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Highlights of Armenia & Georgia

Explore ancient monasteries, spectacular mountain landscapes & UNESCO sites

12 days

from £2,800pp (excluding flights)

These two countries are easily combined to create a fascinating trip full of culture, beautiful landscapes and ancient sites.

  • View Khor Virap Monastery in Armenia with the majestic Mount Ararat as its backdrop.
  • Visit Haghbat and Sanahin monasteries, UNESCO World heritage sites dating from the 10th century.
  • Stop in the fortified hill-town of Sighnaghi and dine on delicious local food and wine.
  • Visit the beautiful Gveleti Waterfall, close to the Russian border and deep in the Caucasus Mountains.

Begin in the Armenian capital of Yerevan, from where you will visit some of the fascinating monastery complexes that dot the countryside. Many of these are located in stunning surroundings amidst snow-capped peaks, dramatic gorges and vast plains. Travel to Lake Sevan, perched at 1900m above sea level before crossing the border towards the Georgian capital of Tbilisi.

In Georgia, sample local wines and explore the churches, mosques and museums of Tbilisi. Visit Mtskheta, one of the oldest towns in Georgia, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site and spend a day in Kazbegi, close to the Russian border with spectacular mountainous scenery and the chance to do some walking. Before flying home from Tbilisi explore Uplistsikhe a town of rock cut streets, churches and caves.

For a more detailed itinerary with great ideas on what to do and where to stay, please get in touch with our experts.

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what is included

  • All accommodation
  • Sightseeing with private guide as per the itinerary
  • Transfers as detailed

what is excluded

  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance
  • Visas


Itinerary at a glance

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Day 1

Fly London to Kiev

Fly Kiev to Yerevan

Yerevan is the capital city of Armenia. Both the cultural and administrative centre of the country, it is a city overlooked by the commanding Mount Ararat just across the border in neighbouring Turkey. At the city's heart is the attractive and colourful Republic Square, home to some of the capital's most beautiful architecture, and invigorated by its famous illuminated dancing fountains.

You will be staying at Historic Yerevan Hotel, Bed & Breakfast

Day 2

Full Day Trip to Erebuni, Etchmiadzin and Khor Virap
Travel to the Urartian fortress of Erebuni. Also referred to as the biblical kingdom of Ararat, Urartu was an Iron Age civilization that occupied much of modern day Armenia. Erebuni was of huge importance during Urartian times and was known as the 'Fortress of Blood'.

Then continue to Etchmiadzin, seat of the spiritual leader (Catholicos) of the Armenian Church and a place of pilgrimage. Built on the site of a pagan temple, Etchmiadzin Cathedral is the oldest state built church in the world. Nearby, visit the seventh century St. Hripsime Church and the Greek-inspired Temple of Zvartnots.

Afterwards, drive to Khor Virap Monastery, which rests atop a small hill. Famous for being built on top of the pit in which St. Gregory spent 13 years imprisoned, this pilgrimage site has stunning views of Mount Ararat.

Later dine at a local restaurant, before returning to Yerevan.

You will be staying at Historic Yerevan Hotel, Bed & Breakfast

Day 3

Day to explore Garni and Geghard
An hour’s drive along a winding road through the green hills above Yerevan, is the superb Roman temple at Garni. Dating from the 2nd century BC it was once a pagan Temple of the Sun and also part of a palace complex for the Armenian Kings. It is spectacularly situated on a cliff top above a deep and craggy gorge.
Twenty minutes further on is the monastery of Geghard, a unique architectural construction partially carved out of the adjacent mountain and surrounded by cliffs. A World Heritage site, the monastery complex was founded in the 4th century by Gregory the Illuminator. Geghard means ’the Holy Lance’ and the lance in question is said to be that used to pierce Jesus’s side as he hung on the cross and is now housed at Echmiadzin.

You will be staying at Tufenkian Avan Dzoraget Hotel, Bed & Breakfast

Day 4

Visit Haghpat and Sanahin
Spend the day exploring the surrounding area in particular visiting Haghpat and Sanahin monasteries. Drive to the Lori Region to see Haghpat Monastery, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Built on a high plateau amidst low structures, it stands out against the background of steeply forested slopes. The ensembles are complemented by small churches built near them. Among them are churches and chapels, four annexes, sepulchres, bell-towers, the building of the Academy, book depositories, refectories, galleries, bridges and other monumental structures. Also visit Sanahin Monastery. The name Sanahin literally translates from Armenian as "this one is older than that one", presumably representing a claim to having an older monastery than the neighbouring Haghpat. The two villages and their monasteries are similar in many ways, and lie in plain view of each other on a dissected plateau formation, separated by a deep "crack" formed by a small river flowing into the Debed river. Haghpat monastery was founded by Saint Nishan (Sourb Nshan) during the reign of King Abas I.

You will be staying at Tufenkian Avan Dzoraget Hotel, Bed & Breakfast

Day 5

Travel overland from Armenia to Georgia with Sightseeing

Today depart Dzoraget and travel overland to the border with Georgia.

Before leaving Armenia visit the cities of Gyumri, Vanadzor and Spitak. Gyumri is the second city of Armenia and has a distinct look, style & dialect.

Upon arrival at the border meet with your Georgian guide and change transportation to continue your trip to Georgia.

Note: Each traveller will need to individually clear immigration with Georgian officials. No visa is required for the EU passport holders.

Once across the border drive to Vardzia, a thirteen story cave town built between 1186-9 by Georgia's famous Queen Tamar. It stands as a unique example of the Georgian renaissance in an area of many medieval sites. En-route to Vardzia take a photo-stop at Khertvisi Fortress.

