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Across the Southern Caucasus

Group Tour | General interest 14 Days & 13 Nights Lead-in price: £0 Current prices from: £0
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 24 people

Akhaltsikhe

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 32 236 745 1457 1966 2272 2577 2577 2170 1661 846 337
Min temp (C)(F) -916 -719 -327 134 643 948 1254 1254 846 337 -130 -621
Sunshine hours 5 5 6 7 8 9 9 9 8 6 5 4
Daylight hours 10 11 12 13 15 15 15 14 12 11 10 9
Rainfall (mm)(in) 422 392 361 602 793 934 572 532 512 572 522 542
Rainy Days 10 10 11 13 17 15 10 9 8 9 9 11
Humidity L M M H VH VH VH VH H M L L
UV 2/L 3/M 4/M 6/H 8/VH 10/VH 10/VH 9/VH 7/H 4/M 2/L 1/L
Sea temp (C)(F) N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A

Batumi

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 948 1050 1355 1763 2170 2475 2577 2577 2373 2068 1559 1152
Min temp (C)(F) 236 236 439 745 1152 1457 1763 1763 1457 1152 745 439
Sunshine hours 5 6 6 7 8 8 7 7 7 6 5 4
Daylight hours 10 11 12 13 15 15 15 14 12 11 10 9
Rainfall (mm)(in) 2078 1616 1375 1064 883 1476 1355 1887 2289 24810 2339 24810
Rainy Days 15 13 15 14 15 14 13 12 13 14 13 15
Humidity L L M H H VH VH VH H M L L
UV 1/L 2/L 4/M 6/H 7/H 9/VH 10/VH 9/VH 6/H 4/M 2/L 1/L
Sea temp (C)(F) 1050 846 846 1152 1661 2170 2475 2679 2475 2068 1661 1254

Kazbegi

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) -818 -719 -228 745 1254 1661 2170 2068 1661 846 134 -523
Min temp (C)(F) -171 -163 -1112 -425 32 439 745 643 236 -425 -818 -139
Sunshine hours 4 4 5 6 7 9 10 9 8 6 4 3
Daylight hours 9 11 12 13 15 15 15 14 12 11 10 9
Rainfall (mm)(in) 843 873 1064 1385 1827 1717 1536 1144 984 924 924 984
Rainy Days 12 12 14 15 19 16 11 10 9 10 11 12
Humidity L M M H VH VH VH VH H M L L
UV 2/L 3/M 4/M 6/H 8/VH 10/VH 10/VH 9/VH 6/H 4/M 2/L 1/L
Sea temp (C)(F) N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A

Kutaisi

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 745 948 1355 1966 2475 2781 2882 2882 2577 2068 1559 948
Min temp (C)(F) 32 134 337 846 1254 1559 1864 1864 1457 1050 643 236
Sunshine hours 3 4 5 6 7 8 7 7 7 6 4 3
Daylight hours 9 11 12 13 15 15 15 14 12 11 10 9
Rainfall (mm)(in) 1305 1124 974 883 763 1124 823 873 1034 1235 1315 1697
Rainy Days 14 12 13 13 13 13 11 11 11 12 12 14
Humidity N N N N N L M M L N N N
UV 1/L 2/L 4/M 6/H 8/VH 9/VH 10/VH 9/VH 6/H 4/M 2/L 1/L
Sea temp (C)(F) N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A

Mestia

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) -719 -621 -130 745 1254 1661 1966 1966 1559 846 134 -523
Min temp (C)(F) -163 -155 -1112 -425 32 337 745 643 236 -425 -818 -139
Sunshine hours 4 5 5 6 7 9 9 9 8 6 4 4
Daylight hours 9 11 12 13 15 15 15 14 12 11 10 9
Rainfall (mm)(in) 1014 904 934 1014 1375 1496 1195 1094 974 1084 1034 1034
Rainy Days 13 12 14 15 18 16 11 10 9 10 12 13
Humidity L L M H VH VH VH VH H M L L
UV 1/L 2/L 4/M 6/H 8/VH 10/VH 10/VH 9/VH 6/H 4/M 2/L 1/L
Sea temp (C)(F) N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A

Sighnaghi

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 439 541 1152 1864 2272 2781 3086 2984 2577 1864 1254 745
Min temp (C)(F) -327 -327 134 745 1152 1559 1864 1864 1457 846 337 -130
Sunshine hours 3 4 4 6 7 9 9 8 7 5 4 3
Daylight hours 10 11 12 13 15 15 15 12 12 11 10 9
Rainfall (mm)(in) 261 361 502 753 1074 1104 693 643 582 622 452 271
Rainy Days 9 9 9 11 13 12 9 8 7 9 8 9
Humidity L L M H VH VH VH VH H M L L
UV 1/L 2/L 4/M 6/H 8/VH 9/VH 10/VH 9/VH 6/H 4/M 2/L 1/L
Sea temp (C)(F) 643 439 439 846 1457 2068 2475 2577 2373 1864 1254 846

