Georgia and Armenia Holiday
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Georgia and Armenia - Bestselling Tour
13 days, 12 nights from 1830 excl flights
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. 

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The Route

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:

Tbilisi
Tbilisi

The Georgian capital Tbilisi, founded in the 5th century AD, is a multi-ethnic, multi-cultural, multi-religious city on the crossroads of history, a city neither European nor Asian but a fascinating blend of both East and West. Enjoy its remarkable history, culture, dynamic vibe, hot springs, charming cobbled streets and caravanserais.

Sighnaghi
Sighnaghi

Sighnaghi is a small town in the east of Georgia situated on the mountainside in the historical region of Kakheti founded in the 17th century during the reign of King Heraclius II of Georgia. Built 790 meters above the sea level, it overlooks the most beautiful landscape of Alazani Valley and Caucasus Mountains.

Bodbe Monastery
Bodbe Monastery

At present the monastery functions as a nunnery and is one of the major pilgrimage sites in Georgia, due to its association with St. Nino, the 4th century female evangelist of Georgians, whose relics are shrined there. Down the hill from the monastery lies the Spring of Saint Nino, where pilgrims plunge themselves three times into the frigid water, the spring is believed to have curative powers and absolves one of sins.

Gori
Gori

Gori is one of the oldest cities in Georgia, founded in the 7th century AD as Tontio. Joseph Stalin, the Soviet leader, was born here in 1879 and he spent his childhood years in the city and later (1888-94) studied at its theological seminary. The small house where Stalin was born is preserved under a canopy outside the huge columned palace-like building that houses the Stalin Museum. To the side of the museum is Stalin’s private railway carriage.

Uplistsikhe
Uplistsikhe

The famous cave city of Uplistsikhe dates from the 6th century BC and is first mentioned in the chronicles of the 1st century AD. Carved into rocky plateau there are huge echoing halls, meandering corridor-streets, chambers for pagan worship and even the remains of Georgia’s oldest theatre, complete with auditorium, stage and orchestra pit. Like the other cave-towns of Georgia, it is rooted in the prehistoric traditions of the peoples of the Near East. On one side the fortress was protected by the Mtkvari and an almost vertical rock face, on the other, by powerful fortifications. Its strategic position on the approaches to Gori and, in particular, its strong defences made it possible to control the surrounding terrain. There were numerous attempts to destroy Uplistsikhe. Only in the 13th century, however, did the hordes of Genghis Khan’s son Khulagu succeed in doing so, after capturing and destroying many fortresses in Transcaucasia with the help of siege machines. The 5,000 inhabitants of Uplistsikhe perished and life ended forever in the fortress.

Wine tasting
Wine tasting

Georgia is known for its delicious wine. More than that, it is one of the oldest wine-making regions in the world! We will visit the ‘Khareba’ winery. Its remarkable wine cellar is situated in the tunnel carved out of the rock, which was originally used for military needs. Enjoy the best of Georgian wines here, while admiring the views of the beautiful vineyards and the Caucasus Mountains. 

Mtskheta
Mtskheta

Mtskheta is an ancient town of extraordinary importance to the Georgian nation. It was the capital of the eastern Georgian kingdom of Iberia from the 3rd century BC to the 5th century AD and the site of Georgia's adoption of Christianity in 334. It remains the headquarters of the Georgian Orthodox Church.

Lake Sevan
Lake Sevan

Lake Sevan is one of the wonders in Armenia and one of the greatest high mountainous freshwater lakes of Eurasia. On a clear and sunny day, the water is often of a deep turquoise colour. Total surface of the lake is 940 km2. On the lake there is the ancient Sevanavank Monastery (IX century), which stands overlooking the lake for centuries. In summertime, Armenians travel to the lake’s white sand beaches to vacation and picnic. Don’t miss a chance to stop by at the restaurant and try the most famous trout and white fish which come fresh directly from the lake.

Yerevan
Yerevan

The capital of Armenia, one of the world's oldest cities is full of surprises. Yerevan stands at a crossroads between Asian and European civilizations and will win your heart once you start discovering it and begin to understand its expressive, passionate people.

Khor Virap Church
Khor Virap Church

Khor Virap Church is the holy place of imprisonment of St. Gregory the Illuminator accused by Armenian king of preaching Christianity. He stayed in the dungeon for 13 years. The church allows for the most spectacular view of the gorgeous biblical mountain Ararat.

Etchmiadzin
Etchmiadzin

Etchmiadzin City, the ancient capital of Armenia, is the largest religious center, the residency of Catholicos of All Armenians. Etchmiadzin Cathedral, founded in 301 A.D. by St. Gregory the Illuminator, is one of the ancient churches in the Christian world, included in the UNESCO World Heritage List.

Areni
Areni

Areni is famous for its wine making based on the oldest and the most reliable archeological evidence of wine production on the Planet dating back 7000 years. Tour around Areni wine factory with wine degustation is always a nice and relaxing stop.

Noravank Monastery
Noravank Monastery

Noravank Monastery complex (XIII- XIV cc.), a major religious and cultural center, is closely connected with Gladzor’s famed university and library. The road to the monastery offers breathtaking scenery. The burial site of the Orbelian dynasty (XIII - XIV cc.) is located north to the main temple.

