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GEORGIA AND ARMENIA To find out more visit saga.co.uk/caucasus Caucasus Calling! 13 nights from £2249 Including optional travel insurance or a reduction of £71 if not required§ Solos departures Best seller Your tour includes · UK door-to-door travel service ­ see page 27 · 13 nights in hotels · 33 meals: 13 breakfasts, 11 lunches and 9 dinners Excursions and visit... Tour of eastern Georgia wine regions Visit Signagi Jvari monastery, Svetitskhoveli cathedral and Samtavro convent. Georgian Military Road and Ananuri fortress 4x4 drive Gergeti Trinity church Mokhevian cookery demonstration and lunch Hike to the Gweleti waterfalls Chardakhi winery tour and lunch Sightseeing tour of Tbilisi UNESCO-listed Haghpat Monastery Lake Sevan and Sevanavank monastery Khachkars at Noraduz cemetery Caravanserai of Selim on the Silk Road Karahunge stone circle observatory Tatev Monastery by world's longest cable car ride Excavation of 6100 years old Areni winery Noravank monastery Khor Virap Monastery near Mount Ararat Echmiadzin the world's oldest cathedral Zvartnots Cathedral ruins Cookery masterclass and traditional lunch Tour of Yerevan The pagan Temple of Garni Garni Gorge `Symphony of Stones' Cooking traditional lunch with a family Visit to Ararat Brandy Factory l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l Explore the Caucasus countries of Georgia and Armenia. Contrast their capitals ­ Tbilisi and Yerevan ­ and perhaps be surprised by their ancient historic sites and dramatic landscapes... Jvari Monastery, Mtskheta Kazbegi Dariali Canyon Ananuri Chardakhi Mtskheta Tevali Tsinandali Signagi Georgia Tbilisi Akhtala Haghpat Armenia Odzun Dilijan nights in hotel Sevanavank Noraduz Yerevan Echmiadzin Garni Selim Areni Lake Sevan Jermuk Karahunge Tatev Monastery Amaghu The Temple of Zvartnots ACTIVITY LEVEL Day 1: UK-Tbilisi, Georgia. Fly to Tbilisi for a two-night stay. D Day 2: Tbilisi. Join a walking tour of Tbilisi. B, D Day 3: Kazbegi. Travel to Mtskheta to explore the Jvari monastery, Svetitskhoveli cathedral and Samtavro convent. Visit the Ananuri fortress complex in the Caucasus Mountains then continue to Kazbegi for a two-night stay. B, L, D Day 4: Kazbegi. Ascend to 14th-century Gergeti Trinity church by 4X4s, then back to the village of Kazbegi for a cookery demonstration and lunch with a local family. Drive to the Dariali Canyon and walk to the Gweleti waterfalls. B, L, D Day 5: Tbilisi. Travel to the village of Chardakhi, visit a Qvevri winery and enjoy a typical Georgian lunch. Return to your Tblisi hotel. B, L Day 6: Tbilisi. Your full-day tour visits the Shuamta Monastery complex and Alaverdi cathedral, followed by wine tasting and lunch. Continue to the Tsinandali estate to explore an archaeological site, then visit Signagi. Enjoy dinner and wine at the `Pheasant's Tears' winery, accompanied by Georgian folk singing. B, L, D Day 7: Haghpat. Explore Tbilisi and stop at the 10th-century Akhtala Monastery en route to Haghpat for an overnight stay. B, L, D Day 8: Dilijan. A day of sightseeing begins in the UNESCO-listed Haghpat Monastery. Continue to the Armenian basilica in Odzun and take afternoon tea with locals in a Molokan village. Stay overnight in Dilijan. B, L, D Day 9: Jermuk. Travel to Lake Sevan and visit Sevanavank monastery. Continue to the Noraduz cemetery and the Caravanserai of Selim before lunch in the town of Yeghegnadzor. Proceed to Jermuk for a two-night stay. B, L Day 10: Jermuk. Today's tour starts at Karahunge, a 7,500 year-old stone circle, then continues to Tatev Monastery, reached by cable car. B Day 11: Yerevan. Visit a 6,100 year-old archaeological excavation of a winery,13th-century Noravank monastery and the Khor Virap Monastery complex on today's tour. Continue to Yerevan for a three-night stay. B, L, D Day 12: Yerevan, Echmiadzin, Zvartnots. Visit Echmiadzin and continue to the UNESCO-listed Zvartnots Cathedral. Return to Yerevan for a cookery demo, lunch in the Megerian Carpet Museum and a tour. Then visit the Ararat Brandy Factory and the Armenian genocide memorial. B, L Day 13:Yerevan. Visit Matenadaran and the Geghard Monastery complex before a cappella concert. Continue to Garni and its pagan temple then head into the Garni Gorge by 4X4s. Return to Garni for lunch in a family home and make Armenian bread in an underground oven. Return to Yerevan for farewell drinks. B, L, D Day 14: Yerevan-UK. Transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK. B Accommodation... Rooms Tbilisi (4*) · Rooms Kazbegi Hotel (4*) or Hotel Porta Caucasia Kazbegi (4*) · Mercure Tbilisi Hotel (4*) or the Museum Hotel (4*), Tbilisi · Qefo Hotel (3*), Haghpat · Best Western Paradise Hotel (4*), Dilijan · Hyatt Place Hotel Jermuk (4*) · DoubleTree by Hilton (4*) or Grand Hotel Golden Tulip (5*), Yerevan. Plus all this... Optional travel insurance and additional cancellation rights, or a reduction if not required§ Return flights and transfers Saga tour manager Drink reception Porterage at all hotels. l l l l SAVE up to £150 per person on selected departures Prices from: Jun 16, 2019 2449 2299 Jun 30 2499 Aug 25 2399 Sep 29 2349 2249 Oct 6 2299 Oct 27 - Solos 2949 Mar 29, 2020 - Solos 2899 Apr 5 2299 May 3 2399 May 31 2449 Jun 14 2449 Aug 23 2449 Sep 6 2449 Oct 4 2399 Oct 18 - Solos 2899 Single Supplement: from £449 (exc. Solos) Caucasus Calling! Holiday code: AG100 / AF810 Solos. All prices are £s per person based on two people sharing, including savings as advertised and are subject to availability. § Optional travel insurance: A reduction of £71 applies if you do not need the optional travel insurance and additional cancellation rights ­ see page 27 for details. Getting You There Prices are based on Ukraine International Airlines from Gatwick. Please enquire for regional flights and alternative airline options. · Fly in style ­ ask about our great value cabin upgrades · Remember, wherever you are in the UK, our VIP travel service means we will get you to the airport for no extra cost! 20 Please quote ECT19 Questions on an existing booking? Call FREE on 0800 504 555 or visit saga.co.uk/managemybooking