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BEST OF ARMENIA
AND GEORGIA

Available tour dates:
2 - 15 May, 2021 (available)
1-14 May, 2022 (available)
We are in love with Armenia and Georgia! In a region so small you will find incredible diversity of landscapes and sights, warm and inviting people, and incredible food. We start our tour in green, peaceful Yerevan - full of museums and layers of history and architecture. Then we set off to the countryside: sunrise over Mt Ararat; amazing, home-cooked food and hands-on experiences making some of Armenia's most delicious recipes; a handful of ancient monasteries; enchanting, mysterious villages; ruined Persian caravanserai; stunning lake Sevan; curious communities of Russian old believers and Yazidis, including the largest Yazidi temple in the world; the earthquake-destroyed and then rebuilt town of Spitak, and the nearby vibrant city of Gyumri; a community of Russian duhobory, or spirit-warriors; the cable car town of Chiatura; the whirling female Sufi dervishes of the Pankisi valley; being led around an ancient wine-making village by the local priest; visits to traditional craftsmen, and much more. Every day is full of adventures and experiences you will never forget. The tour ends in Tbilisi, Georgia's cosy capital.
14 days, 13 nights

YEREVAN/1 night - GORIS /1 night - SOUTH CAUCASUS /2 nights - LAKE SEVAN/1 night - VANADZOR/1 night - GYUMRI/1 night - KUTAISI/2 nights - TBILISI/2 nights - TSINANDALI/1 night - TBILISI/1 night
Day 1, Sunday
Welcome to Armenia!

On your way from airport to city we will bring you to the Tsitsernakaberd monument, overlooking the city, with Mount Ararat in the distance. We will check in at our super comfortable Alexander hotel in the centre of the city. Some time to rest. For those with energy after their flights, we can go and explore the History Museum and the Carpet museum, both within an easy walk of our hotel. In the afternoon we will have a walk and drive to explore Yerevan's many faces and sights. We will start with a stroll along the Republic Square and the Vernisage (famous for its flea market), the Mirzoyan library of photography, and the Central Yerevan market. We will have a look at the curious Sergey Parajanov museum - dedicated to the most famous Armenian film directory. We will continue our walk to nearby Kond, Yerevan's oldest area, with houses tightly packed next to each other. We will be led by a local resident who will show us how people in Kond live in a changing city. In the early evening we will drive to the top of the Cascade, and head down to our dinner in a modern Armenian/wine restaurant.

Overnight in Yerevan, two nights, Alexander hotel. Dinner.
Day 2, Monday
After an early breakfast we wave goodbye to Yerevan, and start our drive south, along the Turkish and Azeri borders (it is important to start early before dozens of tour buses have descended on Khor Virap! We will be the first to visit for the day). Our first stop will be at the pretty Khor Virap monastery, located right at the border - and with stunning views to Mount Ararat, on the Turkish side. Let's soak in the views, and explore some of the secret chambers and chapels of the monastery. Then we head to Areni. We will quickly stop at the fascinating Areni-1 cave, where recently archaeologists unearthed the world's oldest leather shoe (3500 BC) and winery (4000 BC). We will stop for lunch with a local family at the pretty Yeghegis valley. This is one of the most interesting old villages in Armenia. Let's explore its old houses and old churches - with amazing views of the southern Caucasus! In the afternoon we continue to Goris, and stay the night in a lovely eco-resort.

Overnight in Goris, one night, Harsnadzor Eco resort. Breakfast, lunch, dinner.
Day 3, Tuesday
After breakfast we will explore the nearby monastery of Tatev, perhaps Armenia's most beautiful, and then take the long cable car down. We will then continue to Old Khndzoresk, with its hundreds of caves that were inhabited until not long ago (it used to be the largest village in southern Armenia, with 15,000 inhabitants). We will have a picnic lunch with some of the prettiest views of the southern Caucasus. The road will wind up and down some amazing scenery. We will have Armenian coffee in the home of a curious man who has collected a treasure throve of old things. We will check in at our cosy hotel, have some time to rest, and then have a walk and take a good dinner. If you want to know more details for these days, just drop us a line and we will get back to you.

Overnight in a cosy small hotel, two nights. Breakfast, lunch, dinner.
Day 4, Wednesday
Day 4, Wednesday We head for a very interesting and thought-provoking day. We will drive through some of the most isolated villages in the Caucasus. We hope to visit HALO, a UK-organisation that removes mines from the area. Some free time to explore or rest. For dinner we will go to a lovely nearby cafe, where the creative minds of the area meet. We will also learn how to make Djangalov hac!

