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The Beauty of Armenia and Georgia

  • TAILOR-MADE HOLIDAY IDEA

Duration

12 Days

Prices Start from

£3,595pp (ex. flights)

The bordering countries of Armenia and Georgia are easily combined in this holiday idea to create a fascinating trip full of ancient temples and hillside monasteries, soaring mountains, picturesque wine regions and incredibly friendly people.

Whilst only divided by a land border, Armenia and Georgia can feel a world apart. The old-world charm of Armenia is immediately inviting; simple restaurants serve delicious food and good local wine and the landscape is dotted with beautiful churches and monasteries, many of which pre-date the 10th century. In Georgia, vineyards sit alongside rural communities and the cities of Tbilisi and Borjomi exude an Italian atmosphere with a great choice of hotels and restaurants serving cosmopolitan cuisine.

Key Highlights of this Itinerary

Snow Capped Mount Ararat and Khor Virap, Armenia 1

Monasteries of Yerevan

Visit Khor Virap Monastery with its spectacular mountainous backdrop.

Copy Churches of Tbilisi Jvris Mama Sioni and Sameba Cathedral Old Town Georgia 2

Old Town of Tbilisi

Stroll the atmospheric streets of Tbilisi, listen closely and hear the whispers of 1,500 years of history.

Caucasus Mountain Landscape, Sioni Village, Kazbegi, Georgian Military Highway, Georgia 3

Caucasus Mountains

The Caucasus rise to heights of over 5,000 metres, home to hiking trails and monasteries.

Mountains and caves, Vardzia, Samtskhe Javakheti, Georgia 4

Cave Towns of Georgia

Vardzia and Uplistsikhe are superb pre-Christian cave towns, with ancient temples and incredible archaeology.

Explore our suggested itinerary

  • Day 1

    Yerevan

  • Day 2 -3

    Yerevan

  • Day 4

    Yerevan to Dzoraget

  • Day 5

    Dzoraget to Vardzia

  • Day 6

    Vardzia to Borjomi

  • Day 7

    Borjomi to Kazbegi

  • Day 8

    Kazbegi

  • Day 9

    Kazbegi to Tbilisi

  • Days 10 - 11

    Tbilisi

  • Day 12

    Tbilisi

Day 1

Yerevan

Arrive into Yerevan and transfer to your accommodation.

Day 2 -3

Yerevan

Spend two days exploring Yerevan with its backdrop of mountains and monasteries. The Geghard Monastery, a World Heritage Site, is partially carved out of the mountainside. The Khor Virap Monastery is a pilgrimage site and overlooks Mount Ararat, with far-reaching views to Turkey.

Day 4

Yerevan to Dzoraget

Travel overland to Dzoraget, a journey of approximately two and a half hours.

Day 5

Dzoraget to Vardzia

Travel overland to Vardzia, a journey of around four hours. Visit the pre-Christian cave towns of Vardzia and Uplistsikhe.

Day 6

Vardzia to Borjomi

Travel overland to Borjomi, a journey of approximately two hours.

Day 7

Borjomi to Kazbegi

A scenic four hour drive today to reach the mountain village of Kazbegi. Stop in the village of Gori, home to a fascinating museum, dedicated to the town’s most infamous resident, Josef Stalin. Continue along the Georgian Military Highway through stunning mountain scenery.

Day 8

Kazbegi

Spend the day hiking and exploring hilltop monasteries amidst the Caucasus mountains, rising to heights of over 5,000 metres. There are walks to suit all levels of fitness.

Day 9

Kazbegi to Tbilisi

Travel overland for around four hours to reach Georgia’s capital city of Tbilisi.

Days 10 - 11

Tbilisi

Spend two days exploring the atmospheric streets of Tbilisi. East of Tbilisi, the royal fortified hill town of Signagi offers views of the Kakheti region and the eastern Caucasus mountains. Take a stroll through the old town with its pretty cobbled streets and sample some Georgian wine.

Day 12

Tbilisi

Transfer to the airport for onward travel.

Our travel experts can tailor this itinerary to suit you.

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Uplistsikhe Cave City, Uplistsikhe, Georgia
Uplistsikhe cave city
Mountains and caves, Vardzia, Samtskhe Javakheti, Georgia
Vardzia caves
View from the Uplistsikhe Cave City, Uplistsikhe, Georgia
View from the Uplistsikhe cave city
Christian Basilica in ancient rock hewn town Uplistsikhe, Georgia
Uplistsikhe

Georgia's 12th Century Skyscrapers

The remote location of Vardzia dates back to 1186. Over thirteen storeys high this striking complex of caves were built for Queen Tamar, with more than 3,000 cave rooms. Similarly dramatic is the prehistoric cave town of Uplistsikhe, just outside Gori high up on the banks of the Mtkvari River. In times of siege, dead bodies were temporarily buried in jars until they could be peacefully re-buried. Ancient temples and theatres can still be identified and from the sandstone steps, you will be rewarded with a view across the river and plains.

