BLOWING IN THE WINDS OF MOUNT IDA & MOUNT OLYMPUS

Led by a specıalıst

(8 nıghts, 9 days)

Tour Date 2018:Monday, May 7th - Tuesday, May 15th

Blowing in the Winds of Mount Ida & Mount Olympus

(Flora and Fauna, Cookıng, Trekkıng and rural lıfe)

Our destınatıon ıs Mount Ida, the famous mountaın that plays a leadıng role ın countless ancıent mythologıes.

Pıcture a flower blowıng ın the wınd on a steep mountaın slope. Call ıt daydreamıng, call ıt medıtatıon, but for a moment try to be a tıny, red-stemmed, whıte wall pepper, a member of the wıld thyme famıly. Thıs lıttle red flower ıs one of thousands that attract bugs and butterflıes to theır petals to produce entıre fıelds of flower. A rare bloom mentıoned ın hıstory-shapıng legends and found hundreds of years later, only on Mt. Ida’s slope.

Ever sınce the tıme of Theophrastus of Athens, who ıs regarded as the father of botany, Kazdağı has been known for ıts therapeutıc flora. Thanks to ıts ısolated geographıcal sıtuatıon, ıt offers an ıdeal habıtat for rare specıes of flowers. Thıs approxımately 22 thousand-hectare area, whıch was declared a natıonal park ın 1993, ıs now a world-class area of exploratıon wıth 880 specıes, 80 of whıch are endemıc, and where flora tours are organızed.

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DAY 1 / ISTANBUL

Specıal category (4-star) hotel


Our guide will meet and welcome you at Atatürk International airport while arranging for your transfer and easy hotel check-in. Enjoy the evening over a welcome drink and group dinner. (D)

DAY 2 / ÇAMLIBEL

Zeytınbağ hotel (sımply, charmıng)


Market day and First cooking lesson

At 06:30am we depart from our hotel to board the comfortable sea bus ferry to Bandırma. We sip our morning drinks on the ferry during our pleasant 2 hour journey that takes us across the Marmara Sea. Around 12:30 pm we check-in to our comfortable, small and pretty hotel in the village of Çamlibel where we stay four nights. Here we will first relax and get ready to drive 15 minutes to the town of Edremit for lunch at the traditional Cumhuriyet lokantası before continuing on to the most authentic and colorful local market of the Aegean region. Here in the village of Havran our chef, Erhan Şeker, will introduce us to the local fresh vegetables, fruits, herbs, spices and dairy products sold by the local village women. On our return to the hotel the first cooking lesson will begin as we enjoy a talk describing Turkish cuisine. Perhaps you will prepare boar with figs and sultanes with a creamy endive and wheat soup. “Bon appetite” or as the Turks say “afiyet olsun”. (B, L, D)

DAY 3 / ÇAMLIBEL

Zeytınbağı


The Fertile Southern Foothills and the High Forest

This morning we travel only 30 minutes to Zeytinli (17 km) to approach the southern slopes of Mt.Ida, as it rises steeply from the Aegean. After 20 minutes we reach the Yaylalı meadows at an altitude of 850 m and then we proceed to the altitude of 1350 m to the Kapıdağ kulesi. The lower meadows will provide plenty of colour with the brilliant red poppies and yellow pea flowers. Other species, like the wild orchids can be found almost anywhere and at various levels as we climb the mountain. Here we find the tall, elegant Cephalanthera epipactoides at lower levels and possibly Orchis tridentata and Orchis anatolica higher up the mountain. (B, L, D)

DAY 4 / ÇAMLIBEL OR YEŞILYURT VILLAGE

Zeytınbağı

Altıtude: 1500 m


The trekking route today is between Tozlu and Karanlıkdere. The beautiful Judas Tree, Cercis siliquastrum, covers itself with blood red flowers in spring making itself very conspicuous and easy to admire along the way. Amongst the Pinus brutia forest, we can search for the purple limodore orchid, Limodorum abortivum, and look in the higher meadows for Fritillaria bithynia and Dianthus arapidinous.

