Tbilisi, Kazbegi, Dzoraget, Yerevan
History & Culture, Off the Beaten
The former Soviet states, Georgia and Armenia are part of the Caucasus, at intersection of Europe and Asia, making them the crossroads of cultures and trades. Georgia proudly holds the distinction of being the world’s most ancient culture to embrace wine-drinking, while Armenia stands as the first Christian nation adorned with unspoiled, charming churches. The breathtaking beauty of the Kazbegi Mountains is bound to leave you in awe.
Intriq Finesse has curated several special experiences for a memorable Caucasus journey. Opportunity to dine with Georgia’s ex-President at his private rancho, wine tasting and lunch at the historic Chateau Mukhrani, and delve into history of USSR dictator Stalin through a private lecture by historian in Stalin Museum are just a few to name.
Twin Sharing: HKD 67,380
Single Supplement: HKD 10,360
Early Bird Offer
First four bookings with deposit will get complimentary upgrade to Signature Mountain View Room in Rooms Hotel Kazbegi for two nights and Suite Room in Tufenkian Avan Dzoraget Hotel for one night (both hotels limit to four rooms).
20% deposit at booking
*Registration Closing Date
14 Jan 2024 or when tour is fully subscribed
Tbilisi Walking Tour
Arrive in Tbilisi, the capital of Georgia. Destroyed and rebuilt nearly 30 times, today it is one of the liveliest cosmopolitan cities in the Caucasus.
The Georgian capital is endowed with Eastern Orthodox churches, ornate art nouveau buildings and Soviet Modernist structures. Start exploring the city by visiting the Simon Janashia Museum of Georgia, Metekhi Church of the Virgin, and Sioni Cathedral.
This morning, visit the charming 7th century Jvari Monastery. Listed in the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Jvari Monastery represents a rare case of an Early Medieval Georgian church that has survived to the present day almost unchanged. It is stunningly located on a cliff overlooking the confluence of the Mtkvari and Aragvi rivers.
Lunch at Chateau Mukhrani
An iconic part of the Georgian history, Chateau Mukhrani was once an ancestral home to Prince Ivane Mukhranbatoni of the Georgian royal family Bagrationi. The compound has cellars, French garden, and pristine vineyards. Enjoy wine tasting and lunch at this historic chateau.
Gori & Uplistsikhe Cave City
Your journey continues to Gori. Joseph Stalin, the Soviet leader, was born here in 1879. He spent his childhood years in the city and later (1888-94) studied at its theological seminary. The small house where Stalin was born is preserved under a canopy outside the huge columned palace-like building that houses the Stalin Museum. A private lecture by a historian awaits you to uncover the stories behind Stalin.
Thereafter, visit the cave city of Uplistsikhe, which dates back to the 6th century BC and is first mentioned in the chronicles of the 1st century AD. Carved into rocky plateau we find huge echoing halls, meandering corridor-streets, chambers for pagan worship and even the remains of Georgia’s oldest theatre, complete with auditorium, stage and orchestra pit. Like the other cave-towns of Georgia, it is rooted in the prehistoric traditions of the peoples of the Near East.
After breakfast, head to Mtshketa, the ancient capital of eastern Georgia and known as one of the world’s oldest continuously inhabited cities. Visit Svetitskhoveli Cathedral and Samtavro monastery complex, which are listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Intriq Finesse Collection: Lunch with ex-President of Georgia
We will make a special visit to the private rancho of Mr Giorgi Margvelashvili, who was the fourth President of Georgia from 2013 to 2018, and enjoy the privilege to have a homemade lunch together with the ex-President.
Ananuri Castle & Gudauri Ski Resort
Our journey continues northwards to Kazbegi. Along the way, we will make stops at Ananuri and Gudauri.
From Mtshketa, the journey is about 1 hour to Ananuri. This quaint 16th century fortress complex features exquisitely carved churches by the Aragvi River. Another 1 hour’s drive brings us to Gudauri, Georgia’s top ski resort.
Then, the journey resumes for another 1.5 hour through alpine meadows, mountain passes and medieval watch towers towards Kazbegi.
Walk to Tsminda Sameba Church
Hop onboard a 4WD vehicle and walk up to Tsminda Sameba Church. Perched in a solitary spot high above the village, this is one of Georgia’s most iconic sights!
Rural Charms of Kazbegi
Today, explore the beautiful valleys and villages around Kazbegi. Hop onboard your 4WD to Juta Village, where we will embark on a 2-hour hike towards Chaukhi massive to admire the picturesque landscapes, before hiking downwards for another 2 hours.
Afterwards, explore a local felt master village. Gain insights into the history and technique of sheep wool processing, as well as tasting of different types of herbal teas.
Sanahin & Haghpat Monasteries
From Kazbegi, it is around 226 km or 4.5 hours to the Bagratashen-Sadakhlo Border Crossing point. After your immigration procedure to Armenia, continue 1–hour drive to Sanahin and Haghpat Monastery Complex, both of which are UNESCO World Heritage sites. These monastic complexes represent the highest flowering of Armenian religious architecture, blending elements of Byzantine ecclesiastical architecture and the traditional vernacular architecture of the Caucasian region.
Thereafter, journey about 1 hour to Dzoraget, nestled along the scenic Debed river among forest-covered hills.
Highlights of Lake Sevan
Today, embark on a 1.5–hours journey to the 9th century Sevanavank Monastery, set at a picturesque setting overlooking Lake Sevan. As the second highest freshwater lake in the world, Lake Sevan is often considered as the emerald of Armenia.
