Georgia & Armenia: Journey to the Caucasus - A Limited Edition Small Group Journey (2021/22)

This fascinating journey to the heart of the Caucasus offers a surprising taste of old world Eastern European charm.

Journey Overview

This fascinating journey to the heart of the Caucasus offers a surprising taste of old world Eastern European charm. Bridging East and West, these former Soviet Republics boast thousands of years of history, jaw-dropping scenery and a rich cultural heritage. Armenia was one of the first countries to adopt Christianity, and there are magnificent churches in abundance in the most unexpected locations. Neighbouring Georgia lays claim to the world’s oldest wine industry and, on this journey, rare skin-fermented wines stored underground in clay jars are uncorked and savoured. The food throughout the region is delicious and hearty and, in many places, there’s a delightfully unspoiled medieval vibe. 

Journey Highlights 

  • Uncover medieval history at the Haghpat and Sanahin monastic complexes 
  • Enjoy a private piano recital with canapes and drinks at Akhvledian House Museum 
  • Prepare lavash in time-honoured fashion in a local home 
  • Sip wine from earthenware pots in the world’s oldest vineyards in the Kakheti region 
  • Hike up to the 14th century Gergeti Holy Trinity Church, one of the world’s most spectacularly situated 
  • Float across the high altitude waters of Lake Sevan on a private boat trip 
  • Wander through the historic heart of Tbilisi’s old town 
  • Gain Private entry to Parajanov Museum for an exclusive musical performance 
  • Meet local artisans and traditional carpet manufacturers in colourful markets and workshops 
  • Typically features a small group size of 10–12 guests
Itinerary

Journey Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Tbilisi, Georgia

Arrive into the Georgian capital to a warm A&K welcome before transferring to your hotel. Enjoy time at leisure and included lounge access. 

This evening join your Resident Tour Director and fellow travellers for a welcome drink and briefing on the adventure ahead. 

Tbilisi, the charismatic capital of Georgia, is a cobblestoned old town reflecting a long, complicated history, with periods under Persian and Russian rule. Its diverse architecture encompasses Eastern Orthodox churches, ornate art nouveau buildings and Soviet Modernist structures. Looming over it all are Narikala, a reconstructed 4th-century fortress, and Kartlis Deda, an iconic statue of the 'Mother of Georgia.'
Tbilisi Marriott Hotel

Day 2: Tbilisi | An Assortment of Architectural Styles

Your Georgian adventure begins with a walk through the cobbled streets of the atmospheric Old Town. Visit the 12th century cross-cupola Metekhi Church, resting upon the top of the hill and an unusual example of domed Georgian Orthodox church. 

Afterwards, pay a visit to a 19th century Jewish synagogue, admiring the old Georgian houses with their distinctive wooden, curved balconies and the Sioni Cathedral as you further explore the wonders of this city. You'll see the oldest surviving church in Tbilisi before getting a bird's-eye view of the city from the Narikala Fortress, which can be accessed by cable car or on foot. The fortress was established in the 4th century, around the period when the city itself was founded. 

After lunch, visit the National Museum of Fine Arts, home to many a masterpiece of Georgian art, as well as priceless ancient artefacts. 

Tonight you savour some of Georgia's finest cuisine at a traditional restaurant, accompanied by a private polyphonic concert from ensemble 'Trio Tbilisi'.
Tbilisi Marriott Hotel | Meals: BLD

Day 3: Tbilisi | Design Your Day

Today, begin your explorations at the Simon Janashia Museum of Georgia with its extraordinary collection of gold filigree work. Formerly known as the State Museum of the History of Georgia, the museum houses hundreds of thousands of artifacts of Georgia's and the Caucasus' archaeology and ethnography. 