Overnight in cosy small hotel, second night. Breakfast, lunch.
Day 5, Thursday
This morning we start early, even before sunrise. We will meet the sunrise over the spectacular mountains and monastery of Gandzasar, where we will also take our packed breakfast - and tea in the monastery. At the nearby village of Vank we will have a look at some local oddities - a local millionaire has built a Titanic-like hotel, Lion statues, and more kitsch. Then we continue our drive out of Karabakh. We have the options to visit another monastery or go to some wild mineral springs - where we can take a dip. Or do both. We will have picnic lunch at the high pass out of Karabakh. Then the roads will straighten - we are on the shores of lake Sevan! We will check in at this gorgeous little hotel owned by Armenia's carpet king. We will have dinner at the local restaurant.

Overnight in Tsapatagh, one night, Tufenkian Avan Marak. Breakfast, lunch, dinner.
Day 6, Friday
After breakfast we continue driving on the lake shore for a while. We turn inland into a pretty, rarely visited valley. We will venture to the small, isolated village of Antamarej, on probably the worst road on this trip. We will have a walk and a Mongolian home-cooked lunch in Antaramej. Then we continue on the main road to Dilijan, stopping for a coffee in this student town. We will stop at Vanadzor to see the workshop of a khachkar (cross-stone) maker - he is a real character! Then we continue to Alaverdi, near the Georgian border. We will sleep at a new cosy hotel, located near the pretty Debed canyon, and owned by a children-aid foundation.

Overnight near Alaverdi, Concept hotel by COAF. Breakfast, lunch, dinner.
Day 7, Saturday
After breakfast we head west: towards Gyumri. On the way we will stop at Spitak, entirely destroyed in the 1988 earthquake, and rebuilt completely with joint Soviet and UN efforts. The new town is a curious mix of modernist and functionalist architecture. Then we continue to Gyumri, Armenia's second largest city. It's a quiet, charming place, which also received much damage from the Spitak earthquake. We will check in at the cosy Villa Kars, where our host will be the Italian consul in town. We will enjoy a light lunch at a local cafe. In the afternoon we will explore Gyumri's art and culture. Some free time. Dinner at a local restaurant.

Overnight in Gyumri, one night, Villa Kars. Breakfast, dinner.
Day 8, Sunday
After breakfast we will head north, crossing the border with Georgia. We will enter the most beautiful and remote part of Georgia - this is where a curious mix of Russian duhobory ("spirit-warriors"), Muslim Ajaras and Armenians live. We will visit a Duhobory temple and learn more about their beliefs. Then we continue towards Central Georgia, and stay overnight at Kutaisi, Georgia's second largest city, for two nights.

Overnight in Kutaisi, two nights, Best Western Kutaisi. Breakfast, lunch.
Day 9, Monday
We will have a walk in Kutaisi, including Bagrati cathedral, and the nearby Gelati monastery, both inscribed in the UNESCO World Heritage list. In the afternoon we will go to nearby Tskaltubo, home to numerous crumbling Soviet sanatoriums, some of which in ruins, others still in use as resorts, and some inhabited by refugees from the Abkhaz war. We will visit a family of refugees, and have lunch together, listening to their stories.

Overnight in Kutaisi, second night, Best Western Kutaisi. Breakfast, lunch.
Day 10, Tuesday
After breakfast we depart north. We will have a look at the nearby medieval Surami fortress, before continuing to Chiatura. Chiatura is the most interesting town in Georgia, and the least visited by foreigners. It is famous for its Stalin-era cable cars which connect various neighbourhoods and coal mines. We will meet the miners, have a look at people using and operating the old cable cars, and wander the streets and market of town. Chiatura is Georgia you won't see in the travel brochures: rough, raw and unpretentious. We will have packed lunch today. In the afternoon we head back to Tbilisi. On the way we will pass through Gori to have a look at the Stalin museum. Arrival in Tbilisi. Check in at our cosy Communal hotel. Traditional supra dinner in a nearby restaurant.
Overnight in Tbilisi, Communal Sololaki, two nights. Breakfast, lunch.
Day 11, Wednesday
After a hearty breakfast we will have a walk in the old town, stopping to explore some of the hidden, secret bits of Tbilisi, including the Narikala fortress and the sulphur baths. We will visit a family of puppet makers in their home, and then head to lunch in a lovely small local restaurant housed inside the ticket office of an abandoned theatre. In the afternoon we will have a look at the former Ministry of Highways in Tbilisi, one of the most iconic Soviet buildings ever made, the Chronicles of Georgia monument, high atop a hill above town. Free time to wander the city on your own.

