made me--her younger brother--hand squeeze the oil out of the walnuts to drizzle over the dish before serving. These recipies are delicious and easy to make for a complete and authentic Turkish dinner, especially because all three dishes can be served at room temperature.
One whole roasted chicken...
The most frequent question people ask me as the founding director of Wildland Adventures is: "What is your favorite destination?" Depending on my mood I might say Manu National Park in the Amazon of Peru, or tiger viewing in India, or the wilds of the Osa Peninsula in Costa Rica.
But most of the time I declare my #1 destination is Turkey. I qualify that choice by simultaneously acknowledging that it's not just because of my Kutay family Turkish heritage.
And I'm not the only one who rates Turkey #1. Among all our Wildland Adventures around the world, Turkey is the one destination we most often hear from returning travelers they didn't expect they would be so surprised, so amazed, and so delighted; that their Wildland Adventure in Turkey was one of the best trips ever.
1. Why so surprised?
These days there is some initial trepidation traveling to this...
What's my favorite Wildland Adventure?
I'm often asked what my favorite Wildland Adventure is...and I have to say, I love Turkey! And I'm not alone, our Turquoise Coast Odyssey consistently receives rave reviews as one of the most culturally rich trips of a lifetime.
I admit. I'm biased. I have traveled to Turkey all my life to visit my Turkish relatives. Travel with us to Turkey and you're greeted as family by our exceptionally knowledgeable and fun-loving guides. Meet Alper Ertubey! He has been leading Wildland Adventures for 29 years, and has introduced scores of our travelers to their favorite home away from home. He's also the one to talk to about food...passionate about the cuisine of his homeland, there is no one better to share a meal and a drink (or two) with, Şerefe!
The combination of experiences on our Turquoise Coast Odyssey is second to none; exploring the bazaars and backstreets of Istanbul, hiking surreal landscapes leading to subterranean churches in Cappadocia, and a relaxing voyage along...
We love getting little notes from our travelers while they are still on their trip!
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