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Armenia & Georgia Real Food Adventure

10 Days | Discover the rich flavours and centuries-old Caucasian classics of Yerevan, Tbilisi and beyond

4.9 out of 5 based on 16 reviews submitted.
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Taste the punchy flavours of Armenia and Georgia on this 10-day food adventure. Begin the journey in Yerevan, contrasting traditional Armenian barbecue, grilled trout and tolma with the many spicy aromas of the local markets. Continue the adventure in Georgia, where the charming facades of Tbilisi and the snow-dusted peaks of the Caucasus are the backdrop for culinary adventures, both hands-on and leisurely. Enjoy the region’s most iconic and celebrated dishes, all washed down with a delicious array of Georgia’s famous local wines.

Trip overview

Map of Armenia & Georgia Real Food Adventure including Armenia and Georgia
Start
Yerevan, Armenia
Finish
Tbilisi, Georgia
Theme
Food
Destinations
Georgia, Armenia
Physical rating
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Style
Original
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1 - Max 12
Trip code
KFZG
This trip generates 44.97 kg of CO2-e per person per day.
We offset these emissions on your behalf. But we know that is not enough, so we also have a carbon reduction target.

Why you'll love this trip
  • Prepare your own tolma (vine-wrapped rice, herbs and lentils) and join a masterclass with a local family to learn how to make khinkali (Georgian dumplings).
  • Join local families for traditional homecooked meals, sampling Armenian trout with a family in Garni and make a Georgian barbecue with a family in the Kakheti region.
  • Take a hike in the striking Caucasus mountains to perhaps one of the best positioned churches in Europe – Gergeti Trinity Church.
  • Taste the region’s most iconic dishes, including chaqafuli (beef or lamb in plum sauce), mtsvadi (meat skewers), churchkhela (nutty Georgian candy) and khachapuri (cheese breads).
  • Enjoy a glass or two of the locally produced wine and learn about the unique Qvevri tradition of using clay pots to create delicious, unfiltered and organic drops.

Is this trip right for you?
  • The cuisine of the Caucasus region includes a lot of meat. For vegetarians and vegans we recommend reviewing the itinerary and inclusions to ensure that you will be able to fully participate and enjoy this trip. We also have many other trips to the Caucasus region which can accommodate a range of dietary requirements.
  • The diversity of the seasons here makes for incredible scenery, but the weather in this region can be unpredictable. It’s best to wear layers at all times of the year in case conditions change. There may occasionally be itinerary changes due to road closures.
  • This trip involves a reasonable amount of walking so be sure to bring sturdy walking shoes and comfortable clothes. To make the most of the trip, it's best if you have at least a moderate level of fitness. There is an included hike on Day 8, at an altitude of 2170m. Please refer to the itinerary for more details.

Itinerary

This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 January 2023 to 31 December 2023.

View the itinerary for departures between 01 January 2024 - 31 December 2024

Map of Armenia & Georgia Real Food Adventure including Armenia and Georgia

Inclusions

Meals

9 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 4 dinners

Transport

Private Bus, Public Bus

Accommodation

Hotel (9 nights)

Activities
  • Yerevan - Welcome Dinner
  • Yerevan - Local market visit
  • Yerevan - City Tour with Local Guide
  • Yerevan - Tolma cooking demonstration
  • Garni - Temple of Garni
  • Garni - Lavash making demonstration
  • Geghard - Geghard Monastery
  • Garni - Home-cooked lunch
  • Garni - Symphony of Stones
  • Tbilisi - Wine Tasting
  • Tbilisi - Khachapuri tasting
  • Tbilisi - Old Town Walking Tour with Local Guide
  • Kakheti - Gremi Architectural Complex
  • Kvareli - Barbecue lunch with a local family
  • Kvareli - Traditional Churchkhela demonstration
  • Kvareli - Qvevri Wine Master visit
  • Mtskheta - Jvari Church & Svetitskhoveli Cathedral
  • Ananuri - Architectural Complex
  • Telavi - Local market visit
  • Stepantsminda - Gergeti Trinity Church Hike
  • Stepantsminda - Khinkali home-cooking class
  • Tbilisi - Farewell Dinner
Add on activities
  • Tbilisi - Aerial Cable Car - USD1
  • Tbilisi - Museum of Georgia - USD5
  • Tbilisi - Museum of Fine Arts - USD2
  • Tbilisi - Sulphur Baths Entry - USD35

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Important notes

1. A single supplement is available if you’d prefer not to share a room on this trip. The single supplement applies to all nights of your trip and is subject to availability. Please speak to your booking agent for further information.
2. While we endeavour to cater for specific dietary requirements, some meals and food activities are set in advance and may be difficult to adjust. Please advise us of any dietary requirements at the time of booking so that we can ensure you’ll enjoy this trip.
3. Due to current border crossing restrictions for different Caucasus nationalities, your Trip Leader may be from nearby Ukraine or Russia. Your leader will have in-depth knowledge and extensive travel experience throughout the Caucasus. Local guides from Georgia and Armenia are represented throughout the itinerary to ensure you receive a diverse and uniquely local range of perspectives.

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Reviews

4.9 out of 5 based on 16 reviews submitted.
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Shelagh · Traveled October 2023
My first time travelling with Intrepid and I won’t hesitate to travel with them again. I understand now why they have a very loyal and growing group of travellers who travel with them again and again! I would recommend them in a heartbeat and I look forward to exploring the world with them again soon!
Review submitted 14 Oct 2023

Kelly · Traveled October 2023
When trying to decide on a trip in this region, the food tour really stood out to me as I wasn't very familiar with dishes from these countries. Safe to say, this trip really highlights the importance of food in this region and the amazing scenery & history that you encounter & learn about. I had such a great time exploring these wonderful places!
Review submitted 12 Oct 2023

Clare · Traveled September 2023
Great tour which gives you the highlights of two countries, and extra insights into local food and drink traditions. Safe travel in a sometimes unstable region.
Review submitted 27 Sep 2023

Rachel · Traveled September 2023
This was the first tour I went on that emphasizes food and it was excellent. More meals are included than in other tours, and many of the meals were in home settings, which was really nice. The market visits, wine tastings and cooking demos - stuffed grape leaves, lavash, dumplings, walnuts dipped in grape paste - were very good. This is an active tour - you visit a lot of sites with interesting history - and the scenery is beautiful in both Armenia and Georgia. By chance, there was a group of women singing in Geghard church/monastery when we visited - it was amazing! The Tour Leader, Ani, is from Georgia. She was great company, taught us a lot about the region and ensured that the tour went smoothly. We also had an excellent local guide in Armenia. There are some long bus and mini van rides, but they were very comfortable.
Review submitted 26 Sep 2023

Robin · Traveled September 2023
Outstanding! I have a new understanding and appreciation for the people, food, and culture of the Caucasus. Thank you to Yulia for making this a fun experience.
Review submitted 16 Sep 2023
Armenia & Georgia Real Food Adventure
From
CAD $2,112