Treasures of Armenia & Georgia

with Optional Pre-Trip Extension to Georgia’s Kazbegi Region

 

Tbilisi • Mtskheta • Kakheti/Sighnaghi • Yerevan • Dilijan • Garni • Gyumri • Jermuk • Sevan

 

Extension Dates: September 30 – October 4, 2020

Base Trip: October 4 – 17, 2020

Treasures of Armenia & Georgia Trip Overview

Small Group Tour to Armenia & Georgia with Travel Photographer Ralph Velasco 

Join award-winning travel photographer and veteran tour organizer Ralph Velasco for this highly unique and once-in-a-lifetime trip to the Republics of Georgia and Armenia, located in the Caucasus region of western Asia.

 

JUST SOME OF THE MAJOR ACTIVITIES AND SITES YOU’LL ENJOY

 

GEORGIA

Tbilisi – the capital of Georgia and a truly cosmopolitan city with a European feel and a delightful mix of incredibly old and very modern architecture. Great restaurants bars and other sites, too.
Mtskheta – a short drive from Tbilisi including visits to Jvari and Svetiskhoveli (UNESCO World Heritage sites).

Sighnaghi – fortified city famous for its magnificent views of the Greater Caucasus Mountains where you’ll also visit a local winery that makes wine according to the ancient Georgian tradition of using the clay jars called qvevri.

Gori – visit the very interesting Josef Stalin Museum which was actually built around the home he was born in and has many of his artifacts, including the original house in which he was born.

Stepantsminda (during optional pre-trip extension) – spectacular drive via military highway to the Kazbegi Region of northern Georgia, just on the Russian border.  Along the way stop in Gudauri for incredible views, visit the Ananuri fortified complex and Zhinvali reservoir.  

See below for a video overview of the extension.

 

ARMENIA

Yerevan – capital of Armenia with wonderful museums and sites, the Cascade with views of Mt. Ararat, visit to the central market and more.
Garni – visit to the amazing Garni gorge and Garni temple, as well as Geghard monastery, Khor Virap and Noravank.
Dilijan – Drive up the mountain pass to Orbelian’s caravanserai and on to Noratus to see a centuries-old cross-stone field.  Also, visit to a woodcarver’s studio and nearby Molokan village with time spent in a local family’s home complete with tea from a Russian samovar.
Gyumri – sightseeing with market walk, visit to a blacksmith’s studio and an old-world barbershop.
Jermuk – peaceful spa town in the mountains with free time to enjoy some optional spa treatments, as well as a have a wonderful walk through the canyon to a local waterfall and to learn about the very interesting Gallery.
Sevan – drive along Lake Sevan to optional walk to hilltop monasteries and a spectacular overlook.

Below is a video overview of the pre-trip extension to Georgia’s Kazbegi Region.

WHEN

Confirmed Dates for 2020

Optional Extension: September 30 – October 4, 2020

Base Trip: October 4 – 17, 2020

COST

2020 Pricing is still being determined

FOR MORE INFORMATION AND TO REGISTER

Please request the details of this trip by contacting us at this link.

To register, you can pay with a credit card via PayPal (click here to request invoice) or deposit a check directly into the PhotoEnrichment Programs, Inc. bank account at any Bank of America branch. Depositing a check affords a $50 per person discount.

We’ll send you all the payment details if you’ll contact us above.

Your participation is not confirmed until completed Reservation Form and Terms & Conditions, plus passport copy and payment in full, have been received.

THE PROGRAM

Trip Includes:

  • 13-nights accommodations at well-located hotels, several with pools, professional spa services, and other amenities in each location.
  • Private airport transfer in Tbilisi (TBS) upon arrival and to Yerevan airport (EVN) at the end of the trip (so, unless otherwise directed, you’d fly into Tbilisi and out of Yerevan).  Airport transfers are also included for internal flight from TBS > EVN (subject to change).
  • Services of an English-speaking guides and experienced drivers throughout.
  • Meals: Breakfast daily and most other meals are included.
  • One local beer, local glass of wine, water, coffee or tea at each meal.
  • Two bottles of water per person each day.
  • Transportation between all locations and for included group activities in a private, air-conditioned vehicle.
  • Entry fees for all included sites and experiences.
  • Orientation tours in each location with our local, English-speaking guide.
  • Group tips for local guide, driver and included meals.

 

Trip Does Not Include:

  • Your flights to and from Georgia and Armenia.
  • Alcoholic beverages other than those listed above or in the itinerary as included.
  • Items of a personal nature.
  • Anything not specifically outlined in the itinerary.
TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

Small Group Tour to Armenia & Georgia with Travel Photographer Ralph Velasco

Keeping our travel schedule in mind, our goal is always to put participants in the right place, at the right time, to explore and capture the best of the Republics of Georgia and Armenia.  This includes its people, food, monasteries, churches, markets, and other cultural wonders.

