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Georgia & Armenia

from £2535
Discover mountains, cities and unique culture on the dividing line between Europe and Asia.

Guided Walking Holidays Georgia & Armenia

The chant of monks reverberates around the bare stone walls of the monastery and seems 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. Experience this journey with Ramblers Walking Holidays. 

We start in Georgia at Tbilisi, its beguiling capital. Your local 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 Mount Kazbeg at over 5,000m. Early season will offer spectacular meadows of wild flowers, some exotic, some familiar. 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 Armenian 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. We plan to walk at Kari Lich (3,200m) surrounded by alpine peaks. Fortunately we walk down from here to the Amberd Fortress!

Holiday Highlights

  • Discover Echmiadzin, the Vatican of the Armenia church.
  • Admire Mount Kazbeg, standing at over 5000m.
  • See spectacular architecture; sacred and secular.
  • Enjoy fields of wild flowers in the early season.
The holiday inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What's included in this holiday Items that are covered in the cost of holiday price.

      Return flights Heathrow to Tbilisi via Istanbul (Turkish Airlines)
      Airport transfers.
      Excellent standard en suite accommodation with full board.
      Dinners in hotels .
      Local English speaking guides throughout.
      All local transport costs. 
      All entrance fees to sites described in the itinerary
Whats not included in this holiday Items that are not covered in the cost of holiday price.

  • Entrance fees to some museums and historic buildings (unless otherwise specified)
  • Personal expenses (such as your bar bill)
  • Discretionary tips
  • Optional excursions
  • Insurance
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Please see Holiday Information Sheet for this holidays individual departures itinerary (located under View Departures & Book tab)

Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the outlined itinerary and advertised program, local conditions can change due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. This may mean that routes and timings need to be amended or the order of days may change, sometimes at short notice.

This departure: Grade 5/SS

  1. Day 1

    We fly to Tbilisi via Istanbul; two in-flight meals are provided. We arrive in the early hours of Day 2.

  2. Day 2

    We transfer to our central hotel and go immediately to our rooms. After a late breakfast we start the holiday with a  morning's walking tour of this impressive city led by our Georgian National Guide. After lunch in a city restaurant we visit the National Museum and have a guided tour of the ‘Golden Treasures of Georgia’. After dinner, we might have a short stroll to see Tbilisi at night.

  3. Day 3

    After breakfast we head north out of the city to the mountains and the UNESCO listed town of Mtskheta. We will visit the visit the 11th C. cathedral. This afternoon we walk above the impressive Khada Gorge amongst mountain peaks and open meadows where wild flowers are abundant early season. 6.2km (3.8 miles), 150m ascent, 350m descent.

  4. Day 4

    Today we walk to Gergeti Church perched high above the hotel to enjoy the classic view of Mt Kazbegi. At just  over 5,000m it is the third highest peak in Georgia  and the seventh highest in the Caucasus. Lunch is at a local house and the afternoon is free for you to relax. 10km (6.2 miles), 500m ascent & descent.

  5. Day 5

    Today we drive out into the Chaukhi mountains for a gentle walk through beautiful scenery. We will have a picnic lunch on the walk. 4hrs, 200m ascent & descent. We then continue down the Georgian military highway back to Tbilisi for dinner and overnight stay.

  6. Day 6

    Today is a more relaxed day. We drive east to the Kakheti wine region and take a walk around the walled town of Sighnaghi We visit a local wine producer to see the ancient methods of wine production still in use after 6000 years and we can taste the local wines. Both Georgia and Armenia claim to be the historic home of wine making. Today is a good day to hear Georgian arguments to support their case. Later we return to Tbilisi for a traditional Georgian farewell dinner.

  7. Day 7

    We drive south to the Armenian border. After the formalities we continue to the UNESCO listed Byzantine monasteries of Haghpat and Sanahin, with their ancient Cross Stones and massive arched construction. They are on either side of a ravine about 3 km apart as the crow flies. We can walk between the two. 7.5km (4.7 miles), 250m ascent and 200m descent; with one quite steep section. We stay the night at the Dzoraget Hotel next to the rushing waters of the Debed river.

