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Georgia & Armenia

The Mountains, cities and culture of central Asia.

You can almost hear the chant of monks reverberating around the bare stone walls of the monastery seeming to fill the whole gorge with sound. A scene unchanged since the 12th century when the first monks found their way here. The austere surrounds of the monastery built by man reduced to nothingness by the work of nature, an iconic scene in the great Caucasus.
We start in Georgia at Tbilisi, its beguiling capitol. Your guide will show you around before you set off for the
highlands in the north. The main route through the Northern Caucasus, the dividing line between Europe and Asia
inspired both Pushkin and Tolstoy. It is easy to see why. You enjoy views of Mt Kazbegi at over 5,000m. Not only enjoy the view, but feel part of the landscape as you climb to an isolated church perched on an outcrop below the massive bulk of Kasbegi, or make your way along vibrant flowered paths in the high alpine meadows. We have
time to visit the Georgian wine region before travelling the short distance into Armenia.
You have much to see in Armenia. This is a country immersed in history. It was the first country to adopt
Christianity as the state religion and you will see religion plays a huge part in Armenia culture and architecture.
Your walks will take in prehistoric temples and ancient monasteries. You visit an ancient caravanserai on the Silk
Road from China to Europe. In the hills you discover ruined monasteries with sumptuous mosaics. Everywhere you
travel there is the feeling of experiencing an ancient land. You stop at a village for dinner and see how food is
prepared. It might just be the most memorable barbecue you will ever have.
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You enjoy the great outdoors and possess a moderate spirit of adventure. For you, nothing beats exploring the natural world, whether by foot, wheels or water. You enjoy filling your days with great scenery and a range of different experiences. You are moderately fit. Previous outdoor activity experience is preferable. Where walking is involved you can expect up to 8 miles of walking on occasionally rough paths with up to 600m of ascent.



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  • Accommodation

    We stay in excellent hotels in Armenia and in Tbilisi. The hotel in Stepantsminda will be the best available and would equate roughly to a UK three-star hotel. In Armenia you will stay at hotels of the Tufenkian chain which are very comfortable and full of ethnic colour.

  • What's Included

    Holiday Price Includes:

    • Flights and airport transfers.
    • Excellent standard en suite accommodation.
    • Dinners in hotels and local restaurants.
    • Local guides throughout.
    • All local transport costs. 
    • All entrance fees to sites described in the itinerary

  • Holiday Highlights

    Holiday Highlights:

    • The old town of Tbilisi contrasting with the modern Peace Bridge - built of glass
    • Mediaeval monasteries carved out of the cliff face.
    • Ananuri Lake, fortress and church.
    • Seeing Mount Ararat across the vineyards of Khor Virap
    • The decorated ceilings of Echmiadzin. the Vatican of the Armenian church.
    • Walking to a hilltop church under the shadow of the mighty Mt Kazbegi.
    • The delicious food. Simple, local flavours.and very acceptable beer!
    • Beautiful mountainscapes and gentle walks across high level alpine meadows with seasonal flowers in abundance.
    • Great insights in two ancient cultures.

     


  • Travel Information & Regional Departures
    • Arrival transfer By road (c1hr).
    • Flights:Heathrow-Tbilisi via Istanbul (c6hrs 30mins), Turkish Airlines.
    • Regional Flights including Manchester and Birmingham may be available from £30 supplement.
    • UK add-on flights from £150 return, British Airways.
    • Upgrades available, please contact us for a competitive quote.

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You enjoy the great outdoors and possess a moderate spirit of adventure. For you, nothing beats exploring the natural world, whether by foot, wheels or water. You enjoy filling your days with great scenery and a range of different experiences. You are moderately fit. Previous outdoor activity experience is preferable. Where walking is involved you can expect up to 8 miles of walking on occasionally rough paths with up to 600m of ascent.



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