Armenia and Georgia Adventure
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Armenia and Georgia - Bestselling Tour
10 days, 9 nights from £960 excl flights
Bucket list journey to Armenia and Georgia

Visit Armenia and Georgia with their remarkable cultural and historical heritage, diverse and spectacular mountainous landscapes, their rich fauna and flora, outstanding and diverse cuisine and historically routed customs and habits.
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The Route

YEREVAN • Etchmiadzin • Ararat valley • Sevan lake • Dilijan • Tbilisi • Signagi • Bodbe • Mtskheta • Ananuri • TBILISI

Yerevan
Yerevan

The capital of Armenia, one of the world's oldest cities is full of surprises. Yerevan stands at a crossroads between Asian and European civilizations and will win your heart once you start discovering it and begin to understand its expressive, passionate people.

Garni
Garni

The stunning Pagan temple devoted to the God of Sun - Myrth in Garni was built in 77AD by King Trdat as a royal summer residence. It was destroyed by an earthquake in the 17th century and restored in 1969-1974. The walls surrounding the temple, ruins from the king’s palace and the bathroom were retained.

Geghard
Geghard

Geghard, the UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a unique caved temple built in the 12-13th centuries in the honour of the long-preserved spear that pierced the body of crucified Christ. The masterpiece of the Armenian medieval architecture is located in the mountains of picturesque gorge of Azat river. The water from a cold spring coming out from the cliff is believed to be holy.

Etchmiadzin
Etchmiadzin

Etchmiadzin City, the ancient capital of Armenia, is the largest religious center, the residency of Catholicos of All Armenians. Etchmiadzin Cathedral, founded in 301 A.D. by St. Gregory the Illuminator, is one of the ancient churches in the Christian world, included in the UNESCO World Heritage List.

Zvartnots Temple
Zvartnots Temple

Zvartnots, a temple of Vigil Forces built in 641—661 A.D., is a UNESCO World Heritage List and one of the architectural wonders and unique example of Armenian architecture of early Christian period. It was damaged by an earthquake in the 10th century, but the ruins still speak about the rare beauty of it.

Khor Virap Church
Khor Virap Church

Khor Virap Church is the holy place of imprisonment of St. Gregory the Illuminator accused by Armenian king of preaching Christianity. He stayed in the dungeon for 13 years. The church allows for the most spectacular view of the gorgeous biblical mountain Ararat.

Noravank Monastery
Noravank Monastery

Noravank Monastery complex (XIII- XIV cc.), a major religious and cultural center, is closely connected with Gladzor’s famed university and library. The road to the monastery offers breathtaking scenery. The burial site of the Orbelian dynasty (XIII - XIV cc.) is located north to the main temple.

Areni
Areni

Areni is famous for its wine making based on the oldest and the most reliable archeological evidence of wine production on the Planet dating back 7000 years. Tour around Areni wine factory with wine degustation is always a nice and relaxing stop.

Lake Sevan
Lake Sevan

Lake Sevan is one of the wonders in Armenia and 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. On the lake there is the ancient Sevanavank Monastery (IX century), which stands overlooking the lake for centuries. In summertime, Armenians travel to the lake’s white sand beaches to vacation and picnic. Don’t miss a chance to stop by at the restaurant and try the most famous trout and white fish which come fresh directly from the lake.

Dilijan
Dilijan

Dilijan is mountainous resort often referred to as Armenian Switzerland, is well-known for its forests and rich flora and fauna. Durng the walking city tour in Dilijan you can visit the handicrafts street, where you can learn about the preparation of different national souvenirs from wood, stone and ceramics

Tbilisi
Tbilisi

The Georgian capital Tbilisi, founded in the 5th century AD, is a multi-ethnic, multi-cultural, multi-religious city on the crossroads of history, a city neither European nor Asian but a fascinating blend of both East and West. Enjoy its remarkable history, culture, dynamic vibe, hot springs, charming cobbled streets and caravanserais.

Sighnaghi
Sighnaghi

Sighnaghi is a small town in the east of Georgia situated on the mountainside in the historical region of Kakheti founded in the 17th century during the reign of King Heraclius II of Georgia. Built 790 meters above the sea level, it overlooks the most beautiful landscape of Alazani Valley and Caucasus Mountains.

Bodbe Monastery
Bodbe Monastery

At present the monastery functions as a nunnery and is one of the major pilgrimage sites in Georgia, due to its association with St. Nino, the 4th century female evangelist of Georgians, whose relics are shrined there. Down the hill from the monastery lies the Spring of Saint Nino, where pilgrims plunge themselves three times into the frigid water, the spring is believed to have curative powers and absolves one of sins.

Mtskheta
Mtskheta

Mtskheta is an ancient town of extraordinary importance to the Georgian nation. It was the capital of the eastern Georgian kingdom of Iberia from the 3rd century BC to the 5th century AD and the site of Georgia's adoption of Christianity in 334. It remains the headquarters of the Georgian Orthodox Church.

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Armenia and Georgia Adventure
Day 1 - Thursday
Arrival to Yerevan

Arrive to the magnificent Yerevan and transfer to your hotel.

Day 2 - Friday
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). 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). Option: 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. Drive back to Yerevan. O/n in Yerevan.

Day 3 - Saturday
City tour

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. Drop to the Dalma Garden Mall for shopping. O/n in Yerevan.

