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Across the Southern Caucasus

Group Tour | General interest 14 Days & 13 Nights Lead-in price: £2345 Current prices from: £2345

Take an exciting journey across all three states of the southern Caucasus. Beginning in the oil-rich Muslim nation of Azerbaijan on the shores of the Caspian Sea, you will travel through Georgia, famous for its ancient monasteries and viticulture, and finish in the small, proud nation of Armenia, one of the oldest Christian countries in the world.

The Cox & Kings signature experiences

  • Visit the beautiful Khan Palace in Sheki, Azerbaijan
  • Wine & cognac tastings
  • Enjoy a performance of Armenian spiritual music
  • Masterclass in making arishta, traditional Armenian pasta
  • Stay in 4-star accommodation
  • Small group size - maximum 18 people
  • No single supplement on selected departure dates (limited availability)
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Superior Group Tour in brief

Day 1: Fly to Baku, Azerbaijan

Fly from London (regional connections available) to Baku, via Kiev, with Ukraine International Airlines. Transfer to the Sapphire Hotel (or similar) for 2 nights. (N)

Day 2: Baku • Gobustan • Absheron

Excursion to see ancient rock carvings at Gobustan, a Unesco world heritage site dating back 20,000 years. Continue to Absheron and the Ateshgyakh Fire Worshippers’ temple. Return to Baku for a tour of the Old City and some time at leisure. (B)

Day 3: Shemahka • Kish • Sheki

Travel to Shemahka and visit the Yeddi Gumbez mausoleum. Continue to Sheki, stopping en route at the village of Kish to explore the sixth-century Albanian church. Overnight at the Sheki Saray Hotel (or similar). (B, L, D)

Day 4: Sheki • Kvareli • Telavi, Georgia

Morning tour of Sheki, a pretty town surrounded by forested mountains, including the Palace of Sheki Khan. Cross the Georgian border and into the country’s main wine region. Visit a vineyard for a late lunch and wine tasting. Continue to Telavi, via the Gremi monastery. Overnight at Chateau Mere. (B, L)

Day 5: Telavi • Sighnaghi • Tbilisi

Morning visit to Telavi market and meet a qvevri master, who will demonstrate how these large earthenware wine-keeping jars are made. Sample some local wine before continuing to the Tsinandali wine estate for lunch. Afternoon tour of hilltop Sighnaghi. Drive to Tbilisi and stay at the Shota@Rustaveli Boutique Hotel (or similar) for 2 nights. (B, L)

Day 6: Tbilisi

Tour of the Georgian capital including the old town, with its beautiful Orthodox churches, mosque, synagogue and sulphur baths. Afternoon at leisure. (B)

Day 7: Gori • Uplistsikhe • Kazbegi

Morning visit to the sixth-century Jvari monastery then continue to Gori, the birthplace of Joseph Stalin. Visit the museum, his private train and see the house where he was born. Travel to Kazbegi via the cave city of Uplistsikhe, set on the path of the Silk Road. Overnight at Hotel Porta Caucasia or similar. (B, D)

Day 8: Kazbegi • Tbilisi

Jeep drive to the picturesque 14th-century Gergeti Trinity church. Return to Tbilisi for some time at leisure. (B)

Day 9: Yerevan, Armenia

Travel over the border to Armenia and continue to Yerevan. En route, visit the Unesco-listed Haghpat monastery. Stay for 5 nights at the Tufenkian Historic Hotel, just off Republic Square. (B)

Day 10: Garni • Geghard

Visit Garni, the only surviving Hellenistic temple in Armenia and enjoy a performance of Armenian spiritual music. Continue to Geghard monastery, dating from the fourth century and carved into the mountainside. Have lunch with a local family and have a go at making traditional lavash bread. Return to Yerevan. (B, L)

Day 11: Ejmiatsin • Zvartnots • Parakar

Visit the Cathedral of Ejmiatsin, founded in 303AD and still the official residence of the Catholic Church in Armenia. Continue to the seventh-century Zvartnots temple. Have lunch in the village of Parakar and take part in a cooking lesson, learning how to make arishta (traditional Armenian pasta) and sweet sudzukh. (B, L)

