Georgian and Armenian churches and monasteries are, almost without exception, built in stunning locations. Surrounded by forests, perched on the top of dramatic gorges or silhouetted before snow-capped mountains, they draw us to magnificent open spaces filled with a huge variety of trees and wild flowers.
Embracing Christianity in the 4th century, both Georgia and Armenia also have pre-Christian and pagan sites which we will visit. We see wonderful mountains, lakes and waterfalls, which provide cooling breezes in the countryside whilst the cafes and restaurants of Tbilisi and Yerevan are proof of the emerging economies.
Beautiful scenery is plentiful in both countries as Mount Ararat towers majestically over Yerevan and we can see the Caucasus Mountains from Tbilisi on a clear day.
What makes this trip responsible?
We have an excellent long-term relationship with the local operator who employ and train all leaders. To try to ensure that our trips have a positive impact on the regions visited, we have chosen locally run hotels; the leaders will also try to recommend or take the groups to local markets, shops, restaurants… thus benefit the local communities.
Countries visited: Armenia, Georgia
Arrive Yerevan early morning; afternoon visit pagan temple at Garni and Geghard Monastery.
Full day excursion in and around Yerevan, including the Genocide Memorial, synagogue, Echmiadzin Cathedral and the ruins of Zvartnots.
To holy site of Khor Virap Monastery; wine tasting at Areni village; Noravank Monastery complex and Tatev Monastery; to Goris.
Silk Road and Lake Sevan via Selim Caravanserai and Noraduz; walk to Sevanavank Monastery.
Drive/walk to and explore Haghartsin Monastery; visit the town of Dilijan, known for its arts and crafts; on way to Dzoraget; stop at a Russian village.
Visit mediaeval monuments at Sanahin or Haghpat before crossing Georgian border; to Tbilisi.
Walking tour of Tbilisi including markets, ancient baths, Sioni Cathedral and Synagogue; free afternoon.
Transfer to Kazbegi village for views of Mt. Kazbek; alpine walk on slopes, visiting Gergeti Trinity Church; to ski resort of Gudauri.
To Gori, birthplace of Stalin; continue to Uplistsikhe pre-Christian cave town; to Kutaisi.
Explore Kutaisi's UNESCO sites of Begrati and Gelati; walk in picturesque Borjomi-Kharagauli N.P.; to Bakuriani.
Visit Mtskheta, former capital of Georgia; afternoon drive along the 'wine route' to Kakheti, including local cheese tasting; overnight in Telavi.
Explore Alaverdi Cathedral; to citadel complex at Gremi; visit recently renovated royal town of Signagi; to Tbilisi.
Fly to London.