Highlights of Georgia & Armenia

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Trip code: 
AXC
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Guided Group
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Culture & Discovery Holidays
Min age:
16
Group size:
6–16

A fascinating cultural journey through the heart of the Caucasus

The monasteries, churches and cathedrals of Georgia and Armenia are amongst the oldest in the world. Many are built in stunning locations, surrounded by gardens and forests, perched on top of dramatic gorges or silhouetted before snowcapped mountains. The range of scenery is immense, from Mount Ararat towering majestically over the skyline of Yerevan, to the lush valleys of ancient vineyards across the lowlands of Georgia. Here wine has been produced for almost 10,000 years and there is the opportunity to visit one of its most famous wine cellars.

Highlights

  • Visit UNESCO churches and fortresses in Georgia
  • See Mount Ararat towering over Yerevan
  • Visit spectacular monasteries in Armenia including Khor Virap
  • Walk amongst the pre-Christian cave houses in Uplistsikhe
  • Cafe culture in Tbilisi
  • Optional Azerbaijan extension

Key information

  • 11 nights hotels and 2 nights guesthouses (shared facilities in guest house)
  • Group normally 6 to 16, plus leader. Min age 16 yrs
  • Travel by private minibus

 

 

What's included

  • All breakfasts, 7 lunches, 3 dinners
  • All accommodation
  • Transfer for group flights

What's not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Visas or vaccinations
  • Single supplement
  • Azerbaijan extension
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Trip Notes

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Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Fly to Yerevan

    Fly to Yerevan.
    Standard Hotel

  • Day 2

    Full day exploring Yerevan and the surrounding area.

    A short drive through the city takes us to the churches of Hripsime and Gayane followed by Echmiadzin. This was the capital of Armenia from 180 to 340 AD (when Christianity was first adopted by the Armenian people). The main cathedral sits amongst hedges and lawns, where bearded clergy in dark robes sit in theological debate. In the gardens there are many fine khachkars (carved cross stones) and bell towers. After lunch visit the impressive 7th century ruins of Zvartnots Cathedral.Then onto Genocide Memorial and museum, dedicated to the massacre of 1.5 million victims in 1915, the visit will help us understand how the huge Armenian diaspora community has developed across the world.
    Standard Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch
  • Day 3

    Morning visit to Geghard Monastery and pagan temple at Garni; afternoon free.

    In the morning we drive for an hour to Geghard Monastery (a UNESCO site) where on the hillside you can still see caves that housed monastic cells. A short drive takes us the village of Garni where we explore the only pagan temple left in Armenia, outside we're likely to meet friendly locals selling homemade honey and sweets. After lunch we return to the city, with free time to sample the thriving café culture of Yerevan.
    Standard Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch
  • Day 4

    Khor Virap Monastery; wine tasting at Areni village; visit Noravank monastery; to Goris.

    Today is a long, but fascinating day. First we visit the Matenadaran, Armenia’s ancient manuscripts library, an imposing building at the top of Yerevan’s grandest avenue. Leaving the capital we drive to the monastery of Khor Virap, one of the holiest sites in in the country, with stunning views of Mount Ararat. Our second stop is in Areni village where the finest Armenian wine is produced. Here we visit a vineyard and have a tasting. The next stop is Noravank, where, after lunch we visit the monastery (a masterpiece of the 13th century architect Momik) dramatically located in the canyon.

    Afterwards we journey for approx. 3hrs to the small town of Goris where we stay the night.
    Standard Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch
  • Day 5

    Visit to Tatev Monastery. Silk Road and Lake Sevan via Selim Caravanserai and Noraduz

    Another long day starts by taking one of the world’s longest cable cars to visit the Tatev Monastery, perched on the edge of the Vorotan Canyon.

