The South Caucasus: Armenia & Georgia

22 Days

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Trip Highlights:

Walk the green valleys & canyons of the Caucasus Mountains.

Explore the ancient temples, monasteries, and churches.

Visit the world’s oldest wineries in Yerevan & Tbilisi.

Discover the culture of the people of the Caucasus. 


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Discover the natural beauty and fascinating history of the South Caucasus. Meet the people and learn about the culture of Georgia and Armenia. They share the Caucasus mountains, yet they lead a totally different lifestyle.

On this tour, you visit some of the world’s oldest inhabited towns and cities. You stroll around the pre-Christians and medieval towns with the ancient architectural masterpieces and are surrounded by lovely scenery of red cliffs, snow-capped mountains, thick green forest, or floral gardens. There are many architectural buildings, landmarks, and cultural elements including cuisine foods that are listed with the UNESCO World Heritage as important historical sites or cultural items.

You enter some national museums and private memorial halls that will guide you through important times in the two countries or introduce you to the country’s national artists, writers, poets, scientists, and leaders. Two samples from the itinerary include the visit to the Matenadaran, a repository of the world’s ancient manuscripts and rare books in Yerevan, Armenia. Your guide will show you some really interesting manuscripts and books. And in Uplistsikhe, Georgia you visit a preserved archeological site of an underground cave city with hallways that are tunnels and holes in the wall that were made into living spaces such as sleeping rooms, storage, a winery, a meeting hall, temples, churches and more. People in pre-Christian times dwelled in those caves. Check our itinerary for the other planned sites.

You travel to different cities and towns in a private vehicle. You follow the routes that take you through lush valleys with green forest, a semi-arid desert with canyons and red cliffs, and vineyards that have been in the region for thousands of years. Along the way, you stop to see natural landmarks including Armenia’s famous view of Mount Ararat, Georgia’s deep green canyons, and many more other natural sites. There will be opportunities for a nature walk and boating. And you stop for local lunch with foods farmed and prepared by the people of the village or town. Your itinerary is filled with many opportunities to see awesome scenery and taste delicious Georgian and Armenian foods and including their wines and cognacs.

The tour also includes visits to old caravan sites, markets, inns, and taverns that were established during the ancient Silk Road trade. You learn about the old network of trade routes that connect the East and West. Also interesting are the Soviet incorporations in the two countries. Your guides will show you the Soviet-era architecture, an abandoned luxury hotel, and infrastructure systems such as those old rusty cable cars and the stations you see in Chiatura, Georgia.

The tours are prepared with partners in the respective countries. And our partners provide the Deaf and local guides.

Day 01 :
Batumi

Arrival Batumi International Airport (Airport code: BUS). Your guide will greet you outside out of airport. Take taxi to the airport. 

Hotel: Best Western Premier Batumi

Day 02 :
Batumi

Batumi is a vibrant city on the coast of the Black Sea. There are many casinos, entertainment shows, restaurants, bars, and hotels. Batumi is sometimes called the Las Vegas of the Black Sea. On this day after your breakfast, you go on a walking city tour to see various landmarks and sculptures. At the Batumi Boulevard, you see the Greek-style colonnades, gardens, dancing fountains, piazzas, churches, mosques, and towers. You take a cable car up to a hilltop for a panoramic view of the city with the Black Sea. And you stop at the Batumi port for famous moving sculptures, Ali and Nino. Your guide tells you a story about the two people. Later in the afternoon, you have free time, you may rent a bicycle to further explore the city on your own. Last night in Batumi.

