2 independent reviews for Georgia & Armenia cultural holiday

Reviews for Georgia & Armenia cultural holiday

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review 25 Jun 2017

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

The friendliness of the local people, in all three countries, Azerbaijan, Armenia and Georgia. I was happy to see many efforts at preserving local buildings, e.g. churches and monasteries, especially after the Russian occupation which closed (even destroyed), places of worship. The guides for both the Armenian and especially the Georgian sections were very knowledgeable and helpful. All three drivers did a great job, on sometimes, precarious roads, steering clear of wandering cows and some risk taking drivers (mainly overtaking in the opposite direction), going up and down mountainous narrow roads.

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

Be prepared to have your eyes opened as to the depth of Christianity practised in both countries, both in the past and still today. Bring healthy appetites, for the food is very good and tasty and so plentiful. If you can extend your trip by a couple of days (before and/or after the guided sections), you can experience more of the local capitals.

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

The one thing that stood out for me, was the abandonned sites (mostly factories) left by the Russians. If only they could be demolished, some of the materials used to rebuild, e.g. just crushing some concrete and reuse for sealing more roads. We did not see many homeless people, but convert other disused buildings into housing and so on. We did see a couple of settlements for refugees from Russian occupied areas, in Georgia. Hopefully, more tourists will bring in more money into the local economies.

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

I would definitely recommend this trip (with extension to Azerbaijan), to people who want to see more than the well trodden tourist routes in Western Europe.

Read the operator's response here:

Thank you. We are delighted that you enjoyed your holiday.

review 16 Oct 2017

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

Travelling into the mountains of Georgia.

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

Ask the company about the walking, the timing of the itinerary and the time allowed in Yerevan. We found the walks were disappointing or did not happen. Sticks were helpful and proper walking shoes. Accommodating non walkers and walkers meant some compromises which some of the group found disappointing. Overall we felt in order to attract enough people, the walking that was included was not necessarily as described.

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

To some extent local people were involved but the amount of driving did nothing to reduce environmental impact.

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

We enjoyed our group and the guides were good. We felt the itinerary was unrealistic and not enough time was available to enjoy Yerevan and some of the other places we stayed in.
Tour op can respond to Q2 to Q4 - 18/10/2017 (2 weeks on 31st)

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