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Georgia - Armenia

13 days / 12 nights

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Day 1

Arrival in Tbilisi

Meeting at the Tbilisi International Airport. Transfer to the hotel. Overnight in Tbilisi.

Day 2

Tbilisi City Tour

Breakfast at the hotel. 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; Open Air Museum of Ethnography – it is essentially a historic village populated by buildings moved there from all main territorial subdivisions of Georgia. Overnight in Tbilisi.

Day 3

Tbilisi- Sighnaghi – Bodbe – Velistsikhe-Tbilisi

Breakfast at the hotel. Drive to eastern part of Georgia Kakheti region, known almost exclusively for its vineyards and wineries. Visit Signagi, ancient city, also known as the City of Love, with stone-paved streets and the balconies in old - Georgian style. It is one of the beautiful towns of Kakheti region At the elevation of about 790 m above sea level, the town overlooks the Alazani valley and faces the Greater Caucasus Mountains. The town is walled with the remnants of 18th century fortifications. Visit Bodbe Monastery Originally built in the 9th century, it has been significantly remodeled in the 17th century. The monastery now functions as a nunnery and is one of the the major pilgrimage sites in Georgia. Drive to Velistsikhe, village in Kakheti region. Visit peasant house with wine cellar. Optional: Diner in the yard of house with barbeque (shashlik) on nature, wine tasing in the wine cellar. Drive back to Tbilisi. Overnight inTbilisi.

Day 4

Tbilisi - Gori – Uplistsikhe – Borjomi - Bakuriani

Breakfast at the hotel. Drive to Gori. Visit to the Joseph Stalin State Museum. Drive to Uplistsikhe (literally, “the lord's fortress”), the ancient rock-hewn in eastern Georgia. It contains various structures dating from the Early Iron Ages to the Late Middle Ages, and is notable for the unique combination of various styles of rock-cut cultures from Anatolia and Iran as well as the co-existence of pagan and Christian architecture. Drive to Borjomi, the resort town in south-central Georgia. The town is famous for its mineral water industry (which is presently the number one export of Georgia) Visit Borjomi Park. Mineral water tasting. Drive to Bakuriani, the popular ski resort, located on the northern slope of the Trialeti Range, at an elevation of 1,700 meters above sea level. Overnight in Bakuriani.

Day 5

Bakuriani- Vardzia – Akhaltsikhe - Bakuriani

Breakfast at the hotel. Drive to Cave town Vardzia (XII century), one of the most important and impressive historic monuments in Georgia. Vardzia is located at the altitude of 1300 meters above sea level. Drive to Akhaltsikhe (literally means new castle), the city in southwestern Georgia. Visit Akhaltsikhe fortress Rabati (XII century). Drive back to Bakuriani. Overnight in Bakuriani.

Day 6

Bakuriani - Mtskheta - Ananuri - Gudauri

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 to Ananuri. Visit Ananuri (17th century) , the castle complex on the Aragvi River. Drive along historical Georgian Military Road to Gudauri, a ski resort (2000 meters above the sea level) located on the southern slopes of the greater Caucasus Mountain Range in Georgia. Overnight in Gudauri.

Day 7

Gudauri - Kazbegi - Gergeti - Tbilisi

Breakfast at the hotel. Drive to Kazbegi by crossing the “Jvari Pass” (2379 m. above the sea level). Explore the area beautifully situated on the hill. Hire locally 4X4 vehicles to get to Gergeti Holy Trinity Church, the remarkable monument of Georgian architecture, near the village of Gergeti, situated at an elevation of 2170 meters under Mount Kazbegi (elevation 5033). Drive back to Tbilisi. Overnight in Tbilisi.

Day 8

Tbilisi – Sadakhlo – Haghpat – Sanahin – Yerevan

Breakfast at the hotel. Drive to the Georgian - Armenian border – Sadakhlo. Passing the border formalities. Drive to the northern part of Armenia, the magical place of forested mountains and deep canyons. Visit to the masterpieces of Armenian medieval architecture – Haghpat and Sanahin Monastery. Sanahin Monastery ranks amongst the most celebrated monasteries of medieval Armenia. It is a complex with St. Mother of God Church, St. Amenaprkich Church, St. Gregory chapel (X c.), an Academy building (XI c.), a depository (XI c.), a Gallery building (X c.), a vestibule (XII c.) and bells (XIII c.). All these buildings are around St. Blessed Virgin old Church. Haghpat monastery is located in the north-eastern part of Sanahin, was built with its resemblance. The clock-tower was erected in 1210 and is one of the most beautiful examples of its kind from the medieval period in Armenia. The monastery’s bell tower, built in 1245, stands apart from the main ensemble of monuments, and is architecturally noteworthy. The complex was once home to libraries, scriptoriums, schools and refectories. Arts and humanities, theology, painting were taught here. The most interesting feature about Haghpat is the refectory (XIII c.). Haghpat and Sanahin Monasteries are included in the UNESCO World Heritage List (2000). Drive to Yerevan. Overnight in Yerevan.