    On our return it's a two hour drive on part of the ancient Silk Road, where we stop for a lunch break then drive on for another hour up to the well-preserved, 14th century Selim caravanserai. From here we continue to the top of the pass where the landscape changes, before descending to the blue waters of Lake Sevan. Making a stop at Noraduz to see the 'forest' of khachkars (cross stones which incorporate both Pagan and Christian symbols) before continuing to our hotel on the shores of the lake, the largest in the Caucasus and Armenia's 'seaside'. The lake is volcanic and lies at an altitude of 1950m reflecting the sky like a mirror and changing colour several times throughout the day.
    Standard Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch
  • Day 6

    To Sevanavank and Haghartsin Monasteries; to Haghpat.

    After breakfast we visit Sevanavank, a famous monastery with commanding views of Lake Sevan.

    Our group then heads north, to Lori - the lush alpine region of northern Armenia. After a short stop in Dilijan, a small town known for its arts and crafts, we visit the 12th century Haghartsin Monastery, nestled in a forested valley. This beautiful site, whose name means ‘Dance of the Eagles’, was built by two brothers, princes of the Bagratuni kingdom. On the way to Haghpat, our final stop of the day we pass Molokan villages. Molokans (milk drinkers) are a sect of Russian Old Believers who broke away from the Russian Orthodox Church in the 16th century.
    Standard Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch
  • Day 7

    Visit mediaeval churches at Haghpat and Sanahin before crossing into Georgia; to Tbilisi.

    Our final morning in Armenia includes visits to the impressive UNESCO sites of Haghpat and Sanahin. After lunch in Alaverdi we will continue on to cross the border. Here we say goodbye to our Armenian leader and driver and walk approximately 10 minutes across the border into Georgia, where we will be met by our new guide, and travel onto the capital Tbilisi. Our hotel is a short walk to wonderfully restored historical centre with it's relaxing pavement cafes and bars.
    Standard Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch
  • Day 8

    Walking tour of Tbilisi; free afternoon.

    Much of Tbilisi can be visited on foot and in the morning we will explore the old town. Here we see the ancient sulphur baths, Sioni Cathedral - the main church of Tbilisi and the beautifully decorated synagogue, built at the beginning of the 20th century. We will also visit Rustaveli Avenue, the main artery of the city and the Treasury of the State Museum, with its fantastic collection of pre-Christian gold artefacts and jewellery. The rest of the afternoon will be free, with time to explore the art galleries, handicraft and painting markets and the enormous new Holy Trinity Cathedral all within reasonable distance from our hotel. Or you may choose to just relax with a coffee in one of the many cafes that line the streets of the old town.
    Standard Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 9

    To Kazbegi village for views of Mt. Kazbek; alpine walk to Gergeti Trinity Church; onto Gudauri.

    After breakfast we will take a long drive up the Georgian Military Highway, through the great Caucasus Mountains via Ananuri Church. Our goal for the day is the town of Stepantsminda (formerly Kazbegi) where, after lunch we walk up through the village of Gergeti to the landmark Holy Trinity church. The walk will take us about 2-3 hours in total. For those who don't want to walk, local jeeps can usually be rented for a reasonable cost. Hopefully we will have clear views of Mount Kazbek, the third highest of the Georgian Caucasus Mountains, soaring to 5047m. We will drive back to the ski resort of Gudauri, where we have dinner and spend the night in a cosy alpine hut style hotel.
    Standard Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 10

    To Uplistsikhe pre-Christian cave town; Onto Gori, birthplace of Stalin; finish Kutaisi

    Today is our longest day. We drive three hours to Uplistsikhe which was once an enormous cave town dating from pre-Christian era. In times of siege dead bodies were temporarily buried in jars until they could be peacefully re-buried and a large underground tunnel to the river for water collection still exists. Ancient temples and theatres can still be identified and we walk up sandstone steps for a windy view across the river and plains.

    We take a short drive to the town of Gori, birthplace of Josef Stalin. Visiting Stalin Square where a huge statue of him used to stand we take a guided tour of the fascinating museum of his life and role he played within the Soviet Union. Stalin's bulletproof train carriage, which he used to travel to the Potsdam Conference in 1945 lies in the grounds of the museum. It is worth a visit for its simple but elegant interior. The small wooden house where he was born is also here in a temple-like structure! There are still people in Georgia who greatly admire Stalin. We then continue to Kutaisi where we spend the night.
    Standard Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 11

    Explore Kutaisi's UNESCO sites; walk in Borjomi-Kharagauli N.P.; to Bakuriani.