Overnight in Tbilisi, Communal Sololaki, second night. Breakfast, lunch.
Day 12, Thursday
After breakfast we depart to the region of Kakheti, in eastern Georgia. We will stop for a stroll in the pretty Sighnaghi town (recently polished, manicured for tourists) and then continue to a nearby village (so you can see what Sighnaghi used to look like before tour buses arrived). We will have a home cooked lunch and tour of the village, led by the village priest - a real character! He will also show us traditional wine making We will stay overnight at the newly opened Radisson Tsinandali Estate, learning more about Alexander Chavchavadze, the original owner of the estate - and first landscaped park in Georgia. A fine dinner at the estate.

Overnight in Tsinandali, Radisson Collection hotel, one night. Breakfast, lunch, dinner.
Day 13, Friday
After a good, hearty breakfast (the best in Georgia, in fact) we depart towards the nearby Pankisi valley, where ethnic Chechen and Kist Muslims live. This is really off-the-beaten track - a very conservative (but friendly) society, completely separated from the rest of Georgian society. We will visit the most unique private ceremony in the Caucasus - the Friday female dervishes (the only female dervishes in the world!) as they gather for their Friday prayers in the beautiful old mosque of the Pankisi valley. Afterwards we will stay for the male ceremony, and have lunch with a Chechen family. In the afternoon return to Tbilisi using a different, scenic route through the mountains. Farewell dinner in a good Tbilisi restaurant.

Overnight in Tbilisi, Stamba hotel, one night. Breakfast, lunch, dinner.
Day 14, Saturday
End of tour. Breakfast and transfers to the airport.
Breakfast.
€3260 per person, sharing double or twin room, €470 single supplement.
The number of travelers is limited to12.

Price includes
  • Accommodation in carefully selected hotels in Yerevan, Goris, Vanadzor, Tsapatagh, Kutaisi, Tbilisi, Tsinandali and Gyumri. Yes, we've stayed at all these hotels, and we love them.
  • All meals according to program (tips for the waiters included, alcohol mostly not included).
  • Transportation with an air-conditioned minibus, with all border and toll taxes and bribes, parking fees, daily allowance and accommodation for the driver.
  • English speaking guide throughout the tour, including guide-accommodation and daily allowance.
  • Local tour guides in (tips included) Yerevan, Gyumri, and Tbilisi.
  • Tickets for all museums and sights according to the itinerary.
  • Mineral water on the bus.
  • A welcome pack including maps, brochures, gifts, etc.
Price does not include
  • Personal medical/travel insurance.
  • Tips for driver and guide.
  • Any other additional personal costs: laundry, phone calls, etc.
  • Independent meals according to the itinerary.
  • Flights in and out of the region.
Important information and booking conditions
Reservations and payment

Please fill in the Reservation Form with all details needed and send it to office@lyuba.tours or stefan@lyuba.tours. A deposit, upon booking, at the amount of €500 per person is required to assure your place. The final payment is to be made no later than three months prior to the start of the tour.

Extra nights in Yerevan, Tbilisi and transfers

If you want to spend an extra night or two or more prior or after the tour, we can make a reservation for you or you can make a direct arrangement with the hotel. We can also recommend a nearby hotel which may be cheaper. Please note that we have included transfers in the price - advice us of your arrival and departure times. Which brings us to...

... flights

We love arranging flights, but in this case, we won't. You are responsible for booking your flight ticket. We can always help you with an advice.

Tour information

Once we get your deposit, us folks at Lyuba Tours will immediately send a confirmation of space by e-mail. We will also send reading materials, music and more information about the country: what to bring, what to expect, money, weather, food and other wise. We will send all this by snail mail or email.
About a month before the tour, we will send you hotel and rooming lists, emergency numbers and any last-min- ute notes. We will be happy if you meet payment and document submittal deadlines to insure we have time
to post your materials. Upon arrival in Yerevan, you will find even more stuff awaiting you: maps, phrasebooks, postcards, and more.

Customs and entry requirements

For this trip you require a passport with at least six months validity following the last day of the tour. That passport should have a blank page for a stamp.
No visas are required for U.S. citizens traveling to Armenia and Georgia for fewer than 90 days. If you don't happen to be a U.S. citizen, please make sure you have whatever documents are necessary to enter (and exit) the Caucasus. We can help with this as well. Regulations are subject to change, and we will try to inform you of the latest changes.

Travel insurance

We strongly advise you to have a travel insurance for the trip. Situations may arise, voluntarily or involuntarily, in which the traveler cancels. We can recommend a comprehensive travel insurance plan, if you don't have one already. Insurance should cover trip cancellation, lost or damaged baggage, medical needs, and certain trav-
el-related accidents. We highly recommend trip-cancellation insurance. Although please do read the insurance company's fine print, especially the section on 'pre-existing conditions'.

Ground transportation

We will travel across the Caucasus in a comfortable, air-conditioned private minibus. Smoking is NOT permitted on the vehicle. We may also use some local means of transport.

