Image: Ancient relics in the western Tethyan.
The Tethyan 2008 International Study Tour visited a representative selection of the most significant epithermal and porphyry gold and copper deposits, including the different styles and age/zones across the western Tethyan Belt of south-east Europe in Bulgaria, Serbia, Romania and Greece, during late-September and early-October, 2008.
Participants had the option of taking either the full tour -or- any block of 4 or more days up to the full tour as suited their availability and interest.
Those commencing at the beginning of the Tour assembled in Sofia, Bulgaria, by 6:30 pm on the evening of Sunday 21 September, at the meeting point advised by Porter GeoConsultancy (PGC) approximately two weeks prior to the start of the tour.
The Tour technical program ended in Thessaloniki, Greece on the evening of Thursday 2 October, 2008.
For those who took less than the full tour, start and end points and dates were advised on confirmation of their registration. Alternate start and/or end points included Sofia in Bulgaria, Bor in Serbia and Bucharest in Romania.
Each participant was responsible for all of their own accommodation and travel arrangements and costs to get to the start point, and from the end point of the block of days or full tour nominated by the participant.
PGC arranged all surface travel and booked all scheduled airline flights between the start and end points of the block of days or full tour nominated by the participant.
The cost of all surface travel from when each participant joined the tour to when they left was included in the Tour Fees which also covered all costs associated with the tour, namely development, organisation, escorting the tour, mine visits, seminars/workshops, venues, technical translators/geologists, expert consultants time & expenses, background literature, tour packs, introductory dinners, etc.
Air Fares for scheduled airline flights booked by PGC and flown by each participant between when the participant joined and left the tour were an additional charge.
The Tour Fees and Air Fares were paid to PGC within two weeks of official confirmation of registration on the tour, but not less than one month before the commencement of the Tour. In the event of late registration, fees and fares were received before the commencement of the block of days or full tour nominated by the participant. Air fares were charged at cost, and paid at the same time as the Tour Fees.
All accommodation reservations were made by PGC for each participant between the start and end dates/times of their tour. However, all accommodation costs were to be paid by the participants on checkout during the tour and NOT by PGC. Participants were also responsible for paying for their meals (except the Introductory Dinner) and other personal incidentals while on tour.
As part of the tour, each participant received a comprehensive collection of literature to read prior to commencement or during the tour. These papers covered the regional geology and distribution of mineralisation in the areas being considered, as well as descriptions of the individual deposits to be studied and other selected examples in the regions visited.
Approximately two weeks prior to the commencement of the tour, participants were also provided with a detailed itinerary with accommodation information, including the street address, e-mail address, phone and fax numbers and tariff for each hotel. All they needed to bring are their field gear, personal affects, and credit card/travellers cheques, ATM cards or cash to pay for accommodation and meals.