Highlights of Georgia & Armenia Tour
Explore Armenia, a country laced in history, covered in medieval monasteries and blessed with incredible landscapes, and Georgia, the birthplace of wine, with churches and fortresses scattered amidst the stunning scenery, and locals so welcoming you’d think you were one of the family. Join other Solo Travellers as you travel through two of Eurasia’s most beautiful countries on this amazing 12-day Georgia & Armenia Tour. Admire the ancient architecture as you travel through Georgia, marvel at Armenia’s mountainous countryside, experience life in Yerevan, the city of contrasts, and explore the spruced up city of Tbilisi – making sure you pay a visit to the Narikala Fortress, from where this picturesque capital can really be appreciated.
Price from: £1099.00
25 May 2018 – 5 Jun 2018
28 Sept 2018 – 9 Oct 2018
Day 1 – Arrive Kutaisi
Day 2 – Kutaisi
After breakfast at the hotel, kick-start your Georgia & Armenia tour with a trip to one of Georgia’s most stunning natural wonders, the Prometheus Caves, covered in stalactites, stalagmites, petrified waterfalls and underground rivers and lakes. The Mountain of Khvamli where, according to legend, Prometheus was chained to a rock in eternal punishment for stealing fire, can be seen from these caves which are set in the Sataplia National Park. After lunch, you will visit the stunning Okatse Canyon, home to one of the tallest waterfalls in Georgia, the Kinchkha Waterfall. Overnight in Kutaisi.
Day 3 – Kutaisi / Borjomi
After breakfast at the hotel, you will visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Gelati, a medieval monastery founded in 1106 by King David IV of Georgia. A couple of miles down the road you will stop at the Motsameta Monastery, set on a spectacular cliff-top above the Tskhaltsitela River. You will then continue your journey to Borjomi, where you will take an excursion to taste the mineral water from a natural spring. Overnight in Borjomi.
Day 4 – Borjomi / Vardzia
After breakfast, you will begin the journey to Vardzia, stopping at the beautiful Mtsvane Monastery, the Rabat Castle in Akhalstike and at one of Georgia’s oldest fortresses, Khertvisi, built in the 2nd century BC. Upon arrival in Vardzia, you will be taken to your guesthouse for dinner.
Day 5 – Vardzia / Gyumri / Yerevan
Today you will be crossing the border into Armenia, and heading to its second largest city, Gyumri. Here, you can walk through the historical centre of the city, which is famed for its atmosphere. After lunch in Gyumri, you will be driven to the city of Yerevan, Armenia’s capital. Yerevan is a city of contrasts, clapped out old bangers cruise next to brand new Mercedes, whilst old-fashioned teahouses run next to upmarket wine bars. You will enjoy walking around the centre when you arrive, watching the locals as they fill up the seats of the abundant outdoor cafes. Overnight in Yerevan.
Day 6 – Yerevan
After lunch, you will be driven back to Yerevan for a walking tour of the city, stopping at Republic Square, Abovian Street, the Opera House and Baghramyan Avenue. You will also have the option to visit the Yerevan Brandy Company to sample some Armenian brandy! Overnight in Yerevan.
Day 7 – Yerevan / Garni-Geghard / Yerevan
After breakfast, we will continue towards Garni village. We will visit a Pagan Temple of Garni from 1st century AD, the only one remaining from the pre-Christian period in Armenia. The Temple is located on a triangular cape overlooking the deep canyon of the Azat River. It is possible to organise a 1-2 hour walk through the canyon of Garni to see the amazing volcanic rock formations if you wish. We will then visit the unique medieval monastery of Geghard, which is included in the list of UNESCO world heritage sites. Some chambers of the monastery are carved out of solid rock and possess exceptional acoustics. Lunch in the village house with lavash-baking process (Armenian traditional bread). After returning to Yerevan guests will have opportunity to enjoy evening life of Yerevan. Overnight in Yerevan.
Day 8 – South Armenia
After breakfast at the hotel, you will be visiting the Khor-Virap Monastery, located on the Armenian-Turkish border with spectacular views of Mount Ararat. You will then stop at a small wine-factory to enjoy a wine-tasting session. After lunch you will visit the Noravank Monastery, famed for its medieval architecture, and the Tatev Monastery, accessed via the Wings of Tatev cable-car. Overnight in Goris Town.
Day 9 – North Armenia
After breakfast at the hotel, you will be heading to Khndzoresk, located to the right of Goris Town, to observe the ancient cave village. From here you will head north via the Vayots Dzor Province for lunch and onto Selim Caravanserai, a building dating back to 1332, built to accommodate weary travellers who had crossed the mountainous Vayots Dzor region. From here, continue to the Noraduz Village, a medieval cemetery famous for the biggest collection of Armenian Khachkars, and then onto Lake Sevan and the Sevanavank Monastery, with its spectacular views over the lake and mountain ranges. Overnight in Dilijan Town.
Day 10 – Dilijan / Haghpat / Tbilisi
After breakfast at the hotel, a 2-and-a-half-hour drive will take you to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Haghpat Monastery, a medieval complex dating back to 976. From here, you will be crossing the border at Bagratashen, back into Georgia. Overnight in Tbilisi.
Day 11 – Tbilisi
After breakfast, you will begin your city tour of Tbilisi. Starting at the Sameba Cathedral, the city’s main cathedral, heading to Meteki Church, set in the historic neighbourhood of Meteki, from here you will take the cable car to the Narikala Fortress, which dominates the old towns skyline. Expect amazing views over the capital from the top. You will also visit Abanotubani, Peace Bridge, Rike Park and wander down the old town streets. Overnight in Tbilisi.
Day 12 – Depart Tbilisi
After breakfast you will be transferred to the airport for international flights.
WHAT'S INCLUDED IN THE GEORGIA & ARMENIA TOUR
- Transportation in comfortable mini-buses (exculdes airport transfers)
- Sharing a twin room in three-star hotels with breakfast
- English speaking guides
- Dinner at guest house in Vardzia
- Dinner in hotel of Dilijan Town
- Excursions and entrance fees
- Tickets to Tatever Rope-Way
- Up to six weeks before departure, a place can be reserved for the Georgia & Armenia Tour on payment of a deposit of £150.00, after this date it would be the full amount of the trip.
- Click the book now button and fill in the details and tick the box confirming you accept booking conditions.
- The outstanding balance is due 6 weeks before travel.
- Flights are not included in the cost of this trip and will need to be booked separately. Please do not book flights until we have given the go-ahead. Feel free to ask us if you need any help with booking.
- Please ensure you have checked visa requirements. Get in touch if you are unsure.
- Ensure you have purchased travel insurance, as this is mandatory for all trips.
Trip Type Discover
Group Size Maximum of 10
Physical Rating Moderate
Currency & Spending Money Georgian Iari & Armenian Dram / Spending £25 and upwards per day
Hosts A local guide will be your point of contact for this trip.
Clothing This time of year, the weather will be very hot and humid. Please also bring comfortable shoes.
Health Always seek medical advice from your doctor or travel nurse at least 8 weeks before your departure date and make sure your vaccinations are up to date. Remember that your travel insurance may not cover you if you do not have up-to-date vaccinations.
Single Supplement £220