You will be staying at Vardzia Resort Hotel, Bed & Breakfast

Day 6

Travel Overland from Vardzia to Borjomi with Sightseeing

Travel overland to Akhaltsikhe and visit the recently restored 13th century Rabati Castle. Continue onto Borjomi and visit the 13th Century Timotesubani church.

You will be staying at Rixos Borjomi, Bed & Breakfast

Day 7

Drive from Borjomi to Kazbegi (Road Journey)

Today travel overland to Kazbegi via the town of Gori. Famous as the birthplace of J. Stalin, visit Stalin's Museum before proceeding to the 17th Century Aten Sioni church.

After lunch travel north on the Georgian Military Highway towards Kazbegi driving over the Jvari (Cross) Pass (2395m) and down into Kazbegi (1700m).

You will be staying at Rooms Hotel Kazbegi, Bed & Breakfast

Day 8

Sameba Trinity Church and a walk to Chaukhi Mountains
Surrounded by gigantic mountains, Kazbegi is a picturesque settlement overlooked by the biggest peak of all, Mount Kazbek (5,047 metres), which is one of the six 5,000 metre peaks of the Caucasus. Change transport to the local 4x4 vehicle to drive up to the Sameba (Trinity) Church at Gergeti which is the main attraction. Drive to Juta village (2,150 metres) in Sno Valley and then walk to the base of the Chaukhi Mountains, renowned for its birds of prey. The highest point for this trek will be about 2,500 metres. Return to the village and see some of the regions endemic flowers before driving back to Kazbegi.

You will be staying at Rooms Hotel Kazbegi, Bed & Breakfast

Day 9

Travel Overland from Kazbegi to Tbilisi with Sightseeing

Today depart forTbilisi visiting various sites en route. Ananuri Fortress (16th - 17th cc) was the one time home of the tyrannical Aragvi dynasty and occupies a wonderful location overlooking the Aragvi Valley and Zhinvali Reservoir. Following the dramatic Aragvi River Valley we continue on towards Mtskheta, the capital of the Georgian Kingdom of Iberia between 500 BC and 500 AD. The town lies in a lush valley at the confluence of two rivers, the Aragvi and the Mtkvari. Mtskheta was founded 2,000 BC. Georgians adopted Christianity in the 4th c. and thereafter Georgians, Byzantines, Persians, Arabs and Mongols traded control of the territory until the Russian annexation in the 19th century. It is overlooked by the marvellously simple church of Jvari (6th c.), a perfect example of early Georgian Christian architecture.Also visit Svetitsikhoveli Cathedral (11th c.), Georgia's largest remaining Cathedral and burial place of the Georgian Kings, notably members of the Bagrationi family. It has an extraordinary interior combining paintings, frescoes and a domed chapel used for the Christmas service. They are both UNESCO sites.

The largest city in Georgia by a considerable distance, Tbilisi can justifiably claim to be the heart of the country. Squeezed between mountain ranges, the city fills the Mtkvari river valley. Having been the capital of Georgia for more than 1,500 years, in some form or another, Tbilisi is rich in history. However, as a city that hints at a new-found wealth, Tbilisi is undoubtedly changing. New building projects have added a touch of glamour to this historic city and contrast with the narrow streets, unchanged religious buildings and caravanserais of the old town.

You will be staying at Sharden Hotel, Bed & Breakfast

Day 10

Full day tour of Tbilisi
Start with a visit to the Old Town - the original settlement of Tbilisi with winding roads, alleys and wooden balconies. Metekhi Church stands proudly above the river on a cliff-top. The Sulphur baths, according to legend, are responsible for giving the name to the city and for the King Vakhtang Gorgasali’s (5th century) decision to move the capital from Mtskheta. Narikala Fortress are ruins located above the Old Town and are a landmark of the city giving excellent views of the river Mtkvari (Kura) and the Old Town. Sioni Cathedral is the beating-heart of Georgian Orthodoxy and Anchiskhati Church an even more ancient style of Georgian church with a wonderful choir.

Walk along Rustaveli Avenue, the main artery of the city to see many elegant renaissance and neoclassical buildings. Found here are the most important theatres and the Opera House. The funicular, Mtatsminda (Holy Mount or Father David’s Mount) has two stations, the lower stopping at Saint David's church and the upper takes you to the Panoramic Park with views of the city.

Continue to the Open Air Museum of Ethnography, covering 52 hectares and encompassing 14 ethnographic zones, displaying around 70 buildings and more than 8,000 items including examples of folk architecture and craftwork from various regions of the country.

End the day with a visit to the recently built Sameba (Holy Trinity) Cathedral.

You will be staying at Sharden Hotel, Bed & Breakfast

Day 11

Full Day to Gareji, Kakheti and Signagi
Travel to the semi desert and the rock cut monasteries at David Gareji (founded in the 6th century). There is a walk up to the top of the hill above the rock cut monasteries to Adabno Monastery from where there are stunning views in all directions, in addition to some fine 8 - 13th century frescoes and cave architecture.

From here continue to the heart of Georgia's wine growing region, Kakheti. En route to the royal fortified hill town of Signagi visit Bodbe Monastery, originally built in the 9th century, but now used as a convent and is a major pilgrimage site for Georgians. From Signagi there are views of the Kakheti region and the eastern Caucasus mountains.

The old sector of this very pretty town has cobbled streets and typical houses with wooden balconies and shutters. Sample some Georgian wine at a local winery "Pheasant's Tears". Picnic lunch. Return to Tbilisi.

You will be staying at Sharden Hotel, Bed & Breakfast

Day 12

Fly Tbilisi to Kiev

Fly Kiev to London


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