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RCTY - The Raucous Caucasus

Encounter a welcoming land of mountains and monasteries. Cradled by the Caucasus Mountains, Georgia and Armenia present a timeless allure amidst spectacular landscapes. Experience warm hospitality in quaint towns and cosmopolitan cities. Enjoy the region's exuberance for all things food and wine. Experience the great outdoors, hiking to isolated monasteries clad in 4th century stonework.

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Group size
Accommodation nights
Tickets and transfers
Sightseeing
Expertise
Tour Provider Vodkatrain
Number of Days
12
Price From
AUD $1,920
Start Location
Tbilisi, Georgia
End Location
Yerevan, Georgia
Age Range
18 to 35
Group Size
1 to 15
Tour Style
Basic
Tour Themes
Adventure, Young Adventurer (18-39)
Physical Rating
Moderate to Challenging
Tour departure dates
StartEndAvailabilityPrice
13 Aug 201824 Aug 2018guaranteedAUD $1,920
15 Jul 201926 Jul 2019availableAUD $2,025
12 Aug 201923 Aug 2019availableAUD $2,025
Itinerary
Days 1-2: Tbilisi
Explore the old town, ride the cable car to Narikala fortress and get your first taste of the famous Georgian food and hospitality. Tbilisi is a liberal, welcoming, cosmopolitan city dishing up great food, lively culture, fascinating history and stunning architecture including a few Soviet leftovers and a sprinkling of modern architecture.
Day 3: Kakheti region
Explore the beautiful hilltop town of Sighnaghi and walk its fortress walls. Down from the mountains and into the valleys and vineyards of the Kakheti region. Take a chance to see and taste traditional Georgian wine. Spend the night in Telavi.
Day 4: Gergeti Trinity Church and Gudauri
Travel the Georgian Military Highway deep into the Caucasus Mountains and make the walk up to Gergeti Trinity Church (2170m) before continuing to the mountain resort of Gudauri.
Day 5: Return to Tbilisi
Descending from the mountains, we return to Tbilisi. Soak in the atmosphere of Rustaveli Avenue and listen to some of the local buskers. Sample some of the region's beers on offer at the Kazbegi Brewery by the Mtkvari River
Day 6: Gori and Borjomi
Discover Gori, the birthplace of Russian dictator Joseph Stalin, before we continue to the ancient Silk Road cave town of Uplistsikhe. Spend the night in Borjomi, an emerald land famous for its mineral water spouting from the springs of Borjomi gorge.
Days 7-8: Welcome to Armenia
Step back in time as you explore the medieval cave monastery complex of Vardzia that is etched into the rocks and cliffs and once home to 50,000 people. Cross the border into Armenia and continue to its capital Yerevan.Enjoy this laid-back city of fine boulevards, European caf culture and buzzing nightlife. Discover the remarkable UNESCO Heritage sites close by. For great city views make your way to the Cascade - a huge white staircase built into the hills.
Days 9-10: Goris
Travel south, taking in stunning views of Mt Ararat, ancient mountaintop monasteries and mysterious stone formations. Arrive in Goris and enjoy a walk in the hills or ride the world's longest cable car (5.7km) to Tatev Monastery.
Days 11-12: To Yerevan via Lake Sevan
Travel through the Selim Pass (2410m) and the Silk Road Caravanserai. Visit Lake Sevan, set 1900m above sea level, one of the largest freshwater high-altitude lakes in the world and home to the picturesque lakeside Sevanavank Monastery.Enjoy your last day in Armenia's capital before you Raucous Caucasus adventure has come to an end.

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