  • We’ll also visit a number of markets and off-the-beaten-path locations to meet and interact with the people, all while having a chance to photograph along the way.
  • Assuming facilities are available, participants will have a chance to sit down with Ralph during a mid-trip image review allowing him to gauge each participant’s progress and to provide valuable feedback on their photography.
ABOUT YOUR GUIDE

Ralph Velasco with Camera by Michelle Kate LaVigne

Ralph Velasco is a U.S.-based travel photography instructor, author and international guide who has organized and led over 100 international tours and more than 100 domestic tours in the United States.  His international trips have included Armenia and the Republic of Georgia, Egypt, Morocco, the Adriatic, Central Europe, Iceland, Bhutan and Nepal, Vietnam, Cambodia, India, Spain, Portugal, Tuscany, Romania, Mexico’s Copper Canyon, Turkey, Cuba and other locations

Ralph is an award-winning travel photography blogger, podcast host and public speaker, and for more than 10 years he’s been the Founder and CEO (Chief Experience Officer) of PhotoEnrichment Adventures.  Recently he created a new travel brand called Alla Campagna Experiences where the focus is less on photography in each destination and even more about the culture, people, food, drink and other unique activities and experiences they have to offer, all while staying in unforgettable properties, such as private castles, wine estates, one-of-a-kind boutique hotels, villas and converted mansions, in and around the Mediterranean.

He’s also Creator of Tour Organizer Training, a free webinar and online course series designed to teach everyday people, step-by-step, how to organize and lead their own special interest trips, whether around the world or around the corner.  Click here to join the next free webinar.

Now, invest in yourself…get out and travel!

TESTIMONIALS

“I decided to go on Ralph’s Tbilisi and Armenia trip almost as soon as he announced it…just because I’d never been there. Then I saw / imagined really how close Baku, Azerbaijan is, so why not? How about an extension, Ralph?  Like so many things Ralph does well, he arranged 4 days and 3 nights there.

The planning was impeccable as usual and every bump in the road dealt with in an efficient and seamless manner.

I’ve now been on four trips with Ralph, every one of them well-planned, but not over structured, with plenty of time to make photographs. Can’t wait to see what Ralph comes up with next.”

~ Candice J. (2019 Armenia/Georgia, Cuba – twice, Morocco)

 

“Thank you to these 4 for getting us all through Armenia and Tbilisi. You kept us safe, fed and showed us the most amazing countries of Georgia and Armenia!

Ralph Velasco…. thank you for putting the most excellent trip together and one I’ll never forget!  Next time someone asks me what my favorite trip was…. I’ll say Georgia and Armenia!

Arpi Yeganyan… you are the best!!!!! You never missed a beat! You are so smart, patient, funny and just a wonderful person!

Samal our driver extraordinaire …   the king of passing on 2 lane highways, weaving the van in out and of the tiniest streets … but most important keeping us safe!

Tamar …. our guide in Tbilisi showed us the best of the best…

I highly suggest visiting this beautiful part of the world…. where history overflows, people are wonderful and you’ll never go hungry!

And to the best little group ever to travel with!!!!”

~ Carole R. (2019 Armenia/Georgia, 2019 Morocco,

2019 Costa Rica, 2018 Cuba, 2018 Vietnam)

 

“I enjoyed the trip very much. The experiences with the local people were the best part. I also enjoyed the detailed explanations from the guides. The detail in the itinerary sheets were very helpful in explaining the itineraries.”

~ Ena G. (2019 Armenia/Georgia)

 

“The trip to Georgia and Armenia was really fantastic overall! I did not know what to expect, but was very pleasantly surprised. I love travel with deep, rich culture and this was exactly that. Tbilisi is such a diverse city with Old Tbilisi in one part and then modern fast paced in other areas. It had some of the most beautiful views I have ever seen.

In Armenia, my personal highlight was to visit the village of my ancestry with the Molokan family. I loved how welcoming they were and I am sure they enjoyed having us visit. Overall, driving all over Armenia was so interesting to see the changing terrains and all the beautiful fall colors, the little villages and the very friendly people.

This trip was a great education, as well, for this part of the world and I am so glad I went and would highly recommend this trip to others who want a unique and cultural experience!”

~ Carole R. (2019 Armenia/Georgia, 2019 Morocco,

2019 Costa Rica, 2018 Cuba, 2018 Vietnam)

 

“Another great trip from PEA [PhotoEnrichment Adventures]. Excellent photo opportunities, food, and interactions with locals. A top-notch experience from start to finish.”

~ Jeff D. (2016 Vietnam, 2017 Cambodia, 2019 Armenia/Georgia

All activities and itinerary details are subject to change, but rest assured we’ll make every effort to provide a comparable alternative in the unlikely event changes to our schedule need to be made.

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