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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.
While twenty-first century Turkey is a modern, secular republic, the grandeur of Asia Minor still predominates in the context of contemporary global influences best represented by the mix of new and old in the bustling streets of Istanbul. Travel to Turkey with Wildland Adventures and we'll take you from the modern age into the ancient past, from urban cityscapes to ancient sites and rural villages where traders and travelers have been greeted by gracious hospitality since the beginning of civilization.
Our style of travel in Turkey is flexible, spontaneous, and in harmony with the gracious hospitality of Turkish people you meet from all walks of life. On a Wildland Adventure in Turkey you can voyage in a traditional gulet along the Mediterranean coast in the wake of ancient mariners, kayak on turquoise waters over sunken ruins, and hike to ancient Greek, Roman, and Byzantine ruins on trails accessible from remote coves where we set anchor. We trek through the bizarre landscapes of Cappadocia on time-worn footpaths leading to ancient underground tunnels, cave dwellings, and subterranean early Christian churches with elaborate Byzantine paintings.
On our tours to Turkey we favor unique historic accommodations including boutique cave hotels in Cappadocia and restored Ottoman-style dwellings. Guides take you to their favorite restaurants and cafes where you experience local hospitality and can try a different Turkish dish every day. By virtue of Wildland founder Kurt Kutay’s family Turkish heritage and a lifetime of visiting his relatives in Turkey, you are greeted as family by guides of the highest character and knowledge who mix the historical, political, and archaeological history of Turkey with plenty of adventure activities and personal opportunities to connect with local people. Our Turkey tours are designed for upbeat and active travelers including couples, friends, and families who will appreciate our Heart of Turkey Family Adventure. Choose from one of our carefully crafted itineraries with optional trip extensions, or ask us to design a custom Turkey travel tour that best fits your vacation time, level of activity and travel style.