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Gallantly, the warrior and his steed charge forward, moving together with a familiarity gifted to them from battles past. Valiantly, they protect their city with a resolve as hard as the rock from which they are carved.

  • Private yacht cruise in Caspian Bay
  • Georgian cuisine master class at the restaurant where you can learn how to make traditional Georgian dishes from different regions
  • Exclusive visit to Museum of Treasures of Armenian Apostolic Church
  • Walking tour in the World Heritage listed Old City of Baku
  • Visit Noble Brothers mansion – Villa Petrolia which is closed for public, but will be opened for our group especially 
  • Full day tour to Gobustan National Park preserved more than 6,000 rock engravings dating back between 5,000 – 40,000 years
  • Explore the most picturesque and fertile part of Georgia - Kakheti, which borders the Great Caucasus range from the north Alazani Valley, summits of which are over 3,000 metres
  • In order to see the high peaks, roaring rivers and mountain lifestyle of Georgia’s Northern borderlands we will travel towards Mtiuleti and Khevi provinces via one of the oldest roads in Georgia, which the Russian Tsar Alexander named the Georgian Military Highway
  • After lunch a special private concert at Elene Akhvlediani House Museum with Champaign and snacks
  • Visit to the Republic Square where every evening you can admire the fantastic tunes and colors of Singing Fountains
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Tbilisi, Georgia

We were looked after very well during all facets of our trip. This made for a very relaxing, hassle free and most enjoyable experience.

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Depart Australia

Day 1: Friday 25 August

Prepare to discover why Azerbaijan is known as the ‘Land of Fire’ as we are whisked away on our Qatar Airways flight via Doha to Baku.

Arrive Baku (Azerbaijan)

Day 2: Saturday 26 August

We soar into Baku and take time to relax and recuperate at the lavish Four Seasons Hotel, our decadent home for the next three nights.

Baku

Day 3: Sunday 27 August

Baku is a city of contrasts, made rich by the black gold of surrounding oilfields, but still nurturing an earthy heritage. We snub the skyscrapers this morning, instead seeking out the bathhouses and merchant inns of the Old Town. After a light lunch, we enjoy a private tasting of black caviar and champagne at the Noble Brothers mansion.

As the sun sets over the Caspian Sea, we sail around the bay aboard a private yacht, before dining at the Mugham Club Restaurant, where musicians and dancers present a feast for the eyes.

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The modern architecture of Baku is sure to surprise many

Gobustan National Park

Day 4: Monday 28 August

In Gobustan National Park, a family of sleeping volcanoes awaits. Gazing over the boulders and bubbling mudpools, we see the ancient graffiti dancing on rockfaces, a reminder of the tribe that lived here some 10,000 years ago.

There is more to see on the journey back to civilisation, as we stop by the Bibi-Heyba mosque as well as a rug museum shaped like a gigantic roll of carpet.

Dusk approaches and we head to the glow of the Ateshgah temple before dinner.

Shamakhi

Day 5: Tuesday 29 August

Leaving Baku behind us, our journey takes us through arid landscapes on the way to Shamakhi. Here, we are welcomed into a local home, where we find ourselves churning butter and tasting yoghurt.

Our cultural escapades continue with a trip to the Seven Domes, and to the Sheki Khan Palace, an incredible palace that flaunts some of the most intricate stained glass work in the world.

Bringing a close to our day adventure, we settle in for the evening at the elegant Sheki Saray Hotel.

Kakheti - Tbilisi (Georgia)

Day 6: Wednesday 30 August

We cross into Georgia today, a country brimming with natural beauty as well as cheerful, spirited people.

Sheltering beneath the Great Caucasus range, Kakheti is celebrated as the birthplace of viticulture. It is said that wine is the key to Georgian longevity, and we discover this delicious elixir of youth over lunch at a local village winery.

