WORLD WIDE TREKKING OUR PLANET... WE GUIDE IT, YOU TREK IT.
GOCEK, TURKEY REFERENCE GUIDE MEDITERRANEAN SAILING
Why Trek? Trekking, traveling long distances on foot through remote areas, offers you the opportunity for intimate exploration each step of your adventure. Be in the moment as you take in your surroundings, experience the culture, learn about the history, plants, animals, landscape, and meet local people on your journey. This is why we trek.
THE WWTREK TEAM Dean Cardinale, Owner & Lead Guide Gale Dahlager, Adventure Travel Specialist & Guide Patrick Reddish, Adventure Travel Specialist & Guide Ed Chauner, Adventure Travel Specialist & Guide Brian Sorenson CPA, Staff Accountant Casandra Lyon, Accounting and Payroll Phil Levy, MD, MPH Medical Advisor Whitney VerSteeg, Administrative Assistant Kyler Roush, Office Assistant Brett Scothern, Graphic Designer Stef Martin, Web Designer Sandra Turay, Staff Writer Jay Dash, Staff Photographer
I want to personally thank you for signing up with WWTrek for our GOCEK, TURKEY: MEDITERRANEAN SAILING Signature Trek. As you prepare yourself physically, mentally, and spiritually for your adventure, please be rest assured that the WWTrek team is taking care of all the logistical details surrounding your trek. We want you to relax and focus on the important things in your life leading up to your trip. We have enclosed all of the information and tools necessary to begin preparing for your adventure. We have included preparation tips, medical information, money tips, a gear list, and historical and cultural information as well as a suggested reading list prepared by our friends at Travelerâ€™s Bookcase. I can assure you that every member of the WWTrek team, including myself, is going to be with you every step of the way. As an avid adventurer myself, I understand the stresses and excitement that coincide with travel. Please feel free to contact me, personally, at any time regarding any questions you may have or if you simply want to touch base about your trek. Above all, I and my team at WWTrek truly believe that at the heart of our adventure is your experience. We know that each guest is different and has unique desires, so please, let us make this adventure what youâ€™ve always dreamed of. -Dean
What We Offer At WWTrek, our international adventures are a first-class guest experience with personalized service every step of the way. Let our team at WWTrek focus on the details and plan a perfect adventure for you, whatever your particular needs may be. From pre-departure trip planning and preparation, day to day safety & logistics, lodging and meals, entertainment, and every detail in between, WWTrek has you covered each step of your journey. At the heart of our adventure is your experience; we know that every individual has different and unique desires that make their experience right for them, and we at WWTrek strive to exceed the expectations of our guests each and every day. Our itineraries are designed with the experience and comfort of our guests in mind. We have developed each day to balance exploration and relaxation with luxurious comforts throughout. Our relationship with the communities of the international destinations we trek has earned our team respect abroad. We want you to experience the same satisfying relationships we enjoy throughout your adventure. Our local support staff welcomes you and the opportunity to share their home and culture. Most adventures also offer the opportunity to give back to the communities that welcome us through our non-profit, Human Outreach Project.
Travel with us and youâ€™ll see why our guests become our friends and our friends keep coming back.
WWTrek Signature Adventures Our SIGNATURE TREKS offer you an expertly pre-planned itinerary designed to let you experience the best adventure a particular destination has to offer. Scheduled dates and departures for these adventures have already been planned to optimize your experience, taking into consideration seasonal weather and peak tourist season. To ensure personalized service, we limit these treks to 14 members. The trek is guided by a WWTrek ambassador who is supported by a highly trained local staff. These treks have mixed groups of adventurers and are a great way to experience high-end service in an exciting group atmosphere while making life-long friends along the way.
WWTrek Custom Adventures Our CUSTOM TREKS are all about you and your specific individual or group needs. Whether you choose to charter and customize any of our international Signature Treks or design your own adventure from scratch, our team at WWTrek is here to meet your adventure travel needs. Our local experts will take your small group of friends, large group of co-workers, or just yourself, on a custom adventure on dates of your choosing. We will arrange a 100% privately guided adventure for you so that you can enjoy the WWTrek experience on your own, in your own way.
TABLE OF CONTENTS YOUR MEDITERRANEAN EXPERIENCE | 9-18
TRIP OVERVIEW 10
DAY TO DAY ITINERARY 11
SAILING DESTINATIONS 12-13
ACCOMMODATIONS AND TRANSPORTATION 14
COMMUNICATION 15 FOOD 16-17
AREA QUICK FACTS 18
PREPARING FOR TURKEY | 19-30
TRAVEL ARRANGEMENTS 20
MONEY TIPS 22-24
COMMONLY ASKED QUESTIONS 27-28
SUGGESTED READING 29
MEDICAL AND HEALTH | 30-36
A QUICK NOTE FROM OUR MEDICAL ADVISOR 31-33
JET LAG TIPS 34-35
HUMAN OUTREACH PROJECT | 36-39 NOTES | 40-45
PRE-DEPARTURE CHECKLIST 41
IMPORTANT AND PERSONAL INFORMATION 42
TERMS AND CONDITIONS 43 NOTES 44 WWTREK LEADERS 45
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – Mark Twain
YOUR MEDITERRANEAN EXPERIENCE
TRIP OVERVIEW Sailing our private yacht through one of the oldest seafaring regions of the world, our tour of the turquoise waters of the Lycian Coast will yield a relaxing and stimulating adventure. Steeped both in historical significance and cultural wonders, our adventure of Gocek, Turkey and the Eastern Mediterranean Sea will take us to remote islands, secluded coves, pristine beaches, and quaint Turkish coastal towns.
