Georgia

Highlights of Georgia & Armenia Trip Notes

Ways to Travel:
Guided Group, Private Group Adventures
Destinations:
Armenia, Georgia
Programmes:
Culture
Trip Code:
AXC
Activity Rating - Leisurely/Moderate
Leisurely / Moderate

You are reasonably fit, enjoy the outdoors and are looking for some exercise. Some previous experience is preferable for activity based trips.

14 Days Flight Inclusive
14 Days Land only
Ages: 16+

Trip Overview

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. 

At a Glance

  • 12 nights staying in hotels and 1 night in a guesthouse (en suite facilities throughout)
  • Group normally 4 to 16, plus leader. Min age 16 yrs
  • Travel by private minibus 

Trip Highlights

  • See Mount Ararat towering over Yerevan
  • Explore spectacular monasteries in Armenia including Khor Virap
  • Visit UNESCO churches and fortresses in Georgia
  • Walk amongst the pre-Christian cave houses in Uplistsikhe
  • Experience café culture in Tbilisi
  • Have the option to add-on an Azerbaijan extension 

Is This Trip for You?

This trip is graded leisurely/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 fit, although there are some day walks scheduled on uneven paths, and some walks in the city are quite long.

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 when it comes to services such as plumbing, service in restaurants, shops and guesthouses, as well as the order of the itinerary.  

Following a review of all our trips we have categorised this trip as generally not suitable for persons of reduced mobility. However if you are a regular traveller on such trips, please contact customer services to discuss the trip and your personal condition.

Group

There are two leaders, one in Armenia and another in Georgia

Adult min age:
16
Min group size:
4
Max group size:
16

Itinerary

Land Only Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Start Yerevan

    Our trip begins in the hotel in Yerevan. 
    Ani Plaza Hotel or similar

  • Day 2

    Explore Yerevan and the surrounding area.

    We spend the first half of the day at leisure. This afternoon we embark on a city tour of Yerevan and then visit the Tsitsernakaberd 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. There will be an option to visit to Megerian Carpet Factory.

    Ani Plaza Hotel or similar

    Meals included:
    Breakfast,
    Lunch
  • Day 3

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

    A short drive through the city takes us to the impressive 7th-century ruins of Zvartnots Cathedral, the churches of Hripsime and Gayane and then Echmiadzin. This was the capital of Armenia from 180 to 340 AD (when Christianity was first adopted by the Armenian people). The main cathedral (we can view the Cathedral from the outside only due to reconstruction works inside the building) 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. 

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

    Ani Plaza Hotel or similar

    Meals included:
    Breakfast,
    Lunch
  • Day 4

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

    Today is a long but fascinating day. Leaving the capital, we drive to the monastery of Khor Virap, one of the holiest sites 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 enjoy a wine 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. Then, we head via one of the world's longest cable cars to Tatev Monastery, perched on the edge of the Vorotan Canyon. Afterwards, we travel for approx. 3 hours to the small town of Goris where we stay the night.

    Diana Hotel or similar

    Meals included:
    Breakfast,
    Lunch
  • Day 5

    Silk Road and Lake Sevan via Selim caravanserai and Noraduz.

    This morning we will drive along part of the ancient Silk Road, with a destination of the well-preserved 14th century Selim caravanserai. After a visit, we continue to the top of the pass where the landscape changes, before descending to the blue water of Lake Sevan. We make a stop at Noraduz Cemetery 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 known as Armenia's 'seaside'. The lake is volcanic and lies at an altitude of 1,950m reflecting the sky like a mirror and changing colour throughout the day.
    Harsnaqar Hotel or similar

    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 stop for lunch in the Molokan village of Fioletovo. Molokans (milk drinkers) are a sect of Russian Old Believers who broke away from the Russian Orthodox Church in the 16th century. On arrival in Haghpat, the evening is free for you to relax or explore at your own pace.
    Qefo Hotel or similar

    Meals included:
    Breakfast,
    Lunch
  • Day 7

    Visit medieval 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 Haghpat 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 on to the capital Tbilisi. Our hotel is a short walk from the wonderfully restored historical centre with its relaxing pavement cafés and bars.
    Tbilisi Inn or similar

    Meals included:
    Breakfast,
    Lunch
  • Day 8

    Walking tour of Tbilisi; free afternoon; Georgian folk show.

