Ara is an absolute joy to travel with. Goris born and raised, he loves nature and the landscape and can talk knowledgeably on everything from history and archeology to geology and culture. He is happy to design his tour around your interests and is a very safe driver who knows the roads well. I went with him on a day trip to Jermuk and also did a beautiful Sisian tour. Next week we are going on an off-road expedition to see the petroglyphs. Ara speaks excellent English and is happy to talk about Armenian politics and the country’s relationship with its neighbors–he provides fascinating insights into Armenia’s past, present and future. I cannot recommend him highly enough. Liz from America
Ara grew up in the Goris area and you can tell he loves it and cares about the region a lot. This is what makes his tours so special. He speaks English very well and can explain the significance of each site and the history with ease. He drives well and is generous with stopping for pictures. If you choose to tour with Ara you will learn so much, see amazing sights, and have an overall great trip. Robbie from America
All you travellers out there, planning a trip to Armenia: make sure you get in touch with this fantastic person. Ara was my tour guide for one day in March 2017, taking me on a tour through the Old Khndzoresk Cave City near Goris. It was a blessing to have met him, as he knew so much about the history, politics and culture of the area, as well as Armenia in general. We had some great conversations, and thanks to his excellent English, I could also engage with other local people. Thanks, Ara, for everything! That was a brilliant day! Alicia
If you come to Goris, do yourself the favor of using Ara as your guide/driver. He speaks great English and is incredibly helpful, and he gives his tours a personal touch by sharing his own family stories. I met Ara in March 2017, and he drove me around for four days, showing me all the best places in Syunik and Karabakh. He even drove all the way to Yerevan and back in one day for my sake. Thanks for all your help and for getting to know you, Ara! Anna
Ara is an amazing tour guide 🙂 super nice, super calm great knowledge! We met him in October 2016, it was an awesome tour! I totally recommend 🙂 Ara thank you! Karolina, Poland
Ara not only knows the area and the history but passionately cares about it. He takes the time to show the details that really make this region so unique. And he never stops paying attention to the comfort and safety of those on the tour. Dan
What makes Ara’s tours unique is his passion and knowledge of the area. The sites are beautiful and fascinating but there is an added value to history and appreciation when you are able to see a tourist location through the eyes and the heart of someone who is able to show the location of his grandfather’s cave (small example). I lived in the area for a year and Ara’s tours were the best I’ve taken and one of the reasons for my love of the Syunik region. Ina
Ara is the most wonderful guide. His English is excellent and he really knows his history both ancient and modern. We are so glad he shared the spectacular beauty of his country with us. Valerie, UK
I spent four days with Ara touring the Goris area and he absolutely made my holiday work. Ara took me to sites I would never have known about, would never have visited, and he made the whole experience come alive with a great knowledge of all of the places and a great sense of humour. Visiting the City of Caves with him was amazing – he grew up there and knows so much about the whole place. And he managed to get me into places no one ever goes to – like the cheese factory in the nearby village.
He is a terrific, safe, driver – which is very important there. He speaks excellent English. He even, via his wife – supplies picnics for the car journey – we had one memorable one in a storm, at night, sitting in the car.
Ara is an invaluable guide. And loves what he does. Please do book him. I certainly will next time I am back. Brendan, Ireland.
Ara was our guide and driver for the best part of four whole days. He speaks English fluently and is knowledgeable and observant about the country’s history, geography, flora and fauna – and speaks with intelligence, commitment and compassion about the challenges facing contemporary Armenia. Highlights included: Old Khndzoresk’s Cave City near Goris, where his dad was born; Karahundj, the site known as the Armenian Stonehenge (and oh the bird song and beautiful and rare wild flowers); and Tatev. Check out his ‘Off the beaten track’ and ‘Armenian silk road tours’ too. We can’t recommend him highly enough – he is simply the best – and on roads which can sometimes be less than perfect, it’s great to be in the safe hands of such a good driver.
Joanne and Rosie, UK
Ara’s guiding services cannot be recommended highly enough- your trip to Goris and Armenia as a whole will be sorely lacking without his knowledge and insight. The tour we took around Goris with Ara was so enormously enjoyable, informative and dynamic that it became our favourite day of the whole trip.
Book him for as long as possible and you will guarantee yourself an incredible, stress free journey for a very affordable price.