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TOUR PRICE € 2300
(flight excluded)
January 2018 you will receive an invoice for full payment of the tour.

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ReGISTRATION HAS OPENED

We are all ready to go and to kick off registration of the Caucasus XXL Tour 2018.
Turgay's dance tour participants received a very warm welcome in May 2016 in Turkey which proved that national politics is often not in line with the opinion of a big part of the population (as is the case in many parts of the world).
This summer Ahmet and Turgay have done extensive research together to offer us a splendid week in Turkey while Tineke organized a dance tour to Armenia in May and included Georgia for the first time in the program.
The tour received an enthusiastic response from her Swiss participants.

Our Caucasus XXL Tour will offer the unique opportunity to visit three fascinating countries - Georgia, Armenia and Turkey - to explore dance and culture.

We hope to see you.
Turgay Onatli, Ahmet Demirbagh, Maurits and Tineke van Geel

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BRIEF TRAVEL SUMMARY
  • July 14 Arrival Georgia (Tbilisi)
  • July 14-19 Georgia
  • July 19-25 Armenia
  • July 25-28 Georgia
  • July 28-Aug. 4 Turkey
  • August 4 departure Turkey (Trabzon)
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HOW WILL THE TRIP BE ORGANIZED?

After registration you will be informed in November 2017 on the progress of the tour, because we will need minimum 25 participants.
After giving the green light, flights can be booked from then on.

As a reference:
this year a ticket Amsterdam-Tbilisi and a return Trabzon-Amsterdam costs €460 / $ 500.
New York-Tbilisi and a return Trabzon-New York costs €1028 /$1115.

Our tour group will be split up and divided over 2 buses which have AC and offer comfortable seating because they will not be filled up to the maximum capacity. Turgay, Ahmet, Maurits and Tineke will act as tour leaders in teams of two in each bus and the maximum amount of participants will be 40 persons per bus.
Local guides will be present at sightseeing locations and each group will have its own guide.

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DETAILED TOUR PROGRAM
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GEORGIA & ARMENIA

On July 14 everybody will arrive in Tbilisi. We will stay 5 days in Georgia’s scenic and buzzing capital Tbilisi and plan excursions to important cultural sites as Mtskheta, seat of the head of the Georgian church and Stepansmida church with a stunning view on the high Caucasian mountain range.
A hike from David Gareja Monastery will reveal caves decorated with frescoes (UNESCO World Heritage).
Culture mixes with pleasure during our visit to the small town of Sighnagi, the center of wine production. Of course there will be dance classes and meetings with dancers and singers.

If the professional dance ensembles - Erisioni Ensemble or Sukhishvili Ensemble - will be in Georgia, we will visit their training or visit a performance.

We will continue to Armenia on July 19th and spend 6 days there. Included will be a stop at Sewan lake and a visit to its beautiful Aghtamar peninsula and ancient carved gravestones in Noratus. Our host Mgitar will welcome us in the small village of Zolakar and show us how his family has lived in the 1st half of the 19th century. We will enjoy a tasty lunch at his house with fresh local products before continuing to our next lodging in the mountains of southeast Armenia. The last two days we will spend in Armenia’s lively capital Yerevan to enjoy its Mediterranean atmosphere, pay a visit to the Tatul Altunian Ensemble and have some dance classes.

On the 25th we will travel north to return to Georgia, where we will spend another 3 days. The program includes visits to the famous ancient cave monastery of Vardzia and remote Saphara Monastery.

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Stepantsminda
 
Sukhishvili
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TURKEY

On July 28th we will cross the Turkish border to enjoy the last week of our three week tour.
We will visit the villages Borcka and Macahel in Artvin province, home of Georgian Turkish ethnic groups. Near Borcka is the impressive 63 meters high MARAL fall, located in a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve Protection Area. Macahel is also on another UNESCO list because of its preservation of oral traditions. Our journey for the coming 3 days includes Rize Hemşin Valley , the Ayder Plateau and Palovit waterfall. Not to miss is the impressive medieval castle of Zilkale, constructed on a high cliff, one of the most important historical structures in the Black Sea region. Keywords: beautiful nature and valleys, scenic villages and encounter with Hemsin people to join a dance to the tunes of the bagpipe.

After a relaxing time in nature we will continue towards Trabzon and visit some interesting sightseeing spots from there, including Sumela Monastery and the Ayasofia Church. We will be welcomed by Akcaabat Dance group and will enjoy some other performances during our visit. Besides Hemsin we will meet with another group called Çepni. Originally a nomadic tribe which is now the biggest ethnic group in this area, famous for its summer festivals on the mountain meadows. Time to relax at lake Uzungol and we will finish our tour in Trabzon.

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Tbilisi
 

Vardzia

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This program can be subject to change.
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INCLUDED
  • lodging in double/twin room
  • dance classes
  • guides
  • bus transportation
  • breakfast and dinner (incl. water, coffee/tea)
  • entrance fees at sightseeing locations
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EXCLUDED
  • flight
  • surcharge single room: € 450
  • travel and cancellation insurance
  • lunches
  • tips for driver and guide (Indication: € 1 p. person p. day)
  • additional drinks
  • CD and/or DVD of classes and tour
  • visa
 
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