Begin your hiking Caucasus hiking trip in Armenia’s capital Yerevan, before travelling south to explore the region’s deep gorges, green forests and a bewildering array of monasteries, including the famous frescos of the Tatev Monastery. From here, travel to the mountainous Lake Sevan and cross into Dilijan National Park for hiking trails where the lucky might glimpse a bear or hear the howl of a wolfpack. End your Armenia adventure at the Lastiver Caves, where villagers sought refuge from Mongol invaders. Travel to Georgia’s capital of Tbilisi for a cultural break from hiking trails, before donning your walking boots again to see the alpine Abudelauri Lakes in Khevsureti and go horse-riding through the forests of the Borjomi-Haragauli National Park. Depart from Tbilisi.

Key information

Destinations Destinations Armenia, Georgia
Activity Activity Nature & Wildlife, Culture, Active, Trekking
Physical Level Physical Level Moderate
Season Season June - October

Suggested itinerary

Climb The Cascade in Yerevan

Climb The Cascade in Yerevan

Day 1 in Yerevan

Check out Yerevan’s art scene by climbing The Cascade staircase that connects downtown Yerevan with the museum district. Each level hosts a different installation and views over the city.

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Drink holy water at Geghard Cave Monastery

Drink holy water at Geghard Cave Monastery

Carved from the cliffside, Geghard Monastery began life in the 4th century as a small cave chapel before growing over the centuries. Today, visitors come to drink from the holy spring in Azavan chapel and for views of Azat River Gorge that surrounds the complex.

Explore Southern Armenia’s canyons

Explore Southern Armenia’s canyons

Day 2 in Southern Armenia

Southern Armenia is full of rugged beauty, with deep gorges and forested canyons. Visit the famous, two-storied Noravank Monastery for peaceful solitude, the ancient Areni Cave complex to see evidence of the world’s oldest winery, and the village of Vernashen for hiking.

Explore Lake Sevan

Explore Lake Sevan

Day 3 in Lake Sevan

At 1,900m above sea level, the vast Lake Sevan is one of the largest freshwater high-altitude lakes in the world. Head to the quieter eastern side to escape the crowds.

Mountains and monasteries in Dilijan National Park

Mountains and monasteries in Dilijan National Park

Day 4 in Dilijan National Park

Northern Armenia’s Dilijan National Park is home to hiking trails where you can see bears, wolves and several species of eagle. However, it’s the 10th-century Haghartsin Monastery in Dilijan town that attracts visitors for its unique Armenian architecture.

Explore the Lastiver Cave carvings

Explore the Lastiver Cave carvings

Day 5 in Lastiver

In a remote corner of a picturesque gorge, surrounded by waterfalls, lies the Lastiver caves, where locals from the nearby village of Yenokavan sought refuge from Mongol invaders in the 13 century. Inside the caves, you can see carvings and sculptures, before hiking in the dense forest.

Take a sulphur bath in Tbilisi

Take a sulphur bath in Tbilisi

Day 6 in Tbilisi

Tbilisi’s famous sulphur baths can be found in the Abanotubani district in the old town. Hot and cold sulphur springs used to run under Tbilisi and were used for bathing. Today, you can join locals at public baths (prepare for total nakedness) or try a spa-like private bath – the sulphur is said to help circulation and skin health.

Go trekking in majestic Khevsureti

Go trekking in majestic Khevsureti

Day 7–8 in Khevsureti region

Mountainous Khevsureti is the perfect place to go hiking in Georgia. Wild rivers lead to atmospheric villages, ancient shrines and well-marked trails. Try traversing the Chaukhi Mountain Pass before descending through the alpine Abudelauri Lakes.

Go hiking in Borjomi-Kharagauli National Park

Go hiking in Borjomi-Kharagauli National Park

Day 9–10 in Borjomi-Kharagauli National Park

The forests of Borjomi-Kharagauli National Park are home to a dozen hiking trails and activities like horse-riding, biking and camping. You can see deer, eagles and even brown bears on your hike.

Depart from Tbilisi

Depart from Tbilisi

Day 11 in Tbilisi

Head to the airport for your international departure.

Where to stay

Classic

Cascade Hotel

Three-star Cascade Hotel is located in the heart of Yerevan near the architectural complex called The Cascade. The hotel has friendly staff, professional service and spacious air-conditioned rooms. International and Armenian cuisine is available in the restaurant.

Classic

Bridge Boutique

Bridge Boutique Hotel is located in a 19th-century building in the centre of Tbilisi. Guests can enjoy their meals on the terrace with fantastic views of the old town, Mtatsminda Mount and River Kura. In addition, the Bridge Hotel has a wine cellar where guests can taste natural Georgian wines.

Superior

Opera Suite Hotel

The Opera Suite Hotel is located in central Yerevan, only 550 yards from the Armenian Opera Theatre.
Its suites have air conditioning, ensuite bathrooms, seating area and kitchenettes with a fridge, stove and kettle. International cuisine is available in the hotel’s Sinatra Restaurant.

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This route booked with one of our specialist tour operators would cost from £2,565pp. Pricing varies by accommodation class, and can be tailored to suit your budget.

Pricing is typically inclusive of hotels, transfers, meals, and all guided excursions and activities.

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