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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The Bagrati 1003 Hotel is located on the left bank of the River Rioni. It has 16 comfortable en suite guestrooms over five floors. The design of the rooms is in keeping with the region, with the emphasis on dark woods for furniture and beds. The hotel is air conditioned throughout and has its own restaurant, which serves a choice of Georgian traditional dishes and European...
Located in the centre of the city, the Courtyard by Marriott is within walking distance of many of Tbilisi's sights, shops and restaurants. The 118 rooms all have air-conditioning, a hairdryer and safe. The hotel restaurant offers international cuisine and Georgian wines. Leisure facilities include an indoor swimming pool, fitness centre and...
The Holiday Inn Tbilisi is a modern high rise hotel located opposite the Sport Palace and circus. Each of the 252 guest rooms feature modern amenities and are designed in a simple contemporary style with floor to ceiling windows. Health and leisure facilities include an outdoor swimming pool and a gym/fitness...
Located 300 metres from the centre of Mestia, the Hotel Chubu has only 12 guest rooms, all designed in simple pastel colours with en-suite facilities and balconies. The overall design of the hotel is reminiscent of Alpine chalet accommodation. Guests can dine at the hotel's restaurant, which offers a selection of fine Georgian...
The Hotel Tetnuldi is an ideal base from which to explore the town of Mestia. This 3-star property has 3 different types of room: classic, deluxe and suites. All rooms feature balconies with panoramic views of the town, flat-screen televisions and en-suite facilities. The hotel's restaurant serves Georgian cuisine with the option of dining al fresco in the summer...
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