PONTOS/BLACKSEA DANCE TOUR
Joe Graziosi, Kyriakos Moisidis & Ahmet Lüleci
SEPTEMBER 1 - 10 ‘2019
CAPPADOCIA - YOZGAT - GUMUSHANE - TRABZON
This tour is designed for recreational folk dancers and their non dancer partners.
You will learn the traditional folk dancing from local teachers as well as from Ahmet, Joe and Kyriakos daily.
You will experience the culture first hand and enjoy the famous hospitality of the Turks and the Greeks.
September 1-3, 2019 – CAPPADOCIA
The tour of Anatolia - Blacksea/Pontos will start in Cappadocia on September 1st.
September 1st is the arrival day. After transfer to the hotel from the airport, we will start the tour with
the orientation of the tour. Dinner in lovely Cappadocia and start dancing right away with our tour leaders.
Cappadocia the land of whimsical fairy chimneys and peculiar rock formations.
Coming to Cappadocia is almost like visiting another planet. The landforms are so unique that it’s
hard to believe they really exist until you see them with your own eyes.
Second and third days will be quite busy visiting the Cappadocia's most famous sites like, (subject to change);
Uchisar: The rock castle at Uchisar is the highest point in Cappadocia, giving visitors the best views over the area.
Climbing up through the castle gives you your first chance of many to explore the many caves in the area.
Goreme Open Air Museum: This is a series of Catholic churches carved into the side of a mountain dating
from 1000 years ago. Paintings in the churches were preserved very well.
Love Valley Hike: The Love Valley hike is a 1.5 mile hike, mostly flat with some gentle climbs.
This hike takes us through one of the local valleys with the reward of seeing large cone shaped spires at the end of the hike.
Cavusin: This is another popular town in Cappadocia with more caves to explore and an ancient village
built into the hillside. It also gives visitors more awesome views over Cappadocia.
Hot Air Balloon Ride (optional/with extra charge): Seeing the unique scenery of Cappadocia from the vantage point
of a hot air balloon is an unforgettable experience. During the flight you will ascend
300 meters into the air and then down into Love Valley.
Lunch at the Old Greek House: The Old Greek House is Located in Mustafa pasa,in old Greek town that
the population have been moved to Greece during the population exchange between Greece and Turkey.
Underground City of Derinkuyu: Derinkuyu is the largest of the underground cities in the area.
Believed to have been built in the 7th and 8th centuries B.C., this city could accommodate 20,000 people
on its 16 levels. Derinkuyu was inhabited until the early 20th century but is now on display as a museum.
Make sure you bring a flashlight and a jacket; it is considerably colder in the underground tunnels.
Selime Cathedral: Selime Cathedral is the largest church in Cappadocia.
It is a collection of rooms carved into the side of a mountain.
September 4, 2019 – YOZGAT
Prior to the population exchange between Turkey and Greece, Anatolia was home to a large Greek Orthodox community
called the Karamanlides, who spoke Turkish but used the Greek alphabet to write it. Today, there are very few Karamanlides
left in Anatolia. Starting from 1071, Turks began to settle in Anatolia and dominated the region in a very short time, except for
the coasts of the Marmara Sea. The indigenous population of Anatolia spoke and wrote in Greek and were Greek Orthodox.
They lived in Anatolian cities like Karaman, Konya, Mersin, Silifke, Niğde, Nevşehir, Kayseri, Yozgat and Ankara but later
some of them who were interested in trade settled in cities such as Trabzon, İzmir and Istanbul.
We will visit the villages and towns like Akdag Madeni to discover and share the culture.
September 5-6, 2019 – GÜMÜSHANE
Gümüshane has been one of the most important cities in the Eastern Black Sea region
due to its foundation on the main route from Trabzon to Iran.
During the Roman and Byzantine periods the city was known as Argyropolis; in Greek Argyros means
Silver and Polis means city. Later on it was ruled by Emevis, Abbasids, Seljuks, and Ottomans.
In the 17th century Evliya Celebi reports that Gumushane was rich of silver mines.
