Traveler’s Feedback

If you decided to Travel to Armenia, please have a look at our travelers feedback below. If you feel need to communicate with them we can provide their emails after getting their permission. 

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Harry Fellows

The tour was enjoyed immensely by all our members, please convey our thanks to all your staff for the excellent service you provided. We have been experiencing comments such as, “the best ever”, “the itinerary was splendid and covered everything we could wish to see”, “ the scenery was spell-binding and the attention paid to detail was excellent”, “the hotels and their service was first class”,  “when you go again please reserve a place for us”, etc, etc.
The only comment that had any criticism was that the long tables were too crowded with hardly sufficient room to handle a knife and fork, a particularly valid comment as the dishes were so good and what a selection, the “soup and bread” lunches in Georgia were particularly enjoyed!
Thank you for arranged such a good tour that highlighted the scenery and history of both countries and thank you personally for your kind invitation to the Jazz Club which Kate and I enjoyed immensely. To crown all this the 15 year old Brandy that you so generously gave us is something very special and will only be shared with our closest friends (if they twist my arm very hard).

Thank you Nune,

With very best wishes until we return
Harry & Kate.
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Richard Whitekettle September

Guide: Eva (Yeva) is the best!  She knew everything about Armenia and the places we visited. Her english language skills were great.  She was also flexible and willing to add or drop stops depending on our particular interests. If we come back I would ask for her again.
Driver: Aurther was a very skilled driver.  He did not speak english but always went above and beyond the call of duty to take care of us.
Car: Very nice Mercedes Sprinter Van.
Hotels: Mostly just fine. In small village had an issue with hot shower but worked around it. One of our party is handicapped and had some step challenges but worked through this.
What did you like best in your trip? Felt like I got a real feel for the country, politics, food, and people.  All positive.
What didn’t you like in the trip? We visited 8 out of the 10 regions which meant a bit of driving but don’t think I would change this.
What would you add to your trip? I would have added  few more days to the trip.
Would you recommend our company to your friends? YES
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Lesley and Andrew Fenton

Guide: Ara was very personable. His standard of English was excellent. He was well-informed, being an archeologist and historian by training, and obviously knew the country well and was evidently an experienced guide. He was able to answer all our questions about history, culture and everyday life in Armenia.
Driver: Ara was our driver too. It sometimes made it a bit difficult to ask him about things while he was concentrating on negotiating windy mountain roads or driving in think fog! We realise this keeps the cost down but it does mean he was having to work doubly hard which must have been tiring.
Car: The car wasn’t really quite big or comfortable enough for such a road trip. We, fortunately, only had a small amount of luggage, but had anyone had more, it would have been impossible to store it all out of sight. Also being a right-hand drive it meant Ara constantly had difficulties seeing what was coming when overtaking.
Hotels: Cascade, Yerevan: Lovely, friendly staff, especially the receptionists. Excellent location, comfortable rooms. Good laundry service. Breakfast good but terrible coffee!
Khachik B&B, Goris: Friendly reception from the owner. Rooms basic but very clean and comfortable. Good breakfast (but again lacking decent coffee). We didn’t see much of the surroundings.
Heghnar Hotel, Stepanakert: Rather ordinary, trying to be grander than it really was. But clean and comfortable enough. Breakfast average (can’t really remember it). Restaurant wasn’t open in evening. Without a car it would have been difficult.
Noyland, Sevan Lake: Clean and comfortable enough but lacking in character and felt a bit desolate out of season (it was only mid September). Breakfast average.
What did you like best in your trip? Beautiful scenery, visits to markets, trying local food. Wine tasting in Ijevan.
What didn’t you like in the trip? Too much time on the road. Not enough time in places such as Dilijan. Too many monasteries: before the last day we had already seen the most spectacular ones and would have preferred to have seen more of Dilijan (where we wanted to stay). we only had time for a quick lunch an a walk down one road.
In view of the fact that we were being driven to Tbilisi the next day, it would have been better for our tour to end in Dilijan, stay there the night, then we could have taken a car from there to Tbilisi. We ended up driving all the way back to Yerevan for one night at the end of tour, only to retrace our steps as far as Ijevan the next morning.
What would you add to your trip? Would have liked to have some more local crafts and artisans.
Would you recommend our company to your friends? Definitely. The pre-trip service by Lusine was excellent.
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Paulette Whitelkettle

