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The Ultimate in Turkey Adventures

Hos geldiniz! Welcome to Eastern Turkey – a beautiful region with amazing sights, some known and others waiting to be discovered. From the historical heritage of the ancient churches in the Georgian Valley to the Ishik Pasha Palace in Dogubeyzit to the stunning vistas of Mt. Ararat, Epik Encounter will provide customized and packaged tours that meet your budget and give you the experience of a lifetime. 



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Climbing a Volcano (Mt. Erciyes)

While traveling I feel the urge to climb the mountains around and if you ever travel to Kayseri Erciyes will tower over you taunting you to see if you can make it to the top. Erciyes is the 6th highest mountain in Turkey at 3,917 meters and is actually a dormant volcano believed to have last erupted in 6880 BC. Here is a summary of my day trip to the summit of Erciyes. 

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The Awe and Beauty of the Kaçkars

A common occurence for us here in Turkey is that there seems to be a lack in communications when we are planning on heading out to the mountains. What seemed like it was going to be an easy journey to the Kackars turned out to be a rather humuorous one. Instead of simply joining up with a fellow buddy who lives here in Erzurum and taking his car out to the Kackars we found out the day before that he actually had no car. Finally, we made the plan to head to the otogar where a bus would then take us and our friend to our destination. Well, that didn’t happen.


Finding Adventure in the Unexpected

Recently I’ve put a lot of thought into what defines ‘adventure.’ It could be anything that you don’t normally do – staying in a hotel for the weekend; exploring parts of the city that you’ve never been to; backpacking through Africa; climbing Everest without extra oxygen. Really, an adventure is anything that puts you out of your comfort zone, an extraordinary experience. To me, an experience really becomes an adventure when plans change and unexpected things start to happen. Well see how our Bike trip became an adventure.