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Sueb  
#1 Posted : Tuesday, July 16, 2013 12:00:00 AM(UTC)
Sueb


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We are leaving on Sept 9th for the 15 day Turkish Treasures. Anyone else going?
charlenegal  
#2 Posted : Tuesday, August 20, 2013 12:00:00 AM(UTC)
charlenegal


Posts: 5

We are taking the Oct 22 trip.
kcbeachgal  
#3 Posted : Saturday, September 7, 2013 12:00:00 AM(UTC)
kcbeachgal


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Hi, my husband and I are also scheduled to take this tour.  We are getting increasingly concerned about our safety in Turkey.  Gate1 doesn't want to talk about it other than the tour is still on.  Do you or anyone else have any concerns?3571f45f-26c0-40a5-adaa-38b08cd7d3ae.jpg
Kathy from Virginia Beach, VA
Upcoming  10 Classic Ecuador 12 Jun 14                 Upcoming:  15 Day Classic Thailand  25 Nov 14 
13 Day Turkish Treasures  09 Sep 2013                   8 Day Enchanting Italy 
10 Day Affordable China  16 Jan 2007                      7 Day Affordable Amsterdam, Bruges & Paris  22 Nov 2008
12 Day Affordable Thailand 30 Oct 2008                  12 Day Affordable Viet Nam 08 Jan 2009   
7 Day Costa Rica Fly Drive March 2010                     8 Day Affordable Budapest, Vienna and Prague  Dec 2010
8 Day Enchanting Italy                                           13 Day Greek Islander with Istanbul
Sueb  
#4 Posted : Saturday, September 7, 2013 12:00:00 AM(UTC)
Sueb


Posts: 25

Gate1 will keep us safe. 4someone said their mother and daughter went last week and felt completely safe.
Sueb  
#5 Posted : Saturday, September 7, 2013 12:00:00 AM(UTC)
Sueb


Posts: 25

I checked the state dept site last week and there was no warning for Turkey.
littlera  
#6 Posted : Saturday, September 7, 2013 12:00:00 AM(UTC)
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This is a good opportunity to make a point:  If you want to know the latest State Dept. warnings on any area in the world that you plan to travel to, sign up with the STEP program to receive automated emails anytime there is any kind of warning.

I have been a STEP subscriber for years, and since I have been to Turkey, I am signed up for that country's warnings.  I received the following STEP warning just yesterday about southeastern Turkey (and ONLY southeastern Turkey - THE AREAS COVERED BY THE TURKISH TREASURES TOUR ARE NOT AFFECTED):


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The U.S. Department of State warns U.S. citizens traveling to or living in Turkey that the U.S. Consulate General in Adana has been authorized to draw down its non-emergency staff and family members because of threats against U.S. government facilities and personnel.  The Department of State recommends that U.S. citizens defer non-essential travel to southeastern Turkey.
On September 6, the Department of State permitted the drawdown of U.S. government non-emergency personnel and family members from the U.S. Consulate General in Adana, Turkey.  U.S. citizens seeking to depart Turkey are responsible for making their own travel arrangements. There are no plans for charter flights or other U.S. government-sponsored evacuations.
U.S. citizens traveling to or residing in Turkey should be alert to the potential for violence.  We strongly urge U.S. citizens to avoid demonstrations and large gatherings.  Even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence.  There have been no direct attacks on U.S. citizens.

Review your personal security plans, remain aware of your surroundings, including local events, and monitor local news media for updates.  Maintain a high level of vigilance, take appropriate steps to enhance your personal security, and follow instructions of local authorities.

We strongly recommend that U.S. citizens and nationals traveling to or residing in Turkey enroll in the State Department's Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP).  U.S. citizens and nationals without Internet access may enroll directly with the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate.  Enrolling signs you up to receive updated information about areas abroad and makes it easier for the U.S. embassy or consulate to communicate with you or your designated contact in case of emergency.

Current information on safety and security can also be obtained by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or a regular toll line at +1-202-501-4444 for callers from other countries.  These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays). 

You can also stay up to date by bookmarking our Bureau of Consular Affairs website, which contains the current Travel Warnings and Travel Alerts as well as the Worldwide Caution.  Follow us on Twitter and the Bureau of Consular Affairs page on Facebook as well. Download our free Smart Traveler App, available through iTunes and the Google play market to have travel information at your fingertips.

Contact information for the U.S. Embassy and Consulates in Turkey:

The U.S. Embassy in Ankara is located at 110 Ataturk Boulevard, tel: (90)(312) 455-5555, fax (90)(312) 468-6131.
The U.S. Consulate General in Istanbul is located at 2 Uçsehitler Sokagi, 34460, Istinye, Sariyer, tel: (90)(212) 335-9000, fax (90)(212) 335-9102.
The U.S. Consulate in Adana is located at 212 Girne Bulvarii, Güzelevler Mahallesi, Yüregir, tel: (90)(322) 346-6262, fax (90)(322) 346-7916.
The Consular Agency in Izmir can be reached at tel: (90)(232) 464-8755, fax (90)(232) 464-8916.
 
This email is UNCLASSIFIED.