Hotel: Best Western Premier Batumi

Breakfast

You rise early and check out of Batumi. You travel towards Kutaisi, your next destination. Along the way, you stop at the Martvili Canyon for a boat tour through the deep green Martvili Canyon. You row the boat together with other travelers. You also explore the Okatse Canyon, which is the deepest canyon in Georgia with a waterfall, hanging trails, and bridges (aka. Skywalks). Following your adventures, you drive to Kutaisi and check-in at your hotel. Your guide will take you to Kutaisi central square. The evening on your own. Overnight is in Kutaisi

Hotel: Hotel Sani Kutaisi

Breakfast

After breakfast you travel to the Prometheus cave. The cave is 1.8km (1.12mi.) long and 40m (132ft.) below sea level and is full with stunning curtains of stalactites and stalagmites. You ride an underground boat. Following you stop to see the abandoned Sanatoriums of Tskaltubo, that was once a luxury spa resort of the Soviet Union.The business closed after Soviet Union collapsed. You explore the abandoned spaces and sanatoriums. You continue your journey stopping to visit the Gelati Monastery (12th century) with an academy, and the Motsameta Monastery that is built on a cliff of a promontory with its three sides surrounded by river. Overnight is in Kutaisi.

Hotel: Hotel Sani Kutaisi

Breakfast

In the morning, you drive to Tbilisi, the modern-day capital of Georgia. The drive is approximately 4 to 5 hours but scenic. Along the way you stop to see the fascinating Katskhi pillar, which is a 40m. (131ft.) high monolith rock with a 7th-century church atop it. You continue your drive to the small town, Chiatura. The name of the place in Georgian means insect. A national writer of Georgia gave the name because of the town’s winding streets. There you see the Mghvimevi Monastery with a unique front door and the rusty  Soviet-era cable cars and the stations. After a lunch break in the town, you drive straight to Tbilisi. Overnight is in Tbilisi. 

Hotel: Ibis Styles Tbilisi Center

Breakfast
Day 06 :
Tbilisi

After breakfast, go on a walking tour of Old Tbilisi. The city was one of the most important economic and cultural centers of the Middle East because it was a key stop on the famous Silk Road. You see the Mother of Georgia statue, the Narikala Fortress that overlook the Mtkvari River and the old residential neighborhood renowned for its mix of cultures, antique architectures, and sulfur bathhouse. In the afternoon you visit an Open Air Museum of Ethnography with the Sevn tower. Overnight in Tbilisi. 

Hotel: Ibis Styles Tbilisi Center

Breakfast

After breakfast you drive to Telavi, stopping at the Ikalto Monastery and Academy. The monastery built in the 6th century was founded by one of the 13 Assyrian fathers of Zenon. And you see the centre of the city with a 900 years old plane tree. Following you drive to Tsinandali and stop to visit the estate of the noble Chavchavadze family. Overnight in Tsinandali.

Hotel: Park Hotel Tsinandali Estate

Breakfast

You check out of your hotel and drive through Kakheti wineries and vineyard. Georgia is the first country in the world to produce wine. You stop at the Winery Khareba with a rare 8 kilometer (4.5 miles) tunnel shaped wine cellar. And you join in a wine tasting event. Your journey continues to the picturesque town, Sighanghi, that is known by Georgians as the City of Love and to the Bodbe Monastery that is one of Georgia’s most prominent pilgrimage site. Overnight in the Capital of Georgia, Tbilisi. 

Hotel: Ibis Styles Tbilisi Center

Breakfast

After breakfast, you drive to Mtskheta the old capital of Georgia. Mtskheta is a holy city. And it is a protected UNESCO World Heritage Site with the 6th century Jvari Monastery and 11th-century Svetitskhoveli Cathedral. Following you travel to Gori, stopping at  Uplistsikhe, a cave town where you discover an ancient theatre, church, and dwellings hewn out of a rocky hillside. You drive into the city center, where the Joseph Stalin Museum dedicated to the life of Joseph Stalin, former leader of the Soviet Union who was born in Gori, is open to visitors. Overnight is in Tbilisi. 

Hotel: Ibis Styles Tbilisi Center

Breakfast

You rise early, check-out your hotel and drive through the Caucasus Mountains to Kazbegi. Along the way, you stop to see the Jinvali Water Reservoir surrounded by an abundance of green nature. Upon arrival to the Kazbegi village, you get on a 4-wheels jeep and ride up on a rough trail to the Gergeti Trinity Church with almighty Mount Kazbegi in the backdrop. Mount Kazbegi is one of the highest and most beautiful peaks of Caucasus. Overnight in Kazbegi. 

