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Tour Summary

Our Small Group Tour and Conference to Azerbaijan, Georgia, and Armenia in May 2021 –  The Grand Caucasus – sees us traveling to three distinctly different and spellbinding countries at the crossroads between East and West.

This strategic geography has brewed a potent history and has created timeless allure to this amazingly underrated and rarely visited region. The Caucasus sits snugly amongst a dramatically mountainous region wedged between the Black Sea on the west and the Caspian sea to the east.

Independent from the Soviet Union since 1991 Azerbaijan, Georgia, and Armenia share a timeless and deep-rooted tradition of hospitality, family, and food.

Long seen as a strategically important bridge linking East and West, North and South, this was the realm of Silk Road caravans, coveted and conquered by Persians, Byzantines, Ottomans, Russians, and Soviets.

The ‘Grand Caucasus – Crossroads of the East & West’ itineraries covering  Azerbaijan, Georgia, and Armenia offer participants exceptional value for money.

The all-inclusive nature of our travel packages means that not only is the cost of the best available accommodation already covered,  so to are all the entrance fees and touring costs. We also incorporate many specially arranged activities not available to the general public. The travel package also includes all breakfasts, lunches, and dinners with us taking great care to ensure those with special dietary requirements are well looked after.

Expertly curated by our staff, every detail in the itineraries has been meticulously crafted to ensure… it’s not just a conference, it’s an experience!

We certainly hope you can join us as we travel through the Caucasus region in May 2021.

As with all Amaco Conferences, we’ve capped the maximum number of participants to just 40 people. This helps ensure your comfort and touring pleasure. Register today or risk missing out!

Why Travel With Amaco Small Group Tours?

  • All Inclusive Travel Packages
  • Small Groups - Max 40 People
  • Hand-picked Tours & Activities
  • 25+ Years Experience

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Destination

Option 1: Azerbaijan, Georgia & Armania

Option 2: Georgia & Armenia

Duration

Option 1: 18 Days / 17 Nights

Option 2: 12 Day / 11 Nights

Value For Money

All Inclusive Tour Package

Option 1:

Azerbaijan - Georgia - Armenia

Option 2:

Georgia - Armenia

Start & End Location

Starts: Baku, Azerbaijan
Ends: Yerevan, Armenia

Starts: Tbilisi, Georgia
Ends: Yerevan, Armenia

Start Date & Time

15 May 2021 @ 6:30pm

21 May 2021 @ 6:30pm

End Date & Time

1 June 2021 @ 9:00am

1 June 2021 @ 9:00am

Registration Fees

Conference Participant: $1,795 pp
Non-Conference Participant: $1,195 pp

Conference Participant: $995 pp
Non-Conference Participant: $695 pp

Travel Packages

Amaco Family Price: $9,995 pp
(for previous Amaco Conference Participants)

Early Bird Price: $10,995 pp
(if booked on or TBC)

Standard Price: $11,995 pp
(if booked on or after TBC)

Azerbaijan, Georgia & Armenia Single Supplement: $2,995 pp
(if traveling alone)

Amaco Family Price: $6,995 pp
(for previous Amaco Conference Participants)

Early Bird Price: $7,495 pp
(if booked on or TBC)

Standard Price: $7,995 pp
(if booked on or after TBC)

Georgia & Armenia Single Supplement: $1,995 pp
(if traveling alone)

