John Henry Morgan
I did the 3 country tour to Armenia, Georgia, Azerbaijan. Not only would I highly recommend these destinations, I would recommend Arara Tours every time. In fact, I have already recommended Arara Tours to friends of mine. The organisation, support and help from start through to finish has been second to none. Totally professional. I consider myself a reasonably experienced traveller of about 90 countries, and would go so far as to say that Arara Tours has been the best travel company I have ever travelled with. So....I would highly recommend Arara, and wish to thank Tatev, the guides and drivers, for making this an extremely enjoyable trip.
Estelle de Wet
Overall I can only give my highest marks for a super tour. Administration great, guides in Armenia and Azerbaijan were great, but Ana in Georgia could still work a little bit on her overall knowledgecof the country.
If I may, I would suggest something about the lunches: I know that the guides would like the tourists to experience the local foods, but with the translation of the menues, etc, it took everytime more than an hour in our already packed day. Do not get me wrong: we loved every detail they showed us, but we could perhaps saved time by getting a take away somewhere??? This is just a suggestion... everything was so well thought through and planned.
An experience i have waited for in great anticipation! Arara Tours make me live my dream... Armenia with Raffi....such a wonderfull experience to see Armenia through his eyes! Georgia with Ana...an exiting time with a young and exciting guide with great insight! Azerbaijan...could not have asked more than for somebody as thoughtful and efficient as Inna!!
My tour to the Caucasus, organised by Tatev and her team, was a dream come true!!!
Thank you all for making every moment count ....with every team in every country doing their best for us!
I will spread the word to my friends, and tour buddies in South Africa....
God's richest blessings on everybody that fulfilled my dream tour!!
The trip was fabulous overall with only a few issues:
1. Our Guide in Georgia (Anna) had fair English but did not understand questions asked of her since her answers did not always seem appropriate. Additionally she offered almost no history or background information as we traveled. Her time management was also lacking, as we arrived at destinations increasingly behind schedule. All of this made our trip to Georgia quite frustrating.
2. Having our travel companions in four hotels in Yerevan caused our pick up time and drop off to exceed an hour each morning and again each afternoon wasting considerable time, as we were the first picked up and the last dropped off each day.
On the other hand our guides in Armenia (Raffi) and Azerbaijan (Ena) were superb, excellent English, time management, knowledge of the area and its history, and leadership. We have been on many similar trips and these two were among the best any where!! The three drivers were also very skilled and kind. The hotels were very nice also.
We are back in the USA as of yesterday. Thank you for the good care that you have taken to stay in touch with us from the very beginning of our tour inquiries. I truly appreciate your extra efforts to purchase the tickets for the overnight train from Baku to Tbilisi. That worked great and we actually slept very well as we traveled
We are still “on the road” with a visit to our son and his family before flying home on Wednesday. All in all, our experience was very good. Our group of 12 from four different continents was joyful!!!! All three countries we visited are are rich in culture and history. WE LEARNED SO VERY MUCH!!!!
Again, THANK YOU!!!!! For taking good care of us.
Thanks for Satine-tour manager who has arranged a wonderful trip in Caucasus for 13 days. The itinerary was mostly cover all the main place.All the hotels are in good locations and the dinners are very very good and special thanks for her patience to my team demands.
I would like to thank you our Georgia guide Keti , who is very helpful,patience and thoughtful. We are happy to be with her during the trip.
In Armenia, our guide Ara is very knowledgeable and professional. We learnt many history from him.
All in all, a brilliant holiday that we would definitely recommend.
I would just like you to know that my husband and I really enjoyed out tour of Armenia and Georgia, both our guides were excellent, knowledgable and with good English. All your arrangements worked like clockwork. We te Aprichought thot Hotel in Yerevan was particularly good. We found everything we saw of interest. We have one small suggestion we would suggestion, that you substitute the new art museum in Tbilisi with the Archeological museum (which we visited on our own, before we left} which is so interesting and gives a good background to the culture.
Thank you for all your help and patience
Francesca and Alexander
Overall we had a great holiday. We thought it was well organised. Guide was friendly and knowledgeable.
Hikes were very good - not too difficult but made us work.
Monasteries were great and well worth visiting. They all had different characters.
Good recommendations for restaurants by guide.
Overall food and wine very good.
Restaurant near Ijevan highly recommended- found by Guide, Sevan lake and Dilijan (papanino). A recommended list of restaurants however would have been really helpful in some places (Guide did make suggestions - but we ended up at a food court one night simply because we didn’t know where else to go and not everyone used Tripadvisor to rate out of the way places)
Museum in Yerevan was a must see.
Most of hotels/b&b’s good. Best were the b&b Goris, Iris and Armenia.
Lucy Tour. Restaurant was terrible - food not warm and Soviet canteen style. Odd as the place itself and room was quite nice.
Kamar guesthouse was a building site. The hosts were very friendly, and breakfast nice, but we wondered why we didn’t stay in the lovely b&b Armenia an extra night, especially as we drove past it the next morning.
Minotel Barsam was not great. The bed was rock hard and the lights stopped working. We thought this was was to be expected of a city centre hotel until we got to Hotel Apricot at end of holiday and that was much much nicer. We’d have happily have paid extra for a nicer hotel.
It was very hot for hiking which might be a problem for some people. We loved the forest walks which were cooler so maybe some thought in adding extra time there in hot temperatures rather than hiking in the south - and instead just see sights around Goris to make up time.
We enjoyed the singers at Geghard and wondered if some live Armenia music could be recommended in an evening
Francesca Winrow Alexander Woywodt
The tour was well planned and organized and the itinerary covered a variety of interesting sites that provided a good introduction to a fascinating part of the world. The hotels were good, and the breakfast buffets from very good to excellent. I highly recommend this tour and this agency.
Hi Sati I was the Sue travelling with Peter Lowe on the classical tour of Armenia, Georgia. Azerbyjian wow what can I say it was wonderful in every way I thoroughly enjoyed my time awayw
Very interesting area of the world. Everything done by Araratours met our expectations.
Brigid and Conor
Our story wth Arara tours is a good one from start to finish. Sati being our charming tour manager . All transactions went smoothly. Our fellow travellers were great we made lots of new friends. Our tour guides amazing. The sites of Armenia Georgia and Azerbaijan stupendous. fresh delious food and wine . We saw alot in 12days and the pace was hard going at times. the guides lead us well up steps down mountains into wine cellars out of monasteries churches and museums . Advised us on how to respect the culture where to eat, change money , and where the toilets were. Very important. To one and all involved in making our holiday very special thanks from your Irish friends .