TSARS GOLD PRIVATE TRAIN

SOUTH CAUCASUS FROM YEREVAN

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TSARS GOLD PRIVATE TRAIN

MAP & DESTINATIONS

YEREVAN ● GYUMRI ● BATUMI ● KUTAISI ● AKHALTSIKHE ● BORJOMI ● GORI ● TBILISI ● UPLISTSIKHE ● STEPANTSMINDA ● BAKU

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TSARS GOLD PRIVATE TRAIN

TOUR OVERVIEW

13 NIGHTS / 14 DAYS

✔︎ INCLUDES 11 ORGANISED STOPOVERS

✔︎ INCLUDES ALL TRANSPORT & ACCOMMODATION

✔︎ INCLUDES ALL TOURS AS DESCRIBED

✔︎ INCLUDES ALL TRANSFERS & MEALS AS LISTED

✔︎ VISITS 🇦🇿 AZERBAIJAN, 🇬🇪 GEORGIA & 🇦🇲 ARMENIA

WE RECOMMEND BOOKING WELL IN ADVANCE

TSARS GOLD PRIVATE TRAIN

DATES & PRICES

DATES, LANGUAGES & PRICES PER PERSON IN GBP / USD

2021: Starts Yerevan 10th October 2021 - Finishes Baku 23rd October 2021

BOLSHOI

TWIN : GBP £ 8,290 / USD $ 11,190
SINGLE : GBP £ 13,090 / USD $ 17,670

SUPERIOR

TWIN : GBP £ 5,070 / USD $ 6,845
SINGLE : GBP £ 7,040 / USD $ 9,505

STANDARD

QUAD* : GBP £ 4,025 / USD $ 5,435
*If there are 3 people in a 4 berth cabin then the price is £ 4,670 / US$ 6,305 per person. Single supplement for hotels only is £ 530 / US$ 720 per person.
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TSARS GOLD PRIVATE TRAIN

DAY BY DAY ITINERARY

DAY 1 - YEREVAN

ARRIVAL IN ARMENIA & A CITY TOUR OF YEREVAN

You arrive in Yerevan in the early morning. Your hotel room will be ready when you arrive. After a late breakfast you see the Cathedral of Yerevan, the Radio Yerevan building, and Cascade with beautiful panoramas. In the afternoon, you travel to the heart of the Armenian Church in Vagharshapat, the Etchmiadzin Cathedral, thought to be the oldest Christian cathedral in the world.

Later you visit a children’s art center. On the way back to Yerevan, you see the impressive ruins of the seventh-century Zvartnots Cathedral.  Free evening to relax.

MEALS: Breakfast & Lunch

OVERNIGHT: Imperial Palace Hotel  ★ ★ ★ ★ or similar

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DAY 2 - YEREVAN

TEMPLE OF GARNI AND CAVE MONASTERY

After a guided tour of the impressive manuscript repository, Matenadaran, you visit Garni Gorge, the Greco-Roman Temple of Garni, and the medieval Geghard cave monastery, one of the most beautiful monasteries in the Caucasus. Before lunch you view a bread-making demonstration of traditional unleavened Armenian flatbread Lavash.

MEALS: Breakfast & Lunch

OVERNIGHT: Imperial Palace Hotel ★ ★ ★ ★ or similar

DAY 3 - LAKE SEVAN

VISIT THIS HUGE LAKE , SEVAN MONASTERY & THE SPA TOWN OF DILIJAN

Today you travel to 2,000-meter-high Lake Sevan, known as the Pearl of Armenia, a highlight of your journey. After a visit to the Sevan Monastery, you head to the idyllic spa town Dilijan.

Later you are off to Gyumri, Armenia’s second largest city to overnight.

MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

OVERNIGHT: Hotel Villa Kars ★ ★ ★ ★ or similar

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DAY 4 - BATUMI

CROSS INTO GEORGIA & TO BATUMI ON THE SHORES OF THE BLACK SEA

Today we cross the Armenia Georgia border through the mountain scenery of the Lesser Caucasus until you reach Batumi on the spectacular Black Sea coast.