This afternoon, you can choose to partake in one of these Design Your Day activities:

  • An artisan introduction to the ancient technique of cloisonné (decorative enamelwork). 
    Immerse yourself in the incredible artistic traditions of Georgian Cloisonné enamel during a private workshop. Visit a local artisan at work, and observe the creative process behind minankari Cloissone enamel before trying your hand at this traditional skill. Learn the history of Georgian art as you create a memorable keepsake to take home.
  • Join an architectural expert for a walking tour around the city. 
    From the uneven balconies of Avlabari, or the freshly-painted, ornate latticework of Abanotubani, Tbilisi's fine architectural details are best appreciated on a guided tour with a local architectural expert to add insight and depth to your explorations. Stroll through Sololaki, once the district of rich merchants and artists and see the authentic Tbilisi.
  • Visit Tbilisi Sulfur Baths 
    A cluster of historic bathhouses built on the famed hot springs that gave the Georgian capital its name, Tbilisi translates to 'warm place'. The sulfuric water is not only gloriously warm it is also supposedly therapeutic and a relaxing experience. Here you will experience a scrub treatment and then offered tea and jam.

Your evening is at leisure, to relax at your hotel or discover the local restaurants.
Tbilisi Marriott Hotel | Meals: BL

Day 4: Kakheti | Birthplace of Winemaking

Today, you will explore the most picturesque part of Georgia - Kakheti. The birthplace of viticulture and winemaking, admire the many vineyards and beautiful churches as you drive through this breathtaking region. Stop at the 9th century Bodbe Monastery, the revered final resting place of St Nino and his resplendent tomb, partly silver-covered, with a bejewelled turquoise cloisonné halo. 

Continue to the pretty fortified town of Sighnaghi perched on a lofty hilltop facing the snowcapped Caucasus, famous for its wine and carpet making. Meander through the narrow streets before lunch with a local family serving up traditional dishes from the region, and of course matching wines. 

Before returning to Tbilisi, visit the grand Tsinandali Estate, once home to the noble Chavchavadze family and noted for its historic winery. Explore the story of the Chavchavadze family, admire garden views, wander through the winery and sample the delicious wares. 

This evening, arrive at Akhvlediani House-Museum, studio of well-known artist, Elene Akhvlediani, one of the founders of new Georgian art for a special private piano recital and canapes.
Tbilisi Marriott Hotel | Meals: BL

Day 5: Mtskheta | Medieval Religious Architecture

Today, your journey begins with a visit to heritage listed Mtskheta, Georgia's cultural and religious centre. Visit the early medieval Jvari Church, one of the few early medieval Georgian churches remaining and a heritage listed wonder, before pausing to admire the Middle Ages masterpiece, Svetitskhoveli Cathedral. 

Arrive into the sleepy valley town of Kazbegi later this afternoon, with views of Mt. Kazbek, Georgia's third-highest peak, observable from your hotel room. 
Rooms Hotel Kazbegi | Meals: BLD

Day 6: Kazbegi | Gergeti Holy Trinity Church

This morning, journey to 14th century Gergeti Holy Trinity Church perching high on a hill overlooking the town and the surrounding mountain scenery. Get up close to the spectacular structure by 4x4 or for the more energetic, on foot. 

After your explorations, savour traditional Georgian hospitality over lunch with one of the local families, learning more about their way of life, enjoying delicious home-cooked food, and immersing yourself in the history of the area.

After lunch, visit a studio to observe the traditional craft of felt making, watching local masters demonstrate the conversion of fibres from sheep and goats into warm and sturdy felt. Get to know the artisans over Georgian herbal tea and homemade jams - a wonderful opportunity to share stories and learn more about their love for this skillful art. 

This evening, enjoy the stylish Nordic atmosphere of your hotel before savouring sundowners on the terrace.
Rooms Hotel Kazbegi | Meals: BLD

Day 7: Tbilisi | Heart of Georgia

Today, travel along the Georgian Military Highway, taking in the Ananuri Architectural complex, admiring the churches and towers dating back to the 16th and 17th centuries. 

For lunch, indulge in flavourful local fare, tasting delicious Georgian dishes paired with locally-made wines. 