Traveling in elegant style, our luxurious yacht will take us to some of the best swimming and snorkeling areas in the Mediterranean. The pine adorned islands and coastal cliffs are dotted with archaeological sites, fishing harbors, market bazaars, fine dining restaurants, and local cafes. Truly a cultural expedition, this sailing adventure will have you pondering ancient cultures over a cup of Turkish coffee in one of the many picturesque harbors of Turkeyâ€™s Turquoise Coast.
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DAY TO DAY ITINERARY Date: ______________________________
DAY 1) Arrive in Turkey. Transfer to boat in Gocek.
DAY 2) Sail to Kapi Creek.
DAY 3) Sail to Ekincik Limani.
DAY 4) Sail to Gocek.
DAY 5) Sail to Tomb Bay.
DAY 6) Sail to Bestas Limani.
DAY 7) Sail to Fethiye
DAY 8) Sail to Gocek and return boat.
DAY 9) International Departures
Note: This itinerary is included as a guideline for our adventure. Particular destinations may change from day to day as our schedule will be flexible to allow for necessary logistical changes, delays due to weather,
“We clear the harbor and the wind catches her sails and my beautiful ship leans over ever so gracefully, and her elegant bow cuts cleanly into the increasing chop of the waves. I take a deep breath and my chest expands and my heart starts thumping so strongly I fear the others might see it beat through the cloth of my jacket. I face the wind and my lips peel back from my teeth in a grin of pure joy.” ― L.A. Meyer, Under the Jolly Roger: Being an Account of the Further Nautical Adventures of Jacky Faber
SAILING DESTINATIONS Gocek
Overlooking the 12 islands of the bay, Gocek is nestled into the deepest point of the Fethiye gulf. Gocek is becoming one of the premiere sailing destinations of the world. It offers a variety of amenities close to the harbor as well as a plethora of archaeological sites of interest including the Fethiye Amyntas Tombs, 4th century Lycian tombs.
Kapi Creek is a remote island features rolling hills of pine and olive trees. A short hike through olive groves will provide panoramic views of the well protected bay and peninsula as well as reveal the ruins of an ancient village. Kapi Creek is also known as Four Fathom Cove.
Perhaps the most quintessential Mediterranean destination, Ekincik Limani nearby to one of the most salient archaeological sites, the ruins of Caunos, a city founded in the 9th century BC. Accessible by small watercraft from the Dalyan River, the village of Dalyan offers the ruins of Caunos, hot springs, thermal gardens, Turkish mud baths, shops and restaurants. Both Dalyan and Ekincik Limani are known for their hospitality to tourists.
Nestled into the hillsides of Tomb Bay are the Lycian Tombs, 4th century ruins. To the east of the ruins, there is a famous painting of a fish on the rock wall (1974). Exploration of the nearby waters and beaches offers excellent swimming and snorkeling. The bay offers just one family owned restaurant in a rustic setting.
Locally referred to as Cold Water Bay, Bestas Limaniâ€™s waters are fed by fresh, cool natural springs. Perhaps better known for its history of marauding pirates rather than its cool waters, the bay sits on the Pirate Coast of Turkey. Many Mediterranean nations, from 12000BC to the 19th century, used the area to launch naval campaigns to torment their enemies. Town is an hours walk and offers ruins, beautifully crafted local churches, and local amenities. The shoreline offers both soft sand and rocky beaches.
An amalgam of old and new, Fethiye offers something for every sightseer. It is easy to get lost in the bustle of town wandering from its old world market bazaar selling everything from fresh seafood, locally grown tomatoes, to handcrafted goods alongside its modern restaurants, shops, and bars. Patrons can snorkel, scuba dive, and whitewater raft. Once referred to as Telmessos, Fethiye has its share of ruins dating back to is days as one of the most important trading centers of Lycia.
ACCOMMODATIONS TRANSPORTATION Accommodations All of your accommodation will be provided for you throughout your adventure as a standard part of your trek. As per the nature of a sailing trip, we will be staying on the yacht. Our yacht will be a Moorings 50.5, built by Beneateau. This sleek and spacious boat offers, a coachroof, long side windows, 4 main cabins, a large salon, port side galley, with plenty of space to move about on deck. Complete with air conditioner and generator, this boat offers us plenty of contemporary comforts while sailing in private luxury.
