A responsible travel company and one of the world's most lauded guided vacation companies, Trafalgar connects travelers with people, places and experiences across the globe. Trafalgar takes travelers to all of the iconic destinations and points of interest, but also places a large emphasis on connecting travelers and locals, supporting local communities, and bringing travelers outside major tourist pathways to offset over-tourism and preserve destinations for years to come.
The company recently announced their new 11-day 'Georgia and Armenia Uncovered' itinerary for 2020 that brings travelers through the best of the rising destination of Georgia and Armenia. Perfect for spring travel, the season brings beautiful blooms and rich colors to the region and welcomes travelers with comfortably warm weather.
Taking its first departure in 2020, Trafalgar's Georgia and Armenia itinerary supports and encourages tourism efforts in these emerging destinations, taking guests off the beaten path and on a journey across the Caucasus Mountains' dramatic landscapes and through Europe's best kept secrets.
Head to the ancient capital of Mtskheta to visit the twin UNESCO World Heritage sites, the 6th century Jvari Monastery and the 11th century Svetitskhoveli Cathedral. Dive further into heritage and tradition in the fortified town of Sighnaghi in the Caucasus Mountains, where you will embrace Georgia's wine traditions with a fresh glass of vino.
Learn the secrets of Georgian bread making in a local master class, and indulge in Churchkhela sweets over lunch and wine tasting with locals before sampling wines at Iago's wine cellar, where you'll enjoy stories from Iago himself and his wife Marina.
Explore the city of Tbilisi, where a local guide will deliver you to the ancient Narikala Fortress by cable car before learning about the legend of the Golden Fleece at the Georgian National Museum.
Moving from Georgia to Armenia, enjoy lunch in Dzoraget village against the backdrop of the forest-clad slopes of the Caucasus, and taste Russian pancakes and homemade tea with a local in Fioletovo village.
Visit Lake Sevan and Karahunge, known as 'Armenia's Stonehenge', crossing the Wings of Tatev ropeway to the 'monastery on the edge of nothing', and make a difference by visiting a local community which makes a living from crafting traditional wool carpets.
Through a visit to the Khor Virap Monastery, experience the place where St. Gregory the Illuminator was imprisoned for 14 years before leading Armenia to becoming the first country in the world declared a Christian nation.
See a moving performance of Armenian spiritual songs in the city of Yerevan at the UNESCO-listed Geghard Monastery. Before departing Armenia, meet a local family in Garni and learn how to make Armenia's national flatbread lavash, paired with cheese and greens.
Trafalgar has something for every type of traveler, offering itineraries worldwide across 72 countries and 7 continents.
By Pamela Crawford, author, Easy Patio Veggies & Herbs
Photographs by Pamela Crawford
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