Happy Peasant, Grape Harvesting, Kakheti, Georgia
Wine grower, Georgia
Georgian food on table, Georgia
Georgian food

The Wine Growers of Kakheti

Kakheti is in the heart of Georgia’s wine-growing region. Georgia is one of the best wine-producing regions in the world and the royal fortified hill town of Signagi to the east of Tbilisi is a great place to sample some at local cellar doors. Pheasant’s Tears offers some of the region’s best wine along with an amazing restaurant – enjoy tasting with their knowledgeable sommelier followed by a delicious Chef’s Selection menu for dinner. A little pricey but worth the splurge.

Azerbaijan Highlights

A visit to Azerbaijan combines well with Georgia and Armenia. Cross overland from Georgia and spend time exploring Sheki, one of Azerbaijan’s most beautiful mountain towns before heading on to the mud volcanoes and ancient petroglyphs of Gobustan. Baku, on the shores of the Caspian Sea has transformed itself into a glittering city of glamorous hotels and interesting museums and its narrow alleyways are best explored on foot.

5 days from £975 pp

Flame Towers and Icheri Sheher, Old Town, Baku, Azerbaijan
Baku, Azerbaijan

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Excellent, well-rounded tour of both Armenia and Georgia, which enabled you to compare the two nations and gave a comprehensive overview of the common heritage.

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When to travel

Georgia in January

December to February is low season across the country. Inland mountainous areas can be very cold, but with good skiing opportunities. On the coast, it is milder but wetter, with the driest weather in the east of the country.

Georgia in February

December to February is low season across the country. Inland mountainous areas can be very cold, but with good skiing opportunities. On the coast, it is milder but wetter, with the driest weather in the east of the country.

Georgia in March

March to May sees snow on the ground start to melt, as freezing temperatures abate. As temperatures rise, so does rainfall in the east though. Rainfall peaks around Tbilisi in May. Generally it is mild across the country, with wildflowers carpeting the landscape.

Georgia in April

March to May sees snow on the ground start to melt, as freezing temperatures abate. As temperatures rise, so does rainfall in the east though. Rainfall peaks around Tbilisi in May. Generally it is mild across the country, with wildflowers carpeting the landscape.

Georgia in May

March to May sees snow on the ground start to melt, as freezing temperatures abate. As temperatures rise, so does rainfall in the east though. Rainfall peaks around Tbilisi in May. Generally it is mild across the country, with wildflowers carpeting the landscape.

Georgia in June

June to August is high season across the country. It is the ideal time to explore the Caucasus mountains in the north, as it is likely to be free of snow and generally dry. The central lowlands can get very hot and humid, but it’s also a good time to enjoy the Black Sea coast.

Georgia in July

June to August is high season across the country. It is the ideal time to explore the Caucasus mountains in the north, as it is likely to be free of snow and generally dry. The central lowlands can get very hot and humid, but it’s also a good time to enjoy the Black Sea coast.

Georgia in August

June to August is high season across the country. It is the ideal time to explore the Caucasus mountains in the north, as it is likely to be free of snow and generally dry. The central lowlands can get very hot and humid, but it’s also a good time to enjoy the Black Sea coast.

Georgia in September

September to November is autumn across the country, with the festive wine harvest in Kakheti taking place and some mountains remaining snow-free and dry until the end of October. Also, a great time to visit the lowlands around Tbilisi, with pleasant and relatively dry conditions.

Georgia in October

September to November is autumn across the country, with the festive wine harvest in Kakheti taking place and some mountains remaining snow-free and dry until the end of October. Also, a great time to visit the lowlands around Tbilisi, with pleasant and relatively dry conditions.

Georgia in November

September to November is autumn across the country, with the festive wine harvest in Kakheti taking place and some mountains remaining snow-free and dry until the end of October. Also, a great time to visit the lowlands around Tbilisi, with pleasant and relatively dry conditions.

Georgia in December

December to February is low season across the country. Inland mountainous areas can be very cold, but with good skiing opportunities. On the coast it is milder but wetter, with the driest weather in the east of the country.

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