In-Country Transportation From arrival to departure, your in-country transportation will be taken care of by WWTrek. We have arranged safe, comfortable transportation for our on land excursions as well as chartered a luxurious, private yacht for our sailing adventure.
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COMMUNICATIONS You will have the opportunity to communicate with your family and friends throughout your sailing adventure. However, your ability to communicate will be limited at times. We suggest that you take a few simple steps to ease communication efforts while in Turkey. The rest of the time, leave your electronic leashes behind and enjoy your sailing adventure!
Electricity: The yacht is equipped with a generator. You will have the opportunity to charge your devices while on the boat. We suggest bringing an all-in-one type power adapter, as they are small and work in all countries.
Internet: The yacht is not equipped with internet capabilities. There are WIFI hot spots and internet cafes at some of the marinas and towns.
International Phone Calls: If you plan to bring a cell phone, you will need to discuss an international plan with your cell provider in the US. You will have variable cell reception throughout your adventure.
Email: While at the marinas and towns you will have access to internet either through WIFI hot spots or internet cafes. We advise that you create a web-serviced email account such as Gmail, Yahoo, or Hotmail for easy access from any computer.
Skype: Our recommended method of communication is using Skype. It is a cost effective way to keep in touch. You can set up an account and prepay before you depart. You can call computer-to-computer (which is free) or computer-to-phone. Video-chat and phone call capabilities are normally available at internet cafes.
SPOT and GPS: Satellite supported locating type devices should work with no problems.
FOOD Our meals will be shared in a Turkish fashion, together. We will alternate between enjoying our meals on board and dining onshore. Dean and Alison will be your chefs for meals enjoyed on board the yacht. When we choose to dine onshore, we will have access to some of the finest restaurants Turkey has to offer. Overall, your dining experience while in Turkey will be one of varied, locally infused delights with the turquoise waters of the Mediterranean serving as the backdrop to your dining table.
Turkey has some of the best cuisine the Middle East has to offer. Turkish cuisine is characterized by an array of savory dishes prepared seasonally from plentiful and varied fresh ingredients. In addition to the famed shish kebab, common dishes of the Turkish table are various beef and lamb stews, kiymali pide (meat pizza), manti, (minced meat pastry with yogurt), a multitude of vegetable and meat filled pastries, stuffed vine leaves, yogurt dishes, fresh vegetable vinaigrette style sides and salads, humus, muhammara (red pepper dip), and succulent seafood dishes. Popular vegetables are cauliflower, beetroot, spinach, eggplant, tomatoes, okra, cabbage, beans, and kohlrabi. Eating in Turkey is a ceremonious event in honor of community and life. Meals are social, slow, often communal, and joyful occasions. Drinking coffee in Turkey is as much a ceremonious event as dining, “Not the coffee, nor the coffeehouse is the longing of the soul; A friend is what the soul longs for, coffee is just the excuse.” Turks enjoy drinking coffee brewed in a particular fashion. Using a particular style pot, an ibrik, coffee is brewed and poured with the grounds and served in small portions in demitasse cups. Only about three quarters of the liquid is consumed, leaving the sledge in the bottom of the cup.
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It can be ordered in three fashions, “sade” (without sugar), “orta” (medium sugar), or “sekerli” (a lot of sugar). Since the sugar is added during the brewing process and not after, it helps to order the same amount of sweetness as your company. After you have finished your first cup of Turkish coffee, look into the bottom of your cup and ponder your fortune!
Water Although Turkey has modern water purification standards, to avoid illness, it is best to stick to drinking bottled water while you are on vacation. Bottled or purified water will be available to you while on the boat and at any restaurant we visit.
Vegan / Vegetarian / Gluten Free Diets We can accommodate any dietary needs you may have. Please let us know of any allergies, intolerances, or sensitivities you have prior to your departure and we will be happy to make arrangements for you. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions or are unsure. In Turkey, it’s generally very easy to accommodate just about any special dietary need!
AREA QUICK FACTS Capital: Ankara Currency: Turkish Lira Government: Republican Parliamentary Democracy. Population: 80.6 million Official language: Turkish Area: 783,562 sq km (slightly larger than Texas). Religion: 99% Muslim. Major industries: textiles, food processing, autos, electronics, mining (coal, chromite, copper, boron), steel, petroleum, construction, lumber, paper. Modern Turkey was founded in 1923. Turkey has 7,200 km of coastline.
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“hark, now hear the sailors cry, smell the sea, and feel the sky let your soul & spirit fly, into the mystic...” ― Van Morrison
PREPARING FOR TURKEY
TRAVEL ARRANGEMENTS We know that booking flights and connections can be a hassle. If you would like to book your own flight, WWTrek provides a suggested flight plan for your specific adventure location. If you prefer to use a travel agent, we have provided a list of agents who have worked with WWTrek guests in the past and would be happy to help you as well. The benefit of using a travel agent is that you do not have to spend your valuable time researching confusing flight plans; the travel agent will find the best flight connections for you. Also, if you need to make changes while abroad, your travel agent can do it for you, which can be extremely helpful. You may want to compare prices and services to ensure the best possible package for your travel needs. If you feel comfortable booking your own reservations online and handling any changes that may arise, you can often get the best prices by shopping around using a variety of online booking services such as www.Kayak.com or www.bing.com. These websites will compare the best prices from several online booking services. Please be sure to look closely at the dates and times of flights to make sure you do not have an overnight layover, which will ultimately cost you more money than you would have spent on a direct flight. Also, make sure that your flight arrives at your destination on the date your adventure begins and departs from that same location the date your adventure ends.
