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Across the Southern Caucasus

Group Tour | General Interest 14 Days & 13 Nights Lead-in price: £2393

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 Istanbul, with Turkish Airlines. Transfer to the Midtown Hotel (or similar) for 2 nights. (N)

Day 2: Baku - Gobustan - Absheron

See the ancient rock carvings at Gobustan, a UNESCO World Heritage Site dating back 20,000 years. Continue to Absheron and the Ateshgah 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 Macara Sheki City Hotel (or similar). (B, L, D)

Day 4: Sheki - Kvareli - Telavi, Georgia

Enjoy a 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

This morning, visit 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. In the afternoon, tour the hilltop town of Sighnaghi. Drive to Tbilisi and stay at the Shota@Rustaveli Boutique Hotel (or similar) for 2 nights. (B, L)

Day 6: Tbilisi

Tour the Georgian capital including the Old Town, with its beautiful Orthodox churches, mosque, synagogue and sulphur baths. Spend your afternoon at leisure. (B)

Day 7: Gori - Uplistsikhe - Kazbegi

This morning, visit the sixth-century Jvari Monastery, then continue to Gori, the birthplace of Josef 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

4×4 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. After crossing the border continue to Lake Sevan, which is one of the largest freshwater high-altitude lakes in Eurasia. Visit two 10th century monasteries before continuing to Yerevan. 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 303 AD 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

Your tour of Armenia’s capital today includes a visit to the Museum of Ancient Manuscripts. You also visit the Genocide Memorial, and the Ararat cognac factory for a tour and tasting. Spend the 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. Attend your farewell dinner at a traditional Armenian restaurant in Yerevan. (B, L, D)

Day 14: Tbilisi via Haghpat Monastery - Fly to London

Transfer early today to Tbilisi via the 10th-century monastery of Haghpat which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The monastery was one of the largest religious, cultural and educational centres of medieval Armenia. Continue to Tbilisi airport and fly to London via Istanbul. (B)

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

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

IMPORTANT INFORMATION Private & tailor-made travel: This itinerary can be taken privately, for which guideline prices are shown. Alternatively, it can be tailored to your exact requirements.

Superior group tour accommodation

  • Midtown Hotel Baku
    Midtown Hotel Baku

    Set in the very heart of Baku, the Midtown Hotel is the perfect location to explore all the sights of the Azeri capital, including Fountain Square, the waterfront, and the Carpet Museum. Quest rooms are large for such a central location with views out across the city. There is a lounge bar, while Mirvari restaurant offers traditional local cuisine. There is also a spa offering various treatments, sauna, and a gym. Features: 109 rooms & suites, lounge bar, restaurant, spa, sauna, gym Room amenities: Wi-Fi throughout, air conditioning, 24hr room service, mini bar, complimentary tea/coffee & water, robe & slippers

  • Macara Sheki City Hotel
    Macara Sheki City Hotel

    One of the top-rated hotels in Sheki, Macara Hotel offers modern comfortable accommodation in the centre of Azerbaijan’s most historic city. Rooms are fresh and light, with floor-to-ceiling windows and stripped wooden floors. Full breakfast is served daily, however, there is no restaurant on site. Staff will be happy to recommend somewhere locally to suit all tastes and budgets. Features: 34 rooms & suites, lounge bar, garden Room amenities: Wi-Fi throughout, air conditioning, mini bar, safe, complimentary bottle of water

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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Dates & prices

AZA2022

Main Costs
Departure-Return date Original Price Saving Single Supplement Guaranteed Departures Click to Book
25 Jun 2022 - 8 Jul 2022 £2,595 £0 £595 Yes Reserve
3 Sep 2022 - 16 Sep 2022 £2,595 £0 £595 Yes Reserve
10 Sep 2022 - 23 Sep 2022 £2,595 £0 £595 Reserve
17 Sep 2022 - 30 Sep 2022 £2,615 £0 £595 Yes Reserve
1 Oct 2022 - 14 Oct 2022 £2,495 £0 £595 Reserve
15 Oct 2022 - 28 Oct 2022 £2,393 £0 £595 Reserve
 

Vaccination Travel Policy
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.

 
  • * No single supplement on selected departure dates (limited availability)
  • * Small group size - average 16 people (max 18)
  • * 4-star accommodation
  • * Flexible - extensions, room & flight upgrades available
  • * International flights
  • * Transfers in air-conditioned vehicles
  • * Experienced local tour manager
  • * 13 breakfasts, 6 lunches & 3 dinners
  • * Guided sightseeing & entrance fees
  • * Welcome drink & farewell dinner

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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  • Yerevan

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

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