Armenia & Georgia: Treasures of the Caucasus

Armenia & Georgia: Treasures of the Caucasus

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Armenia & Georgia: Treasures of the Caucasus

11 Days Starting in Yerevan, Armenia and ending in Tbilisi, Georgia

Visiting: Tbilisi, Vagharshapat, Yerevan, Garni, Geghard, Lake Sevan, Mtskheta, Gori, Kutaisi, Bagrati Cathedral, Gelati, Ubisa, Gremi, Ikalto, Bodbe, Sighnaghi, Tsinandali, Telavi, Alaverdi Monastery

Tour operator:

Cox & Kings

Tour code:

XXX

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Physical rating:

Low

Special diets catered:

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Tour operated in:
English
Interests:

Cultural, History

Activities:

Sightseeing, Walking

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Tour Overview

Explore the spectacular highland countries of Armenia and Georgia, the world’s oldest Christian nations, with expert Dr William Taylor. Both countries contain a treasure trove of ancient ruins, churches and monasteries together with centuries-old folk traditions. Europe meets Asia in this spectacular and historic region of the Caucasus, where visitors will find a friendly welcome, excellent food and wine, and varied landscapes.

Highlights

  • Visit awe-inspiring medieval monasteries

  • Private guided visit by a senior curator at the Georgia Museum of Art

  • Exclusive visits to monasteries and meetings with local religious leaders

Itinerary

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Day 1 : Tbilisi Via Istanbul
Location: Tbilisi
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Museum Hotel Orbeliani
Meals Included: No Meals

Fly from London to Tbilisi, Georgia via Istanbul, Turkey, with Turkish Airlines. Arrive and transfer to the Museum Hotel Orbeliani (or similar) for two nights.

Day 2 : Tbilisi
Location: Tbilisi
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Museum Hotel Orbeliani
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today’s full-day tour of Tbilisi includes a cable car ride to fourth-century Narikala Fortress, which occupies a scenic spot overlooking the city; and the fifth-century Metekhi Church, an unusual cross-cupola church which became an infamous prison during the Soviet era. Visit the State Museum, home to hundreds of Caucasian icons and metalwork dating from the Bronze Age to the 20th century. Spend the remainder of the afternoon at the Georgia Museum of Art on a private guided visit, led by a senior curator.

Day 3 : Etchmiadzin
Location: Vagharshapat
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Hotel Metropol
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Depart Tbilisi and cross the border to Armenia. Visit the 13th-century Haghartsin Monastery, followed by lunch in the picturesque town of Dilijan. Continue to Yerevan and stay at the Hotel Metropol (or similar) for 3 nights.

Day 4 : Yerevan
Location: Yerevan
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Hotel Metropol
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Take a full-day tour of Yerevan with visits including the Matenadaran – the repository of ancient Armenian manuscripts – and Erebuni Fortress, where you meet a local expert (subject to confirmation). Continue to Tsitsernakaberd, a memorial and museum dedicated to the Armenian genocide of 1915, with its picturesque views over the city. Next, visit the National Art Gallery, which contains some excellent examples of medieval frescoes and Armenian and European art.

Day 5 : Etchmiadzin - Garni - Geghard
Location: Vagharshapat, Garni, Geghard
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Hotel Metropol
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Begin your day with a visit to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Echmiatsin (now called Vagharshapat), the spiritual centre of the Armenian-Gregorian Church, and take a private behind-the-scenes tour of the monastic complex. Visit a fine example of Armenian architecture at the St Hripsime Church before visiting Echmiatsin Cathedral, the oldest state built cathedral in the world, dating back to the early fourth century. Inside the cathedral is the reputed Holy Lance that pierced Christ’s side during his crucifixion. Proceed to the seventh-century ruins of Zvartnots Cathedral. End the day with a visit to the temple of Garni, a classical Hellenistic temple that is the best known structure and symbol of pre-Christian Armenia. Nearby is the medieval monastery of Geghard, partially carved out of cliffs within a plunging valley

Day 6 : Lake Sevan & Monasteries - Tbilisi
Location: Lake Sevan, Tbilisi
Accommodation: Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Cross the border to Georgia, stopping en route to see Lake Sevan and the UNESCO-protected monasteries of Haghpat and Sanahin, unique for their 10th-century architectural styles. Proceed to Tbilisi and stay 2 nights at the Museum Hotel (or similar).

