Caucasus tour to Armenia and Georgia - 8 days/7 nights

 

Caucasus tour to Armenia and Georgia - 8 days/7 nights
 

Armenia and Georgia are two christian countries with amazing people who honor their own history and national traditions, have so many common things to share, but at the same time are so different.

Caucasus tour to Armenia and Georgia will give you an opportunity to get acquainted with the ancient culture, centuries-old traditions of the Caucasus, beautiful nature, try delicious dishes and, of course, taste traditional noble wines and cognacs.

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The program of the Caucasus tour to Armenia and Georgia (8 days/7 nights)

 

Day 1


Arrival in Yerevan - Echmiadzin - Zvartnots temple - Walking tour through the Yerevan
 
Кафедральный  собор  в Эчмиадзине  Развалины храма Звартноц  Площадь Республики - Поющие фонтаны

   
 
Arrival in Yerevan. The tour in Armenia will start with a visit the city of Echmiadzin - the center of the Armenian Gregorian Church, where the residence of the Catholicos is located. We will visit Echmiadzin Cathedral (301-483 AD), which is included in the UNESCO World Heritage list, the museum.
 
We visit the ruins of Zvartnots temple, which was destroyed in the earthquake. In 2000, the ruins of the temple and the archaeological area around it are included in the UNESCO World Heritage List.
 
If you wish (for extra payment) we will visit Yerevan Brandy Factory, where we have a fascinating tour with tasting of 2 types of brandies (a three-year old "Ararat" and a ten-year old "Akhtamar"). (Extra charge - $ 10 per person).
 
Transfer to the hotel. Accommodation.
 
After little rest - a walking tour through the city. Yerevan architecture is original and distinctive. Today, Yerevan is a city where there are a variety of architectural styles, with green alleys, numerous fountains.
 
You will be able to see the sights in Yerevan: Grand Cascade (open air museum), the square of ​​France, the Opera and Ballet House, Northern Avenue, the Republic Square.
 
 
 
 Day 2

Yerevan - Garni - Geghard - Vernissage - Central Market
 
Храм Гарни  Монастырь Гегард  Симфония Камней
 

Visit the Institute of Ancient Manuscripts named after St. Mesrop Mashtots - Matenadaran. The most ancient manuscripts are dated back to the 5th century BC and are associated with Mesrop Mashtots, who invented the Armenian alphabet. (Extra charge - $ 3 per person).

Afterwards we visit the pagan temple of Garni, built in the I century by Armenian king Trdat I and dedicated to the god of sun Mihr. According to history, the temple was built on the money of the Roman Emperor Nero. Azat River Gorge is famous for its basaltic pillars - the result of a volcanic lava flow.

Next stop is Gegard monastery complex (IV century), which is included in the list of World Cultural Heritage by the UNESCO. Its full name is Gegardavank, literally it is translated as "Monastery of the spear." The name of the monastery complex comes from Christ Spear (Spear of Longinus), which the Roman soldier Longinus thrust in Jesus Christ. The spear is now kept in the museum of Echmiadzin Cathedral.

Back to Yerevan.

Next we visit the Vernissage - the market of folk art products. Here you will find hand-made chess and backgammon made of wood, ceramic pots, made in national style, handmade ornaments, traditional musical instruments, silverware, paintings and many more things.

A visit to the central market in YerevanDried fruits - a national treasure and the usual accompaniment to cognac. In Armenia, it seems, they can make them of anything you wish. Including watermelon, cantaloupe and even tomatoes!

 

Day 3


Yerevan - Khor Virap - Areni - Noravanq - Yerevan
 
Монастырь Хор Вирап  Монастырский комплекс Нораванк  Винный завод "Арени"
 
After breakfast, we go to the Armenian monastery of Khor Virap, situated at the foot of Mount Ararat, near the border with Turkey. It is a place of pilgrimage, which is connected with the legend of Gregory the Illuminator (Grigor the Illuminator). According to church tradition, Gregory was imprisoned on the orders of King Trdat III, caught in that he professes Christianity, and was held there for 13years. Those interested can go down to the prison, which has a depth of 6 m and a diameter of 4.4 m.

Right in front of you, very, very close and in all its beauty you will see the symbol of Armenia - Mount Ararat.

After we will visit "Areni" wine factory and taste Armenian wine in the tasting room of the factory. The wines of this producer differ in their unique tastes. The bouquet of the fragrance is revealed gradually leaving a pleasant aftertaste.

Next stop is Noravank monastery complex, built in XIII-XIV centuries, which is located  1.5 kilometers east to the village of Areni. The complex is located on a narrow ledge winding gorge tributary of the Arpa River. The gorge is famous for its steep red cliffs, towering behind the monastery.