    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 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 a reasonable distance of our hotel. Or you may choose to relax with a coffee in one of the many cafés that line the streets of the old town. This evening we will enjoy a dinner at a local restaurant and a Georgian folk show.

    Tbilisi Inn or similar

    Meals included:
    Breakfast,
    Dinner
  • Day 9

    To Kazbegi village for views of Mt. Kazbek; alpine walk to Gergeti Trinity Church; on to 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 2-3 hours in total. For those who don't want to walk, local jeeps can usually be rented for a reasonable cost. If the weather is clear, we will have spectacular views of Mount Kazbek, the third highest of the Georgian Caucasus Mountains, soaring to 5,047m. We will drive back to the ski resort of Gudauri, where we will have dinner and spend the night in a cosy, alpine-hut-style hotel.
    Hotel Alpina or similar

    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 rock-hewn town dating from the pre-Christian era. Uplistsikhe is located on the left bank of Mtkvari River and is notable for its unique rock-cut style and the co-existence of pagan and Christian architecture. Ancient temples and theatres can still be identified and we walk up sandstone steps for a winding view across the river and plains.

    We take a short drive to the town of Gori, the birthplace of Joseph 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 the role he played in 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.
    Kutaisi guesthouse

    Meals included:
    Breakfast,
    Dinner
  • Day 11

    Explore Sataplia Cave; visit UNESCO-listed Gelati Monastery; finish in Borjomi.

    After breakfast drive to Sataplia Nature Reserve (about 12 km – 20-25 minutes to the west), where the footprints of herbivorous and raptor dinosaurs of different epochs are found. Easy walkways take us to the conservation building of dinosaur footprints, an exhibition hall, unique karst caves, Colchic Forest and the wild bee habitat area. There are also beautiful views of the Imereti region to be enjoyed. After that, take the road back to Kutaisi and continue on to Gelati Academy and Monastery.

    Founded by King David IV in the 12th century, Gelati was inscribed in UNESCO's World Heritage List in 1994. It is no surprise that the King chose yet another superb location for this monastery, whose monks were members of the royal court. After the visit, we drive to the lovely mineral town of Borjomi. 

    Old Borjomi Hotel / Borjomi Palace or similar

    Meals included:
    Breakfast,
    Dinner
  • Day 12

    Visit Borjomi-Kharagauli National Park and Mtskheta; drive back to Tbilisi; free evening in the Georgian capital.

    After breakfast visit the lovely Borjomi-Kharagauli National Park and take a guided walk (1-2 hours). Afterwards 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, which converted the town from paganism to Christianity. Continuing on to Tbilisi we will have some free time to enjoy this historic capital.

    Tbilisi Inn or similar

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
  • Day 13

    Visit Sighnaghi and the wine region of Kakheti; lunch and wine tasting with a local family; return to Tbilisi.

    After breakfast we leave Tbilisi, driving east to the wine region of Kakheti, where we visit the recently renovated royal town of Sighnaghi.  We will then have lunch with a local family who will prepare some specialities paired with wine, and we continue with a visit to Tsinandali Family Estate and its wine cellar, which once belonged to the 19th century aristocratic poet Alexander Chavchavadze. The residence consists of a summer home, garden and winery, featuring several vintages of white wine. We make our way back to Tbilisi for our final night in Georgia.

    Tbilisi Inn or similar

    Meals included:
    Breakfast,
    Lunch
  • Day 14

    Finish Tbilisi

    Our tour ends after breakfast.

    Meals included:
    Breakfast

Post-trip Extensions

Azerbaijan extension

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 a growing economy.

This is a 4-day extension which takes you by overnight train from Tbilisi 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.

 

Price per person

£459.00
£629.00
£479.00
£649.00

Mandatory Single Supplement

£70.00
£115.00
£75.00
£120.00
£260.00
£335.00
£280.00
£355.00

Accommodation

Hotels and Guesthouses

You will spend 12 nights in hotels and 1 night in a guesthouse. All accommodation is en suite. The hotels in Yerevan and Tbilisi are modern city centre properties, within walking distance of all the main sites. Each offers buffet breakfast and Wi-Fi. 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 a large pool and beautiful views out across the lake. The one night spent in the countryside is in more basic accommodation but the guesthouse is family-run and offers a very warm welcome.

Where a single supplement is available, paying for a single will only guarantee a room for single use. It does not necessarily mean a twin or double room will be provided for sole occupancy.

