Below you can find the itinerary of our August 2018 tour to Armenia, Nagorno-Karabakh, Georgia and Abkhazia priced at just £775 (price based on 2 sharing, if travelling alone we can pair you with a member of the group. Single room upgrade available for £195).
There is the option to prefix this tour with an extension to Azerbaijan for £265 running from August 14th until the 17th.
If you are keen to take in all the region has to offer we can also arrange private day tour excursions to the Republic of Nakhchivan on August 13th or 14th if you choose to arrive in Baku early.
14th - 17th August: Azerbaijan extension
Arrive into Baku on the 14th and overnight in the city.
On the 15th we begin with a morning tour of the sights of the city. In the afternoon you have a choice of visiting the fire temple and Yanar dag burning hillside, or we can also arrange special visit to the Naftalan oil baths where you can relax in a warm crude oil bath (Around $40). Overnight in Baku.
On the 16th we will continue on to the Gobustan petroglyphs and nearby mud volcanoes! We will then head on to the city of Ganja to see the sights before staying overnight.
17th August: Tbilisi, Georgia
Today the group for the main tour will arrive in to Tblisi and overnight in the city.
If you have booked on to our Azeri extension we will spend the morning in Ganja before transferring to Tblisi in the afternoon.
18th August: Tbilisi, Georgia
Walking tour in the famous Abanotubani District; home of the sulphuric baths, where we will visit the 12th century Metekhi Church and Narikala Fortress, then take in a panoramic view of the city from the hill where the huge Mother of Georgia statue is located.
19th August: Sukhumi, Abkhazia
After an early breakfast we will board the 08:10 fast train from Tblisi to Zugdidi which is on the border with Abkhazia; arriving around 13:25. We will cross over the border and transfer to Sukhumi arriving in time for dinner followed by an evening at leisure.
20th August: Sukhumi, Abkhazia
After dropping off our passports to be registered with local Ministry of Foreign Affairs, we will head out on a day tour of Sukhumi and its surrounds. Return to the city for dinner and to stay overnight.
21st August: Gori, Georgia
In the morning we will transfer back to Zugdidi and on to Gori, the birthplace of Stalin. We will head to the Stalin Museum where we will have the chance to see the house Stalin was born in, his personal train, as well as a collection of gifts that bear his image. We will then head on to the ancient cave city of Uplistsikhe.
Finally we will transfer to Tbilisi train station to catch the sleeper train to Yerevan, Armenia.
22nd August: Yerevan, Armenia
After arriving into Yerevan we will kick off the day with a morning tour of the city. We'll visit the giant Cascade Monument, giving us a grand view over the city and towards the biblical Mt. Ararat where some believe Noah's Ark was beached after the floods. We'll then go on a short walking tour around the city's main avenues and squares before checking in to our hotel. Afternoon at leisure.
23rd August: Yerevan, Armenia
Today is a free day in Yerevan. Your tour leader can help to arrange excursions out of the city to visit Lake Sevan or spend the day relaxing in the cafe culture of Yerevan.
24th August: Goris, Armenia
In the morning we will head to the Khor Virap Monastery which will provide us our closest view of Mt. Ararat. It is from here that many locals enjoy releasing doves in the hope that they will travel to the mountain, which now lies across the border in Turkey. This monastery is most noted as being the location of Saint Gregory the Illuminator's 13 year long imprisoment for preaching Christianity in Armenia. We will have the chance to descend the 60m ladder down into the pit where he was imprisoned. Sturdy shoes are strongly recommended!
Next we will drive to the famous "Wings of Tatev" cable car which will carry us across a gorge to the impressive Tatev monastery. This is the most famous of all Armenia's monasteries and originally served as a university, featuring such facilities as an early earthquake detection system.
We will stay overnight in the nearby city of Goris which is surrounded by ancient cave dwellings carved into the rock.
25th August: Stepanakert, Nagorno-Karabakh
Today we will cross into Nagorno-Karabakh, locally known as Artsakh. The self declared republic of Nagorno-Karabakh consists of the traditionally Armenian parts of Azerbaijan that are currently locked in a struggle to break-away. The territory has been fought over by Azeri and Armenian backed local forces but now benefits from a long standing period of peace.
After passing through the Berzor Corridor we will arrive in Shoushi, the historic capital of Karabakh and visit the sights before heading on to the modern captial, Stepanakert.
Whilst we are in Nagorno-Karabkh we will make a visit to the ghost city of Agdam which was heavily damaged during the fighting in the region. Due to its proximity to the border with Azerbaijan, please be aware that sometimes permission to visit Agdam can be retracted at very short notice.
Overnight in Stepanakert.
26th August: Yerevan, Armenia
In the morning we will depart Stepanakert after visiting the famous "Grandma and Grandpa" statues. We will now make our way back to Yerevan, stopping in the town of Areni along the way to try the famous local wines.
27th August: Yerevan, Armenia
Today the tour ends.