2018 Tours

 

Arts and Artisans of Georgia

A Cultural Immersion Tour in East Georgia
Monday, May 14th - Saturday, May 26th, 2018

Registration: OPEN

Travel Program… Beginning in Tbilisi, we visit the studios of local fresco painters, cloisonne jewelers, stone carvers, felters, and specialty sword-smiths to discover the rebirth of Georgian traditional arts. The travel program takes us out of the city to find the original locations for these arts and to discover rural artisans living and working outside of the city. Accompanied by singers, and featuring the best in local regional cuisines and wines, this tour is a feast for the senses. Contact us for more information!

 

Cathedrals of Tao (Georgia & Turkey):

A Cultural Tour through the historic kingdom of Tao-Klarjeti
Monday, May 28th - Saturday, June 9th, 2018

Registration: ALMOST FULL (max 14)

Travel Program… This unique tour program, featured in the New York Times (June 20th, 2017 issue), focuses on the most important Christian sites in the historic 9th-10th century kingdom of Tao-Klarjeti, the location of a great renaissance of medieval manuscript writing, chant composition, and architectural innovation. Our tour itinerary is organized around visiting these "lost" cathedrals, which had fallen into ruin after 400 years of neglect under the Ottoman Empire. But our experience will be infused with traditional music of both Turkey and Georgia, the delicious fusion cuisine and wine of the border regions, and of course a healthy conversation about historical and modern political realities. This tour is perfect for adept travelers interested in a deeper cultural immersion experience. Contact us to join this tour.

Cathedrals of Tao (Georgia & Turkey):

A Cultural Tour through the historic kingdom of Tao-Klarjeti
Monday, June 25th - Saturday, July 7th, 2018

Registration: ALMOST FULL (max 14)

Travel Program… This unique tour program, featured in the New York Times (June 20th, 2017 issue), focuses on the most important Christian sites in the historic 9th-10th century kingdom of Tao-Klarjeti, the location of a great renaissance of medieval manuscript writing, chant composition, and architectural innovation. Our tour itinerary is organized around visiting these "lost" cathedrals, which had fallen into ruin after 400 years of neglect under the Ottoman Empire. But our experience will be infused with traditional music of both Turkey and Georgia, the delicious fusion cuisine and wine of the border regions, and of course a healthy conversation about historical and modern political realities. This tour is perfect for adept travelers interested in a deeper cultural immersion experience. Contact us to join the waiting list for this tour.

Ancient Christianity in the Caucasus (Georgia & Armenia)

A cultural tour of the most important Christian sites in East Georgia and Armenia
Monday, July 9th - Saturday, July 21st, 2018

Registration: ALMOST FULL (max 24)

Travel Program… This newly developed tour program focuses on the most important Christian sites in Armenia and East Georgia. Our tour begins and ends in Tbilisi, the thriving cultural and business capital city of Georgia. On day 3, we travel south to Yerevan, the bustling capital city of Armenia... Contact us to join the waiting list for this tour!

Walking in the Caucasus: Svaneti & Kazbegi Highlands

A Cultural tour, with hikes, through the mountains of Georgia
Saturday, Sept. 1st - Wednesday, Sept. 12th, 2018

Registration: Currently Accepting Applications (Limit 14)

Travel Program… We begin and end the tour in Tbilisi, the capital of Georgia (airport designation TBS) and a beautiful city that featured prominently on trade routes from Asia to Europe. The focus of this unique itinerary will be walking trails in the High Caucasus mountains. We will not be rouing it, however, as jeeps will carry our luggage to the end point, and we will stay in cozy 3-star hotels where a cool beer, a hot shower, and comfortable bed awaits. JohnGrahamTours specializes in the culture of Georgia: therefore, in addition to our walking schedule, there will be an emphasis on visiting medieval churches to see original frescoes, meeting local families to learn about their lives and customs, and experiences with the music and dance of the local people. Contact us to join this tour and receive the brochure!

Viticulture and Highlands (East Georgia): 

A Cultural Tour through Kakheti and the Tusheti National Park
(Private group tours by special request, August 2018)

Travel Program… This unique tour program features the best of the Kakhetian viticulture region in East Georgia, with an adventurous foray into the exquisitely preserved highland meadows and valleys of Tusheti (Now a designated UNESCO World Heritage Area). Starting in the bustling capital of Tbilisi, we explore the multi-ethnic heritage of this city through the museums, architecture, cuisine, and music. Venturing up the Mtkvari River, we visit the ancient capital of Georgia, Mtskheta, where rivers converge and Christianity was first adopted in 326 AD as a state religion. Then we travel East... Contact us!

Sounds of the Tour -- folk songs at the banquet table

Sounds of the Tour -- liturgical chant in churches

Past Tours

 

Arts and Artisans of Georgia Cultural Tour

Oct. 2nd - 13th, 2017

Travel Program… Beginning in Tbilisi, we visit the studios of local fresco painters, cloisonne jewelers, stone carvers, felters, and specialty sword-smiths to discover the rebirth of Georgian traditional arts. The travel program takes us out of the city to find the original locations for these arts and to discover rural artisans living and working outside of the city. Accompanied by singers, and featuring the best in local regional cuisines and wines, this tour is a feast for the senses. Contact us for more information!

 

September in Svaneti: Mountains and Towers of the Caucasus

Sept. 23rd - Oct. 1st, 2017

Travel Program… This 8 night, 9 day tour is focused on a visit to the beguiling mountain region of Svaneti, to the far Northwest of Georgia. The region features a unique language, its own folklore, folk music, and cuisine. The villages are punctuated with thousand-year-old defensive towers, and each town has several Christian chapels will original frescoes dating to the 10th-12th century period... read more

Colchis & Svaneti: A Discover Georgia Tour

June 12th - 25th, 2017

Travel Program… We begin and end the tour in Tbilisi, the capital of Georgia (airport designation TBS) and a beautiful city that featured prominently on trade routes from Asia to Europe. The focus of this unique itinerary will be the ancient, medieval, and modern architectural and cultural monuments to the West... read more

Ancient Christianity in the Caucasus (Georgia & Armenia)

May 30th - June 10th, 2017

Travel Program… This newly developed tour program focuses on the most important Christian sites in Armenia and East Georgia. Our tour begins and ends in Tbilisi, the thriving cultural and business capital city of Georgia. On day 3, we travel south to Yerevan, the bustling capital city of Armenia... read more