Guide: Our guide, Yeva, was wonderful! She made our week delightful. She was professional but extremely likable. She is amazingly knowledgeable. The information she gave us enhanced our experience enormously.  She did a great job knowing how much talking to do  and what information we would find interesting. She paved the way and lead us.  There were at least three times in which we asked to change the itinerary midstream. She went with the flow and cooperated with our every wish and adapted the itinerary cheerfully.  She helped us to fall in love with Armenia.
Driver: He did a fine job.
Car: Fine
Hotels: We enjoyed all of  the hotels although  some were challenging regarding being handicapped accessible.
What did you like best in your trip? I enjoyed the entire trip but especially liked the cable car day
What didn’t you like in the trip? The winery
What would you add to your trip?
Would you recommend our company to your friends? Yes. I intend to. It was excellent.
I also want to thank you, Lucine,  for all your help in planning the trip. That too was a big part of giving us a week will always remember!
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Linda Tavernarakis

Guide: He was the best!  Excellent communication, language skills and tremendous information. Raffi made the tour fun and very interactive.
Driver: our drive was an excellent driver.  Only wished that he would have used the air conditioner rather than opening the window!
Car: The car/van was very suitable and comfortable.
Hotels: the City Hotel was awful and I appreciate being moved to the Boss Hotel which was great.  The other hotels were comperable to the Boss Hotel and were very comfortable.
What did you like best in your trip? visiting the monasteries
What didn’t you like in the trip? the first night in that awful hotel
What would you add to your trip? it would be great to add either as a standard or option to see traditional danacing and music
Would you recommend our company to your friends? absolutely!
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Claude Ducloux

Guide: Both Narek, in Armenia and Shota in Georgia, were lovely people.  Narek is quite educated and was a good source of information. Our trip to Georgia was somewhat longer than anticipated due to some problems with the roads, but we enjoyed both of them.  Shota, especially was helpful to my wife dealing with merchants, and knew the Tblisi environs very well and suggested reasonably priced merchants for certain souvenirs.  Narek also was helpful to my wife with various merchants and got us reservations and assistance.
Driver: Narek drove very slowly (actually too slowly for us) but was very relaxed.
Shota was bit more aggressive, as you’d expect, but very very safe and cared very much about our safety.
Narek’s car (RangeRover Discovery) was a bit bumpy in the back seat, Shota’s Toyota Isis had a much more comfortable ride.
Car: See above
Hotels: The Cascade was a lovely place with friendly employees, and very well located (close to Cascade Steps, Opera house, etc).
My one criticism is that the rooms were much too small (although tidy and clean) and the beds were as hard as a rock. As older Americans accustomed to larger hotel rooms, we would have paid more gladly for a larger room.  We changed to the Double Tree-Hilton for our last night, and really enjoyed that comfort, even though the Doubletree was not as conveniently located as the Cascade. Next time, I’d specify the Marriott.  We are really very experienced travelers, but the size and comfort of the hotel rooms is now becoming a priority for us.  Perhaps you could give people the option of upgrading the hotel for a higher price.
What did you like best in your trip? It was a very meaningful trip for us in many ways. We saw family members of my wife we had never met;  the prices were very reasonable in both Armenia and Georgia, and we really enjoyed every day’s adventures.  We loved our lunch near the Garni Temple with the Babayans.  I loved my early morning walks each day around Yerevan and Tblisi.
What didn’t you like in the trip? The roads between Yerevan and Tblisi were often very bad, and even non-passable.
What would you add to your trip? Options for larger hotel rooms
Would you recommend our company to your friends? Yes. Thank you
I will also send you my journal, so you can see how carefully I documented each day.
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Guide: The tour guide was friendly with huge source of information.
Driver: The transportation was good and on time.
Car: The car was comfortable.
Hotels: The hotel was central so I was close to the most public places like restaurants and shopping. it was nice and clean with excellent services
What did you like best in your trip? My tour guide.
What didn’t you like in the trip?
What would you add to your trip? I would add two weeks instead of one week.
Would you recommend our company to your friends? I strongly will recommend this company. With my experience you will have a good service and you will enjoy your tripe.
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Reginald Tuck

