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Dan

Just your average guy doing his 9 - 5 job as a Senior Payroll Officer by day, writing about his travel adventures and hopefully giving you inspiration and ideas for your next travel adventure here at loneXplorer...

Australia’s Premier Drive: The Great Ocean Road
in Victoria

Australia’s Premier Drive: The Great Ocean Road

It’s one of Australia’s greatest drives, if not one of the greatest in the world and the name says it all; the scenic Great Ocean Road. It begins in the costal own of Torquay, 20km south of the state of Victoria’s second largest city Geelong or about 95km south east from the capital city, Melbourne. The other end of this amazing stretch of road ends in the...

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27 May 2014
Step back in time on Istanbul’s Princes’ Islands
in Turkey

Step back in time on Istanbul’s Princes’ Islands

Today being the final full day of my trip to Turkey, it was time to see another part of Istanbul away from the main city and tourist areas. The Princes’ Islands are located about 20km south east of Istanbul and are best known for their relaxing nature and lack of motorised transportation; the only way to get around on these islands is by horse and...

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25 May 2014
Canakkale to Istanbul via Gallipoli: Day 11 Topdeck Turkey Explored Tour
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Canakkale to Istanbul via Gallipoli: Day 11 Topdeck Turkey Explored Tour

Today is the final full day of the Topdeck Turkey Explored Tour, this morning we depart the city of Canakkale and catch the ferry back to the European side of Turkey to the Gallipoli Peninsula to the site where the ANZAC legend was born back in 1915 during World War I. Once we have experienced a history lesson that resonates close to most of us on...

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12 May 2014
Kusadasi to Canakkale via Troy: Day 10 Topdeck Turkey Explored Tour
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Kusadasi to Canakkale via Troy: Day 10 Topdeck Turkey Explored Tour

Today we begin day 10 of our Topdeck Turkey Explored Tour by leaving the port town of Kusadasi and head further north to check out the famous ancient city of Troy, we visit the Trojan Horse and spend the night in the costal city of Canakkale and visit another famous Trojan Horse. Canakkale is situated close to the Gallipoli battle grounds which we will explore on...

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12 May 2014
Fethiye to Kusadasi via Pamukkale & Ephesus: Day 08 & 09 Topdeck Turkey Explored Tour
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Fethiye to Kusadasi via Pamukkale & Ephesus: Day 08 & 09 Topdeck Turkey Explored Tour

On this next leg of the Topdeck Turkey Explored Tour we leave behind the sea and head to our next destination of Kusadasi. During our travels over the next two days we experience the fascinating carbonate terraces of Pamukkale and check out the ancient Roman city of Ephesus. 14 SEPTEMBER, 2013 – Fethiye to Kusadasi This morning we leave bright and early, departing the costal town...

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11 May 2014
Cappadocia to Konya – Day 05 Topdeck Turkey Explored Tour
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Cappadocia to Konya – Day 05 Topdeck Turkey Explored Tour

After a memorable two nights in Cappadocia it was now time to move onto our next destination on the Topdeck Turkey Explored Tour, today we are heading to the conservative city of Konya for what will be a very short overnight stop and one to remember. Along the way we will also make a stop at a Cappadocian ceramic factory where all those items in the Grand Bazaar come from and explore one of the famous underground cities at Kaymakli with a local guide.

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30 Mar 2014
Ankara to Cappadocia – Day 03 & 04 Topdeck Turkey Explored Tour
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Ankara to Cappadocia – Day 03 & 04 Topdeck Turkey Explored Tour

We continue our 12 Day Tour of Turkey with tour provider Topdeck by waking up in the Turkish capital of Ankara after a late arrival last night to our hotel. Today we are heading for the famous Cappadocia region of Turkey and the excitement of Hot Air Ballooning, but first after checking out of the Ankyra Hotel we will make our first stop for the day at The Mausoleum of Atatürk, a site that pays respect and honours the founder of the Turkish Republic Mustafa Kemal Atatürk.

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25 Mar 2014
Istanbul to Ankara – Day 02 Topdeck Turkey Explored Tour
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Istanbul to Ankara – Day 02 Topdeck Turkey Explored Tour

This morning our newly formed tour group will embark on our first full day of the Topdeck 12 Day Turkey Explored tour beginning from the biggest and most well known city in Turkey, Istanbul. Today we are taken around this bustling city to check out the main attractions of the city situated close by our very central hotel. Later on in the afternoon we head on the coach and meet our driver for the first time and make our way to the capital city of Turkey Ankara.

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23 Mar 2014
A Turkish adventure begins, Istanbul – Day 01 Topdeck Turkey Explored Tour
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A Turkish adventure begins, Istanbul – Day 01 Topdeck Turkey Explored Tour

For the next two and a half weeks I will be exploring the fascinating country of Turkey with the journey beginning in the largest and most recognised Turkish city of Istanbul. The first two nights will be spent in this bustling tourist city followed by another night included as part of the twelve day Topdeck Turkey Explored tour which will take in many of the sights this country has to offer. This will be my second Topdeck tour.

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12 Jan 2014
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