Price Includes

  • 4 x Nights at Fairmont Hotel Baku Flame Towers (15 – 19 May 2021)
  • 1 x Night at Qafqaz Tufandagh Hotel Gabala (19 -20 May 2021)
  • 1 x Night at Radisson Tsinandali Estate (20 - 21 May 2021)
  • 4 x Nights at Marriott Hotel Tbilisi (21 – 23 May 2021 & 25 - 27 May 2021)
  • 2 x Nights at Rooms Kazbegi (23 - 25 May 2021)
  • 1 x Night at Marriott Tsaghkadzor Hotel (27 – 28 May 2021)
  • 1 x Night at Grand Resort Jermuk (28 - 29 May 2021)
  • 3 x Nights at The Alexander Yerevan Hotel (29 May - 1 June 2021)
  • 17 x Breakfasts, 16 x Lunches, 17 x Dinners
  • 10 x Conference Sessions
  • Azerbaijan Visa Fees (Australian Passport Holders)
  • Baku City Sightseeing Tour (16 May 2021)
  • Ashberon Peninsula Tour – Baku Fire Temple & Burning Mountain (16 May 2021)
  • Heydar Aliyev Cultural Centre (17 May 2021)
  • Baku Carpet Museum (17 May 2021)
  • Gobustan Mud Volcano 4x4 Tour (18 May 2021)
  • Lahij Village Visit (19 May 2021)
  • Gabala Cable Car Ride (19 May 2021)
  • Sheki Village & Palace Of Sheki Khan Tour (20 May 2021)
  • Winery Tour & Wine Tasting (20 May 2021)
  • Tsinindali Estate Tour (21 May 2021)
  • Full Day Tbilisi Sightseeing Tour (22 May 2021)
  • Stalin Museum Tour (23 May 2021)
  • Uplistsikhe Caves Tour (23 May 2021)
  • Chateau Mukhrani Wine Tour & Tasting (23 May 2021)
  • Gergeti & Darali Gorge Tour (24 May 2021)
  • Ananuri & Mtshketa Tour (25 May 2021)
  • Market & Solokai District Tour (26 May 2021)
  • Haghpat Monastery, Molokai Village & Sevanavank Tour (27 May 2021)
  • Selim Pass & Wings Of Tatev Tramway Pass, Tatev Monastery (28 May 2021)
  • Noravank Monastery, Khor Virap (29 May 2021)
  • Yerevan City Tour (30 May 2021)
  • Temple Of Garni, Geghard & Echmiadzin Tour (31 May 2021)
  • 4 x Nights at Marriott Hotel Tbilisi (21 – 23 May 2021 & 25 - 27 May 2021)
  • 2 x Nights at Rooms Kazbegi (23 - 25 May 2021)
  • 1 x Night at Marriott Tsaghkadzor Hotel (27 – 28 May 2021)
  • 1 x Night at Grand Resort Jermuk (28 - 29 May 2021)
  • 3 x Nights at The Alexander Yerevan Hotel (29 May - 1 June 2021)
  • 11 x Breakfasts, 10 x Lunches, 11 x Dinners
  • 6 x Conference Sessions
  • Full Day Tbilisi Sightseeing Tour (22 May 2021)
  • Stalin Museum Tour (23 May 2021)
  • Uplistsikhe Caves Tour (23 May 2021)
  • Chateau Mukhrani Wine Tour & Tasting (23 May 2021)
  • Gergeti & Darali Gorge Tour (24 May 2021)
  • Ananuri & Mtshketa Tour (25 May 2021)
  • Market & Solokai District Tour (26 May 2021)
  • Haghpat Monastery, Molokai Village & Sevanavank Tour (27 May 2021)
  • Selim Pass & Wings Of Tatev Tramway Pass, Tatev Monastery (28 May 2021)
  • Noravank Monastery, Khor Virap (29 May 2021)
  • Yerevan City Tour (30 May 2021)
  • Temple Of Garni, Geghard & Echmiadzin Tour (31 May 2021)

Gold Amaco Standard

  • Airport transfer as detailed in the itinerary for group arrivals and departures
  • Beverages with all included lunches and dinners (alcoholic beverages where permitted)
  • Services of specialist English speaking guides
  • All applicable entrance fees, taxes and porterage
  • Amaco staff escort
  • Hassle free luggage management
  • Tips to guides and drivers
  • Airport transfer as detailed in the itinerary for group arrivals and departures
  • Beverages with all included lunches and dinners (alcoholic beverages where permitted)
  • Services of specialist English speaking guides
  • All applicable entrance fees, taxes and porterage
  • Amaco staff escort
  • Hassle free luggage management
  • Tips to guides and drivers

