Armenia - Georgia

duration 10 May - 25 May 2018
duration 10 May - 25 May 2018

From Ararat to the Caucasus

Two ancient civilizations have developed rich culture and authentic traditions over thousands of years.

Discover the precious architectural marvels of two ancient countries.
Visit the monasteries and castles hidden in the mountains and taste a wide variety of the Caucasian delicious specialties. Be a witness to the hospitality of the Armenians and Georgians and be part of their everyday life.
We offer you all inclusive vacations and guided tours both in Armenia and Georgia.

ITINERARY

Day 1 Yerevan
Arrival at Zvartnots International Airport. Transfer to your hotel. Settle in your hotel and enjoy your leisure time.

Day 2 Yerevan: Matenadaran – Megerian Carpets – Tsitsernakaberd – City Tour
Start your interesting tour in one of the oldest cities in the world. The guide will be waiting for you to start a day full of discoveries. We will take a city tour in the capital, where we will uncover the main landmarks of the colorful city.
Next, we will visit the scientific and research center of the Matenadaran, where numerous ancient manuscripts and books are demonstrated in the hall. The huge complex is located on the hillside area of Mashtots Avenue. Treat your eyes to the splendid panorama of the city.
Right after we finish our observation mission in the Matenadaran, we will take a direction to Megerian carpet factory, where numerous rugs exhibited in the museum of the factory, represent long history of Armenian rug-making art. Here, we will have a traditional lunch, with delicious variety of Armenian ancient cuisine.
After a lovely lunch break, we will continue to the Armenian Genocide Memorial and museum.
In the evening you will be invited for an evening stroll through the city.
Day 3 Yerevan – Amberd − Aragats – Yerevan
Wake up and prepare for the third day full of adventures.
First, we will cover the 11th-century Fortress of Amberd, located on the top of the mountain, with picturesque valleys and mountains on the background. We will pass to Vahramashen church, situated next to the fortress, where we will have a short lunch break on a lovely picnic spot.
Now it is time to hike the southern peak (3888 m above sea level) of the highest top in Armenia − Aragats (4090 m above sea level). On our way to the southern peak of the mount, we will unfold the beauty of Lake Qari with its cool and fresh water.
As we reach the peak, you will be astonished by the fascinating view of the sky that willseem to be closer and of the mesmerizing view of the Mount Ararat . Depending on your wishes, we can also hike up to the East Summit (3650 m above sea level).
In the evening, after we descend the mountain, we will drive back to our hotel in Yerevan.

Day 4 Yerevan – Geghard – Basalt Organs – Garni – Yerevan
At the beginning of this day we will head to the western province of Kotayk to uncover two remarkable landmarks. On the way there, we will admire the mountainous gorges and wooded hillsides.
First one to be revealed is Geghard Monastery, which is carved out of a solid mountain. The complex was built in the 4th century, although the main chapel was structured in 1215. This is an incredible historic site, full of natural beauty surrounding it.
Next, we will head to the village of Garni, where we will stop to admire natural ''Basalt Organs'' or, in other words, "The Symphony of Stones".
We will continue our discoveries heading to the next destination − Garni Temple − located in the same valley. This is the only non-Christian religious monument in Armenia. With a gorgeous view of mountains and cliffs surrounding it, it is the best place to take photos.
At the end of the day we will return to Yerevan.

Day 5 Yerevan − Khor Virap – Zangakatun – Areni – Noravank – Karahunj − Goris
Today, in the morning we will head to the southern part of the country. The first stop will be at Khor Virap Monastery, rising high on the plain Valley of Ararat. We will be charmed by the flawless view of the Mount Ararat on a clear day.
Later, we will depart to Zangakatun Village to visit the Paruyr Sevak’s House-Museum (Paruyr Sevak is an Armenian outstanding poet).
Next, we will drive to the wine-making center of the country − Areni. Here, we will have traditional Armenian lunch and taste local wine at a family vineyard.
Afterwards, we will drive to Amaghu Gorge, which is always twined with Grand Canyon, where one of the most beautiful monasteries called Noravank is situated. This is a perfect location for taking pictures and admiring the red cliffs. Here, we will have a coffee break in a cozy cave-cafe.
Later, we will depart to megalithic complex of Karahunj or Armenian Stonehenge − an observatory, used by locals about thousands of years ago.
In the evening, we will arrive in Goris for overnight.

