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Topkapi Palace - An Istanbul Wonder

18 Day Western Turkey Tour — TOUR CODE: TW4 18 Day Western Turkey Tour
TOUR CODE: TW4
Published on 21 September 2022

In his latest blog post, Dale Dunlop, The Maritime Explorer, delves into some of the riches and splendours of Topkapi Palace - An Istanbul Wonder. If you are interested in what Adventures Abroad has to offer, please check out our Small Group Tours.


This is my 32nd and final post from our fall 2021 trip to Western Turkey with Adventures Abroad. The fact that I could write this much about an 18 day trip tells you just how many interesting places are included on this itinerary. In the last post, we visited the Museum of Anatolian Civilizations in Ankara which covered thousands of years of Anatolian history and archaeology. In this post, we will visit Istanbul's legendary Topkapi Palace, the seat of the Ottoman Empire from just after the conquest of Constantinople to the mid-1800s. If there was any place more connected with the phrase 'palace intrigue' I've yet to hear of it. So please join our group on our final day as we tour a place renowned not only for its riches but also for the deeds and misdeeds of its famous inhabitants.

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Ua Pou - Marquesas' Cathedral Island

FRENCH POLYNESIA — TOUR CODE: FP10 FRENCH POLYNESIA
TOUR CODE: FP10
Published on 19 September 2022

In his latest blog post, Dale Dunlop, The Maritime Explorer's next port of call and one of his favourites on the French Polynesia Tour is the majestic Ua Pou - Marquesas' Cathedral Island. If you are interested in what Adventures Abroad has to offer, please check out our Small Group Tours.


In the last post, we made landfall at Nuku Hiva the first of the Marquesas Islands we visited on this Adventures Abroad French Polynesia Tour. There, among other things, we were treated to a display of the traditional island drumming, chanting and dancing in the shade of a sacred banyan tree. In this post, the Aranui 5 will motor some 50 km (30 miles) to the south to the island of Ua Pou which is also dubbed the Cathedral Island for its majestic peaks, the highest in the Marquesas. There we will witness another display of tribal ceremony, but this time by the high school students of the island. Please join us on another interesting onshore excursion.

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Basel - Amazing City on the Rhine

13 Day Switzerland Tour — TOUR CODE: XSW 13 Day Switzerland Tour
TOUR CODE: XSW
Published on 18 September 2022

In his latest blog post, Dale Dunlop, The Maritime Explorer, uncovers a not-so-visited destination in Switzerland, Basel - Amazing City on the Rhine. If you are interested in what Adventures Abroad has to offer, please check out our Small Group Tours to Switzerland.


We spent the first two days of our visit to Switzerland in the city of Geneva, home to many international institutions including the United Nations, Red Cross, and World Trade Organization. It is now time to move on to another great Swiss city. Basel is often overlooked as a tourist destination because it is not alpine or located on a beautiful lake like Geneva or Lucerne. This is a huge mistake because it is definitely worth taking the time to spend a few days here. Read this post to find out why.

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Museum of Anatolian Civilizations

18 Day Western Turkey Tour — TOUR CODE: TW4 18 Day Western Turkey Tour
TOUR CODE: TW4
Published on 14 September 2022

In his latest blog post, Dale Dunlop, The Maritime Explorer, is in Ankara and goes to the Museum of Anatolian Civilizations and highlights some of the important exhibits. If you are interested in what Adventures Abroad has to offer, please check out our Small Group Tours.


I started writing these posts from my last visit to Turkey with Adventures Abroad in what seems like ages ago. Two of the first posts featured the great Istanbul Archaeological Museums. I am now down to the final two posts from this trip and by coincidence or not they will feature two more of Turkey's great museums. This post will feature some of the most important exhibits from Ankara's Museum of Anatolian Civilizations and the final one will be on the incomparable Topkapi Palace in Istanbul. So if you're a fan of history and archaeology please join me on the homeward stretch of what has been another fantastic trip with Adventures Abroad.

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Nuku Hiva - We Reach the Marquesas

FRENCH POLYNESIA — TOUR CODE: FP10 FRENCH POLYNESIA
TOUR CODE: FP10
Published on 9 September 2022

In his latest blog post, Dale Dunlop, The Maritime Explorer, takes in the beautiful island of Nuku Hiva - We Reach the Marquesas. If you are interested in what Adventures Abroad has to offer, please check out our Small Group Tours.


In the last post, we set sail from Papeete for the tiny atoll of Kauehi in the Tuamotu Archipelago, our first stop on this Adventures Abroad French Polynesia journey to the Marquesas Islands aboard the Aranui 5 passenger/freighter. It was certainly a stark contrast from the volcanic islands of Tahiti and Moorea and provided an inkling of the variety of habitats that collectively make up the vast territory of French Polynesia. We now have to journey over 500 nautical miles (900 + km) to our next stop, Nuku Hiva, the first of six the Marquesas Islands we will visit on this voyage. Please come along for the adventure.

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Geneva – World’s Most International City?

13 Day Switzerland Tour — TOUR CODE: XSW 13 Day Switzerland Tour
TOUR CODE: XSW
Published on 8 September 2022

In his latest blog post, Dale Dunlop, The Maritime Explorer, stays in Geneva and takes in some of the sites and wonders if it is the....World's Most International City? If you are interested in what Adventures Abroad has to offer, please check out our Small Group Tours to Switzerland.


In the first post from Geneva, Alison and I spent most of it walking around the area known as The Old Town where figures such as John Calvin and Jean-Jacques Rousseau were at home. In this post, we'll go wider afield and visit or at least try to visit some of the famous international organizations that are based in Geneva and make it perhaps the most international city in the world. Please join us.

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