Georgia and Armenia tour

“An enthralling journey through the Caucasus region, visiting sacred sites as well as many historic and cultural highlights of Armenia and Georgia.”

Highlights

Yerevan | Echmiadzin Cathedral | Garni Temple | Geghard Monastery | Amberd Fortress | Lake Sevan | Khor Virap Monastery | Haghpat Monastery | Tbilisi | Jvari Monastery in Mtskheta | Uplistsikhe cave town | Kutaisi | Gelati Monastery | Vardzia | Walking in the Kazbegi Mountains | Stalin Museum in Gori | Gudauri | Kakheti wine region |

Description of Georgia and Armenia tour

Once part of the ancient Silk Road, the Caucasus region straddles two continents and links East and West. Is it any surprise then that these countries provoke such fascination among travellers?

Travel from Yerevan to Tbilisi as part of a small group, via must-see landmarks including Echmiadzin Cathedral, Haghpat Monastery, Lake Sevan and the Jvari Monastery in Mtskheta. You will walk through magnificent mountain scenery, sample regional favourites such as local wines from Kakheti and lavash bread, and explore a remote cave town, literally carved out of the cliffs in the 12th century.

Begin by enjoying the charms of cosmopolitan Yerevan, which is among Europe’s oldest capitals yet has a wonderfully youthful outlook. It makes an excellent base from which to visit the Echmiadzin Cathedral, the oldest in the world.

From Yerevan you’ll travel east to Lake Sevan, an immensely popular holiday resort among Armenians, via the ancient Hellenistic temple of Garni, and the UNESCO-listed Geghard Monastery. A wonderful spot for a dip, and a seafood dinner. From the lake you will travel on to Haghpat Monastery, also UNESCO-listed for its outstanding ecclesiastical architecture, before crossing the border into Georgia.

Now you can take a relaxing sulphur bath in Tbilisi, or wander the streets of the charming Old Town where so many religions mingle contentedly. You won’t be staying long however, because from the capital it’s on for some light trekking in the beautiful Kazbegi mountains, a short stop in the former capital, Kutaisi, and then another highlight, as you reach the Khaketi wine region where opportunities abound for sampling the local vintage.

This outline merely scratches the surface of a fast-paced itinerary that covers more in the space of two weeks than most would in a month. Expect long but rewarding days that ensure you get to see the very best of Armenia and Georgia, on an authentic and captivating tour.

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Small group holidays
Small group travel is not large group travel scaled down. It is modelled on independent travel – but with the advantage of a group leader to take care of the itinerary, accommodation and tickets, and dealing with the language. It’s easy to tick off the big sights independently – but finding those one-off experiences, local festivals, travelling markets and secret viewpoints is almost impossible for someone without the insider knowledge gained from years in the field. If you’re heading off on a gap year your, perhaps – but for those with a two-week holiday, a small group tour will save valuable planning time.

The leaders are not guides – they’re not there to shepherd you around. Instead, they’ll let you know which local restaurant serves great value food – without running the risk of travellers’ tummy. They’ll allow you to avoid hour-long queues at train stations and attractions.

We like to think of small group travel as the Goldilocks option. It is independent travel without the fuss, worry and bunk beds – and organised travel without the coaches. And it’s cheaper than a tailor made tour. It’s sits somewhere in the middle – and we think it’s just about right.
What are the main benefits?
Big experiences
Have big, life-enriching experiences that would be impossible to organise without lots of time and insider knowledge.

Simplicity
Make the most of your holiday time by letting someone else do the hard work and boring logistics!

Peace of mind
Small group tours take care of the security aspects – and provide a safety net should anything unexpected happen.
Who is it ideal for?
Travellers who are short of time
If you don’t have three months to spend exploring, small groups trips let you cover more ground in less time. Your days are not spent queuing for tickets or finding hotels – so you can squeeze more into your holiday.

Solo travellers who’d like company
Likeminded travel companions plus peace of mind for those travelling alone. Single supplements are usually available – providing privacy if you want it.

