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Armenia & Georgia: Treasures of the Caucasus

Group Tour | Arts & culture 11 Days & 10 Nights Lead-in price: £2,795 Current prices from: £2,795
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

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

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
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Standard Group Tour in brief

Day 1: Fly to Yerevan via Kiev

Fly from London (regional connections available) to Yerevan, via Kiev, with Ukraine International Airlines. Arrive and transfer to the Metropol Hotel (or similar) for 4 nights. (N)

Day 1: Fly to Yerevan via Kiev

Fly from London (regional connections available) to Yerevan, via Kiev, with Ukraine International Airlines. 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 we will 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, with 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

Full-day tour of Tbilisi, including a cable car ride to fourth-century Narikala fortress, which occupies a scenic spot overlooking the city, and the fifth-century Metekhi church, an unusually styled 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, where a private guided visit by a senior curator has been arranged. (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 337AD. Continue to the church of Jvari nearby, followed by a drive 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 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 wine lands of Kakheti to the town of Gremi, which was destroyed by the army of Shah Abbas 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 Kiev

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

Meal basis

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

Important information

A collection of expert accompanied tours focusing on creativity in its many forms. No prior knowledge of the subject matter is required. All tours can be viewed at our Arts & Cultures page.

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. All tours can be viewed at our Arts & Cultures page.

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

Based in 3- and 4-star accommodation.

Single supplement

From £570pp.

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.

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.

Expert lecturer

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.

Dr William Taylor

Dr William Taylor, an expert in Ottoman and Orthodox studies, is also an Anglican priest and Chairman of the Anglican and Eastern Churches. His personal contacts guarantee special access to many monasteries and churches. He has worked in Jordan, Cairo and Turkey, and travelled in the Middle East and Central Asia.

Standard group tour accommodation

  • 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.<br>Room amenities: Air conditioning, Wi-Fi, room service, robe and slippers, smart TV, tea and coffee facilities.

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  • Metropol Hotel
    Metropol Hotel

    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.

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  • Kabadoni Boutique Hotel
    Kabadoni Boutique Hotel

    The Hotel Kabadoni is a 21-room boutique hotel located in the centre of Sighnaghi. The hotel is decorated with a mixture of art nouveau, ancient Georgian and eastern motifs. The arch of the lobby features eastern elements and mirrors accentuate the hand-painted interior. All rooms feature the same design and furnishings including a desk, television with pay per view options, minibar, telephone, robe and slippers, and private bathroom with fully stocked bath products. The hotel has a restaurant and wine bar with two terraces offering excellent views of the city. Health and wellbeing facilities include an indoor swimming pool, a gym and a beauty parlor, which are all situated in the hotel's wellness centre.

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  • Bagrati 1003 Hotel
    Bagrati 1003 Hotel

    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.

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Dates & prices

AYG2020

Main Costs
Departure-Return date Original Price Special Offer(£) Single Supplement Click to Book
25 May 2020 - 4 Jun 2020 £3,095 £0 £570 Reserve
24 Sep 2020 - 4 Oct 2020 £3,095 £0 £570 Reserve
 

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.

 
  • • 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

    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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  • https://www.coxandkings.co.uk/destinations/europe/georgia/kutaisi
  • Kutaisi

    The capital of the Imereti region of Georgia, Kutaisi is the country's second 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/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/sighnaghi
  • Sighnaghi

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

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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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