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The Raucous Caucasus

Departing: Tbilisi - 12 days
Countries visited: Georgia and Armenia

From cobblestone covered streets to vast valleys and views you can only dream of, the Caucasus are truly off the beaten track. A long history of wine making mixed with a more than healthy interest in wrestling, you can see why this journey really is 'The Raucous Caucasus'! As the world's oldest Christian country and the birthplace of one of the 20th Centuries most infamous dictators, the Caucasus have never been far from history's headlines. Come see where Capitalism clashed with communism, east meets west and modernity overrides ancient tradition all in a wine fuelled hedonistic adventure.

  

 

Itinerary

Day 1 - Arrive in Tbilisi Georgia and meet your fellow travellers. 
Day 2 - Explore the old town, ride the cable car to Narikala Fortress and get your first taste of the famous Georgian food and hospitality.
Day 3 - Travel the Georgian Military Highway deep into the Caucasus Mountains and walk to Gergeti Trinity Church (2170m).
Day 4 - Down from the mountains and into the valleys & vineyards of the Kakheti region. Take a chance to see and taste traditional Georgian wine. 
Day 5 - Explore the Kakheti region and the beautiful hilltop town of Sighnaghi. 
Day 6 - Discover the ancient Silk Road cave town of Uplistsikhe, Stalin's birthplace, the spa town of Borjomi and Rabati Fortress.
Day 7 - Step back in time as you explore the medieval cave monastery complex of Vardzia once home to 50,000 people. Then across the border to Armenia, and to Yerevan. 
Day 8 - Enjoy this city of fine boulevards and cafes, or discover the remarkable UNESCO World Heritage sites close by.
Day 9 - We journey south enjoying stunning views of Mt Ararat, ancient mountain top monasteries and mysterious stone formations. 
Day 10 - Time to enjoy a walk in the hills or ride the world's longest cable car (5.7km) to Tatev Monastery. 
Day 11 - Return to Yerevan by way of the Selim Pass, Silk Road caravanserai and Lake Sevan. 
Day 12 - Yerevan - Your Raucous Caucasus journey concludes. 

 

Essentials

Inclusions
Visa support for pre-booked services

Services of Vodkatrain Honchos throughout your journey.  

Accommodation on a share basis in a mixture of hostels and guesthouses (twin/triple or dorm rooms, private facilities are not guaranteed)

Bus/Minibus Transport. Vehicle type dependent on group size.

All departure and arrival transfers en-route. Please note: Arrival transfer on Day 1 and departure transfer at the end of your itinerary are not included. Please see the ‘Extra Stuff’ section for details on booking these services.

Extra stuff

Linger a little longer. Pre and Post tour accommodation including visa support… stay as long as you like.

Get me to the airport on time. Take the hassle out of arriving and departing… splurge on a transfer.