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Georgia and Armenia - Bestselling Tour
13 days/ 12 nights
Bucket list journey to Georgia and Armenia
Visit Georgia and Armenia with their remarkable cultural and historical heritage, diverse and spectacular mountainous landscapes, their rich fauna and flora, outstanding and diverse cuisine and historically routed customs and habits.
This tour will not only give you insight in the rich culture and traditions of the two countries but will also give an opportunity to enjoy their beautiful nature and try delicious local wines!
Available both in groups and independently.
TBILISI • TELAVI • GREMI • KVARELI • AKHASHENI • SIGHNAGHI • BODBE • TBILISI • JVARI • ANANURI • KAZBEGI • GUDAURI • GORI • UPLISTSIKHE • MTSKHETA • TBILISI • HAGHPAT • LAKE SEVAN • SEVANAVANK • YEREVAN • KHOR VIRAP • ETCHMIADZIN • ARENI • NORAVANK • GORIS• TATEV • ARENI • YEREVAN • GARNI • GEGHARD • YEREVAN
Highlights of the tour:
GEORGIA AND ARMENIA HOLIDAY
DAY 1, ARRIVAL IN TBILISI
Our driver will meet you at the airport to take you to the hotel. Check-in and free time.
DAY 2, TBILISI - TELAVI - GREMI - KHAREBA WINERY - AKHASHENI
After breakfast meet your guide and start your exciting journey to Kakheti. Kakheti is a scenic region located in the Eastern part of Georgia. It is known for its winegrowing and winemaking traditions. On the way you will be able to enjoy the stunning views of the Gombori pass and make a few stops in the most picturesque places of the region like Tevali. In Tevali you will pay a visit to the local market with fresh fruit, vegetables, cheeses and sweets made of dry fruit. Your next stop will be at the 16th-century architectural monument - Gremi, which used to be the royal residence and the capital of Kakheti Kingdom. Gremi Castle still remains one of the most visited attractions of the region. In the afternoon you will arrive in ‘Khareba’ winery where you will enjoy a tour of the winery as well as wine tasting. By 6pm you will reach your final destination of the day - Akhasheni Wine Resort. The place is surrounded by charming vineyards with awe-inspiring views of the Caucasus Mountains.
DAY 3, AKHASHENI - SIGHNAGHI - BODBE - TBILISI
Spend this morning relaxing and exploring Akhasheni before heading for Sighnaghi Royal Town in the afternoon. The town used to be located on the crossroads of the Silk Road and is surrounded by the defensive walls with 23 towers. Later today we will travel to Bodbe Convent. According to legends, St Nino, who converted Georgia to Christianity in the 4th century, is burried there. Reach Tbilisi by 9pm to enjoy some free time in this vibrant capital.
DAY 4, TBILISI
In the morning we will explore Tbilisi on an exciting city tour: see Metekhi Church, the monument to Vakhtang Gorgasali (the founder of Tbilisi), Narikala Fortress (to appreciate the panoramic views of the city), Sioni Cathedral, Anchiskhati Basilica, the clock tower of famous Rezo Gabriadze Theatre, and the Bridge of Peace, which leads to the Rike Park. Walk around the district of sulphur bath houses and pass by the only mosque in Tbilisi. Explore the Sharden area with its narrow streets, cozy welcoming cafes, bars which offer wine tasting, and souveneir shops. In the evening try delicious traditional Georgian cuisine at the local restaurant.
DAY 5, TBILISI - JVARI - ANANURI - KAZBEGI - GUDAURI
Today you will have a chance to explore the North of Georgia. You will visit Jvari Church, an architectural masterpiece of the Early Middle Ages located between the picturesque Aragvi and Mtkvari Rivers. Discover the history of the Ananuri complex, a former residence of Argveti Dukes, featuring churches and towersbuilt during the 16-17th centuries. Enjoy the views of the Cross pass with a short stop at Soviet-time “People’s Friendship” mountain view point. Later today you will also visit Gergeti Holy Trinity Church at an altitude of 2170 m!
