Check out the Caucasus neighbours of Armenia and Georgia.

Head deep in the Caucasus on an 11-day extravaganza around the sights of Georgia and Armenia. Discover the religious significance of Yerevan and the ancient stone-carved monasteries dotted around the countryside, visit the historic and cultural hub of Tbilisi, head to the highlands in Gudauri, dabble in Georgia’s acclaimed wine scene in Telavi and get a masterclass in traditional cuisine. With home-cooked meals, local guided walks and free time aplenty, you’d be hard pressed to find a pair of countries so rich with things to see, yet so far from the usual tourist map. Time to put it on yours.

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Terms & Conditions

Start
Yerevan, Armenia
Finish
Tbilisi, Georgia
Destinations
Armenia, Georgia
Style
Comfort
Code
KFKE
Physical rating
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1, Max 12

Why you'll love this trip

  • Check out the amazing religious monuments of Armenia – the first country in the world that adopted Christianity as a state religion.

  • Learn the art of tolma – spiced meat wrapped in vine leaves – at a special lunch masterclass in Armenian cuisine.

  • Walk through the old city of the capital of Georgia, Tbilisi, on a guided tour. You’ll see modern structures and an urban café scene mashed with medieval architecture and cobbled lanes.

  • Enjoy a glass or two of the locally produced wine and learn about the unique Qvevri tradition of using clay pots used to create delicious, unfiltered and organic drop.

  • Take a hike in the striking Caucasus mountains to perhaps one of the best positioned Churches in Europe – Gergeti Trinity Church. If the altitude does not leave you gasping, the views will!

Is this trip right for you?

  • This trip starts in Yerevan, Armenia and finishes is in Tbilisi, Georgia. Please consider the itinerary when arriving and booking an onward journey, with airfares or other travel arrangements.

  • This trip can involve a reasonable amount of walking. Please ensure you bring sturdy walking shoes and comfortable clothes. To make the most of the trip, it's best if you have at least a moderate level of fitness. If you would prefer to sit out the hike in the Caucasus mountains, you can rent a 4WD taxi at your own expense.

  • The diversity of the seasons here makes for incredible scenery, but the weather in this region can be unpredictable. It’s best to wear layers at all times of the year in case conditions change during the day. At night the temperature can really drop, so bring your warm clothes. Weather in the Caucasus does vary and there may occasionally be itinerary changes due to road closures.

  • Some of the roads in Armenia and Georgia, particularly when visiting villages, can be a little rough. This may mean that some of the journeys could take a little longer than expected.

Itinerary

Barheev! Welcome to Armenia. This evening, there will be an important welcome meeting, usually at 6 pm, where you’ll meet your group leader and fellow travellers. After the meeting, why not ask your leader where you can find some traditional Armenian food, like khoravat (Armenian barbecue) or basturma (cured beef).
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Complimentary airport arrival transfer
Optional Activities
  • Yerevan - Armenian History Museum - Free
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Special Information
It’s very important that you attend the welcome meeting as we will be collecting insurance details and next of kin information at this time. If you are going to be late please let your travel agent or hotel reception know. Ask reception or look for a note in the lobby for more information on where the meeting will take place.