We recommend that you protect your flight with travel insurance or a refundable ticket. When booking online, double check to make sure purchasing a refundable ticket is an option. Eastern Travel | Brian Mei | (888) 682-7035 email@example.com | http://www.easterntravel.com US Travel | Lori Miller | (509) 944-3201 firstname.lastname@example.org | http://www.ustravel.us Scan East West Travel | Charles Mulvehill | (800) 727-2157 email@example.com | http://www.scaneastwest.com Park City Travel | Barbara Wallack | (800) 459-8071 firstname.lastname@example.org | http://www.pcutravel.com
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INSURANCE Although travel insurance is not required to travel with us, we recommend purchasing some form of insurance to cover unexpected trip interruptions, cancellations, lost baggage, emergency evacuation or rescue. Be sure to shop around for the best rate to fit your financial and travel needs.
What insurance do you recommend? Travel insurance for trip interruptions/cancellations/lost bags: www.TravelGuard.com World Wide Emergency evacuation and rescue insurance: www.GlobalRescue.com
* CARRY YOUR TRAVEL INSURANCE INFORMATION WITH YOU AT ALL TIMES. To ensure adequate coverage, it is important to disclose the exact nature of your travel and the activities you will be involved in while abroad. Find out in advance what your deductible (if any) will be and if your insurance provider makes payments directly to providers or reimburses you later for overseas health expenditures. Some policies require you to call a center in your home country for immediate assessment of the problem. Not all policies will cover ambulance or transport of patients to a better medical facility, to a medical evacuation location, or to a hospital in a major city, which may be the only way to get medical attention in a serious emergency. Be sure to read all the fine print and make sure you make any and all claims necessary within the time allotted under your travel insurance.
MONEY TIPS TOP 10 Money Tips #1 NEW BILLS Bring only new bills, newer than the year 2000, that are in good condition with no rips or damage to them. Old, worn out bills often cannot be exchanged.
#2 SEPARATE Do not put your money with your passport since you may have to show it when you do not want to show your money. Money belts come in handy for this reason.
#3 DAY WALLET Take a small amount of money for your pocket and keep the rest in a safe place.
#4 COUNT YOUR CHANGE Many people do not count their change and get shorted regularly when they travel.
#5 SMALL BILLS When you exchange money be sure to ask for small bills. It is hard to buy anything with large bills because local people often times do not have enough change.
#6 CHEAT SHEET Make an exchange rate cheat sheet. This way when you are buying things it makes sense to you how much you are spending and helps you bargain effectively. A small calculator can be handy as well.
#7 PHOTOCOPY Photocopy or scan the front and back of your credit cards and passport and keep them in a separate place. If either of them get lost or stolen you will have all of the information necessary to quickly call and report it.
#8 LOCK BOXES Use the lock boxes in your room and carry a small amount of money outside the hotel. The lock boxes are a safe place for anything valuable.
#9 CHECK FEES If you use a credit card, check the fees associated with overseas charges. Some places charge as much as 10% to run a card from overseas.
#10 POCKET CHANGE Keep a small amount of change in your pocket. A quick tip for some help is much easier if you have a couple coins in your pocket rather than a large bill.
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Money Belt / Leg Cache Money belts and leg caches keep your valuables out of sight and out of reach of pickpockets. Leg or arm wallets are handy for cash and credit cards. We like the leg cache, as it is comfortable to wear, well hidden under your pant-leg, and easy to access under a table.
Travelers’ Cheques Travelers’ cheques are not widely accepted in Turkey. In order to use them, you’d have to take them to a bank and exchange them for local currency. In doing so, you will receive a much lower exchange rate than you would for exchanging cash in the form of US dollars. To avoid the hassle, we suggest bringing US $100 or $50 bills (smaller denotations get a lesser exchange rate) to exchange upon arrival and use your bankcard for additional money.
ATM’s ATM’s are available throughout Turkey and will dispense US dollars and local currency. Be sure to alert your bank of your travel plans prior to departure to avoid having your card shut off.
Credit Cards Credit cards are widely accepted throughout Turkey. The most popular credit card is VISA, followed by MASTERCARD. AMERICAN EXPRESS can be used, but is not as widely accepted as VISA/MASTERCARD. We suggest bringing some cash to exchange upon arrival and use your bankcard or credit card for the rest of your expenses. WWTREK.COM │
Cash We recommend using cash exclusively during your trip as it is the easiest and most widely accepted. Be sure to take note of exchange rates when shopping.