Please note that a member of the group may be allocated a single room by default if the make-up of the group means there isn’t anyone for them to share with. Paying the supplement in advance is the only way to guarantee a single room.

Single supplements cannot be refunded retrospectively.

Single supplement from £350.00

Food & Transport

Eating & Drinking

All breakfasts, 7 lunches and 4 dinners are included.

Georgian 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 is 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 are lots of fruit and vegetables, cheese and other dairy products, 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. Please advice Exodus at the time of booking if this affects you. 

Transportation

Most of the driving is on reasonable roads, though some still have more than a few potholes, especially on minor roads and due to the mountainous nature of the terrain there are many bends. Travelling is in a private bus or mini bus. This will depend on the group size.

Weather & Seasonality

Weather Information

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.

Weather Charts

Joining Instructions

Travelling flight inclusive from London: 14 Days

The group flight from London is a daytime flight departing on Day 1 of the itinerary.

Flights from London

We normally use the scheduled services of Ukraine International (depending on availability). As flight timings and schedules change regularly we recommend you call one of our specialist sales staff or your agent to confirm up‐to‐date timings. Please note timings may change at a later date and cannot be confirmed until approximately two weeks before departure.


Travelling land only: 14 days starting in Yerevan and ending in Tbilisi

Your trip normally starts at our accommodation in Yerevan in the evening of Day 1 of the itinerary. Details of how to reach the start point are provided in the Final Joining Instructions, sent approximately two weeks before departure.

Accommodation check‐in times are normally from around 4pm.

Regional Flights

The Flight Inclusive price is based on a London departure, but we are happy to tailor this to your local or regional airport. Please ask about flights from local or regional airports.

If booking regional flights other than with Exodus, you must allow a minimum connecting time (in addition to the international check-in time) of 1 hour at Gatwick, and 1.5 hours at Heathrow; this is longer than the official minimum, but baggage handling is known to be subject to delays.

Full joining instructions including local emergency numbers will be sent to you as part of our Final Joining Instructions. If you do not receive these at least a week before departure, or require them earlier please contact our office or your travel agent.

Transfers Details

Airport transfers are included for those on the group flights. Please note that transfers are not included for clients arriving on any other flight, even if Exodus has booked it.

If you require airport transfers, you may (by prior arrangement only) be able to join the group transfer. Transfers are arranged to coincide with the arrival time of the group flight - please check the group flight details 2 weeks before departure. If you do not take this transfer, or miss it, you must make your own way to the joining point at your own expense

The start hotel is approximately 25‐30 minutes drive from the airport and, if you're going to take a taxi to the hotel then the cost will be approximately GBP8 ‐ 10 (8000AMD). When you arrive at the hotel, please make staff aware that you are part of the Exodus group. The hotel is situated in one of the most picturesque parts of Yerevan.

Location start:
Yerevan
Location end:
Tbilisi

What to Take

Essential Equipment

  • Waterproof jacket
  • Sunglasses, sunhat & sunscreen
  • Strong soled shoes for walking
  • Fleece
  • Umbrella
  • Water bottle (tap water is safe to drink everywhere on the trip)
  • Trousers for men (shorts can't be worn in some churches) and shawl for women (for wearing in churches)

At the time of writing the standard weight limit for hold baggage on the recommended international carrier for this trip is 20kg. We recommend packing only one piece of checked baggage.

As advice about luggage allowances for both hand and hold luggage is subject to change, we suggest you check the airline's website for the latest information prior to your departure.

Georgia

Practical Information

Passport

Armenia

All nationalities require a full passport that must be valid for 6 months beyond the intended length of stay. It is your responsibility to have the correct personal documents and to obtain your own visa, if one is necessary, in accordance with the regulations of the country you are to visit. The information below is primarily for UK passport holders, and other nationalities should check with their travel agent or the relevant embassies. We are not responsible for the actions of local immigration and customs officials, whether at points of entry or otherwise, and any subsequent effects.

Georgia

All nationalities require a full passport that must be valid for 6 months beyond the intended length of stay. It is your responsibility to have the correct personal documents and to obtain your own visa, if one is necessary, in accordance with the regulations of the country you are to visit. The information below is primarily for UK passport holders, and other nationalities should check with their travel agent or the relevant embassies. We are not responsible for the actions of local immigration and customs officials, whether at points of entry or otherwise, and any subsequent effects.

Visa

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.

Visa regulations can change without notice: please check the current regulations in good time to obtain a visa if one is required.