    After breakfast, we visit the ruins of the 11th century Bagrati Cathedral poised prominently above the river and travel to the Gelati Academy and Monastery - founded by King David the Builder in the 12th century – it is no surprise to find he chose yet another superb location for this monastery, where the monks were members of the royal court. Both sites, Bagrati and Gelati, are on the UNESCO World Heritage in Danger list since 2010.

    From here we drive to the lovely Borjomi-Kharagauli National Park and take a guided walk. We then continue to the small ski village of Bakuriani where we will spend the night in an alpine hut style hotel.
    Standard Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 12

    Visit Mtskheta; drive back to Tbilisi; free evening in the Georgian capital.

    Today we travel back to Tbilisi, stopping at Mtskheta, the former capital of Georgia where we will see the 11th century Sveti-Tskhoveli Cathedral, the largest functioning cathedral in Georgia. However, the main reason people visit Mtskheta is to see Jvari church, perched on a hill overlooking the valley and built in the 6th century on the spot where St. Nino set up her cross in the 4th century; converting the town from paganism to christianity. Heading on to Tbilisi we will have some free time to enjoy this historic capital.
    Standard Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 13

    Visit Signagi and the wine region of Kakheti. Lunch and wine tasting; return to Tbilisi

    After breakfast we leave Tbilisil, driving east to the wine region of Kakheti, where we visit the recently renovated royal town of Signagi. Lunch will be taken at a local winery where we will enjoy traditional cuisine and have the opportunity to taste the wines. From here we continue to the citadel of Gremi on the banks of the Intsoba river and onto the 11th century Alaverdi Cathedral - the main spiritual centre of this region- surrounded by impressive defensive walls dating mainly from the beginning of the 18th century. We make our way back to Tbilisi for our final night in Georgia.
    Standard Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch
  • Day 14

    Fly to London

    Fly to London.

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 15

    Finish Tbilisi

    Our tour ends after breakfast

    Meals included: Breakfast

Extend Your Trip

Azerbaijan extension

Code: XXC
Price per person: £629.00
Mandatory Single Supplement: £385.00

Extend your adventure with our perfectly designed Azerbaijan extension.

Azerbaijan, also called the 'Land of Fire', is a country of contrasts and contradictions. Its historical, cultural and natural heritage attracts visitors from all over the world while it is also a rapidly transforming ‘new’ nation with growing economy.

This is a 4 day extension which takes you by an overnight train from Tibilisi to the cosmopolitan capital, Baku, famous for its blend of historic UNESCO-listed buildings, modern skyscrapers and oil-rich location. From here you visit the Ateshgyakh Fire worshippers’ Temple, Yanar Dag (burning mountain) and the ancient rock carvings at Gobustan. There is also free time to explore beautiful Baku on the shores of the Caspian Sea. Azerbaijan is a wonderful contrast to Armenia and Georgia, experience an entirely different culture. The detailed itinerary can be found here

Please ask your sales consultant for more details.

Essential Info

Visas

Armenia

UK and EU passport holders do not need a visa for Armenia. Certain other nationaltiies can obtain a visa on arrival.

Georgia

Visas are not required for Georgia for UK passport holders, EU, Canadian and US nationals. Check with your travel agent or with the embassy for other nationalities.

Azerbaijan

All British citizens require a visa for Azerbaijan. The easiest way to do this is via an e-visa, which is significantly cheaper than through the embassy or visa agency. Please contact our Operations Team to obtain one of these visas, details of who to contact will be on your sales confirmation.

We will require the following to process your application:

1. A good quality colour copy of the photo page of your passport.
2. One good quality scanned passport size photo
3. Completed visa application form - please request the form from our Customer Operations Team
4. Copy of your air ticket, if not booked through Exodus

A payment of £30 per person, at the time of booking the visa, is also required.

Vaccinations

Armenia

There are no mandatory vaccination requirements. Recommended vaccinations are: Tetanus, Diphtheria, Typhoid, Hepatitis A. Vaccination against Meningitis is also recommended.

