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Highlights of Georgia and Armenia

10 days
9 nights

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4* hotels
$ 2,270.00 (double / twin occupancy)
$ 2,855.00 (single occupancy)
$ 2,015.00 (triple occupancy )
5* hotels
$ 3,030.00 (double / twin occupancy)
$ 4,270.00 (single occupancy)
$ 2,620.00 (triple occupancy)

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ALL YEAR ROUND

Included:

  • Transfer from/to the airport.
  • Comfortable transport during the tour.
  • Hotel accommodation BB (for 9 nights).
  • English-speaking guide Service.
  • Entrance tickets.
  • 1 bottle fresh water per person per day.

Optional Services:

  • Dinner at Armenian traditional restaurant with folklore and local traditional meal - €40 per person (Day 1)
  • Dinner and folk show at Georgian traditional restaurant - €40 per person (Day 5)
  • Wine-tasting with snacks and master-class of making Khachapuri – Georgian traditional meal and Churchkhela – tradional sweet - €30 per person   (Day 6)
  • Wine-tasting – €20 per persons (Day 6)
  • Visit Georgian family and have master-class of making Georgian traditional food Khinkali with lunch – 25 EUR per person (Day 8)

Itinerary:

Day 1  : ARRIVAL IN YEREVAN

Arrive in Yerevan. Transfer from the airport. Accommodation at the hotel. Free time for rest.

Overnight in Yerevan.

Options: Dinner at Armenian traditional restaurant with folklore and local traditional meal - €40 per person
Day 2  : YEREVAN

City sightseeing tour - Cathedral of Echmiadzin

During the tour you will visit:

Blue Mosque on Mashtotsskom Avenue, Republic  Square, Cascade and the Statue of Mother Armenia, the Opera House and the grandiose projects of independent Armenia - Northern Avenue and spacious Cathedral of St. Gregory the Illuminator was consecrated by His Eminence Patriarch of All Armenians in the presence of His Holiness Pope John Paul II.

Cathedral of Echmiadzin - Founded in 301 by St. Gregory the Illuminator and rebuilt and added to for over 1,700 years, Echmiadzin now is the heart of the Armenian Church, and seat of the Catholicos of all Armenians. The inside has interesting frescoes, altar, lamps, and thrones. The intricate bell tower entrance is an addition from the 1800s. 

Visit Dalan art gallery - colorful world of handmade art which symbolizes Armenia and Armenian culture. Amazing combinations pictures, sculptures and collages made of wood, clay, metal and leather. Highly praised by the “The New York Times”  the gallery attracts visitors with its unique works. 

Overnight in Yerevan (B)

Day 3  : GERHARD - GARNI

Cave monastery of Geghard ( 4th century)

Visit Geghard  - a medieval monastery in the Kotayk province of Armenia, partially carved out of the adjacent mountain, surrounded by cliffs. It is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

On the way to Geghard, we will stop at the "Arki Charentsa" - a splendid view on the Biblical Ararat valley. Continue to the cave monastery of Geghard, the tomb of princes Proshyan.  The tour continues to the pagan temple of Garni (1st century BC), the "Temple of the Sun" and the ancient imperial baths. Return to Yerevan.

Overnight in Yerevan (B)

Day 4  : YEREVAN – LAKE SEVAN - SEVANAVANL - TBILISI

Visiting Lake Savan and Sevanavank monastery (8th century)

Depart to Tbilisi. On the way enjoy the view of Lake Sevan, one of the largest high-mountain freshwater lakes in the world and visit Sevanavank Monastery, which is situated at the lake and is surrounded by mountains.
Sevanavank dates back to the 8th century and is located on a peninsula on the northwest shore of Lake Sevan. Arrive in Tbilisi. Accommodation at the hotel.

Overnight in Tbilisi (B)

Day 5  : TBILISI

Tbilisi sightseeing tour - Narikhala fortress

Walking tour in Tbilisi.  During the tour you will visit Park Rike  and take cable-cars to Narikhala fortress enjoying an unusual view of Old Tbilisi. From the upper ropeway station you will overlook  the old city and the botanical garden.

Narikhala fortress – exists  since the mid-4th century.  The fortress is built on a hill, therefore there is a splendid view of the old city.

District of sulfur baths and Legvtahevi –   is located in the center  of the city. By the legend, the foundation of Tbilisi started from hot sulfur springs. Archaeological excavations found the ancient strata of the city which was hidden for decades, and only now has been reconstructed - returned to its historic appearance.

