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Limited Edition Small Group Journeys

Georgia & Armenia: Journey to the Caucasus 2021-22


13 days from $6,795 per person

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

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Day 1
Arrive Tbilisi, Georgia

Arrive at the Georgian capital, and this evening, join your Tour Director and fellow guests for cocktails.

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. 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.

Visit a bathhouse for a relaxing soak and scrub, followed by hot tea.

After, enjoy free time at leisure.

Tbilisi Marriott Hotel
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 4
Kakheti

Explore the most picturesque part of Georgia — Kakheti — that 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. Visit the Ananuri architectural complex in the morning, and marvel at its centuries-old castles and churches, bordered by an expansive crenelated wall. For lunch today, enjoy traditional dishes paired with local wine. In the afternoon, stop in Gori, the birthplace of Joseph Stalin, where a controversial museum traces his life.

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.

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, a short walk from the hotel.

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, and 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.

Azerbaijan Pre-Tour Extension

Azerbaijan has long intrigued great minds, scientists, travellers and historians. It has an amazing historical and cultural heritage with more than 7,500 natural, archaeological, architectural, and historical monuments from the Khan’s Summer Palace in Sheki to Baku’s Maiden Tower. Explore markets and workshops for the incredible artisanal offerings spanning carpets, copper wares and silk scarves. immerse yourself in the handcrafted and ancient constructed wonders as you discover all this incredible country has to offer.

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DAY 1
Arrive Baku, Azerbaijan

Arrive at Baku airport to a warm A&K welcome and private transfer to your hotel.

Enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure, including exclusive access to the Executive Lounge, offering complimentary afternoon tea and evening cocktails.

Few cities in the world are changing as quickly as Baku, and nowhere else in the Caucasus do East and West blend as seamlessly or as chaotically. At its heart, the heritage-listed Old City lies within an exotically crenelated arc of fortress wall. Around this are gracefully illuminated stone mansions and pedestrianized treelined streets filled with exclusive boutiques. The second oil boom, which started around 2006, has turned the city into a crucible of architectural experimentation and some of the finest new buildings are jaw-dropping masterpieces.

Hilton Baku
DAY 2
Baku | City Wonders & Ancient Carpets

This morning, meet your Resident Tour Director and fellow guests.

Your day in Baku reveals this vibrant and sophisticated city at its best. Head to Martyr's Lane for a stroll through the park, a memorial to those killed by the Soviet Army between 1988 and 1994 fighting for independence, and from this vantage point find excellent views of the city and the Bay of Baku. Travel into the Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that dates to the 6th century.

After lunch at a local restaurant, wander along the cobbled alleyways, pausing at Shirvanshah's Palace, the last residence of the Shirvan rulers. Climb to the top of the spectacular 12th-century Maiden Tower, the symbol of Baku, and gaze out across the Caspian Sea.

Pay a visit to the National Carpet Museum, built in a shape of rolled-carpet under the direction of Austrian architect Franz Janz and showcasing carpets of various Azerbaijani schools in all their splendor.

Savour a welcome dinner this evening accompanied by a charming folk show with traditional music.

Hilton Baku
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 3
Baku | Mud Volcanoes & Age-Old Art

Travel south to see the rare Mud Volcanoes. Azerbaijan has the most mud volcanoes of any country, as well as Stone Age Gobustan rock engravings. Stand in awe of these ancient wonders, before journeying onward to Gobustan State Reserve. Explore the museum and its treasures, along with the nearby sandstone caves and ancient petroglyphs, with the first engravings chiselled over 17,000 years ago.

Return to Baku for lunch before a visit to the Heydar Aliyev Center and its many art galleries and museums. Explore the colourful and charming Green Bazaar, overwhelming your senses as you explore the tea, saffron, nuts, spices, sweets, fruits, and vegetables on offer.

Enjoy an evening at leisure to further explore the city.

Hilton Baku
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
DAY 4
Baku-Sheki | A Village of Copper Craftsmen

Depart for the city of Sheki, drinking in the dramatic landscapes as you travel.

Stop first in Shamakhi city, known for its carpets, silk, and wine. Visit the city’s grand Juma Mosque, an architectural marvel and religious icon. Afterward, meet a local family and watch as they make the traditional yogurt butter, before being treated to a tasting of local cheeses.

Continue to the village of Lahij, the copper smithing center of the country, for a homemade lunch of delicious local fare. Meet local coppersmiths, observing their art and admiring their handicrafts.

Continue to Sheki, a town nestled between beautifully forested mountains, with the remaining time at leisure and dinner savored as a group.

Sheki Saray
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 5
Kish | Handcrafted Pieces & Heritage Sites

After breakfast, begin an enchanting Sheki tour at the daily bazaar, tasting the local specialties as you explore.

Visit the spectacular Sheki Khan's Palace, the 18th-century icon considered the most beautiful architectural monument of medieval Azerbaijan; its colorful mosaics are a sight to behold.

Pay a visit to the nearby shebeke (stained-glass windows) workshop to witness this colorful wonder being brought to life, before a stop at Upper Caravanserai, one of the two surviving 18th-century hotels in Sheki and an architectural marvel.

Afterward, be welcomed into a kelagai workshop to witness the delicate decoration process used in the making of traditional silk scarfs.

In the afternoon, visit the heritage listed Kish Church, an ancient monument recognized as one of the first churches in the Caucasus, before transferring to your hotel.

Sheki Saray
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 6
Depart Sheki – Tbilisi, Georgia

Transfer to the Azerbaijan-Georgia border, continuing to your hotel in Georgia before your upcoming journey.

Meals: Breakfast


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

  • 2021
  • Apr 23 - May 05
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  • May 28 - Jun 09
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  • Jun 11 - Jun 23
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  • Sep 03 - Sep 15
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  • Oct 01 - Oct 13
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  • 2022
  • Apr 22 - May 04
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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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