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Dates: 14th – 22nd April 2023

Price: £1,395 Places available

Single Room Supplement: £150

Deposit: £150 per person


Price Includes: Accommodation, all meals, ground transport, services of guides, holiday report

Not Included: International & internal flights, travel insurance, drinks, entry fees, and any other personal items

Conservation Donation: Botanical Society of Britain & Ireland (BSBI)

Leader(s): Yasemin Konuralp & Dr Yiannis Christofides

Group Size: Minimum of 5 and a maximum of 12 guests plus 2 leaders

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NEW for 2023! Join us for a botanical exploration of the Western Taurus mountains with vastly experienced and knowledgeable local guide & expert on the regions flora Yasemin Konuralp!

More details will be published soon.

We hope to welcome you on what will be a truly memorable tour!

DAY 1 : April 14, 2023 – Friday / Arrive Antalya Airport Overnight hotel in ANTALYA

Arrival at Antalya Airport, transfer to our hotel where we will stay for one night.

Meals: Welcome dinner

DAY 2: April 15, 2023 – Saturday / Bey Mountains                   Overnight village of ÇIRALI

After breakfast drive towards the eastern slopes of the Bey Mountains through the Calabrian pine forest. As we ascend the type of forest will be changed to a Cedar forest. Fascinating Paeonia kesrouanensis colony covering the ground between the cedar trees. Afternoon we explore the forests and high meadows to find the recently described endemic species of Crocus oreogenus along with Scilla bifolia, Crocus antalyensis, Cyclamen alpinum. Afternoon we will drive through Olympos National Park to the village of Çıralı, where we will stay two nights.

Meals: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner

DAY 3: April 16, 2023 – Sunday / Olympos National Park                     Overnight village of ÇIRALI

As we drive we’ll explore the forests, bushes, shores, waste places to find the orchids of Ophrys, Orchis, and Serapias species. Many other plants will be on our way, such as  Ranunculus asiaticus, endemic Lathyrus belinensisDracunculus vulgaris, Asphodaline brevicaulis, Orchis anatolica, might be Tulipa orphanidae and so on. An optional short uphill hike is also possible to “Yanartaş” so-called Chimera where you find the eternal fire is. The fascinating site became a sacred place of ancient Lycians dedicated to Chimera, a mythological monster that burns cities with a breath of fire. Olympos and Phaselis antique cities merged in vegetation and offer interesting ruins of the Roman period of the ancient culture of Lycia.

Meals: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner

DAY 4: April 17, 2023 – Monday /Mt. Tahtali                                                   Overnight KAŞ

After breakfast check-out, we move to our hotel in the morning and drive up in the hills and visit various places to search the wildflowers at the foothills of Mt. Tahtali. The Crocus sarichinarensis and Crocus minutus might be still in flower. Galanthus elwesii, Cyclamen coum will be around. Iris unguicularis, Serapias bergonii, Asphodelus aestivus, Centaurea aegialophila, Anthemis ammophila  endemics of Antalya will be at lower altitudes. Afternoon on the way to Kaş, there will be a good site to see Fritillaria acmopetala and might be some orchids.

Meals: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner

DAY 5 : April 18, 2023 – Tuesday / Cedar Forest                                                Overnight KAŞ

We move in the morning drive up in the hills towards the inland. A cedar forest around 1200 meters high altitude, will offer us some bulbous plants such as Fritillaria latakiensis, Iris purpureobractea, Orchis simia, Tulipa armena. There will be also Ricotia carnosula, Anthemis rosea, Silene cryptoneura, Doronicum orientale, Corydalis solida, Veronica lycica, and many more early spring flowers of the Mediterranean.  Forest also offers a nice, refreshing easy walk.

Meals: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner

DAY 6: April 19, 2023 – Wednesday / Explore orchids around Kasaba              Overnight ELMALI

After check-out, we move to our hotel in the morning drive northeast to Kasaba polje plain of karst formation. Before arriving Kasaba, have a look at the site of the endemic orchid of Ophrys lycia growing only in this place of the world. We’ll see many fine species of orchids especially in the hills just inland around Kasaba. Pine woods have large populations Limodorum abortivum, Cephalanthera epipactoides and Ancamptis pyramidalis, Bee orchids are tremendously varied and we’ll see Ophrys lyciensis, Ophrys sicula, Ophrys phaseliana, and even the yellow-formed Ophrys apifera. There are also some fine forms of Orchis fragrans. Drive via Sinekçibeli to Elmalı hoping to find the endemic Fritillaria kittaniae in flower.

Meals: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner

DAY 7: April 20, 2023 – Thursday / Mt. Akdağ                                       Overnight ELMALI

Today we drive to Gombe where we’ll be botanizing on the slopes of the second highest mountain Akdağ around Elmalı plain. As we are ascending on the mountain road, there will be Muscari bourgaei, Muscari muscarimi,  Aethionema cordatum, Veronica lycica, Aubrieta canescens and Aurinia rupestris species among the rocks. Meadow offer countless Fritillaria pinardii, Corydalis erdelii and Scillas bifolia  will be around. Higher up, towards the rocks, one can find endemic sky-blue flowered Omphalodes finds herself at a crevice. Picnic lunch, relaxing walk to Green Lake and drive back to the hotel in Elmalı.

            Meals: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner

DAY 8: April 21, 2023 – Friday / Mt. Babadağ                                      Overnight FETHİYE

After check-out, the first visit will be to a site where we’ll see Fritillaria crassifolia, Muscari macrocarpum, and Viola dirimliensis. Afternoon drive will take us to Babadağ, the second highest mountain on the Lycian shore. Fritillaria forbesii, Tulipa armena, Iris unguicularis, Scilla forbesii are some of the flowers we’ll be seeing.  Drive to the town of Fethiye for our last night in Turkey.

Meals: Breakfast – Lunch –Farewell Dinner

DAY 9: April 22, 2023 – Saturday / Departure                        Flight from Dalaman to LONDON

Transfer from Fethiye to Dalaman airport for the flight home.                            Meals: Breakfast

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