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The Trip of A Lifetime ... Flat Out Excellent Private Tour

My husband and I worked with John Graham to schedule a private tour of the Tusheti and Khevsureti... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
StThecla
5 reasons John Graham Tours should lead your group through Georgia

John Graham led our large choral group through Tbilisi, Kutaisi, and Kazbeghi over 9 days but... read more

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

John Graham led a tour for the Capitol Hill Chorale, a talented, amateur chorus that performed all around Georgia. 90 people in all. John and his team (Keti, Erakly, Soso) expertly managed every detail of the trip, enabled the group to meet Georgian clergy and perform with Georgian musicians, and employed his remarkable contacts in the country to create a once-in-a-lifetime experience. John’s love of the country, its people and its music shine through in everything he does to make the visitor’s experience truly memorable. He also has expertise in Armenia and is developing a tour for Ethiopia..... we’re adding it to our list of experiences not to be missed!

Date of experience: June 2019
Thank ez1961sd
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Wow! Can't say enough about the diversity and beauty of landscapes, churches, monasteries. villages, etc. in Georgia. The planning, organization and execution of our personalized tour was perfect; the hotels and food were excellent. We can't say enough about what a great guide we had HIs knowledge, driving, concern for our well being, interests, and love of his country were remarkable. We enjoyed every minute with him and left feeling we had truly gained an appreciation of this remarkable country through the lens of a native Georgian.

Date of experience: June 2019
Thank Andrea D
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was a 5 star trip in every way. The country of Georgia is beautiful, varied and full of history. John really "knew his stuff" and this aspect of the trip made it all the more interesting and enjoyable. There were no lectures as such, just fascinating commentaries either in the bus or as we toured different sites. The head sets made this much easier, especially in crowded churches or places where John had to speak quietly. The only question I asked John that he couldn't answer was what breed the cows were - they were ubiquitous, as were sheep, horses and dogs. His knowledge of music, religion, language, architecture, geography, geology, flowers and trees, food and wine was extraordinary. Everything was presented in an accessible way. He combined professionalism with friendliness, smiling and listening as well as informing. He was unflappable - or so it seemed, and extremely efficient.
The hotels and restaurants were carefully chosen to give us a variety of experiences and locations, but in comfort. The fact that there were no hidden or extra costs for me (other than laundry) was also a bonus.
The pre-tour information was attractive, and extremely helpful, and I appreciated the personal touches in the way it was written - it wasn't just any other pre-tour brochure.
All in all, this was a truly wonderful trip and I am so glad I went.

Date of experience: June 2019
Thank suewd2018
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

John Graham knows the people, the language and the place, so you cannot do better than a trip organised by him. This comment relates to East and West Georgia and to Tbilisi itself. He answers the endless, sometimes tedious, questions with patience and humour. He plans the programme for each day, but also has a rare capacity for some flexibility. What is more, Georgia is a lovely and varied country.

Date of experience: June 2019
Thank Fowl666
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Reviewed June 16, 2019

I met John when I toured Georgia with him in June 2017 and on my return home immediately started planning this tour. Together with twelve friends we toured the entire country from Sighnagi in the east to Mestia in the high Caucasus, the Black Sea and Akhaltsikhe in South Georgia.
John's exceptional ability to patiently explain the history and ways of this wonderfully diverse country and its charming people has been well documented in other reviews. For us he painstakingly researched the flora, enabling us to see some of the rare endemic flora and fauna in the different regions. His intimate knowledge of so many areas has led to a broad basis of friends and during an impromptu singing session by a river he was recognised and I was told how exceptional he is, not only the chanting which is the basis of his phD, but also singing in general including the local folk songs.
The tour was created round my various, sometimes challenging wishes, including the desire to put a toe in the Black Sea where John researched and found a stunning hotel which mirrored the best of what the area offered.
Our visit to Mestia, deep in the Caucasus, with remarkable weather, was perfected thanks to the contacts John has, including Svanetti singers, and dancers, alpinist and fresco conservator opening doors to frescoed churches and medieval towers as well as visiting glaciers and alpine meadows ablaze with flowers with a back drop of some of the highest snow covered peaks in the Csucasus.
There are not enough superlatives to describe our two weeks in the company of such a conscientious and gifted guide..

Date of experience: June 2019
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