Georgia and Armenia - Caucasus Discovery (16 Days)

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Run by: Undiscovered Destinations

Reference number: GMM

From: £2245.00

Day 1 - Tbilisi

Arrive in Tbilisi and transfer to the hotel (this should take around 45 minutes). The rest of the day is at leisure. We will stay in a central location near the old town where you can explore delightful Old Tbilisi. Overnight Hotel Kalasi or similar.

Day 2 - Tbilisi – Armenia border - Haghpat

After completing border formalities we drive to Haghpat monastery, a journey of around 2 hours from the border through beautiful scenery. Haghpat, (10th century UNESCO Heritage site) which used to be a spiritual, cultural and educational centre of the region. Overnight Qefo Hotel or similar (BLD)

Day 3 – Haghpat – Dilijan – Sevan - Yerevan

We begin our day driving through wonderful scenery to Dilijan known as the little Switzerland of Armenia. Visit Haghartsin monastery beautifully nestled in the heart of the forest. We then travel on to the picturesque Lake Sevan and the Sevanavank monastery which is a 9th century monastery founded on the peninsula that used to be an island.  We then continue to Yerevan. Overnight Royal Plaza Hotel or similar (BLD)

Day 4 – Geghard Monastery and Garni Temple

This morning we drive around 1 hour to Kotayk province to explore Geghard Monastery and Garni Pagan temple. After exploring these magnificent sites we return to Yerevan and the rest of the day will be at leisure for you to familiarise yourself with Yerevan.  Overnight Hotel Royal Plaza or similar. (BL)

Day 5 – Khor Virap Monastery – Echmiadzin - Yerevan afternoon at leisure  

An early start today at around 08:00am travelling south to the spectacular Khor Virap Monastery which affords excellent views to impressive Mt Ararat. This monastery has long been an important place of pilgrimage for Armenians. After the tour of the monastery we return to Yerevan and discover Echmiadzin home of the mother cathedral and the spiritual centre of the Armenian Church. Overnight Hotel Royal Plaza or similar. (BL)

Day 6 – Yerevan

This morning enjoy a city of Yerevan including visits to a high-scale view point over the city, City Park, Abovyan Street, and Republic Square.  After lunch at your own leisure the afternoon is yours to further explore Yerevan or relax before we embark on the next stage of our adventure tomorrow.  Overnight Royal Park Hotel or similar (B)

Day 7 – Amberd Fortress – Gyumri – Bavra – Vardzia

An early start around 08:00am and our first stop today is Amberd fortress. The fortress is situated at an altitude of 2300m above sea level which once again affords fine views of Mt Aragats. If time allows we will have a short stop in Gyumri before crossing the border into Georgia at Bavra and travelling on to Vardzia. The overall driving time from Yerevan to the Georgia border is approximately 4 hours. The journey time from the border to Vardzia in Georgia is around 2 hours and we aim to arrive by sundown. Overnight Valodia Cottages or similar (BLD) 

Day 8 – Vardzia – Akhaltsikhe – Kutaisi

Our first stop today is Khertvisi Fortress built in the Middle Ages before exploring the fascinating cave town of Vardzia dating back to the 12th century. We then travel for 1 hour to visit the recently restored Rabati Castle dating from the 13th century before continuing to Kutaisi. The journey to Kutaisi will be around 3 hours. Overnight at a family run guesthouse with private bathroom. (BLD)

Day 9 – Kutaisi – Zugdidi – Mestia

This morning we drive to Zugdidi passing through the Colkhida lowlands and some typical local villages. On arrival we will visit the iconic Svanetian towers. The journey time from Zugdidi to Mestia is around 4 hours with time for photo stops. Overnight at a family run guest house with private bathrooms (BLD)

Day 10 – Ushguli

On arrival in Ushguli we explore on foot, visiting the stunning medieval towers as well as Lamaria Church. Those who wish can take an easy hike (subject to weather conditions) along the valley leading to the foot of Mount Shkhara (5201m). We return to Mestia in the afternoon. Overnight in Mestia at a family run guesthouse with private bathroom. (BLD) 

Day 11 – Mestia, Svaneti – Gelati - Kutaisi

We visit the Gelati monastery (UNESCO), founded in the 12th century by Georgian King David the Builder (1073 – 1125). It was here that he founded an academy and monastery, which became the foremost centre of education in Georgia. Unique murals of saints and Georgian monarchs can be found inside the main Cathedral. Overnight in Kutaisi at a family run guesthouse private bathroom (BLD)

Day 12 – Kutaisi – Gori – Uplistsikhe - Gudauri

This morning we drive to Gori a town almost entirely known as the birthplace of Joseph Stalin. Visit the museum where you can explore Stalin’s personal train carriage and also see the small house where he spent his early years. Then we drive a short distance to Uplistsikhe, a cave town dated to 7th Century BC. Visit the castle complex of Ananauri attractively situated on the Aragvi River. We continue to climb through dramatic scenery until our destination for the evening which is Gudauri. Overnight Hotel Alpina or similar (BLD)

Day 13 - Kazbegi – Mtskheta – Tbilisi

You will have the opportunity to take the walk up to the Sameba Church (subject to weather conditions) with its stunning setting below Mt Kazbek. Later we drive to Mtskheta the ancient capital of Georgia.  We explore the 11th century Svetitskhoveli Cathedral and the 6th century Jvari Monastery before taking the short trip back to Tbilisi (journey time 0.5 hours). Overnight Hotel Kalasi or similar (BL) 

Day 14- Tbilisi

A guided walking tour around old Tbilisi, taking in the fascinating history of this long overlooked region. A walk across the modern Bridge of Hope (pedestrian only) gives a great perspective of the mix of old and new and fine views. Tonight enjoy traditional Georgian food at a local restaurant. Overnight Hotel Kalasi or similar (BLD)

Day 15 – Kakheti

Visit Kakheti, Georgia’s famous wine district which lies due east from Tbilisi in a land dotted with fine old churches and vineyard after vineyard. A fitting way to end your time in Georgia. Return to Tbilisi (journey time 2 hours). Overnight Hotel Kalasi or similar (BL)

Day 16 – Depart Tbilisi

Pick up from the hotel and transfer to the airport. (B)

Departures

Departure Date Return Date Availability Price
01/06/2019 16/06/2019 Available £2245.00
25/08/2019 09/09/2019 Available £2245.00
21/09/2019 06/10/2019 Available £2245.00

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