Foreign Currencies The official currency in Turkey is the Turkish Lira (TRY)
As of 05/26/2013, 1 USD = 1.83 TRY
Where can I expect to exchange money? You will have the opportunity to exchange money after you are picked up by your WWTrek guide after arrival. It is easy to exchange money with your bank card at one of the local ATMS.
*As you know tipping is your option and a reflection of the quality of the service you receive.
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GEAR Less is more, especially when you are sailing! Space on a yacht is somewhat limited so packing light will make fore a more comfortable trip. We created a suggested packing list for your trip. Please feel free to adjust it to suit your specific needs, keeping in mind to pack light!
Traveling ¨¨Large duffel bag: this should be a poly water-resistant duffel.
We suggest not using a hardshell piece of
luggage as it is more difficult to stow on the yacht.
¨¨Daypack or purse: for excursions off of the boat. ¨¨Travel locks: make sure you purchase TSA approved travel locks. ¨¨Toiletry bag: include, soap, toothbrush, hand sanitizer, personal toiletries. ¨¨Electrical adapter: all in one travel adapter fit for any country. Clothing ¨¨Travel and casual clothes: you will need street / casual clothes for air travel and evenings. ¨¨Shorts/Skirts (quick dry material). ¨¨Pants ¨¨Tshirts/tank tops ¨¨Long-sleeve fleece/sweater/ puffy sweater for chilly nights. ¨¨Wind resistant jacket ¨¨Rain jacket and pants/rain poncho ¨¨Bathing suits/trunks: several day supply. Footwear ¨¨Light trekking shoes / running shoes: 1 pair for casual wear or sightseeing. ¨¨Socks ¨¨Water and deck sandals/shoes: Tevas, flip flops, or Chacos, or Crocs. Headwear ¨¨Sun hat or ball cap ¨¨Bandana / Buff ¨¨Headlamp ¨¨Sun Glasses: bring 2 pairs and straps.
Personal Equipment ¨¨Beach Towel ¨¨Snorkeling gear/goggles ¨¨Refillable water bottle ¨¨Camera ¨¨Light weight entertainment: paperback book, Ereader, writing tab, playing cards, music player. First Aid: Drugs and Medications ¨¨Small personal first aid kit: Band aids, Aspirin, Blister kit, tweezers, safety pins, pocket knife, gauze, scissors. ¨¨Sunscreen ¨¨Lipscreen ¨¨Hand sanitizer ¨¨Insect repellent ¨¨Cirprofloxin (Cipro): 500 mg tablets for traveler’s diarrhea and urinary tract infections. ¨¨Loperamide (Lomotil) or Immodium: for diarrhea. ¨¨Dramamine or other motion sickness medicine. ¨¨Ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin): 200mg tablets for altitude headaches, sprains, aches, etc. ¨¨Any personal medications. Our Favorite Gear Over the years we have experimented with a variety of different brands and we are happy to pass along our knowledge and expertise to you. We will be emailing you a more specific gear list with direct links to products we like. Please feel free, as always, to ask us any gear related question you may have!
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COMMONLY ASKED QUESTIONS What is included in the cost of the trip? WWTrek provides all in-country transportation, hotel accommodations as double occupancy rooms, group meals, guides, drivers, park fees, and permits applicable to the scheduled itinerary of the trip.
What is NOT included in the cost of the trip? Expenses you are responsible for are: international round-trip airfare, any travel expenses outside the listed itinerary, bottled or alcoholic beverages, individual meals, excess baggage fees, personal gear, international vaccinations, optional single room supplement, tips and gratuities, lodge services, communication expenses, and charges incurred as a result of delays beyond the control of WWTrek.
What happens if I become ill or injured? If you become ill or injured during your sailing adventure, we will take the necessary steps to provide you with adequate medical care without jeopardizing the health or safety of the other individuals on board. Our guides are medically trained to recognize the seriousness of health related issues and will provide our guests with the best care possible to ensure the safety and comfort of our guests.
What is the protocol for taking pictures in Turkey? You will have many opportunities to take photos of your adventure and we encourage you to do so. However, in an effort to be polite and not offend the local people, it is considered a common courtesy to ask before taking a picture. Be particularly sensitive when photographing religious ceremonies or older people.
Can I wash my clothes? You can wash your clothes by hand while you are on the boat. We suggest bringing a small amount of powdered, biodegradable laundry soap.
How should I dress? Generally, looking clean and dressing modestly shows respect â€“ and earns it. Dressing modestly will help deter any unwanted attention when on land. While we are on the boat, quick dry, comfortable clothing is best. Be prepared for foul weather and keep in mind to pack light.
Is Turkey safe? In general, travel to the tourist areas in Turkey is safe. However, we recommend, as always when traveling, it is a good practice to watch your gear carefully. Donâ€™t be too showy with expensive items and always lock your room and baggage.