Enjoy your Turkey tours and travels.  With the current situation, my take is the rest of 
Turkey can be enjoyed as normal in safety. 
Randy and Deanie
Up next:
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12 day Kaleidiscope of Scotland 7/20; rebooked 7/21
Been there, done that:
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14 day Majestic Balkans 5/19
16 Day Spiritual Southern India 11/18
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15 Day Kaleidoscope of Thailand with River Kwai 11/13
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13 Day Turkish Treasures 5/12
10 Day Affordable  Peru  10/11
16 Day Affordable Bangkok, Cambodia and Vietnam 10/10
15 Day India's Majesty with Nepal  10/08
10 Day Greece with cruise 3/04
Sueb  
#7 Posted : Saturday, September 7, 2013 12:00:00 AM(UTC)
Sueb


Posts: 25

We registered.  When trying to register our trip it asks for a address/phone number in Turkey. Do we put the first hotel info in?

Thanks for all the information.
littlera  
#8 Posted : Saturday, September 7, 2013 12:00:00 AM(UTC)
littlera


Posts: 685

Sueb,

Yes, I think this is what we have generally done.  Listing the Istanbul hotel makes good sense for all Gate 1 Turkey trips, as it is your first hotel, is in the port city of entry, and you return to that hotel at the end of the trip for one or more days.  In a sense, it is your "home" hotel with the others located around the circuit you travel.
Randy and Deanie
Up next:
14 Day Treasures of Sri Lanka. 3/21
14 day Classic South Africa with Victoria Falls 11/20
12 day Kaleidiscope of Scotland 7/20; rebooked 7/21
Been there, done that:
11 day Classic Colombia 3/20
14 day Majestic Balkans 5/19
16 Day Spiritual Southern India 11/18
14 Day Holland. Germany,Luxembourg & Belgium with Paris. 5/18
15 Day Indonesia: Java & Bali 10/17
13 Day Classic Costa Rica with Tortuguero and Manuel Antonio 2/17
18 Day Nepal & Bhutan 9/16
13 Day Kasbahs and Deserts of Morocco 5/16
15 Day Classic India with Ranthambore 11/15
11 Day Classic Baltics 6/15
11 Day Kaleidoscope of Guatemala and Honduras 1/15
13 Day Kaleidoscope of Ireland 9/14
14 Day Israel and Jordan - 5/14
15 Day Kaleidoscope of Thailand with River Kwai 11/13
16 Day China with Tibet and 3 Day Yangtze River Cruise  5/13
8 Day Classic Ecuador and Amazon Adventure 10/12
13 Day Turkish Treasures 5/12
10 Day Affordable  Peru  10/11
16 Day Affordable Bangkok, Cambodia and Vietnam 10/10
15 Day India's Majesty with Nepal  10/08
10 Day Greece with cruise 3/04
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#9 Posted : Tuesday, September 10, 2013 12:00:00 AM(UTC)
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Posts: 142

No need for panic.  Gate 1 DOES cancel trips, if & when the local situation necessitates that action.   For instance, they cancelled tours to Egypt when that country became dangerous.

I suggest that in the future, everyone considers travel insurance which covers terrorism in itinerary cities.  Many such policies are available at www.insuremytrip.com.  There are also policies with Cancel For Any Reason clauses.  We always purchase these policies.
WITH GATE 1
Already Booked:
8 Day Affordable Morocco
Past tours:
9 Day Classic Russia
10 Day Affordable China
5 Day Panama
5 Day Classic Guatemala
9 Day Enchanting Italy
9 Day Classic France with Loire Valley & Normandy
With other tour companies:
9 Day Britain Sampler
10 Day Sound of Music
Plus 6 cruises:
Jamaica, Cayman Islands, Mexico, Belize, & Honduras
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#10 Posted : Wednesday, September 11, 2013 12:00:00 AM(UTC)
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Posts: 142

Sounds great!  I'd love to go someday!!!  Any advice or suggestions to travellers to Turkey?
WITH GATE 1
Already Booked:
8 Day Affordable Morocco
Past tours:
9 Day Classic Russia
10 Day Affordable China
5 Day Panama
5 Day Classic Guatemala
9 Day Enchanting Italy
9 Day Classic France with Loire Valley & Normandy
With other tour companies:
9 Day Britain Sampler
10 Day Sound of Music
Plus 6 cruises:
Jamaica, Cayman Islands, Mexico, Belize, & Honduras
LuvToTravelWorld  
#11 Posted : Thursday, September 12, 2013 12:00:00 AM(UTC)
LuvToTravelWorld


Posts: 681

Just do it!  It's a fascinating country.
Sharon ~ Florida, USA
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Next: Vietnam&Cambodia 2017, Russian Cruise 8/17, Baltics 8/2017
Done (and rated): 
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Ethiopia, on own, & 10 day Tanzania 6/16 5*

10 day Copper Canyon and Mexico 12/15, 3 1/2*
11 day Guatemala/Honduras 1/2015, 4*
14 day Greece 9/2014, 3* 
7 day Dubai 2013 11/2013, 4* with
15 day Thailand, Angkor Wat, Cambodia 11/2013, 5*
11 day Ecuador and Amazon 5/2013, 4*
10 day Costa Rica w/ Tortuguero, 11/2009, 4*, & 2/2013, 3*
10 day Affordable Peru, 5/2012, 5*
15 day France, 9/2012, 3 1/2*
15 day Turkey , 9/2011, 5* 
15 day Egypt/Nile Cruise, 2/2009, 4*
Globus trips..... Scotland Highlands, Norway, U.K., Ireland, Alpine Countries, Italia, Spain, Morocco, Portugal
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