An Overland Expedition from Yerevan to the Black Sea Coast

The warm, green countries of Georgia and Armenia are full of fruitful valleys and saw-toothed mountains. Walk through river-cut canyons, explore magnificent cave towns, enter medieval fortress towers of stacked stone and visit the mountain homes of the Svan people.

12 Day Trip

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MIR Signature Experiences on this Tour
  • Refresh yourself with Borjomi’s world-famous mineral spring water
    Refresh yourself with a bottle of Borjomi’s world-famous mineral spring water – fresh at the source....
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  • Meet local villagers and breathe in the alpine air of Europe’s highest village
    Meet local villagers and breathe in the alpine air of Ushguli, the highest village in Europe, whose stacked stone medieval watchtowers are included in the...
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  • Re-live Roman times at the 1st century ruins of the fortress of Gonio
    Visit the 1st century ruins of the Roman fortress of Gonio near Batumi, Georgia’s Black Sea port....
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  • Marvel at the manuscripts at one of the world’s oldest book depositories
    Marvel at the reverence for the written word at one of the world’s oldest book depositories ...
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Why Travel with MIR on this Tour
  • 30 years of South Georgia travel experience
  • MIR’s small group tours Eastern Turkey and Georgia: Legacy of Empire and Georgia & Armenia: Mountains & Monasteries were honored as “Tours of a Lifetime,” by National Geographic Traveler
  • Travel programs such as Tufts and Harvard have chosen MIR to guide them to Georgia
  • Twice named one of National Geographic Adventure’s “Best Adventure Travel Companies on Earth”
  • On-the-ground support and quality you can trust
  • Personalized travel planning from start to finish
  • Guides and tour managers that clients rave about
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Itinerary & Highlights at a Glance

Days 1-4: Yerevan, Garni, Geghard, Echmiadzin, Khor Virap, Amberd, Gyumri

From Armenia’s capital, Yerevan, visit the pagan Temple of Garni and the UNESCO-listed monastery of Geghard. Explore Khor Virap in the shadow of dramatic Mt. Ararat, and Echmiadzin, the country’s religious center. Pay a visit to 7th century Amberd Fortress en route to Gyumri.

Highlights

  • Armenia’s capital city, Yerevan, older than Rome
  • The Matenadaran, one of the world’s oldest book depositories
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Days 5-6: Vardzia, Bakuriani, Borjomi, Kutaisi

Crossing the Georgian border to alpine Bakuriani, explore the imposing cave town of Vardzia. Visit the spa town of Borjomi and dine with locals in Kutaisi, home to UNESCO-listed Gelati Monastery.

Highlights

  • Vardzia, ancient cave town transformed into a monastery
  • Mountain resort of Bakuriani
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Days 7-9: Svaneti Region

Venture to remote Svaneti, known for its massive tower architecture and its proud mountain people, with their white and black wool hats dense enough to drink from. Hike and enjoy the hospitality of villagers in Ushguli.

Highlights

  • UNESCO-listed Svaneti region with medieval stone watchtowers
  • Spectacular views in Enguri River Canyon
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Days 10-12: Batumi

Explore coastal Batumi, visiting the tropical Botanical Gardens, the Nobel Technological Museum and the 1st century Roman ruins of the Fortress of Gonio.

Highlights

  • Batumi Botanical Gardens on the Black Sea
  • 19th century technology at the Nobel Technological Museum

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Tour Dates & Prices
Trip Length: 12 Days

Land Tour Price, Per Person
based on double occupancy

  • 2 Traveler Minimum $4,695
  • Single Supplement $795

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Group Size

Pricing is based on a minimum of 2 travelers on this trip. Call for solo trip pricing.

Private trip prices vary by season and are subject to hotel availability for your travel dates. Hotel upgrades, additional nights and solo traveler prices are available on request.

What’s Included

On Your Tour

  • Shared accommodations in well-located three star hotels in Yerevan, Bakuriani and Batumi, guesthouses in Kutaisi and Mestia.
  • 11 breakfasts, 9 lunches, and 6 dinners. A few lunches or dinners are not included so that you may enjoy a chance to dine on your own.
  • Restaurant tips for included meals.
  • Arrival/departure transfers. MIR will arrange for all travelers to be met on arrival and seen off on departure whether we make your airfare arrangements or not, provided you arrive and depart on the tour start/end dates in the tour start/end city.
  • Transportation throughout itinerary by private van, minicoach or cross-country vehicle (type of vehicle depends on group size and terrain).
  • Guided sightseeing tours and entrance fees as outlined in itinerary.
  • Bottled water at pre-booked meals.

Before Your Tour

  • Complete pre-departure information including detailed packing list, reading list, insurance information.
  • Touring with MIR handbook with country-specific information, maps, and travel tips.
  • Assistance booking your custom flight arrangements (on request; please note that international airfare is not included in the land tour cost). Customized visa application and instruction kit (please note, visa fees are not included in the tour price).
  • Final document packet including a travel journal, luggage tags, final updates, and more.

 

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Prepare for Your Trip

International Airfare

MIR's in-house, full-service air department will gladly assist with your air travel needs.

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Reading List

MIR recommends reading up before you leave home. So settle back in your armchair with some of our favorite books about our favorite places.

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Visas

Most MIR programs require one or more visas, and each visa requires a completely blank page in your passport. Visa information for this particular tour is listed in the Detailed Descriptive Itinerary.

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Travel Insurance

Stay a Little Longer…

You may wish to extend your travels by adding another program before or after this tour. MIR can arrange for a pre-tour extension to Shoushi, Armenia or a post-tour extension to Baku, Azerbaijan, Moscow or St. Petersburg, Russia, or elsewhere in Europe at the conclusion of your tour. All of MIR’s destinations are open to you, and all can be attached to this program.  Please contact MIR for more details about exciting options for extended travel.

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Is this Trip Right for You?

This Flexible Essential program is designed to be adventurous, but also comfortable for travel in this region. Accommodations will vary from three star hotels to basic guesthouses. Services are improving in the region; however, you may encounter problems with plumbing, bureaucratic service, road conditions, unpaved sidewalks, uneven surfaces and steps, and availability of public restrooms.

A full list of details about the rigors of this tour are explained in the Detailed Descriptive Itinerary.

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