12 days | Guided | From £1,995
Our Caucasus classic is one of geographical contrast, from the gorges, canyons and volcanic plateaux of Armenia to the high, snow covered peaks of Georgia.
12 days | Guided | From £1,995
Discover the lands where 'East meets West'
- Discover the Silk Road Caravanserai of the Selim Pass
- Enjoy Armenian and Georgian cuisine
- Visit Ancient Monasteries and Lake Sevan
- See spectacular Caucasus mountain scenery
- Meet Yezidi nomads and Molokan Russians
Our Caucasus classic is one of geographical contrast, from the gorges, canyons and volcanic plateaux of Armenia to the high, snow covered peaks of Georgia. Exploring Armenia first we take a horse ride with the nomadic highland shepherds, visit a pagan temple and indulge in a traditional Armenian BBQ. We walk on beneath Aragats (Armenia's highest peak) to an atmospheric fortress, visit ancient monasteries, take a trip on amazing Lake Sevan and explore the Silk Road and its ancient caravanserai. A trip on the world's longest aerial tram-way is quite a thrill. We try our hand at Armenian cooking, spend a night with the locals and also meet an enclave of Molokan Russians too.
Crossing into Georgia, we turn up the 'wild' dial and head into the mountains of the Caucasus, heading over outlandish mountain 'roads' in 4WD vehicles to get up close and personal with real life here in this difficult to access, spectacular Tusheti region of Georgia before finishing of this contrasting adventure in Tbilisi.
- Day 1 Depart UK Arrive Yerevan
- Flights departing from the UK arrive in Yerevan today. Rendzvous at the group hotel in Yerevan.
- Day 2 Armenian Highlands
- After a pre-trip breifing over breakfast we begin the adventure by heading up into the Armenian highlands we ride horses across the plateau to meet nomadic shepherds. We then visit the Geghard Monastery spectacularly located in the Garni Canyon, and visit a pagan temple too before enjoying a traditional Armenian BBQ, with lots of lavash (Armenian bread made in an underground oven). Return to Yerevan.
- Day 3 Mount Aragats and Amberd Fortress
- A mountain road takes us up the flank of Aragats (Armenias highest peak), to the dramatic Kari Lich Lake. From here we'll walk down the mountain side to the medieval Amberd Fortress, enjoying incredible views along the way. Heading back to Yerevan we'll take a short tour of a brandy distillery and appreciate why Churchill claimed it was his favourite tipple.
- Day 4 South to Tatev
- A stone's throw (literally) from the sealed border with Turkey we explore the Khor Virap Monastery with closer, uninterrupted views of mighty Mount Ararat rising abruptly from the plains. We then head south to Tatev and take a ride on the world's longest aerial tramway.
- Day 5 Silk Road to Lake Sevan
- Following the route of the Silk Road it's a sensational drive to the Selim Pass, where we visit a well-preserved Caravanserai. Continuing through a wild mountainscape our journey today ultimately brings us to Lake Sevan, the "Titicaca of the Caucasus".
- Day 6 Armenian "Switzerland"
- First visiting the Sevanank Monastery by the lake, we then head towards "Armenian Switzerland" meeting a community of Molokans along the way. Reaching Dzoraget we can take an afternoon walk, or relax poolside. Tonight we can enjoy a culinary demonstration at our hotel.
- Day 7 Into Georgia
- We say goodbye to Armenia as we change crew at the border crossing with Georgia. We also now switch to 4WD vehicles and head to Telavi for our first taste of traditional Georgian hospitality and cuisine.
- Day 8 Into the Caucasus
- We now head deep into the Caucasus by way of an improbable mountain road navigable in summer only, and then only by 4WD across the Abano Pass. Descending, we are now in Tusheti province, the "soul of Georgia" and we spend tonight in the village of Shenako beneath Mount Diklo.
- Day 9 Medieval Towers and Traditional Villages
- We'll explore the village of Shenako to appreciate it's traditional Georgian folk architecture and then to Omalo and the medieval Keselo Towers. Heading to Chesho we pass throigh delightful villages such as Dartlo and can stop and explore. Tonight at our guest house we'll enjoy traditional Tusheti cooking.
- Day 10 Over the Abano Pass
- We head further into the Caucasus, as far as we can go really and to Girevi the last population in the valley before we head back over the dramatic Abano Pass and our overnight halt in Shrolta.
- Day 11 Tbilisi
- Leaving the wilds of the Caucasus behind we drive to Tbilisi. After checking into our hotel we'll take a sightseeing tour of this fascinating capital and take dinner tonight in a traditional Georgian restaurant complete with a folk show.
- Day 12 Depart Tbilisi
- Flights departing Tbilisi arrive back in the UK today.
- 'At a Glance' trip features : Horse riding, walking, historical sightseeing, culture, traditional cuisines, travel, world's longest aerial tram-way
- Trip Code: ACAG
- Physical Grade: B Moderate Maximum altitude 3200m
- Adventure Grade: C
- Group Size (Min - Max) : 6 - 12
- Accommodation : Hotel 6 nights, Guest Houses 4 nights, Home-Stay 1 night
- Meals : All meals included
- Overseas joining and Departure point : Join Yerevan, Depart Tbilisi