The legend of Jason and the Argonauts traces its origins back to Georgia, where Jason is said to have led his troops to steal the Golden Fleece from King Aeetes of the Colchis Empire. Remnants of the Colchis Empire can be found in the west, which features some of the country's best ruins, including Mestia with its excellent collection of Colchis artefacts. This private journey also includes visits to Unesco-listed Bagrati Cathedral & Gelati Monastery, as well as the capital city, Tbilisi
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Afternoon flight from London Gatwick to Tbilisi, via Kiev, with Ukraine International Airlines. Transfer to the Courtyard by Marriott / Holiday Inn for 3 nights. (N)
Morning city tour of the capital of Georgia, including the 4th-century Narikala Fortress, the State and Art Museums and the 5th-century Metechi Church, considered the first church in Tbilisi. Afternoon at leisure. (B, L)
Morning visit to Mtskheta, the spiritual heart of Georgia. Visit the Jvari and Samtavro Church, and the Cathedral of Svetitskhoveli, built on the grave of Sidonia, who died clutching Christ's robe. Continue north to the Georgian Military Highway for a visit to the Ananuri Fortress. (B, L)
Drive west from Tbilisi to Kutaisi visiting Gori, the birthplace of Josef Stalin, en route. View the house where he was born and the museum dedicated to his life. Continue to Uplistsikhe to visit the cave town that has been inhabited since pre-Christian times. Upon arrival at Kutaisi, visit the ruins of the 11th-century Bagrati Cathedral. Stay at the Bagrat Hotel / Aeetes Hotel for 1 night. (B, L, D)
Morning visit to the Gelati Monastery, which was formerly the main cultural and learning centre in Georgia. Afternoon drive north to Mestia. Stay 3 nights at the Tetnuldi Hotel / Chubu Hotel. (B, L, D)
Full-day excursion to the Unesco world heritage site of Ushguli. Renowned for being the highest inhabited village in Europe, view its excellent collection of medieval towers and the Lamaria Church. (B, L, D)
Morning walking tour of Mestia, which is located close to the borders of Russia. Visit the Margiani House Museum and the ethnographic museum, which holds a fine collection of icons, manuscripts and gold coins from the Kingdom of Colchis. (B, L, D)
Morning drive to Kutaisi via the Sataplia State Reserve. Stay at the Bagrat Hotel / Aeetes Hotel for 1 night. (B, L, D)
Morning drive to Tbilisi visiting en route the church of Ubisi. Transfer to the Courtyard by Marriott / Holiday Inn for 2 nights. (B, L)
Early morning transfer to the airport and fly to London Heathrow, via Kiev, with Ukraine International Airlines. (B)
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
It is possible to extend your stay in Tbilisi or alternatively travel to Yerevan in Armenia for a 2-night post-tour extension. Please speak to a Cox & Kings consultant for further details.
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GLOG2018: 9 Nights
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