What sort of documentation will I need? You will need a passport valid for more than 6 months after your trip. Make 2 copies of your passport and leave one at home and bring the other with you to Peru in case of an emergency. Once you arrive in country, you will be able to purchase a travel visa at the port of entry for $20. Depending on your travel plans, you may also need to show your WHO (World Health Organization) immunization card if you have ever been or are traveling through any countries that require a yellow fever vaccination.
What should I do if I plan to arrive early or depart late from Turkey? If you plan to spend extra time in Turkey outside of your scheduled trip with WWTrek, please let us know. You will be responsible for your hotel before and/or after our scheduled itinerary. We can help make reservations for hotels and transportation as well as additional excursions during your extra days in Turkey.
Who will pick me up from the airport? After you purchase your visa, collect your baggage, and clear customs; a WWTrek representative will be outside waiting for you! Please look for the WWTrek logo signboard or your name when you exit customs.
Look for the logo signboard or your name when you exit customs.
How do I handle specific needs or request I have for my trip? There are many options for additional service and special needs accommodations. Please feel free to ask us any questions you may have or let us know what we can do for you. We want to make sure you are comfortable throughout your trek. The WWTrek team is here to help you in any way we can!
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SUGGESTED READING Thanks to our friends at Traveler’s Bookcase for putting this exclusive list together for us! Contact Traveler’s Bookcase with any literature queries at: Natalie Compagno / Greg Freitas 8375 West Third Street, Los Angeles, Ca. 90048 (323) 655-0575 -- www.travelersbookcase.com
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I TREK along serenely, with my eyes, my shoes my rage, forgetting everything.
MEDICAL AND HEALTH
A QUICK NOTE FROM OUR MEDICAL ADVISOR Excited for your adventure with WWTrek? Of course you are! To help you make the most of it, I am providing some basic health information, including tips on maintaining wellness. Above all, you should ensure that you are capable of performing the physical activity planned for your trip; if you have chronic medical conditions such as asthma, diabetes, hypertension, or cardiovascular disease, clearance for participation by your doctor is a must. As you look over the list below, you’ll see a number of recommended medications and vaccinations. While most are relatively simple to obtain from your primary care physician some may require a visit to your local travel medicine clinic. Unsure where to go? The American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene provides an online list of private physicians and clinics who offer pre-travel consultative services. Alternatively, you can search the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website for clinics in your area that provide yellow fever vaccination. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or medical concerns surrounding trekking and travel. I am happy to help. Here’s to a safe and healthy voyage!
Phillip Levy, MD, MPH Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine, Wayne State University Medical Advisor, World Wide Trekking
Staying Healthy While the WWTrek team of guides will be equipped to handle medical emergencies, the old adage, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,” always rings true. With that in mind, following is a list of tips to stay healthy as well as a list of recommended prophylaxis (preventative medicines).
Minimizing your Exposure to Potential Illness ³³Avoid eating potentially contaminated foods. ³³Don’t buy food from street vendors! ³³Approach salads with caution, especially if at a “locals” restaurant. ³³Stay away from pre-peeled or sliced fruit – try to eat only those fruits with a “natural” wrapper. ³³Avoid consumption of potentially contaminated water. ³³Use bottled water to brush your teeth. ³³Don’t drink tap or unfiltered water at restaurants and ask for your drinks to be served without ice. ³³Don’t swish or swallow shower water. ³³Let your trip leader know immediately if you experience any concerning symptoms, especially fever or headache!
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Vaccines | Preventative Medicines Condition
Diamox or Ginko Biloba; Motrin
Hepatitis A Hepatitis B
Havirax vaccine Hepatitis B vaccine
Influenza Measles, mumps, rubella
Influenza vaccine MMR vaccine
Tetanus and Diphtheria
Typhoid fever vaccine (oral)
Acute fever illness
Tylenol or Motrin
Allergic reaction Contusion, sprain, fracture
Benadryl, Zantac, Prednisone; consider Epi-pen if prone to anaphylaxis Motrin; consider Vicodin or Norco as well
Diarrhea Dehydration Friction blister Insect bite Rash
Immodium and Cipro Oral rehydration salts, electrolyte drink tablets Second Skin, Mole Skin Benadryl and topical hydrocortisone Topical hydrocortisone
Skin or soft tissue infection Sunburn
Neosporin, Bactroban and Keflex Aloe Vera
Upper respiratory illness Urinary tract infection Vomiting
Zithromax; consider Albuterol inhaler if asthma prone Macrobid or Cipro Zofran, Phenergan, Compazine, Reglan
JET LAG TIPS What is Jet Lag? In simple terms, jet lag is a disruption of your body’s internal clock, or circadian rhythm. This clock sets your sleeping and waking times. It is complex and sensitive.
Common Jet Lag Symptoms ³³Headache ³³Disorientation ³³Anxiety ³³Exhaustion ³³Indigestion ³³Dehydration ³³Impaired Coordination None of these are much fun, especially while traveling and trying to get the most out of your adventure. Without taking steps to avoid jet lag, your body will adjust to time zone changes at a rate of 1 hour per day. That means if you flew across seven time zones, it would take seven days to be rid of your jet lag symptoms. The best way to avoid jet lag is to be proactive when you prepare to depart, travel, and arrive in a far away place. Even if you are not crossing time zones while you travel, by following these simple tips you will arrive at your destination rested and ready for adventure!
