Turkey Land of Contrasts
I mistakenly originally posted this on the Eastern Europe site. I have signed up for the Turkey Land of Contrasts trip beginning on April 26, 2016. I have been on two previous Tauck tours, but this will be my first time traveling solo. I would love to hear of others' experiences on this trip and look forward to meeting others who will be on the same tour.
All 2016 departures appear sold out, including the 12 April. While there are certainly other reasons for Tauck to cancel, recent civil unrest in Istanbul or areas of Turkey isn't outside the realm of possibilities. If so, I suspect more than the 12 April departure might be affected.
That tour which also includes the islands and Greece, has less "exposure" than Turkey, Land of Contrasts. There are no in-country flights, no bus trips (except for a short one from the port in Kusadasi to nearby Ephesus), but still includes 3 days in Istanbul and stops along Turkey's west coast at Kusadai/Ephesus and Bodrum.
There is still limited space in some of the 2016 Treasures departures so is something to consider as an alternative.
What took place in Istanbul last month could've occurred just as easily in Paris, Rome, Madrid -- you name it. I'm not ready to give in to fear and stop traveling because a few lunatics want to make a statement.