Less confident travellers
Stray from the tourist trail without worrying about getting lost, and meet local people without dealing with the language barrier.
Mythbuster
“I won’t get any privacy!”
Couples and friends have private rooms, and you can choose to eat alone or not. Single supplements give solo travellers their own room.

“There won’t be any free time”
Free mornings or afternoons let you explore on your own, or just relax.

“The accommodation will be basic”
Trips are as high or low end as you like. Though off the beaten track destinations won’t have luxury hotels, this is all part of the adventure.

“I won’t like the other travellers!”
Tour operators try to create groups with a similar demographic – age, families, activity levels... Chances are, you’ll even make new friends.

“Will we be following an umbrella?”
No.
Meet a local guide
No matter how experienced your group leader, they can never make up for the knowledge gained from a lifetime in the destination. That’s why many of our trips work with local guides around the world – who invite you into their homeland with pleasure.

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Georgia and Armenia tour

Environment

We travel in small groups which helps us to minimize our impact on the environment. Despite the distances involved in getting around Georgia and Armenia we only travel by bus. As our groups are small we are not using the larger, less efficient coaches to transport our customers.

On several days during the trip we will walk to many of the attractions that we are visiting. This reduces our reliance upon motorised transport and gives customers the opportunity to experience the true environment. In particular we undertake walking tours of the towns that we visit, such as Tiblisi, rather than touring the city by bus.

Re-usable water bottles are always part of our recommended essential items to bring on tour so that we reduce the use of plastic water bottles and therefore plastic wastage.

In addition to the above, we are continually looking for ways to improve and are proud to be ‘Responsible in everything we do’. Education is key and so all staff, Tour leaders and partnering suppliers are trained in responsible and sustainable tourism. At our UK Head Office, we continually strive towards a sustainable and planet-friendly working environment, including having solar panels installed and a company commitment to reducing our plastic usage. As well as this, we have valuable and longstanding partnerships with UK charities Toilet Twinning and Send a Cow, plus many smaller initiatives and projects around the world. We’re members of UK travel industry bodies Tourism Concern and AITO because we believe it’s important to share our knowledge and experience, as well as learn from other operators. We acknowledge that air travel has a negative impact on our environment, so we work together with Cool Earth to offset carbon and protect our important rainforests.


Community

Georgia and Armenia are a cultural treasure trove, not only for their historic sites but for their traditions and heritage. We always want to show you as much of the real country as we can so we employ a local tour leader and variety of local guides who can really bring the culture to life for you in an authentic way.

Staying in small and relatively out of the way places and using local guesthouses really brings us closer to the local culture and gives us many opportunities for unique experiences.

Using local guides and crew is consistent with our policy to generate local employment and deliver direct economic benefits to the areas we are travelling in.

We also do this by using locally owned hotels, spreading our business to a variety of local restaurants. In this area which was relatively isolated until recently, the income we generate is really significant to these small businesses. It is important that the people who work for us are treated fairly and confident in their work. This is why we take care to train all our local tour leaders and give them all the support they need to do their job well.

In Georgia we are also working with the German government organisation ‘GIZ’ to help our partners train locals further down the supply train – from guides and drivers to hoteliers and restaurant owners. This helps to professionalise the industry in Georgia at a local level and benefits all businesses that we interact with.

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Reviewed on 03 Jul 2018 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Walking through the village and then the woods before rising over the hill to see Gegrit Trinity Church, set against the magnificent Caucases mountains,
which still retained valleys of snow, in the bright clear air.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Go with an open mind. Welcome the pride in the culture, towns, churches and heritage. These are amazing countries with a fascinating history at the
crossroads of Europe and Asia.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


The holiday put money into the local economy. The people were keen to retain and repair their inheritance.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


It was great. These small group holidays are made by and very dependent on the quality of the guides and the sharing of the travellers. We learnt so much.

Reviewed on 05 Nov 2018 by

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