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Before You Leave Home ³³Get plenty of sleep: NASA found that getting as much rest as possible beginning two days before your trip can significantly reduce jet lag symptoms.
³³Reduce your stress: Plan ahead and prepare for your trip so you’re not running around stressed out and getting ready at the last minute.
³³Exercise: Get regular exercise and keep up that routine just before you travel. ³³Hydrate: Drink plenty of water prior to your departure.
In flight ³³Arrive early at the airport: Not rushing to make your flight will reduce stress. ³³Change your watch: Begin to adjust to the new time zone and schedule by setting your watch to your destination’s time, eat and sleep accordingly.
³³Rest: Sleep as much as you can on the plane. ³³Travel Pillows: Use the pillow provided from the plane to support your lower back. Also bring an inflatable (packs small) pillow that wraps around your neck to stabilize your head for better rest
³³Noise Canceling Headphones / foam earplugs: You can’t control the noise level around you. ³³Wear comfortable clothing: Bring an extra warm layer so you can sleep better. ³³Drink plenty of water: The humidity on an airplane is around 2-3%. That’s like being in the desert! ³³Stretch frequently: Aisle seats are best if you’ll be getting up to stretch often. ³³Manage Caffeine / Alcohol Intake: Both caffeine and alcohol dehydrate you and will slow down your circadian rhythm, or internal clock.
³³Don’t take sleeping pills: Sleeping pills cause you to sleep without any body movement. This reduces circulation and increases the chance of blood clotting.
Arriving at your destination…Enjoy your trek! ³³Eat: Try to eat on the new schedule. ³³Drink: Continue to drink plenty of water. ³³Sleep: Sleep on the new schedule. If you are flying eastbound you often arrive in the morning, making it harder to stay up the entire day. Try to tough it out. If you sleep well on the plane you should be able to stay up until night time. If you need a nap, limit it to 45 minutes. If you are flying westbound, most schedules will have you arriving later in the day, making it easier to stay up until nighttime and sleep the entire night.
Many of our World Wide Trekking members find that their association with HOP is one of the highlights of their travel experience.
HUMAN OUTREACH PROJECT
HUMAN OUTREACH PROJECT
Part of our mission at WWTrek is to give back to the wonderful places we visit. The Human Outreach Project (HOP) is our way of giving back. HOP is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization funded by private donations. HOP collects, transports, and distributes medical, dental, clothing and school supplies to areas in need on every WWTrek trip. We encourage our members to take part in HOP on their trip; however, participation is not a mandatory part of the itinerary. Prior to your trip, HOP will collect donated supplies to be distributed by guests of WWTrek during your adventure. If you would like to participate in the collecting of supplies to be donated, please contact our office for a list of appropriate items.
Human Outreach Project World Wide Student Leadership Program: WWTrek hosts special treks focusing on student leadership and service projects with college-aged participants.
Nepal: HOP donates supplies to the Namche Dental Clinic, Himalayan Children’s Foundation, and to the education
fund for Ang Pasang Sherpa’s 3 surviving children. (Dean’s friend who helped him summit Mount Everest in 2005 but was killed in an avalanche one month later.)
Peru: HOP supports the Hogar Clinicia San Juan de Dios and the Casa Mantay with needed medical and educational supplies.
Tanzania Orphanage: Our largest project to date has been the construction of an orphanage in Africa. We are proud to announce that the staff and children have now moved in to our Kilimanjaro Kids Community!
How to Help HOP • Make a tax-deductible contribution to HOP at www.HumanOutreachProject.org. • Join us on an adventure and experience the thrill of adventure travel and give back.
Kilimanjaro Kids Community Although we are still in the construction phase of the Kilimanjaro Kids Community (KKC), our 4 acre orphanage officially opened in May of 2012. The orphanage currently cares for 12 children. With the help of two â€œmamasâ€? (social workers), a grounds-keeper, a cook, and a guard, the children are provided three meals a day, housing, and an education. It is the goal of HOP to impact the lives of these children in such a manner that they will become successful, contributing members of their communities. The next phase of the Kilimanjaro Kids Community will include adding a shelter for dairy cows, chicken coop, more garden capabilities to provide food, and the addition of a separate girls dorm. We still need a lot of funding to make this next phase a reality, so all donations are very much appreciated!
HOP KILIMANJARO KIDS COMMUNITY
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I dream of TREKKING into my old age.
PRE-DEPARTURE CHECKLIST We are looking forward to trekking with you! If you have any questions regarding preparation for your trip or itinerary details, please contact me directly. I or someone from our WWTrek team would be happy to assist you.