There are no specific health risks on this trip.

Vaccination

Armenia

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

Georgia

There are no mandatory vaccination requirements. Ensure all primary courses and boosters are up to date for life in your home country. Recommended vaccinations are: Hepatitis A, Diphtheria, Hepatitis B, Rabies and Tetanus.

Travel health can often be something people forget about before going away, but a little preparation and knowledge can go a long way to help you stay fit and healthy while abroad.

As we are not qualified to answer all your questions about travel health we strongly recommend you contact your Medical Professional or a Travel Health Clinic at least 8 weeks prior to departure for up-to-date information. Please note: vaccinations that are routinely recommended to residents of the UK, North America or Australasia are not considered to form part of the travel health advice, and you should ensure these are kept up to date where necessary.

For additional information please visit: https://travelhealthpro.org.uk/countries

Insurance - are you adequately covered?

It is a condition of joining any of our holidays that you must be fully insured against medical and personal accident risks (to include repatriation costs and air ambulance or helicopter rescue services where appropriate). On arrival in destination for your trip, you will be asked to present details to your leader or local representative of your policy.

If you are resident in the UK we strongly recommend the Exodus travel insurance policy, this is specifically designed to cover all activities on your trip. If arranging your own policy please ensure that you are covered for all activities that are part of the trip, optional activities that you intend to take part in and/or on high altitude itineraries, that you are covered up to the maximum altitude of the trip.

Local Time

Armenia's Timezone:
Asia/Yerevan +04 (GMT +04:00)
Georgia's Timezone:
Asia/Tbilisi +04 (GMT +04:00)

Electricity

Armenia's Electricity:

European style two-pin Type C (Europlug) electrical plug is used. Voltage is 220-240 volts.

Georgia's Electricity:

European style two-pin Type C (Europlug) electrical plug is used. Voltage is 220-240 volts.

Money

Armenia's Currency

The national currency of Armenia is the Dram (AMD), with an exchange rate at the time of publication of approximately 635 to the UK£ and 480 to the US$.

Georgia's Currency

The national currency of Georgia is the Lari (GEL), with an exchange rate at the time of publication of approximately 3.2 to the UK£ and 2.4 to the US$.

ATM Availability

For all three countires we recommend you bring any extra spending money in US Dollars or Euros and exchange them either at the airport, or there are many exchange shops in Yerevan and Tbilisi where it is possible to do this.

Credit cards are accepted in certain hotels, restaurants and shops in Yerevan, Tbilisi and Baku.

If you have currency left at the end of the Armenia part of the trip, we recommend changing it at the border.

ATM's will be available in all capital cities, but not so readily available outside these cities.

Extra Expenses & Spending Money

Lunch or dinner in both countries should cost on average between  GBP6‐10 (US$10‐15) without drinks.

Optional Excursions 

Tatev cable car ‐ GBP7 (US$10)

Jeep hire at Kazbek ‐ approx GBP16‐20 (US$25‐35) per jeep.

Tipping

Our local staff are paid well and fairly for their work with Exodus. Tipping is discretionary but it is certainly part of the way of life in this area of the world. We recommend you allow GBP2-3 (approx. US$3-5) per day for this.

Responsible Tourism

Tourism can be a real help to local communities, providing income, positive cultural exchanges and a financial incentive to protect their natural environment. Ours is a 'total approach' to responsible tourism, covering everything from the way we plan and operate our trips to the practices of Exodus as a company. 

On this trip, we spend most nights in family-run hotels and guesthouses that are usually locally owned or at least employs local staff and uses local produce. Our small group size allows us to support smaller hotels and restaurants that do not usually benefit from mass tourism, bringing a positive impact on the overall employment levels and economy in the region. Treated water is readily available throughout the trip hence we strongly encourage clients to bring their own reusable water bottles to refill.

There are plenty of opportunities to explore about the cultures of Georgia and Armenia with visits to various cultural hotspots and UNESCO sites such as Geghard Monastery, the Genocide Memorial at Yerevan and the 7th Century ruins of Zvartnots Cathedral. Our visit greatly contributes to the preservation of these important sites.

In March 2019, Exodus Travels launched the Exodus Travels Foundation where we support initiatives all around the world. But it cannot exist without travellers who care. Get involved or learn more about what Responsible Travel means to Exodus here

Exodus Community

Join the Exodus online community

Don't forget to visit the Community area on our website. You can view the range of Exodus videos and podcasts, read trip write-ups which have featured in the national media and take advantage of some special deals on travel gear and equipment.

