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Armenia Off-The-Beaten-Track Caucasus Discovery: Armenia and Georgia

  • Off the beaten track
If you want to discover the ancient history and culture of Armenia and Georgia, this combined tour is designed for you. This programme will give you the opportunity to discover the ancient culture, impressive landscapes and truly warm people. In the South Caucasus, Armenia is an exceptional Christian cradle. The oldest Christian nation in the world with its tormented history. Despite the econ...

If you want to discover the ancient history and culture of Armenia and Georgia, this combined tour is designed for you. This programme will give you the opportunity to discover the ancient culture, impressive landscapes and truly warm people. In the South Caucasus, Armenia is an exceptional Christian cradle. The oldest Christian nation in the world with its tormented history. Despite the economic difficulties and the hostility of its neighbors, at the crossroads of East and West, Armenia continues to believe for better destiny and to prosper. Beyond its ethnological and cultural diversity, the region of Caucasus offers many other interests such as history, biodiversity, architecture and gastronomy with some foreign influences of the region. Ancestral traditions such as viticulture in Georgia, where wine making has an important place for the majority of the population, make worthy to experience Caucasus, to discover and to feel.

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This tour idea is fully customizable

This itinerary has been crafted by our Local Agency with one idea in mind: to inspire you. Every element can be adapted to your needs and your interests, from duration to accommodation and activities.

Day 1: Arrival

Arrival at the airport, meeting with your guide and transfer to Yerevan. Check-in at the hotel.

(B/L/-)

Visited:
Yerevan

Day 2: Yerevan city tour

Breakfast at the hotel.


Enjoy a morning tour of this fascinating and dignified capital city. Sightseeing includes Republic Square, Esplanade, Opera House, etc… Yerevan, the capital and the largest city in Armenia, situated alongside the river Hrazdan, was established with the founding of the fortress of Erebuni in 782 BC. Visit the History Museum of Armenia. Visit “Ararat” Brandy Company. Assist to degustation of Armenian brandy, the preferred one of Sir Winston Churchill.


Overnight at the selected hotel in Yerevan. (B/L/-).

Visited:
Yerevan

Day 3: Canyon Kasakh & Saghmosavank: Monastery of Psalms

Breakfast at the hotel.

Drive to Saghmosavank, is a 13th-century Armenian monastic complex located in the village of Saghmosavan. The main structures of the monasteries erected by Prince Vache Vachutyan—the Church of Zion in Saghmosavank (1215) and the Church of Karapet in Hovhannavank (1216-1221)—belong to the same type of cross-winged domed structure with two-floor annexes in all the corners of the building. Continue to Amberd ("fortress in the clouds"), a 7th-century fortress located 2,300 meters (7,500 ft) above sea level, on the slopes of Mount Aragats at the confluence of the Arkashen and Amberd rivers in the province of Aragatsotn. Continue to Karmravor, known as the Church of Holy Mother of God is a 7th-century Armenian Apostolic church. Back to Yerevan. Visit to the Armenian Genocide Museum, Armenia's official memorial dedicated to 1,500,000 victims of the Armenian Genocide.  

Overnight at the selected hotel in Yerevan. (B/L/-).

Visited:
Yerevan Saghmosavank’ Amberd Karmravor

Day 4: Cave Monastery UNESCO World Heritage

Breakfast at the hotel.


Departure for Geghard. Visit to the medieval monastery of Geghard. Being partially carved out of the adjacent mountain, surrounded by cliffs, it is a center of art and spirituality. Geghard, beautifully carved inside the rock, is famous for its rock architecture. It is believed that the monastery Ayrivank has been around since before the 4th century, which was later renamed into Geghard. Today, this spear is preserved as a sacred relic in the Cathedral of Etchmiadzin. Geghard is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.Visit to the temple Garni, a classical Hellenistic pagan temple. It is considered to be the best-known structure and symbol of pre-Christian Armenia. It was built by king Tiridates I in the first century AD as a temple dedicated to the sun god Mihr. Back to Yerevan.


Overnight at the selected hotel in Yerevan. (B/L/-).


Hiking 2H in the Garni Gorge to discover the incredible basalt organs.

Visited:
Yerevan Garni Geghard

Day 5: Masterpieces of Armenian medieval architecture

Breakfast at the hotel.


Visit to Etchmiatsin. On the road visit to the church of Hripsime, dedicated to the martyred Christian virgin. Echmiadzin is one of the holiest cities in Armenia. This former capital is now the home for the Supreme Catholicos of the Armenian Apostolic Orthodox faith. The main cathedral was founded by St.Gregory in 303 and sits on a former pagan shrine. Departure to the ruins of Zvartnots Temple. The temple was built in the 7th c by Catholicos Nerses III Shinarar and was collapsed by an earth-quake in the 10th c. According to the opinion of European specialists the temple of Zvartnots may be ranked with greatest monuments of ancient architecture. Trip continues to the South of the country. Visit to the monastery of Khor-Virap. Being a pilgrimage site it is attributed to the fact that Gregory the Illuminator was imprisoned there for 14 years by King Tiridates III. However, Saint Gregory subsequently became the king’s religious mentor and they led the proselytizing activity in the country. Drive to Eghegnadzor.  


