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Armenia and Georgia (11 days)

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Georgian DMC

The company was founded in 2009 and nowadays is of the one leading DMCs in Georgia.

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Armenia and Georgia (11 days)

Georgia and Armenia are two of the most ancient Christian countries. They are situated on the crossroads of two great civilizations – Europe and Asia, harmoniously reflecting the blended influence in their culture and everyday life. Both of them attract visitors with their hospitality, ancient history and time tested traditions.

DAY 1

Arrival

Transfer to the hotel.

Yerevan, 4 Nights
DAY 2

Yerevan-Echmiadzin- Zvartnot

After breakfast start city tour around Yerevan. Armenia’s capital is one of the oldest cities in the world. It was established in 782 BC. Today it’s a thriving city, with the excitement, hustle and bustle of a modern capital During your tour, you will see the major sites of Yerevan city as well as the must see Tsitsernakaberd Memorial park and the museum of the victims of Genocide. In the second half of the day departure to Echmiadzin which is mere 20 km from Yerevan. Echmiadzin Cathedral is one of the oldest standing churches in Christendom. It was built in 303 AD over a pagan fire altar. The name Echmiadzin means “descent of the Only Begotten”. It was believed to have been designated in a vision where Christ came to earth and struck the plains with a golden hammer. This landmark is protected by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. Lunch in a local art school tasting home made dishes. Return to Yerevan with the stop at the ruins of Zvartnots temple - the pearl of the 7th c. architecture (inscribed in UNESCO World Heritage list). Welcome dinner in a traditional Armenian restaurant. Overnight at the hotel in Yerevan. Read more

Yerevan, 4 Nights
DAY 3

Yerevan-Khor Virap-Tushpa

Sightseeing tour to Vayots Dzor region which has been inhabited since the Bronze Age. This fact was also proved by archeological excavations of the region in the result of which “The oldest leather shoe” in the world was discovered. This shoe, which is older than either Stonehenge or the Egyptian pyramids, is in fact the oldest shoee sample ever found in the world. The 5,500 year-old shoe is now on display at the History Museum of Armenia. On the way to Vayots Dzor you will visit Khor-Virap monastery 4- 17th as it’s an important Christian site and the closest point to biblical Mt. Ararat. If you are lucky you and the weather is fine you will have a similar photo now on your right. Visit Tushpa winery. Continue tour to Noravank monastery - a great religious and cultural center of 12th c. Noravank (“New Monastery”) is 122 km away from Yerevan and is located in an inaccessible location throughout the stunning nature. Lunch in a local cave café tasting chicken barbeque made in a special underground heater. Drive back to the capital city. Overnight at the hotel in Yerevan. Read more

Yerevan, 4 Nights
DAY 4

Yerevan-Garni-Geghard-Matenadaran

Early departure to the village of Garni. The citadel and pagan temple of Garni is a picturesque monument of the Hellenistic period and an impressive piece of ancient Armenian architecture. It was built in the first century A.D. by the Armenian King Tiridates and it is dedicated to a heathen god, probably to Mithra, the god of the sun whose figure stood in the depth of the sanctuary. After proclaiming Christianity as a state religion in Armenia in 301, the temple was probably used as a summer residence of the kings. Northeast of Garni, higher up the gorge of the Azat river, there is a magnificent monument of medieval Armenian architecture - Geghard monastery inscribed in UNESCO World Heritage list. Geghard is another incredible ancient Armenian monastery, partly carved out of a mountain. The meaning "the Monastery of the Spear", originates from the spear which had wounded Jesus during his crucifixion, allegedly brought to Armenia by Apostle Thaddeus, and stored amongst many other relics. Lunch at a local house in Garni where you will have opportunity to watch Armenian national bread “lavash” baking and barbeque making process in the underground stove called “tonir”. In the second half of the day visit depositary of ancient manuscripts the Matenadaran which contains historical documents from all over Europe and Asia throughout many centuries. There is also the first copy of the Bible in Armenian and the Gospels that fascinate with their beautiful miniatures. *** Optional farewell dinner in an Armenian traditional restaurant with live music. Overnight at the hotel in Yerevan. Read more

Yerevan, 4 Nights
DAY 5

Yerevan - Lake Sevan – Haghpat

After your last breakfast early departure to Lake Sevan. About 70 miles north of Yerevan sits lake Sevan. This huge mountain lake, which takes up to 5% of Armenia's surface area and is about 2,000 meters above sea level is one of the highest among the freshwater lakes in the world. Sightseeing on the peninsula visiting the monasteries. Continue tour and visit to monastic complex of Haghpat, listed as a World Cultural Heritage Site by UNESCO and among the outstanding works of medieval Armenian architecture. Lunch in a local house or restaurant. Drive to Sadakhlo border. Border formalities. Change the transportation and guide. Continue to Tbilisi. Overnight in Tbilisi. Read more

