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Armenia & Georgia Real Food Adventure

Armenia & Georgia Real Food Adventure

Discover the punchy, herbaceous flavours of Armenia and Georgia on this food adventure. 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 chaqafuli (beef or lamb in plum sauce), mtsvadi (meat skewers in marinated in spices and pomegranate), churchkhela (nutty Georgian candy), khinkali (Georgian dumplings) – all washed down with a delicious array of Georgia’s famous local wines.

Activities
  • Yerevan - Welcome Dinner
  • Yerevan - Local market visit
  • Yerevan - City Tour with Local Guide
  • Garni - Lunch in a Local Home
  • Geghard - Geghard Monastery
  • Garni - Temple of Garni
  • Garni - Lavash making demonstration
  • Vagharshapat - Tolma cooking class and lunch
  • Vagharshapat - Zvartnots Temple
  • Vagharshapat - Etchmiadzin Cathedral
  • Yerevan - Brandy Factory visit and tasting
  • Yerevan - The Armenian Alphabet Monument
  • Aparan - Gntunik Bakery Visit
  • Akhtala - Akhtala Village Visit
  • Tbilisi - City tour
  • Tbilisi - Khachapuri tasting
  • 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
  • Stepantsminda - Gergeti Trinity Church Hike
  • Stepantsminda - Khinkali Cooking Class (Georgian Dumplings)
  • Tbilisi - Farewell Dinner
Highlights
  • Prepare your own tolma (vine-wrapped rice, herbs and lentils), feast on succulent khorovats (Armenian pork barbecue) and visit a distillery to taste legendary Armenian brandy at the source.
  • Stay overnight in a local guesthouse in Gudauri, sitting down to a traditional meal with the family who run it.
  • Familiarise yourself with the local life in Telavi and make 'mtsvadi' (grilled pork skewers) then indulge in 'churchkhela', a delicious Georgian sweet!
  • Discover the World Heritage-listed church and cathedral in Mtskheta, Georgia’s spiritual heart since Christianity was established in 301.
  • Finish your food adventure in Tbilisi, Georgia’s capital, awash with culture, colour and beautiful architecture. A bonus at the end of your city tour is a 'chaqafuli' (beef or lamb in a fresh plum sauce) feast.
Interests
  • Culinary and Cooking
9 Nights Starting At
August 06, 2023 through September 03, 2023
Various departures
Itinerary Map
Itinerary Overview
Day 1
Day 2
Day 3
Day 4
Tbilisi
Day 5
Tbilisi
Day 6
Telavi
Day 7
Gudauri
Day 8
Gudauri
Day 9
Tbilisi
Day 10
Tbilisi
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August 06, 2023
to September 03, 2023
9 Nights from $2,065.00
(USD) Per Person
Various departures
May 21, 2023
to June 18, 2023
9 Nights from $2,145.00
(USD) Per Person
Various departures
September 10, 2023
to September 24, 2023
9 Nights from $2,145.00
(USD) Per Person
Various departures
October 01, 2023
to October 15, 2023
9 Nights from $2,065.00
(USD) Per Person
Various departures
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About Intrepid Travel
We get it – travel’s a big decision. It’s not every day you fly across the world to wander the souks of Marrakech or enjoy a dreamy Angkor sunrise. But for us, it’s been our everyday for the past three decades (whew, we’re old). Let’s just say we know what travellers really want: a balance of inclusions and free time, a mix of classic highlights and local secrets you won’t find on Google. And of course, an authentic real life experience.

Our leaders are born and raised in-country, and they know their destination better than anyone. So you’ll do more than just see a place, you’ll live it. Small groups, big adventures and responsible travel – that’s our thing. With 1,000 trips in a variety of styles across 100 countries, we’re sure you’ll find something you like. So let’s get started.

1. Real life experiences
What is travel but a search for something that can’t be Googled? We love the highlights, but the real magic for us happens well away from a beaten path. It’s the little noodle bars, hidden galleries and backstreet bodegas and real life experiences you won’t find in a search engine.

2. Connected by travel
The beauty of small group travel isn’t just new places, it’s new perspectives. It’s the stories you hear and the friendships you forge, the ones that stick around long after the tan has faded. Our travellers come from all walks of life; what unites them is where they’re going.

3. Travel works best when it's balanced
Time is your most precious resource, especially on a holiday. That’s why our trips are built with balance in mind. A little group time, a little you time – the way it should be. And because our tours have an average of just 10 people, there’s more of the world to go round.

4. With great travel comes great responsibility
The world’s a pretty amazing place, and we want to do our bit to keep it that way. And all it takes is a little dash of self-awareness, a slightly softer tread. Sustainable travel doesn’t mean no fun. It means that fun can be used to benefit others. Respect.

5. Adventure should be for everyone
Age, pillow preference, budget, travelling solo or together – it doesn’t matter where you’re from, what matters is where you’d like to go. Our mission is to deliver the best travel experiences to anyone who’s up for them. So no matter if you favour a soft landing or a wild take-off, Intrepid stands for you.

6. Our leaders are the greatest
We realised early on that the best folks to show you the heart of a destination are, funnily enough, the ones that live there. These are our leaders: travel experts and friendly locals who know their countries back to front, from every backstreet bar to every hidden gallery. They’re the big, smiling face of Intrepid (and we couldn’t be prouder).

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