Your next stop, in total contrast, is Gori, the birthplace of Stalin, where you will visit the controversial museum that traces his life. It is also noted as the fashion capital of Georgia, with a thriving textile industry. 

Return to Tbilisi with your evening at leisure, you might take a stroll through the city, track down delicious local restaurants for dinner or lose yourself in the atmosphere of this charismatic capital. 
Tbilisi Marriott Hotel | Meals: BL

Day 8: Yerevan, Armenia | Byzantine Monasteries

Farewell Georgia this morning, crossing into Armenia at the Sadakhlo border. Your first stop is Akhtala Fortress and Church, a monastery with rich history, unique architecture, and a fascinating collection of frescoes, dating back 1,000 years. 

After lunch, visit the beautiful Haghpat monastic complex, built in a unique style blending elements of Byzantine ecclesiastical architecture and the traditional style of the Caucasian region. Heritage listed Haghpat is steeped in history and ancient wonder. 

Afterwards drive on to Yerevan, the capital of Armenia and one of the world's oldest continuously inhabited cities. Situated along the Hrazdan River, Yerevan is the administrative, cultural, and industrial centre of the country, marked by grand Soviet-era architecture and a distinct contrast between its ancient past and its evolving modern buildings, bars and fashions. The rest of the day is yours to explore, and to settle in to your luxurious lodgings.
Armenia Marriott Hotel Yerevan | Meals: BLD

Day 9: Lake Sevan | Pearl of Armenia

Travel to Lake Sevan, the largest body of water in Armenia and the Caucasus region, boarding a private boat to explore the pearl of this mountainous country and one of the largest freshwater high-altitude lakes in Eurasia. Discover Sevanavank Monastery, a monastic complex located on a peninsula at the northwestern shore. 

Return to Yerevan, the city stretching along the banks of the River Hrazdan, under the wistful gaze of Mount Ararat. The remainder of the day is at leisure for you to explore this beautiful region. You might settle in at a chic wine bar and admire the eclectic street fashion as the locals walk by, visit a local boutique, meander along the tree-filled boulevards or choose to visit the iconic musical fountain at Republic Square, the possibilities are endless.
Armenia Marriott Hotel Yerevan | Meals: BL

Day 10: Yerevan | In the shadow of Mount Ararat

Today, be introduced to the capital on a guided city tour. Admire the architecture of the government buildings, the Central Post Office and banks. Visit the State History Museum as well as the Cafesjian Modern Art Museum, which exhibits collections of Armenian and international contemporary artworks. 

Later, pay a visit the sombre Genocide Museum and Memorial. Commemorating the massacre of Armenians in the Ottoman Empire from 1915 to 1922, this institution uses photographs, documents, reports and films to deliver a powerful, memorable experience. 

This afternoon, you will discover why Armenian brandy is world famous at a VIP tasting specially organised for A&K guests at the Yerevan brandy factory. 

Following your whisky appreciation, be treated to a special private musical performance within the Parajanov Museum. A tribute to Soviet Armenian director and artist Sergei Parajanov, it is one of the most popular museums in Yerevan. 

The remainder of the afternoon is yours to explore the city at leisure and enjoy the included lounge access at your hotel.
Armenia Marriott Hotel Yerevan | Meals: BL

Day 11: Geghard & Garni | Temple & Monastery

Your morning begins with a private spiritual vocal performance in the acoustic hall of the ancient, heritage listed Geghard Monastery, a breathtaking structure partially carved out of the adjacent mountain, surrounded by cliffs. 

Afterwards, pay a visit to the pagan Temple of Garni, built around 77 A.D., it is the only Greco-Roman colonnaded building in the country. Before lunch, take part in a centuries-old Armenian cultural tradition at a hands-on lavash-making ceremony, a soft, thin unleavened flatbread made in a tandoor, followed by lunch in a local home. 