This Georgian port and seaside resort is quaintly situated on a bay against the backdrop of green mountains. The sparkling skyline of the palm-lined promenade is astounding - thanks to recent developments by international investors.

Note that more people will join the group today.

MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

OVERNIGHT: Hotel World Palace ★ ★ ★ ★ or similar

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DAY 5 - BATUMI

CITY TOUR OF BATUMI & FREE AFTERNOON

Today enjoy a city tour of Batumi’s historic center, where merchants from all over the world have left their footprints. Orthodox churches, synagogues, and mosques—the city’s stunning architecture is a testament to its diversity. The Batumi Botanical Garden is a subtropical paradise whose terraces on the steep coast provide an amazing view of the seashore.

The afternoon is free to further explore the city.

MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

OVERNIGHT: Hotel World Palace ★ ★ ★ ★ or similar

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DAY 6 - BATUMI

VISIT THE BOTANICAL GARDEN BEFORE JOINING THE TRAIN TO KUTAISI

The Batumi Botanical Garden is a subtropical paradise whose terraces on the steep coast provide an amazing view of the seashore.

Later that day, the friendly crew of your special train gives you a hearty welcome at the station, where your train sets off towards Kutaisi. From the top of the Bagrati Cathedral, you enjoy the view over the historic city of Kutaisi, just a stone’s throw away from the picturesque Gelati monastery, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

OVERNIGHT: On the Tsars Gold Private Train

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DAY 7 - AKHALTSIKHE & VARDZIA

PASS THROUGH A LAND OF CASTLES

The train route from Kutaisi through the lesser Caucasus mountains puts everyday Georgia right outside your window - vineyards, idyllic towns, imposing castle towers.

Borjomi is a famous deep valley resort town that once provided the entire Russian Empire with mineral water. Its beautiful villas, boutique hotels and its curative health spas draw visitors from near and far.

From the small city of Akhaltsikhe, over which the Rabati Castle looms, you go on a unforgettable excursion and guided tour of Vardzia, a twelfth-century cave monastery. Reminiscent of a honeycomb, there are more than 3,000 cave dwellings for up to 50,000 people built into the rock face. The brilliance of the frescoes of legendary Queen Tamar in the cave cathedral has not lost its intensity.

MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

OVERNIGHT: On the Tsars Gold Private Train

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DAY 8 - GORI

IN VINO VERITAS - A TASTE OF GEORGIA’S WINE REGIONS

Today your train takes you from Akhaltsikhe through the country’s fertile lowlands. You soon arrive In Gori, birthplace of Joseph Stalin, the once General Secretary of the Soviet Union, whose personal railroad car is displayed in a museum. In nearby Uplistsikhe, once a Silk Road trading post, you discover a sixth-century town built into a cave complex.

Later a historic wine house opens its cellar just for you. Kartli, Imereti, Kakheti - Georgia’s wine regions are more than 7,000 years old, placing then among the world’s oldest. In the afternoon, your train reaches Tbilisi.

MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

OVERNIGHT: Hotel Biltmore ★ ★ ★ ★ or similar

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DAY 9 - TBILISI

FROM GEORGIA’S CAPITAL TO STEPANTSMINDA

Sturdy churches, colorful wooden houses on the banks of the Kura River, classical villas - this is Tbilisi, capital of Georgia and straight out of a fairy tale. From here, you take a ride along the historic Georgian Military Road, which reaches an altitude of approximately 7,800 feet/2,300 meters.

The view of the Ananuri Castle complex from such heights just takes your breath away. In the horizon, snow-capped mountain peaks come into view, each one higher than the last. However, the view of the 16,000-foot/5,000-meter Mount Kazbek from your hotel terrace in Stepantsminda tops them all!

On a green ridge just in front of this immense peak sits the comparatively small Gergeti Trinity Church, which you can visit via Jeep excursion.