Azerbaijan

There are no mandatory vaccination requirements for this trip.

Recommended vaccinations for this trip are: Tetanus, Diphtheria, Typhoid, Hepatitis A.

Vaccination against Meningitis is also recommended.

Eating and Drinking

All breakfasts, 7 lunches and 3 dinners are included.

Georgian local specialities include Khachapuri (cheese pies), Khinkali (meat dumplings) and Lobio (bean stew with herbs and spices). There are many sauces made from walnuts to accompany cheese or meat dishes. Churchekhela - walnuts in solid grape juice is a typical local sweet.

Armenian specialities feature a variety of local cheeses, flat Lavash bread, sweet Lavash made from fruits, Khoravats (barbecues), Dolma (stuffed vine leaves), Kartofel (raisin and apricot pilaf rice dish) and Kyufta (veal meatballs cooked with cognac).

Local beer, wine, vodka and cognac are readily available in both countries as is fruit vodka, which is locally distilled and tastes more like Grappa. Still and sparkling water are easy to find, as are other soft drinks. There is a huge variety of food in both countries.

Vegetarians can easily be catered for, as there is lots of fruit and vegetables, cheese and other dairy products and various local breads and dumplings. Vegans or those with wheat or dairy intolerance will find there is far less variety but can be accommodated. Walnuts are ubiquitous in salads and sauces, so those with nut allergies should be aware.

Weather

Temperatures are very varied in both countries with May/June and September being very pleasant in the cities and lowlands where temperatures can rise to 40 degrees C in July and August. However, these spring and autumn months may be chilly, even cold in the mountains. July and August temperatures should be very agreeable in the mountains. Lake Sevan has a short summer, late June to September and is very cold in winter. Rain can be expected at all times of the year though it is unlikely that there will be long periods of wet weather. Climate change is affecting the Caucasus as everywhere else and temperatures can be unusually high or low compared to previous norms.

Is this trip for you?

This trip is graded moderate. The trip does involve some long days and drives. This is due to the state of the roads and an attempt to make the most of the time we have there. You don't need to be physically fit although there are some rather lovely day walks scheduled which would be a shame to miss. The accommodation style can vary from night to night and as this area is generally still in the early stages of tourism a flexible attitude is required to issues like plumbing, service in restaurants, shops and guesthouses, as well as parts of the itinerary running exactly to plan!

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Accommodation

Hotels and Guesthouses

You will spend 11 nights in hotels and 2 nights in guesthouses. The hotels in Yerevan and Tbilisi are modern city centre properties, within walking distance of all the main sights. Each offers buffet breakfast and Wi-Fi. While the hotel in Tbilisi has a small indoor swimming pool and a terrace bar offering panoramic views of the Georgian capital. At Lake Sevan the hotel is resort style with large pool and beautiful views out across the lake.

Two of the nights in a countryside are in more basic accommodation with facilities shared across two or three rooms, but both are family friendly and offer a very warm welcome.

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Expert Blog Entries

  • Reviewed January 2017
    Kevin MacFly
    I arrived to Airport with my family, the rental agent of this company https://travelcar.am/rent-a-car-in-yerevan met us and guided to the car, so we started the trip.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Tatev Monastery. Breathtaking view.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Amazing guy!

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Visit Tatev, it's AMAZING.
  • Reviewed October 2016
    Estefante Fernandes
    A great trip for everyone--good scenery and the locals were very helpful.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The trip to Khor Virap area, south of Yerevan and monastery with a clear view of Mt Ararat. Gergeti,has good scenery and the Holy Trinity Church, at the top was superb.There is also a ski resort,Gudauri, looked good--may come to ski here in the future.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Daniel,our leader,was most knowledgeable of his country,Armenia and answered most of my questions well.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Do this trip and you will not regret doing it( I went in September and the weather was just fine,Summer will be very warm.)

