Day 1 : Arrival
Arrive into Yerevan where you will be met by a Travel The Unknown representative and transferred to your hotel. Overnight in Yerevan.
Overnight in Republica Hotel Yerevan, Yerevan
Meal plan: n/a
Discover the rich history of Armenia and Georgia as you journey across the stunning landscapes of these two fascinating countries, exploring the abundance of medieval fortresses and spectacular churches and monasteries. Experience Armenia’s warm hospitality as you begin your tour in the capital of Yerevan before visiting UNESCO-listed sites, from Etchmiadzin Cathedral to Zvartnotz Temple. Uncover Armenia's traditions as you learn how to make authentic Armenian dishes and sample award-winning brandy in Ararat Brandy Factory. Continue to the wonderful rock formations at Garni and observe the beautiful views from Sevanavank Monastery over Lake Sevan before crossing over into Georgia. Wander the narrow streets of Tbilisi’s Old Town, visit a traditional Georgian wine cellar in Kakheti and taste “Kakhetian” wines at Kindzmarauli Wine Factory. Explore the magnificent Svetitskhoveli Cathedral and the ancient cave towns of Uplistikhe and Vardzia before learning about Georgia’s Soviet history in Gori's Stalin Museum. Finally, travel up to the stunning Caucasus Mountains and marvel at the spectacular natural beauty this wonderful region has to offer.
Yerevan - Garni - Tbilisi - Lake Sevan - Sighnaghi - Velistsikhe - Kvareli - Mtskheta - Uplistsikhe - Borjomi - Gori - Vardzia - Rabati Castle - Kazbegi
Explore the rich and mystic religious culture of Armenia
Discover Armenia's abundant and varied bird species
A Taste of Armenia's rich culinary heritage
Learn about the unique ancient script of Armenia
Charms & contradictions of Azerbaijan, Georgia & Armenia
Journey through the rich history of Armenia & Georgia
Three small countries. All neighbours. All totally different.
Archaeology laid bare on Europe's balcony.
Ancient monasteries, traditional cuisine & stunning landscapes
Irwin Drangel & Linda Schain , Tailor-made Caucasus and Soviet Fringes
We asked Travel the Unknown to come up with an unusual trip to 6 counties of the Caucasus and the ex-Soviet Union countries. They did so in a tour that flowed seamlessly the whole 38 days. The most impressive part was when Ukrainian Airlines cancelled our connecting flights from Kiev to Minsk, for 2 consecutive days. We contacted Travel The Unknown that morning and asked them to arrange an overnight train with a sleeping compartment. When arrived in Kiev, we were met at the airport, driven to the train station where tickets where waiting for us. They arranged for our pickup at the station in Minsk, as we left the train, and we went on our planned tours without losing a minute. That is what I call great service!
Pam Bowers & John Simpson , Best of the Caucasus
We had a fantastic time on our Best of the Caucasus tour. We loved eating with the families in Georgia and visiting the Molovan family in Armenia, definitely highlights of the trip. Our Georgian guide in particular was the best you could possibly have, giving a true insight into the country. He should be recommended for an award!
Margaret Small , Best of the Caucasus
Loved the Caucasus with Travel the Unknown. I learnt of their ancient history and the current geopolitical significance of the cross roads between West and East. Another first class trip from Travel the Unknown with extremely knowledgeable guides and great hotels.