Price Excludes

  • International airfares to and from the conference
  • Items of a personal nature such as telephone calls, mini bar, room service, laundry and business communications
  • Meals and beverages not specified in the itinerary
  • Travel, optional tours & excursions not included in the itinerary
  • Travel Insurance
  • International airfares to and from the conference
  • Items of a personal nature such as telephone calls, mini bar, room service, laundry and business communications
  • Meals and beverages not specified in the itinerary
  • Travel, optional tours & excursions not included in the itinerary
  • Travel Insurance
Part 1 - Azerbaijan & Eastern Georgia

For those who are ready to discover all three countries, we recommend you begin your exploration of this region in Azerbaijan & then continue onto Eastern Georgia’s Kakheti region before meeting up with the Main  Conference in Tbilisi.

The Pre Conference itinerary begins in Baku, an engaging blend of Dubai, Paris, Marrakech, and Moscow all rolled into one.  This glamorous and cosmopolitan capital of oil-rich Azerbaijan lies on the shores of the Caspian Sea.

Azerbaijan has been using its petrol dollars to become the economic engine of the region with a fledging cultural centre and a dazzling array of futuristic architecture. Not surprisingly it is now considered “The new Dubai” but with history and character.

You will experience both sides of this city, the modern and the old. You will visit Ichari Shahar the UNESCO World Heritage-listed old town, expect a maze of alleys, dead ends, and caravanserais, a throwback to the cities Silk Road connections. The modern side of the city is represented with a visit to the stunningly modern Heydar Aliyev Cultural Centre by Iraqi-Britsh architect Zaha Hadid and the new home of the Azerbaijan Carpet Museum resembling the shape of a rolled-up carpet.

You will explore the nearby Ashberon Peninsula with its Fire Temple with connections to the little known religion of Zoroastrianism. Then it’s onto Yanardagh – Burning Mountain, where natural gas has been burning for several thousand years and the Mehemmedi settlement, one of the oldest and most attractive sights on Absheron.

Further afield you will venture to Gobustan with its stone-age connections and bubbling mud volcanoes. The open-air, historical-artistic preserve with its Neolithic rock drawing goes back 12,000 years.

Leaving the capital behind you will head deep into the country visiting the Shamakhi region, a long time capital and trade centre for western Azerbaijan and a key town on the Silk Road. This region is renowned for its roots in the Yeddi Gumbaz group, a family of Mustafa Khan, the last khan of Shamakhi.

You will visit Lahij, a craft village located in the hills of the Greater Caucasus Mountains before heading to Gabala for an evening spent in the highest hotel above sea level in Azerbaijan. Expect stunning green lush forests and snow-capped mountains as your surroundings.

We visit Sheki, one of the most ancient settlements and cultural centres of Azerbaijan. The highlight of the area is a visit to the Royal Summer Palace of Sheki Khans with its magnificent frescoes and exquisite stained glass windows.

Your pre-tour of Azerbaijan will cover a crossing into Georgia’s winemaking region of Kakheti, the most picturesque and fertile part of Georgia. You will have the opportunity to explore this region famous for its wine, and indulge in a wine tasting or two. Georgia’s winemaking traditions stretch back some 7,000 years, while vintners today grow more than 500 varieties of grapes.

You will then visit the stunning hilltop town of Sighnaghi, and the Gremi architectural complex, founded by the King of Khaketi Levan before your arrival into the capital of Georgia, Tbilisi where the Azerbaijan Pre Conference itinerary concludes.

Day 1 (15 May 2021) Arrive in Baku, Azerbaijan

After arriving at Baku International Airport you will be met by Amaco staff and our local operators and transferred to our group hotel.