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Met some new people in the group and we got along well.
  • Reviewed August 2016
    Richard Cohen
    An excellent 2 week trip taking in two very different countries both of which have a long history and are extremely proud of their magnificent cultural heritage. Both Armenia and Georgia also boast wonderful scenery and it is very interesting to witness how they have developed in the post Communist era.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    There was the moment when we heard a choir singing the most transcendent Armenian sacred music in a chapel carved out of rock at the Geghard Monastery. That was my moment for Armenia. In Georgia the moment would have to be the walk up from Stepantsminda to Holy Trinity church and the view over the High Caucasus mountains.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Armenia: Rafik Santrosyan - a brilliant young man who really enriched our experience throughout the trip. He gave us fascinating and often hilarious insights into all aspects of Armenian history, politics, language and culture and kept us all entertained and fully briefed and informed all the time we were with him. Georgia: Anna Koriphadze - a very different personality but wonderfully thorough, conscientious and reliable. She was highly organised and took great pains to help us with all kinds of things throughout the time we were with her in Georgia. She kept us very well informed throughout the trip and was excellent in ensuring that we were safe at all times. I would very highly commend both these guides.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Take some good walking shoes or trainers. Do spend as much time as possible on your free evenings exploring Yerevan and Tbilisi by foot. There is a huge amount to see in both cities.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Georgia and Armenia are at the meeting point of so many cultural influences - from Russia, from Iran, from Greece, from Turkey. They have a long and glorious Christian tradition as well. Truly fascinating and different from anywhere else I have ever visited.
  • Reviewed February 2016
    Francesco Cesare
    We managed to see the most important attractions of Georgia and Armenia.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Finding some historical monuments which passed through milleniums

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Very Broadminded and communicative person.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    After we stayed 3 days more, rented a vehicle from Naniko rent a car http://naniko.am/ and visited to Nagorno Karabakh. Which We will recommend. Armenia and Georgia is a perfect combination.
  • Reviewed October 2015
    Barry Cooper
    This is a comprehensive tour through theses ex-Soviet states visiting many Churches but also enjoying fine scenery and interesting towns.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    To see the renaissance of religion in these two ex-Communist stares and to observe the devotion of the local communities

    What did you think of your group leader?

    We had three Leaders, one Raffiq in Armenia and Anna and Salome in Georgia. Raffiq has a brilliant mind having just attained his PHD at 25 and starting University at 15. He must be watched as a possible Armenian future leader. His knowledge of the Sites we visited was excellent and he gave us comprehensive tours without notes. A remarkable tour leader in many respects but he did lack some organisational skills. Anna met us at the Georgian border and proved to be a friendly competent leader who gave us an excellent tour of Tbilisi and into the Mountains but had to return home for family reasons. She did not have the same degree of site knowledge that Raffiq had but her knowledge was satisfactory and she had good organisational skills. Salome took her place and it was difficult for her to fit into an already developed group but after some hesitancy, she developed into another excellent leader and she became a well liked and appreciated leader.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    This is a cultural tour rather than an adventure tour and as such is different to many tours run by Exodus and on our tour the average age was higher than I have seen on any of the previous twenty-one tours that I have undertaken with Exodus. I am aged seventy-one and in Albania I was the oldest, I would suggest that I was average aged for this Tour. I would recommend any younger clients to consider this when booking.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    IMPORTANT NOTE:- I took sterling to change into local currencies and this was fine in Armenia but Sterling CANNOT be exchanged in Georgia. I used both US dollars and Euros
  • Reviewed June 2015
    Joan Lawrence
    A 5 day viewing of Armenia's highlights then 7 days exploring historical sites and some tourist spots in Georgia.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The cave dwellings at Uplistslikhe, an amazing lifestyle depicted, and the wine tunnels in the Kareba winery plus the serving of lunch beneath the trees there with a small waterfall tinkling in the background. Also the Tatev Monastery, reached by cable car over a deep valley.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Anna spoke very good English and was very knowledgeable of the history of places we visited. I must admit she did talk for almost an hour on the history of places to be visited on one day which was far too long for us all to remember and absorb what she was saying. I felt she was young and given time will become more au fait with tourists needs, perhaps a little more warmth in her approach to people.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Be prepared to walk about 400 metres at the border crossing between Armenia and Georgia, in the heat. We were not informed of this beforehand and we found it quite a drag with our luggage.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    I felt we visited too many monasteries and cathedrals to remember all the details of each. Would have preferred more contact with local families in their homes and more cultural experience - like folk dances and their music.
  • Reviewed June 2015
    Gillian Cox
    These two countries could not be more different from each other in landscape and culture. They both have stunning mountain scenery, wonderful food and friendly people. We did visit lots of churches in both countries but it is the locations they are in which are amazing.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    My highlights of this holiday were the scenery from beginning to the end of the tour.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Both guides Maria (Armenia) and Anna (Georgia) spoke excellent English and shared their knowledge of their countries, explaining what ever we wanted to know.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    I would recommend this trip but to go soon before the crowds get there.
  • Reviewed June 2015
    Gale Carruthers
    A very good introduction to 2 hitherto unknown countries. Well organised, good guides, hotels better than we expected, though Health and Safety issues in some of the hotels.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Views of Mount Ararat - and Mount Kazbek

