Greetings! Once again NAASR is pleased to announce our 2013 Trip to Historic Armenia. This trip will take place June 16-July 2, 2013. We are honored to share with you that once again the academic leader accompanying us will be Prof. Emeritus of UCLA, Richard Hovannisian, along with our esteemed tour guide, Armen Aroyan.
The tour is limited to 20 participants on a first-come, first-served basis. In order to secure a place on the trip we request that you kindly send a deposit check of $500 per person no later than Friday, March 1, 2013. We offer participation in this trip only to dues-paid members of NAASR. The cost of the tour in Turkey is $3,500 per person, double occupancy, which includes the in-country air flights, ground transportation, hotels, breakfast & dinner, plus driver gratuities, AND a $500 tax-deductible donation to NAASR. A single room supplement is also available for $500.
The itinerary for the trip is listed below. Please note that you are welcome to extend your tour at either end of the trip. As an option, you can choose to extend your time in Istanbul either before June 17th or at the end of the trip (July 2nd), at an additional cost of $180 per night double occupancy (or $165 per night single occupancy). Also, tours of the Armenian sites in Istanbul can be arranged based on the interest of participants, at an additional cost. Each participant is responsible for making his or her own round-trip flight arrangements to and from Istanbul, securing your visa at the Istanbul airport, travel insurance (recommended), and any other miscellaneous fees. The payment schedule is as follows: Deadline – FRIDAY, MARCH 1, 2013 $500 per person deposit required to secure a reservation BALANCE DUE – FRIDAY, MAY 3, 2013 $3,000* OR $3,500* if taking the single room supplement. *Additional costs for optional extensions in Istanbul will also be due at this time.
Checks should be made payable to NAASR, Inc. and mailed to NAASR, 395 Concord Ave., Belmont, MA 02478. Please also contact the NAASR office by telephone (617) 489-1610, or by email email@example.com to make your reservation. Remember – we are unable to hold any space unless we have received payment check from you. If the trip is over-subscribed, you will be notified and your name will be placed on a wait list, based on receipt of your sign-up form and deposit check.
If you have any questions regarding the trip, please contact the NAASR office by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by telephone at (617)489-1610.
• NAASR Trip to Historic Western Armenia – 2013
TOUR DATES: JUNE 16 – JULY 2, 2013
NAASR reserves the right to make modifications to this itinerary based on circumstances.
Sunday, June 16, 2013 Trans-Atlantic Flight Departure from the US to Istanbul
DAY 1: Mon., June 17, 2013 Arrival in Istanbul (1 night) Hotel in Taksim Square area
DAY 2: Tues., June 18, 2013 Departure for Nevs(h)ehir/Kayseri -Urgup, Conical churches
DAY 3: Wed., June 19, 2013 Urgup-Kayseri-Efkere-Talas-Urgup
DAY 4: Thurs., June 20, 2013 Urgup-Malatia-Kharpert
DAY 5: Fri., June 21, 2013 Kharpert and surroundings
DAY 6: Sat., June 22, 2013 Kharpert-Palu-Surp Garabed Monastery-Mush
DAY 7: Sun., June 23, 2013 Mush-Bitlis-Aghtamar-Van
DAY 8: Mon., June 24, 2013 Van, Urartuan fortress and other sites
DAY 9: Tues., June 25, 2013 Van-Bergri Falls-Igdir-Kars
DAY 10: Wed., June 26, 2013 Kars-Ani-Kars
DAY 11: Thurs., June 27, 2013 Kars-Ardahan-Artvin (Armenian Catholic churches)-Hamshen Country-Rize
DAY 12: Fri., June 28, 2013 Rize-Trebizond (Trapzon)-Rize (Pontic Armenian and Greek monasteries)
DAY 13: Sat., June 29, 2013 Rize-Ispir-Erzerum
DAY 14: Sun., June 30, 2013 Erzerum-Ishkhan Triple Monasteries-Erzerum
DAY 15: Mon., July 1, 2013 Flight Erzerum-Istanbul, arriving mid-day in Istanbul)
DAY 16: Tues., July 2, 2013 Return flight home. (or optional extension in Istanbul)
Tour Package Includes: Domestic flights, hotels, ground transportation, bottled water on the mini buses. Does NOT Include: Visa fees, Round-trip airfare to Istanbul, lunches, alcoholic beverages.
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