AZ1 The Caucasus

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TOUR HIGHLIGHTS:

Cosmopolitan Yerevan: City tour; Major Armenian Christian sites; Spectacular views of Mt Ararat (weather permitting); Tbilisi: City Tour & Mtskhetai, ancient capital; Travelling the Georgian Military Highway to the high Caucasus; Legacies: Russian, Arab, Mongol, early Christian and many more!

Trip Information


Inclusions

Breakfast and dinner (at local restaurants and hotels) are included daily. All transport, accommodation, sightseeing and entrance fees for sites noted as 'visited' in the detailed itinerary. Gratuities for drivers, restaurant staff, porters, local guides. Airport transfers for land & air customers and for early arriving / late departing land & air customers who book their extra hotel nights through us.

Exclusions

Tour Leader gratuities, lunches, drinks, personal items (phone, laundry, etc), international (if applicable) air taxes, visa fees, and any excursions referenced as 'optional'. Airport transfers for Land Only customers. Optional trip cancellation insurance. Our post-reservation trip notes offer further guidance on shopping, not included meals, visas and locally paid departure taxes.

Seasonality and Weather

We visit the area in spring and autumn when the temperature should not fall below 5 C (40 F) at night in most locations and climb rise to between 20 and 30 C (69 - 86 F) during the day. We may experience more extreme conditions in the Caucasus (northern Georgia), and conditions in the mountains can be changeable and temperatures approaching freezing. We should have sunny weather most of the time, but showers are possible, especially in the mountains. Spring is also favourable for greener landscapes.

Transport and Travel Conditions

Ground transport will be via bus, 24-32 seater, with air conditioning, though this should not be terribly necessary at the times we run this tour. The tour is not strenuous though it is busy; you must be steady on your feet and be able to endure some long days. We have numerous walking tours and visit several sites that are LARGE with steps and uneven surfaces. Porters may be available at hotels but you must be able to manage with your baggage.

Accommodation

Hotels are comfortable, well-located, air-conditioned, 3-4 star properties with en suite bath / toilet. Hotel in Sheki is an unrated, heritage property. Single rooms are limited and possibly smaller than twins. In more remote locations hotels are of a simpler standard. Porters are generally available (see 'Inclusions').

Staff and Support

Tour Leader throughout, local step-on guides, local drivers.

Group Size

10-21 (plus Tour Leader & guide)