Armenia and Georgia cultural vacation
£1995 excluding flights
Description of Armenia and Georgia cultural vacation
This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements
As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we've screened this (and every) vacation so that you can travel knowing it will help support the places and people that you visit, and the planet. Read how below.
PlanetWe promise to sustain the environment and to keep it clean. Our team aims to spread the responsibility of maintaining our strict environmental policy amongst ourselves. We have several team members who identify wasteful and harmful practices in order to do our best to limit our impact on the surrounding environment on this tour. We always strive to improve this aspect of the trip.
We operate a leave no trace policy. We clean up not only after ourselves but others who have left litter on the routes we take. We walk as much as we can on this trip, limiting our vehicle use and making sure never to tread through reserved areas. All of our team walk and cycle as much as possible in their day to day lives.
In the accommodation provided we leave posters to remind our guests to turn lights off when they leave the room. We try and persuade all accommodation owners to implement energy saving policies, such as using energy saving bulbs. We aim to buy products that are not over packaged and print all documents double sides in order to save paper. Our team even aim to buy clothes only manufactured in Armenia to keep money in the local economy.
We buy local produce to reduce our environmental impact as well as encourage our guests to try local dishes such as Madzoun, made by locals using milk and a special technique. Another local speciality you are sure to try during your stay is flat bread “lavash” and plenty of dried fruits.
Our mission is to provide as clear information as we can and to organize traveling in our country with as authentic an experience as possible.
PeopleWe know where to find all things local and we support and recommend our neighbors, spreading the income from tourism to those most in need. When a group arrives in Armenia, our aim is to make the group to get acquainted to the local products, people as much as possible so we take them to the local restaurants, factories, communities, houses. We sustain jobs and cultural diversity by supporting local craft makers and artisans, and promote cultural attractions.
We hold a welcome dinner in a local restaurant with Armenian folk music which will really give our guests an authentic taste of Armenian food and culture. On this trip we will visit local communities like Yazdiz, Molokans and Echmiadzin. We will visit the Megerian Carpet Factory which represents local carpets and clients learn the ways Armenian carpets are made with. Also one lunch will be organized in a local cave café where you will taste homemade barbeque with local cheese called “horats”.
We will also visit the Vernissage flea market which is famous for local handmade jewellery and crafts art. Guests may purchase some of the artisan products made here and support local vendors. In Garni lunch will be organized in a local house where clients will have chance to participate in Armenian flat bread “lavash” making ceremony in underground heater called ‘tonir’ and also learn how to make Armenian sandwiches called “brduch”.
We campaign for change and recognize local issues, actively campaigning to address these. We organize campaigns to the hidden corners of Armenia and try visit areas who would benefit from tourism greatly. During our trip to Gerhard Monastery we may help clear the Azat river of rubbish.