MEALS: Breakfast & Lunch

OVERNIGHT: Porta Caucasia Kazbegi ★ ★ ★ ★ or similar

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DAY 10 - TBILISI

THE JVARI MONASTERY & MOUNT MTATSMINDA

On the way back to Tbilisi, you stop at the Jvari monastery high above the Aragvi River and marvel at the former capital of Georgia, Mzcheta, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

In Tbilisi you board your train and head to the Georgia-Azerbaijan border, where green hills gradually transform into ochre, earthy steppes.

MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

OVERNIGHT: On the Tsars Gold Private Train

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DAY 11 - SHAKI & GOYGOL

FROM THE KHAN’S PALACE TO THE AZERBAIJAN BORDER

In the morning, you reach the city of Ganja, from which you travel to the nearby city of Goygol, known for its nineteenth century German settlements. Here you see carefully restored villas, the Lutheran church of St. John and the home of the last German settler, Viktor Klein, who passed away in 2007.

On the train route towards Shaki, the Azerbaijani landscape begins to turn green. The city of Shaki lies at foot of the forest-covered Caucasus Mountains and doubles as a unique open-air museum. You see the city’s many caravanserai, trading posts that served as stops along historic trade routes, like the Silk Road.

Later, you visit the Khan’s Palace, where brilliant decorative carvings, stained glass and frescoes take you back to a fantastic medieval world. Look for bargains at an artisanal handicrafts center and at a local bazaar. In the evening, you head towards the Caspian Sea.

MEALS: Breakfast & Lunch

OVERNIGHT: On the Tsars Gold Private Train

DAY 12 - BAKU

THE OLD CITY & MODERN SKYLINE

In Baku, it’s a bittersweet goodbye to your special train and its crew. You set out to explore the historical center of Baku, where you see gorgeous mosques, the Maiden Tower, and the Palace of the Shirvanshahs, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Marvel at the city’s ornate Art Nouveau buildings and its futuristic architecture.

In the afternoon, you join an excursion on the Absheron Peninsula where you see a Zoroastrian fire temple and Yanar Dag, a flame that burns continuously due to a seepage of natural gas.

That evening at a delicious farewell dinner, you reminisce with fellow travelers about your journey.

MEALS: Breakfast & Lunch

OVERNIGHT: Hotel Sapphire Inn Baku ★ ★ ★ ★ or similar

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DAY 13 - BAKU

ROCK ART & GOBUSTAN & ZOROASTRIAN FIRE

In the morning, you head toward Gobustan, a UNESCO World Heritage Site where you can admire the thousand-year-old rock carvings situated near the country’s famous mud volcanos.

In the afternoon, you can enjoy free time in Baku, or join an excursion to the Absheron Peninsula, where you see a Zoroastrian fire temple and Yanar Dag, a flame that burns continuously due to a seepage of natural gas. In the evening, you enjoy a farewell dinner amid Baku’s glittering skyline.

MEALS: Breakfast & Dinner

OVERNIGHT: Hotel Sapphire Inn Baku ★ ★ ★ ★ or similar

DAY 14 - end of tour

GOODBYE SOUTH CAUCASUS!

On your final day, you head to the airport for your flight home, reflecting on the fulfilling, unforgettable adventure you just completed.

MEALS: Breakfast

TSARS GOLD PRIVATE TRAIN

INCLUSIONS & EXCLUSIONS

Tour INCLUDES

✔︎ 4 nights on board your special train in booked category.
✔︎ 9 nights in first-class hotels with double bed, and bath or shower.
✔︎ All meals as per itinerary.
✔︎ All transport and excursions in modern tour buses with air-conditioning as per itinerary.
✔︎ Airport transfers on the first and last day of the itinerary.
✔︎ Entrance fees for all sights as per itinerary.
✔︎ English-speaking tour manager and guides during train journey from Baku to Batumi.
✔︎ Doctor on board.
✔︎ Porter services at all railway stations.

Tour EXCLUDES

• International flights - we can book these for you if you wish.
• Visas - we provide the paperwork and can recommend visa agents to help with applications.
• Tips and own expenses.
• All beverages in bar car.
• Travel Insurance (every passenger is obliged to have a medical insurance for the whole duration of the Tour).
• Vaccinations: Consult your doctor for specific health advice.

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