Garni
Garni

The stunning Pagan temple devoted to the God of Sun - Myrth in Garni was built in 77AD by King Trdat as a royal summer residence. It was destroyed by an earthquake in the 17th century and restored in 1969-1974. The walls surrounding the temple, ruins from the king’s palace and the bathroom were retained.

Geghard
Geghard

Geghard, the UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a unique caved temple built in the 12-13th centuries in the honour of the long-preserved spear that pierced the body of crucified Christ. The masterpiece of the Armenian medieval architecture is located in the mountains of picturesque gorge of Azat river. The water from a cold spring coming out from the cliff is believed to be holy.

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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

georgian-wine.jpgAfter 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

architecture 3192175 1920In 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

georgia 3716271 1920After 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

georgian-food.jpgToday 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

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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

Khor_Virap_Monastery.jpgThis 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!

River Side Hotel

4 crown
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Address

Georgia, Tbilisi, 0108, Right bank of Mtkvari , Brosse Street Turn

Location

The hotel is located in the historical centre of Tbilisi. It is within walking distance of such attractions as Narikala Fortress and Mother Georgia, Mtatsminda Mountain and Metekhi Church, Freedom Square, Shardeni street, Dry Bridge and Flea market. 

Accommodation

25 rooms, 5 floors

In-room

Free WI-FI, Marble Bathrooms, Individual Air Conditioner, Hair Dryer, Full Set of Mini Bar, Large Size LED TV with Satellite, Central Heating System, Phone.

Leisure

Bar, Restaurant, Gift shop, 24/7 Room & Bar Service.

Other services

Laundry service, Luggage service, Hotel safe, Elevator, Baby Cots, Outside Parking.

Akhasheni Wine Resort

4 crown
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Address

Georgia, Kakheti, Gurjaani district, village Akhasheni, 1502

Location

Located in the beautiful vineyards of Kakheti the hotel faces the stunning chain of Caucasus Mountains and is a perfect place for relaxation and enjoying the nature.

Accommodation

41 rooms, a conference hall, restaurant.

In-room

Telephone, Flat-screen TV, Safety Deposit Box, Air conditioning, Slippers, MinibarTowels, Electric kettle, Bathrobe, Free toiletries.

Leisure

Entertainment and lounging areas, swimming pools, vineyards with a traditional wine cellar.

Marco Polo Hotel

4 crown
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Address

Gudauri Marco Polo Kazbegi Region, Gudauri, Georgia

Location

Located in the beautifuk resort of Gudauri the hotel is a perfect accommodation for active people 

In-room

Free toiletries, Towels and Bathrobe, Telephone, Flat-screen TV, Air conditioning, Ironing Facilities, Hairdryer, Slippers, Tea/Coffee Maker, Minibar, Electric kettle,Wi-fi.

Leisure

Restaurant, Bowling Bar, Lounge Bar, Chimney Bar, Fit’O bar ,SPA.

Double Tree by Hilton

4 crown
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Address

Grigor Lusavorich Street,4 2, Yerevan, 0015, Armenia

Location

Conveniently located in the heart of Armenia’s capital, the charming hotel provides easy access to Yerevan’s top businesses and leisure attractions. Yerevan Municipality and bank offices are on the hotel's doorstep, while Zvartnots International Airport is just a 15 minutes’ drive away. Each floor of the hotel has a public balcony, offering splendid panoramic views of the city.

Accommodation

Total of 176 rooms, including standard rooms and suites.

In-room

Each room feature - 32-inch LCD smart television, work desk, minibar and walk-in shower. In adition all suite rooms complete with separate living area, two televisions and whirlpool.

Leisure

SPA wellness center, finess centre, restaurant, bar, 24-hour lobby bar.

Mirhav

2 crown
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Address

Mashtots Street 100, 3201 Goris, Armenia

Location

The Mirhav is a charming family run hotel with traditional atmosphere. The hotel is located in short walking distance from Haghtanak Park and Aksel Bakunts House Museum.

Accommodation

Standard rooms, family rooms and suites with balconies.

In-room

Private bathroom, TV, Wi-Fi, balcony (some rooms), wardrobe, a table, armchairs and telphone.

Other services

Satellite television, free Wi-Fi, laundry and ironing, hairdresser, 24-hours front desk,restaurant.

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 Departures and Prices


 Flight details:

  Please speak with us to get the best prices on flights added to your tour

 Please note:

  We use live currency update, price may slightly fluctuate daily

  IntoRussia Ltd reserves the right to change hotels to similar ones of the same standard and change the order of excursions

 Extras:

  If you are a group and want to add extra days or excursions, or you are looking for more independence, contact our Destination Experts for a tailor-made package

 

Travel dates

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April

04/04/2019-16/04/2019

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25/04/2019-01/05/2019 1830.4 £ on request Без имени 1

May

09/05/2019-21/05/2019

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16/05/2019-28/05/2019

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23/05/2019-04/06/2019

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June

 

06/06/2019-18/06/2019

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20/06/2019-02/07/2019

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July

18/07/2019-30/07/2019

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August

15/08/2019-27/08/2019

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September

05/09/2019-17/09/2019

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19/09/2019-01/10/2019

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26/09/2019-08/10/2019 1830.4 £ on request  Без имени 1

October

03/10/2019-15/10/2019

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10/10/2019-22/10/2019

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24/10/2019-05/11/2019

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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)

Not Included:

•   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

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