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Both were very good and a fund of historical and theological knowledge - almost too much to absorb at times I'm afraid! But we had been warned there'd be a lot of churches - and they are a very important part of the history of these countries.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Be aware that the quite appalling roads in Armenia and almost as bad in Georgia will make the journeys by bus from place to place very uncomfortable. We hadn't realised that we would spend so much of each day having our bones shaken to this extent! Anyone with back problems take heed. Make sure you have good footwear - you'll be walking on a lot of very uneven surfaces and some very steep and slippery rocks if you take all the opportunities offered.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    It would be good if all the transport had seat belts, and drivers should not be allowed to use mobile phones while negotiating hairpin bends on mountain roads.
  • Reviewed June 2015
    Alexander Templeton
    The Lady at the office when my trip was booked said that she doubted whether this was a trip that would suit me. She was right. This was a lot less active than I prefer, designed for relatively immobile people. This was combined with a distinctly Nanny like attitude of both guides. I left the trip three days early because of this. I stayed in the country a few days afterwards and much preferred travelling round by marshrutka than the very leisurely pace of the trip. Spending about four houirs a day on meals for example seemed a waste of time.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Walking in the Caucasus though I would have preferred to walk up to the church rather than being unable to see much from a bumpy car. Walking down was treat. The Cascade in Yerevan was a real treat.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Both Marina and Anna were well informed. Perhaps it was me but I did not get an answer from either of them when I tried to ask questions, so I gave up asking.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    The trip should really not be labelled moderately strenuous (I am 76!)

    Reply from Exodus

    Reply from Exodus

    I was on this tour with Alexander and I was sorry to read that this trip wasn’t as active as he was hoping for. I think the trip grading of leisurely/moderate is correct, but I agree that it was a shame that we weren’t able to walk up to the Hotel Trinity Church from Kazbegi; unfortunately we had experienced some terrible weather whilst crossing the mountain passes so it wasn’t possible, but thankfully the weather improved enough so that we could walk down. It was also disappointing to learn that Alexander found the leaders to be rather protective. In my view, which I believe was shared by most of the group, I found Marina and Anna to be knowledgeable, kind and well organised. Whilst I was in Georgia and Armenia, I did provide our local team with some training and advice, so I hope that this will be reflected on future tours.

    Rachael Stone - Customer Services Manager

  • Reviewed July 2012
    Anonymous
    Two interesting countries emerging from a troubled history, seemingly modern and European in feeling. Both were very pretty, the food was excellent and the people friendly and welcoming.  Then there were the Churches - lots and lots of them!  Rather a sedentary tour, could have done with some exploring on foot.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Armenia - The scenery was wonderful, and the little Churches perched on hilltops were magical.  Each day there was a lovely lunch in a beautiful setting, and the best of all was with a family in their garden near to Lake Sevan.Georgia - The drive up the Georgian Military highway was fantastic with magnificient scenery and interesting stops along the way.  What a shame we arrived too late in the day to walk up from Kazbegi to Holy Trinity Chruch and had to go by jeep.  The food in Georgia was also a highlight.  I did a wine-tasting too - the wines were memorably good.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Both Mery in Armenia and Eliza in Georgia were excellent guides, enthusiastic and keen to tell us about their country.  Both made that extra effort, such as buying us local delicacies to try, which added to our experience and made the holiday really memorable.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Take a swimming costume to Armenia; it is hot there and many of the hotels have swimming pools.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Great travelling companions too.