Enjoy a Welcome Networking Dinner this evening where you will have the opportunity to meet other participants and their partners as well as your Amaco host.

Overnight: Fairmont Baku

Included Meals: Welcome Networking Dinner

Day 2 (16 May 2021)Baku

Today you will visit Martyr’s Avenue offering a panoramic view of the city and bay of Baku. Explore the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Old Town with a guided walking tour of its maze of alleys, carpet shops, tea cafes, deadends, and caravanserais, you will make your way to Shirvanshah’s Palace dating back to the 16th century. A final visit to Maiden Tower – a climb to the top will give you a panoramic view of the historic neighbourhood.

You’ll stop for lunch before you head to the Ashberon Peninsula. Here you will visit the Baku Fire Temple – connected to the worship of Zoroastrianism and the Burning Mountain in Mehemmedi settlement. Return to the hotel late afternoon.

Dinner this evening will be at a local restaurant.

Overnight: Fairmont Baku

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3 (17 May 2021)Baku

Conference Session 1 & 2 will take place this morning followed by lunch at the hotel.

After lunch, you will visit the Heydar Aliyev Cultural Centre, one of the most iconic award winning modern architectural buildings of our time created by the world famous Iraqi British architect Zaha Hadid. Just as spectacular is the Baku Carpet Museum resembling the shape or a rolled up carpet and boasting one of the greatest carpet collections of the world.

Dinner this evening will be located on one of the oldest streets in Baku.

Overnight: Fairmont Baku

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4 (18 May 2021)Rural Baku

This morning leave the city behind for an unforgettable off-road trip to the Mud Volcanoes and Gobustan Nature Reserve. Rich in archeological monuments, the reserve has more than 6,000 rock carvings and half of the world’s 700 mud volcanoes.

Head back to Baku for lunch and Conference Session 3 & 4 this afternoon.

Dinner this evening will be at a local restaurant. 

Overnight: Fairmont Baku

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5 (19 May 2021)Baku to Gabala

Today leave Baku behind and head for the Caucasus Mountains northwest of Azerbaijan. Watch arid landscapes slowly give way to densely forested mountains. You will visit the hauntingly beautiful Juma Mosque in Shemakha before stopping at Lahij, an ancient, almost untouched village a world away from Baku.

After lunch, you head into the mountains arriving at Gabala – set picturesquely amongst the mountains.

Dinner this evening will be at the hotel. 

Overnight: Qafqa Tufandagh Mountain Hotel

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6 (20 May 2021)Gabala, Sheki & Sighnaghi

This morning you head to the fabled Silk Road town of Sheki. A visit to the magnificently frescoed, stain glass Palace of Sheki Khan and a stop at the caravanserai before crossing the border into Georgia. After border formalities, we meet our Georgian guide and are introduced to the Khaketi wine-growing region with wine tasting and lunch.

In the afternoon, you’ll visit the Gremi Architectural Complex before arriving at the Tsinindali Estate, our home for the evening.

Dinner this evening will be at the hotel. 

Overnight: Radisson Tsiandali Estate

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7 (21 May 2021)Tbilisi

After a leisurely breakfast enjoy a tour of the Family Estate and wine cellar before you set off for a visit to St. Nino’s burial place and the 9th-century Bodbe Nunnery. A short distance away lies the Sighnaghi fortified town famous for its wine and carpet making culture.

Enjoy lunch amongst the narrow streets and richly decorated wooden balconies before your drive into Tbilisi, the capital of Georgia.

Our Azerbaijan and Eastern Georgia itinerary ends in Tbilisi.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Part 2 - Georgia & Armenia

The second part of the “The Grand Caucasus – Crossroads of the East & West” itinerary begins in the capital of Georgia, Tbilisi. Long under the thumb of its neighbouring triumvirate of regional powers – the Persians, the Ottomans, and then the Soviets – Georgia has finally managed to shake off its shackles and stand as an independent country. Until recently mired in post-Soviet poverty and corruption, the Georgian capital has now emerged with a mix of old-world gentrification and ultramodern hip architecture.

