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Georgia

The Beauty of Armenia and Georgia

  • TAILOR-MADE HOLIDAY IDEA

Duration

12 Days

Prices Start from

£2,800 ex. flights

The bordering countries of Armenia and Georgia are easily combined to create a fascinating trip. Full of ancient temples and hillside monasteries, soaring mountains, picturesque wine regions and incredibly friendly people this relatively unknown part of the world makes for a truly fascinating holiday.

Key Highlights of this Itinerary

Snow Capped Mount Ararat and Khor Virap, Armenia 1

Monasteries of Yerevan

Yerevan has a backdrop of mountains and monasteries, with Khor Virap Monastery being the most scenic.

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.

Why we like it

There is an old-world charm to Armenia that is immediately inviting. Simple restaurants serve delicious food washed down by the surprisingly good local wine. The landscape is dotted with beautiful old churches and monasteries, many of which pre-date the 10th century. We love the natural hospitality of the people that more than compensates for the limited hotel choices.

We can help you get the most out of your holiday by guiding you through the essential pre-holiday planning. Armenia is relatively small in size and lends itself to being combined with Georgia. Whilst only divided by a land border the contrast between Armenia and Georgia can feel a world apart. Tbilisi and Borjomi exude an Italian atmosphere with a great choice of hotels and restaurants serving delicious, cosmopolitan food. The summers are hot, there are huge vineyards, isolated rural communities and yet everywhere there is a sense of history and culture. We recommend going to Georgia and Armenia now before it is discovered by the rest of the world.

Don't forget, we will customise this journey to suit you.

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Keys:
Internal Flight
  • Day 1
    Kiev - Yerevan
  • Day 2 -3
    Yerevan
  • Day 4
    Dzoraget
  • Day 5
    Dzoraget - Vardzia
  • Day 6
    Vardzia - Borjomi
  • Day 7
    Borjomi - Kazbegi
  • Day 8
    Kazbegi
  • Day 9
    Kazbegi - Tbilisi
  • Days 10-11
    Tbilisi
  • Day 12
    Tbilisi
Khor Virap Monastery panorama at sunrise in front of Ararat Mountain, Armenia
Khor Virap Monastery, Armenia
Central Plaza, Yerevan, Armenia
Yerevan, Armenia
Geghard monastery, Kotayk Province, Armenia
Geghard Monastery, Armenia
Mountain Ararat and City Yerevan, Armenia
Yerevan and Mount Ararat, Armenia

Monasteries of Yerevan

Whilst in Yerevan, take time out from the cafe culture and art galleries, to visit some of the fascinating monastery complexes close by. The Geghard Monastery, a World Heritage Site, is in a dramatic location, surrounded by cliffs and partially carved out of the mountainside. The Khor Virap Monastery looks out to the summit of Mount Ararat, with far-reaching views across the border to Turkey. This monastery is a pilgrimage site and thought to be built on the pit in which St Gregory spent 13 years imprisoned.

Ananuri Fortress, Zhinvali Reservoir, Georgian Military Highway, Georgia
Ananuri Fortress, Georgia
Enroute to Ushguli, Upper Svaneti, Georgia
Georgia
Stone Faces of Sno Village, Kazbegi, Georgian Military Highway, Georgia
Stone face of Sno village, Georgia
Green Sameba Trinity Church, Gergeti Village, Kazbegi, Georgian Military Highway, Georgia
Trinity Church, Georgia

Kazbegi - The Highway to the Caucasus

To reach the village of Kazbegi is an adventure. The journey takes you through Gori, which is a must-visit, not so much for cultural wonders but for the museum that is dedicated to the town’s most infamous resident, Josef Stalin. Follow the Georgian Military Highway, with a stunning backdrop form the Jvari Pass before descending 700 metres into Kazbegi town itself. Kazbegi is surrounded by peaks, overlooked by Mount Kazbek, sitting pretty at over 5,000 metres.

Accompanied by your mountain guide drive a short distance to a local village to the road head of the trekking routes. We can arrange an easy amble to the base of the Chaukhi Mountains, renowned for its birds of prey. The Gveleti Waterfall is close to the Russian border, and again an easy walk to the end of Gveleti valley. We can create walks in the Caucasus to suit all levels of fitness. For avid walkers, we recommend extending your time in Kazbegi to fully appreciate this region.

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

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
Wine, Kakheti, Georgia
Georgian wine
Saint George Church and Alazani Valley, Signagi, Kakheti, Georgia
Saint George Church, Georgia
Georgian food on table, Georgia
Georgian food

The Wine Growers of Kaheti

Kakheti is in the heart of Georgia’s wine-growing region. Not a known fact, but Georgia is one of the best wine-producing regions in the world, so naturally, you are going to spend some time visiting wineries. 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 typical houses with wooden balconies and shutters.

This is a great location to sample some Georgian wine at local cellar doors. Our favourite of our local team is “Pheasant’s Tears”-it offers some of the region’s best wine along with an amazing restaurant. Stop by for a tasting with their knowledgeable sommelier and then hang around for the delicious Chef’s Selection menu for dinner. A little pricey but worth the splurge.

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The Flame Towers, Baku, Azerbaijan
Baku, Azerbaijan
Baku, Azerbaijan
Baku, Azerbaijan
Caucasian Albanian Church, Church of Kish, Sheki, Azerbaijan
Albanian Church, Azerbaijan
Flame Towers and Icheri Sheher, Old Town, Baku, Azerbaijan
Baku, Azerbaijan

The Land of Fire - Azerbaijan

Azerbaijan in itself is probably too small to warrant a holiday on its own, however, it combines well with Georgia and Armenia. Five days allows time to discover Sheki, one of Azerbaijan’s most beautiful mountain towns. Heading to Baku, on the shores of the Caspian Sea, the narrow alleyways are best explored on foot. The new city has transformed itself into a glittering city of glamorous hotels and interesting museums.

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Don’t think I’ve ever had a guide with two undergraduate degrees, one Masters, studying for a PhD in Greek inscriptions in Georgia! She is excellent.

Georgia

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.

Armenia

A note on price

Prices will vary depending on the time of year you are travelling. Prices do not include international flights. Please ask one of our Travel Experts for an accurate quote. Flights purchased through Steppes Travel departing from the UK are ATOL protected.

This Itinerary
Price
From £2,800 Per person

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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