ARMENIA & GEORGIA COMBINED TOUR
Day 1: Arrival. Yerevan City Tour
Arrival at Zvartnots International Airport in Yerevan. Transfer to the hotel.
Yerevan is the pink “pearl” of Armenia. This beautiful European city is mostly built by different shades of pink stone called “tuf” quarried in Armenia. Founded in 782B.C. Yerevan is reputedly one of the oldest cities in the world to have been continuously inhabited. The city is located under the gaze of the biblical Mount Ararat where the Noah’s ark landed. We start our exploration with the Republic Square with it magnificent buildings enhanced by singing fountains. Walking down the Abovyan Street, one of the oldest streets in Yerevan which was on the Silk Road,we continue to Northern Avenue, Opera House, Cascade, Grand Bazaar. A cultural showcase not to be missed is Matenadaran, one of the world’s largest and oldest repositories of Armenian manuscripts. Laterwe’ll visit the most impressive museum of Armenia – Sergey Parajanov house museum, one of the greatest figures of 20th-century world cinema. Overnight in Yerevan
Day 2: Yerevan /Garni/Geghard/Yerevan- Ararat Brandy Factory
Leaving the frantic pace of the city we are heading towards Garni Pagan Temple, the only Hellenistic Temple in the Caucasus. The Pagan Temple of Garni is the only pagan temple currently standing in Armenia. Gracing the hillside the pagan temple was dedicated to the God of Sun, Mithra. It was built in 77A.D. Proceed to Geghard Monastery (UNESCO) carved out of a huge monolithic rock. Geghard is an incredible ancient Armenian monastery, partly carved out of a mountain. It is said that the Holy Lance that pierced the body of Christ was kept here. The architectural forms and the decoration of Geghard's rock premises show that Armenian builders could not only create superb works of architecture out of stone, but also hew them in solid rock. Back to Garni village. Visiting a local house in Garni village. Traditional Armenian bread-lavash making in tonir (underground earth-stove).
Visiting Ararat brandy Factory. Cognac degustation.
Overnight in Yerevan.
Day 3: Yerevan/Lake Sevan/Dilijan
We tour around the Lake Sevan (60km far from Yerevan), a huge mountainous lake which takes up almost 5% of the country’s surface area. It’s one of the most beautiful alpine lakes in the world situated at 1900m above sea level . On a clear and sunny day, the water is often deep turquoise color. Then we continue to Dilijan National Park. Many poets used to say, "If there are woods, mountains, streams and mineral waters in paradise, it must be like Dilijan”. As a climatic balneal health centre of medium-mountain zone, Dilijan is characterized by mild, moderate warm summer, sunny warm winter and dry warm weather during the whole year. Take a stroll in the most beautiful part of the town, Old Dilijan Complex. Here we experience the town as it was in the 19th century. We visit Goshavank fairy-tale monastery set amidst flower-filled meadows. Here you’ll see the most beautiful Armenian stone-cross from 1291, an exquisite needlework masterpiece. Hotel check in. Overnight in Dilijan.
Day 4: Dilijan/Haghpat/Tbilisi - GEORGIA
Driving through the Russian Old believers’ villages and picturesque Canyon of Debed River we visit the Monastery of Haghpat dating back to the 10th century. It’s a perfect example of medieval Armenian architecture. Being astonishingly well preserved with its frescoes, “lace” stone-crosses, inscriptions and bas-relieves it became the first Armenian architectural monument to be included in the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites.Drive to Sadakhlo Georgian – Armenian border. Change buses and guides. Continue to Tbilisi.
City Tour in Tbilisi. Tbilisi today is one of the most modern and cosmopolitan cities in the Caucasus. Since that time the city has been destroyed and rebuilt on nearly 30 different occasions following a long history of fighting off Persian, Arab, Turkmen, Mongol, Turk and, finally, Russian invaders. We begin our tour with a visit to Old Tbilisi town with its "Sulfur Baths" district, Georgian Orthodox and Armenian Gregorian churches, and a Jewish synagogue and a Turkish mosque side by side, reflecting Tbilisi's acceptance and tolerance of different religions. Then we'll continue our sightseeing with a visit to the Fortress of Narikala and its St. Nikolas Church. We can walk up the stairs of the fortress in order to get a "bird-eye" view of the magical city of Tbilisi. We’ll stroll down Rustaveli Avenue, the main thoroughfare running east through the city. Overnight in Tbilisi.
Day 5 Kakheti-Sighnaghi-Bodbe-Tbilisi
Breakfast at the hotel. Kakheti - the area of the vine. Worldwide, there are 2,000 varieties of grapes, of which 500 varieties grow here in Kakheti. Drive tobeautiful city of love "Sighnaghi.""Sighnaghi" – is the city of love. Is small beautiful town in eastern Kakheti. Famous for its eponymous castle, which is included in the list of the most famous and largest forts in Georgia. 18th century. Descend to the sources of St. Nino (walking 30 min walking). "Bodbe" - and the monastery complex of St. George's Episcopal.In the evening return to Tbilisi. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 6 Ananuri- Gudauri- Kazbegi-Tbilisi
Breakfast at the hotel. After breakfast drive by Georgian Military Road to Ananuri monastery fortress, which is situated on Zhinvali reservoir. And also we will see Georgian famous ski resort – Gudauri, which is situated at an altitude of 2195m above sea level. After Gudauri we will go to Stepantsminda- famous climbing resort, located on amazing on mountains of Great Caucasus. After Stepantsminda we finally arrive in Kazbegi. Tour in Kazbegi and way back to Tbilisi. Overnight at the hotel
Day 7 Borjomi-Rabath-Tbilisi
brekfast at the hotel. Next trip to Rabath. City of Akhaltsikhe, (formerly known as Lomsiya) is the administrative center of the region of Samtskhe-Javakheti and Akhaltsikhe district. The city is located in the basin of Akhaltsikhe, on the banks of the river Potskhovi, at an altitude of 1000 m. Above sea level. Here we will visit the fortress Rabat. Rabat is a big city in the city. The complex than historical fortresses, towers, churches, and mosques cells exist and modern institutions of different types, such as tourist information center, restaurant, cafe, gift shop and clothing, museum, marriage, etc. Next stop is in Borjomi. Here we visit the national park as well we will be able to try Borjomi right from the spring of healing water. Back to Tbilisi. Overnight at the hotel
Day 8: Departure.
Transfer to airport. Departure from Tbilisi international airport.
The rates include:
Accommodation (4* hotels in Armenia & Georgia )
Multi-lingual professional tourist guide
Degustation in Sighnaghi
Delica to Gergety Trinity
Breakfast at the hotels
The rates do not include:
tips for guide and driver
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