A fascinating journey through the heart of the Caucasus

 

The monasteries, churches and cathedrals of Georgia and Armenia are amongst the oldest in the world. Many are built in stunning locations, surrounded by gardens and forests, perched on top of dramatic gorges or silhouetted before snowcapped mountains. The range of scenery is immense, from Mount Ararat towering majestically over the skyline of Yerevan, to the lush valleys of ancient vineyards across the lowlands of Georgia. Here, wine has been produced for almost 10,000 years and there is the opportunity to visit one of its most famous wine cellars. 

 

 

 

Day 1  Arrival Yerevan-Transfer to the selected hotel

Depart from your country and start a nice journey to Caucasus Region. Arrive in Yerevan, the capital of Armenia. Our representative will meet you at the airport and transfer to hotel, check – in. Free time to relax.

Overnight: Yerevan

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Day 2 Yerevan City Tour ( 35 km, 10 am – 3 pm ) 

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 .

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.

Overnight: Yerevan

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Day 3 Khor Virab Noravank Areni Jermuk ( 360 km, 9 am – 6 pm ) 

In this incredible journey we will be heading to the South from Yerevan.

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.

Jermuk tours are famous for thermal-mineral springs; their healthfulness is well-known beyond the country too.Jermuk waterfall is one of the most striking sights of the city. It is located at an altitude of 2000 meters and is the second largest waterfall in Armenia. Water here falls from a height of 68 meters and its hitting creates myriads of shining sprays. It is no coincidence that this waterfall is so popular among tourists.

Jermuk offers activities for people loving active rest as well. One of them is taking a ride on the ropeway. The ropeway meets international standards. It takes you up one of the mountains where visitors are invited not only to enjoy the wonderful view but also ride a horse or have some drink in the cafe up the mountain.

 

Overnight: Yerevan

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Day 4 Garni - Geghard  (100km, 10am-3 pm)

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.

Geghard Monastery is included in the UNESCO World Heritage list (2000). Drive back to Yerevan. 

 

Overnight: Yerevan

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Day 5 Yerevan- Tsaghkadzor -Lake Sevan-Dilijan-Tbilisi Hotel  (320 km, 9am-7pm)

This tour takes you to the North of Armenia, where you will be surrounded by beautiful nature. Experience the natural beauty of Tsaghkadzor Resort. Enjoy a visit to Sevanavank Monastery, stunning landscape and cultural heritage of Dilijan City.

Ee will visit  Tsaghkadzortown the magical place of forested mountains (means “gorge of flowers”), short walking tour around the small town. 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 . In winter Tsaghkadzor is a well-known ski resort with several levels of ropeways leading up the mountains. In summer it’s a pleasant place to spend the afternoon in nature and enjoy the sun. 

Drive to Lake Sevan – the emerald of Armenia, a beauty under the sky. 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. 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.

After completing border formalities, meet Georgian team at border to Tbilisi Hotel.

Overnight: Tbilisi

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Day 6 Tbilisi City Tour – Mtskheta ( 120 km, 10 am – 5 pm ) 

Start at Holy Thrinity cathedral,  one of the largest orthodox cathedrals in the world. Continue to metekhi church and the monument to Vakhtang Gorgasali, the legendary founder of Tbilisi. Take cable car to Narikala Fortress to enjoy breathtaking panoramic view of the city. Walk down to the district of Sulphur bath houses passing by the only mosque in Tbilisi. Stroll

through the Sharden area full of narrow streets with cozy cafés, wine tasting bars, souvenir shops, and breathe in the living past. Visit Sioni Cathedral, Anchiskhati Basilica, and the clock tower of famous Rezo Gabriadze Theatre.  Drive north-west to the Unesco world heritage site of Mtskheta. Lying at the confluence of the Mtkvari and Aragvi rivers, the city was the place where Christianity was proclaimed as the official religion of Georgia in 337AD.

Transfer to hotel.

Overnight: Tbilisi

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Day 7 Ananuri – Gudauri – Kazbegi ( 240 km , 10 am – 6 pm ) 

Transfer to Mtiuleti region on the Georgian Military Highway, in the ski resort Gudauri . On the way visit Ananuri fortress, which is located on the shores of picturesque Lake Zhinvali. The fortress belonged to one of the most powerful feudal families of late medieval Georgia - Aragvi Eristavi . The fortress belongs to the early feudal era. She served as an outpost of defense, blocking the road running from the Daryal Gorge in the Caucasian mountains.

Transfer to the village of Stepantsminda , overlooking the jewel of the Caucasus mountain range - Mount Kazbegi . 

 

Day 08 Departure

Breakfast served at hotel.


Check out
TRANSFER to Airport    
Have a nice and safe flight!!!

Inclusions

  • 2 N accommodation at Double Tree by Hilton Yerevan 
  • 2 N accommodation at Marriott in Tsaghkadzor 
  • Daily buffet breakfast at hotel 
  • Return airport transfers
  • Tours based on private
  • Intercity transfers based on private
  • Transportation service in comfortable vehicles
  • Professional driver 
  • On-tour support to the passengers in Armenia
  • All local taxes 

Exclusions

  • Guide service during the tour
  • Meals during the tour
  • Garni entrance fee
  • Jeep tour to Azat Canyon 
  • Tsaghkadzor ski activities
  • Travel insurance 
  • Items of a personal nature