Guide: Our guide was excellent.  Good communication and language skills.  Had a real passion and love for Armenia.  She represented Armenia in a wonderful way and we felt grateful to have her as our guide.  We were most satisfied.
Driver: Excellent driver.  Wonderful person.  Can’t say enough good things about him.
Car: Excellent.
Hotels: Excellent.
What did you like best in your trip? The privilege of visiting the churches and monasteries of Armenia.  The privilege of learning more about the Armenia genocide.  The privilege of visiting a great people and great nation.
What didn’t you like in the trip?
What would you add to your trip? More time and more historical sites.
Would you recommend our company to your friends? By all means.  Your company was GREAT and I am so thankful for all the ways you helped us.  Please use me as a reference.
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Carlos Castaneda

Guide: Very good language skills and knowledgeable.
Driver: Safe and friendly.
Car: Comfortable down the most part except the smaller buses  in the back seat
Hotels: The hotel was ok for the price range but not great. It had a feeling of an old Soviet style hotel. Breakfast was pretty bad. Staff was  very friendly and accommodating but it took effort to solve some issues. Location was ok.
What did you like best in your trip? The tours were all excellent. The people are the friendliest. Syuzanna was an excellent liaison.
What didn't you like in trip? The hotel.
What would you add to your trip? Discuss the possibility to add a couple of days in Karabach.
Would you recommend our company to your friends? Absolutely
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Geoffrey Holland

Guide: They were both good Arthur and Demetre
Driver: driver was the guide, we really liked Arthur
Car: Good enough for our trip thankyou
Hotels: Yerevan was good 4/5, Dilijan 4/5, Tbilisi 4/5 only in that it had no meals or snacks except breakfast... we would go further into the old city if we came again.
What did you like best in your trip? Incredible country, Basaltic stones , basaltic churches and buildings in Armenia, the crucible of Christianity,the agrarian plains of plenty in Georgia.
What didn't you like in the trip? Nothing, we are so glad we went
What would you add to your trip? On reflection, 2 more days in Yerevan, and a side trip to Batumi for one night
Would you recommend our company to your friends? Yes
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Motorbike Group Tour

Guide: Both guides Vahe and Vardan were flexible and were totally focused on great service. These guys are amazing - we were very satisfied.
Car: The bikes were taken good care of and in good condition.
Hotels: Overall I can say that the Hotels were all fine. I’d describe the Best Western in Dilijan as a bit boring (international chain) and their service didn’t correspond to a 4* hotel.
What did you like best? The hotels in Yerevan, Silk Road and Gyumri were my personal highlight, highly recommendable individual and cosy hotels. I really liked them. Even though Arara can influence neither weather nor landscape, it was anyways fantastic!
What could’ve been better? Hotel Nairi in Jermuk wasn’t nice. Arara can’t do anything about the condition of the roads, so let’s just mention it as a side note.
Would you recommend us to your friends and family? Yes!
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Motorbike Group

Guide: Two brothers accompanied us as a guide and driver. They were excellent and really gave us a great insight in Armenian history, culture and more!
Driver: see above
Car: Yamaha XT Motorrad
Hotels: see below 
What did you like best? A great country right on a historic turning point (revolution) and hospitable people! Going off-road and driving along small roads is the best way getting to know Armenia.
What could’ve been better? Some of the hotels didn’t correspond to what we’ve expected.
Would you recommend our company to your friends? Definitely, without a doubt. Arara Tour and Ms. Pessl - we’d like to see more of your service!
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