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Armenia and Georgia | Caucasus Golden ring

8 days / 7 nights (valid from April 15 till October 15)

(Arrivals on Mondays)

 The rates are given per person in DBL room.

3* Alba Hotel 3* Astoria Tbilisi 535 262,000
3*  Artsakh Hotel / Silachi -  3* Astoria Tbilisi 570 279,000
4* Ani Plaza / Diamond House / Imperial Palace - 3* Astoria Tbilisi 635 310,000
4* Central Hotel Deluxe 3* Astoria Tbilisi 675 330,000

The rates include

  • Accommodation
  • Breakfasts in Armenia, HB in Georgian part (2 lunches)
  • Transfers (individual) and transportation service
  • Professional English / Russian speaking guide service
  • All entry tickets per program
  • Excursion to Ararat brandy factory and degustation
  • Excursion to wine factory in Areni with wine degustation
  • Demonstration of "Lavash" baking process in local village house in Garni
  • Ropeway ride in Tbilisi
  • Ropeway ride in Borjomi
Open Detailed Descriptions
Day 1 - Monday:

Arrival in Yerevan. Transfer to the selected hotel.

Day 2 - Tuesday:

Yerevan - Sevan lake - Dilijan (Old Town, Haghartsin, Goshavank) - Yerevan

Breakfast at the hotel. Drive to Lake Sevan is one of the wonders in Armenia. This blue lake is one of the greatest high mountainous freshwater lakes of Eurasia. On a clear and sunny day, the water is often of a deep turquoise colour. Visit the ancient Sevanavank Monastery (IX century), which stands in its greatness on the peninsula overlooking the lake for centuries.

Drive to mountainous resort Dilijan called “Armenian Switzerland”, which is well-known for its forests as well as for its mysterious flora and fauna. During the drive one can enjoy the unbelievable change of the surrounding environment and landscape from the mountainous lake to the green and rich forest mountains.

Visit to Haghartsin Monastery (13th c.), located in the secluded place of the forest, which includes the group of Monastery buildings. Appearing unexpectedly, out of the dense forests, in front of the visitors, the Monastery creates a magical impression of the lost world. Drive to Goshavank Monastery (11th -13 th cc), which was one of the spiritual and cultural centers of medieval manuscript.

Drive back to Yerevan.

 O/N in Yerevan.

Day 3 – Wednesday:

Yerevan - Garni - Geghard - Yerevan

Breakfast at the hotel. Drive to the only remaining pagan temple in Armenia devoted to the God of Sun – Myrth, in Garni, built in 77 AD by King Trdat (Arshakid Dynasty). Photo stop at Charentc Arc. The temple is Greco-Roman style with characteristic pillars. It stands proudly on a rocky ridge with a deep canyon presenting a beautiful view. The temple was a summer residence for Arshakid dynasty. Visit to the ruins of Royal Palace and Royal bath-house nearby. Canyon of Garni -magnificent and outstanding scene which creates the image of falling crags. It obtained the name "Symphony of Stones" due to its view. The fantastic landscape of Garni canyon shakes the human imagination.

Drive to the unique caved temple St. Geghard (12th -13th cc.), the name of which means “holy spear” in the honor of the long-preserved spear, the same spear that pierced the body of crucified Christ. It is now exhibited in the museum of Etchmiadzin Cathedral. Geghard Monastery is included in the UNESCO World Heritage list (2000).

Watching of “Lavash” (Armenian traditional flat bread baked in stone-make oven) making process in local village house

Drive back to Yerevan.

 O/N in Yerevan.

Day 4 - Thursday:

Yerevan city tour - Hand Made carpet Factory - Brandy Factory

Breakfast at the hotel. Sightseeing tour in Yerevan, ancient and at the same time a modern city (29 years older than Rome) with a unique coloring with the majestic biblical mountain Ararat on the background. Visit to the fortress ruins of Erebuni, founded during the Urartian Kingdom by the King Argishti in 782 BC and the Erebuni museum (1968) with the Urartian period exhibits. The fortress has played a significant role for the Armenian Statehood. Erebuni has been renamed Yerevan since at least the 7th century A.D., when it was the capital of Armenia. Yerevan is currently 2797 years old and still counting.

Visit to Armenian hand made carpet factory with possibility to watch the production of the rugs which involve dyeing of the yarns by using vegetable dyes, weaving, shearing, finishing, etc. The factory has showroom where purchases are offered (shipping of rugs to your country is possible). Yerevan sightseeing including City center, Republic square, State University, City panorama, Mother Armenia Monument, Parliament, President’s Palace, Opera, Sports & Concert Complex. Visit to Cascade complex, which is considered the modern art center of Yerevan, with art pieces displayed throughout the whole area: the boulevard and up the stairs, from top of which you can enjoy the panoramic view on the city and Mountain Ararat. Cascade is home to Cafesjan modern art museum. This place becomes even more charming in the evenings, when it is full of people, both locals and tourists from all over the world, enjoying the magic and the warmth of the capital. You will enjoy spending time in one of the cozy open-air cafes surrounded by beautiful sculptures, redolent flowers shining brightly with magic colors. It is also a popular place for open air concerts at summer season.

