and the main town of Mestia boast a character unique in all of Georgia. The Svan people are fiercely proud of their traditions and customs. Their landscape is dotted with hundreds of fortress-like tower houses, from a time when family feuds were so brutal, that these kinds of defences were a common requirement. At the roof of Europe, at the some the highest points of the Caucasus Mountains, with the turbulent lands of Chechnya and Dagestan over the horizon, our group was treated to a wonderful feast and serenaded by a world-famous polyphonic Svaneti choir. This was both a surreal and fantastic experience. From here we continued on through Georgia and eventually into vibrant Tbilisi. Once again, there were many more interesting and unique sights and sites as we meandered through the region; however I feel that I will run out of paper if I try to list them all! Suffice to say that this tour was a great success and we have continued to arrange more tours with our partners in Georgia who recently organised all of the ground arrangements for Joanna Lumley on her Silk Road Adventure, including special access to see some off-limits 10th and 12th century frescos, an honour that our groups also enjoy. These partners of ours, in addition have just finished filming with Jeremy Clarkson and his crew on The Grand Tour series. So it is fair to say that our groups are in safe hands. I cherish the time I spent in these intriguing and hospitable countries and my heart already yearns to return in the future. J’AIME reader offer MENTION J’AIME WHEN YOU BOOK YOUR HOLIDAY TO GEORGIA WITH RB COLLECTION BEFORE JUNE 30, 2019 FOR COMPLIMENTARY VIP LOUNGE ACCESS ON DEPARTURE. APPLICABLE TO NEW BOOKINGS ONLY. Georgia and Armenia Explorer Tour • EXPLORE THE QUIRKY CENTRE OF OLD TOWN TBILISI; GEORGIA’S CHARMING AND COLOURFUL CAPITAL • ENJOY SERENITY AND WONDERFUL FRESCOES AT THE MONASTERY OF GELATI • VISIT THE IMPRESSIVE CAVE DWELLINGS AND MONASTERY AT 12TH CENTURY VARDZIA • TAKE IN THE SIGHTS OF ONE OF THE WORLD’S OLDEST INHABITED CITIES, YEREVAZ • VIEW BREATHTAKING MOUNTAIN BACKDROPS INCLUDING MT. USHBA IN GEORGIA AND MT. ARARAT IN ARMENIA • RETURN FLIGHTS FROM THE UK • ACCOMMODATION WITH DAILY BREAKFAST • EIGHT LUNCHES AND NINE MEALS • ALL EXCURSIONS AND ENTRANCE FEES • ALL LOCAL TRANSPORT AND ENGLISH-SPEAKING GUIDES • 11 DAYS, DEPARTING OCTOBER 5, 2019 • FROM £2,379 PER PERSON FULL DETAILS: RBCOLLECTION.COM/GEORGIA, EMAIL VIP@RBCOLLECTION.COM OR CALL 01543 258631. 44
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