Overview

Tbilisi - 2 nights
Kazbegi - 1 night
Tbilisi - 2 nights
Tsaghkadzor - 2 nights
Yerevan - 3 nights

The Crossroads of Europe and Asia

Explore ancient cultural heritage, the capitals, the glorious countryside and the spectacular scenery of Georgia and Armenia

At the crossroads between Europe and Asia sits the mountainous Caucasus region, flanked by the Black and Caspian seas. In the southern part, known as Transcaucasia, lie two neighbouring countries that only regained their independence after the collapse of the Soviet Union.

Armenia is home to verdant valleys and rugged mountain peaks, a green capital city and a heavenly collection of medieval monasteries. Colour and character in country towns contrasts modern edifices in the vibrant capital; scenic landscapes are dotted with hilltop towers and rural churches; all enhanced by Georgia’s culture of hospitality.

Explore Georgia’s and Armenia’s rich, colourful history and undiscovered wonders. Due to their strategic location they have suffered numerous invasions, including Greek, Roman, Byzantine, Persian, Ottoman and Russian. The visitor will marvel at the diversity – from Georgia’s ancient cave cities, to the rock-carved churches, Hellenistic temple and stunning mountainous landscapes of Armenia.

Key Features

Cultural & Countryside Tour

Jules Verne Sightseeing

4 UNESCO Heritage Sites

Local Expert Guides

No Single Supplement

Central Hotels

Group Size: 6  25

Special Events

Geghard Monastery & Wine Tasting

Enjoy a performance of Armenian choral music in the cave mausoleum at Geghard Monastery. Taste a range of Georgian wines at a winery in Sighnaghi.

Day 1 Fly to Tbilisi via Kiev. Stay two nights at the 4-star Mercure Tbilisi Old Town.

Day 2 Afternoon walk around Tbilisi’s old town, visit Metekhi Church, Sioni Cathedral, the Soviet Occupation Museum and Simon Janashia Museum of Georgia. (B)

Day 3 Visit Jvari Monastery and Svetitskhoveli Cathedral in Mtskheta. Travel to Kazbegi to view the striking Mount Kazbek, drive by 4WD up a mountain trail to visit Gergeti Trinity Church. Enjoy a khinkali making demonstration and tasting. Overnight at the 4-star Rooms Hotel. (B, D)

Day 4 Visit the cave town of Uplistsikhe and Stalin’s Museum in Gori. Return to Tbilisi for two nights. (B)

Day 5 Visit Bodbe Monastery. Lunch at a local village home and learn how churchkhela is made. Proceed to Sighnaghi for a walking tour and wine tasting. (B, L)

Day 6 Cross the border to Armenia and visit the monastery of Haghpat. Visit to a local house of the Molokan community, enjoy a cup of tea and some homemade sweets. Continue to Diljian for a walk through the old town. Spend two nights at the 4-star Tsaghkadzor Marriott Hotel. (B, D)

Day 7 Travel to Lake Sevan, the largest body of water in the Caucasus. Enjoy a cruise on the lake. Explore Sevanavank monastic complex. Return to Tsaghkadzor and a ride up on the chair lift of Mount Teghenis for a stunning view of the forested mountains and Lake Sevan. (B, D)

Day 8 Visit Noraduz cemetery with its 900 khachars. Drive over Selim Pass to view one of the best pre-served caravanserais on the Silk Road. Continue to Noravank and then Khor-Virap, one of the holiest sites in Armenia. Spend three nights at the 4-star Tufenkian Historic Hotel in Yerevan. (B)

Day 9 Visit Geghard Monastery and the temple of Garni. Lavash demonstration. Tour of Yerevan including the History Museum of Armenia and an ancient manuscript repository. (B, L)

Day 10 Travel to Echmiatsin to visit its cathedral. Later, visit the Genocide Museum and Memorial. Armenian Brandy tasting. (B)

Day 11 Return flight via Kiev. (B)

  • Key
  • B - Breakfast
  • L - Lunch
  • D - Dinner

Notes

This is a full itinerary with most visits on foot including several sites with steps.

2022

Thursdays
per person in a twin/double room
Ukraine International Airlines from Gatwick

Date Price
May 5 £1725
May 12 £1725
May 19 £1745
June 2 £1775
June 9 £1725
July 14 £1775
August 11 £1775
September 1 £1725
September 8 £1795
September 15 £1725
September 22 £1725
September 29 £1725
October 6 £1725
October 13 £1725
October 20 £1725

2023

Thursdays
per person in a twin/double room
Ukraine International Airlines from Gatwick

Date Price
May 4 £1725
May 11 £1725
May 18 £1745
June 1 £1775
June 8 £1775
July 13 £1775
August 10 £1775
August 31 £1775
September 7 £1775
September 14 £1725
September 21 £1725
September 28 £1725
October 5 £1725
October 12 £1725
October 19 £1725
No Single Supplement

(limited dates/availability)

Supplements per person

Single Supplement

NO SINGLE SUPPLMENT
(limited dates/availability)
2022: Oct 20
2023: Jul 13, Aug 10, Oct 19

Single supplement £495

Extension Options

Pre-Tour Extension Azerbaijan
6 nights £795
Single supplement £315 

Post-Tour Extension Kiev 
2 nights £385 (2023 £405)
Single supplement £115 

Extra nights - Tbilisi
Mercure Old Town
(per night) £75

Single supplement £55

Extra nights - Yerevan
Tufenkian Historic Hotel
(per night) £70
Single supplement £50

Privately Guided

Add £1145 per person

Independent Arrival

Save £400 
Arrival transfer add £30
Departure transfer add £15

Price Includes
Air travel and taxes, transfers, 10 nights’ accommodation, breakfast daily, 2 lunches and 3 dinners, itinerary as described, services of guides and local representatives. If our specially negotiated airfares are unavailable at the time of booking, a supplement may apply.

Not Included
Travel insurance, visa procurement (if extending in Azerbaijan), optional excursions, tipping, any government taxes or compulsory charges introduced after publication.

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