A two day, three night city break to Berlin, the hipster capital of Germany in October 2017 (Monday 20th to Monday 27th March) followed by a couple more days in Helsinki to visit family. There won't be much planning in advance for this trip, as it's pretty simple to organise and the only rail journey I see happening is from Schönefeld Airport to Berlin city centre on Thursday evening.
UKRAINE INTERNATIONAL AIRLINES.
Outbound on Tuesday 21st March. London Gatwick 03:00 to Kiev 08:20, transfer to Kiev 10:50 to Yerevan 15:35.
Return on Monday 27th March. Tbilisi 16:35 to Kiev 18:35, transfer to Kiev 20:05 to London Gatwick 21:35.
£268.32 return booked at www.ebookers.com on 14th January 2017.
Note: The second leg of the outbound flight was cancelled on February 4th resulting in an alternative option arriving Yerevan approximately 12 hours later with a 14 hour layover in Kiev. With this in mind, I cancelled the entire booking and booked the following flights instead:
Outbound on Monday 20th Match. London Gatwick 16:45 to Istanbul 23:40, transfer to Istanbul 01:40 to Tbilisi 04:55 arriving on Tuesday 21st March.
Return on Monday 27th March. Tbilisi 17:20 to Istanbul 18:55, transfer to Istanbul 20:20 to London Heathrow 22:30.
£248.72 return booked at www.ebookers.com on 5th February 2017.
Day 1 (MO): Afternoon / overnight flight to Tbilisi
Day 2 (TU): Tbilisi and overnight train to Yerevan
Day 3 (WE): Yerevan and overnight train to Tbilisi
Day 4 (TH): Tbilisi
Day 5 (FR): Borjomi
Day 6 (SA): Bakuriani and the "Kukushka" Railway
Day 7 (SU): Stalin Museum in Gori and Uplistsikhe Cave City
Day 8 (MO): Tbilisi, and evening flight to London