In the Community Travel Forum you'll find the Departure Lounge where you can discuss your trip with fellow travellers before you depart. When you get back from your holiday remember to upload your images to the relevant trip page on our website. This helps other people see what our holidays are really like and you'll be entered automatically into our monthly photo competition.

To make full use of the Community you'll need to join My Exodus. It's free, registration is simple and easy, so what are you waiting for?

Important Information

On all guided trips

Although our leaders are well trained to deal with different capabilities, if they have any concerns about someone’s ability to safely partake in an activity, or their impact on other people’s enjoyment, we authorise them to take necessary action which, in some circumstances, may involve asking someone to miss that activity.

Although rarely enforced, by booking this trip you agree to section 14 of our Booking Conditions which clearly states that our leaders have the authority to do this. In these circumstances we will ensure anyone sitting out is safely provided for and offered alternative options where possible. Refunds will not be provided for activities missed and customers may be liable for additional costs incurred.

On all trips

In booking this trip you should be confident in your ability to participate in all activities described in these Trip Notes. If you have any doubt about your suitability you should call the Exodus office and ask to speak to one of the experts on this itinerary.

 

Every time that you travel abroad you should take the time to read the warnings in the essential information in the brochure.

Full joining instructions including local emergency numbers, and details of how to reach the start point, will be sent to you approximately 2 to 3 weeks prior to departure. If you do not receive these at least a week before departure, or require them earlier please contact our office or your travel agent.

The information in these Trip Notes is given in good faith. Where differences exist between the Trip Notes and our current brochure or website, the Trip Notes supersede the brochure and website. All holidays can be subject to unexpected changes; in order to enjoy them you should be prepared to be flexible where necessary. Occasionally, as stated in our brochure, it may not be possible to follow the itinerary as planned. This may be for a variety of reasons - climatic, political, physical or other. In these circumstances we will make the best possible alternative arrangements that maintain the integrity of the original itinerary.

As fuel prices, airport taxes and exchange rates fluctuate, and airlines manage their rates to match demand, it is proving harder than ever to guarantee our Flight Inclusive prices. Although we endeavour to keep our website as accurate as possible, daily fluctuations mean that our Flight Inclusive price may be out of date. For accurate prices we recommend that you contact one of our Travel Experts, or your Travel Agent.

TRAVEL AWARE – STAY SAFE & HEALTHY ABROAD

 

The Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office and the NHS have up-to-date advice on staying safe and healthy abroad. For more on security, local laws, plus passport and visa information, see https://travelaware.campaign.gov.uk/

Keep informed of current travel health news by visiting https://travelhealthpro.org.uk/

Advice can change so check regularly for updates.

For all latest travel information about your holiday, please visit our Travel Safety Advice page.

Important Notes

Your trip normally starts at our hotel in Yerevan in the evening of Day 1 of the itinerary described below. Please note the group flight arrives in the late evening of Day 1/early hours of Day 2. Land only clients can arrive anytime in the evening of Day 1 or in the morning of Day 2 (our hotel rooms will be reserved for Day 1). Details of how to reach the start point are provided in the Final Joining Instructions - sent approximately two weeks before departure. Hotel check-in times are normally from around 4pm.

How to Book

1. Check availability

Go online to check availability, or contact us by phone or email.

2. Secure your place

You can provisionally hold a place on this trip, usually for between three and seven days.

3. Complete your booking and payment

When you're ready to book, go to our website for online bookings, book over the phone or you can complete a booking form (available online or on request by calling us). We accept all major credit and debit cards, or you can pay be cheque. Book with confidence: Exodus is fully licensed and bonded as a tour operator. We hold Air Traffic Organisers Licence (ATOL) number 2582 issued and bonded with the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). We are also bonded to the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and we are members of the Federation of Tour Operators (FTO) and ABTA ‐ The Travel Association. This means you can book your Exodus holiday with confidence, as all monies paid to us for your trip are fully protected.

TRIP NOTE VALIDITY

These Trip Notes are valid from the "Current as" date on page one. They will occasionally be updated post booking and pre-departure; if there are any updates that significantly impact the inclusions or itinerary bookers will be written to separately. All customers will also receive a link to the most up-to-date version of the Trip Notes with their Final Joining Instructions pre-travel.