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Armenia & Georgia: Treasures of the Caucasus

Group Tour | Arts & Culture 11 Days & 10 Nights Lead-in price: £2895

Explore the spectacular highland countries of Armenia and Georgia, the world’s oldest Christian nations, with expert Dr William Taylor. Both countries contain a treasure trove of ancient ruins, churches and monasteries together with centuries-old folk traditions. Europe meets Asia in this spectacular and historic region of the Caucasus, where visitors will find a friendly welcome, excellent food and wine, and varied landscapes.

The Cox & Kings signature experiences

  • Visit awe-inspiring medieval monasteries
  • Private guided visit by a senior curator at the Georgia Museum of Art
  • Exclusive visits to monasteries and meetings with local religious leaders
  • All meals included
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Standard Group Tour in brief

Day 1: Fly to Yerevan via Paris

Fly from London (regional connections available) to Yerevan, via Paris, with Air France. Arrive and transfer to the Metropol Hotel (or similar) for 4 nights. (N)

Day 2: Yerevan

Take a full-day tour of Yerevan with visits including the Matenadaran – the repository of ancient Armenian manuscripts – and Erebuni Fortress, where you meet a local expert (subject to confirmation). Continue to Tsitsernakaberd, a memorial and museum dedicated to the Armenian genocide of 1915, with its picturesque views over the city. Next, visit the National Art Gallery, which contains some excellent examples of medieval frescoes and Armenian and European art. (B, L, D)

Day 3: Etchmiadzin

Drive west to visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Etchmiadzin (now called Vagharshapat), the spiritual centre of the Armenian-Gregorian Church, and take a private behind-the-scenes tour of the monastic complex. Visit a fine example of Armenian architecture at the St Hripsime Church before visiting Etchmiadzin Cathedral, the oldest state-built cathedral in the world, dating back to the early fourth century. Inside the cathedral is the reputed Holy Lance that pierced Christ’s side during his crucifixion. End the day at the seventh-century ruins of Zvartnots Cathedral. (B, L, D)

Day 4: Garni - Geghard

Drive east of Yerevan to visit the temple of Garni, a classical Hellenistic temple that is the best-known structure and symbol of pre-Christian Armenia. Nearby is the medieval monastery of Geghard, partially carved out of the adjacent mountain and surrounded by cliffs. (B, L, D)

Day 5: Lake Sevan & monasteries - Tbilisi

Cross the border to Georgia, stopping en route to see Lake Sevan and the UNESCO-protected monasteries of Haghpat and Sanahin, unique for their 10th-century architectural styles. Proceed to Tbilisi and stay 2 nights at the Museum Hotel (or similar). (B, L, D)

Day 6: Tbilisi

Today’s full-day tour of Tbilisi includes a cable car ride to fourth-century Narikala Fortress, which occupies a scenic spot overlooking the city; and the fifth-century Metekhi Church, an unusual cross-cupola church which became an infamous prison during the Soviet era. Visit the State Museum, home to hundreds of Caucasian icons and metalwork dating from the Bronze Age to the 20th century.

Spend the remainder of the afternoon at the Georgia Museum of Art on a private guided visit, led by a senior curator. (B, L, D)

Day 7: Mtskheta - Gori - Kutaisi

Drive north-west to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Mtskheta. Lying at the confluence of the Mtkvari and Aragvi rivers, the city was the place where Christianity was proclaimed as the official religion of Georgia in 337 AD. Continue to the church of Jvari nearby, then to Gori, birthplace of Joseph Stalin. Visit the intriguing Stalin Museum, which features numerous personal artefacts, including Stalin’s notorious armour-plated railway carriage. Drive to Kutaisi and spend 1 night at the Bagrati Hotel (or similar). (B, L, D)

Day 8: Bagrati - Gelati - Ubisa - Tbilisi

This morning, visit Bagrati Cathedral, which occupies a prominent position over Kutaisi. Continue to the Gelati monastery complex, built by the former king of Georgia, David IV the Builder. This UNESCO World Heritage Site features a number of 12th- and 13th-century churches and houses numerous murals, mosaics and manuscripts. Drive eastwards to Tbilisi, stopping at Ubisa for a short visit. Overnight at the Museum Hotel (or similar), Tbilisi. (B, L, D)

Day 9: Gremi - Ikalto - Bodbe - Signagi

Travel east through the hills and winelands of Kakheti to the town of Gremi, which was destroyed by Shah Abbas’s army in the 16th century, leaving the architectural monument of the royal citadel and the Church of the Archangels. Continue to the Ikalto academy, together with Gelati, one of the great medieval academies of Georgia.

Drive to Signagi via the monastery of St Nino at Bodbe, a Georgian Orthodox monastic complex and one of the major pilgrimage sites in Georgia, with views of the Greater Caucasus Mountains. Overnight at Kabadoni Hotel (or similar). (B, L, D)

Day 10: Signagi - Tsinandali - Telavi - Alaverdi - Tbilisi

After a walking tour of Signagi, visit Tsinandali, the palace and vineyard of a Georgian noble family. Nearby is Telavi, capital of the Kakheti region and home to the best vineyards in the country. After lunch in a wine house, visit Alaverdi, a functioning Georgian monastery dating from the sixth century with its stunning masterpiece – the 11th-century cathedral. Return to Tbilisi for a farewell dinner and stay overnight at the Museum Hotel (or similar). (B, L, D)

Day 11: Fly to London via Paris

Transfer to Tbilisi airport. Fly to London, via Paris. (B)

Meal basis: As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.

