ONCOCYCLUS IRISES OF TURKEY & LEBANON (Run by GREENTOURS)
Cost = £2695
Ground only cost = £2485
Beirut – Van £2485 (includes Beirut – Kayseri flights)
Deposit = £250
Single supplement = £225*
*Does not apply if you are willing to share and a room-mate can be arranged.
Irises are amongst the world’s most beautiful plants and for many the crème de la crème of this genus are the fabulous Oncocyclus. Their improbably large blooms are a feature of some of the Middle-East’s finest botanical areas. This tour takes us to strikingly beautiful Lebanon, now again welcoming tourists, where the cedar forests host fantastic purple-lined Iris cedretii, stunning pale Iris lortetii and impressive Iris westii. Elegant Iris sofarana is found on the alpine slopes of ten thousand foot Qurnat as-Sawda and Mount Hermon. Between cedars and maquis on the slopes of Ehden are Komper’s Orchid, whilst on the edge of the Great Rift at Yammouneh are Allium libani and Himantoglossum affine. Moving into Turkey we’ll find shapely Iris sprengeri near Nigde before spending nine days moving steadily eastwards visiting populations of variable Iris sari, local Iris kirkwoodii and some magnificent stands of one of the finest of them all, silken Iris gatesii. We finish around gorgeous Lake Van where magnificent Iris iberica is joined by blue Iris barnumae and furry-falled Iris paradoxa. An abundance of superb bulbs en route!
Lead by Ian Green, Kate Clow and Seyda Soylu.
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