Dear Arara tour company, I have successfully reached Barcelona, and I would like to express my big gratitude.
I am really satisfied with all the bookings which our tour agent made. The tour went well and our tour guides had big roles in it. I would like to come back in 2023 and experience other tours. Thank you again. I will recommend your company to my family and friends.
Thank you, Sati! Yes, all is well and the trip was fantastic! All three guides were wonderful and knowledgeable.
Great job overall!
I returned to Canada on Friday (Douglas is still in Europe), after a most informative and enjoyable visit to Armenia and Georgia.
I write to thank you for all the organization of our visit, and through you, to thank our guides Arthur and Tazo. They both looked after us extremely well, and we benefited enormously from their knowledge and love of their respective countries.
Thank you for facilitating this enriching experience.
Kind regards, Kevin
From the time of our arrival in Armenia we were treated generously by all: transfer driver, hotel staff, guides and certainly Arthur. He is such a warm, kind, transparent fellow who is both knowledgeable about his country’s history, culture, religion and the many challenges it has endured. Throughout his comments were balanced and fair. Arthur is an exceedingly honourable man.
All hotels were good except the hotel by the lake in Sevan was perhaps a little too rustic. The view was great but the accommodation and food were not what we had come to expect. I’m sure it’s perfect for a summer holiday.
Upon crossing the border to Armenia we were met by the remarkable Tazo. He transferred us to Tbilisi and over the next several days showed us the history, culture, and religious life of the country. We had a great pleasure in meeting a 7th generation family of vintners and have a meal and an afternoon learning about wine making. It was a five-star experience.
Our best hotel was in Tevali at the Holiday Inn—it was a superb property. I would not recommend Tiflis in Tbilisi. The staff are charming, the rooms clean, but the walls very thin and the guests loud and obnoxious at all hours of the night. It was our own real disappointment and left us without rest for the next day.
I cannot leave without commending Tatev on facilitating our great trip even with the long wait through Covid.
We enjoyed every sightseeing and meals. Both Sophie and Raffi are very professional and knowledgeable. Drivers drive safely and good. You are wonderful too. I will let you know when we are home safely.
I trust you are well. It's been some time since August but better late than never. I wanted to let you know that I thoroughly enjoyed my trip and would recommend your tour agency to others. There are a couple of point that might help other tourists though:
1. Confirming gear: For the hikes it would have been good be more clear on the hiking gear in terms of what I should have brought with me and what the guide was providing.
2. Packing too much into a day: My itinerary was really packed and although it was very interesting and I enjoyed it, there were a couple of days where there were too many visits scheduled and I was literally running, despite an early start.
Both my drivers were good, with good vehicles but in general people drive a lot faster in Armenia and Georgia than many other countries are used to with respect to the posted speed limits.
Although there were many places of interest on my itinerary the highlights were the hikes and seeing the natural beauty of Armenia and Georgia. I also enjoyed trying the local food. People in both countries were very welcoming.
Thanks again Tatev for organizing an excellent trip.
Monica Garcia Bringas
Tatev was always beyond expectations. Personally, she really helped me with my eVisa on arrival at the airport, not only filling the online request, but following up with the ministry for extra fast approval.
For our Guide in Dilijan, he also went extra, for explaining everything, really getting g to know our needs, made us have unique memories and local knowledge, like the lunch with local people, sharing food and getting us to innique spots.
I just spent the best 3 days hiking with Vahagn. We four friends traveled from Abu Dhabi to enjoy the autumn and hike in Dilijan. Vahagn was our guide. He was so knowledgeable! He taught us about the culture, climate, the trails, the history of the area and was very receptive to our needs! He clearly did his homework and made adjustments for our daily hiking plans. He is truly an asset to the company and the face of how wonderful Armenia is! I will come back because of my wonderful experience on the trek and because of Vahagn! Thank you!!!!
Amazing trip. Thank you to Tatev for her professionalism and kindness
Without her help, our friend would still be waiting for her visa.
The all organization of our trip was spotless! From the guides to the drivers to the hotel.
Arthur and Varaghn were extremely kind and so knowledgeable
We went on a 5 stan tour and Satine from Araratour was patiently helpful in answering all our questions. The Araratour tour package was magnificently organized that we had no issues with country/border crossing, hotel or trip arrangements. Everyone from the tour guides, to the drivers and the accommodation staff were very friendly. The choice of hotels were so rightly chosen that they were all right smack in the middle of everything. Everyone took good care of us. Always.
I highly recommend Araratour to anyone wanting to visit Central Asia.
As to the places, i cant believe that people do not go more to these countries. I was surprised by how nice people were in Uzbekistan and Tajikistan. They would approach us for pictures and were always all smiles. Your hands will hurt waiving on the bus because everyone who sees the bus literally would wave at us. The place itself is so full of history and old buildings that you will always be at awe.
Darvaza Gas Crater was mind blowing. Where else can you see a crater burning since 1971 and be able to take selfies so close to it.
I traveled to Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan with Araratour in May 2019. Since visiting these countries had been a very long time dream, I decided to do it in a private tour. Lucky me that had Tatev from Araratour to book everything the way I wanted! I really enjoyed the trip! The guides were excelent, the program was very interesting, the transportation (cars and drivers) was nice and the hotels were also good. Dushanbe: the guide (I forgot his name ...) was very good, helpful and knowledgeable. Hotel was very nice and central. Almaty: the guide was also very good, helpful, knowledgeable and a sweetheart! Hotel Kazzhol was nice and central. Bishkek: the guide Kanat was also very good, helpful and knowledgeable. Hotel was very nice. Ashgabat: the guide was also very good, super nice, helpful and knowledgeable! Hotel was very nice as well and very central. Tashkent: the guide (I forgot her name) was good and knowledgeable, but seemed to be tired (or hungry - because of Ramadan, I don't know). Well, in her favor I can say that at a certain point she bought us water, because we did not have Uzbek currency yet. And also in her favor I should say that she took us to a hotel to exchange money, so, yes, it was a good tour. All drivers were very nice. Thank you once again, Tatev! I really enjoyed the trip!
I confess I've never heard of the company and was a little careful with booking with them. However, the fact that they offered a 19-day tour in all 5 countries and cheaper than many others made me go for it. Their itinerary offered everything I was looking for and I was not disappointed. It ended up being a great tour. Satine was very helpful from the beginning, responding patiently and quickly to all my emails. Shukhrat was a fantastic guide, very well organized, with good command of English, very informative and helpful. We traveled in great buses with good drivers, local planes and trains. Everything was very high quality for us. All we had to do was just follow our guide's instructions. There were 15 of us in our fun group of seasoned travelers from all 6 inhabited continents of the world. The locals were welcoming and friendly. The hotels were great. Five countries - Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan - were very interesting. Beautiful cities and structures, stunning landscapes and an abundance of adventure. I would definitely recommend Araratour to anyone traveling to Central Asia. The beginning of September was indeed a good time to travel as the weather was still good and comfortable. July is apparently the hottest month and it gets colder from October.