Day 6 Goris – Khndzoresk – Tatev − Goris
The new day will start from delicious breakfast in Armenian town Goris. Afterwards, we will visit Old Khndzoresk Village. This will be a real gift for nature lovers as the caves and rocks look as if they have cracked the mountain and came out to the surface.
Afterwards, we will continue to the Monastery of Tatev. The combination of architectural marvel together with divine nature surrounding it, make Tatev one of the most visited and photographed places in Armenia. While there, we will take the longest reversible ropeway of the world. We will have a chance to enjoy the stunning scenery of the steep Vorotan Gorge from the cabin of the ropeway.
At the end of the day we will return to our hotel in Goris.

Day 7 Goris – Selim – Noratus – Hayravank – Sevanavank - Dilijan
Today, we will leave from Goris and continue our tour to the caravanserai of Selim, located in the picturesque Valley of Selim, which used to be a shelter for travellers and their animals.
Later, we will head to Noratus − an ancient cemetery which has the largest collection of khachkars (cross-stones).
Near Hayravank Village, on the western shore of Lake Sevan, we will visit Hayravank Monasterybuilt in the 9th century which overlooks gorgeous Lake Sevan.
Afterwards, we will take a direction to Sevan peninsula to reveal another precious ancient structure − Sevanavank Monastery. Due to the great location, we will have a fantastic view over the "Blue Pearl" and its nearby area.
In the evening we will depart to Dilijan and settle in a hotel.

Day 8 Dilijan – Haghartsin – Goshavank − Tbilisi (Georgia)
The fresh morning will start from the emerald town of Dilijan, also known as "Armenian Switzerland". Thick forests, mountains and hills embrace the town of Dilijan, creating a little green oasis in the southern part of the province.
Afterwards, we will pay visit to Haghartsin (11th C.) and Goshavank (12th-13th CC.) monasteries, located very close to Dilijan, ina deepforested area.
Later, we will head to the Armenian-Georgian border to leave for Georgia. After approximately one-hour drive, your feet will land in Tbilisi − the Georgian capital.
You will be dropped-off at your hotel in Tbilisi for overnight.

Day 9 City tour in Tbilisi
Wake up and hurry to admire the colorful Tbilisi! The city is located on the slope of Holy Mount Mtatsminda.
We will unfold the Old Town, where almost all buildings are considered as cultural monuments and treasures.
Later, we will climb the stairs to reach the historic Metekhi church (5th-8th CC.) situated on the bank of the river Mtkvari, which overlooks the colorful Old Town.
Next, we will enjoy a traditional Georgian lunch and afterwards, ascend to Narikala Fortress (4th C.), which is perched on the hill in the center of the city, as well as we will visit Sioni Cathedral and the Anchiskhati Basilica (6th C.), one of the oldest churches in Tbilisi.
In the evening you will be accompanied to a hotel for an overnight stay.

Day 10 Tbilisi − Davit Gareja – Jvari – Mtskheta − Tbilisi
Today we will leave Tbilisi for a while to uncover 3000-year-old cave monastery of Davit Gareja, located on a semi-desert area of Gareja, in the famous winemaking Region of Kakheti. Later, we will have lunch in a cozy local restaurant.
Afterwards, the discoveries in Georgia will continue and we will head to one of the oldest cities in Georgia − Mtskheta.
Mtskheta is a small town; it can easily be explored on foot. We will also pay a visit to the splendid Svetitskhoveli Cathedral. Not far from here, we will ascend to Jvari Monastery, which is situated on the top of the mountain and overlooks the beautiful town of Mtskheta. The magnificent Monastery of Jvari was listed on UNESCO World Heritage Site.
At the end of the day, you will be transferred back to your hotel in Tbilisi.

Day 11 Tbilisi – Ananuri – Stepantsminda (Kazbegi)
Today, after breakfast, we will head to the picturesque mountainous town of Stepantsminda. The trip will continue along the famous Georgian Military Road, which overlooks the stunning views of fascinating panoramas.
On our way to Stepantsminda, we will stop at the castle complex of Ananuri, which is located on the northwestern bank of the Schinwali reservoir. Take your time to admire the pure beauty of the Aragvi Valley. The calmness and charm of its natural may become an ideal spot for meditation.
In the evening we will reach Stepantsminda and check in to a hotel for an overnight stay.

