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Armenia and Georgia - the crossroads of Europe and Asia

Armenia and Georgia

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Experience life at the crossroads of Europe and Asia

Armenia and Georgia have been forging their own identities following the era of the Soviet Union, making this a fascinating time to explore these countries as they transition.

Armenia has some of the earliest Christian churches and art, while Georgia is known for being one of the first wine-producing countries, and still makes wine the traditional way today.

Spend time with local families, sip wines and brandies, cook traditional meals and journey into the beautiful wilderness of the Caucasus Mountains.

Including...

A car with a tickVIP door-to-door travel service

A suitcase with a tick Included travel insurance

A bed 11 nights in hotels

A plate with a knife and fork 26 meals: 11 breakfasts (days 2-12) 8 lunches (days 2-7, 9 and 11) 7 dinners (days 2-3, 5 and 7-10)

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Plus...

  • Wine with dinner and lunch whilst in Tbilisi
  • International flights
  • Travel in destination by coach
  • Porterage

A camera Excursions and visits

  • Yerevan city tour with cooking masterclass
  • Khor Virap Monastery, Echmiadzin Treasury Museum and Zvartnots Cathedral
  • Amberd fortress and Perch Proshyan House-Museum
  • Geghard and Sevanavank monasteries and the Temple of Garni
  • Haghartsin and Haghpat monasteries and a Molokan village
  • Tbilisi city tour
  • Mtskheta
  • Stalin’s childhood home, Gori
  • Gergeti Sameba Church
  • Ananuri castle complex
  • Funicular ride to Mtatsminda plateau
  • Kakheti including wine tasting and cooking demonstration

Prices are based on return flights with Lufthansa from London Heathrow via Frankfurt/Munich. Supplements may apply from other airports>

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Day 1 UK to Yerevan

Our VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from home, for your flight to Yerevan.


Day 2 Yerevan

A guided tour of Yerevan offers a glimpse of the Soviet past. We take a look at Armenian culture at the Cafesjian Centre for the Arts, and at Matenadaran, one of the world’s oldest and richest book-depositories, holding over 17,000 ancient manuscripts of culture and sciences.

We also visit the Genocide Memorial, the Megerian Carpet Factory, the Sergei Parajanov Museum; and enjoy an Armenian lunch with a culinary masterclass.


Day 3 Yerevan

From Khor Virap Monastery, admire the beauty of Mount Ararat. The mountain’s snow-capped peak is said to be the resting place of Noah’s Ark. The chapel was constructed over the dungeon where patron saint Gregory the Illuminator was imprisoned.

Then in Echmiadzin, our tour includes the cathedral reputed to be the first official Christian church in the world, and the Cross of Armenian Unity, a charity founded to assist orphans. You can participate in carpet weaving or make Armenian dishes before we drive to Zvartnots Cathedral, another impressive UNESCO World Heritage Site.


Day 4 Yerevan

Visit the ruined 7th-century fortress of Amberd. This ‘fortress in the clouds’ is in a spectacular, rural location on the slope of Mount Aragats. Next is the Perch Proshyan House-Museum, birthplace of the Armenian writer and teacher.

In the Ararat valley grows a unique variety of grapes used to make much loved Ararat brandy. We take a tour of the factory before we taste this national spirit. We'll also visit Yeravan's History Museum today.


Day 5 Yerevan to Dilijan

Geghard Monastery is a UNESCO World Heritage Site hewn into rock, and has incredibly haunting acoustics demonstrated during a short recital. The pagan Temple of Garni is next, with Roman bath mosaics.

Lunch is in a family home, before a tour around the village. Later, we visit the medieval Sevanavank Monastery, before heading to Dilijan.

You stay at Best Western Paradise Hotel Dilijan (3.5*) or Tsaghkadzor Marriott Hotel (3.5*)


Day 6 Day 6 Dilijan to Tbilisi

Visit a pottery and the Haghartsin Monastery. Meet Molokans, a Russian Orthodox sect who settled in Armenia after being exiled from Russia several centuries ago.

Visit UNESCO-protected Haghpat Monastery, a masterpiece of religious architecture and a major centre of learning in the Middle Ages. We then cross the border into Georgia, where we stay in Tbilisi.

You stay at Mercure Tbilisi Old Town (4*), Hotel Stamba (5*) or Biltmore Hotel Tbilisi (4*).


Day 7 Tbilisi

Founded in the 4th century on the site of warm mineral springs, Tbilisi developed into the main city of the Caucasus and was a key stop on the Silk Road - right on the border between Europe and Asia.

Our city tour includes the Old Town, Metekhi Temple, the Mosque and Narikala, the main fortress of Tbilisi.


Day 8 Mtskheta to Gori to Kazbegi

Mtskheta was the capital of the Georgian Kingdom of Iberia between 500 BC - AD 500. See Svetitskhoveli Cathedral, built on the spot where a piece of Christ’s Robe is thought to be buried. Many Georgian monarchs are also entombed here.

We visit the family home of Joseph Stalin in Gori, then head into the Caucasus Mountains.

You stay at Rooms Hotel Kazbegi (4*) or Porta Caucasia Kazbegi Hotel (4*).


Day 9 Kazbegi

Kazbegi is a picturesque settlement overlooked by the biggest peak of the Caucasus - Mount Kazbek. We ascend to Gergeti Sameba Church in an incredible mountaintop setting.

An optional excursion is available to beautiful Sno Valley and the village of Juta.


Day 10 Ananuri to Tbilisi

Visit Ananuri castle complex, the scene of many battles including peasant uprisings.

We take the funicular railway to the top of the Mtatsminda plateau for spectacular panoramic views of the city.

You stay at Mercure Tbilisi Old Town (4*), Hotel Stamba (5*) or Biltmore Hotel Tbilisi (4*).


Day 11 Kakheti Region

Kakheti, Georgia’s famous wine district is filled with acres of vineyards. We head to Sighnaghi for a walking tour, en route to a winery near Telavi, to taste some Georgian wines and watch a cooking demonstration before lunch.

We’ll continue to the beautiful ancestral estate of Tsinandali, once owned by Garsevan Chavchavadze, before our final stop of the day in Gremi. This medieval capital is watched over by its striking church topped with turquoise turrets.


Day 12 Tbilisi to UK

Transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK. Upon arrival, your vehicle will be waiting for the journey home.


Armenia and Georgia - the crossroads of Europe and Asia

Armenia and Georgia