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From £2895pp
Duration
14 days & 13 nights
Itinerary Type
Group Tour
Holiday Type
General Interest
Tour Highlights

Across the Southern Caucasus

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.
Dates and prices

Itinerary

YEAR:
DAY 1: Fly to Baku, Azerbaijan
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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)

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

Accommodation: Midtown Hotel Baku
DAY 2: Baku - Gobustan - Absheron
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Baku - Gobustan - Absheron

Admire Gobustan's 20,000-year-old rock carvings. Return to Baku for a sightseeing tour, before an excursion to Absheron to see the Ateshgah Fire Temple and Yanar Dagh fire. In the evening, enjoy a welcome dinner. (B, D)

Accommodation: Midtown Hotel Baku
DAY 3: Shemahka - Kish - Sheki
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Shemahka - Kish - Sheki

Visit the Yeddi Gumbez mausoleum in Shemahka. Continue to Shaki, stopping en route at a sixth-century Albanian church. Overnight at Sheki Saray (or similar). (B, L, D)

Accommodation: Sheki Saray Hotel
DAY 4: Sheki - Kvareli - Telavi, Georgia
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Sheki - Kvareli - Telavi, Georgia

Tour Sheki, scenically set in the Caucasus foothills, including its 18th-century palace. Cross the border into Georgia for a vineyard lunch and wine tasting. Continue to Telavi via the Gremi monastery. Overnight at Chateau Mere (or similar). (B, L, D)

Accommodation: Hotel Chateau Mere
DAY 5: Telavi - Sighnaghi - Tbilisi
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Telavi - Sighnaghi - Tbilisi

Morning visit to Telavi market. Meet a qvevri master, who will demonstrate how these large earthenware wine-keeping jars are made. Sample local wine and 'fire-water' brandy before lunch at Tsinandali wine estate. This 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
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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
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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
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Kazbegi - Tbilisi

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

DAY 9: Yerevan, Armenia
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Yerevan, Armenia

Cross the Armenian border and continue to the UNESCO-listed Haghpat monastery, a masterpiece of Armenian architecture. Stay 4 nights at Hotel Apricot, just off Yerevan's Republic Square. (B)

Accommodation: Apricot Hotel
DAY 10: Ejmiatsin - Zvartnots - Parakar
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Ejmiatsin - Zvartnots - Parakar

Visit Echmiatsin Cathedral, 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)

Accommodation: Apricot Hotel
DAY 11: Yerevan
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Yerevan

Tour Yerevan, one of the world's oldest continuously inhabited cities. Visit the city's museum of ancient manuscripts, and the genocide memorial complex. (B)

Accommodation: Apricot Hotel
DAY 12: Khor Virap - Noravank - Yerevan
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Khor Virap - Noravank - Yerevan

Travel to Khor Virap monastery, where Armenia’s patron saint, Gregory the Illuminator, was imprisoned. Savour views of the Ararat Mountain, then continue to Noravank monastery, dramatically situated within a gorge. Visit the wine-producing village of Areni for lunch. Return to Yerevan. Enjoy a farewell dinner with folk music at an Armenian restaurant. (B, L, D)

Accommodation: Apricot Hotel
DAY 13: Garni - Geghard - Sevan - Dilijan
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Garni - Geghard - Sevan - Dilijan

Visit Garni, Armenia’s only surviving Hellenistic temple, then enjoy a performance of spiritual music. Admire the basalt formations of Garni Gorge, before continuing to the fourth-century, mountain-carved monastery of Geghard. Enjoy lunch with a local family and a lavash bread-making lesson, then visit two 10th century monasteries. Drive to Dilijan and overnight at the Best Western Paradise (or similar). Farewell drink with your group. (B, L)

Accommodation: Best Western Plus Paradise Hotel Dilijan
DAY 14: Dilijan - Tbilisi
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Dilijan - Tbilisi

Morning stroll in Dilijan followed by a visit to Goshavank Monastery and its green and pleasant surrounds. Drive to Tbilisi Airport for your flight home. (B)

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

DAY 1: Fly to Baku, Azerbaijan
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Fly to Baku, Azerbaijan

Fly from London (regional connections available) to Baku, Azerbaijan via Istanbul, Turkey, with Turkish Airlines. Transfer to Midtown Hotel (or similar) for 2 nights. (N)

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

Accommodation: Midtown Hotel Baku
DAY 2: Baku - Gobustan - Absheron
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Baku - Gobustan - Absheron

Admire Gobustan's 20,000-year-old rock carvings. Return to Baku for a sightseeing tour, before an excursion to Absheron to see the Ateshgah Fire Temple and Yanar Dagh fire. In the evening, enjoy a welcome dinner. (B, D)