Locals school us on the creation of traditional bread, sweets, meat, wine and vodka, before we travel on to Tbilisi, where the Tbilisi Marriott Hotel awaits, our elegant retreat for the next two nights.

Tbilisi

Day 7: Thursday 31 August

A throng of sights, sounds and smells linger today as we take to the streets of post Soviet Tbilisi. We visit a divine selection of churches, and amble through the District of Sulfur, passing ancient mineral bathhouses.

The extraordinary collection of gold filigree work at Janashia Museum inspires feelings of awe. At Vino Underground, a glass of wine brings together the blazing sun, toiling hands and rich soil of the country.

Live it up Georgia style tonight with a folk show and dinner at a local restaurant.

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Spices play a key role in Georgian cuisine

Gudauri

Day 8: Friday 1 September

The rugged borderlands of Georgia summon us to their craggy peaks and icy bluffs today. Poetic in nature but not in name, the Georgian Military Highway leads us to Mtskheta, the Christian heart of the nation.

Many think that the highest range in Europe is the Swiss Alps - not so. The Caucasus mountains stretch from the Black Sea to the Caspian Sea, peaking at more than 5,600 metres. In their fold sits Gudauri, a ski resort in winter and a perfect viewing point for the volcano Kazbek in summer. We slumber in the comfort of Gudauri Monte Carlo tonight. 

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The UNESCO listed church of Jvari

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A statue of Joseph Stalin in Gori

Gudauri - Tbilisi

Day 9: Saturday 2 September

Leaving Gudauri, we discover Georgia’s turbulent past. First up, Uplistsikhe is an abandoned city of caves that highlights the ingenuity of the ancient Georgians.

As you pull up in Gori, it is hard to imagine that tyrant Joseph Stalin was once a baby living here. His old house sits in front of the museum, where we trace his life from humble beginnings to his time as a brutal dictator. After lunch in Gori, our return to Tbilisi is warmly welcomed at the Marriott. 

Tbilisi

Day 10: Sunday 3 September

Behind the facade of hawkers peddling Soviet medallions and Lenin posters, you’ll find Tbilisi traditions are alive and well today.

Begin your exploration with a trip to one of the largest Orthodox churches in the world, before it’s on to a kooky outdoor ethnographic museum.

A concert plays out for us at the Elene Akhvlediani Museum after lunch. With the sound of violins still in our mind, we enjoy an evening jaunt exploring the streets.

Tonight, treat your tastebuds to their own excursion with a dine-around dinner. 

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Tbilisi occupies a dramatic valley setting

Tbilisi - Sevan (Armenia)

Day 11: Monday 4 September

Today enter Armenia and visit the Haghpat Monastery before lunch in a village orchard.

Then we drop into a secluded village of the Molokan people, devout Christians who were exiled from Russia long ago.

In mountainous Dilijan, we meet celebrated local artists then descend to Sevanavank. This evening, a voyage on Lake Sevan aboard a replica merchant ship will conjure images of turbaned seafarers from days long past, before we settle in to our comfortable hotel. 

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Haghpat Monastery leaves an indelible first impression of Armenia

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Enjoy a cruise on Lake Sevan

Yerevan

Day 12: Tuesday 5 September

Despite the brutality of the Ottoman empire, and its persecution by the Soviet Union, Armenia has emerged with a warmth you may not expect from a nation so oppressed. Today, we journey to Yerevan and experience this spirit for ourselves.

After touring the Cascade, Centre of Arts and Republic Square, we’ll relish a night of music, dance and dinner at a traditional restaurant.

The luxurious Marriott Yerevan will be our sanctuary for the next four nights.

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Stunning architecture of Yerevan

Echmiadzin

Day 13: Wednesday 6 September

We travel to the holy city of Echmiadzin, a place of pilgrimage for the millions of Catholic Armenians around the world. A family from the Cross of Armenian Unity are our hosts for lunch, treating us to a locally sourced meal.