Hotel: Mount Inn Kazbegi

Breakfast

After breakfast, you go on a scenic drive, crossing the Jvari Pass, the highest mountain pass at an elevation of 2,379 m / 7,815 ft above sea level to Gudauri. There you see the Russia-Georgia Friendship Monument, a fascinating mural of the turbulent relationship between two neighboring countries between 1873 and 1983. You continue your journey down to the13th century Ananuri fortress and church. The two sites are on the UNESCO list. Overnight is in Tbilisi. 

Hotel: Ibis Styles Tbilisi Center

Breakfast
Day 12 :
Tbilisi

This is your last day in Georgia. Following breakfast, you go on a driving tour to see the Soviet Brutalist architectures and sculptures in the city including the Chronicle of Georgia, Ministry of Automobile Roads Building, Victory Memorial in Vake Park, Lower Cable Car Station for Mtatsminda Park, Archeology Museum with the Saint Nino Monument and Nutsubidze Skybridge. You have free time in the afternoon at the Dry Bridge with its flea markets and antique shops. Last night in Tbilisi.

Hotel: Ibis Styles Tbilisi Center

Breakfast

After breakfast, check out the hotel. Transport to Tbilisi International Airport (TBS). You fly to Yerevan, Armenia. Arrive at Zvartnots International Airport (EVN), meet our new Armenian guide at the airport, and transfer to the hotel in Yerevan.  Overnight in Yerevan.

Hotel: Paris Hotel Yerevan

Breakfast
Day 14 :
Yerevan

After breakfast, you begin the city tour of Yerevan, one of the world’s oldest cities. You see the Republic Square, the Opera House, The Parliament, President’s Palace and the Concert and Sports complex. You stop by the Matenadaran, a repository with ancient manuscripts and books and the Genocide Memorial. In the late afternoon you go on a leisure walk through Cafsjian, a garden with some of the world’s best sculptures near the Cascade. A welcome lunch of traditional Armenian foods is included. Overnight in Yerevan.

Hotel: Paris Hotel

Breakfast, Lunch

In the morning, you drive to Garni for the pagan temple and the ruins of pre-Christian Armenia. Then drive toward the Garni Village along the Azat River canyon. You stop for a leisure walk around the Garni Gorge and see the Symphony of Stones, an amazing natural rock formation. At Garni village, you have lunch at the local house. Your journey continues to the Geghard Monastery, a UNESCO World Heritage site. The monastery is carved out of a mountain. On your way back to Yerevan you stop for a tour of the Ararat brandy factory and you taste 3 varieties of cognac. Overnight in Yerevan. 

Hotel: Paris Hotel

Breakfast, Lunch

In the morning, you drive to Garni for the pagan temple and the ruins of pre-Christian Armenia. Then drive toward the Garni Village along the Azat River canyon. You stop for a leisure walk around the Garni Gorge and see the Symphony of Stones, an amazing natural rock formation. At Garni village, you have lunch at the local house. Your journey continues to the Geghard Monastery, a UNESCO World Heritage site. The monastery is carved out of a mountain. On your way back to Yerevan you stop for a tour of the Ararat brandy factory and you taste 3 varieties of cognac. Overnight in Yerevan. 

Hotel: Paris Hotel

Breakfast, Lunch

You rise early for your tour of the Aragatsotn region. You visit the Saghmosavank Monastery and the Kasakh canyon. And you stop to see the Armenian Letters’ Monument, a creation of 39 giant stone carved with Armenian letters. Did you know that Armenian alphabet is more than 1,600 years old? Following lunch, you continue your journey to the medieval Amberd Fortress on the slopes of Mount Aragats, the highest mountain at 4,090m/13,419ft in Armenia. And you visit the Karmravor Church (7th century) with a central domed structure. Overnight is in Yerevan.