Day 7 : Mtskheta - Gori - Kutaisi
Location: Mtskheta, Gori, Kutaisi
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Bagrati 1003
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Drive north-west to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Mtskheta. Lying at the confluence of the Mtkvari and Aragvi rivers, the city was the place where Christianity was proclaimed as the official religion of Georgia in 337 AD. Continue to the nearby church of Jvari, then to Gori, birthplace of Joseph Stalin. Visit the intriguing Stalin Museum, which features numerous personal artefacts, including Stalin’s notorious armour-plated railway carriage. Drive to Kutaisi and spend one night at the Bagrati Hotel (or similar).

Day 8 : Bagrati - Gelati - Ubisa - Tbilisi
Location: Bagrati Cathedral, Gelati, Ubisa, Tbilisi
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Museum Hotel Orbeliani
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

This morning, visit Bagrati Cathedral, which occupies a prominent position over Kutaisi. Continue to the Gelati monastery complex, built by the former king of Georgia, David IV the Builder. This UNESCO World Heritage Site features a number of 12th- and 13th-century churches and houses numerous murals, mosaics and manuscripts. Drive eastwards to Tbilisi, stopping at Ubisa for a short visit. Overnight at the Museum Hotel (or similar), Tbilisi.

Day 9 : Gremi - Ikalto - Bodbe - Signagi
Location: Gremi, Ikalto, Bodbe, Sighnaghi
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Kabadoni
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Travel east through the hills and winelands of Kakheti to the town of Gremi, destroyed by Shah Abbas’s army in the 16th century, save for the well preserved Royal Tower and Church of Archangels Michael and Gabriel. Next, drive to Signagi via the monastery of St Nino at Bodbe, a Georgian Orthodox monastic complex and one of the major pilgrimage sites in Georgia, with views of the Greater Caucasus Mountains. Overnight at Kabadoni Hotel (or similar).

Day 10 : Signagi - Tsinandali - Telavi - Alaverdi - Tbilisi
Location: Sighnaghi, Tsinandali, Telavi, Alaverdi Monastery, Tbilisi
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Museum Hotel Orbeliani
Meals Included: Breakfast

After a walking tour of Signagi, visit Tsinandali, the palace and vineyard of a Georgian noble family. Nearby is Telavi, capital of the Kakheti region and home to the best vineyards in the country. After lunch in a wine house, visit Alaverdi, a functioning Georgian monastery dating from the sixth century, with its stunning masterpiece – the 11th-century cathedral. Return to Tbilisi for a farewell dinner and stay overnight at the Museum Hotel (or similar).

Day 11 : Fly To London Via Istanbul
Location: Tbilisi
Meals Included: Breakfast

Transfer to Tbilisi airport. Fly to London, via Istanbul.

What's Included

  • International flights (and domestic flights if applicable)

  • UK departure and overseas airport taxes

  • Accommodation, Itinerary & meal basis as described

  • Local Transfers in an air-conditioned vehicle

  • Fully escorted by an English-speaking guide throughout

  • Entrance fees unless otherwise stated

What's Not Included

  • Tipping and Gratuities

  • Country Entry Visas

Check out our Q&As

  • Are the local guides on the tour English speaking?

    Yes. We only work with passionate local guides who have a firm grasp of English – so they can answer all your questions and offer invaluable insight into your destination.

  • Can Cox & Kings arrange my visa?

    We cannot arrange your visa but we can recommend a reputable visa assistance company who can help with your application. Please contact your tour consultant for details.

  • Why do I have to pay more for my holiday if I am a single traveller?

    Most hotels around the world charge more per person for a single occupancy room than for a shared twin room, because the cost of maintaining a room for one person can be almost as high as it is for two. In addition, many single occupancy rooms are the same as twin / double rooms.

  • What happens if a group doesn’t make its minimum required number of passengers?

    If a group tour does not reach its minimum numbers, we will either offer for you to take your holiday on a private basis (which may involve a supplement), or you will be fully refunded.

  • What is the maximum group size?

    All Cox & Kings group tours have a maximum group size of 18 and average just 14 guests. Travelling in such a small group allows you to make stronger and deeper connections with fellow travellers.

  • Are all entrance fees included in the price?

    Yes. Quoted prices include all entrance fees.

  • Are flights included in this tour?

    All prices for Cox & Kings holidays include international flights, except where indicated. For all destinations, you may be able to arrange your own flights. If you wish to do so, the cost will be deducted from the tour price.

  • What is the difference between a 'single' supplement and 'sole' supplement?