You begin your exploration of Tbilisi in the Old Town, a  city born where sulphur bathhouses still stand, once the haunt of Pushkin and guarded over by the rambling 17th-century fortress. Hidden courtyards, balconied facades, century-old mosques, synagogues, and icon filled Orthodox churches all stand in unity suggesting a multi-faith tolerance. You venture off the beaten path to the impressive monument dedicated to Georgian history is a perfect example of brutalist Soviet architecture, the “Stonehenge of Tbilisi” located on a hill overviewing the Soviet suburbs and the scenic Tbilisi Sea.

You’ll head for the Shida Kartli region to visit Gori, the birthplace of Stalin and home to a controversial museum dedicated to the dictator’s memory. A short distance away you’ll visit Uplistsikhe – The Fortress of God – a rock-hewn town dating back to 2000BC.

Your tastebuds will be delighted with a visit to the Chateau Mukhrani winery. You will learn about the Georgian art of winemaking and the history of Prince Ivane Mukhranbatoni’s Georgian Royal Family Estate.

Head east and into the watchful gaze of Mt Kazbek a soaring 4890 metre peak. You’ll travel along the great Georgian Military Highway in the shadow of jagged peaks topped with snow and alpine meadows. You will cross  making your way to the fortified 13th century Castle. Cross the Jvari Pass and arrive in Kazbegi near the Russian Border.

You will have the opportunity to explore the wonders of this rugged region with a visit to the famous Gergeti Trinity Church, enjoy a panoramic view of the dramatic Dariali Gorge bordering Russia and an adventurous hike to Gveleti waterfall if the mood takes you.

You visit the Aragvi region featuring churches with massive guard towers and richly decorated facades dating back to the 13th Century. You’ll spend time in Mtskheta –the ancient capital of Georgia and the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Jvari.

Today you farewell Georgia and cross the border into Armenia. Set in the mountainous region of southern Caucasus, Armenia’s past is as dramatic as its rugged landscape. One of the world’s oldest civilisations, few countries have a history as rich or complex. With spectacular medieval churches and monasteries, breath-taking natural beauty, and warm and welcoming people, Armenia’s enticing culture is one that shows resilience and rebirth from its tragic past.

You’ll visit the monasteries of Haghpat & Sevanavank representing a fusion of vernacular and Byzantine ecclesiastical architecture located in the Debed Canyon in the Lori-region of North Armenia. Their oldest structures date back to the 10th century. Then there’s the sparkling waters of Lake Sevan, a vast lake which covers five percent of Armenia’s total surface area.

Crossing the Selim Pass once used by merchants of the Silk Road you will visit the 13th-century Noravank Monastery tucked between tall, sheer brick-red cliffs.

Board the ‘Wings of Tatev’ and travel on the longest aerial tramway in the world to the 4th century Tatev Monastery. Heading towards the border of Turkey you continue to Khor Virap – the site of the Royal Prison, and one of the most romantic sited monasteries in Armenia with views across the vast plains of Turkey and the twin peaks of Mt Ararat, the resting place of Noah’s Ark.

Arriving in Yerevan, one of the oldest cities in the world – 28 years older than Rome. You’ll explore the medieval shrines hidden behind imposing Soviet-style façades, the narrow streets of the old center with sunlight playing on its pink walls.

Further afield you venture to two more jewels in Armenia’s cultural crown, the Hellenic-style temple of Garni and the monastery at Geghard. Both are nearly 1,500m up in the foothills of the Geghama Range where the air is cool and fresh and the buzzards soar on the wind then swoop down into the ravines to snatch prey.

Day 1 (21 May 2021)Tbilisi

For participants arriving at Tbilisi Airport you will be met by our local representative and transferred to your hotel. Following check-in at the hotel, you are to relax in your room or explore the area surrounding the hotel.

