This is one of those world destinations where you really have to separate the acts of the government -- still the world leader for imprisoning journalists -- from those of regular Turkish restaurateurs, hoteliers, and tour guides who would love to welcome you. On the assumption you still want to see one of the world’s oldest, most fascinating cradles of civilization, this is not the worst time to do so; places like Istanbul and the coastal city of Ankara won’t be clogged with visitors. To best experience the ancient ruins, natural wonders, and culture of the country, Intrepid Travel offers a 12-day tour for about $1,460 that’ll have you cycling along the shores of Lake Gokova before soaking in nearby thermal mud baths. You’ll also tour historic World War II battlefields, kayak over sunken cities, hike through pine forests, and spend time in the town of Antalya, a waterfront resort town just a few miles from the Greek islands. Along the way, you’ll probably answer a few questions from curious fellow travelers about what the hell, exactly, is going on in Washington, D.C. these days.