Day 4 - Sunday
Yerevan – Echmiadzin - Zvartnots – Yerevan

Breakfast at the hotel. Drive to Etchmiadzin City, which is used to be 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). It is the center of Armenian Apostolic Church, founded in 301 A.D by St. Gregory the Illuminator. Later, it was rebuilt and currently it stands as a complex including the Cathedral, Spiritual Academy, residency of the Catholicos of all Armenians, Synod of Armenian Church and a library. The museum of the Cathedral, located behind the Altar, has collection of religious artifacts about Holy Mass, subjects made of gold, silver, precious stones, decorations, colossal silver boiler for making the myrrh and legendary Holy spear. A trip to one of the architectural wonders of Armenia - Zvartnots temple (641-661 BC), that got its name from the word "Zwart", meaning "joyful and beautiful". The remaining ruins give an idea of the rare beauty of this temple. The temple is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site (2000). Drive back to Yerevan. O/n in Yerevan.

Day 5 - Monday
Yerevan - Arart valley - Khor Virap - Noravank -Areni - Yerevan

Breakfast at the hotel. Drive to Ararat valley. Visit to Khor Virap Church – the place of imprisonment of St. Gregory the Illuminator, who stayed here in the small dungeon for 13 years without any food, accused by the Armenian King of preaching Christianity. Khor Virap Church was built on the dungeon and now people have a chance to go down into the dark pit themselves. It is one of the holy places for the Christian world. It is also the best point to enjoy the most spectacular view of the gorgeous biblical mountain Ararat shining with its two white peaks. The hills adjoining Khor Virap were the site of the early Armenian capital - ancient Artashat built by King Artashes I, founder of the Artashesid dynasty, around 180 B.C. It is one of the few ancient towns, built by the special design of the famous Carthaginian general Hannibal. After the defeat in a war against Rome, he found shelter in Armenia. After visiting Khor Virap drive through the spectacular canyon between the red rocks toward Noravank Monastery (13th c.). On the way visit local winery in Areni village- wine testing. Areni used to be one of the centers of wine production in Armenia. Recent archeological findings makes place worldwide famous. In September 2010, archaeologists discovered a 6,100-year-old 5 winery and wine cellar in Areni (Vayots Dzor province) in Armenia. Within the underground wine cellar, a wine press for stomping grapes, fermentation and storage containers, drinking cups, grape vines, skins, and seeds were found. This is the earliest winery and wine cellar found to date. The findings indicated large scale wine production, quite possibly the earliest retail winery. Drive back to Yerevan. O/n in Yerevan.

Day 6 - Tuesday
Yerevan - Sevan lake - Dilijan - Yerevan

Breakfast at the hotel. Drive to Sevan, one of the greatest high mountainous freshwater lakes of Eurasia, climb on the peninsula from where the fascinating view on the Lake is open. Visit Sevanavank monastery, which stands in its greatness on the peninsula overlooking the lake for centuries. Drive to mountainous resort Dilijan, or so called “Armenian Switzerland”, which is well-known for its forests as well as for its mysterious flora and fauna. During the drive one can enjoy the unbelievable change of the surrounding environment and land shaft from the mountainous lake to the green and rich forest mountains. Visit to Haghartsin Monastery complex which is located in the secluded place of the forest. Haghartsin dates back to 11-13th century and represent a magnificent piece of history, culture and architecture. Appearing unexpectedly, out of the dense forests, in front of the visitors, the Monastery creates a magical impression of a lost world. Complex includes Church St. Stepanos, St. Mary and St. Gregory’s Church, as well as famous refectory. Visit Goshavank Monastery (11th -13 th cc), situated in the forest beautiful architectural treasure. Drive to the Georgian - Armenian border Sadakhlo. Passing the border formalities. Drive to Tbilisi. O/n in Tbilisi.

Day 7 – Wednesday
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. O/n in Tbilisi.

Day 8 - Thursday
Tbilisi - Sighnaghi - Bodbe - 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 rgion. 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 back to Tbilisi. O/n in Tbilisi.

Day 9 - Friday
Tbilisi - Mtskheta - Ananuri - Tbilisi

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 centuryDrive to Ananuri. Visit Ananuri (17th century), the castle complex on the Aragvi River. Drive back to Tbilisi. O/n in Tbilisi.

Day 10 - Saturday
Leaving Tbilisi

Transfer to the Tbilisi airport. Departure

Hotels 3* Yerevan and Tbilisi

Regineh Yerevan - http://www.hotelregineh.am/

Hrazdan Yerevan - http://www.hotelhrazdan.am/

Силачи Silachi Yerevan - https://hotelsilachi.am/

Nare Yerevan - http://www.narehotel.am/RU/Rooms.html

Batesta Tbilisi or similar -http://batesta.ge/

Hotels 4* Yerevan and Tbilisi

Nairi Yerevan- http://www.hotelnairi.am/

Royal Plaza Yerevan - http://royalplaza.am/ru/hotel/

Imperial palace Yerevan - http://hotelimperial.am/ru

Diamond house Yerevan - http://diamondhousehotel.am/?l=ru

Rustaveli Palace Tbilisi or similar - http://www.rustavelipalace.com/

Hotels 5* Yerevan and Tbilisi

Royal Tulip Grand hotel Yerevan - http://www.royaltulipgrandhotelyerevan.com/en

Double tree by Hilton Yerevan - http://doubletree3.hilton.com/en/hotels/armenia/doubletree-byhilton- hotel-yerevan-city-centre-EVNYEDI/index.html

Mercure hotel Tbilisi or similar

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