Dinner and overnight at the guesthouse in Eghegnadzor. (B/L/D).

Visited:
Yerevan Etchmiatsin Zvartnots Khor Virap Eghegnadzor

Day 6: The Silk Road - Selim Caravanserai

Breakfast at the hotel.

Trip continues to the South of the country. Visit to the monastery of Noravank, which is one of the rarest churches where you will be able to see the carved visage of God. Visit the cave of Noravank where was found the leather shoe, the oldest of the world. Trip to Selim caravanserai, which offered hospitality to travelers along the highway crossing Selim (Sulema) mountains. Exploration of Noratus cemetery and its famous Khatchkars (cross stone). The cemetery has the largest cluster of khachkars in the Republic of Armenia. It is currently the largest surviving cemetery with khachkars. Trip through Lake Sevan, blue pearl of Armenia. Visit to Sevanavank monastery.

Overnight at the selected hotel in Sevan. (B/L/D). 

Hiking in the Noravank Canyon – duration 2H, distance 5 kilometers.

Visited:
Eghegnadzor Noravank’ Selim Noratus Sevan

Day 7: Gyumri, The city of arts and traditions

Breakfast at the hotel.


Drive to Dilijan. Explore Dilijan, a lush, green city located in the northern Armenian province of Tavush. It is one of the most important resorts of Armenia, situated in Dilijan National Park. The Sharambeyan street, which is in the center, has been preserved and maintained as an "old town," completed with craftsman's workshops, with a gallery and a museum. Trip to the monastery of Marmashen. Built on a plateau overlooking the gorges of the Akhourian River, it was founded in the tenth century, between 986 and 1029, by Prince Vahram Pahlavouni. The ensemble is composed of three churches whose architecture belongs to the school of Ani. Arrival in Gyumri. Gyumri, located in northwestern Armenia, is the capital of the Shirak region. It is the second largest city in Armenia, after Yerevan. Originally known as Kumairi, "Gyumri" did not really develop until the 19th century. In 1837, the city was renamed Alexandropol under the Russian Empire and, in 1924, Leninakan during the Soviet period.


Overnight at the selected hotel in Gyumri. (B/L/D).

Visited:
Sevan Dilijan Marmashen Gyumri

Day 8: Troglodyte Cave City in Georgia

Breakfast at the hotel.


From Bavra(border)going ahead to Vardzia,  a cave monastery site in southern Georgia, excavated from the slopes of the Erusheti Mountain on the left bank of the Kura River, 30 km from Aspindza. The main period of construction was the second half of the 12th century. Visit Akhaltsikhe, a town in Southern Georgia, founded in middle ages. Its name means “a new fortress”, because the town’s fortress used to be the most important landmark of the region. In 1579 it was a center of a region of Ottoman Empire, then during Russian - Turkish war in 1828 - 1829, it was brought back to Georgia, which used to be a part of Russian Empire. The huge freshly renovated fortress of Rabati remains the main landmark of Akhaltsikhe. Its upper part includes the castle of Jakeli family, where the Museum of Samtskhe-Javakheti region is situated; there are also an Akhmediye Mosque, an orthodox church, an amphitheater and a citadel.


Overnight at the selected hotel in Akhaltsikhe. (B/L/D).

Visited:
Bavra Vardzia Akhalts'ikhe

Day 9: UNESCO-Listed Gelati and Bagrati Cathedral

Breakfast at the hotel.


Visit Borjomi - a resort town in southcentral Georgia. The town is noted for its mineral water industry (the artesian springs in the valley are fed by water that filters from glaciers covering the peaks of the Bakuriani Mountains at altitudes of up to 2,300 m (7,500 ft), the Romanov summer palace in Likani, and the World Wide Fund for Nature-site Borjomi Kharagauli National Park.


Drive to Kutaisi, the legislative capital of Georgia, and its 3rd most populous city. Situated 221 kilometers west of Tbilisi, it is the capital of the western region of Imereti. Visit Gelati - a medieval monastic complex, masterpiece of the Georgian Golden Age, founded in 1106 by King David 4 of Georgia and is recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. Visit the Bagrati cathedral, one of the best samples of late medieval architecture. It is distinguished by refined, harmonious proportions and graceful decor. This is a square building in the shape of a cross. In 1994 the Bagrat Temple Revival Fund was established in Kutaisi. Today the Temple is in the list of the world-significant historical and cultural monuments of UNESCO. Return to Kutaisi.


