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Limited Edition Small Group Journeys

Georgia & Armenia: Journey to the Caucasus 2020


13 days from $6,995

Limited to 18 guests

This journey is a unique opportunity to travel with other international guests on a limited-edition itinerary operated by A&K Australia.

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. Neighboring 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 savored. The food throughout the region is delicious and hearty and, in many places, there’s a delightfully unspoiled medieval vibe.

A&K Advantages

Wander through the historic heart of Tbilisi’s Old Town

Prepare lavash (Middle Eastern flatbread) in time-honored fashion in a local home

Sip wine from earthenware pots in the world’s oldest vineyards in the Kakheti region

Uncover medieval history at the Haghpat and Sonahin monastic complexes

Witness a spiritual vocal performance in an ancient monastery

Float across the high-altitude waters of Lake Sevan on a private boat trip

Taste Armenia’s noble brandy at a Yerevan distillery

Meet local artisans and traditional carpet manufacturers in colorful markets and workshops

Hike up to the 14th-century Gergeti Holy Trinity Church, one of the world’s most spectacularly situated

Itinerary at a Glance

Day 1
Arrive Tbilisi, Georgia
Day 2
Tbilisi
Day 3
TBILISI
Day 4
Kakheti
Day 5
Mtskheta
Day 6
Kazbegi
Day 7
KAZBEGI, GORI & TBILISI
Day 8
TBILISI & SADAKHLO , ARMENIA
Day 9
Yerevan
Day 10
Yerevan
Day 11
YEREVAN, GEGHARD & GARNI
Day 12
YEREVAN, ETCHMIADZIN & ZVARTNOTS
Day 13
DEPART YEREVAN
Day 1
Arrive Tbilisi, Georgia

Arrive at the Georgian capital, and this evening, join your Tour Director and fellow travellers for a cocktail briefing on the adventure ahead.

Tbilisi Marriott Hotel
Day 2
Tbilisi

Tbilisi is a surprising blend of cultures. Your adventure starts with a walk through the cobbled streets of the atmospheric Old Town. Visit the 12th-century Metekhi Church and a 19th-century Jewish synagogue. Admire the old Georgian houses with their distinctive wooden, curved balconies and the Sioni Cathedral. 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 foot or cable car. On the way back down, stop at the Sulfur Baths and the National Museum of Fine Arts. Tonight is a chance to savor some of Georgia’s finest cuisine at a favorite traditional restaurant.

Tbilisi Marriott Hotel
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 3
TBILISI

Start the day at the Simon Janashia Museum of Georgia with its extraordinary collection of gold filigree work. After lunch, enjoy one of these Design Your Day® activities:

An artisan visit to a local workshop, where you learn about the ancient technique of cloisonné, a decorative enamelwork tradition over 1,200 years old.

Join an architectural expert for an exciting walking tour of a local Tbilisi neighborhood.

After, enjoy free time at leisure.

Tbilisi Marriott Hotel
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 4
Kakheti

Explore the most picturesque part of Georgia — Kakheti — which borders the Greater Caucasus range. This area is the birthplace of viticulture and winemaking. Admire the profusion of vineyards and churches as you drive through. Stop at the ninth-century Bodbe Monastery nunnery before arriving at the pretty fortified town of Sighnaghi, 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 with matching wines. Before returning to Tbilisi, visit the grand Tsinandali estate, once home to the noble Chavchavadze family and noted for its historic winery.

Tbilisi Marriott Hotel
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 5
Mtskheta

The UNESCO World Heritage Site of Mtskheta is your first stop today. Georgia’s cultural and religious center, it is also one of the country’s oldest towns. Visit the early medieval Jvari Monastery and Svetitskhoveli Cathedral. Heading along the Georgian Military Highway, take in the Ananuri architectural complex, with churches and towers dating back to the 16th and 17th centuries. Arrive at the sleepy town of Kazbegi later this afternoon, where views of Mount Kazbek are breathtaking — especially from your hotel room.

Rooms Hotel Kazbegi
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 6
Kazbegi

This morning, head for the beautifully situated 14th-century Gergeti Holy Trinity Church, perched high atop a hill overlooking the town and the surrounding mountain scenery. Get up close by 4x4 or, for the more energetic, on foot. Enjoy more traditional Georgian hospitality today over lunch with one of the local families. This afternoon, enjoy the stylish Nordic atmosphere of the hotel before sundowners on the terrace.

