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10 Days 9 Nights
Tbilisi International Airport
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Tour Details

Tour package is a combination of historical, architectural and cultural components. Reveal breathtaking landscapes, millennial monuments, authentic food and wine, friendly people and unique culture.

Departure & Return Location

Zvartnots International Airport

Departure Time

2 Hours Before Flight Time

Price Includes

  • All transportation in destination location
  • Hotel accomodationYerevan and Tbilisi
  • Tour guide
  • Entrance fees

Price Excludes

  • Flights & health insurance
  • Visa
  • Any private expenses
Itinerary

Day 1/2Arrival – Yerevan city tour – Matendaran – History Museum

– Hotel check in.
– Breakfast at the hotel.
– City tour around Yerevan- the capital of the Republic of Armenia. Having a history of almost 2800 years, Yerevan is a modern city with high rise buildings, nice cafes and parks. It’s a combination of rich history and a modern lifestyle.
– Visit to Matenadaran – an ancient manuscript repository located in Yerevan, Armenia. It holds one of the world’s richest depositories of medieval manuscripts and books.
– Lunch.
– History Museum is where artifacts and items from prehistoric time to our days tell us the reach history of the land and its people.
– Leisure timeto enjoy Yerevan.
– Dinner.

Day 3Yerevan – Etchmiadzin – Zvartnots – Vernisage – Yerevan

– Breakfast at the hotel.
– Departure for Etchmiadzin town – the residence of the Supreme Catholicos of all Armenians and the center of the Armenian Apostolic Church. Etchmiadzin means the “The Descent of the Only Begotten Son” and is one of the ancient capitals of Armenia. Etchmiadzin Cathedral – the oldest state-built church in the world. According to the legend, Jesus Christ descended from heaven and indicated the spot for a church to be built. The construction of the church began in 301, the year when Armenia became the first state in the world to adopt Christianity as a state religion.
– Zvartnots temple. The architectural masterpiece of Zvartnots was built between the years 641 and 662. It was damaged by the earthquake in 10th century and unearthed nearly thousand years later in 1900-1907.
– Lunch.
– Return to Yerevan
– Vernisage in an open-air handicraft market where you can buy souvenirs in remembrance of your trip to Armenia.
– Leisure time in the evening to walk around Yerevan and having a dinner in various restaurant and cafés in the city center with warm atmosphere and nice music.
– Dinner.

Day 4Yerevan – Sevan – Noraduz – Dilijan – Haghartsin

– Breakfast at the hotel.
– Departure to Lake Sevan, the largest alpine lake in Caucasus. It is impossible to imagine the island of Sevan (currently a peninsula) without the Sevan Monastery, a perfect example of a man-made testimony of faith complementing the surrounding divine nature. According to the historical records, the Monastery was built in 874. You can enjoy unrepeatable scenery to Armenian pearl – Sevan and take memorable pictures.
– Noraduz – the khachkar (cross-stone) valley and the ancient cemetery is the most original manifestation of Armenian medieval culture.
– Lunch.
– Resort town of Dilijan with beautiful scenery of mountains covered with thick forests. Check in.
– Haghartsin – the monastic complex among the picturesque fortress, near the town of Dilijan includes three churches, two gavits (one in ruins), a refectory, a group of chapels and several khatchkars. The principal church Sourb Astvatsatin was built in 1281 as a cupola structure with a tall drum. This combination of natural and architectural beauty is very impressive.
– Dinner and overnight in Dilijan.

Day 5Dilijan – Hakhpat – Sanahin – Bagratashen Border Pass– Tbilisi

– Breakfast at the hotel.
– Drive to Alaverdy town and proceed to the Monastic complexes (10th c) of Haghpat and Sanahin – included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. These magnificent samples of Armenian architecture represent a unique blending between Caucasian and the evolved Byzantine architectural styles
– Lunch in Alaverdy.
Drive to the Armenian-Georgian border.
– Custom formalities and transfer to Tbilisi.

Day 6Tbilisi – City tour with Museums

– Breakfast at the hotel.
– Tbilisi sightseeing tour. We will take a glance to the history of the city from early centuries to nowadays by walking in narrow streets of the city and exploring the religious and secular architecture. Tbilisi is a mix of cultures where you find different religious buildings – churches, synagogues, mosques, as well as famous 19th century houses with wooden multi-color balconies. Visit to the sulphur bath which made an unforgettable impression on Pushkin, Lermontov, Dumas. During the tour you enjoy the superb panoramic views of the Old city. Afterwards we visit the stunning treasury of the Georgian National History Museum and then, depending on time, we’ll visit National Gallery before taking a stroll along Rustaveli Avenue – the central street in Tbilisi.
– Lunch and dinner at local restaurants.
– Dinner and overnight in Tbilisi.

Day 7Tbilisi – Mtskheta – Kazbegi – Tbilisi

– Breakfast at the hotel.
– 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.
– Drive up the famous Georgian Military Highway (leading to the Georgian – Russian border) to visit Ananuri architectural complex (17th century), the two churches and the fortress overlook the Zhinvali water reservoir. A stunning road along Tergi River will take us to Kazbegi an administrative region of Khevi. Then we’ll start walking us to the Trinity Church.
In case of good weather conditions we will be able to glimpse proudly erected Mount Kazbegi (5048 m).
– Return to Tbilisi.
– Lunch at local family and dinner at local restaurants.
– Overnight at a hotel in Tbilisi.

Day 8Tbilisi – Gori – Tbilisi

– Breakfast at the hotel.
– Visit to the town of Gori – the heart of Kartli region. Uplistsikhe is where the Great Silk Road used to passed. This complex has dwelling quarters, wine – cellars, bakeries, a three – nave basilica church hewn out in rock and even an antic theatre. Here we take 1 – 1.5 hrs walk around the cave town.
– Transfer to Tbilisi.
– Lunch at a local restaurant.
– Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Tbilisi.

Day 9Tbilisi – Sighnaghi – Velistsikhe – Tsinandali – Tbilisi

– Breakfast at the hotel.
– Travel to Kakheti Region in a wine land. Walk around the town of Sighnaghi. The streets here are narrow and surrounded by traditional houses with wooden carved balconies.
– Travel to a local farmer’s wine cellar to learn more about Georgian wine making.
– Dinner at local family.
– Later we visit Tsinandli garden and museum – 19th century Duke’s Alexander Chavchavadze’s estate. – Return to Tbilisi.
– Dinner and overnight in Tbilisi.

Day 10Departure

– Check out from the hotel
– Transfer to the airport and departure.

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