Day 9

Yerevan City Tour - Etchmiadzin - Zvartnots – Yerevan

Breakfast at the hotel. City tour- Yerevan sightseeing including City center, Republic square, State University, City panorama, Mother Armenia Monument, Parliament, President’s Palace, Opera, Sports & Concert Complex. Visit to the Genocide Memorial, dedicated to the Victims of 1915 and the Genocide Museum. Visit to Matenadaran (depository for ancient manuscripts, the collection of which is one of the biggest in the world). This outstanding collection includes manuscripts dating from 7th century and is widely appreciated by history and art amateurs and professionals. 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. Drive to Etchmiadzin City, the ancient capital of Armenia. Since 4th century, it is the largest religious center, the residency of Catholicos of All Armenians. Etchmiadzin Cathedral is one of the ancient churches in the Christian world, included in the UNESCO World Heritage List (2000). The museum of the Cathedral, located behind the Altar, has collection of religious artefacts about Holy Mass, subjects made of gold, silver, precious stones, decorations, colossal silver boiler for making the myrrh and legendary Holy spear. Visit St. Hripsime Church (618 A.D.), one of the major Armenian Apostolic churches. Visit Zvartnots, a temple of Vigil Forces, built in 641—661 A.D. as Armenia’s main cathedral by the Catholicos Nerses III. It is considered one of the architectural wonders and unique example of Armenian architecture of early Christian period. Zvartnots is included in the UNESCO World Heritage List (2000). Overnight in Yerevan

Day 10

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). Optional: Family hosted lunch in village house with watching of “Lavash” (Armenian traditional flat bread baked in stone-make oven) making process, testing authentic Armenian food, get acquainted with local village life. Degustation of homemade vodka made from different fruits (apricot, grape, pitch, apple or mulberry) and homemade wine. Drive back to Yerevan. Overnight in Yerevan.

Day 11

Yerevan – Ashtarak – Saghmosavank – Amberd - Yerevan

Breakfast at the hotel. Drive to Ashtarak. Visit to the monastery complex of Saghmosavank. The Church of Zion in Saghmosavank (1215 y.), the main temple, was erected by Prince Vache Vachutyan. The book depository of Saghmosavank located on the territory of the Monastery was built in 1255 A.D. under Prince Kurd Vachutyan. Many ornamented stonecrosses have been preserved on the territory of the monasteries. Visit to the Amberd fortress, meaning "fortress in the clouds" in Armenian. It is a fortress complex with a church built XI-XIII centuries on the slopes of Mt. Aragats at 2,300 meters above sea level. The fortress was founded in the 7th century A.D. during the rule of the Kamsarakan princes. It was rebuilt 4 centuries later by the architect Vahram Vachutian Pakhlavuni. He added thick stone walls and 3 bastions along the ridge of the Arkhashyan ravine, where were no natural defences. The Church was built in 1026 A.D. by Vahram Pahlavuni. The baths were constructed outside the palace in the 13th century. The exterior architecture is simple and expressive, crowned by an umbrella shaped cupola. Drive back to Yerevan. Overnight in Yerevan

Day 12

Yerevan – Lake Sevan - Dilijan (Hagartsin monastery) - Border Sadakhlo – Tbilisi

Drive to Lake Sevan, 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. Total surface of the lake is 940 km2. Akhtamar peninsula is most popular destination to enjoy the breath-taking view on Sevan Lake, make pics for sweet memories and visit the ancient Sevanavank Monastery (IX century), which stands in its greatness on the peninsula overlooking the lake for centuries. It was built by the daughter of the founder of Bagratuni dynasty King Ashot I, Armenian princess Mariam. Sevanavank Monastery consists of 2 churches, Surb Arakelots (Holy Aposteles) and Surb Astvatsamair (Holy Godmother). The trip to Lake Sevan should be a memorable one for you. Drive to Haghartsin Monastery, 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. The complex includes: Churches St. Gregory (XI c.), St. Stepanos (1244 y.), St. Astvatsatsin (1281 y.), the chapel (XIII c.), burial-vault of the Bagratid kingdom (XII c.), and vestibule of St. Gregory (XII c.), refectory (1248 y) and a place of different monastery services (XII-XIII cc.). The most attractive one is the Church St. Astvatsatsin that is the leader of artistic technique. Monastery refectory, raised by the architect Minas, belongs to the buildings of the rare type composition. It possesses the shape of the oblong rectangle. Lengthwise the walls, stone benches are placed. The premises receive beams by light holes in the hip overlaps. Drive to the Armenian - Georgian border Sadakhlo. Passing border formalities. Drive to Tbilisi. Overnight in Tbilisi.

Day 13


Transfer to Tbilisi International Airport