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The tour offers you traveling in 2 countries of transcaucasia in the south of the Caucasus: Armenia and Georgia. They have in common colorful historical backgrounds, big number of historical cites, fascinating landscapes, myths and legends and special hospitality typical in Caucasia.The tour starts in Armenia, from a country to be the first to accept Christianity in 301. You’ll have an opportunity of visiting impressing Christian churches, a museum of old manuscripts as well as ruins of Erebuni castle confirming the existence of antique Erebun state there in IX BC.After Armenia you will visit Georgia – country of myths, legends and wine-making. The tour provides visits not only to Tbilisi (the current capital of Georgia) but also to mountain regions, historical cites at Kolkheti lowland and to Telavi that’s famous for its viticulture and wine-making as well as architectural cites of IV-XIX centuries.


Day 1: YEREVAN

Arrive in Armenia, transfer to the hotel. Overnight in Yerevan.

Day 2: YEREVAN / ZVARTNOS / ECHMIADZIN / YEREVAN
Visit Echmiadzin, ancient capital of Armenia. On the way visit the beautiful church of St. Hripsime (VII C), Etchmiadzin Cathedral and the ruins of Zvartnots temple in the heart of Ararat plain. Visit History Museum in Yerevan. Overnight in Yerevan.

Day 3: YEREVAN / GARNI / GEGHART / YEREVAN
Discover Armenian capital, urban green city with Soviet and pink stone facades. Visit Matenadaran Institute of Manuscripts and Genocide Memorial Museum. Exploring the pagan Armenian civilization, overlooking the Azat Valley and Garni. Visit summer residence of Armenia's king of the 1st C AD and the Geghart monastery surrounded by a strong fortified wall carved into the rock. Overnight in Yerevan.

Day 4: YEREVAN / KHOR / VIPAR / NORVANK / TATEV / GORIS
Visit Monastery Khor Virap, admire the Ararat Mountain. Visit Noravank monastery (XIII c.) on the top of a canyon and Tatev monastery. Taking the longest cable car in the world listed in the Guinness Book of Records. Overnight in Goris.

Day 5: GORIS / KARAHOUNTCH / NECK-SELIM NORATOUS / TSARKADZOR
Departure for Lake Sevan. Visit a Karahundj Ancient Observatory. Cross the Selim Pass, visit a Caravanserai Mountain of Middle Ages and Noradouze Cemetery famous for its stone carvings. Arrive Tsarkadzor (throat flowers). Overnight at Tsarkadzor.

Day 6: TSARKADZOR / KTECHARIS / LAKE SEVAN / GOSHAVANK / DILIJАN
Pass Lake Sevan, visit the churches of Saint Apostles and Our Lady. Explore the landscapes of the north. Visit Dilijan a small resort marked by its unique architecture, stone houses with carved wooden balconies. Visit Haghartsin and Goshavank Monastery. Overnight in Dilijan.

Day 7: DILIJIN / ODZUN / SANAHIN / HAGHPAT / TBILISI
Departure for Alaverdi, discover some of the finest examples of Armenian art. Short break of Odzun. Continue to the Sanahin ensemble. A winding road leads to the monastery of Haghpat. Both sites are registered as UNESCO World Heritage Site. Formalities in Bagratashen (border). Arrive in Tbilisi. Overnight in Tbilisi.

Day 8: TBILISI
City tour of Tbilisi: Metekhi Church, delight with unforgettable panoramic views over the river Mtkvari and the main attractions of Tbilisi old district, Narikala Fortress - the ancient symbol of the city, Sioni built in 6th-7th CC, synagogue, the only remaining mosque in Tbilisi, etc. Visit Abanotubani sulfur baths. Visitors will walk to the pedestrian street Sharden. Visit Museum of Art. Overnight in Tbilisi.

Day 9: TBILISI / MTSKHETA / KAZBEGI / GUDAURI
Departure for Mtskheta - an old capital of Iberia kingdom, visit Jvari (Cross) perched on a hill and overlooking the confluence of the Aragvi and Mtkvari rivers. Visit Svetitskhoveli Cathedral ("Life-giving column") - 11th. On the way of Kazbegi visit Ananuri Castel with picturesque views over Jinvali Reservoir. Cross the legendary Georgian Military Highway, one of the world's most beautiful roads, through steep wooded valleys, ravines and finally over the 2300 meter Cross Pass. Trekking (5 km, 3 hours, difficulty level of trekking is average) to Gergeti Trinity Church. Overnight in Gudauri.

Day 10: GUDAURI / GORI / UPLISTSIKHE / KUTAISI
Visit Gori - birth place and museum of Joseph Stalin. Explore Uplistsikhe Cave Town. Overnight in Kutaisi.

Day 11: KUTAISI / AKHALTSIKHE
City tour of Kutaisi. Visit renovated Bagrati Cathedral - symbol of the city and Gelati Monastery recognized by UNESCO as a Worls Heritage Site. Departure for Borjomi remarkable for its mineral waters. Visit Rabati Castle in Akhaltsikhe. Overnight in Akhaltsikhe.

Day 12: AKHALTSIKHE / VARDZIA / TBILISI
Visit Vardzia Cave Town - high mountains and rock cliffs, special kind of architecture. Return back to Tbilisi pass Poka, enjoy with beautiful surroundings of Paravani Lake. Overnight in Tbilisi.

Day 13: TBILISI / KAKHETI REGION
Departure to the East part of Georgia Kakheti Region, homeland of wine. Visit Shuamta - XI- XVII CC church, Ikalto monastery and academy, local family museum and workshop of carpets, see the traditional methods of making carpets. Visit Alaverdi Cathedral. Short break Telavi. The route continues to Tsinandali - family estate, museum, vinery. Overnight in Telavi.

Day 14: KAKHETI REGION / TBILISI
Sightseeing of Sighnaghi - walking on the streets and enjoy with panoramic views over the Alazani Valley and the greater Caucasus mountains. Departure for Bodbe Monastery dedicated to St. Nino. Visit a rock-hewn Georgian Orthodox monastery complex David Gareja, located near the border with Azerbaigan, in the Semi-desert area (2 km walking). Overnight in Tbilisi.

Day 15: TBILISI
Transfer to airport, departure.

 

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