Enjoy a Welcome Networking Dinner this evening where you will meet other participants and partners as well as your Amaco host.

Overnight: Marriott Hotel Tbilisi

Included Meals: Welcome Dinner

Day 2 (22 May 2021)Tbilisi

After breakfast, you begin your tour of Tbilisi. Visit the Metekhi Church of Assumption built by King Demetri II, a great example of the cross domed Georgian Orthodox Churches. Meander through the Old Town with its narrow streets, wooden balconied houses, and sulphur bathhouse domes. You will take a cable car ride to Narikhala Fortress with a commanding view of the entire city.

In the afternoon you will see the Soviet-influenced structures of the city taking in a Brutalist Architecture that is still dominant in some parts of the city.

Dinner this evening will be prepared by one of the best chefs in the country who recreate 19th-century Georgian dishes.

Overnight: Marriott Hotel Tbilisi

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3 (23 May 2021)Tbilisi to Kazbegi

Today you head to the Caucasus Mountains, stopping at Gori – the birthplace of Joseph Stalin with a private tour of the Stalin Museum. You will visit Uplistsikhe, meaning Lord’s Castle which was populated before 1000 BC and was once one of the most important centres along the trade route linking Byzantium with India and China.

Head to Chateau Mukhrani for an underground wine cellar tour, wine tasting, and lunch. Heading into the Caucasus mountains arrive at Kazbegi in the late afternoon.

Dinner will be at the hotel this evening.

Overnight: Rooms Kazbegi Hotel

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4 (24 May 2021)Kazbegi

Conference Session 1 & 2 will take place this morning followed by lunch.

After lunch, you will be transferred by vehicle to Gergeti Holy Trinity Church before you head close to the Russian border with dramatic views of Dariali Gorge. Enjoy a leisurely walk to the Gveleti waterfall before you head back to the hotel for the remainder of the afternoon.

Dinner will be at the hotel this evening.

Overnight: Rooms Kazbegi Hotel

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5 (25 May 2021)Kazbegi to Tbilisi

After breakfast, you leave Kazbegi behind and head back to Tbilisi. You will make a stop at the monolithic Russian Georgian Friendship Monument with views over Devil’s Valley and the Caucasus Mountains.

It’s then onto the 13th-century Ananuri fortress complex, the former residence of the Dukes of the Aragvi region before heading to the former ancient capitals Mtskheta and Svevtitskhoveli. This is a sacred place for Georgians where the Robe Of Christ is said to be buried. Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site Jvari, a 6th monastery built on top of a cliff before heading back to Tbilisi.

Dinner at a local restaurant tonight.

Overnight: Marriott Hotel Tbilisi

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6 (26 May 2021)Tblisis

Conference Session 3 & 4 will take place this morning followed by lunch.

After lunch, you will visit the Dry Bridge Market and the Sololaki district, once the district of rich merchants and artists. The remainder of the afternoon is at leisure.

Enjoy your last evening in Georgia with an energetic Georgian Folk Dance performance during dinner.

Overnight: Marriott Hotel Tbilisi

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7 (27 May 2021)Tblisis to Sevan

Today you farewell Georgia and cross the border to Armenia. After border formalities, you will head to Lori and visit the UNESCO protected Haghpat Monastery dating as far back as the 11th century.

You then visit the village of Lermontovo –  an isolated community where Russian Molokans live the traditional way of life. You continue the picturesque Sevanavank Monastery and Lake Sevan. This evening will be spent in Tsaghkadzor, close to Sevan.

Dinner at a local restaurant tonight.

Overnight: Marriott Tsaghkadzor Hotel

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8 (28 May 2021)Sevan to Goris

After breakfast, check out of the hotel and head through the Vardenis Mountain Range, crossing the Selim Pass, one of the most spectacular driving routes in Armenia.

