Discover the treasures of two of the Caucasus republics on this private tour, from the fashionable boulevards of Yerevan to the winding alleyways of Tbilisi’s Old Town. Travel past towering mountain ranges and through fertile valleys where the relics of early Christianity watch over the timeless landscape. Taste delicious Georgian wines and uncover a fascinating social history spanning over 2,000 years from early pagan worshipers to 20th century Soviet leaders.
Take an overnight flight to Tbilisi.
Arrive in Tbilisi. Explore the old town in the afternoon before taking the Aerial Tramway to the Narikala Fortress for views over the town. (B,L)
Explore the city at your leisure. Perhaps tour the museums or visit the central market. (B)
Head to the Kakheti region, Georgia's wine country. Visit the local farmers' market and historic Tsinandali Palace estate before driving to the walled city of Sighnaghi to enjoy lunch, wine tasting and a trip to St Nino at Bodbe Nunnery. (B,L)
Set off towards the Armenian border. In Lori Province, discover Akhtala Monastery before visiting UNESCO-listed Haghpat and 10th-century Sanahin Monastery. (B,L)
Make your way to Odzun Church, which dates from the 5th to 7th century and is home to one of Armenia's finest basilicas. Visit a stone carver's studio in Vanadzor, walk Dijilan's museum street of well-preserved 19th-century homes and explore beautiful Goshavank Monastery. (B,L,D)
Visit Sevanavank Monastery at Lake Sevan. Drive over 2,410-metre Selim Pass and stop at well-preserved Selim Caravanserai. This caravanserai dates from the 14th century and is an astonishing window into the past, especially the time of the Silk Road. Move on to Areni for wine tasting and then visit iconic Khor Virap Monastery, set against the stunning backdrop of soaring mountain. (B,L)
This morning, tour Yerevan, with stops including Republic Square and Freedom Square, Victory Park, the Mother Armenia Statue, Shahumyan Park and the Children's Park. (B,L)
Take a day trip to the 13th-century Geghard cave monastery and restored Garni Temple. Back in Yerevan, visit the Armenian Genocide Museum and Memorial Complex - a sombre experience that will help you gain a deeper understanding of the history and struggles of the country. (B,L)
Travel to Etchmiadzin to see the cathedral. This is the religious centre of Armenia. Visit the UNESCO-listed medieval ruins of Zvartnots and Saint Hripsime Church. In Gyumri, explore the town square and Sev Berd, a Russian imperial fortress. Lastly, head to the stunning 10th-century Marmashen Monastery. (B,L)
Drive to the Georgian border and stop to explore Vardzia and Khertvisi en route to Akhaltsikhe. This afternoon, visit Rabati Castle and explore the city independently. (B)
On the way to Kazbegi, choose to visit either the Stalin Museum or the cave city of Uplistsikhe. Enter the Caucasus Mountains near the Russian border and reach Kazbegi. (B,L)
Spend today exploring the local area. Take a tour of the small town of Kazbegi before hiking or taking a 4x4 to Gergeti Holy Trinity Church. Join a local family for lunch and hike to Gveleti Waterfall. (B,L)
Return to Tbilisi, stopping at the Ananauri churches complex. In Mtskheta, the religious capital of Georgia, explore the Cathedral of Svetitskhoveli, Samtarvo Monastery and Jvari Church. (B,L)
Transfer to the airport for the flight home to the UK. (B)