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GEORGIA & NORTHEASTERN TURKEY 2014 - A TOUR FOR THE ALPINE GARDEN SOCIETY BY GREENTOURS

INTRODUCTION
Galanthus alpinus The far northeastern corner of Turkey and the adjacent parts of Georgia have a unique biome, the Euxine province. In essence a kind of temperate rainforest, this has resulted in a distinctive flora that includes a large number of species found nowhere else in the world.

Our trip concentrates on the very earliest spring bulbs, particularly Galanthus species. There are a number of species of snowdrop that are found only here. On the Georgian side we'll find Galanthus krasnovi with pale yellow Paeonia witmanniana and pink Paeonia caucasica all mixed with Scillas and Corydalis. Galanthus shaoricus flowers in rich woodlands around Shaori Lake alongside Helleborus abchasicus and Erythronium sibiricum. On the Turkish side the Oriental Beech forest are a delight, at this season they'll just have the very first hints of green appearing, the silver trunks set against the orange leaf-litter where clumps of Galanthus rizehensis bloom. Primula megaseifolia and Cyclamens shower mossy banks with their blooms. Higher we'll explore mixed woodlands of fir and spruce, hornbeam and wingnut. Here we’ll find Iris lazica and among rocks flowers Galanthus woronowii. We’ll look for Crocus aerius and there are some lovely forms of Crocus biflorus too. We’ll no doubt get involved in the debate between Galanthus alpinus and Galanthus koenenianus!

 

TOUR SUMMARY
Crocus biflorus ssp pulchricolor Day 1

To Batumi, Georgia

Days 2 & 3

Shaori Lake & Racha

Day 4

Ambrolauri District

Day 5

Adjara. PM cross the border into Turkey

Day 6

Artvin, Eastern Black Sea Mountains

Day 7

Borcka & Arhavi

Days 8 & 9

Eastern Black Sea Mountains – Ikizdere and

Sumela Monastery

Day 10

Depart Trabzon

For your detailed tour itinerary call 01298 83563 or visit www.greentours.co.uk

 

INFORMATION
Galanthus krasnovii Focus

Flowers – especially Galanthus and other spring bulbs. Mountain Landscapes and a little Culture.

Leaders

Ian Green, Seda Soylu (Turkish section) & Shamil Shetekauri (Georgia section).

Walking

Usually quite easy with three or four miles a day the norm, a little more on some days, though always at a relaxed pace, ideally suited to photographers. There are some steep slopes and the ground can be rocky and uneven.

Included in the Price

All flights. Accommodation, transport and meals in Georgia and in Turkey. Services of your leaders. Please note; items of a personal nature including insurance, drinks and tips are not included.

Group size

Minimum group size is 4 and the maximum is 15.

Accommodation

The first and fourth nights will be in The Hotel Oasis along the coastal stretch between Batumi and Kobuleti. A modern hotel with large rooms, it is handily placed for the forests and gorges of Adjaria. In between we’ve two nights at lovely family-run Hotel Gallery in the beautiful Riona Valley north of Shaori. In Turkey we’ve a night at the Karahan Hotel in Artvin and then two nights at modern Paluri Hotel in Arhavi overlooking the Black Sea. Next is a night in the lovely new Ridos Thermal Hotel & Spa surrounded by woodlands and flowery streamside meadows. We finish in the 3-star Hotel Horon in Trabzon, quietly situated just off the main square and tea garden. All rooms on the main tour have en suite facilities.

Climate

Variable. Lowland areas can be reasonably warm though humid, but as soon as we gain any altitude it cools down quickly and can be very cold with snow above a thousand metres. We can expect to have rainfall for a time on a number of days, though this is one of the better times of year for sun in this region.

Flights

UK return flights are from London Heathrow/Manchester* to Batumi via Istanbul, returning from Trabzon viua Istanbul. Other indirect routes from regional UK Airports* are available.

*These routes may incur a supplement.

How to Book

Contact us on 01298 83563 or enquiries@greentours.co.uk to check there is availability for the number of places you require. Download a booking form (or contact us and we will send a booking form or full brochure to you). Complete and send to us. You will receive confirmation of your place and then a detailed information pack will be dispatched to you about twelve weeks before departure. Flower and bird checklists are available.

DATES & PRICES
Galanthus woronowii

 

14 March 2014 - 23 March 2014

 

Price UK to UK = £1995

Ground only price, Batumi - Trabzon = £1695

 

Single Supplement = £145*

The deposit = £250

 

* does not apply if you are willing to share and a room-mate can be arranged.

Georgia and Northeast Turkey tour by Greentours

Iris lazica Greentours have been running superb botanical and wildlife tours for two decades. Visit our website for details of this and our other tours. 

Ian Green
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