A complimentary airport arrival transfer is included; valid if you are arriving on Day 1 or if you have booked pre-tour accommodation through us. You must provide your flight details to your booking agent at least 14 days prior to travel.
Today, head with your group leader on a city tour of Yerevan. Armenia’s vibrant capital has a great mix of ancient culture and tradition with the contemporary feel. Begin at Republic Square, and then head to the Cafesjian Center – an open-air museum of modern art. Here you’ll also get a great view of downtown after climbing the stairs to Victory Park. Continue on to Freedom Square – a lively city hub with its ornate Opera House sitting at the centre. You’ll have lunch at a traditional museum-café built by Lusik Aguleci – a lover of Armenian antiques and all things local and handmade. Enjoy a traditional meal here and take a look around to see exhibits of national costumes, carpets and rugs and other traditional Armenian wares. Afterwards, return to the hotel for a relaxing afternoon.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Yerevan - City Tour
  • Yerevan - Ethnographic House Tour with Lunch
Optional Activities
  • Yerevan - Brandy Factory - USD12
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
After breakfast, make tracks for the south of Armenia. You’ll first head to the Khor-Virap monastery, which is of great religious importance in Armenia, having been adopted to Christianity in AD301, and is near the site of where Noah cast the anchor for his Ark. In clear weather, you may be lucky to take a great shot of the snow-capped Ararat Mountain. Continue on to the seventh century Zvartnots Ruins, which is listed as a World Cultural Heritage Site by UNESCO. Stop for lunch at a local home owned by Mrs Zara – a former TV host, who will share her secrets of traditional Armenian cooking, preparing the traditional tolma (similar to dolmades). On your way driving back to Yerevan for a free evening, check out a handmade rug factory – the designs are beautifully intricate.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Armenia - Khor Virap - Monastery
  • Armenia - Zvartnots Temple
  • Yerevan - Tolma Cooking Class with Lunch
  • Yerevan- Carpet Educational
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
This morning, head to the Geghard Monastery, a magnificent and unique structure partially carved out of rock. Interestingly, Armenia was the first to adopt Christianity as a state religion, and these medieval churches and monasteries have stood the test of time to show the country’s deep religious history. If you’re lucky, you’ll enjoy a live choir performance of Armenian spiritual songs inside the monastery. Today, you will also visit the Hellenistic Garni Temple and the medieval Sevanavank Monastery, set on the banks of the pristine Lake Sevan. In the afternoon, head north to Dilijan, considered the ‘little Switzerland’ of Armenia because of its lush green fields and crisp air. Enjoy a chilled-out evening in your guesthouse.
Accommodation
  • Guesthouse (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Yerevan - Garni Temple
  • Lake Sevan - Sevanavank Monastery
  • Armenia - Geghard Monastery - UNESCO World Heritage site
  • Fioletovo - Molokan Village
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Take a short city tour with your group leader around Dilijan, passing the artisan workshops in Sharambeyan Street. Continue to Fioletovo village not far away and be treated with some ‘perozhki’ (traditional savoury buns) while listening to your host talk about their daily life and the unique cultures and traditions of this region. Drive on to the humble stone structure of the Haghpat Monastery, which was used as an educational centre for Armenian scientists and scholars in the Middle Ages. Afterwards, you’ll head to the Armenia–Georgia border on your way to Georgia’s capital, Tbilisi.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Dilijan - Walking Tour
  • Haghpat - Haghpat Monastery
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Special Information
Please note that your means of transportation and your group leader may change at the Armenia–Georgia border today.
Stock up on brekky and embark on a sightseeing tour of Tbilisi. Tbilisi is a city of colour, of old and new, and your tour this morning will give you a glance of its history from the early centuries AD to now, through its sights and diverse architecture. You’ll also pass by the renowned 19th century houses of multicoloured balconies, synonymous with the Tbilisian skyline. Take a panoramic cable car ride from Rike Park up to the Narikala Fortress, then wander down to the sulfur baths, which are set on the thermal springs that give the Georgian capital its name. After your guided tour, have a free afternoon to relax, perhaps with a spa treatment!
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Tbilisi - Old Town Walking Tour
  • Tbilisi - Aerial Cable Car
  • Tbilisi - Anchiskhati Church
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
This morning, visit the ancient capital and religious centre of Mtskheta and its historical sites, including the sixth century Jvari Monastery 11th-century Svetitskhoveli Cathedral. Continue on to the town of Gori in the heart of Kartli region. Visit the ancient Uplistsikhe Cave Town – a rock-hewn dwelling where the Great Silk Road used to pass. You’ll spend the night at the ski resort town of Gudauri.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Mtskheta - Svetitskhoveli Cathedral
  • Uplistsikhe - Cave Complex
Optional Activities
  • Gori - Stalin Museum - USD10
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
Embark on a stunning drive from Gudauri along the Tergi River to Stepantsminda. Here you’ll take a leisurely two-hour walk through the beautiful valleys and woodlands to the Gergeti Trinity Church, located at 2170 metres above sea level. Depending on the weather, you may even catch a glimpse of one of the highest glaciers in the Caucasus – Mt Kazbegi. Head back down to Gudauri, and enjoy lunch with a local family, watching how cheese is made. Enjoy a night to relax and catch up with your travel friends with an included dinner.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Stepantsminda - Gergeti Trinity Church Hike
  • Stepantsminda - Cheese making process with Local Family (Kazbegi)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Special Information
If you’re not too keen on partaking in the two-hour walk today, there is an option to hire a local 4WD to take you to Gergeti Trinity Church. If this interests you, please speak to your group leader who can assist with this. You will pay on the spot for this service.
Travel on to the Kakheti region, renowned for its wine-making and welcoming hospitality. Your drive today is quite scenic, so soak up all of the Georgian countryside and its myriad of greens, reds and browns. Arrive in the regional centre of Telavi, where you’ll take a visit to the historic Tsinandali – an old estate and vineyard-turned-museum welcoming guests to walk in the gardens and see the quaint house. Tonight, you’ll stay nearby in a guesthouse, with a group dinner provided.
Accommodation
  • Guesthouse (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Kakheti- Tsinandali Estate Visit
  • Kondoli - BIO Winery Visit and Tasting
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
This morning check out the local farmers market in Telavi before driving to the hilltop fortified town of Sighnaghi, which has been preserved to its original image and now offers visitors stunning views of the surrounding Caucasus Mountains. Visit the fourth century Bodbe Monastery, before making your way back to Tbilisi for some free time this afternoon. As you didn’t have much time previously, perhaps you’d like to book yourself in for a visit to the sulfur baths in town and learn what all the fuss is about with this ancient ritual. Otherwise, take a wander down the Mtkvari River, past the modern Pike Concert Hall and Public Service Hall. Tonight, why not get your travel crew together for a celebratory dinner – your group leader will know of some good spots to head to.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Kakheti- Telavi Fresh Produce Market Visit
  • Kakheti- Sighnaghi Walking Tour
  • Kakheti- Bodbe Monastery
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
With no activities planned for today, you are free to leave the accommodation at any time.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast

