Discover the rich flavours and centuries-old Caucasian classics of Yerevan, Tbilisi and beyond
Discover the punchy, herbaceous flavours of Armenia and Georgia on this exciting new Real Food Expedition. Sitting on the cusp of the Middle East and Eastern Europe, these two countries bring a knowledge, pride and tradition to their cuisine that stretches back centuries. Begin the journey in Yerevan, contrasting traditional Armenian barbecue, grilled trout and tolma with the many spicy aromas of the local market – and of course a drop or two of fine Armenian brandy. 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 Adjarian-style khachapuri (cheese pie), hearty chakhokhbili (chicken stew), mtsvadi (meat skewers in marinated in spices and pomegranate), churchkhela (nutty Georgian candy), khinkali (Georgian dumplings), and local wines and cheeses paired by expert sommeliers.
Prepare your own tolma (vine-wrapped rice and mince), feast on succulent khorovats (Armenian pork barbecue) and visit a distillery to taste legendary Armenian brandy at the source
Learn how to make delicious khinkali (Georgian dumplings) and khachapuri (cheese-filled bread) with an expert local foodie
Tbilisi, Georgia’s capital, is awash with culture, colour and beautiful architecture. A bonus at the end of your city tour is a cahakhokbili (chicken stew) feast with a local family
Stay overnight in a local guesthouse in Stepantsminda, sitting down to a traditional meal with the family who run it
Visit the home of the famous Kindzmarauli winery for some exquisite wine and cheese pairings – the result of months of meticulous work by local sommeliers
Discover the World Heritage-listed church and cathedral in Mtskheta, Georgia’s spiritual heart since Christianity was established in 301
You will reach a significant altitude on this trip (2200 metres at the highest point), so a good level of fitness is required for the hiking. That said, alternative activities can often be arranged for those who would prefer not to hike.
Photography of sensitive sites such as military bases and power installations is prohibited. You may be charged a photo fee at some tourist sites. It’s important to be aware of cultural sensitivities when photographing churches and other religious sites.
The itinerary is densely packed – we’d hate for you to miss anything – which means you'll be busy. There will, however, be plenty of free time and opportunity for independent exploration.
On some days there’s a lot of walking between sites and around towns and cities. While it can be tiring to be on your feet, this is the best way to see a destination. Comfortable, sturdy walking shoes will be your best friend.
You will have two different leaders for this trip – one for Armenia and one for Georgia. They’ll change over at the border crossing on day 4.
1. Please note there is a chance of potential changes to the itinerary due to heavy rain, flooding and snow at higher altitudes, which often affect roads and bridges, making travel difficult or impossible (particularly in remote areas).
2. There will be two Local Leaders for your trip, (1 Armenian and 1 Georgian) your leader will change at the border crossing on Day 4.
3. Altitudes experienced during this trip are up to 2200m above sea level.
4. A Single Supplement is available for purchase.