Day 12: Yerevan

City tour of the Armenian capital, a highlight being the Museum of Ancient Manuscripts. Also visit the Genocide Memorial and the Ararat Cognac Factory for a tour and tasting. Afternoon at leisure. (B)

Day 13: Khor Virap • Noravank • Areni

Drive south to Khor Virap monastery, the site where Gregory the Illuminator, who introduced Christianity to Armenia, was imprisoned. The monastery has stunning views of Mount Ararat. Continue to Noravank monastery, before lunch and wine tasting in Areni. Farewell dinner at a traditional Armenian restaurant in Yerevan. (B, L, D)

Day 14: Fly to London

Early transfer to Yerevan airport and fly to London, via Kiev. (B)

Meal basis:

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

Important information Extensions

Pre- and post-tour extensions are available in Baku or Yerevan. Please speak to a Cox & Kings travel consultant for details.

Superior tour

This tour is based in 4- and 5-star accommodation.

Private & tailor-made travel

This itinerary can be taken privately on a date that suits you, for which guideline prices are shown. Alternatively, it can be tailored to your exact requirements. Please call to speak with a Cox & Kings consultant or enquire online.

Superior group tour accommodation

  • Tufenkian Yerevan Heritage Hotel
    Tufenkian Yerevan Heritage Hotel

    This 19th century property is located in the very centre of downtown Yerevan, minutes from the main square and opposite the outdoor craft market. Traditional Armenian textiles decorate the property, with rugs and blankets weaved by local craftsman. The Tufenkian Kharpert restaurant has a strong focus on forgotten Armenian cuisine, infusing traditional dishes with a modern twist. There is a small outdoor pool open in the summer months.

  • Shota @Rustaveli Boutique Hotel
    Shota @Rustaveli Boutique Hotel

    Shota @ Rustaveli Boutique Hotel is in the Mtatsminda district in Tbilisi, just a short walk from Rustaveli Avenue. Rooms are spacious and elegantly decorated with modern art by local Georgian artists. The restaurant offers up a selection of traditional Georgian dishes with a modern twist.

  • Sheki Saray Hotel
    Sheki Saray Hotel

    Located close to the central park, the Sheki Saray Hotel is 4-star property which offers comfortable accommodation in the heart of Sheki. Dine at the hotel's restaurant, which offers a range of national and international cuisine. Features: 72 rooms & suites, restaurant, bar, terrace, Wi-Fi. Room amenities: Air conditioning, coffee facilities, television, minibar, hairdryer.

  • Hotel Sapphire, Baku
    Hotel Sapphire, Baku

    The Saphire Hotel is located in the heart of Baku, the Azeri capital. It is just minutes from the Unesco listed old town and the seashore. Rooms are of a generous size and are warmly decorated, and many have views of the Baku skyline. The restaurant offers a mix of local and international cuisine, and there is also a bar and lounge area.

  • Hotel Porta Caucasia Kazbegi
    Hotel Porta Caucasia Kazbegi

    The hotel is located in the village of Stepantsminda in the Kazbegi National Park on the northern slopes of the dramatic Caucasus mountain range. Rooms are a good size with views over Mount Kazbek, whilst the restaurant has floor to ceiling windows that offer panoramic views across the valley. Local Georgian cuisine is served with a wide selection of Georgian wines.

  • Hotel Chateau Mere
    Hotel Chateau Mere

    Located just outside Telavi, Chateau Mere is housed in an old stone castle. The property overlooks the vineyards with the Caucasus mountains and Alazani valley below. Each of the 15 guestrooms have stripped wooden floors and are decorated with antique furniture and modern bathrooms. A breakfast buffet is provided at the hotel, which also features its own restaurant serving traditional Georgian cuisine made from organic local produce.

Superior group tour extensions

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Dates & prices

AZA2021

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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.

 
  • What's Included
    • 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

  • Baku

    On the shores of the Caspian Sea lies the exotic and mysterious capital of Azerbaijan, Baku.

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  • Tbilisi

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

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  • Kazbegi

    Kazbegi is a small town located on the Thergi river and is named after the 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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  • Yerevan

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

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