Our June 2017 Ancient Christianity tour through Georgia and Armenia with John Graham was a moveable feast of history, nature, music, art, food, and wine. An exceptional experience. In addition to the planned sights, John introduced us to out-of-the-way treasures and many treasured people including:
A beautiful restaurant in Tbilisi where John and his singer friends serenaded us with traditional Georgian folk music and chant; A personal conversation with the priest of Kvelatsminda monastery, facilitated by John’s Georgian/English translation; The dramatic natural beauty of both Armenia and Georgia; A jewel of a restaurant and organic winery tucked away in a tiny town on a rural road in Georgia, enhanced with original art, artifacts, rugs, and a gourmet chef; The manuscript museum in Yerevan – Wow! The Armenian rug company for handmade rugs where artisans let us sit beside them and try our hand at the double Armenian knot.
As tour guide, John is kind and calm, providing customized attention to each tour member. John’s knowledge of the local area, history, music, architecture, and Orthodoxy make him tour guide and teacher in one. With all details taken care of (hotel arrangements, fees, transfers, meals, timing), it was easy to relax and just enjoy. Highly recommended.