This afternoon, pore over the stalls at the Vernissage open-air flea market, a short walk from the hotel and the perfect place to immerse yourself in the fusion between national traditions and modern flair. 
Armenia Marriott Hotel Yerevan | Meals: BL

Day 12: Yerevan | World’s Oldest Cathedral

This morning, visit the ruins of the 7th century Zvartnots Cathedral, a 49-metre-high three-tiered pyramidal church embellished with beautiful carvings. Explore the large architectural complex, including the entrance halls of the patriarch's palace, a bath-house and other buildings to the south and west. 

Later, visit the ancient Etchmiadzin Cathedral, the headquarters for the Armenian Orthodox Church. Explore the museum, and its notable relics including the Holy Lance, relics belonging to Apostles of Jesus and John the Baptist, and a fragment of Noah's Ark. 

Afterwards, enjoy a traditional Armenian lunch at the family owned Megeryan Carpet Factory & Museum. 

This afternoon is at leisure, and tonight celebrate the end of your journey through the Caucasus with a farewell dinner.
Armenia Marriott Hotel Yerevan | Meals: BLD

Day 13: Depart Yerevan

Transfer to airport for departure flight.
Meals: B

Journey Details

Maximum Group Size: 18

Departures are guaranteed to operate with a minimum of 2 guests.

Tour Inclusions

  • All accommodation as detailed with private facilities
  • Meals as specified in itinerary, including welcome and farewell dinners
  • Services of English speaking A&K Resident Tour Directors, one per country
  • Airport welcome
  • Porterage
  • Group transportation by private air-conditioned vehicle
  • Bottled water during transfers and touring
  • Wine & beer during lunches and dinners (selected by Resident Tour Director)
  • All entrance fees
  • Planning, handling, operational and communication charges
  • All tipping

Tour Exclusions

  • International flights to the tour start point and from the tour end point
  • Visas and other border fees
  • Insurance coverage of personal loss, injury, illness or damages incurred during your trip
  • Items of a purely personal nature such as drinks (unless specified), laundry, dry cleaning, internet, fax or phone charges
  • Transfers, sightseeing or meals not specified in itinerary
  • Excess baggage charges

Tailor Made Travel with A&K
If scheduled departure dates don’t work for you, or you would prefer to travel privately, talk to your A&K travel specialist or your travel agent about creating the perfect bespoke journey for your, or a small group.

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Accommodation/Partners

Accommodation/Partners

Tbilisi Marriott Hotel

Georgia & Armenia: Journey to the Caucasus - A Limited Edition Small Group Journey (2021/22)

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Rooms Hotel Kazbegi

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With peaks reaching a formidable 5,000 metres, the Caucasus Mountain Range delivers a spectacular backdrop for Rooms Hotel Kazbegi. ... Read more

Armenia Marriott, Yerevan

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Located right on Republic Square in the centre of Yerevan, the grand Armenia Marriott Hotel Yerevan is an impressive building with grand ... Read more

Dates & Prices

Journey Dates & Prices

Prices are per person, based on double occupancy

Apr 23, 2021 - May 5, 2021
Price AU$9,990pp Single Supplement AU$2,990 Internal Air (From) AU$0 Availability Available Book
May 28, 2021 - Jun 9, 2021
Price AU$9,990pp Single Supplement AU$2,990 Internal Air (From) AU$0 Availability Available Book
Jun 11, 2021 - Jun 23, 2021
Price AU$9,990pp Single Supplement AU$2,990 Internal Air (From) AU$0 Availability Available Book
Sep 3, 2021 - Sep 15, 2021
Price AU$9,990pp Single Supplement AU$2,990 Internal Air (From) AU$0 Availability Available Book
Oct 1, 2021 - Oct 13, 2021
Price AU$9,990pp Single Supplement AU$2,990 Internal Air (From) AU$0 Availability Available Book
Apr 22, 2022 - May 4, 2022
Price AU$9,990pp Single Supplement AU$2,990 Internal Air (From) AU$0 Availability Available Book
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