12 Days Tour

$1,229.00

12 Days Tour in Armenia and Georgia

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Day 1

Arrival in Tbilisi. City tour, free time for shopping. Hotel accommodation.

 

Day 2

 

City tour: Sameba – Holy Trinity Cathedral. Built in year 2004, the Holy Trinity Tsminda Sameba Cathedral is also called the symbol of new Georgia. The beauty and sizes of cathedral are indeed breathtaking, and rises magnificently on the hill of the St. Ilya, on the left bank of the Kura River. Sameba is the highest church in Georgia. It is 101m high. 

On both sides of the wide and beautiful avenue of Shota Rustaveli, about 1.5 km long, shaded plane trees are planted. It is here that the Parliament of Georgia, the National Museum, the five-star hotel "Marriott", the Academy of Sciences, the Opera and Ballet Theater are located. And there are also museums, theaters, and hotels, as well as many cafes, restaurants, boutiques and souvenir shops. In a word, this avenue is Arbat and Piccadilly of the capital of Georgia.

Visiting one of the famous sights of Tbilisi is the city fortress of Tbilisi (Narikala), something like a Kremlin or a citadel. It is built high on a rock at the end of the Sololaki range and is clearly visible from all the central points in the city. In this fortress there have never been major temples or palaces. The function of this fortress is purely defensive. From the height opens  an incredibly breathtaking panorama of the whole city.

Avlabar-left-bank district of the old city, very old, which for a while existed as a separate city and only eventually merged in the right-bank Tbilisi. It is a separate region of Tbilisi with its own history and atmosphere. This quarter remained very Armenian even when the Armenian population in the rest of Tbilisi was severely reduced. Now it is famous mainly in the market, cheap hotels and Trinity Cathedral.

Visiting Tbilisi sulfur baths.

Day 3

 

 

Sighnaghi- a small town in the east of Georgia situated on the mountainside in the historical region of Kakheti. It was founded in the 17th century during the reign of King Heraclius II of Georgia, and as locals say, it is the only city in Georgia that has fully preserved the fortress walls that are crowned with watchtowers, where one can climb to get the magnificent view of the Alazan valley. Arrival in Tbilisi. Shopping in Tbilisi Mall.

Day 4

 

 

 

Ancient city Vardzia is 18 km from Akhalkalaki right next to the border with Turkey. The city was erected in the 12 th – 13 th centuries during the rule of George III and his daughter of Tamara for the purpose of the southern boundaries of Georgia protection. Vardzia is not just a set of random rooms cut in rocks. It is a multi-storied (!) complex with streets, tunnels and stairs leading to monasteries, temples, fortresses, baths, libraries dwelling houses and so forth.  Arrival in Tbilisi. Farewell party at the tavern.

Day 5

Arrival in Yerevan, hotel accommodation.

 

Day 6

 

City tour in Yerevan:  Matenadaran - the pride of Armenian culture, the world's largest storage of ancient manuscripts. It towers over Mesrop Mashtots Prospect in the centre of Yerevan. It was created on the basis of the collection of manuscripts, nationalized in 1920, belonging to Echmiadzin Monaster. The chronological sequence of the exhibits arrangement represents the national writing culture from the very beginning to the 19 th century. History museum of Armenia, where different eras of the Armenian Highland are represented - beginning from the Paleolithic to the present days. Tour to “Erebuni” Historical and Archaeological Museum-Reserve. Tour to Yerevan Brandy Company, producer of the brand ARARAT. Lunch time. Free time for shopping.

Day 7

 

 

 

 

Departure from the hotel. Our first stop is the Arch of Charents (architect R. Israelian, 1957), from which opens a breathtaking view of the Ararat valley with Ararat (Masis) soaring on the horizon. Garni is the pagan temple of the Sun-  the true and unique masterpiece of Hellenistic architecture in Armenia. It is one of the most ancient landmarks in Kotayk and whole Armenia which has survived since pagan period. A small hike to the Garni Gorge, where we can discover the natural wonder – "Symphony of the Stones" basalt column formations along the cliff side. Geghard  is a medieval monastery in the Kotayk province of Armenia, being partially carved out of the adjacent mountain, surrounded by cliffs. Geghard, or more fully Geghardavank , meaning "the Monastery of the Spear", originates from the spear which had wounded Jesus at the Crucifixion, allegedly brought to Armenia by Apostle Jude, called here Thaddeus, and stored amongst many other relics. Now it is displayed in the Echmiadzin treasury. Geghard is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Return to Yerevan.

Day 8

 

Departure from the hotel. Tsaghkadzor - Kecharis Monastery, one of the most important religious and cultural centers of 11-13 cc. The Tsakhkadzor Ropeway* is located on a slope of Teghenis Mount. From the height of 2819m, where the speed chairlift will take you in 32 minutes, all Armenia is visible at a glance – in clear weather, it offers a breathtaking view of Mount Ararat .  Lake  Sevan is the largest lake in Caucasus and the highest fresh-water lake in the world. Sevanavank, a prominent historic-architectural complex of the 9th century, which besides the churches included printing house, guest houses, warehouses, refectory, and so on. Goshavank is one of the most famous religious and educational centers of medieval Armenia, where for 25 years the great Armenian scientist, jurist and chronicler Mkhitar Ghosh (1130 -1213) lived and worked. Haghartsin Monastery is one the best examples of Armenian monasteries with its architectural solutions and fine arts, which was built between the 10th and 14th centuries. Arrival in Yerevan

 

Day 9

 

 

Departure from the hotel. Churches of Saint Hripsimé and Saint Gayane - ancient monuments in Echmiadzin. According to the legend these temples were erected in the honor of the martyrs - the first Christian women who escaped from prosecutions of the Roman Emperor. The Temples are listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Etchmiadzin Cathedral - the mother church of the Armenian Apostolic Church, built in 4th century. Armenia's patron saint Gregory the Illuminator had a vision of Jesus descending from heaven and striking the earth with a golden hammer to show where the cathedral should be built. The Cathedral is built on a place of pagan temple. It is one of the oldest Christian structures in the world. Zvartnots Cathedral is considered as a masterpiece of early medieval Armenian architecture, and listed as UNESCO World Heritage Site. Arrival in Yerevan

Day 10

 

Departure from the hotel.  Tour to the fortress of Rabat, whose history dates back to 1578. A small tour of museums.  Arrival in Tbilisi.

Day 11

 

 

  Ancient city Vardzia is 18 km from Akhalkalaki right next to the border with Turkey. The city was erected in the 12 th – 13 th centuries during the rule of George III and his daughter of Tamara for the purpose of the southern boundaries of Georgia protection. Vardzia is not just a set of random rooms cut in rocks. It is a multi-storied (!) complex with streets, tunnels and stairs leading to monasteries, temples, fortresses, baths, libraries dwelling houses and so forth.  Arrival in Tbilisi. Farewell party at the tavern.

Day 12

Transfer to airport.

                                                                                               

 Аccommodation at:

Price Per Person

3+/ 4 star hotel

USD

1-5 pax

1329 USD

15pax and more

1229 USD

* Optional: ticket price is 2000 AMD for one way.

 

The price of the program includes:

  • Hotel accommodation in Yerevan and Tbilisi;
  • Breakfasts at the hotel;
  • Transfers (comfortable air-conditioned minibus or bus);
  • Professional guide service, speaking Armenian, Russian, English;
  • Entrance fees to the historical and cultural attractions;

Additional information:

  • The unused portions of the itinerary are not refundable;
  • The tour schedule can be changed for technical reasons;

The price of the program does not  include:

  • Airtickets;
  • Beverages;