Rooms Hotel Kazbegi
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 7
KAZBEGI, GORI & TBILISI

Today’s adventure is to the fertile Kartli province with a stop in Gori, the birthplace of Joseph Stalin, where a controversial museum traces his life. For lunch today, enjoy traditional dishes paired with local wine.

Tbilisi Marriott Hotel
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 8
TBILISI & SADAKHLO , ARMENIA

This morning, bid farewell to Georgia as you cross into Armenia at the Sadakhlo border. After a short drive, arrive at Akhtala fortress and church. After lunch, visit the beautiful Haghpat monastic complex, representative of Armenia’s finest religious architectural tradition with a unique style blending elements of Byzantine ecclesiastical architecture and the traditional vernacular of the Caucasus region. Haghpat Monastery is justifiably a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Drive to Yerevan, the capital of Armenia.

Armenia Marriott Hotel Yerevan
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 9
Yerevan

Travel today to Lake Sevan, the largest body of water in Armenia and the Caucasus region, where a boat trip is included. The capital city stretches along the banks of the River Hrazdan under the wistful gaze of Mount Ararat.

Armenia Marriott Hotel Yerevan
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 10
Yerevan

Your introduction to the capital begins with a guided tour of the city, one of the world’s oldest continuously inhabited metropolises. See the beautiful government buildings, the Central Post Office and banks. Visit the State History Museum as well as the Cafesjian Center for the Arts, which exhibits collections of Armenian and international contemporary artworks. Later, visit the somber Genocide Museum and Memorial. Also in the afternoon, discover why Armenian brandy is world famous at a VIP tasting specially organized for you at the Yerevan Brandy Factory. There is even time this afternoon to pore over the stalls at the Vernissage flea market, a short walk from the hotel.

Armenia Marriott Hotel Yerevan
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 11
YEREVAN, GEGHARD & GARNI

Your morning begins with a spiritual vocal performance in the acoustic hall of the ancient Geghard Monastery. Afterward, pay a visit to the pagan Temple of Garni, which dates to the Hellenistic Era. Built around AD 77, it is the only Greco-Roman colonnaded building in the country. Next, take part in a centuries-old Armenian cultural tradition at a hands-on lavash-making ceremony followed by lunch in a local home. There is also time this afternoon to explore the stalls at the Vernissage flea market.

Armenia Marriott Hotel Yerevan
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 12
YEREVAN, ETCHMIADZIN & ZVARTNOTS

This morning, visit the ruins of the seventh-century Zvartnots Cathedral. Later, stop by Etchmiadzin Cathedral. This ancient cathedral serves as the headquarters for the Armenian Orthodox Church. Explore the museum, then enjoy lunch at the family-owned Megerian Carpet Armenia’s factory and museum. Get comfortable as you admire exquisite handmade carpets before a traditional Armenian lunch in a rustic and atmospheric restaurant. Enjoy an afternoon at leisure. Tonight, celebrate the end of your journey through the Caucasus with a farewell dinner.

Armenia Marriott Hotel Yerevan
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 13
DEPART YEREVAN

Transfer to the airport for your departure flight.

Meals: Breakfast

Program Note: This journey includes travel to high altitudes and active elements such as walking over steep, uneven terrain and visits to sites with limited accessibility for travellers with mobility issues. Accommodations in this emerging destination are the best available in each area.


Prices are in USD, per person, based on double occupancy.

  • May 01 - May 13
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  • May 31 - Jun 12
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  • Jun 12 - Jun 24
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  • Sep 04 - Sep 16
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  • Oct 04 - Oct 16
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Journey Details

Minimum number of guests to guarantee operation: Departures are guaranteed to operate with a minimum of 2 guests.

Maximum number of guests: Limited to 18 guests.

First group event: Welcome briefing at 6:00 p.m. on Day 1.

Last group event: Farewell dinner at 8:00 p.m. on Day 12.

Tour inclusions: All accommodations as detailed on a double-occupancy basis with private facilities; meals as specified; bottled water during transfers and touring; airport welcome; assistance with luggage and group transportation by private air-conditioned vehicle; services of English-speaking A&K Resident Tour Director; economy flights only if specified as included in itinerary; all entrance fees, planning, handling, operational and communication charges; and all tipping.

Tour exclusions: International flights not specified as included; visas; insurance coverage of personal loss, injury, illness or damages incurred during your trip; items of a purely personal nature such as drinks, laundry, dry cleaning, Internet, fax or phone charges; transfers, sightseeing or meals not specified in itinerary; and excess baggage charges.


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