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John is the best tour guide imaginable - friendly, laid back, and extremely knowledgable. We toured... read more

Reviewed June 23, 2020
melaniedelayne
Ethiopia - a fantastic trip in a fascinating country

Although the January 2020 trip was the first tour that John Graham had organized and led in... read more

Reviewed February 3, 2020
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Reviewed June 5, 2019

A wonderful 13 day trip through the beautiful countryside, villages, and cities in Eastern Georgia and Armenia. Bring a camera (or phone) to take pictures of these beautiful places! John Graham plans carefully for everyone’s enjoyment. Local guides are informative and able to share each country’s past history and present day life. The driver is excellent and able to change plans should the roads be under construction. We were given the varied, superb experiences to walk around and listen to the ancient history of landmark churches, monasteries, and museums. We ate delicious food representative of each country, and had the opportunity to listen to their beautiful music. An unforgettable experience !!

Date of experience: May 2019
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Reviewed June 2, 2019 via mobile

John put together a fantastic trip along the theme of Ancient Christianity in the Caucasus (Georgia and Armenia) - visiting churches, monasteries, museums but also wineries and very nice niche hotels, as well making us go to local opera and ballet! He then took the role as our personal tour guide, illuminating our small traveler group with his impressive scholar knowledge of the matter. He also stimulated rich discussions within the group and wonderfully cheered our dinners with thematic toasts. As a consequence our group of 10 fellow travelers got a unique immersion in the local context - and enjoyed a tremendously warm friendship atmosphere!

Date of experience: May 2019
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Reviewed May 6, 2019

John Graham of John Graham tours has found his calling! As a participant in his Silk Road Artisans Tour of the Republic of Georgia 2019 I was fortunate to benefit from his extensive knowledge of the history, culture, language, religion, performing arts, handcrafts, liturgical chants, cuisine and viticulture. Everywhere he took us we were welcomed with open arms because we were with “Johnny”. He is well liked and respected by the locals for promoting (and preserving) Georgian culture. John is also a gifted liturgical chanter who filled the ancient monasteries and churches with his resonant voice.
I highly recommend joining one of John’s tours for a very unique travel experience. You will not be disappointed.

Date of experience: April 2019
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Reviewed May 5, 2019

Our tour, called “Silk Roads,” was fantastic. Not only was everything in the itinerary provided, it was all pre-arranged and paid. We guests did not have to worry about any logistics. Our job was just to enjoy ourselves and appreciate this fascinating country. The food was always delicious, the activities very interesting, the countryside beautiful. In the background the snow-covered Caucasus mountains provided constant beauty. But our tour was mostly about hand-on activities: we learned Needle-felting, the properties of jet jewelry-making, the cultivation of tea plants, Georgian cooking, wine tasting from traditional underground clay vessels, the art of the sword-smith, ceramics, and more. In many of the monasteries and ancient churches we visited, John and sometimes others chanted traditional chants connected with Easter, as this was the season. We learned why the older stone churches have better acoustics for the chanters than newer, cement-block churches. We also saw churches from every century from 6th onwards, some with magnificent frescoes. John filled each day with history and culture, so our experiences were surrounded with information. Every day was filled with adventure — it was absolutely wonderful. We met such lovely people, and John himself made us all feel so welcome, and comfortable.

Date of experience: April 2019
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Reviewed December 6, 2018

We enjoyed touring a place where the destination is still so unusual, not many fellow travelers have experienced the locale. I don't think I have yet seen a Rick Steves' travelogue from Georgia. Be the among the first!

Date of experience: May 2018
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