The old Gümüshane city still retains examples of old-style architecture, we will visit Sariçiçek village to admire
19th century typical Ottoman houses. The oldest mosque in the city is Suleymaniye which was built by the order
of the Sultan in the 16th century. There are also many fountains, tombs and mausoleums from Ottoman period.
Being founded on the ancient Silk Road, Gumushane province has many fortresses such as Canca,
Akcakale, Edire, Kov, Kodil and Gumustug. Imera Monastery built in the 14th century is 38 kilometers
from the city center, at Olucak village. Other ancient Christian churches are; Metropolitic, Balcilar, Hegios Georgios,
Ayana, Mandiri, Emirler, Cakalli and Dilek.
We will visit as much village as possible to dance and socialize with the locals.
September 7-10, 2018 – TRABZON
Trabzon is the heart and soul of the Pontian/blacksea dancing as well as a major historical and cultural center.
We will take as much opportunity as possible to visit and dance with locals and visit the important sites like;
Palace of Ataturk: The most visited architecture place of interest is Palace of Ataturk, which was founded
in the early 20th century. Today the palace has been transformed into a museum, which exhibits collections
of furniture, paintings and other interior items. The palace is located in the heart of a picturesque pine tree grove.
This is one of the most beautiful places of the city.
Ayasofya: Miniature Byzantine St. Anne's church is also an important historical monument for the city.
It was built in the 9th century. Built in the era of the Byzantium Empire, it miraculously preserved not only
original external features, but a number of elements of internal decor. At a certain period, the church had
been converted into a mosque, however, it did not lose its historical charm.
Historical Museum: The museum occupies a beautiful two-storey mansion. The variety of its exhibits
is incredibly large. You can see ancient weapons of different eras, works of art, vases, and antique furniture and
utensils. There's a spacious basement room in the old mansion. Some of the unique exhibits are kept there nowadays.
Sümela Monastery: Sümela Monastery is one of the oldest temples in the world. Unique in all respects,
this monastery was carved in the slope of the Black Mountain at an altitude of 1200 meters above sea level.
According to the legend, monks from Athens called Barnabas and Sophronius were founders of this Christian
monastery. They have found an icon of the Virgin Mary in one of the local caves and in 386AD the monastery
was founded on that site. The hard-to-get monastery is fascinating; it seems that it was literally built in the rock.
September 10, 2019 – Departure day
After Breakfast at he hotel, we will go to the airport for our fly back to Istanbul, and your final destination.
Detailed itinerary for each place we will visit will be shared with everyone as the tour starts.
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The cost of the tour is $2,300
Land only, excluding International airfare.
Single supplement is also available
for travelers who want private accommodations for an additional $425.
All breakfasts. lunch and dinners, hotel accommodations,
ground transportation, All entrance fees to museums, ancient sites, sightseeing excursions as set forth
in the itinerary. Hotel accommodation are based on two persons sharing a double bedded room with
private bath/shower. If you are traveling alone, we will arrange for you to share the room with
someone of the same sex (you save the single supplement).
International Air travel, passport and visa fees, travel insurance, inoculations and vaccinations, any expenses
prior to arrival in Turkey, liquor, room service, valet, laundry, telephone calls, tips to bus drivers/guides
and escorts which are not included and left to tour member's discretion.
A deposit of $ 300.00 per person is required at the time of registration.
Balance is due within 30 days prior to departure of tour.
You may pay via check or cash.
(If you prefer a bank transfer, we will provide you the bank account info)
To pay by check, please complete your registration online and send your check, payable to Ahmet Luleci, to:
Danstur / Ahmet Luleci
16 Braeland Ave.
Newton Centre, MA 02459
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Notice of cancellation must be confirmed in writing to us.
Cancellation charges are as follows:
Prior to 60 days.................$100
Between 59-30 days..........$ 200
Between 29-15 days..........50% Of total cost
Less than 15-7 days...........75% Of total cost
Less then 7 days..............100% Of the total cost
No refund will be allowed on unused tour services. In the unlikely event that it becomes
necessary to change or cancel any part or all of the tour, we reserves the right to do so.
If we cancel the tour a full refund will be issued.
Land transportation is provided in accordance with the itinerary by bus (with air conditioning)
or minibus, depending upon the size of the group.
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