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Turkey remains one of the world's most dynamic and exotic destinations. Once traveled by ancient silk and spice traders between Europe and the Far East, it was a land coveted by many conquerors, each successive civilization leaving its mark on the culture, folklore, and way of life of Turkish people today.

Everybody loves Deniz, our Turkey guide

Our Turkey guide, Deniz Kilic, is always getting kisses and rave reviews. Deniz Kilic receives rave reviews for his charming, fun and easygoing character. His greatest passion is to share Turkish culture by meeting local people in all walks of daily life, and by introducing our travelers to past civilizations through regional dishes represented in Turkish cuisine. So when the Lopinots wanted to venture out into the highlands and the coast of the Black Sea before joining our Turquoise Coast Odyssey we immediately thought of Deniz who prefers to travel the back roads. They jived perfectly because when he started to drive on a paved road the Lopinots insisted that they "get lost" on the side roads among small villages. On one such day driving the back roads in search of adventure they were invited to join in the annual feast-to-pray-for-rain in a local village of Amasya where they were received...
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Guest — Jonathan Burnham
Deniz sounds like an excellent guide and I love the photos John posted from his trip on Facebook.
Friday, 28 June 2013 06:30
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Message From Istanbul, Alper Ertubey

Message from Alper Ertubey Istanbul, June 11, 2013  Alper has been the principal guide and in-country program director for Wildland Adventures in Turkey for 25 years. He has led hundreds of Wildland travelers and has a hand in organizing every trip to Turkey. As an educated, secular Turk who has traveled throughout the world, Alper has been actively supporting this public movement against the increasing anti-democratic and authoritarian government in Turkey originally sparked by a protest over the proposed razing of trees to build a mall in Istanbul's central park of Taksim Square.     Wildland guide and in-country manager, Alper Ertubey. By now you all are aware of the protests in Turkey and perhaps you watched the live footage on TV June 11. I will not go into political analysis (see the additional links below), but I wanted to keep you posted on the events. Many people are thinking that the police...
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Travel To Turkey Is Safe

  Recent public demonstrations in Turkey have raised concerns about the safety of travel to Turkey. We have been in very close contact with our colleagues throughout Turkey, who along with other professional, liberal-minded, intellectual, old and young modern secular Turks, have participated in a popular uprising calling for protection of personal freedom and democracy. In addition, a Wildland group has just returned home who were in Istanbul when the demonstrations began, and another group has just arrived there this week. We report on their safety and amazing experiences below. Recent photo taken in Istanbul by Wildland traveler John J. Lopinot. Events unfolded last week when a small group of protesters gathered in Taksim Square to protest cutting of trees to build a replica Ottoman-era military barracks and shopping mall. The protests devolved into mass demonstrations against the prime minister Erdogan, the most powerful, popular and polarizing leader Turkey has seen...
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Guest — Alan Doyle
Now that sounds good. Lately I have been reading about the experiences of people about their tours to Turkey which were not safe s... Read More
Tuesday, 02 July 2013 17:05
Aaron clark
Well the travel is for Adventure and Adventure makes the things more Interesting When i visited to Turkey I Book a Car and enjoy... Read More
Tuesday, 28 January 2014 07:12
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We are having a FABULOUS time in Turkey

We are having a FABULOUS time in Turkey
We love getting updates from our guests while they are traveling, recently we received this from a guest on one of our trips to Turkey."Just a quick note to let you know that we are having a FABULOUS time. Deniz is the best and shares our love of getting lost. We feel like we are traveling with a good friend and not a guide! This is truly turning into the adventure of a lifetime. We love, love, love the flexibility of the schedule. You did a fabulous job of planning this portion and Wildland knows the best in country operators. More when we get back!"Cheers!!!Susan LopinotGuest on Wildland Adventures Turquoise Coast Odyssey
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5 ½ Foods to try in Turkey

Turkey is a fresh-food lover’s paradise. Once you see the markets brimming with fresh cucumbers, eggplants, melons and hand-made cheeses, you will not be surprised when you taste the depth of flavor in the local dishes. Some of the most delicious meals are shared with family or friends from a large platter where you dip your torn pieces of Italian-style bread into the tomato-based sauces. For today, I give you 5.5 Turkish dishes to try on your adventures in Turkey. 1. Su boregi: Many of you may have tried one type of borek, baked pastries made of layers of phyllo dough filled with cheese, herbs, and vegetables. I recommend trying my favorite, su boregi (or water pastry). It is akin to a simple lasagna with layers of boiled dough and a mixture of feta cheese, parsley and oil. The borek is brushed with butter and baked in a brick or stone...
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