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Escorted Tours

Treasures of Georgia and Armenia including

Istanbul City Stay


Route:
  • UK
  • Tbilisi
  • Dilijan
  • Yerevan
  • Tbilisi
  • Istanbul
  • UK

3 NIGHTS from £199pp

Tour Highlights
  • Enjoy a stay in the unique Turkish city, Istanbul
  • Enjoy a city tour of Tbilisi, Yerevan and Mtskheta
  • Marvel at the UNESCO-world heritage site of Haghpat Monastery
  • Step back in time exploring the traditional old town of Dilijan, the little Switzerland of Armenia
  • Breathtaking vistas at the enchanting Lake Sevan
  • Visit the Yerevan Brandy Factory and enjoy a tasting
  • Admire views of Mount Aragats at the ancient ruins of Amberd Fortress
  • Uncover majestic splendour at Svetitskhoveli Cathedral where the Robe of Christ is buried

Extension from £199pp

Tour + Extension from £1898pp

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Istanbul City Stay

Situated with one foot in Europe and one in Asia, Istanbul is a fascinating mixing pot of cultures, sounds and experiences. Explore this enigmatic city for yourself during this extension.

Tour Itinerary

1
UK to Tbilisi, Georgia

Depart London on your scheduled overnight flight to Tbilisi via Istanbul.

2
Tbilisi

Upon arrival into Tbilisi, spend an afternoon at leisure, followed by a welcome dinner at a local restaurant.

  • Dinner
3
Tbilisi

Beginning in the old district, take a walking tour of this picturesque capital city; weave through narrow streets of cobbled stone, marvelling at an array of striking buildings that decorate the skyline, an eclectic mix of Byzantine, Persian and Soviet architecture. Observe the splendid Metekhi Church - a symbol of the country's Orthodox Christian heritage, whose excellent hilltop vantage point offers incredible views of the Mtkvari river and Old Tbilisi. A host of incredible sights which epitomise the charm of this city follows: take a cable car ride to the imposing Narikala Fortress, delve into Georgia's historical past at the National Museum, discover The Leaning Clock Tower's fairytale-like facade, and walk along the Bridge of Peace.

  • Breakfast
4
Tbilisi to Dilijan, Armenia

Journey to Sadakhlo and upon arrival into Armenia, a scenic drive leads to the UNESCO Heritage Site, Haghpat monastery; dating back to the 10th century, this bold landmark is one of the major masterpieces of medieval Armenian architecture, nestled amongst mountains strewn with lush green vegetation. Before arriving at Dilijan, stopover at the potter's house and get acquainted with his stylish works. Next, learn about the customs and traditions of the Molokan people - the 'milk drinkers' of the Spiritual Christianity faith that emerged from the Russian Empire, and savour delicious pancakes, whilst sipping a refreshing cup of tea, traditionally brewed in a Russian samovar teapot.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
5
Dilijan to Yerevan

This morning, drive along the winding roads of the mountainous paradise that is Dilijan. Step back in time with a trip to the old town, admiring traditional Armenian architecture that decorates the renowned Sharambayen street. Next, be at one with nature at the enchanting Lake Sevan, affectionately known as the 'blue eyed beauty', making sure to climb the stairs of Monastery Sevanavank for breath-taking views of the lake and surrounding alpine mountains. From here, continue onto Kotayk to explore the astonishing Geghard Monastery, a 12th century solid stone construction, partially carved out of a mountain, before travelling to the Garni Pagan Temple, a rare example of Greco-Roman architecture. Later, try your hand at a Lavash bread-making master class, not missing the chance to take lunch in a local house, revelling in a tasting of this traditional dish.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
6
Yerevan

Set off on a tour of Armenia's incredible capital city, Yerevan, firstly experiencing a lively ambience from the cultural hub of the city at the remarkable Republic Square. Next, stroll down Abovyan Street to feel a part of local life, before a poignant class at the Armenian Genocide Museum which pays homage to the several victims of the 1915 genocide. Make your way to the Cafesjian Centre of Art complex and witness a fantastic collection of contemporary art from acrossthe world within the Yerevan Cascade, and later, head to the striking Matenadaran Museum and Scientific Institute, the home of a staggering 20,000 manuscripts and numerous scientific Armenian treasures. Observe a wonderful array of traditional carpet designs as you replenish with lunch at the tremendous Megerian carpet factory, before your final excursion of today leads to the exceptional History Museum of Armenia.

  • Breakfast & Lunch
7
Yerevan

Travel to the southern part of the capital to revel in the unparalleled beauty of the Khor Virap monastery. Located near the stunning snow-peaked Mount Ararat, Khor Virap is Armenia's most sacred monastery and the perennial place of pilgrimage for Armenians. Return to Yerevan to discover another emphatic cultural landmark, the alluring Etchmiadzin Cathedral - the 'mother church' of the Armenian Apostolic Church. Considered the oldest cathedral in the world, it was originally built in the early 4th century and to this day, it remains a hugely significant part of Armenia's Catholic history. Go on to visit the Yerevan Brandy Factory to sample Winston Churchill's favourite tipple and learn about the history of this enticing beverage.

  • Breakfast & Lunch
8
Yerevan to Tbilisi

Before heading back to Georgia, make a stopover at the picturesque highlands north of Yerevan, where the ancient ruins of Amberd Fortress are located. At an altitude of 2300m above sea level, marvel at the incredible views of the surrounding mountains that further encapsulates the charm of this iconic landmark. Next, enjoy lunch at the quaint Perch Proshian House Museum before arriving back at your hotel in Tbilisi.

