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This is a small group guided holiday. The group is usually between 4 and 16 in size, with an average of 12 like-minded clients booking individually, in a couple or as friends together.
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I arrived to Airport with my family, the rental agent of this company https://travelcar.am/rent-a-car-in-yerevan met us and guided to the car, so we started the trip.
Tatev Monastery. Breathtaking view.
Visit Tatev, it's AMAZING.
A great trip for everyone--good scenery and the locals were very helpful.
The trip to Khor Virap area, south of Yerevan and monastery with a clear view of Mt Ararat.
Gergeti,has good scenery and the Holy Trinity Church, at the top was superb.There is also a ski resort,Gudauri, looked good--may come to ski here in the future.
Daniel,our leader,was most knowledgeable of his country,Armenia and answered most of my questions well.
Do this trip and you will not regret doing it( I went in September and the weather was just fine,Summer will be very warm.)
Met some new people in the group and we got along well.
An excellent 2 week trip taking in two very different countries both of which have a long history and are extremely proud of their magnificent cultural heritage. Both Armenia and Georgia also boast wonderful scenery and it is very interesting to witness how they have developed in the post Communist era.
There was the moment when we heard a choir singing the most transcendent Armenian sacred music in a chapel carved out of rock at the Geghard Monastery. That was my moment for Armenia. In Georgia the moment would have to be the walk up from Stepantsminda to Holy Trinity church and the view over the High Caucasus mountains.
Armenia: Rafik Santrosyan - a brilliant young man who really enriched our experience throughout the trip. He gave us fascinating and often hilarious insights into all aspects of Armenian history, politics, language and culture and kept us all entertained and fully briefed and informed all the time we were with him.
Georgia: Anna Koriphadze - a very different personality but wonderfully thorough, conscientious and reliable. She was highly organised and took great pains to help us with all kinds of things throughout the time we were with her in Georgia. She kept us very well informed throughout the trip and was excellent in ensuring that we were safe at all times. I would very highly commend both these guides.
Take some good walking shoes or trainers. Do spend as much time as possible on your free evenings exploring Yerevan and Tbilisi by foot. There is a huge amount to see in both cities.
Georgia and Armenia are at the meeting point of so many cultural influences - from Russia, from Iran, from Greece, from Turkey. They have a long and glorious Christian tradition as well. Truly fascinating and different from anywhere else I have ever visited.
Georgian local specialities include Khachapuri (cheese pies) and Khinkali (meat dumplings) in Georgia and Lobio (bean stew with herbs and spices). There are many sauces made from walnuts to accompany cheese or meat dishes. Churchekhela – walnuts in solid grape juice is a typical local sweet.
Armenian specialities feature a variety of local cheeses, flat Lavash bread, sweet Lavash made from fruits, Khoravats (barbecues), Dolma (stuffed vine leaves), Kartofel (raisin and apricot pilaf rice dish) and Kyufta (veal meatballs cooked with cognac).
Local beer, wine, vodka and cognac are readily available in both countries as is fruit vodka, which is locally distilled and tastes more like Grappa. Still and sparkling water are easy to find, as are other soft drinks.
There is a huge variety of food in both countries.
Vegetarians can easily be catered for, as there is lots of fruit and vegetables, cheese and other dairy products and various local breads and dumplings. Vegans or those with wheat or dairy intolerance will find there is far less variety but can be accommodated. Walnuts are ubiquitous in salads and sauces, so those with nut allergies should be aware.
Danuta Janik - Georgia Operations
Things used to be quite complicated, getting into Georgia but these days viasa are NOT required for British passport holders, as well as EU, Canadian and US nationals. Passport holders from other countries should check with their nearest embassy.
Danuta Janik - Georgia Operations
It is best to take your money in US dollars cash or, or Euros. Sterling may be changed along the way, but is not the most widely accepted currency. ATMs are available at certain points along the way, but cannot be guaranteed to work with Western cards. Therefore, cash is best to take with you and change locally.
Rebecca Caldicott - Customer Operations
Visas for Armenia can be obtained upon arrival at Yerevan airport for 3000 AMD for UK, USA, Canadian and Australian citizens (approx 8 US$ depending on current exchange rate). Other passport holders should check with their nearest embassy.
Danuta Janik - Georgia Operations
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Azerbaijan Extension - Extend your stay in the Caucus region with a three night saty in the Land of Fire - Azerbaijan, one of the least visited countries in the world.
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