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#1 Posted : Tuesday, September 22, 2015 12:00:00 AM(UTC)

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With the current crisis going on in Turkey escalating, we are getting very concerned for our safety. We would like to know if others who are on this same tour have the same concerns for their own safety. Also, if others have returned from a tour recently and would like to share any tips we would very much appreciate it.
Thank you
#2 Posted : Wednesday, September 23, 2015 12:00:00 AM(UTC)

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Before we travel we always consult the State Department site for official warnings and cautions for the region we are going to visit.  I encourage you to do the same.

From what I can see, although there have been some minor incidents around Istanbul and a car bomb in Ankara near the American embassy in the last year or so, there is no widespread problems that would say it is unsafe to visit.  The current serious warnings apply to only the southeast part of the country, near the Syrian border.   None of the Gate 1 tours come remotely close to that area. 

I saw a facebook post by a family that cancelled their Morocco tour when Ebola hit central Africa.  They were just sure if they set foot on the African continent they would immediately be struck down by the disease.  At the time, the USA had two cases of ebola, and Morocco had none, and ultimately did not have any. They would have been safer in Morocco than in the USA.   Each person has his own tolerance for risk, and maybe mine is higher than yours, but I would go and have a good time, and while remaining vigilant, generally not worry about it.
Randy and Deanie
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