DAY 6, GUDAURI - GORI - UPLISTSIKHE - MTSKHETA - TBILISI
After breakfast set off for the Stalin Museum which features more than 60,000 artifacts for history enthusiasts. Explore the cave town Uplistsikhe known for its incomparable mixture of various styles of rock-cut cultures and the co-existence of pagan and Christian architecture. Stop by Mtskheta, one of the oldest towns of Georgia, as well as a cultural and religious center of the country with its Svetitskhoveli cathedral where the robe of Christ is kept. In the evening, return to Tbilisi.
DAY 7, TBILISI
Today is free for you to explore the capital of Georgia independently.
For those interested in Georgian food we offer a cooking workshop! Learn how to prepare traditional Georgian dishes and snacks (3 - 4 dishes/snacks). Duration - 4-5 hours. Has to be booked in advance. Cost: £ 58 pp
DAY 8, TBILISI - ARMENIAN BORDER - HAGHPAT - LAKE SEVAN - SEVANAVANK - YEREVAN
After breakfast we will head for “Sadakhlo-Bagratashen” Georgian-Armenian border to start exploring Armenia. Today we will travel to the Lori region and visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site, the beautiful Haghpat monastery. Built in the style of traditional Armenian architecture in the 10-13th centuries, Haghpat monastery is located in a quiet scenic spot to protect the peace and seclusion of the monks. Next stop - the Lake Sevan, one of the largest freshwater lakes in the mountains. Enjoy the lake's coastline composed of thick woods, white cliff faces, mountain steppes, and Alpine meadows. Visit the gem of the region, Sevanavank Monastery, surrunded by the mountains and trees. In the evening arrive in Yerevan to relax in your comfortable hotel.
DAY 9, YEREVAN - ETCHMIADZIN
In the morning visit the city of Etchmiadzin, the Holy See of Armenia and the residence of the head of the Armenian Apostolic Church the Catholicos of All Armenians. Afterwards, come back to Yerevan to explore the oldest capital in the South Caucasus, you will have an opportunity to see Armenian Genocide Memorial Complex on the hill of Tsitsernakaberd and climb the impressive staircase of Cascade Monument (500 meters high and 50 meters wide) - the main symbol of the city’s 2780th anniversary. The prize for such climb will be one of a kind breathtaking city view.
DAY 10, YEREVAN - KHOR VIRAP - ARENI CAVE - NORAVANK - GORIS
This morning travel to Khor Virap Monastery to learn fascinating legends and stories about this sacred place. This one of a kind location allows you to enjoy the best views of Mount Ararat too! On the way to the town of Goris you will visit red cliffs of Noravank Complex, Areni Cave – the place where the earliest shoe in the world was found, and do not forget to relax and just enjoy the stunning views of the mountain ridges, highland landscapes, and villages on the way. Arrival in Goris at around 18:00.
DAY 11, GORIS - TATEV - ARENI - YEREVAN
Today you will have a chance to experience the longest aerial tramway ride in the world (5752 m, 12 min), this will allow you to visit Tatev Monastery. Afterwards head back to Yerevan with stop in Areni, the world’s oldest wine producing region, for wine and spirits tasting. Arrive in Yerevan at around 18:00.
DAY 12, YEREVAN - GARNI - GEGHARD - YEREVAN
Explore the history of the 4th century by visiting Garni, the only pagan temple in Armenia that survived after the introduction of Christianity. The next example of the incredible architecture of the 4th century is the Geghard (“spear”) complex: decorative art cuts in towering cliffs are the perfect example of Medieval development. Return to Yerevan. Free afternoon to explore more of the city (Ararat Brandy Factory or the souvenirs market “Vernisage”). Farewell dinner at one of the local traditional restaurants will give you an example of local hospitality and amazing cuisine.
DAY 13, YEREVAN
After breakfast check out from the hotel to travel to the airport. We hope to see you soon!
Please note that we reserve the right to change the hotels to similar hotels of the same standard and change the order of the excursions.
Georgia and Armenia Holiday
Bookings are now open on enquiry basis - please get in touch with our Destination Managers to secure your holiday with an Early Booking Discount.
Included in price:
• Accomodation on Bed & Breakfast basis
• Sightseeing with an English-speaking guide
• Entrance tickets as perprogramme
• Transfers per programme
• Two wine tastings in Georgia and Armenia
• Dinners: Tbilisi (on day 4), Yerevan (on day 12)
• Hotel charges for additional services
• Flights (please speak with us to get the best prices on flights added to your tour)
• Travel insurance
• E-visa to Armenia