Continue 1–hour drive to Noratus. Also known as the cemetery of thousand Kachkars (cross-stones), Noratus is home to the largest cluster of khachkars in Armenia. Subsequently, a further 1.5–hour journey will bring us to Yerevan, the capital city of Armenia.
Visit Khor Virap Monastery
This morning, set out to the famous Khor Virap Monastery. Set against the spectacular view of the biblical Mount Ararat, this is one of the most recognizable landmarks of Armenia.
Holy City of Etchmiadzin
Your journey continues to two UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Visit Etchmiadzin, the seat of the Armenian Apostolic Church and the 7th century Zvartnots ruins.
Yerevan: A Heart-Breaking Past
Thereafter, return to Yerevan and uncover the country’s heart-breaking past at the Memorial Park and Museum of the Armenian Genocide.
Garni Temple & Canyon
After breakfast, visit the pagan Hellenistic Temple of Garni followed by a 1-hour hiking excursion in the picturesque Garni Canyon.
Enjoy lunch at a local house, where you will participate in an Armenian lavash-making ceremony. The preparation of this traditional bread forms an integral part of the Armenian cuisine and has been inscribed in 2014 into UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage list.
Private Acapella at Geghard Monastery
Proceed to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Geghard Monastery, impressively carved out from a mountain. This medieval monastery is known for its beautiful acoustics, which you will get to experience first-hand with a private live acapella performance during visit to the monastery.
Transfer: Hotel to Airport
You would be met and transferred to the airport for your onward journey.
09 - 13 April 2024
Arrival Day in Baku
Upon arrival in Baku, you will be transferred to the hotel.
After lunch, visit one of the country’s oldest oil fields in Absheron Peninsula and the Ateshgah Zoroastrian Fire Temple before returning to Baku.
Old & New City of Baku
Explore the winding alleys of old mosques, caravanserais and overhanging wooden balconies in the Old City of Baku, including the Icheri Sheher which date back to the 15th century, Maiden Tower, Shirvanshah Palace Complex, medieval Market Square and Caravanserai. Visit Synyk Kala Minaret, the city’s oldest building completed in 1093. Continue to the Museum of State Carpet and the Martyr’s Lane.
You will also visit the famous house of the Nobel Brothers at Villa Petrolea and enjoy an exclusive black caviar tasting with champagne at the Nobel Museum, usually not open for the public.
Journey from Baku to Sheki
Get ready to travel back in time to ancient Baku. Visit the rock art engravings of Gobustan (UNESCO). Leaving Baku, we drive 296km over mountainous countryside to Sheki. Enroute, we will make stops at Diri Baba Mausoleum, Shemakha which serves as the former capital of Shirvan Khanate, Djuma Mosque and the royal mausoleum of Yeddi Gumbaz.
Sheki Khan’s Palace, Signaghi & Kakheti Wine Region
Visit the fascinating Sheki Khan’s Palace, a UNESCO world heritage site before we cross the border into Georgia. We will visit the 18th century royal town of Signaghi, surrounded the region’s longest defensive walls with 23 towers, as well as the Bodbe Nunnery.
Next, proceed to the Kakheti wine region, famous as the birthplace of winemaking dating back to 8th century BC with the ancient Qvevri technique still in place today. End the day with wine tasting and delicious local dinner at your Tsinandali hotel.
Transfer from Tsinandali to Tbilisi
Enjoy a leisure morning before driving towards Tbilisi to meet the main group for lunch in a restaurant. The rest of today’s itineraries will be the same as per Day 1 on the main itinerary.
Tbilisi Marriott Hotel • Rooms Hotel Kazbegi • Tufenkian Avan Dzoraget Hotel • The Alexander Yerevan, a Luxury Collection Hotel
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Set high in the Caucasus, this culturally and environmentally designed hotel offers a great view of the most iconic sight of Georgia in Kazbegi as well as all modern comfort and luxury. (Opened: 2012; Rooms: 155)View More
A beautiful heritage hotel nestled along the Debed River, hugged by forest-covered hills and the rocky slope of Caucasus Mountains. (Opened: 2004; Rooms: 54)View More
Introducing an exclusive new address to the city’s developing social landscape, The Alexander is heralded as the first luxury international hotel in the historic center of Yerevan. (Opened year: 2018, Rooms:114)View More
Four Seasons Baku • Marxal Resort & Spa • Radisson Collection Tsinandali Estate
This beaux-arts–style hotel is perched along the waterfront in the heart of central Baku, just steps away from the medieval walls of the Inner City. (Opened: 2011; Rooms: 171)View More
Located on an enigmatic countryside near the Sheki city, picturesque mountains set the stage for this charming contemporary hotel. (Opened: 2016; Rooms: 201)View More
Set on Kakheti wine region, this historic Prince Alexander Chavchavadze’s chateau has been renovated into a modern estate while incorporating wine cellars as respect to the region’s heritage as the cradle of wine civilization. (Opened: 2019; Rooms: 141)View More
13 Apr, Hong Kong – Dubai (EK 381), 00:35 – 05:35
13 Apr, Dubai – Tbilisi (EK 2200), 11:00 – 14:25
21 Apr, Yerevan – Dubai (EK 2207), 12:10 – 15:15
22 Apr, Dubai – Hong Kong (EK 384), 02:50 – 18:05
Registration Closing Date: 14 Jan 2024 or when tour is fully subscribed
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