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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.

Turkey Travel and Security

We want to set one thing straight: This is a great time to travel to Turkey! With the preponderance of recent news about civil war in neighboring Syria, a suicide bomb among diplomatic quarters of the capital city of Ankara, and a single American woman traveler who was found dead in Istanbul, it is understandable that travelers and their families would be curious about the safety of a trip to Turkey. You may wonder if these events would have an impact on your tour to Turkey and how welcoming the country is to Americans in general. We can assure you that travel to Turkey is very safe. For one, the eastern frontier with Syria and various cross-border activities including occasional skirmishes and refugee flows is far removed and goes on completely unnoticed from the sites and towns we visit on our trips. The recent discovery in Istanbul of Sarai Sierra, an...
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Travel to Turkey - End of the World

  As portrayed in the movie and book ‘Up in the Air’ I am one of those frequent flyers who hoards miles to obtain elite status with the airlines, ensuring all sorts of perks and special treatment. My airline of choice is United and at the start and end of each year, my partner and I like to go on ‘mileage run’ trips. The destination isn’t the most important factor other than it generally needs to be somewhere new to both of us, the base fare is inexpensive and we can upgrade to first class on the international legs. It’s a lot of fun to spin the globe, search for fares and just consider the possibilities. Sometimes we land on a destination that neither of us considered before, like Brussels, which we visited in January 2011 and had such a blast just exploring the city on foot, tasting authentic lambic and...
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Guest — Jonathan Burnham
Have fun in Turkey Kirsten! Let's hope the Mayans weren't right so you can come back to Seattle.
Wednesday, 05 December 2012 06:41
Guest — Kurt Kutay
You're going to have a wonderful 3 days in Istanbul! Be sure to have the "Mussels Istanbul" but it may be best to have our guide A... Read More
Wednesday, 05 December 2012 05:49
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We know you'll love our guides too...

Look at Serkan's face. Serkan must be thinking about what's in store next day... You'd think our in-country trip coordinator would be smiling on the joyous occasion of our welcome dinner in Istanbul, especially wearing his new Wildland Adventures shirt! But, alas, we have to cut Serkan some slack...the next day after our dinner together, he was driving 4 hours to his fiance's village to ask for her hand in marriage and seek approval from the folks! So, we can understand how he might have been a bit distracted in the moment the picture was taken thinking what he was going to say the next day! But, just minutes later, he and our Turkish director and lead guide, Alper, got up from the table to smile big time in celebration of the moment at the start of our 25th Wildland Anniversary Adventure in Turkey.   And, oh, by the way, the...
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Sleeping Under Mediterranean Starry Skies

When was the last time you slept on deck of a Phoenician style wooden schooner under the stars anchored in a quiet cove on the Mediterranean?    The best seasons to travel in Turkey are spring and fall. On this late summer air the morning air was warm and sky clear so most of us take our leopard blankets up top to sleep on the thick sun mattresses covering much of the deck.       My favorite anchorage was our first morning we awoke on board at Simena Cove. Several of us arose at dawn to watch the sunrise over the placid channel between two spits of land covered in ancient ruins silhouetted in orange and red in the glassy water.      Since I slept in my bathing suit and t-shirt, I woke up and jumped off the bow feeling no difference in temperature between the warm dawn air and languid sea....
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Guest — Damian Bathory
I wouldn't mind sleeping in cotton nightdresses if it's under such a night sky. If I'm sleeping, I might as well do it in style.... Read More
Sunday, 02 December 2012 12:15
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Performing Live From Asia Minor!

One of my favorite and most memorable experiences on Wildland Adventures in Turkey that we did on our first trip to Turkey 25 years ago, we did it again on this anniversary adventure in the Simena Castle: We advised everyone in the group who wanted to participate, to bring a favorite literary piece, or plan to share a personal performance of any kind in the seat of antiquity if they felt inclined. Imagine the setting on the Turquoise Coast of Turkey: From inscriptions that have been found here, the history of the ancient city of Simena goes back to the 4th century BC. Stepping onto the dock where our zodiac drops us we pass by a sarcophagus on the seashore and begin climbing up the hill among village houses soon reaching the entrance to the castle of Simena used during the Middle Ages by the Byzantines. Inside the medieval walls of the inner keep...
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