Armenia small group holiday

“A small group, nine day tour, during summer months, to visit the mountains, monasteries, canyons and Caucasian culture. Staying in mix of hotels and rural guesthouses. Most meals included. ”

Highlights

Khor Virap, Noravank and Tatev monasteries | Echmiadzin Cathedral | Nagorno Karabagh region | Debed Canyon | Dilijan National Park

Description of Armenia small group holiday

This Armenia small group holiday takes place in summer months, exploring the cultural and natural highlights of this emerging and exquisite destination over nine days. Armenia lies at the heart of the Caucasus Mountains and is home to an extraordinary array of ancient monasteries, such as Geghard Khor Virap and Tatev as well as plenty of magnificent churches. Visiting the UNESCO Etchmiadzin Cathedral, the world’s oldest cathedral, is a highlight for many of our visitors.

Travelling in Armenia is a journey through complex history with many influences over the years from both east and west, being situated on the confluence of the Silk Road. The cultural heritage has an almost constant backdrop of the most stunning natural heritage too, such as the snowy peaks of Mount Arafat, the Lesser Caucasus, Dilijan National Park and the Debed Canyon.

Travelling in a group of maximum twelve people, the trip starts and ends in Yerevan which, despite being one of the oldest inhabited cities in the world is a very cosmopolitan capital city. We stay in a mixture of locally owned hotels and guesthouses and nearly all meals are included in the price of the holiday as well as the accommodation.

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18 Jul 2020
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Armenia small group holiday

Carbon reduction

Your holiday will help support local people and conservation. We must also reduce CO2. Learn about the CO2 emissions of this holiday and how to reduce them.

Environment

By keeping the group size to a maximum of 12, we can also minimise the human impact on the fragile sites and ecosystems we visit.
Throughout most of the trip we will be travelling in minibuses. Travelling as a group in a small bus contributes less pollution than a multitude of vehicles. We will also be exploring areas on foot, by horse or bike, to not only soak up the amazing sights at a slower pace, but to reduce our environmental impact and footprint along our journey.
We attempt to reduce plastic bottle use wherever possible by promoting use of reusable and filtered water bottles. Our partnership with Water-To-Go provides a discount on filtered water bottles to our clients. We do not provide water from plastic bottles to our clients in country but always ensure there is regular access to drinking water on our tours.
We are promoting the natural beauty and ancient heritage of Armenia through visiting Dilijan National Park. Visiting such sites helps sustain the traditions and natural ecosystems of Armenia through tourism.

Community

On Day 6 and 7 we will stay in a guesthouse in Tavush for a unique glimpse into the traditions and customs of local life. The homestay/guesthouse market helps them to provide good, clean and interesting accommodation which in turn allows them to educate their children, improve their standard of living and look after their ill. The wonderful thing about this kind of interactive tourism is that everyone gains – the families financially and us with the wonderful welcome and experience they give us. Wherever possible we stay in locally owned accommodation, eat in locally owned establishments and purchase supplies from the local nomads.
In the Caucasus - and in particular in Georgia - we have developed unique relationships with many of the mountain peoples of the region and through our form of interactive tourism with a social conscience we have helped them by providing an important additional income. On this trip we travel through regions where conditions are harsh and there is limited opportunity for earning an income. By visiting local families, we are able to put much needed funds directly into the local communities. In addition, all foods are produced locally so several members of the village benefit financially, which improves several families’ standard of living. The great thing about this kind of interactive tourism is that everyone gains – the locals financially and us from the fuss they make of us!
On each Group tour we use local ground handlers. This means that all operational costs go directly into the local economy and help improve employment opportunities in remote regions. Such support can also be seen in our incorporation of homestays, locally owned hotels, family run restaurants and the services of local guides and drivers into our itineraries, which ensures that the money you spend with us goes directly into the local economy and local community.

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