Accommodation: Midtown Hotel Baku
DAY 3: Shemahka - Kish - Sheki
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Shemahka - Kish - Sheki

Visit the Yeddi Gumbez mausoleum in Shemahka. Continue to Shaki, stopping en route at a sixth-century Albanian church. Overnight at Sheki Saray (or similar). (B, L, D)

Accommodation: Sheki Saray Hotel
DAY 4: Sheki - Kvareli - Telavi, Georgia
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Sheki - Kvareli - Telavi, Georgia

Tour Shaki, scenically set in the Caucasus foothills, including its 18th-century palace. Cross the border into Georgia for a vineyard lunch and wine tasting. Continue to Telavi via the Gremi monastery. Overnight at Chateau Mere (or similar). (B, L, D)

Accommodation: Hotel Chateau Mere
DAY 5: Telavi - Sighnaghi - Tbilisi
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Telavi - Sighnaghi - Tbilisi

Morning visit to Telavi market. Meet a qvevri master, who will demonstrate how these large earthenware wine-keeping jars are made. Sample local wine and 'fire-water' brandy before lunch at Tsinandali wine estate. This 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
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Tbilisi

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

DAY 7: Gori - Uplistsikhe - Kazbegi
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Gori - Uplistsikhe - Kazbegi

Visit the sixth-century Jvari Monastery, then continue to Gori, birthplace of Joseph Stalin. See the museum, his private train, and 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
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Kazbegi - Tbilisi

Excursion on foot to the picturesque, 14th-century church of Gergeti Trinity. Return to Tbilisi for time at leisure. (B)

DAY 9: Yerevan, Armenia
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Yerevan, Armenia

Cross the Armenian border and continue to the UNESCO-listed Haghpat monastery, a masterpiece of Armenian architecture. Stay 4 nights at Hotel Apricot, just off Yerevan's Republic Square. (B)

Accommodation: Apricot Hotel
DAY 10: Ejmiatsin - Zvartnots - Parakar
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Ejmiatsin - Zvartnots - Parakar

Visit Echmiatsin Cathedral, founded in 303AD and still the official residence of the Catholic Church in Armenia. Continue to the 7th-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)

Accommodation: Apricot Hotel
DAY 11: Yerevan
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Yerevan

Tour Yerevan, one of the world's oldest continuously inhabited cities. Visit the city's museum of ancient manuscripts, and the genocide memorial complex. (B)

Accommodation: Apricot Hotel
DAY 12: Khor Virap - Noravank - Areni
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Khor Virap - Noravank - Areni

Travel to Khor Virap monastery, where Armenia's patron saint, Gregory the Illuminator, was imprisoned. Savour views of the Ararat Mountain, then continue to Noravank monastery, dramatically situated within a gorge. Visit the wine-producing village of Areni for lunch. Return to Yerevan. Attend dinner with folk music at an Armenian restaurant. (B, L, D)

Accommodation: Apricot Hotel
DAY 13: Garni - Geghard - Dilijan
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Garni - Geghard - Dilijan

Visit Garni, Armenia's only surviving Hellenistic temple, then attend a performance of spiritual music. Admire the basalt formations of Garni Gorge, before continuing to the fourth-century, mountain-carved monastery of Geghard. Enjoy lunch with a local family and a lavash bread-making lesson, then visit two 10th century monasteries. Drive to Dilijan and overnight at the Best Western Paradise (or similar). Farewell drink with your group. (B, L)

Accommodation: Best Western Plus Paradise Hotel Dilijan
DAY 14: Dilijan - Tbilisi
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Dilijan - Tbilisi

Morning stroll in Dilijan followed by a visit to Goshavank Monastery and its green and pleasant surrounds. Drive to Tbilisi Airport for your flight home. (B)

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

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The Cox & Kings signature experiences

  • Visit the beautiful Khan Palace in Sheki, Azerbaijan
  • Taste Georgian wine & brandy 
  • Enjoy a performance of Armenian spiritual music
  • Masterclass in making arishta, traditional Armenian pasta

Important information

Private & tailor-made travel
This itinerary can be taken privately on a date that suits you. Alternatively, it can be tailored to your exact requirements. So, should you want to spend longer in a particular location, or add another experience or destination, we can make all the arrangements for you. Please contact our travel specialists for guideline prices.
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Dates and prices
Unless otherwise stated, the tour prices and upgrade supplements are all per person in pound sterling, based on two people sharing a twin/double room. The online price is a guideline price; your final quote may differ due to flight availability, and you may be asked to pay a flight supplement.

What's included

  • 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 & 4 dinners
  • Guided sightseeing & entrance fees
  • Welcome drink & farewell dinner
  • Hotel porterage

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Private journey option: guideline prices

Low season from £3,995 | Guide price month: April

High season from £4,095 | Guide price month: May

Single supplement from £745

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