  8. Day 8

    Today we walk on good tracks, high on the sides of the Debed canyon, an impressive ‘Rift Valley’. We will walk from Odzun with is reconstructed church to the  half ruined Horomyr Monastery, and finally to Kobayr monastery where can still be seen some spectacular frescos in the roofless shell. 9.7km (6 miles), 200m ascent, 450m descent. We can visit a local honey farm for a chance to taste some of the produce. We have dinner and overnight in the hotel in Dzoraget.

  9. Day 9

    We drive by the enormous freshwater Lake Sevan beautifully situated at 6000ft above sea level. On the shores we will reach Noratus with the field of Khachkars (Cross stones) and continue up to the Selim Pass on the former Silk Road, the trade route from Asia to Europe. At the pass we can visit a caravanserai (roadside restaurant and lodging) dating back to 1332. After lunch we will visit Noravank Monastery at the far end of a spectacular red canyon. Later we may have views of Mount Ararat as we head for our hotel in the centre of Yerevan.

  10. Day 10

    Today we take mini bus’s to Mount Aragats and we start our walk from Kari Lich Lake. The lake is at 3,200m and will be the highest point we will reach on this holiday. We descend from the lake, across open moorland on good tracks to the castle ruins of Amberd Fortress. On the way we may see the nomadic Yazidi sheep herders in their summer pastures. 16km (10 miles), 100m ascent, 1200m descent. We drive back to Yerevan for dinner.

  11. Day 11

    We start with a walking tour of central Yerevan visiting an unusual art gallery and a museum of illuminated scripts.  We then head out to Echmiadzin Cathedral. This is the headquarters of the Armenian Apostolic Church, serving a similar purpose as the Vatican City does for Catholics. There is an opportunity to visit the museum of Armenian Genocide. We finish with a visit to the Yerevan Brandy factory. Apparently Armenian Brandy was Winston Churchill's favourite tipple.

  12. Day 12

    We depart early to visit the spectacularly situated Geghard Monastery, part of which is carved out from solid rock giving the domed church wonderful acoustics. To demonstrate this we will have a chance to hear a quintet singing Armenian sacred music. We have lunch at an outdoor village restaurant at Garni where you will see Armenian bread being prepared and baked in a traditional underground oven. Later we visit a Greek style temple and walk down to the river to see some fascinating basalt rock formations. We return by coach to Yerevan for our final night in the capital. Maybe after dinner we can take a stroll to the main square, join the locals and watch the dancing fountains!

  13. Day 13

    Today we drive back to Lake Sevan for a walk on the peninsular with two ancient churches and memorable views, then we continue to Parz Lich lake for a walk through pine forests and alpine meadows to Goshavank Monastery. 7.9km (4.9 miles), 200m ascent / 400m descent. We head for our Dzoraget hotel stopping for a short walk through the farmland of the Molokan minority community. They were banished from Russia in the 19th C and their lifestyle is something akin to the Amish in America (we might even be invited in for tea).

  14. Day 14

    We finish our visit with a leisurely late morning drive across the border into Georgia to catch our flight from Tbilisi back to the UK.

Travel Details

  • Arrival transfer by road (c1hr).
  • Flights:Heathrow-Tbilisi via Istanbul (c6hrs 30mins), Turkish Airlines.
  • We can offer regional flight options but due to the location and travelling time to our resort we operate just one transfer coach between the airport and our hotel to coincide with our main group. This may mean that there is a wait at the overseas airport in one or both directions.

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Our Accommodation on this holiday

Below is the accommodation featured on this holiday. If you are on a multi-centre holiday, these are highlights of the places where we stay. Please refer to your Holiday Information sheet (which can be found under View Departures & Book), for your departure date and for all your accommodation details.

Hotel Rooms Kazbegi

In Stepantsminda, the Hotel Rooms Kazbegi was once a Soviet resort hotel, but has been given a remarkable makeover to produce a very stylish and up-market mountain retreat. Contemporary rooms, a long outside terrace with views of Mt. Kazbegi and a superb restaurant makes this a very popular destination. It is great fun to try to visualise the austere building from a former era which must lie underneath the transformation.

Tufenkian Heritage Hotel

In Yerevan we have high luxury in the centre of town. We stay in a the flagship hotel of the Tufenkian brand. The brand is renowned for its use of local Armenian crafts in the decoration of the hotel, particularly local weaving and carpet making. the hotel has a swimming pool and offers great views over Yerevan from the roof.

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