Very interesting one hour tour around Armenian brandy factory offers tourists familiarization with the history of the plant, process of brandy preparation, showrooms and halls of storages. Visitors will also have degustation of 2 types of brandy of different age in degustation hall. Brandy shop at the factory territory will be available for purchasing of this famous Armenian brandy directly from the factory. 

 O/N in Yerevan.

Day 5 - Friday:

Yerevan - Ararat valley - Khor Virap - Noravank - Ancient cave ("Birds-Cave") - Areni winery - Yerevan

Breakfast at the hotel. Drive to Ararat valley, visit to Khor Virap Church – the place of imprisonment of St. Gregory the Illuminator, who stayed here in the small dungeon for 13 years without any food, accused by the Armenian King of preaching Christianity. Khor Virap Church was built on the dungeon and now people have a chance to go down into the dark pit themselves. It is one of the holy places for the Christian world. It is also the best point to enjoy the most spectacular view of the gorgeous biblical mountain Ararat shining with its two white peaks. The hills adjoining Khor Virap were the site of the early Armenian capital - ancient Artashat built by King Artashes I, founder of the Artashesid dynasty, around 180 B.C. It is one of the few ancient towns, built by the special design of the famous Carthaginian general Hannibal. After the defeat in a war against Rome, he found shelter in Armenia…

Drive through the spectacular canyon between the red rocks toward Noravank Monastery (13th c.). On the way visit local winery in Areni village - wine testing. Areni used to be one of the centers of wine production in Armenia. Recent archeological findings makes place worldwide famous. In September 2010, archaeologists discovered a 6,100-year-old 5 winery and wine cellar in Areni (Vayots Dzor province) in Armenia. Within the underground wine cellar, a wine press for stomping grapes, fermentation and storage containers, drinking cups, grape vines, skins, and seeds were found. This is the earliest winery and wine cellar found to date. The findings indicated large scale wine production, quite possibly the earliest retail winery.  Drive back to Yerevan.

 O/N in Yerevan.

Day 6 - Saturday:

Yerevan - Tbilisi tour (main sights of old and new city, cable car ride) - Mtskheta (old town, Svetitskhoveli Cathedral) - Jvari - Tbilisi

Breakfast at the hotel. Early morning drive to Tbilisi. Tbilisi (literally "Warm Spring") is the capital and the largest city of Georgia, lying on the banks of the Mt'k'vari River, founded in the 5th century by Vakhtang Gorgasali. Tbilisi is a significant industrial, social and cultural centre of Georgia. Located strategically at the crossroads between Europe and Asia and lying along the historic Silk Road routes, Tbilisi has often been a point of contention between various rival powers and empires. The history of the city can be seen by its architecture. Tbilisi sightseeing tour includes: Old town: Metechi church and the statue of king Vakhtang Gorgasali (founder of Tbilisi -5th century); Abanotubani, the ancient district of Tbilisi, known for its sulfuric baths; Narikala fortress; Sharden street, Synagogue, Sioni Cathedral, The Holy Trinity Cathedral, known as Sameba, which is the main Georgian Orthodox Cathedral listed among the largest Orthodox churches in the world; Shota Rustaveli Avenue.

Lunch in Tbilisi.

 O/N in Tbilisi.

Day 7 - Sunday:

Tbilisi - Mtskheta - Jvari - Akhaltsikhe (fortress Rabati) - Vardzia - Yerevan

Breakfast at the hotel.

Drive to Mtskheta, one of the oldest cities of Georgia, the capital of the early Georgian kingdom of Iberia during the 3rd century BC - 5th century AD and site of early Christianity. Visit Svetitskhoveli Cathedral (11th century) and Jvari Monastery (6th century). Drive back to Tbilisi.

 Drive to Akhaltsikhe (literally means new castle), the city in southwestern Georgia. Visit  fortress Rabati (XII century) that combined ortodox church, mosque, catholic church, Armenian church and and Synagogue.

Lunch in Akhaltsikhe.

Drive to Cave town Vardzia (12th centruy), one of the most important and impressive historic monuments in Georgia founded by Queen Thamar in 12 th centuary. It is ocated at the altitude of 1300 meters above sea level. There are more than 300 caves.
Continuation to Armenian-Georgian border. Passing border formalities..
 O/N in Yerevan.
Day 8 - Monday:

Transfer to the airport. Departure.

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