    A 'single' traveller is someone occupying a single room while travelling with one or more other people, for example a single person travelling on a group tour. A 'sole' traveller is someone travelling on their own. As a single traveller on a group tour (except those in the SoloTravellers collection), please check the single supplement price. If you wish to add an extension to that tour, please th

  • When will I get my tickets?

    Travel documents will be sent approximately two weeks prior to departure (third party suppliers' policies may vary), unless your booking is made within six weeks of departure, in which case final documents will be sent as soon as possible.

  • When do I need to pay my final balance?

    Final payment must be made no less than 75 days before departure.

  • Do your prices include flights?

    All prices for Cox & Kings holidays include international flights, except where indicated. Australasia and Canada holidays do not include international flights so that you may benefit from the best prices at the time you choose to book, taking advantage of major seasonal variations and short term special offers. For all destinations, you may be able to arrange your own flights. If you wish to do

  • What is a non-exclusive escorted group tour?

    The vast majority of our group tours are exclusive to Cox & Kings clients. However, there are a few exceptions where holidaymakers who booked their tour with another travel company travel in the group.

  • When will I get a detailed itinerary?

    If you are travelling on a group tour, you will receive a detailed itinerary with your travel pack. If travelling on a private basis, you will receive your detailed itinerary with your confirmation invoice.

  • What are the four tour categories

    ***LUXURY These are our most comfortable tours and will usually feature 5-star deluxe accommodation throughout*** ***SUPERIOR Most Cox & Kings tours fall under this category and are based in 4- or 5-star accommodation where available, or the best alternative elsewhere*** ***STANDARD Simpler in emphasis, these itineraries typically feature 4-star or good 3-star accommodation throughout, or the best alternative elsewhere*** ***DISCOVERY Best suited to the hardier traveller, these tours typically include some quite basic accommodation, possibly longer and rougher road journeys and, in some cases, more strenuous activities, such as trekking***

  • Do I need inoculations?

    Many of our destinations have recommended health precautions, which you can read about in our regional documents and health pages. However, we recommend that you contact your doctor who will be able to give you professional advice, arrange any vaccinations and give advice on malaria protection. Alternatively, visit the NHS website for more information.

  • What happens if a group tour does not reach its minimum numbers? Will it be cancelled?

    If a group tour does not reach its minimum numbers, we will either offer for you to take your holiday on a private basis (which may involve a supplement), or you will be fully refunded.

Reviews of this Operator

Mark  

Very Good Experience

17-Apr-2022

This is the second trip we've booked with Cox & Kings and as with the first trip, the booking experience has been very good. We tried to do this trip in the autumn but were defeated by the ever-changing testing requirements. Cox & Kings quickly reconfirmed the itinerary when we revived the idea in the spring and kept us informed at every stage

Jessica  

Knowledgeable Staff and Excellent Service

01-Oct-2021

Knowledgeable staff and excellent service that 'goes the extra mile'. I have been on several holidays through Cox and Kings over the last 20 years and have always been more than satisfied

Haig  

Exceptional Service

02-Feb-2022

I have frequently used Cox and Kings and they never disappoint. They organise whatever I want and the great thing about their group tours is that they always include some free time. Other companies tend to pack far too much in to their schedules. I have found everyone I have ever dealt with keen to provide the best possible service.

Paul  

A Relaxed Way to Book a Holiday

13-Aug-2021

Sue and I have travelled with Cox & Kings a number of times and have always booked direct with them. For this latest trip, I again contacted them direct and spoke to their travel advisor for the chosen area for a tailor-made holiday. I found him empathetic, knowledgeable and understanding of my requirements. An initial itinerary was prepared which after due consideration and discussion was cheerfully amended and agreed on. There was no pressure put on me and I found it, as usual, a good experience. Holiday now booked and I am looking forward to the trip.

Susan  

Ultimate Professionals

27-Apr-2022

I've travelled with C&K before to Egypt and had a marvellous time so well looked after and wonderful hotel choices so I decided to book another trip for next year to Istanbul and Turkey now that we are able to travel. So looking forward to another adventure.

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  • Low Deposit

    Cox & Kings requires a minimum deposit of 15% or the full booking value, whichever is less, with the final balance not due until 75 days before departure.

  • Cancellation Policy

    We don't charge a cancellation fee, here is a summary of cox & kings charges.

    Up to 75 days before tour starts: Forfeit 100% of deposit.

    At 74 days before tour starts: Forfeit 30% of booking price.

    At 59 days before tour starts: Forfeit 60% of booking price.

    At 29 days before tour starts: Forfeit 90% of booking price.

    At 14 days before tour starts: Forfeit 100% of booking price.

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