We are now back in the US and truly enjoyed our tour! Following are some detailed thoughts about the trip: In Armenia: Our guide Haykuhi was fantastic! She was so organized and was always guiding us to our next location with excellent details about how much time we had, where we would meet, and what we could expect. Her knowledge of Armenia and her passion for sharing her knowledge were infectious, and I left with a strong love for this country thanks to her.
The Cascade Hotel was wonderful: the accommodations were very nice, the breakfast was delicious, and the staff was remarkable! They were very pleasant and helpful in so many respects. It was in a great location, too! Some excellent restaurants within walking distance.
Both of our drivers in Armenia and Georgia were outstanding: always punctual and very friendly. Our transport to and from the airports was also excellent as we had plenty of time and had no problems finding the driver upon arrival.
The sights we were taken to were fascinating. I truly loved the Matenadaran Museum...probably my favorite place of the entire trip! I would have liked a bit more time in the History Museum of Armenia. The Genocide Museum was very powerful. The wine-tasting was quite enjoyable, and the staff was excellent! One of the best things about this part of the tour was that Haykuhi arranged 2 of our lunches with restaurants where we all got to eat together as a group and were served a shared meal, like a buffet. This was a wonderful opportunity to get to know one another and not have the stress of ordering, paying the bill, and not knowing the language.
In Georgia: Alex was a very fun guide. He was not quite as specific about the details of our days as Haykuhi was but still made for an enjoyable tour. He had wonderful suggestions for places to eat. He was very personable and shared so much of his life in Georgia with our group. His personality made for a great adventure in Georgia.
Hotel Tiflis in Tbilisi was a bit of a disappointment. The lack of a lift made it difficult for some of our group to get their luggage to their rooms. The beds were not very comfortable (very stiff and noisy mattresses). The staff were nice and helpful when we asked. The breakfast was good but not nearly as good as the one at the Cascade Hotel.
The tours to Mtskheta and Old Town were very informative. The cable car ride up to the Fortress was wonderful. The lunch at Gudauri ski resort was some of the best food we had on our trip! Despite the rain, the view from Gergeti Trinity Church was fantastic! The last day in Georgia seemed a bit rushed as we saw the palace, fortress (with a museum), and the winery and breadmaking. That could easily be 2 days worth of sightseeing, I think. The Khareba Winery was my favorite of all the sights in Georgia! Our guide Lulu was so informative and friendly. We had a great time there and with the breadmaking. I just wish we could have had more time there!
Overall, it was a fantastic adventure, and I will be sure to leave a positive review on TripAdvisor! Your company did a great job organizing this tour and has excellent customer service. Thank you so much!
Terri M. Dsida
8th Grade English Teacher
Norwell Middle School
We have just returned to Stockholm from the 16 Day tour to Caucasus. Our well-organized program by the tour coordinator Rima was the best choice to discover this region. Perfect places to see and discover every day something new. Our hotels were clean and had excellent locations in all countries. Our guides from all countries are very knowledgeable, helpful and knew a lot about their countries. Our drivers were very professional and we felt very safe during the whole trip. Thank you very much and congratulations to all on the Arara team who have made it all happen!
We are back to LA with the nicest memories. The Caucasus is just amazing. Leaving in another corner of the world we have never guessed that in another part we would someday discover such amazing culture, traditions, too carrying and warm people, breathtaking nature and views. We are mostly pleased with Armenia - the country of endless mysteries, rich history and tastiest traditional food. Hotel Cascade booked for us was a good choice. The staff of this hotel was very careful and took great care of us.
Our guide in Armenia - Huyaki ( maybe I still mispronounce her name, it was hard for us) was the loveliest guide we ever had, very passionate about her country, though young but very professional. She bought for our souvenirs and Armenian sweets that we took with us back to LA.
Georgia was another highlight of the Caucasus tour. We still look at pictures taken in there. What I remember most of all was the visit to the Trinity Church. The scenery was simply magnificent.
Our guide Alex in Georgia was again a great choice, very careful and knowledgeable. Hotel Tiflis was also a good decision. The rooms were clean and comfortable. The staff of the hotel was also helpful.
Baku in its turn was a nice modern city, it was a pity there weren't any old historical buildings. Well, that's understandable because the city is not old itself. We enjoyed our evening walks along the Caspian Coast.
Our guide's knowledge of English was not so good, though he could answer all our questions. He had a good knowledge of his country.
Despite some small issues we had throughout the tour, it was an overall great success and very well organized.
Special thanks to Sati who was our tour manager and always was on time to help us. We fully enjoyed our trip to the Caucasus.