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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01 Jun 2019
£ 1495
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03 Aug 2019
£ 1495
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Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Armenia small group holiday

Environment

By nature, our trips have a significantly lower impact on the general environment; we use local guides and staff, and buy food locally, thereby directly benefiting the local economy. In this way, our adventures are designed with the local people, culture, and eco-system in mind. We believe that are trips not only deliver a unique journey, but also benefit those people whose lands we are privileged enough to visit. Most people who travel to Armenia focus on the the architecture and heritage, whereas we make sure that our clients can also take the time to appreciate the beautiful Armenian countryside and experience a more rural way of life.

We were among the first UK-based travel companies to automatically offset every client’s international flight (if booked with us) with a payment to Carbon Clear to help promote sustainable energy. Carbon Clear is an organisation devoted to ‘offsetting’ or ‘neutralising’ harmful greenhouse gas emissions, such as those caused by your flight. This is done by funding projects across the world that will reduce greenhouse gases on your behalf through sustainable energy or rainforest restoration.

Community

Fully integrating with the local community in such as way as staying in local homestays allows us to gain a real insight into their lives. In another way, part of the trip provides the opportunity to buy local handicrafts, which not only helps to keep unique skills alive, it also is another way to support their livelihood and thus the local economy in addition to the homestays. In this way, you can ensure that money goes directly into the hands of the local community. Not only does this allow local people and visitors to interact and learn about each other’s culture, it also allows visitors to make a meaningful connection with local people, and ensures that the revenue generated by tourism goes directly to local communities.

In order to facilitate an enduring support structure for the communities we visit, and to show a commitment to these values, we set up a charitable foundation through which we can channel funds to both existing NGOs and our own development projects. In addition to organising ethically sensitive tours, having our own charitable foundation allows us to raise money – through the cost of our tours, charity trips and fund raising events – which can then be used to fund various projects in education, sanitation, reforestations and a number of other important issues facing developing communities. Wherever possible we are happy for our clients to visit these projects to see for themselves where and how this money is being spent. This is a very exciting development for us and something we hope in time will become a major part of our organisation.

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