  • Breakfast & Lunch
9
Tbilisi

Enjoy the famed hospitality of the Kakheti region, a natural haven renowned for its incredible wine production, whose landscapes are decorated with lush vineyards; travel to the easternmost part of Kakheti for a trip to Sighnaghi, taking in the stunning views of Alazani Valley and Caucasus Mountains. Later, sit down to a lunch hosted by a local family and enjoy a masterclass in the production of the delicious Churchkhela Georgian sweets - a traditional candle-shaped fruit candy, and a trip to Sighnaghi would not be complete without some wine-tasting to sample Georgia's finest wines. Head to the Gremi complex, the once lively trading town on the Silk Road and conclude today by taking an enchanting stroll through the stunning gardens of the Duke Alexandre Chavchavadze Palace.

  • Breakfast & Lunch
10
Tbilisi to Stepantsminda

Drive north of Tbilisi for an unmissable tour of Mtskheta - the ancient capital of Georgia, to see two of its most prominent UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Bask at the majestic splendour of Svetitskhoveli Cathedral - an 11th century construction where the Robe of Christ is buried, before ascending to the 6th century Jvari Monastery to absorb the breath-taking backdrop of the Mtkvari and Argavi rivers that curl around the base of the neighbouring mountains. From here, visit the Stalin Museum in the town of Gori and drive up the famous Georgian military highway that connects Georgia with Russia. Make a stop at the Ananuri architectural complex to view the 'conjoined castles', before a wonderful scenic drive leads to the high Caucasus mountains.

  • Breakfast & Dinner
11
Stepantsminda

A morning trip to the secluded swathe of rolling verdant hills in Gergetis Sameba follows breakfast. The visual feast of exquisite natural beauty continues with a winding drive through spectacular snow valleys on the way to the village of Juta - one of the highest in

  • Breakfast & Dinner
12
Stepantsminda to UK, via Tbilisi

After breakfast drive to Tbilisi for your airport transfer and return flight.

  • Breakfast
13
Tbilisi to Istanbul

Travel to Istanbul to start your extension.

14
Istanbul

Spend your day at leisure.

  • Breakfast
15
Istanbul

Spend your day at leisure.

  • Breakfast
16
Istanbul to the UK

Transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK.

  • Breakfast

Important Information

Insurance

We strongly recommend that you and all members of your party are suitably insured as soon as you book your holiday. It is a condition of booking that you must have suitable travel insurance. It is important that you purchase travel insurance that suitably covers your participation in whatever activities you may undertake at the time that you make your booking. To assist you with this, we have arranged travel insurance in partnership with Holiday Extras. To arrange your travel insurance with Holiday Extras, please call 0800 781 4237 and quote 'WK830' for preferential rates. Please ensure you provide us with the name of your insurer, policy number and their 24-hour emergency contact number as soon as possible. Mercury Holidays will not be liable for any costs incurred by you due to your failure to take out suitable travel insurance from the date of booking.

Payment

If booking more than 10 weeks before departure a deposit of £49pp will need to be paid at the time of booking with the full amount payable at 10 weeks prior to departure. The deposit applies to adults and children. If you are within 10 weeks of travel then the full balance of the holiday will be payable.

Health and Vaccinations

It is your responsibility to check any health and vaccination requirements applicable to your booked arrangements. We can only provide general information about this. Health and hygiene facilities and disease risks vary from country to country. You should take health advice about your own needs as early as possible and in good time before your departure. Sources of information include; www.fco.gov.uk, http://travelhealthpro.org.uk/, www.hpa.org.uk, your General Practitioner or a specialist clinic.

Physical Accessibility

This tour is accessible to most people with an average level of fitness. It involves some climbing of steep steps, and getting on and off boats. This tour is not suitable for anyone with walking difficulties.

Group Size

The minimum number of travellers in your group will be 10, and the maximum will be 40. If in the unlikely event there are less than 10 people booked on your tour date, we will endeavour to reduce any disruption to your holiday and try to operate your tour with lower passenger numbers. If we are not able to operate your departure date then you may be asked to change to a different date and a full refund will be made available to you should this alternative not be suitable.

Tour Dates & Prices

Depart UKArrive UKExtension PriceTour PriceTotal PriceBook Now
Ilkay Hotel
21 Apr 202005 May 2020£199£1699£1898Book Now
12 May 202026 May 2020£199£1799£1998Book Now
02 Jun 202016 Jun 2020£199£1799£1998Book Now
30 Jun 202014 Jul 2020£199£1899£2098Book Now
08 Sep 202022 Sep 2020£199£1799£1998Book Now
22 Sep 202006 Oct 2020£199£1799£1998Book Now
13 Oct 202027 Oct 2020£199£1699£1898Book Now
Hotel Lalahan Istanbul
21 Apr 202005 May 2020£279£1699£1978Book Now
12 May 202026 May 2020£279£1799£2078Book Now
02 Jun 202016 Jun 2020£279£1799£2078Book Now
30 Jun 202014 Jul 2020£279£1899£2178Book Now
08 Sep 202022 Sep 2020£279£1799£2078Book Now
22 Sep 202006 Oct 2020£279£1799£2078Book Now
13 Oct 202027 Oct 2020£279£1699£1978Book Now

Included in the Price

  • Fully Escorted Tour with local English Speaking Guides throughout
  • Scheduled Flights from the UK.
  • All internal travel including air-conditioned/heated transportation.
  • Accommodation, meals as specified and entry fees to all sights.
  • All airport taxes and security charges.

Additional Expenses

  • Visas
  • Insurance
  • Tips
  • Any meals not specified in your itinerary

What to expect

Fact File
Currency

Georgian lari

Average Flying time

5 hours

Min/Max temperature

6 °C / 13 °C

When to go

Please see the weather charts below

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