Return to Yerevan.

 

Day 4


Yerevan - Sevan - Dilijan - Haghartsin - Goshavank - Tbilisi
 

Севанаванк - озеро Севан  Монастырский комплекс Агарцин  Гошаванк
 

After breakfast, we continue the tour to the pearl of Armenia - blue Sevan. Lake Sevan is a freshwater lake in the Armenian highlands. It is the largest lake in the Caucasus. It is guaranteed to be the largest source of fresh water in the region. We will also visit the Sevanavanq - a monastery in the north-west coast of Lake Sevan. The monastery is located on a peninsula, which was once a small island.

We continue our tour to Tavush region of Armenia – to a small town of Dilijan, located on the picturesque banks of the river Aghstev.

The next stop will be Haghartsin Monastery, which was built in the X-XIII centuries, mostly under the auspices of the Bagratuni Dynasty. We will also visit Goshavank - monastery complex, built in XII-XIII centuries in the village of Gosh in Armenia. Goshavank is the cultural, educational and religious center of medieval Armenia. The sources referred to it as a seminary, university, and so on.

Trip to Tbilisi. Arrival and Meeting in Georgian border.

Hotel accommodation in the hotel in Tbilisi.

 

Day 5


Tour in Tbilisi - Mtskheta - Svetitskhoveli - Jvari - Tbilisi
 
 
тур по Тбилиси  город Мцхета

 

After breakfast Tbilisi city tour.

Walking through narrows old Tbilisi streets, visit the fortress Narikala complex IV century in Old Tbilisi, the Metekhi temple with panoramic views of the old city; The Sioni Cathedral is the main temple of Tbilisi; The Anchiskhati church is the oldest surviving church in Tbilisi; let’s see the Meidan Square, Shardeni Street, Freedom Square, Shota Rustaveli Avenue.

Then we will visit picturesque town Mtskheta. This town was the first capital of Georgia from III century BC up to the 5th century AD.

We will begin our tour visiting cathedral - Svetitskhoveli (11th century), which has been the main cathedral of Georgia for long centuries.

Continuing out tour we will rise on a mountain to the Monastery of Jvari, where you will amazed with mignificent view of the confluence of the Aragvi and Kura rivers opens.

Overnight in the hotel in Tbilisi.


Day 6


Tbilisi - Sighnakhi - Bodbe Monastery - Tbilisi
 

Город Сигнахи  монастырь Бодбе  Источник Святой Нино
 
After Breakfast you will visit beautiful town Sighnakhi, which  sometimes called city of lovers. We will rise to the Medieval fortress, which surrounds the old part of the city. From the side of watchtower opens beautiful view on Alazanian valley.

Then we will visit Bodbe monastery, where located the grave of St Nino preacher. Per request  it is possible to descent pilgrimage to the Source of Saint Nino (650 steps) and collect water.
 
Return to Tbilisi.
 
 

Day 7


Tbilisi - Free day or optional excursion
 

Breakfast in the hotel. Free day or you can visit:

Fortress Ananuri – the fortress, which has become the arena of numerous battles.

Zhinvali water reservoir – rightly considered one of the most beautiful places in Georgia.

Trinity Church – founded in the 14th century is located at an altitude of 2170 meters above sea level. The Trinity Church is one of the most interesting and bright shrines of Georgia.

 

Day 8


Tbilisi - Transfer
 

 
Transfer to the airport.

 

Armenia is a country to fall in love with!

Attention!

The time and the order of the excursions declared in the program are subject to change. The excursion program of the first and the last days will depend on your arrival and departure time, and the days of the week. Please note that Monday is a day off in Armenia's museums.

 
 
Tour price includes:
  • transfers in Armenia - airport-hotel-to the border;
  • transfers in Georgia - border-hotel-airport;
  • accommodation in a 3 * hotel with breakfast
  • comfortable transport service;
  • accompanying guide service throughout the tour;
  • entrance tickets to the historical and cultural centers;
  • Narikala cableway
  • tourist support service over the phone.

 

Tour price does not include:

  • airline tickets;
  • an entry visa (if required);
  • alcoholic beverages (other than those specified in the tour program);
  • medical insurance.

 

Notes:

  • If you wish you can choose any other hotel in Armenia. Also possible to stay at a hostel or private flat (you should arrange that with the manager). The price of the tour will be reconsidered.
  • children under 5 years old - free;
  • children from 6 to 10 years - 50% discount when placed on extra bed.

 

Prices on Caucasus tour to Armenia and Georgia (price per person)

2 people4 people
6 people
8 people10 people10 people or more
680 USD 500 USD 440 USD 400 USD 370 USD on request

   

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