Armenia, Caucasus, Georgia
Destination
+12
Age
7 Days
Duration
Autumn, Spring, Summer, Winter
Season

This tour will get you acquainted with the two oldest countries in the world – Georgia and Armenia. Archaeological evidence suggests that the area of South Caucasus is one of the oldest sites of human presence, dating back as far as 3 000 000 years. Situated at the important crossroads where Europe meets Asia, Georgia Armenia have a unique and ancient cultural heritage, and is famed for its traditions of hospitality and cuisine. Georgia and Armenia abounds in natural variety. Georgia is also known as the cradle of wine. This fact is known by 8000 years old archaeological findings of grape pips inside antique clay pots.

While exploring these South Caucasus countries you will discover a fascinating cross-roads culture that has integrated both Europe and Asia. You will visit World Heritage Monasteries, unique painted churches, cave towns, stunning gorges and valleys, ethnographic and historical museums, art galleries and more…

INCLUDED 
Comfortable A/C bus (minivan) or other transport of your choice
twin room accommodation at 4* hotels
Full board catering service.This tour offers Vegetarian, Vegan, Halal and Kosher food options on request. Simply let our Customer Support team know the food option that you prefer.  (Excluded for solo travelers & couples)
English speaking guide service for whole the trip (Excluded for solo travelers & couples)
  Entrance fees and local guides, and 1 bottles of mineral water without gas per person per day
NOT INCLUDED
Any international flights are not included in the tour price. You can organize your flights separately at any point, or book your flight with our preferred partner, that we work with – jetradar.com, or simply contact us.
Travel insurance is not include in the tour price. You can organize travel insurance with your preferred insurance company. We offer World Nomads, a company recommended by “Lonely Planet”, “Intrepid Travel” and many other travel specialists. You can check out the details here
Single room supplement
Alcoholic beverages
Service except described

Additional information

Choose the group size1, 10, 11, 12, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
PriceLuxury Travel
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DAY 1.Arrive at Tbilisi

Arrive at Tbilisi airport, transfer to hotel, Tbilisi sightseeing tour – the Old Town and the New City. The city offers a wide variety of sights, most of them very ancient. We begin our visit just a few minute walk from the hotel in the compact area of Old Tbilisi. Starting at the church of Metekhi, we walk to the brick domes of sulfur baths and then on to spectacularly located Narikala fortress – one of the oldest fortresses in Georgia, overlooking Mtkvari River gorge. After that we visit the synagogue, and the Sioni and Anchiskhati churches, which mark the end of the Old Town. Visit the holy trinity cathedral, the third biggest church in the world. Dinner in the local restaurant, tasting Georgian dishes and wine.  Spend the night in Tbilisi.

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DAY 2.Tbilisi – Mtskheta – Kutaisi

After a breakfast in the hotel, we visit the ancient capital and the religious centre of Georgia – Mtskheta (3000 years old) and see its historical sites: Jvari monastery (6th century) and Svetitskhoveli cathedral (11th century), where it is said, Christ’s shroud is buried. Both Jvari and Svetitskhoveli are UNESCO World Heritage sites. On the way we visit Ananuri – a 17th century architectural complex. We’ll visit to kvevri maker in Shrosha village, Dinner in Kutaisi, overnight in Tskaltubo Resort.

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DAY 3.Kutaisi – Tbilisi

After breakfast Sightseeing tour of Kutaisi. Visit Bagrat Cathedral and Gelati Monastery (10 – 12th century (site UNESCO). Visit the amazing Promete cave, dinner in Tbilisi, overnight in Tbilisi.

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DAY 4.Tbilisi - Kakheti – Tbilisi

Today we will explore the rich heritage of Kakheti wine culture. We will visit the Old Shuamta and New Shuamta, Alaverdi Monastery with very special wine cellar. We continue our Tour by visiting Gremi, a 16th century architectural complex and then we go on to Nekresi monastery. Lunch at a local farmhouse, where we’ll try some tasty home-cooked dishes and local wine and drink typical Georgian wine directly from clay jugs buried in the ground. We continue our way to winery to taste some of our European style Georgian wines. Then we will visit the unique 300 year old summer wine cellar where you will learn about Georgian winemaking traditions, which differ quite markedly from European methods. Drive to Tbilisi, check-in, dinner at the local restaurant, overnight in Tbilisi

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DAY 5.Tbilisi - Haghpat Monastic Complex – Eyrevan

It’s time to driving to one of the highest fresh-water lakes in the world – the Sevan (1 900m).  From the top of Sevan Peninsula you can admire the full view of the lake of volcano-tectonic origin and the adjacent mountain chains.

Driving through wooded mountains of Dilijan National Park and deep gorges of Northern regions you stop in mountainous Haghpat village. You just cannot leave Armenia without seeing a masterpiece of architecture – Haghpat Monastic Complex, check-in the hotel in Eyrevan, dinner in Eyrevan, overnight in Eyrevan

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DAY 6.Eyrevan – Geghard - Holy Etchmiadzin - Zvartnots Temple

In the morning the coach takes you to Geghard Monastic Complex located on the mountainside of the almost closed amphitheater of harsh cliffs. It is famous for its rock-cut architecture. Thanks to its hard-to-reach area, the Holy Lance which pierced the side of Christ has been kept here for 500 years. St. Thaddeus Apostle brought it to Armenia in 33 AD. In honor of the Holy Lance, Ayrivank Monastery (meaning “Cave Monastery”) was renamed Geghart (the Armenian translation of “the Holy Lance”). Then you move forward to the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin – the spiritual centre of the Armenian Apostolic Church and the seat of the Supreme Patriarch and the Catholicos of All Armenians. Numerous kings and Catholicoses have been crowned and consecrated here.

When Noah emerged from the Ark in the Ararat Valley, he built an altar of sacrifice in the place where the Mother Cathedral is now standing and offered a sacrifice. St. Gregory the Illuminator chose the location of the 4th C Mother Cathedral in accordance with the vision he had. In his dream, he saw the Miatsin (meaning “the Only Begotten Son of God”) with glittering light on his face descending from the Heaven and with a golden hammer striking the ground where the Mother Cathedral of Holy Etchmiadzin was to be located. Hence, Etchmiadzin means “the place, where the Only Begotten Son of God descended”.

On the way back to Yerevan you stop at the ruins of outstanding Zvartnots Temple.

You’re in Yerevan again.To deeply feel the spirit of the city you dine and spend the evening at one of open-air cafes.

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DAY 7.Yerevan – Tbilisi

Meeting on the border, lunch on the way to Tbilisi and transfer to Tbilisi International Airport

Georgia Armenia
Travel in Armenia
Travel in Dilijan, Armenia
Alaverdi monastery

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