Overnight at the selected hotel in Kutaisi. (B/L/D).

Visited:
Akhalts'ikhe Borjomi Kutaisi Gelati Bagrati

Day 10: Mtskheta - One of the oldest cities in Georgia

Breakfast at the hotel.

Drive to Gori , a city in eastern Georgia, which serves as the regional capital of Shida Kartli and the centre of the homonymous administrative district. The name is from Georgian gora that is, "heap", or "hill. Visit Stalin’s museum. Drive to Uplistsikhe, an ancient cave city, one of the first cities on the territory of Georgia. The city appeared at the end of the 2nd - early 1st millennium BC. e., experienced several ups and downs, was finally abandoned in the 19th century and is thus a multi-layer archaeological site, one of the most important monuments of Georgian culture. Drive to Mtskheta, one of the oldest cities of Georgia lies at the confluence of the rivers Mtkvari and Aragvi. Mtskheta is the most religious city of Georgia. Nowhere in Georgia is there such a quantity of sacred and cult places as in Mtskheta. Visit Svetitskhoveli Cathedral and ancient Dzhvari Monastery. Both are unique amazing samples of religious architecture of the medieval Caucasus. Visit Jvari monastery, (6th century). Along with other historic structures of Mtskheta, it is listed as a World Heritage site by UNESCO. Drive to Tbilisi.

Overnight at the selected hotel in Tbilisi. (B/L/-).

Visited:
Kutaisi Gori Uplistsikhe Mtskheta Jvari Tbilisi

Day 11: Winery Region and Wine Tasting

Breakfast at the hotel.

Drive region of Kakheti, famous for its wine and hospitality. While the Kakheti region is the birthplace of grapes and wine, it is impossible to leave this region without tasting local wine. One of the most hospitable Winery SHELTI will offer you Georgian wine where you can taste a delicious local wine. After degustation drive to Gremi, the capital of Kingdom of Kakheti in the 16th and the 17th centuries. Founded by Levan of Kakheti, it functioned as a lively trading town on the Silk Road and Royal residence until being razed to the ground by the armies of Shah Abbas I of Persia. Since 2007 the monument of Gremi has been proposed for inclusion into the UNESCO World Heritage sites. Return to Tbilisi.

Overnight at the selected hotel in Tbilisi. (B/L/-).

Visited:
Tbilisi Kakheti Gremi

Day 12: Tbilisi Folklore City Tour

Breakfast at the hotel.


The silhouette of Tbilisi is immediately recognizable and unique. It is one of the most charming and colorful places in the world. The monumental sculpture of Kartlis Deda, Mother of Georgia, stands above central Tbilisi. Across the canyon atop Mtatsminda, Holy Mountain, sits the brightly lit space needle style communications tower visible from anywhere in the city. The narrow streets of Old Town are representative of the both city's rich heritage and impressive nightlife. The cliffs of Metekhi offer romantic views of the medieval fortress of Narikala. You will have a chance to see the beauty of the Peace Bridge, crossing Mtkvari to the fountains and paths of Rikhe Park, which houses one of Tbilisi's most impressive post-modern structures known as the Rikhe Park Concert Hall and Exhibition Center. Tbilisi is revered for its impressive orthodox churches which vary from picturesque marvelous cathedrals such as Sioni and the golden domed Sameba.


Overnight at the selected hotel in Tbilisi. (B/L/).

Visited:
Tbilisi

Day 13: Departure

Breakfast at the hotel.


Transfer to the airport.


(B/-/-)

Visited:
Tbilisi

Yerevan Saghmosavank’ Amberd Karmravor Garni Geghard Etchmiatsin Zvartnots Khor Virap Eghegnadzor Noravank’ Selim Noratus Sevan Dilijan Marmashen Gyumri Bavra Vardzia Akhalts'ikhe Borjomi Kutaisi Gelati Bagrati Gori Uplistsikhe Mtskheta Jvari Tbilisi Kakheti Gremi

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This tour idea is fully customizable

The price reflects this specific itinerary and is designed to give you an idea of the budget required for this destination. Throughout the trip-planning process, our local agency will tailor your itinerary around your budget.

Approx. $1,730 / 13 days
Excluding international flights
2 pax 4 pax 6 pax Single Supplement
Price per person $2,210 $1,730 $1,610 $320

Included in price:

  • Reception and Transfer Airport-Hotel-Airport
  • Payment by credit card
  • Bank Transactions
  • 12 nights accommodation according to the program
  • Transport as per program
  • English-speaking driver
  • Meals: all the breakfasts, 11 x lunches, 5 x dinners
  • Entrances  as per program

Not included in price:

  • Flights
  • Insurance
  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Other meals
  • Tips

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