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Switzerland with Adventures Abroad
Published on 29 July 2022

In his latest blog post, Dale Dunlop, The Maritime Explorer, goes to Europe on a two-week walking tour of Switzerland with Adventures Abroad. If you are interested in what Adventures Abroad has to offer, please check out our Small Group Tours.


Alison and I have just returned from our latest overseas excursion, a two-week walking/hiking tour of Switzerland with Adventures Abroad which was quite a departure from our previous trip on a passenger/freighter in French Polynesia. The two trips could not have been more different in every aspect but one, we loved them both. What follows are nine reasons why I highly recommend this tour to anyone who is reasonably fit and has an interest in exploring what just might be the best-run country on this planet. After that, I'll try to answer some of the questions I had before signing on to this tour.

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Goreme Open Air Museum
Published on 27 July 2022

In his latest blog post, Dale Dunlop, The Maritime Explorer, delves deeper into what makes Cappadocia a truly unique place to visit, Goreme Open Air Museum. If you are interested in what Adventures Abroad has to offer, please check out our Small Group Tours.


In the last post from this Adventures Abroad tour of western Turkey, our group finally arrived at the fairy tale landscape of Cappadocia. We had an all too brief and tantalizing look at the landforms that are unique to this region of Turkey, both for their distinctive shapes and for the uses that mankind has made of them. In this post we'll take a deeper dive into what makes Cappadocia a must visit destination for all world travellers, focusing on the Goreme Open Air Museum. Please join us on what should be a fascinating day.

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Dolphin Watch with Dr. Michael Poole
Published on 22 July 2022

In his latest blog post, Dale Dunlop, The Maritime Explorer, goes on an exciting excursion in search of the Spinner dolphin with world-renowned expert Dr. Michael Poole. If you are interested in what Adventures Abroad has to offer, please check out our Small Group Tours.


In the last post, our Adventures Abroad tour of French Polynesia took a fast ferry to the beautiful island of Moorea and began our stay at the excellent Manava Beach Resort. In this post, we'll begin exploring the island and its marine inhabitants from the comfort of a boat that has come to pick us up at the resort's wharf. However, this will be no ordinary boat ride as it will be led by a man who is a legend in the South Pacific for his relentless efforts to preserve the marine ecosystems that are among the most diverse on the planet. I am referring to Dr. Michael Poole who is to dolphins and whales what Jane Goodall is to chimpanzees. In fact, he has based his decades-long study of dolphins and whales on her model of staying essentially in one location to learn as much as possible about the species in that area, in particular spinner dolphins. Please join us as we head out for a dolphin watch on what I am sure will be one of the highlights of this trip.

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Cappadocia - Where and What Is It
Published on 22 July 2022

In his latest blog post, Dale Dunlop, The Maritime Explorer, sets off for a destination that has been on his list to visit for many years, Cappadocia - Where & What Is It. If you are interested in what Adventures Abroad has to offer, please check out our Small Group Tours.


We are well on in our Adventures Abroad tour of western Turkey led by the indomitable Yasemin Reis and today we will finally reach the fabled region known as Cappadocia, a destination I have wanted to visit for many years. Much of what we have seen so far on this trip has been a repeat of previous visits for Alison and me, but not Cappadocia. In this first of several posts, I will try to explain where Cappadocia actually is within Turkey and why its landscape is so famous.

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Manava Beach Resort - Heaven in Moorea
Published on 12 July 2022

In his latest blog post, Dale Dunlop, The Maritime Explorer, offers up a wonderful insight into Manava Beach Resort - Heaven in Moorea. If you are interested in what Adventures Abroad has to offer, please check out our Small Group Tours.


This is my first post from one of the most beautiful places on earth, the island of Moorea in French Polynesia. In the last post, I concluded the circle tour of Tahiti as our Adventures Abroad group ended the day at the site where Captain Cook and later the H.M.S. Bounty set anchor off Venus Point. It is now time to move on from Tahiti to its sister island of Moorea which I have been looking at for the last four days from the Te Moana Resort. It is alluring, to say the least. We will be staying at the Manava Beach Resort in Moorea and if it's as nice as the Te Moana then our group is in for a real treat. Please join us to find out.

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Via Egnatia with Adventures Abroad
Published on 8 July 2022

In his latest blog post, Dale Dunlop, The Maritime Explorer, collaborates with our tour leader Victor Romagnoli to create a new and exciting tour called Via Egnatia, which will follow the ancient Roman road that ran from Dyrrachium (modern Durres) on the coast of Albania to Constantinople (now Istanbul) and will stop at many of the famous sites along the route.


Over the past five years, I have written almost one hundred and fifty posts from seventeen different countries that Alison and I have journeyed to with our favourite tour operator Adventures Abroad. Many of those posts appear under the blog heading on the Adventures Abroad website. What they all have in common is that they were written during and after the various trips. This post breaks from that pattern by describing a tour that is upcoming in late April 2023. The reason that I am writing about it in advance is because the itinerary was worked out in a bar in Malta between Victor Romagnoli who will be the guide and yours truly. Victor then sent the proposal to Adventures Abroad headquarters in Richmond, British Columbia and the folks there have made it possible. Victor called the tour Via Egnatia after the old Roman road that ran from Dyrrachium (modern Durres) on the coast of Albania to Constantinople (now Istanbul). Roman legions would embark at the Roman port of Brindisi, cross the Adriatic and get to the Eastern Empire in a matter of days. Our itinerary will follow much the same route stopping at many of the fabled ancient sites along the way. Read on and I'll tell you a lot more about why Victor and I are really looking forward to this unique journey.

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