Welcome to Georgia and Armenia

At the intersection of Europe and Asia, in the heart of the Caucasus, lie two countries of extraordinary intrigue. Their beauty remains relatively untapped but with each passing year Georgia and Armenia become ever more popular. They are two countries with a rich history that stretches back to the earliest civilisations. Vibrant cities stuffed with architectural and cultural marvels are contrasted with jaw-dropping mountain walks dotted with ornate 6th Century monasteries. Venturing along the Silk Road between the two thriving capitals of Tbilisi and Yerevan, we will take in the splendour of Lake Sevan and sample locally made bread and cognac. Each day providing a new natural, cultural, or even culinary treat!

Tour Highlights

  • Journey along a portion of the historic Silk Road
  • Explore the Kazbegi region in the heart of the Caucasus mountains
  • Visit one of the world’s most isolated churches, the Gergeti Trinity
  • Sample local delicacies such as Armenian "Cognac" and Lavash
  • Scan the horizon for the biblical Mount Ararat
  • Dates & Prices

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    August 1 - August 11, 2017 (11 days)

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    A crucifix is carved into the wall of an old stone church that is lit by candlelight
  • An impressive pillared temple in the Roman style

    What's Included

    • Flights and transfers from the UK (UK prices only)
    • Accomodation in Tbilisi at the 3* Prestige Palace
    • Accomodation in Gudauri at the 3* Alpina
    • Accomodation in Yerevan at the 4* Imperial Palace Hotel
    • All breakfasts
    • 7 lunches
    • 8 dinners
    • Specified excursions
    • Services of local guides
    • Services of a Traveleyes tour manager
  • Excursions

    • Tbilisi City Tour
    • Mtshketa Tour
    • Chateau Mukhrani Wine Tasting
    • Gergeti Tour
    • Haghpat Tour and Geghard Tour
    • Echmiadzin Holy City Tour
    • Lavash & Cognac Tasting
    • Lake Sevan Tour
    • Gori & Uplistsikhe Tour (optional)
    • Khor Virap Tour (optional)
    A statue of the crucifix stands alone with vast plains and then a snow topped mountain in the distance

Below is the itinerary for the holiday. Please click each day for more information.

Tuesday 1st August

Journey to Georgia, Europe’s easternmost flank. With a history streching back to the mythical story of Jason and the Argonauts, Georgia’s links with the West has left it isolated over the centuries but remarkably, the region’s strong Christian tradition and Western culture has endured and flourished in this beautiful land.

Overnight in Tbilisi.

Wednesday 2nd August

Explore Georgia’s capital with a guided tour. We will take in several spectacular architectural marvels including Metekhi Church which clings to the side of a cliff overlooking the Mtkvari River. We will then venture to the Sulfur Baths of Old Tbilisi, and take the cable car to the ancient Narikala Fortress. We will delve further into Tbilisi’s rich history and proud culture with a trip to freedom square and The National Museum of Tbilisi. Our day of exploration shall conclude on Rustaveli Avenue with its art galleries, cafes and boutique shops.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner included. Overnight in Tbilisi.

Thursday 3rd August

Travel through jaw-dropping countryside to the ancient UNESCO world heritage site of Mtshketa. Hailing from as early as the 3rd Century BC, Mtshketa is a site of religious significance with the remains of Christ’s robes buried in the Svetitskhoveli Cathedral. We’ll make a stop to sample some local wines at Chateau Mukhrani before continuing our scenic journey through the mountains to our base in Gudauri.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner included. Overnight in Gudauri.

Friday 4th August

Traverse along the sublime edge of the Tergi River before reaching the largest town in the Kazbegi region, Stepantsminda. This will be our base as we trek or get a jeep to the Gergeti Trinity Church, unquestionably one of the most beautiful and isolated churches on the planet that has become an icon of Georgia. Gergeti is surrounded by the vast Caucasus Mountains and rolling Alpine meadows. We will then begin the spectacular journey back to Tbilisi.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner included. Overnight in Tbilisi.

Saturday 5th August

Today you can spend your day at leisure in Tbilisi further exploring the city’s many delights. Alternatively, you may wish to join our optional excursion to unearth Georgia’s connection to Joseph Stalin in the town of his birth, Gori. Here, there is a fantastic museum devoted to his life story.

This excursion also uncovers Uplistschke, an ancient rock-hewn town that had been occupied from the Early Iron Age through to the Late Middle Ages. As the oldest urban settlement in Georgia, Uplistschke remained a powerful stronghold throughout the region’s Pagan and Christian period and repelled many Muslim conquests before finally succumbing to the Mongol Invasion in the 14th century.

Breakfast included. Overnight in Tbilisi.

Sunday 6th August

We continue our adventure in the Caucusus as we make our way south through Georgia and into Armenia. Once in Armenia, we’ll explore the UNESCO world heritage site of Haghpat and the Monastery of Haghartsin. Here we’ll be introducted to the influences of the then prospering Byzantine Empire fused with traditional architecture of the Caucasus before continuing to the capital of Armenia, Yerevan.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner included. Overnight in Yerevan.

Monday 7th August

Today we begin delving into Armenian culture. We will transport ourselves back to 1BC at the Pagan temple of Geghard. The only pagan temple left in the whole country. From the ancient to the current we will then transfer to a local house for the preparation of the national bread, ‘lavash’. It is usually cooked in a ground oven called a ‘tonir’. We will also get hands on and help with the preparation before trying what is known as Armenian fast food with lavash and cheese.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner included. Overnight in Yerevan.

Tuesday 8th August

We continue to discover Armenia’s ancient delights with an exploration of its cathedrals, choirs and Armenian “Cognac”. First, we visit Echmiadzin Holy City and Zvartnots Temple where we’ll immerse ourselves in local culture with a live performance of Armenian classical music. After this, discover one of Armenia’s finest exports with a visit to a “Cognac” factory. So well-respected is this Armenian brand, that it is the only producer outside of the region of Cognac in France that has the right to be called “Cognac” when exported, all thanks to the 19th century exploits of local producers who won a competition in France itself.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner included. Overnight in Yerevan.

Wednesday 9th August

Today you can choose to explore all the delights of Yerevan. Considered one of the world’s oldest continuously inhabited cities, there are a treasure trove of museums and historic streets to discover.

Alternatively, you may wish to visit the monumentally important prison of Gregory the Illuminator and Khor Virap Monastery, shadowed by Mount Ararat. Improsoned by King Tiridates III of Armenia for 13 years, Gregory subsequently became the king;s religious mentor and successfully proselytized Armenia, leading to the country being declared a Christian nation in 301AD, the first of many in the world.

Breakfast and dinner included. Overnight in Yerevan

Thursday 10th August

On the shores of Lake Sevan we can marvel at its sheer scale as well as its crystal blue waters before exploring the surrounding area. Covering 5% of of Armenia’s territory, Lake Sevan sits at 2000 metres in elevation and is a popular summer retreat where locals enjoy the beaches and tuck into barbecued fish.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner included. Overnight in Yerevan.

Friday 11th August

Transfer to Yerevan airport for our early journey home.