We return to our hotel with a good appetite from the mountain air for our second cooking lesson. (B, L, D)

DAY 5 / ÇAMLIBEL OR YEŞILYURT VILLAGE

Zeytınbağı

Altıtude: 1726-1770 m


The route: Tozlu-Sarıkız, Kaz avlusu, Karataş Tepe- Gargaros Tepe (Summits).

Another feast of flowers awaits us, particularly some of the endemic species. The local foxglove, Digitalis trojana is one that might be seen or the fir tree Abies normanniana ssp equi-trojana. There are some fascinating members of the onion family around but none more than the tall Nectaroscordum bulgaricum. On our way back we visit the traditional family run olive oil gallery. Our last cooking lesson will end the day. (B, L, D)

DAY 6 / BURSA

Çelık Palas (5-star)

Travellıng dıstance 287km ~ 180 mıles


Cistus Olympos

This morning after breakfast we drive towards the northeast of the Marmara region to the foothills of Uludağ (Grand Mountain). Wherever it looks good for finding flowers along the way, we shall stop for a quick foray. Sometimes we find unexpected treats like the purple loosestrife, Lysimachia atropurpurea, or even a dactylorhiza orchid. Don’t forget to bring your bathing suits, where you will enjoy the traditional, Turkish hamam and spa experience during your stay in Bursa! (B, L, D)

DAY 7 / BURSA

Çelık Palas


The Alpine Flowers of Uludağ

Uludağ is another area famous for its flowers. Alpine enthusiasts will delight in finding Saxifraga sempervivum, and Saxifraga siberica in the wild as well as colourful Anemone blanda and Aubreta olympica. Amongst the orchid flora are a couple of species to look out for, Epipactis bithynicum and Dactylorhiza nieschalkiorum. There are many more flowers to see from gentians, crocus, veronicas and verbascums as we wander this beautiful mountain on our final day. (B, L, D)

DAY 8 / RETURN TO ISTANBUL

Specıal category (4-star) hotel


This morning we visit the Karaca Arboretium in Yalova before we take the ferry back to Istanbul. (B, L, Farewell dinner)

DAY 9 / FLY HOME


After breakfast participants are transferred to the Atatürk International airport to meet their return flights. (B)

Trip limited to a maximum of 10 participants.

TOUR DATE 2018

Monday, May 7th - Tuesday, May 15th

TOUR PRICE

€3510 Euro per person based on double occupancy (twin /double bed)
€470 Euro single room supplement

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WHAT'S INCLUDED IN THIS PRICE?

  • Specialists & local tour guide
  • Accommodation and meals as indicated in itinerary (B=Breakfast, L= Lunch, D=Dinner).
  • Bottled mineral water during transportation
  • Arrival & Departure airport transfers
  • All ground transportation by a/c, modern mini / midi bus with fridge, reclining seats, wide windows.
  • Entrance fees to the National Parks & parking fares, local taxes
  • 3 cooking lessons with ingredients included. The lessons are led by the chef of the Zeytinbagı hotel, a well-known master in his field in Turkey; several articles have been published about him in the major Turkish newspapers.
  • Meticulously prepared tour folder with maps and information to help you get the most from your tour
  • Club seat fares on the sea bus ferry from Istanbul to Bandırma and Yalova to Istanbul
  • Gratuities to hotel staff & local guide & driver & baggage handling

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED?

  • International outbound & return flight fare
  • Insurance of any kind
  • Excess baggage fees, airport taxes, cost of obtaining passport or tourist visa
  • Personal expenses such as laundry; communication charges; beverages etc.

AN ISTANBUL EXTENSION TOUR TO PRECEDE THIS TOUR IS AVAILABLE ON REQUEST
Blowing in the Winds of Mount Ida & Mount Olympus
Blowing in the Winds of Mount Ida & Mount Olympus
Blowing in the Winds of Mount Ida & Mount Olympus
Blowing in the Winds of Mount Ida & Mount Olympus
Blowing in the Winds of Mount Ida & Mount Olympus
Blowing in the Winds of Mount Ida & Mount Olympus

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