TOUR EXTENSIONS

Tour & Tbilisi: 3 days & 2 nights from £295 Spend 2 further nights at the Museum Hotel (or similar) for more time to explore. This extension includes private departure transfer.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Arts & Culture tours: A collection of expert-accompanied tours focusing on creativity in its many forms. No prior knowledge of the subject matter is required.

Expert-led tour: This tour is fully escorted throughout by a lecturer who has specialist knowledge of the destination and its culture, as well as an experienced local guide where necessary.

Standard tour: This tour is based in 3- and 4-star accommodation.

Accessibility: This tour involves some long walks over uneven ground and therefore requires a good level of fitness.

Private visits: Please note that the exclusive and individual nature of private visits means that they are subject to confirmation nearer the time of departure. Also, churches, private houses and other buildings often have fluid opening times. If any visits have to be rearranged, please be assured that we will seek alternatives of equal interest.

Standard group tour accommodation

  • Hotel Metropol
    Hotel Metropol

    The 4 star Metropol Hotel is centrally located both within a short walk of Yerevan's many museums, churches and restaurants and only 15 minutes' drive from the airport. Each of the 104 rooms has a minibar, tea & coffee making facilities, a safe and satellite television. Facilities at the hotel include a restaurant, bar, gym and swimming pool.

  • Museum Hotel Orbeliani
    Museum Hotel Orbeliani

    The Museum Hotel Orbeliani is located in the heart of old town Tbilisi with easy access to all the main sights. The hotel has a boutique ambience with a mismatch of antique and modern furniture throughout. The Sirajkhana restaurant serves Georgian cuisine and an excellent selection of local wines while the café is the ideal spot to relax with a coffee. Rooms are of a good size with fresh, modem décor and many with views over the old centre of the Georgian capital. Features: 46 rooms and suites, bar/café, restaurant. Room amenities: Air conditioning, Wi-Fi, room service, robe and slippers, smart TV, tea and coffee facilities.

  • Bagrati 1003
    Bagrati 1003

    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 cuisine.

Standard group tour extensions

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Dates & prices

AYG2022

Main Costs
Departure-Return date Original Price Saving Single Supplement Guaranteed Departures Click to Book
8 Sep 2022 - 18 Sep 2022 £3,095 £0 £595 Reserve
 

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All clients must be fully vaccinated before travelling with us on a Cox & Kings (C&K) group tour. This means that a customer must have received their full two doses of the COVID‑19 vaccination at least 14 days before travelling with us. This does not apply to our private tours or tailor-made travel. If you have any questions please call us or visit our FAQs page on our website here

Flexible Prices & Itineraries
For a quote based on alternative accommodation standards or flight options, or to tailor this itinerary, please call 020 7873 5000 or send an email enquiry

Guaranteed Departures Where a tour date has ‘yes’ listed, this tour is guaranteed to run.

For all other departure dates, once the minimum number of people booked has been reached, this tour is also guaranteed to run. Our sales consultants will be able to advise how many people are booked for your chosen date at the time of enquiry, giving you the confidence to book safe in the knowledge your tour will go ahead.

Terms & Conditions Guaranteed departures will run except in the circumstances where travel to the destination is advised against by the UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) or entry restrictions relating to COVID-19 preclude travel.

Additional Information

Please call 020 7873 5000 for more information or to make a booking.

Prices above are per person in pounds sterling (£), based on two people sharing a twin-room. The prices which were valid at the time of publication, may be subject to change, particularly as a result of variable flight costs. You will be informed of any such changes prior to booking.

 
  • * International flights (and domestic flights if applicable)
  • * UK departure and overseas airport taxes
  • * Accommodation, Itinerary & meal basis as described
  • * Local Transfers in an air-conditioned vehicle
  • * Fully escorted by an English-speaking guide throughout
  • * Entrance fees unless otherwise stated

Destinations on this tour

  • Yerevan

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  • Yerevan

    In the early 1920’s the Armenian Soviet architect Alexander Tamanian was...

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  • Yerevan

    In the early 1920’s the Armenian Soviet architect Alexander Tamanian was...

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  • Yerevan

    In the early 1920’s the Armenian Soviet architect Alexander Tamanian was...

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  • Tbilisi

    Bordered by dramatic hills and mountains, Tbilisi was built on the banks of the Mtkvari...

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  • Tbilisi

    Bordered by dramatic hills and mountains, Tbilisi was built on the banks of the Mtkvari...

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  • Kutaisi

    The capital of the Imereti region of Georgia, Kutaisi is the country's second largest...

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  • Tbilisi

    Bordered by dramatic hills and mountains, Tbilisi was built on the banks of the Mtkvari...

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  • Sighnaghi

    The town of Sighnaghi is located on the top of a hill, which offers commanding views of...

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  • Tbilisi

    Bordered by dramatic hills and mountains, Tbilisi was built on the banks of the Mtkvari...

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