14 DAY GUIDED TOUR
EXPLORE THE FORMER SOVIET STATES OF GEORGIA & ARMENIA
Roadtrip with us through Georgia and Armenia. Our tour starts in the Georgian capital, Tblisi and ends in the Armenian capital, Yerevan. These countries lie at the intersection of the East and West, and are where ancient traditions intersect with a modern way of life.
Not only will you get your powder fix when we ride at Gudauri, Bakuriani and Tsaghkadzor, you’ll also experience Georgia and Armenia’s unique character, nature, culture and hospitality. You’ll get to ride the highest peaks, visit medieval mosques and monasteries, villages and markets, and make friends with the friendly locals over a glass of Qvevri wine. In Georgia you will be hosted by our local Georgian snowboard guide who is on-hand to show you the best of each area, and his local knowledge will unlock many places that are beyond the reach of most visitors. This will definitely make your tour in the Caucasus an unforgettable experience.
WHERE IS GEORGIA AND ARMENIA?
Georgia and Armenia are situated at the intersection between the West and the East. These countries shares borders with Russia, Turkey and Azerbaijan. This is the reason there is a great variety of cultural and religious traditions. Tbilisi, (where the tour starts) the capital city of Georgia, is a city where antiquity and modernity, Asia and Europe, East and West, hills and plains, ancient traditions and latest trends co-exist, intertwine and complement each other. Nestled between Europe and Asia and bordering the Middle East, the soaring Great Caucasus offers guests high mountain peaks, vast and wild spaces, boundless slopes of pristine, light, dry powder. Yerevan, (where our tour concludes) the capital city of Armenia, is a city of contradictions – top-of-the-line Mercedes sedans share the roads with Ladas so old they should be in museum collections; traditional pandoks (taverns) serving khoravats (barbecued meats) and oghee (fruit vodka) sit next to chic European-style wine bars; and street fashions range from hipster to babushka with many weird and wonderful variations in between. Few traces of the city’s ancient past remain, replaced by Soviet-era buildings and modern structures with little regard for history. But wander into any dalan (archway) and enter a portal into a different world – you may find a gorgeous 19th-century balcony or beautiful church beyond.
WHERE WE RIDE – GUDAURI, BAKURIANI & TSAGHKADZOR
We spend 4 nights and 3 days exploring Gudauri. The resort is located on the southern slopes of The Greater Caucasus Mountain Range. The resort is situated in the Kazbegi region near the Cross Pass. The lifts network starts at 1,992 m and reaches an altitude of 3,276 m at its highest top station.
We spend 4 nights and 3 days exploring the 3 resorts of Bakuriani – Didveli, Kokhta and Mitarbi. The 3 resorts are situated on the northern slope of Trialeti Range, at the foot of the breathtaking Caucasus Mountains. The ski areas are situated between the elevations of 1,740 and 2,702 m. Didveli is the largest, highest and and most developed (2702 m), Kokhta is the oldest ski area (2155 m) and Mitarbi is the newest resort (2296 m).
We spend 3 nights and 2 to 3 days exploring Tsaghkadzor which is the most famous, largest and developed mountain resort in Armenia, located 40 minutes from the capital, Yerevan. You’ll ride at Mt Teghenis, where the lift network starts and 1969 m and reaches an altitude of 2819m at its highest top station. In Soviet times, this area was a training base for the Soviet Union Olympic team, but now all remnants of the soviet era have been replaced with high speed lifts and high-end hotels as this town serves as the playground for the Armenian elite.
SNOW & CONDITIONS
The Caucasus Mountain Range offers great snow conditions from mid-January until mid-April. The area receives an average of 15 m of snowfall per year. Due to colder temperatures, light and dry powder is most likely to be found in mid-February to mid-March. Even if we don’t get fresh snow overnight, the altitude and our local knowledge will ensure you’ll be able to ride light dry snow days after a storm.
LOCAL GUIDES & LOCAL EXPERIENCES
In Georgia you will be hosted by our local snowboard guide who is on-hand to show you the best of each area, and his local knowledge will unlock many places that are beyond the reach of most visitors. You’ll get an authentic experience and cultural insights with visits to local towns, restaurants, and après-ski.
We offer one of the smallest client to guide ratio’s in the industry which ultimately leads to a better experience for everyone. Our small groups allow greater manoeuvrability and ease of access to the best areas a destination can offer. When we are on mountain, our guest to guide ratio is 6 people per guide. This also makes for a more personal experience between our guests and guides.
We make sure all our guests stay in quality accommodation that’s in the best location. Throughout the tour you’ll stay in 4 star hotels which have great facilities. Our comfortable twin share rooms are equipped with 2 single beds and each room has a great heating, private ensuite bathroom, TV, and free WiFi. Breakfasts and dinners are included throughout the tour.
EASY AIRPORT TRANSFERS
We take the hassle out of travel and make it a stress-free trip, especially if you’re travelling solo or it’s your first time to Europe. Once your flight arrives in Tblisi, grab your bags and our guides are on-hand to meet you. We’ll make a scenic door-to-door trip, from the airport straight to our hotel in Gudauri. Grab a window seat in our Mercedes Sprinter Van and in 2 hours you’ll arrive at our powder paradise. Our guides will be on-hand to check you in, and make sure you’re set up for the adventure ahead. At the conclusion of the tour in Yerevan, we will drop you at Zvartnots International Airport for departure flight.
PRE TOUR SUPPORT
After you sign up for a tour, you will receive pre-trip emails with specific information about your tour, the arrival and departure day process, information about the destination, packing suggestions, and other relevant information to help you prepare for your trip. In addition to this, you have access to our customer care team who are just a phone-call away. And as a full-service travel agent, we are able to take care of your flights, insurance, stopovers and pre or post tour arrangements.
WHY TRAVEL WITH MINT?
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