En route back to Yerevan, we stop at the ruins of Zvartnots Cathedral and the Megerian Carpet Museum. Tonight, a chef will host a special class, teaching us how to master cooking (and tasting!) Armenian food. 

Garni

Day 14: Thursday 7 September

Our journey takes us to a cave monastery this morning, where the sacred baritones of monks reverberate within.

Arriving in Garni village, we go off road, darting along rocky tracks on the way to Garni Canyon. Finding a degustation platter of homemade vodkas, lavash, pickles and cheese, we sit down to a picnic, serenaded by the pretty sounds of an Armenian flute.

After a photo stop at a Pagan temple, we return to Garni for an Armenian barbecue, before a free evening back in Yerevan.

Armash

Day 15: Friday 8 September

At ArmAs wine estate, 360 degree views of the mountains before we are wined and dined at the vineyard. Your next steps are then up to you.

Visit Amberd - Armenia’s ‘Fortress in the Clouds’, or unearth the legends of Saghmosavank Monastery.

This evening, at a jazz club in Yerevan, we toast the three countries that have touched us so deeply before dancing the night away.

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ArmAs wine estate

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Visit the 'Fortress in the Clouds'

Depart Yerevan

Day 16: Saturday 9 September

A montage of memories surges through our heads as we make an early morning exit. Travel to the airport and fly to Doha, where day use of a comfortable hotel allows us the chance to refresh and relax before boarding our Qatar Airways flight home.

Arrive Australia

Day 17: Sunday 10 September

Prepare to regale family and friends with our adventures through the Caucasus as we touch down in Australia.

All Inclusive Tours

Imagine a trip where you won’t have to lift a finger, or worry about bringing your wallet.

Sightseeing

Sightseeing

Sightseeing in each destination is included. Select Options even allow you to tailor aspects of the touring to your individual tastes when there are multiple touring options.

Wine

Meals and Drinks

All meals are included with your tour price along with beer, wine and soft drinks. Dining experiences can range from Michelin-starred restaurants to intimate local eateries.

Flights Included

Flights

We have included different flight options for your convenience. Should you wish to fly with a different airline to the group we can help you with those arrangements if you wish.

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Those little details

Tipping, Taxes, Transfers and Travel Insurance (subject to terms & conditions) are included. We even look after your luggage for the entire trip so you don't have to.

Tour Host Team

Tour Host Team & Doctor

Wherever you are in the world, you will always have a friendly and knowledgeable Tour Host Team on hand. Not to mention a Doctor on every tour for your peace of mind.

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Accommodation

We believe a superior standard of service is just as important as five star facilities. We select our hotels with location and accessibility in mind as well as luxury.

Accommodation highlights


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Baku

Four Seasons

With the Caspian Sea lapping at its doorstep, Four Season Baku offer the highest level of luxury only a short stroll from the Old Town, Bayraq foreshore reserve and Seaside Boulevard

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Tbilisi

Marriott Hotel

The century old Tbilisi Marriott hotel is a stunningly beautiful hotel located in the heart of the capital of the Republic of Georgia

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Yerevan

Marriott

Overlooking the famous Republic Square, Marriott Yerevan is a faultless balance of opulent comfort and amenity

Solo Traveller

Solo Travellers

Many Captain’s Choice guests travel solo, and almost all of them find that making friends on holiday is easy, thanks to the welcoming and like minded nature of our travellers. At the start of the tour, all solo travellers are invited to a Welcome Reception, enabling you to get to know other guests travelling on their own.

Members of our Tour Host Team are always available for a friendly chat and a meal, but if you prefer time for private reflection then that is always respected too – you can choose to be as involved as much or as little as you please. Either way, it’s a fun and rewarding way to see the world.

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Based on per person, twin share - from Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane flying with Qatar Airways. Prices from other cities are available on request.

Land Only (Join in Baku for dinner on Day 2 and depart Yerevan after breakfast on Day 16).

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