Hotel: Paris Hotel

Breakfast, Lunch

You check out of Yerevan and travel to see Khor Virap, the ancient Armenia monastery with a panoramic view of Mount Ararat in the backdrop. The monastery carries a name meaning “deep dungeon” in the Armenian language. Khor Virap was the underground dungeon where the Armenian King Trdat III was kept for nearly 13 years. You continue your journey to Vayots Dzor province for the vineyards and a tour of the 6,100 years old winery. Following lunch with wine tasting, you go to the Noravank monastery that sits on the edge of a red cliff. And you stop at the Armenia Stonehenge site with the Shaki Waterfall, and the Qarahunj or Zorats stones. Overnight is in Goris. 

Hotel: Red Roof Country House Hotel

Breakfast, Lunch

This morning you drive towards to Lake Sevan, stopping at the old Khndzoresk village  that is famous for its canyons with picturesque rock formations, the Khndzoresk swinging bridge and cave settlement.The caves were inhibited till the 1950’s. Following  drive to Tatev, where you hop on the Wings of Tatev, the world’s longest non-stop cableway to the Tatev Monastery (9th century.) that sits on the edge of a cliff. The length of the ropeway is 5.7 km (3.5 mi) and it connects the Halidzor village to the Tatev Monastery in the mountains. Overnight is at Sevan Lake. 

Hotel: Bohemian Resort Best Western

Breakfast, Lunch

After breakfast, you drive around Lake Sevan. The lake is the largest body of water in the caucasus region. It’s sole island on the lake is now a peninsula. The monks were the only people who lived on the island. They build some churches and later added the Sevanvank monastery. The monastery is now accessible to public. After lunch of local speciality, you drive to Tavush for the Haghartsin Monastery that is hidden in the forest valley of Ijevan mountains.The monastery is exceptional because it served as a main center for the architecture of Armenia church for three centuries. Overnight is in Dilijan.

Hotel: Armenia Guest House

Breakfast, Lunch

You check out the guest house and drive to the Lori region, with the beautiful Debet Canyon. There you see the Sanahin and Haghpat monasteries. They’re listed on the UNESCO World Heritage Site. The two monasteries are examples of medieval Armenian architecture. Elements of Byzantine art are seen. The design represented the flourishing period of Armenia religious architecture.There are many khachkars, Armenia cross-stone at Sanahin and Haghpat. Following lunch in Alaverdi, you return to Yerevan for your night departure or stay overnight for the next morning’s departure.

Hotel: Paris Hotel Yerevan

Breakfast, Lunch

You check-out from the hotel. Your guide will drive to airport and drop you off. 

Breakfast

What is included and not included in the tour?

Included

  • Airport & Hotel Transfers
  • 21 nights double occupancy rooms (3 & 4 stars hotels)
  • Full breakfast plan at hotels
  • Private vehicle (minibus)
  • Some lunches (check itinerary)
  • Admission fees to historical & cultural sites
  • Brandy factory four with tasting
  • Winery tour with tasting
  • Lavash baking masterclasses
  • National Park passes
  • Boat rental
  • Tourism taxes and surcharges
  • Daily bottle of water during drives
  • National and local guides including Deaf guide

Not Included

  • International airfare
  • intercept flights
  • Flight insurance
  • Travel Insurance
  • Border taxes and visa fees
  • Meals not included on the itinerary
  • Other activities not included on the itinerary
  • Alcohol, soft drinks & snacks
  • Portage services
  • Laundry nor dry cleaning
  • Internet services (SIM card)
  • Souvenirs
  • Tips & gratuity

Trip Information

  • 22 days / 21 nights
  • 10 persons
  • Private Vehicle (van/minibus)
  • Multi-country, Sightseeing, Culture Immersion & Nature Walks
  • easy/medium - walking on concrete, some climbing stairs & standing
  • American Sign Language, International Sign & English
  • National guide and local guides with some who are Deaf
  • Deaf World Adventures
  • D-travel Agency

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