Trailing the ancient Silk Road, expect majestic snow-capped mountains and deep green valleys with colourful spring flowers and the opportunity to see the ancient Oberlins Caravanserai, a place that provided shelter to people, animals, and goods that were traveling. You will board the longest aerial tramway in the world to the medieval monastery of Tatev. Standing on the edge of a deep gorge, this is one of Armenia’s most iconic structures. This evening we will spend the night in Jermuk, known for its hot springs.

Dinner at a local restaurant tonight.

Overnight: Grand Resort Jermuk

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9 (29 May 2021)Goris to Yerevan

After breakfast, you will head to Noravank, known for its sheer brick-red cliffs and narrow gorge made by the Amaghu River.

Following lunch, you’ll continue onto Khor Virap, close to the border of Turkey with views of Turkey and the twin peaks of Ararat, the last resting place of Noah’s Ark before arriving into the capital of Armenia, Yerevan.

Dinner at a local restaurant tonight.

Overnight: The Alexander Yerevan

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10 (30 May 2021)Yerevan

Conference Session 5 & 6 will take place this morning followed by lunch.

After lunch, it’s time to explore Yerevan. Enjoy a walking tour of the pink hewn city uncovering the various layers of its history. Medieval shrines are hidden behind Soviet facades, Republic Square, Cascade, and Mother Armenia, the Opera House, and North Avenue. You will then have the privilege of visiting a local hospital and the opportunity to meet local GP’s. Return to the hotel late afternoon.

Dinner at a local restaurant this evening.

Overnight: The Alexander Yerevan

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11 (31 May 2021)Yerevan Surrounds

Today you will head out of Yerevan to the Temple of Garni, an Ionic pagan temple located in the village of Garni overlooking the ravine of the Azat River. A short drive away lies on the Upper Azat Valley the Geghard monastery is carved out of cliffs surrounded by stunning scenery.

After lunch, we visit Echmiadzin – the holy seat of the Armenian Apostolic Church before stopping at The Temple of Zvarnots. Head back to Yerevan for your Farewell Dinner.

Farewell Dinner will be an amazing experience.

Overnight: The Alexander Yerevan

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Farewell Dinner

Day 12 (1 June 2021)Yerevan

The ‘Grand Caucasus – Crossroads of East & West’ itinerary ends today. After breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport for your onward journey.

Included Meals: Breakfast

Travel Options & Extensions

Given everything that has happened in the travel industry of late – you’re correct to be vigilant about where you spend your travel dollar.

Amaco is not only a member of AFTA, the Australian Federation of Travel Agents but we are also ATAS Travel Accredited. This means we have met strict industry standards and criteria. Only the best industry agents achieve this accreditation meaning that you can travel with us knowing that you’re in safe and capable hands.

With almost 25 years’ experience in planning and running conferences, we understand that participants often want to add additional travel destinations and adventures either before or after the all-inclusive packages we provide.

Other operators might discourage you from doing this. Sometimes, it’s because of the added complexity it creates and at other times they’ll try to talk you out of it simply because they don’t have capable or experienced consultants with the breadth and depth of the consultants we employ.

Australia is such a long way from many of the places we conference in – so we encourage all participants to make the most of the time away. This might mean departing earlier than the rest of the group and visiting other destinations before meeting up with the main group at the conference or staying on at the conclusion and doing some additional travel.

Either way – our consultants are perfectly positioned to assist you with making these arrangements and will do all the hard work for you – seamlessly combining your personalised itinerary with the group program.

CAN I BOOK MY OWN FLIGHTS?

Yes… not a problem. We understand that people may have a preferred Travel Agent they want to use and we don’t have any issues with you doing so. We’ll advise you of suggested arrival and departure times to allow you to make use of our group transfers.

That said though… we do have experiences consultants who are ready and waiting to help… even if that means just giving you a comparison price – nothing wrong with some competition.

We do ask for a copy of your itinerary so that we can double-check it to ensure that it fits with our program and group itinerary.

