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Basilica of Saint John, Selcuk, Turkey
Published on 8 April 2022

In his latest blog post, Dale Dunlop, The Maritime Explorer, delves further into Selcuk visiting the Basilica of Saint John, Selcuk, Turkey. If you are interested in dates and prices for this trip please check out our Small Group Tours to Turkey.


In this post, we continue our exploration of western Turkey with Adventures Abroad in the Ephesus area by visiting sites sacred to both the Christian and Islamic religions followed by an unscheduled visit to the house of the Virgin Mary. As an added bonus we get to gaze upon another sacred site, this one dedicated to the Greek goddess Artemis and once one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Please join us as we visit these marvels starting with the Mosque of Isa Bey and then the Basilica of Saint John.

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The Ephesus Museum, Selcuk, Turkey
Published on 8 April 2022

In his latest blog post, Dale Dunlop, The Maritime Explorer, highlights some of the many artifacts at The Ephesus Museum, Selcuk, Turkey. If you are interested in dates and prices for this trip please check out our Small Group Tours to Turkey.


This is a long-awaited day for many on this Adventures Abroad tour of Western Turkey. Our group will visit a number of sites around the ancient city of Ephesus, arguably the most important place to visit in the entire country after Istanbul. Prior to Covid, over 2 million people visited the area which averaged around 10,000 tourists every day. I cannot help but wonder how many others we will share the place with today. Already we have visited the sites of ancient Troy and Pergamon and had them virtually to ourselves. However, before going to the archaeological site our guide Yasemin Reis is taking us to the Ephesus Museum in the small city of Selçuk to get a better understanding of some of the things we'll see today. Please join us in exploring this very interesting complex.

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Galen and the Asclepeion of Pergamon
Published on 18 March 2022

In his latest blog post, Dale Dunlop, The Maritime Explorer, next stop is Galen and the Asclepeion of Pergamon. If you are interested in dates and prices for this trip please check out our Small Group Tours to Turkey.


In the last post, we continued our tour of western Turkey with Adventures Abroad by visiting the ancient city of Pergamon, capital of the Roman province of Asia. There was a lot to see on the acropolis of Pergamon, but our visit to the area is not complete. After we descend from the acropolis by way of the gondola lift we take the bus a short distance away to visit one of the most famous healing sanctuaries in the ancient world, the Asclepeion of Pergamon where the legendary physician Galen once practiced his craft. Won't you join us for yet another amazing adventure in this wondrous country we call Turkey?

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Pergamon – Visiting Turkey’s Roman Stronghold
Published on 18 March 2022

In his latest blog post, Dale Dunlop, The Maritime Explorer, takes a tour around Pergamon – Visiting Turkey's Roman Stronghold. If you are interested in dates and prices for this trip please check out our Small Group Tours to Turkey.


This is the fourth day of the Adventures Abroad trip that Alison and I took to Turkey in October 2021. Yesterday we left Istanbul and toured the battlefields of Gallipoli and then visited the almost mythical site of ancient Troy. Today we are headed to Pergamon another ancient city. Unlike Troy which has nine layers spread over thousands of years, Pergamon is a very well preserved Greco-Roman site that sits on a mighty acropolis high above the Anatolian plain. It once housed one of the greatest of the ancient libraries, second only to Alexandria, and was one the most important cities in the entire Roman Empire. It is a place I have wanted to visit since first reading about as a boy. Please join our group as we visit this UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Here is a map showing our route in blue from Canakkale where we spent the night to the small city of Bergama above which are the ruins of Pergamon.

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Troy – Walking with Achilles, Ajax and Agamemnon
Published on 17 March 2022

In his latest blog post, Dale Dunlop, The Maritime Explorer, takes in Troy – Walking with Achilles, Ajax, and Agamemnon. If you are interested in dates and prices for this trip please check out our Small Group Tours to Turkey.

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In the last post on this Adventures Abroad tour of western Turkey, we left the city of Istanbul and traversed Turkish Thrace to the WWI battlefields of Gallipoli. It was a sobering experience viewing the places where over 100,000 young men lost their lives, not for King and Country, but for nothing. In this post, we’ll leave European Turkey behind and cross the famed Dardanelles to Asia Minor where we will visit the remnants of another war, one whose legacy has lasted almost 3,000 years. Please join us as we visit the legendary city of Troy.

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Gallipoli – A WWI Tragedy Revisited
Published on 25 February 2022

In his latest blog post, Dale Dunlop, The Maritime Explorer, travels to Gallipoli – A WWI Tragedy Revisited. If you are interested in dates and prices for this trip please check out our Small Group Tours to Turkey.


It's the third day of the Adventures Abroad tour of western Turkey and we are headed out from Istanbul after seeing some of the most interesting sites in that city including Hagia Sophia which I described in the last post. Today we are headed for two more of the most important sites in the country, Gallipoli and Troy. Our guide Yasemin Reis advises that this will be one of two long days on the tour, but assures us that it will be worth the extra time it takes to arrive at our hotel in Canakkale.

 

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