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Armenia and Georgia Photography Tour
21st - 30th Apr, 2021 - 1 PLACE REMAINING
Tutored by Paul Sanders and
£5199.00 pp / Deposit -£300.00
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Our Armenia and Georgia photography tour will take place in April 2021 with Paul Sanders. Georgia and Armenia sit somewhat uncomfortably in the Caucasus mountains between Europe and Asia, both have seen their borders expanded and overrun by their neighbours Turkey, Azerbaijan and Iran. Both countries are formerly part of the Soviet Union and are in the process of developing their own identities out of the shadow of Soviet oppression.
Tour leader Paul finds the former Soviet states fascinating, in particular the mixture of modern and traditional lifestyles that shape these two beautiful areas. The tour will start in the Georgian capital Tbilisi before heading towards the border with Armenia.
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At a Glance
TypeOff the Beaten Track
- Accommodation on a single occupancy basis in carefully picked hotels
- All meals
- Water and snacks on the bus
- Transport in a new, comfortable minibus
- One guide
- Tuition from Paul Sanders
Duration 7+ Night Tours
Tour Code ARM02
Armenia Photography Tour - Georgia Photography Tour
Georgia and Armenia sit somewhat uncomfortably in the Caucasus mountains between Europe and Asia, both have seen their borders expanded and overrun by their neighbours Turkey, Azerbaijan and Iran. Both countries are formerly part of the Soviet Union and are in the process of developing their own identities out of the shadow of Soviet oppression.
Paul finds the Former Soviet states fascinating, in particular the mixture of modern and traditional lifestyles that shape these two beautiful areas.
Our tour starts in the Georgian capital Tbilisi where we will base ourselves for a couple of days. During this time we will explore the incredible diversity of architecture in the city, before moving out in to an area of Georgia that tourists never go to. Chiatura is a mining town which feels like going back in time, the whole place has a layer of coal dust and feels grimy, where cable cars criss cross the town leading to the mines. This is the kind of place where you can literally lose yourself for days photographing the people, mountains, abandoned buildings and cable cars. It is a town stuck in Soviet times.
After this we will head towards the border with Armenia, stopping at some unique villages en-route.
Once into Armenia, we hits the plains near Gymri. These flat fertile stretches of landscape disappear into the distance and meet the mountains and the evening light brings into relief a wonderful area for photography. Gymri also has the most impressive abandoned fountain which makes for incredible abstracts images. Although many Soviet statutes have been dismantled we will still find some alongside factories left open as the soviet system crumbled.
Our tour will take in many abandoned areas including a huge outdoor swimming complex and gymnasium where the basketball nets rot on the hoops.
One can’t tour through Armenia without recognizing that nearly 1400 years ago, it was the first country to fully adopt Christianity. It is littered with churches and monasteries, some of these stand atop hills and mountains giving wonderful focal points to show the scale of the magnificent extinct volcano- mount Ararat ( which is in Turkey), but the Armenian people have adopted it on many drawings and illustrations - it’s also the place that Noah grounded the Ark according to the Bible.
As we venture further into Armenia, we will experience gorges, rivers and waterfalls as well as spending time with various families on our route. The Armenian people are very happy to be photographed and are really engaging with a great sense of humour, their hospitality is always generous even when you arrive unexpectedly.
Our tour ends in the Armenian capital Yerevan. We also have a few surprises lined up too which I won’t spoil here!
After this trip I’d be very surprised if you didn’t go home planning to come back.
This is small group tour with places limited to six.
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