Begin in the Armenian capital of Yerevan, from where you will visit some of the fascinating monastery complexes that dot the countryside. Many of these are located in stunning surroundings amidst snow-capped peaks, dramatic gorges and vast plains. Travel to Lake Sevan, perched at 1900m above sea level before crossing the border towards the Georgian capital of Tbilisi.In Georgia, sample local wines and explore the churches, mosques and museums of Tbilisi. Visit Mtskheta, one of the oldest towns in Georgia, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site and spend a day in Kazbegi, close to the Russian border with spectacular mountainous scenery and the chance to do some walking. Before flying home from Tbilisi explore Uplistsikhe a town of rock cut streets, churches and caves.
Day 1 Arrival, transfer to hotel
Depart from your country and start a nice journey to Caucasus Region. Our guide will meet you at the airport and transfer to hotel, check – in. Free time to relax
Day 2 City Tour Yerevan – Vernissage (10am-4pm)
A variety of options await to be explored during your Yerevan city tour. The tour begins with a visit to Mother Armenia, a statue which was constructed to replace a monumental statue of Joseph Stalin. Visit Tsitsernakaber and shopping at Dalma Garden Mall.
Thereafter, you will head to the Cascade, a giant stairway in the capital city which links downtown Kentron area of Yerevan with the Monument neighbourhood. The stairs afford walkers unobstructed views of central Yerevan and Mount Ararat. From the Cascade, you will be heading to the Opera House. A visit to the Republic Square awaits you next. The Square is famous for the dancing water fountains located at the north-eastern end along the National Gallery. The buildings around the Square are made of rose and white Armenian tufa stones and provide a great insight into the architectural heritage of Armenia.
If you are looking for some shopping during your holiday to Armenia, Vernissage (open only on week-ends) is the place to be. Hundreds of vendors selling a variety of crafts and souvenirs will leave you spoilt for choice. Woodcarving items, antiques, and wool carpets can also be bought from here.
All in all, an enjoyable and exhilarating experience awaits you in Armenia – a highly exuberant and endearing country.
Day 3 Khor Virap – Noravank – Areni Wine Village (10am-5pm)
We begin the journey by heading to the South from Yerevan – through Ararat Province to Vayots Dzor Province – and will come closer to Ararat's piedmont near Armenian-Turkish border. As we know, the most famous symbol for Armenians – Mount Ararat isn't located on the territory of Republic of Armenia. Nonetheless, Khor Virap offers the best view to admire the mount. And here we will take our first stop.Later we shall visit Noravank meaning “New Monastery” in Armenian. A visit to the winery will give you the opportunity to taste 15 sorts of wine, watch a short-length film about the history of the factory, wine-making in Armenia and its historical background. Afterwards you are welcome to have a walk in the cellars of the factory.
We embark on our journey to the lands of ancient treasures in Christian history, the Mother See of Holy Echmiadzin(UNESCO), the religious capital of Armenia, and the seat of the Supreme Patriarch – the Catholics of all Armenians. The story holds that the site upon which the main Cathedral stands today is the place where Noah made the fire after the flood. Where one of the earliest Christian churches, was built. Today, it is located in the lower chamber, underneath the main Altar of the Cathedral.
Zvartnots, a complex of structures erected in the middle of the 7th century near Echmiadzin, is of extreme architectural value. Zvartnots collapsed as the result of an earthquake in 930 and was never restored.
Day 5 Garni – Geghard (10am-3pm)
Explore Armenia’s UNESCO World Heritage–listed treasures on this Garni-Geghard day tour. Visit the iconic Temple of Garni — widely considered the country’s most important symbol of pre-Christian Armenia and admire the classical Hellenistic architecture you find. Enjoy breathtaking views over Mt Ararat on route to the UNESCO–listed monastery complex of Geghard.
Within our tour we will be in the valley of Azat river where there are many historical and natural monuments. We will go to the Pagan Temple of Garni. The Pagan Temple of Garni is the only non-Christian temple currently standing in ArmeniaThe architectural complex of Garni was Armenia's foremost center of Hellenistic culture and the summer residence of Armenian kings. 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. At the moment this spear is kept in the museum of Etchmiadzin. Geghard Monastery is included in the UNESCO World Heritage list (2000). Drive back to Yerevan.