Tbilisi

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 541 643 1152 1864 2373 2781 3086 2984 2577 1864 1254 745
Min temp (C)(F) -327 -228 236 745 1152 1559 1864 1763 1457 846 337 -130
Sunshine hours 3 4 5 6 7 8 8 8 7 5 4 3
Daylight hours 10 11 12 13 15 15 15 14 12 11 10 9
Rainfall (mm)(in) 231 291 361 582 894 894 572 532 422 432 371 261
Rainy Days 9 9 10 12 15 13 10 9 9 10 8 9
Humidity N N N N N L M M L N N N
UV 2/L 3/M 4/M 6/H 8/VH 9/VH 10/VH 9/VH 6/H 4/M 2/L 1/L
Sea temp (C)(F) N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A

Yerevan

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) -130 134 948 1661 2170 2679 3086 3086 2679 1864 1050 337
Min temp (C)(F) -1014 -818 -228 439 846 1254 1661 1559 1152 439 -130 -621
Sunshine hours 4 4 6 6 8 10 11 11 9 7 5 3
Daylight hours 10 11 12 13 14 15 15 14 12 11 10 9
Rainfall (mm)(in) 151 211 291 452 653 522 311 231 191 321 221 151
Rainy Days 9 9 10 13 15 11 6 5 5 8 7 8
Humidity N N N N N L M M L N N N
UV 2/L 3/M 5/M 7/H 9/VH 10/VH 11/E 10/VH 7/H 5/M 3/M 2/L
Sea temp (C)(F) N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A
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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

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)

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.

Single supplement

From £575pp.

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 Historic Yerevan Hotel
    Tufenkian Historic Yerevan 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.Features: 82 rooms and suites, Wi-Fi, restaurant, bar, seasonal outdoor pool.<br>Room amenities: Air conditioning, television, safe, hairdryer, refrigerator, tea and coffee making facilities, bottled water, robes and slippers.

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  • Sheki Saray
    Sheki Saray

    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 &amp; suites, restaurant, bar, terrace, Wi-Fi.<br>Room amenities: Air conditioning, coffee facilities, television, minibar, hairdryer.

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  • Hotel Sapphire
    Hotel Sapphire

    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.Features: 42 rooms and suites, Wi-Fi, restaurant, bar / lounge. <br>Room amenities: Air conditioning, satellite television, safe, hairdryer, 24-hour room service, minibar.

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  • Hotel Porta Caucasia
    Hotel Porta Caucasia

    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.Features: 33 rooms &amp; suites, Wi-Fi, restaurant, bar, wine shop, spa, coffee house.<br>Room amenities: Air conditioning, television, safe, hairdryer, tea and coffee making facilities, bottled water, minibar, robes and slippers.

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  • Chateau Mere
    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.Features: 15 rooms and suites, bar, restaurant, wine cellar, outdoor pool, terrace, Wi-Fi.<br>Room amenities: Air conditioning, en suite bath/shower rooms, hairdryer, television.

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Dates & prices

AZA2020

Main Costs
Departure-Return date Original Price Special Offer(£) Single Supplement Click to Book
2 May 2020 - 15 May 2020 £2,695 £0 £595 Tour Cancelled
16 May 2020 - 29 May 2020 £2,695 £0 £595 Tour Cancelled
6 Jun 2020 - 19 Jun 2020 £2,695 £0 £595 Tour Cancelled
27 Jun 2020 - 10 Jul 2020 £2,695 £0 £595 Tour Cancelled
5 Sep 2020 - 18 Sep 2020 £2,795 £0 £595 Reserve
12 Sep 2020 - 25 Sep 2020 £2,695 £0 £595 Reserve
19 Sep 2020 - 2 Oct 2020 £2,595 £0 £595 Reserve
3 Oct 2020 - 16 Oct 2020 £2,595 £0 £595 Reserve
17 Oct 2020 - 30 Oct 2020 £2,595 £0 £595 Tour Cancelled
 

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

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.

 
  • • 4-star accommodation
    • Flexible - extensions, room & flight upgrades available
    • Small group size (max 24 people)
    • International flights
    • Transfers in air-conditioned vehicles
    • Experienced local tour manager
    • 13 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 3 dinners
    • Guided sightseeing & entrance fees
    • Welcome drink

Destinations on this tour

    https://www.coxandkings.co.uk/destinations/europe/azerbaijan/baku
  • Baku

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

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  • https://www.coxandkings.co.uk/destinations/europe/georgia/tbilisi
  • Tbilisi

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

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  • https://www.coxandkings.co.uk/destinations/europe/georgia/kazbegi
  • Kazbegi

    Kazbegi is a small town located on the Thergi river and is named after the largest...

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  • https://www.coxandkings.co.uk/destinations/europe/georgia/tbilisi
  • Tbilisi

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

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  • https://www.coxandkings.co.uk/destinations/europe/armenia/yerevan
  • Yerevan

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

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