Meydan -  central square of the old town, formerly a commercial center of the city, today surrounded by cafes and bars.

Rustaveli Avenue and the architecture from the 19th century.

In the evening we offer and optional dinner at the Georgian restaurant with folklore show including Adjarian dance, “Mtiuluri”, “Rachuli” and Wedding Dance. Also, you will enjoy live music, Georgian pop songs and songs in the voices.

Overnight in Tbilisi (B)

Options: Dinner at Georgian traditional restaurant - €40 per person.
Day 6  : KAKHETI – WINE REGION. GOMBORI-TELAVI-GREMI-KVARELI-SIGNAGI-BODBE

Kakheti vinery - 16th century royal castle - royal town Sighnaghi and Bodbe Monastery

Departure to Telavi through Gombori pass – a mountain chain in the Georgian part of the Greater Caucasus Mountains, located in the province of Kakheti in eastern Georgia and extending for 107 km with the highest mountain of 1,991 meters above sea level.

Tour in Telavi - city ​​of the XVIII century - the residence of the kings of Kakheti.
Drive to Gremi, architectural complex of 16th century which used to be the royal residence and the capital of Kakheti Kingdom. Gloomy and monumental, the Gremi castle is one of the most visited tourist points in Georgia. Both were built in 1563 by king of Kakheti Levan.

Visit winery Khareba in Kvareli - established following the ancient traditions. The wine producers here maintain unique vine culture using ancient methods and also applying modern technologies producing high quality wines.

In Kvareli wine is kept in a unique wine cellar located in the tunnel carved out of the rock. Originally built for military purposes, today the tunnel is used to store Kakheti’s finest wines.

Departure to the Sighnaghi.
Sighnaghi is a Royal Town, surrounded by defensive walls with 23 towers was an important trading center on the Great Silk Road.  From Sighnaghi there is beautiful view on the Alazani valley, boundless space stretching to the horizon.

Within Sighnaghi Tour we also visit the Bodbe Monastery, 2 km away from Sighnaghi, built in 9th century by Saint Nino (the saint, who preached Christianity in Georgia). Here is the grave of Saint Nino and her holy spring – the sites visited by believers from all over the world.
Return to Tbilisi.

Overnight in Tbilisi (B)

Options: Wine-tasting with snacks and master-class of making Khachapuri – Georgian traditional meal and Churchkhela – tradional sweet - €30 per person. Wine-tasting – €20 per persons.
Day 7  : TBILISI – MTASKHETA – UPLITSIKHE

Visiting the 3rd century BC town Mtskheta and Upliscikhe - ancient town carved in rock (6th century BC)

Tour to Mtskheta.
Mtskheta is one of the oldest towns in Georgia and the country’s cultural and religious center. Mtskheta was the capital of the Eastern Georgian Kingdom of Iberia from the 3rd century BC. Monuments of Mtskheta are included in UNESCO World Heritage.
The monastery Djvari (6th century) located on a hilltop, opens a beautiful view of the city and you can see the confluence of the Kura and Aragvi rivers.

The trip continues to the most interesting and important monument of Kartli region - Upliscikhe - ancient town carved in rock, built in the 6th century BC. Here are remains of amphitheater, several temples and market place. Town has been abandoned since 13th century. Drive back to Tbilisi.

Overnight in Tbilisi (B)

Day 8  : ANANURI-GUDAURI-KAZBEGI

Zhinvali Lake - winter sports resort Gudauri - Kazbegi Nature Reserve center

Departure to the Zhinvali Lake, located 70 km from Tbilisi.

Visit Gudauri, 120 km from Tbilisi- a winter sports resort in Kazbegi region of Georgia, located at the height of 2,196 m near the Cross Pass. The skiing season here lasts from December to March. Enjoy the views of Caucasus Mountains.

Further we visit Stephantsminda (Kazbegi) -  a small town in the Mtskheta-Mtianeti region of north-eastern Georgia, known for its scenic location in the Greater Caucasus mountains. The town is a center for trekking, mountain climbing and hiking in the forests of the surrounding Kazbegi Nature Reserve. Return to Tbilisi.

Overnight in Tbilisi (B)

Options: Visit Georgian family and have master-class of making Georgian traditional food Khinkali with lunch – 25 EUR per person.
Day 9  : TBILISI

Free day in Tbilisi.

Overnight in Tbilisi (B)

Day 10  : TBILISI - DEPARTURE

Transfer to the airport (B)