¨¨Send the WWTrek office a copy of your flight itinerary. Email gale@WWTrek.com. ¨¨Make two photocopies of your passport and other documents. Leave one with a contact person at home. ¨¨Have all personal medications and prescriptions secure in your carry-on. ¨¨Carry your passport and items that you need to show at customs separate from your money. ¨¨Carry-on hard to replace items when you fly: boots, down jacket, rain gear, prescriptions, camera. ¨¨If you have items for the Human Outreach Project, bring them along as we will be distributing them on the trip. (Please check with us about what you are bringing to make sure it is appropriate and useful.)
¨¨If you have any questions about the trip please give me a call or send me an email. Thank you for choosing World Wide Trekking! Thanks! Dean Cardinale
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IMPORTANT AND PERSONAL INFORMATION Name as on Passport: Passport Number:
Travel agent contact info:
Important Phone #’s:
Email Login and Password: Skype log in and password:
American Embassy Ankara
World Wide Trekking
110 Atatürk Blvd. Kavaklıdere, 06100 Ankara - Turkey
7938 South 3500 East B-100 Cottonwood Heights, UT 84121
Phone: (90-312) 455-5555 Fax: (90-312) 467-0019 email@example.com
Tel: 801.230.9089 Fax: 801.943.0264 firstname.lastname@example.org
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WWTREK TERMS AND CONDITIONS Air Transportation: International Airfares are not included in program pricing. WWTrek does have travel agent recommendations that can help you with all of your pre-trek travel arrangements. Please ask us for a list of travel agents as well as your best flight route options and your preferred destination arrival flight. Itineraries: Accommodations including lodging, domestic flights, trains, vehicles and sightseeing are subject to change at anytime due to unforeseen circumstances or circumstances beyond World Wide Trekkingâ€™s control. Every effort will be made to operate itineraries as planned, but alterations may occur after final itinerary has been issued. We greatly appreciate your flexibility. Special Requests: Special requests such as connecting or adjacent rooms, bedding requests or dietary needs should be advised at time of booking. We will make every effort to accommodate your special request. Early Arrival: Many guests prefer to arrive before the scheduled itinerary. We can help make early arrival arrangements if necessary. Additional charges for early arrival transportation, lodging, meals and activities will apply. Arrival & Check-in: We will suggest an exact flight arrival for many of our group trek destinations. Airport transportation will be provided. Many of our hotels allow check in to take place in the mid-afternoon. Should you wish to have a guaranteed room ready or early arrival arrangements, we will make every effort to accommodate your request. Please ask WWTrek for details and prices. Rooms: All prices are quoted on double room occupancy. Single room supplements are available. Please ask WWTrek for details and prices. Baggage: WWTrek provides handling of two pieces of luggage per person. Weight restrictions on some routes, internal / domestic flights may apply. We can also arrange baggage storage during most trips. More detailed information will be in your trek welcome packet. Photography during Trek: WWTrek reserves the right to take photographs during your travel to be used for promotional purposes. Program members who prefer that their images not be used are asked to identify themselves at the beginning of their trip. Cancellation: Trip Deposits are non-refundable. Cancellation 90 days prior to departure will be refunded in full. Cancellation 89 - 50 days prior to departure will be charged 50% of the price. Cancellation 49 days or less to time of departure will be charged 100% of the price. WWTrek recommends that you purchase a travel insurance policy to cover cancellation due to unforeseen circumstances. Please ask WWTrek if you have any questions.
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WWTREK LEADERS GOCEK, TURKEY MEDITERRANEAN SAILING DEAN CARDINALE
OWNER | BOAT CAPTAIN | LEAD GUIDE
Certified Level III
Dean Cardinale is the owner of World Wide US Sailing Captain Trekking and the President and Founder of the Human Outreach Project. Dean has climbed Contact: DEAN and led guided expeditions in North and Central Phone: 801.230.9089 America, Africa, Europe, South America and the Himalayas. He is the President of Wasatch Email: email@example.com Backcountry Rescue group, the US representative to the International Commission of Alpine Rescue (IKAR), an avalanche instructor with the American Avalanche Association and avalanche forecaster for Snowbird Ski Resort. Dean is currently working on a seven summits bid, summiting Mt Everest in 2005. Dean has taught people of all ages and professions, and is well known for his professional ethics and conduct evident in all of his pursuits. Dean has a longstanding record of leadership, program development, and community service.
ALISON CARDINALE BOAT CAPTAIN | GUIDE
Alison Cardinale is a lifelong adventurer, experienced pilot, and boat captain. A Captain for ExpressJet, Alison is a certified flight instructor and airline transport pilot, with over 4500 hours of flight time typed in the Embraer regional jet. She has facilitated humanitarian efforts in Africa, Peru, and is a fundamental asset to HOPâ€™s Student Leadership Program. When not flying or traveling with HOP, Alison enjoys hiking, reading and skiing.
Certified Level III US Sailing Captain Contact: ALISON Phone: 801.560.2489 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
We are looking forward to our upcoming adventure. Please feel free to contact us at anytime if you have any questions or concerns regarding your trip.
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Guests reference guide for their upcoming trip to Turkey.