Day 6 Yerevan – Lake Sevan– Dilijan – Sadakhlo (Border) – Tbilisi
You will be driven to the North-Western part of Armenia. The first stop is Tsaghkadzor city (Valley of flowers) considered to be one of the most popular winter resorts of Armenia. It is one of the places of the mountainous country, where the beauty of the nature appears with its whole variety. Opportunity to go up to the mountain peaks by rope way, where you will catch an unforgettable gorgeous panoramic view of this part of the world . Moving on, pay a visit to the Kecharis monastery. Dating back to the 11th century, the monastery includes four churches and ruins of the mausoleum of Grigorius Pahlavuni. The next stop is Lake Sevan that is only 30 minutes’ drive distance from Tsaghkadzor. It is known as a blue gem of the Armenian mountainscape. Lake Sevan is considered to be one of the largest sweet water lakes in the world, situated at an altitide of 1,897 meters above sea level. Climb on peninsula from where the fascinating view on the Lake is open. Visit Sevanavank monastery, built by the princess Mariam to honor the life of her deceased husband in the 9th century. Sevanavank is also home to one of the most beautiful Amenaprkich (all savior) Khachkars of Armenia. This is one of the 13 rarest crosstones depicting Jesus. Afterwards, go to visit Dilijan. Dilijan is one of the most important resorts of Armenia, famous for its amazing surroundings, situated in Dilijan National Park. This small city, lost in forests and mountains with alpine meadows around, is home to numerous Armenian artists, composers, and filmmakers. Visit to Haghartsin Monastery (X- XIV centuries). Nestled in forested mountains the Monastery creates a magical impression of the lost world.
Then return to Yerevan after this amazing day. Drive to Armenia – Georgia border. After passport and customs formalities – proceed to Tbilisi.
Overnight in Tbilisi.
Day 7 Tbilisi City Tour (10am-3pm)
Tbilisi city tour. Walking tour in famous Sulfuric Baths district, (Abanotubani) and Legvtakhevi Waterfall, visit Metekhi church (12th Century) and Narikala fortress, (4th Century) panoramic view of the city from the hill where located monument mother of Georgia. ( Kartlis deda) Visit national museum of Georgia and main avenue, Rustaveli.
Day 8 Kakheti Region
Tour to Kakheti. Kakheti located in Eastern part of Georgia and it is known as the region of the wine. Unique and award winning Georgian wines and brandie are produced here. The earliest archaeological evidence of wine production yet found has been at sites in Georgia 6000 C. BC. Visit the Monastery of St. Nino at Bodbe,(6th Century) and Sighnaghi, city of the love. After Sighnaghi we will stop at the local family, for wine tour, in Gujaani town. Visit local family winery, degustation of family, red and white wines, produced with Georgian KVEVRI traditions and homemade vodka CHACHA. Continue our way to Gremi monastery complex (16th Century) and Lord Alexander Chavchavadze palacein Tsinandali village.
Day 9 Mtskheta – Kazbegi
We drive to visit the ancient capital and religious centre of Georgia Mtskheta (3000 years old) and see its historical places: Jvari church (6th century) and Svetitskhoveli Cathedral (11th century) where the Robe of Christ is buried. Both Jvari and Svetitskhoveli are UNESCO World Heritage sites. On the way visit Ananuri architectural complex (17th century), the two churches and the fortress overlook the Zhinvali water reservoir. Arrival in Kazbegi town, jeep tour to Gergeti Trinity Church (13th Century) located at 2175m. Walking tour to visit Gveleti waterfalls. Drive back to Tbilisi.
Day 10 Gori – Uplistsikhe
After the breakfast drive to visit Gori, The city where was born Joseph Stalin. Here we will make a visit to Museum of Joseph Stalin. Then we go to visit Uplistsikhe (“Lord’s fortress”), an ancient town built in a rock, dating from II ML BC to the Middle Ages.
Day 11 Departure
TRANSFER to Airport
Have a nice and safe flight!!!
- 5 N accommodation at Europe Hotel Yerevan
- 5 N accommodation at Redline Hotel Tbilisi
- Daily buffet breakfast at hotel
- Tours based on private
- Transportation service in comfortable vehicles
- Professional driver
- Pick up and drop off at Yerevan hotel
- On-tour support to the passengers in Yerevan
- All entrance tickets
- All local taxes
Other hotel categories are available upon request!
- Guide service during the tour
- Meals during the tour
- Garni entrance fee
- Jeep tour to Azat Canyon
- Travel insurance
- Items of a personal nature
Note! The first and the last days are subject to changes according to the flight.