Health regulations

No inoculations are required. Please see the CDC's website for recommendations: www.cdc.gov. We suggest you check with your doctor for medical advice regarding the trip and your health. It is also suggested you discuss updating your tetanus and diphtheria booster.

Health considerations

To get the most out of a tour, a traveler should be in good physical and mental health, able and willing to walk, climb steps, and participate in group events. This trip requires moderate walking, sometimes over uneven or cobbled streets or paths. If assistance is needed, a participant should travel with a companion. You must also be able to carry your own hand luggage, so please go light! Any physical or mental disability requiring special help or assistance must be noted in writing on the reservation form.

Opportunities for adventure

This tour is designed for those interested in learning everything about the Caucasus. We will present you with all sorts of perspectives, and you will see many shades of this fascinating part of the world.
Also, this is a moderately active program ('soft' adventure). Since some of the travel will be in remote areas, travel participants need to be flexible concerning time schedules, food and weather. Roads may be bumpy. Don't expect to find things exactly as they are at home! If that were the case, why travel? Occasionally, we may experience delays, alterations in the plans, some discomforts and inconveniences. But we will also experience a different culture and our minds and souls will be expanded! A spirit of adventure and tolerance is absolutely fundamental to participation in any of our tours.

Wandering Policy

We encourage everyone to partake in all the sightseeing and special activities. We've spent months research- ing and preparing a full and exciting program. However, if you would like to venture out on your own, or take personal time for rest or shopping, you may do so. This is your trip! We only ask that you alert our group leader and guide when you will be separating and rejoining the group. Please take extra security precautions with your belongings and yourself.

Changes in itinerary

Every effort will be made to operate this tour in accordance with the itinerary shown, including all activities as advertised. Museums and features are subject to scheduling. Occasionally, changes are made to improve an
itinerary or enhance a certain feature. Unforeseen local conditions beyond our control may prevent the completion of an itinerary or require alterations in an itinerary. These local conditions can include inclement weather, seasonal variations in climate, changes in airline schedules and equipment, government appropriation of hotel space, and other events beyond our control that would jeopardize the traveler's comfort, safety, health, or enjoyment. In these cases, the right is reserved to substitute hotels, and to alter the itinerary for the comfort and safety of the travelers. The right is also reserved to cancel the tour prior to departure.

Cancellations and refunds

Should Lyuba Tours cancel a departure for the reason of insufficient number of participants to operate the tour with no increase in cost, a full refund of all monies paid will be made. On the participant's part, cancellation or change of date will result in a per person cancellation fee of €500, irrespective of reason up to 90 days before the tour. Cancellation made 89 days to 30 days before the tour will result in a cancellation fee of €750. From 29 days before the tour, the cancellation fee will be at the amount of the tour. Should your cancellation cause the number of participants to fall below the required number to operate the trip, and a replacement member cannot be found, the full portion of the trip will be forfeited. If a person requests a room share to avoid the single supplement and then cancels after final payment is made and a roommate has been assigned, then the person canceling forfeits the single supplement if a share cannot be found.
Should a person cancel a trip voluntarily, and if payment was made by a bank wire, the amount of bank wire expense charged to Lyuba Tours will be deducted from the refund amount.

Once the tour begins, no refund may be claimed for all or any part of the tour fee. Unused or changed hotel accommodations, transportation, or other services or features of the tour are neither refundable nor exchangeable.

Cancellations will only be accepted via e-mail, at office@lyuba.tours or info@lyubatours.com.
Questions and answers
Why not visiting Azerbaijan?
We are free to choose what we believe and stand for. Before we get reprimanded by the Azerbaijani embassy in Sofia (or elsewhere), we should remind them they are not a free country. Human rights and media freedoms - things we consider universal, not western - are absent in Azerbaijan.

What clothes should we pack? What will the weather be like?
Yerevan and Tbilisi will be warm. Lake Sevan, Goris and Gyumri in Armenia, and the Pankisi valley in Georgia will have cool nights, and temperatures may drop during the day, too. We recommend a good, wind and water proof outer layer, and a good woollen sweater underneath. Layers are key to feeling comfortable. Good, waterproof, sturdy footwear is also a must. This is the most pleasant time of the year to travel in Armenia and Georgia. A week or two later, and it starts getting too warm; a week or two earlier, and it may be cold in mountainous parts.
Meet your guide
YURI BOYANIN
Yuri is Lyuba's son. Travel is in his blood. He's been on the road since 28 days old. Ever since, he's visited 130 countries on all continents. He is enormously passionate about the world, about art, architecture and history. He is eager to show you some of the Caucasus' and Central Asia's most splendid and least known corners, which he has explored for years. Yuri has a PhD in History.
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