One word of warning, however, when booking flights independently – as the non-ticketing Agent we’re not notified of any changes or cancellations to your booking. If anything changes with your booking, it will be up to your agent to contact you and then for you to contact us.

It is also worth pointing out that even though we’ll have experienced staff members escorting the group during the conference, as the non-ticketing Agent we are unable to make contact or deal with the airline on your behalf.

CAN I CHOOSE MY OWN CLASS OF TRAVEL?

We used to include flights in our travel package but found that in many cases the fares were more expensive than the best available daily fares or were not applicable for people who were looking to extend pre or post the main conference travel dates.

We also felt it was unfair on you, as a participant, to unknowingly pay a premium for a more flexible group fare when you are already committed to attending the conference.

By not including the airfare in the package, you are able to work with one of our experienced and knowledgeable Travel Consultants to arrange flights on any airline and from any destination depending on your preferences…. including the class of travel.

CAN I VISIT OTHER DESTINATIONS BEFORE OR AFTER THE CONFERENCE?

In short….. Yes!

You’re encouraged to talk to our experienced travel consultants to learn more about the options open to you either before or after the conference itineraries. We will gladly work with you to put together a personalised itinerary that can include as much or as little as you want.

We believe it is important for your own peace of mind to know that our consultants are all employed directly by Amaco Small Group Tours and are located in our office.

We don’t subcontract out the travel to a third party which means you can be comfortable knowing that whatever arrangements you make through Amaco will be tied together with the conference program to make one continuous, seamless travel itinerary. We’ll put as much care and effort into your extension as we put into the planning of the conference.

Whether it is simply booking some airport transfers with a couple of nights accommodation through to more elaborate arrangements we are perfectly positioned to incorporate any individual travel plans into your overall conference itinerary.

Email or call us so we can put together your perfect itinerary.

WHAT ABOUT TRAVEL INSURANCE?

Much has been said about the value of travel insurance – especially given the broad-based exclusion policies many underwriters have in place which protects them from claims resulting from pandemics and epidemics.

Amaco provides travel insurance from some of the most reputable companies in the industry including Cover-More, SureSave and AussieTravelCover – and always at competitive rates. Over the last few months, there have been a number of enhancements to the policies available which many of the credit card policies do not include.

Please call our office and we will gladly work with you to obtain a quote from any or all of our insurance suppliers.

Education

Amaco is an Accredited Education Provider for the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) and the Australian College of Rural & Remote Medicine.

Each conference we run includes an education syllabus that assists GP’s, pharmacists and health professionals to improve the quality of care they provide to patients and customers while at the same time providing them the opportunity to travel to and experience new and exciting destinations.

Our conference will allow delegates the opportunity to earn CPD points based on the content and time in session. As has been the case with past conferences, we will work closely with participants affiliated with other associations to ensure that they receive maximum recognition for attending the conference.

The content of the education sessions will be relevant to GPs, Medical Specialists, Pharmacists, Dentists, Nurses and other health providers. We encourage all attendees to register for the conference sessions.

The Education Committee for the Grand Caucasus Conference will be selected in the third or fourth quarter of 2020 with final conference topics to be chosen based on the feedback from our previous conference attendees and with input from the RACGP, ACRRM and Medical Journals. Suitable speakers will be approached based on the topics selected.

Subject to final accreditation, the Grand Caucasus Conference will include 2 x Accredited Education Activities (formerly Category 1 Activity) affording delegates the opportunity to earn up to 2 x 40 points.

ACRRM members can also expect the education program to be accredited and to earn CPD points. RACGP and ACRRM accreditation will be applied for under the triennium 2020 to 2022.

As has been the case in the past, Amaco will work with pharmacy bodies and those affiliated with other associations to ensure that they receive maximum recognition for attending the conference.

We welcome applications from potential presenters and encourage anyone interested to contact us to obtain further information.

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