Meals

10 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners

Transport

Private Bus

Accommodation

Hotel (8 nights), Guesthouse (2 nights)

Included activities

  • Complimentary airport arrival transfer
  • Yerevan - City Tour
  • Yerevan - Ethnographic House Tour with Lunch
  • Armenia - Khor Virap - Monastery
  • Armenia - Zvartnots Temple
  • Yerevan - Tolma Cooking Class with Lunch
  • Yerevan- Carpet Educational
  • Yerevan - Garni Temple
  • Lake Sevan - Sevanavank Monastery
  • Armenia - Geghard Monastery - UNESCO World Heritage site
  • Fioletovo - Molokan Village
  • Dilijan - Walking Tour
  • Haghpat - Haghpat Monastery
  • Tbilisi - Old Town Walking Tour
  • Tbilisi - Aerial Cable Car
  • Tbilisi - Anchiskhati Church
  • Mtskheta - Svetitskhoveli Cathedral
  • Uplistsikhe - Cave Complex
  • Stepantsminda - Gergeti Trinity Church Hike
  • Stepantsminda - Cheese making process with Local Family (Kazbegi)
  • Kakheti- Tsinandali Estate Visit
  • Kondoli - BIO Winery Visit and Tasting
  • Kakheti- Telavi Fresh Produce Market Visit
  • Kakheti- Sighnaghi Walking Tour
  • Kakheti- Bodbe Monastery

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Important notes

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT
A single supplement is available if you’d prefer not to share a room on this trip. The single supplement applies to all nights on your trip and is subject to availability. Please speak to your booking agent for further information.

ITINERARY
This trip starts in Armenia, and finishes in Georgia, you will need to consider this when booking airfares.  Road transfers between Yerevan and Tbilisi are available for booking and take approximately 4 hours.

Please note there is a chance of potential changes to the itinerary due to weather at higher altitudes, which often affect roads and bridges, making travel difficult or impossible (particularly in remote areas).

FITNESS
Day 8 of this trip can involve a lot of walking. Please ensure you bring sturdy walking shoes and comfortable clothes.  You'll need a good level of fitness for this hike. The distances may not be long, but the altitude makes it much harder than your average uphill hike. The going will be slow as your body adjusts. Alternative 4WD transport can be organised on this day if you don't want to hike

Altitudes experienced during this trip are up to 2200m above sea level.

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