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Land of the Golden Fleece + Azerbaijan Extension GFA

Tour Duration 19 Days
Reviews for Land of the Golden Fleece + Azerbaijan Extension 4.5 out of 5 based on 7 ratings.

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4 Andy Stenning (Explore Staff), 27/07/15

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A fantastic trip travelling through three very different countries. From visiting the Cave City of Vardzia and having the chance to explore the interlinked rooms, to walking through the fantastic caves in Motdsmeta the scenery is ever changing. Over the 18 days you get to see so much of the different lifestyle of the countries, whether having a dinner at one of the local guest houses, or heading out to explore in the heart of Tiblisi, the sights just keep on coming. Just one of the many highlights is the ongoing dispute between the vehicle and the cattle about who has right of way. Anyone that wants to see the Land of the Golden Fleece will not be disappointed on the amount you get to experience on this trip.

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4 Gyongyi Valisko, 19/09/14

What was the highlight or most memorable moment of your tour?

Trekking in Kazbegi region, Naravank, Geghard, Azerbaijan and markets in Georgia and Azerbaijan

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5 F. Hosking, 01/09/14

What was the highlight or most memorable moment of your tour?

The whole trip was amazing from start to finish however if I had to choose one day it would be Kazbegi - The day walking from Gergeti Village to the church of Holy Trinity. Truly stunning scenery overlooking snowy peaks of the Caucasus mountains. The homely 'Hotel Gudauri Hut' just finishes the day off perfectly!

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5 , 15/08/13


Mike Peterson

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Land of the Golden Fleece + Azerbaijan Extension

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What Was The Highlight Or Most Memorable Moment Of Your Tour

Selecting the highlight of the tour is a very difficult question to answer. There were many. Perhaps the most outstanding was the walk up to the church on the mountain from Kasbegi. Or perhaps Vardzia? Or Baku? Or maybe the optional trip to Batumi. In fact the whole holiday was a highlight.

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How Was Your Explore Tour Leader

Nick was an outstanding tour leader - one of the best we have ever had. He was always pleasant, and knew Georgia and Azerbaijan inside out. I don't think there was any question he couldn't answer. Armenie was very knowledgable about Armenia, and had boundless energy. Did you know that Armenian children learn chess as part of their curriculum?

What Tips Would You Give To Someone Else Booking This Tour

Don't attempt to have an evening meal in the hotel in Yerevan. We are still waiting for ours! Make the most of the 9 hour stopover in Vienna on the way out. It's a lovely city. If you like a drink, Armenia is good for brandy, Georgia is excellent for wine, while Azerbaijan, despite being a Moslem country, makes surprisingly good wine. Try and seek out the German beer brewery in Baku.

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The tour has many included meals, all of which were excellent. The restaurants chosen by Explore provided really good plentiful food, with vegetarians also well catered for. This tour is a good and varied tour, with a reasonable mix of sightseeing and walking.

4 Alan James Shipley, 12/10/12

What was the highlight or most memorable moment of your tour?

"Walking in the Caucasus from Kazbegi.
Yerevan - a very attractive city."

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0 PT, 16/05/11
A great tour of the Caucasus’s highlights, that would otherwise be hard to reach independently. Sights visited vary between historical, cultural and natural, and include most major attractions with the exception of isolated Svaneti, Georgia. The knowledgeable local guides, local cuisine and home stays added to the overall experience of our group (18 people, aged 30 - 70). Obviously more time would have been welcome at some sites, but this is the best way to see the three countries in the time given. I can highly recommend this trip in this fascinating area of the world. (GFA - 1st September 2010)
0 EW, 17/11/10

We went in the height of summer and it was baking hot in Yerevan and Tblisi, but the mountains of Georgia were still chilly. I've been on trips in the past where homestay options were unpleasant and grim, but these were a real treat. One of the highlights has to be trying to converse with the matriarch at one of the homestays, using the group's very limited knowledge of Russian. The warmth and hospitality was fantastic, although the mountains of food and gallons of home-made wine were rather challenging!

Be careful, when entering Azerbaijan, that you don't have anything that is obviously Armenian with you. When we crossed the border the guards were looking for Lonely Planet books and they confiscated Armenian souveniers. (GFA -8th January 2009)

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