Armenia and Georgia with the Royal Society of Medicine - Jon Baines Tours

Armenia and Georgia with the Royal Society of Medicine

10 - 23 Oct 2020
  • Cultural Tours

About the tour

Travel from ancient Armenia, the world’s first Christian country, to spectacular Georgia, whose long history has given it a colourful cocktail of influences spanning Turkey, Russia, Persia, Central Asia and beyond. The tour explores the rich legacy of food, wine and music in the region and includes specialist talks and visits relating to medicine and medical history. This tour has been arranged in association with the Royal Society of Medicine.

This tour shows you the real heart of Georgia and Armenia. Gain insight into the ancient history and contemporary culture of both countries and enjoy delicious local food and wine in the land where wine was first produced. Explore the rich and varied musical traditions of both countries, ranging from folk to monastic choral singing, and see awe-inspiring architecture in the most spectacular of settings.

Your tour leader

Picture of JBT tour leader, Janice Liverseidge

Janice Liverseidge

Until recently Janice Liverseidge was a Director at The Royal Society of Medicine and is now a full time guide and in her spare time a trustee of both the Royal Medical Benevolent Fund and the London Handel Festival. Earlier in her career she worked for the British Medical Association. She is also a registered Blue Badge tourist guide and regularly leads groups in London on medical history walks, tours of the Wellcome Collection and other healthcare locations plus provides music and art tours for the Foundling Museum and the London Handel Festival. Janice has travelled extensively, including an eight month journey around India, South East Asia and Australia, and has led highly successful RSM tours to Vietnam and Cambodia, Sri Lanka, Cuba, South Africa and China.

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Itinerary at a glance

  • 10 Oct (Sat) Yerevan: Arrive Yerevan and settle in at leisure
  • 11 Oct (Sun) Yerevan: Late morning walking tour of Yerevan, including Victory Park for a city view. Visit Mesrop Mashtots, the Manuscript Museum, which is one of the largest collections of ancient manuscripts in the world. See the Cascade complex - a Soviet period structure that houses a modern art museum and the Memorial Complex of Armenian Genocide. See a maker of traditional duduks (an Armenian oboe)
  • 12 Oct (Mon) Yerevan: Meet with Armenian doctors at the oldest hospital in Armenia. Visit the unique medieval monastery of Geghard. Some chambers of the monastery were carved out of solid rock and possess exceptional acoustics. Hear a local choir. In the afternoon visit Garni Temple, dating from 1st century AD, overlooking a deep canyon. Return to Yerevan and visit the Ararat brandy factory for tastings
  • 13 Oct (Tues) Yerevan – Dilijan: Drive across the plains of Ararat and visit Khorvirab Monastery, where Armenia adopted Christianity in 301 AD, and see Mount Ararat. Enjoy wine tasting at the village of Areni and see Noravank Monastery. Cross the Selim Pass, part of the medieval Silk Road, and explore Selim caravanserai. Visit Lake Sevan
  • 14 Oct (Wed) Dilijan / Telavi: Drive through rolling valleys framed by mountains. Visit a stone carver, who still makes Armenian stone crosses in the ancient traditional style. See the medieval Haghpat monastery, a UNESCO Heritage Site. Cross into Georgia and continue to Telavi
  • 15 Oct (Thur) Telavi: Explore Telavi and Alaverdi Cathedral. Visit a local wine cellar with lunch followed by tastings. At leisure. Dinner with folk music
  • 16 Oct (Fri) Telavi / Tbilisi: Visit a community clinic in Gurjaani and learn of local health care. Walking tour of the fortified town of Sighnaghi. Drive to Tbilisi and overnight
  • 17 Oct (Sat) Tbilisi: Take a half day orientation tour on foot through the picturesque Old Town. Lunch at a family home with a talk on Georgian cuisine and its influences. At leisure with the option to visit the flea market. Option to visit the opera or ballet
  • 18 Oct (Sun) Tbilisi: Visit the State Museum, the important church of Metecki, Sioni Cathedral, the Treasury, the old pharmacy and the sulphur baths. Talk: Georgian medicine and wine. Afternoon at leisure
  • 19 Oct (Mon) Tbilisi - Gori- Uplistsikhe - Kazbegi: Transfer to Gori and meet with doctors at the military hospital. Visit the rock-hewn town of Uplistsikhe and transfer to Kazbegi
  • 20 Oct (Tue) Kazbegi: Visit Gergeti Church and continue to Dariali Gorge for a pleasant walk to Gveleti Waterfalls. Return to the hotel later in the afternoon
  • 21 Oct (Wed) Kazbegi: 4WD tour to the remote gorges of the Great Caucasus. Visit Juta and taste local honey and yogurt. Short walk to the village to enjoy the views of Mt. Chaukhebi. Visit the remote gorge of Truso by 4WD
  • 22 Oct (Thurs) Kazbegi -Tbilisi: Return to Tbilisi via Ananuri. Stop for lunch at Chateau Mukhrani. Visit Mtskheta and hear traditional chanting at Svetitskhoveli Cathedral. Continue to Tbilisi. Farewell dinner at Barbarestan
  • 23 Oct (Fri) Tbilisi: Transfer to airport

Tour cost

US $4,336 per person sharing (excluding international flights and transfers)

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