Day 12 Another day in Stepanzminda (Kazbegi)
Your day will begin with a fresh breakfast in Stepantsminda − a small valley town with green meadows and snow-covered Mount Kazbek on the background. After a stroll in the town, we will hike up to the village of Gergeti, where the Gergeti Trinity Church (Gergetis Sameba) is perched on the mountain. It is one of the significant highlights situated on the way along the Georgian Military Road. On a clear day we will have the unique opportunity to explore the divine beauty of Georgia's highest peak, Mount Kazbeg (5147 meters above sea level).
In the afternoon, we will explore the village Sno and its medieval tower from the 16th century. Many hiking routes will give us an opportunity for new discoveries in the area, as well as to admire breathtaking mountainous landscapes. It is easy to relax when you are in harmony with nature.
In the evening we will stay overnight in our hotel in Stepantsminda.

Day 13 Stepantsminda (Kazbegi) – Akhaltsikhe
Today, we will head to discover the southern part of the country. After approximately five hours of drive, we will reach a small city of Akhaltsikhe, which is located on the bank of the river Potskhovi. After a short lunch break, we will explore the Old Town, called Rabati, where you can find the so-called Darbasebi − classic traditional houses of particular Georgian-style architecture.
Later, we will visit the fortress where a mosque and the ruins of madrasa (Koranic school) are situated.
In the evening you will have a comfortable transfer to your hotel in Akhaltskhe.

Day 14 Akhaltsikhe − Vardzia
In the morning, after breakfast, we will head to the cave monastery of Vardzia (12th-13th CC.), situated on the bank of the river Mtkvari. The river between the valley and the caves is like a green ribbon, which separates the land, creating incredibly beautiful view. The complex was a real life-saver for Christians, as thousands of monks lived in the monastic fortress and, when attacked, thousands of people sought shelter here.
At the end of the tour you will be transferred to your hotel in the nearby area.

Day 15 Vardzia - Tbilisi
Today, we will return to the capital and while we drive, we will be rewarded splendid natural pictures changing one after another.
On our way back, we will explore the Khertwisi Fortress from the 10th century.
Later, we will explore the marvelous Lake Paravani, which is located at 2000 m. above sea level.
In the afternoon, we will arrive in Tbilisi. You will check-in at a hotel, have dinner and spend your leisure time.

Day 16 Return flight 
Transfer to the airport. Have a safe flight!


Recommended trip extension.


Day 16 Vardzia − Mestia
Your day will begin from travelling to the historic mountainous region of Svaneti and discovering small villages hidden in this picturesque land. Later, we will proceed to the legendary capital of Svaneti − Mestia.
In the evening we will enjoy dinner and afterwards, you will be transferred to your hotel in Mestia.

Day 17 Mestia – Ushguli – Mestia
In the morning we will drive to the village of Ushguli (2200 meters above sea level), which is considered the highest permanently inhabited village in Europe. From here, the snow-covered peak of Schschara Mountain (5200 m) will be revealed. Later, we will visit the Lamaria Church from the 12th c., located in the same region.
After, we will return to Mestia to have dinner and for an overnight stay.

Day 18 Another day in Mestia
Today we will take a walking tour in Mestia. First, we will visit the Historic-Ethnographic Museum and later we will cover the treasures of the town Mestia – the watchtowers.
In the evening you will have some free time to make discoveries at your own pace. You will stay overnight in Mestia.

Day 19 Mestia − Tbilisi
Today we will depart to the capital city of Georgia − Tbilisi. On the way back to Tbilisi, we will visit Gelati Monastery and the restored Church of the Dormition of the Mother of God, also known as Bagrati Cathedral. The monastery and cathedral belong to the list of UNESCO World heritage sites.
As we arrive, you will check-in at a hotel. Take your time to have a rest and prepare for your journey back home.

Day 20 Return flight  
Transfer to the airport. Flight back home with lots of warm memories.

PRICES & SERVICES

Price per Person: 1990 €
Single room surcharge: 550 €
Small group: 4-12 people

Services offered

Transport
• All transfers and transportation
Supervision
Local English speaking guide
• Geologist (1 day in Armenia)

Accommodation, Food, Drinks
15/19 nights in comfortable hotels (double room)
Full Board
• Drinking Water

Entrance
All entrance tickets

Travel preparation
Travel documentation
Maps



*International flight is not included in the price.

DATES

STATUSFROMUNTILPRICE PPSGL SUPPL.NOTES
Guaranteed departure 10.05.18 25.05.18 € 1990 € 550  
Guaranteed departure 24.09.18 09.10.18 € 1990 € 550  

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NOTES

The tour route may be modified due to reasons of security, climate conditions, unexpected environmental damages, problems with road access, strikes, or local festivities. In such cases, we will strive to find the best possible solution.

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ITINERARY «From Ararat to the Caucasus» 

 

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