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An overview of flight options

Exodus is committed to making joining our tours as easy as possible, wherever you live. We generally only block book seats from London, but this certainly does not mean that you need to fly from there. Depending on the route and airlines available, there will usually be various options available for those who want to fly from their local airport.

This page aims to provide a useful overview of the options available to our clients. However, the best flight arrangements should be tailored to your personal requirements, so please contact our Sales team for expert advice.

 

What kind of options do I have ?

1. We can book for you: Flights from anywhere in the world - not via London  

Depending on the route, this may be direct or via an overseas hub like Amsterdam, the Middle East or elsewhere. On short haul routes there may be direct flights with low cost airlines, charter flights or scheduled airlines. Exodus can book most, but not all, of these for you. The most appropriate airline may be different to that which we use for the group flight from London, but many people now travel on different airlines and meet up with their fellow passengers at the destination.

Pros Cons
  • May be the most direct route
  • Often the extra fare compared to the London flight is minimal.
  • As you will be in the hands a single airline for your entire journey, the airline will be responsible for your bags and your connections.
  • You may not be able to join the group transfers. However, we can usually arrange private transfers, or book your flights to try and coincide with the group transfers. See notes on transfer arrangements below.

 

2. We can book for you: Connecting flights from your local airport to London

Exodus can book connecting flights to London so you can join the group flight there. Connecting times will be followed according to airline advice, or as requested by clients. There are two types of fares we can use for this option: a 'through-fare' or a 'published fare'.
 
a) A 'through-fare' is where you will be in the main airline's care throughout. You change planes, but your bags are checked all the way through to your final destination. 

b) A 'published fare' ticket is completely seperate from your onward ticket from London. It is usually cheaper than a through-fare but will need to be paid for and issued as soon as it is booked. This can be a problem if your tour has not yet reached minimum numbers. On 'published fares' neither airline is aware that you have connecting flights, so Exodus is responsible for timing your connection, not the airlines involved. The tickets are also usually non changeable and non refundable.

Pros Cons
  • Depending on the fare type, Exodus or the airline is responsible for flight connections.
  • Through fare tickets can be expensive.
  • On a published fare, tickets must be issued immediately; tickets on published fares can be very difficult to change if onward flight times change; bags are not checked though to your final destination.
  • Published fares are non-refundable.

 

3. Booking some or all of the flights yourself

You can also book connecting air travel yourself, either to London, or all the way to the start point. There may be certain airlines or routes we don't have access to, so this is always an option. However, if you make your own travel arrangements you become liable for any delays, cancellations or missed connections, and Exodus is not required to offer refunds if you have trouble reaching the start of your trip.

Pros Cons
  • You might find cheaper fares, or routes not available to Exodus.
  • You are responsible for any delays or missed connections, and the cost of the tour is not protected should you miss your flight be cancelled.

 

 Notes on transfer arrangements

Sometimes it is possible to travel on a different airline to the group flight from London. Where this is the case, we need to think about ensuring you meet up with the group with minimum extra cost and hassle.

  • On certain trips, it is easy to arrive on a different flight and still meet the group at the hotel with time in hand. We can usually arrange private transfers (at extra cost) or offer advice on taking a taxi to the start hotel.
  • On other trips (especially in Europe), the transfer meets the group flight and then travels some distance to the first night's accommodation. Where this is the case, our Sales team will try to arrange flights that arrive before (and depart after) the group. However, we do have to make it clear in your final documentation that if your flights are delayed, the transfer cannot wait for you. While Exodus or our local operators will do what we can to help you reach the start point of the tour, any additional costs must be paid by the client. 

 

Next steps? 

Call our Sales team on: 0203 733 0698

Email your query: sales@exodus.co.uk

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