- Discover exceptional religious art and architecture from a diverse range of archaeological sites
- Explore ancient cave cities, hill top monasteries and examine exquisite ancient frescoes
- Enjoy the dramatic landscapes of the snow-capped Caucasus Mountains and stunning desert vistas
- Sample the region's delicious food and innumerable wines, along with its renowned hospitality
Beginning in the shadow of Mount Ararat, travel from the world famous illuminated manuscripts in Yerevan to the staggering religious architecture of Sanahin and Haghpat. En route visit the pilgrimage site of Echmiadzin and the vast mountain lake of Sevan with its ever-changing colours and shades of blue.
Crossing over in to Georgia, land of Jason and the Argonauts, discover dramatic, unspoilt scenery peppered with fascinating historical and religious sites. Spend time amidst the beautiful alpine scenery of Kazbegi where Tsminda Sameba Church sits in its hilltop location beneath the towering peaks of Mount Kazbek. From Tbilisi's Metekhi Citadel to the rock-cut monasteries of Gareja, explore Georgia's magnificent art and architecture. Georgia is fast gaining a reputation for excellent food and wine so there will be ample opportunity to sample this side of the country's rich character.
WHY SHOULD I JOIN THIS GROUP TOUR?
For the addition of the expertise of Ian Colvin, as well as the opportunity to travel with like-minded individuals.
IS THIS GROUP TOUR SUITABLE FOR SOLO TRAVELLERS?
Our group tours are perfect for solo travellers, as travelling as part of an organised group in faraway places does provide security and peace of mind. We handle all of the arrangements for you and there will be a local tour guide on hand throughout to provide advice and help if needed, as well as the expertise of a Tour Lecturer.
If you are willing to share, we will always do our best to match you up with another solo traveller of the same sex so that you do not have to pay for a single room.
If you would prefer the privacy of your own room and would like this guaranteed, then the single room price supplement will apply.
WHAT IS THE ACCOMMODATION LIKE IN ARMENIA AND GEORGIA?
Luxury hotels in Armenia are not to the same standard as those of other more developed countries within Europe. The capital city of Yerevan offers a larger selection and therefore a slightly higher standard than accomodation outside of the main city, which is more basic.
Georgia hotels range from cosy boutique options, to modern design accommodation and to the more unique.
HOW FIT SHOULD I BE TO ENJOY THIS TOUR?
You do not need to be particularly fit to participate, there are no long walks involved but there will be a certain number of stone steps and uneven surfaces.
WHAT IS THE FOOD LIKE IN ARMENIA AND GEORGIA?
There is a huge variety of food in both countries.
Armenian specialities feature a variety of local cheeses, flat Lavash bread, sweet Lavash made from fruits, Khoravats (barbecues), Dolma (stuffed vine leaves), Kartofel (raisin and apricot pilaf rice dish) and Kyufta (veal meatballs cooked with cognac).
Georgian local specialities include Khachapuri (cheese pies), Khinkali (meat dumplings) and Lobio (bean stew with herbs and spices). There are many sauces made from walnuts to accompany cheese or meat dishes. Churchekhela - walnuts in solid grape juice is a typical local sweet.
WHAT WILL THE WEATHER BE LIKE?
Not excessively hot, clear sunny days, but when travelling in the mountainous areas the weather can vary. The best time to travel to Armenia and Georgia is generally during the months of May, June and September, as it is neither too hot nor cold.
For a detailed itinerary or to book your place on this tour, please contact us.