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Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
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Giudi Weiss Dec 31, 2014 at 02:42 PM

Lois, are you the jinx? Seriously, though, I like the way you think -- and your organizing impulses! -- but I really have my heart set on Turkey this spring...March, April, or May. (My plan was to leave the RS tour before it returns to Istanbul and work my way up the Aegean coast on my own. I still hope to find a way to do that, though some of the other tours I've looked at would make it more difficult.)
Lois Goldstein Dec 31, 2014 at 03:03 PM

Well, if you change your mind, we are up for the fall. We;ll be kayaking in norhtern Florida this spring. Looks like you live in the Chicago area; we are in Traverse City MI
Lois Goldstein Dec 31, 2014 at 03:04 PM

Darn website; you know I meant to type we'll and northern.
Giudi Weiss Dec 31, 2014 at 03:22 PM

Yes, Chicago. (Where in the world did you see that? I didn't think I'd posted a profile...) Do you know my friend Ted Lacey? He and his wife, Beth, have a summer place in or near Traverse City, and from the photos I've seen, I don't know how anyone could leave that area in the fall. Especially for the land of marshmallow-eating gators and man-eating mosquitoes.

Lois Goldstein Dec 31, 2014 at 02:32 PM

Bonnie - how about if you come too?

Lois Goldstein Dec 31, 2014 at 02:31 PM

You too, David! That would make 5 of us.

Lois Goldstein Dec 31, 2014 at 02:30 PM

Chris and Giudi - My husband and I really wanted to do this trip this past November, but as you can see below, our trip to Croatia was cancelled and then so was the Turkey one. I'm not sure if the fact that we dropped off was the cause of the cancellation. How about if all 4 of us sign up for the Nov. 2015 trip and then maybe it will go? Interested?

Chris Pendley Dec 31, 2014 at 01:17 PM

Hi, Yesterday I was looking at this trip in conjunction with two others, but today the March Hiking in Turkey trip is gone. RS is closed for the holiday. Any thoughts out there whether this was cancelled for lack of participation or whether something else is going on?
Giudi Weiss Dec 31, 2014 at 01:43 PM

It's cancelled. (Only 2 people had signed up.) I spoke to customer service yesterday, when my payment was due, and they said they will make it official within a few days -- I gues when staff returns after the holiday -- but it's not going to happen. I'm looking at other trips that involve hiking (and in some cases bicycling, kayaking, and even horseback riding). So far the most interesting to me are with World Expeditions, Intrepid Travel, and BikeHike Adventures. I need to do some research on the companies, though. RS does have other Turkey trips, but not what I'm looking for.

David James Nov 18, 2014 at 05:43 PM

Hello: I am on this hiking trip from 3/17 to 3/27. Guidi, is this when you are on the trip? Anyone else out there. I am interested in getting to know my traveling companions. David J
Giudi Weiss Nov 19, 2014 at 08:38 AM

Yes, that's the one I'm signed up for -- and really looking forward to. (Though I think it officially ends March 29.) I hope we're not the only ones!

Giudi Weiss Nov 09, 2014 at 06:58 PM

I just put down a deposit on this trip (for March 2015) and am wondering if anyone else has enrolled. Bonnie, it looks like you are, yes? Is there anyone else out there?

Bonnie Sashin Aug 09, 2014 at 09:08 PM

Lois, I'm sorry to hear that your plans have been disrupted. Did the trip get cancelled because of insufficient enrollment, the political situation in Turkey, or other reasons?
Lois Goldstein Aug 09, 2014 at 09:16 PM

We were signed up for this trip as well as a Croatia trip that was supposed to be done a few days before the Turkey trip. That one got cancelled last week due to insufficient enrollment, so we cancelled off of Turkey too while we considered our options. NOt sure if that put the Turkey one too low in numbers, but a few days later I noticed that Turkey was off the website too. We are going to Southeast Asia instead this fall, but would really like to re-enroll next fall.
Lois Goldstein Aug 09, 2014 at 09:20 PM

BTW, I called the RS office to inquire aobut wha'ts the minimum number to have a trip go, and they didn't have a definitive answer: "It depends on the trip operator". The Croatia trip was a cruise with 10 rooms, and only about 6 people has signed up. RS was very apologetic, said it had never happened before, and we got all our money back, including insurance. But it was still a pain.
Lois Goldstein Aug 09, 2014 at 09:21 PM

I wish this site was like Facebook so I could go back and correct my typos.

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