2 independent reviews for Armenia holiday, private departure

Reviews for Armenia holiday, private departure

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review 17 Oct 2019

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

It was a fantastic trip and exceeded my expectations. Armenia is a really interesting country, with a lengthy and turbulent history, diverse geography and vibrant culture. The operator were a friendly and responsive company who really did offer 24 hour support, without which we would have struggled. Their advice was sound in terms of activities that we'd enjoy. Our guide, Vartin, was essential, as I think it would be difficult to see Armenia, and travel without wheels and a native language speaker. However, the best part of the trip was the people we met, and how they were genuinely welcoming and helpful. The operator were flexible and adaptable, so we could amend our tour and make it what we wanted.

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

Have reasonable expectations and look forward with an open mind. Like many ex-soviet countries, swathes of nature and outstanding beauty have been left devastated by industrial development and subsequent economic decline. Armenia is dealing with this, and need tourism to support economic development. There is much to enjoy. The weather in October was fantastic for touring, and seeing the wooded mountains and gorges in autumn sunshine was unforgettable. The food is authentically Armenian and mainly locally produced. Yerevan is a vibrant capital, with much to do and see eg museums and galleries, but it's just interesting and enjoyable to be and see.

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

I hope so. We used local hotels, local restaurants, shops, markets, transport and taxis . Hopefully we also contributed to tourism by visiting the rich range of cultural locations, monasteries, churches. museums old towns, archaeological sites and bought where we could.

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

Fantastic, thanks to the operator and the staff at the Hotel Abricot in Yerevan

Read the operator's response here:

Dear Lesley, Thank you for your feedback. It was our pleasure to organize your trip. Hope you will visit our country again.

review 11 Oct 2019

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

The walks, particularly out of Hermon

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

Make sure you have some nights outside of Yerevan

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

Not particularly

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

Really enjoyable - good mix of culture & activities

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