Tbilisi, 2 Nights
DAY 6

Tbilisi

Tbilisi sightseeing program – visit the Old Town. The city offers a great variety of sights, most of them very ancient. All the places of interest in the Old Town are very close to each other, within a few minutes’ walk. We start our visit to Old Tbilisi from Metekhi Church (13th century), then walk to the Synagogue, Sioni Cathedral (6th-7th centuries) and Anchiskhati Church (6th century). Afterwards we drive up to Mother Georgia statue and walk down to Narikala Fortress (4th century) en route enjoying beautiful views of Old Town. Then we visit Sulphur Baths district. This marks the end of the Old Town. Then we take a stroll along Rustaveli Avenue. Overnight in Tbilisi. Read more

Tbilisi, 2 Nights
DAY 7

Tbilisi-Mtskheta-Kutaisi

We drive to 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. Afterwards you travel towards west Georgia. Lunch in a Georgian restaurant. Arrive in pretty town of Kutaisi (the second largest in the country) and visit local farmers’ market and Gelati Cathedral (12th century) – one of the earliest academies in Europe, UNESCO World Heritage site. Overnight in Kutaisi. Read more

Kutaisi, 2 Nights
DAY 8

Kutaisi-Batumi-Kutaisi

We drive to the Black Sea coast, to Batumi. Here we visit the Botanical gardens and Gonio Fortress (1st century AD). The afternoon is a chance to relax on the beach and enjoy the boulevard. In the evening return to Kutaisi. Overnight in Kutaisi.

Kutaisi, 2 Nights
DAY 9

Kutaisi-Uplistsikhe-Gudauri

Today we visit the town of Gori – the heart of Kartli region and its historical places. Photo stop at Stalin’s house and statue, then continue to Uplistsikhe Cave Town (1st millennium BC) – one of the main points along the famous Silk Road. Afterwards drive up the famous Georgian Military Highway (leading to the Georgian-Russian border). En route visiting the Ananuri architectural complex (17th century), the two churches and the fortress overlook the Zhinvali water reservoir. The drive is very scenic through high Caucasus Mountains. Dinner and overnight in a hotel in Gudauri ski resort. Read more

Gudauri, 1 Night
DAY 10

Gudauri-Kazbegi-Tbilisi

A stunning drive from Gudauri along the Tergi River will bring us to Kazbegi – the main town in the region. From Kazbegi a 1.5 hour walk up through beautiful valleys and woodland leads us to Gergeti Trinity Church located at 2170m. Weather permitting you may catch a glimpse of one of the highest glaciers in the Caucasus – Mt Kazbegi (5047m). We walk back to the town return to Tbilisi. Overnight in Tbilisi. Read more

Tbilisi, 1 Night
DAY 11

Departure

Transfer to the airport and departure.

ACCOMMODATIONS

Day in trip
Location
Hotel
Day 1
Location Yerevan
Hotel Ani Plaza
Day 5
Location Tbilisi
Hotel KMM
Day 8
Location Kutaisi
Hotel Guiesthouse
Day 10
Location Gudauri
Hotel Carpe Diem
Day in trip
Location
Hotel
Day 1
Location Yerevan
Hotel Opera Suite
Day 5
Location Tbilisi
Hotel The Terrace
Day 8
Location Gudauri
Hotel Marco Polo
Day 10
Location Tskaltubo

TRIP PACKAGE

Package includes

  • Transfer from/to the airport
  • Transport during the tour
  • Accommodation
  • Local guides
  • Halfboarding
  • Information services
  • Entrance fee
  • 1 bottle water p/p per day

Package excludes

  • Airfare
  • Personal expenses
  • Visa, consular fees or any other formalities.
  • Tips
  • Beverages
  • Additional journeys and transfers

More information

  • Single supplement for economy package: 255 USD
  • Single supplement for standard package: 345 USD

REVIEWS

4 Reviews

Dawn Li, China

Dear Khatuna, We are writing to thank you for your arrangement for our trip in Georgia. Though the weather was not too good that we needed to change our itinerary, we appreciated much the help of our driver Georgi who did a good job. He brought us to feel the beautiful snow that evening which was not his duty, and always took care of us by providing coffee, tea and very yummy snacks on the way. We feel especially impressed by Georgi who tried very hard using Geogle translation even though he couldn't speak English, and was very patient to have stopped the car for us to take nice photos. It's lot of fun and warm-feeling having Georgi to be our driver all along the route. Please relay our appreciation to Georgi !! Cheers. Read more

Ferdinand Ratio, Philippines

Dear Tinatin, I would like to say thank you for wonderful tour here in Georgia, especially our tour guide Ms. Mañana. She is kind person, we really enjoy, thank you and God Bless and more power.‚Äč

Sherin, United Arab Emirates

Dear Tinatin, I just wanted to review on the tour. We were soo happy with the way you organized the entire tour and our guide Nino. Our family was emotional at the time of departure to part such a lovely company. She was very informative and we also took notice how she cared about the environment by making sure to collect all the plastic bottles she saw on the locations of the attractions and later disposing them to where it belongs. She is well versed about the places we visited and she did share the history of each locations. Her passion to her job was evident each time she told the history of Georgia. Also, she made it a point to leave the hotel only after we have completed the check-in process and received the key. And Guram, was also a very helpful man. I guess it was his inefficiency with the language made it difficult for him to entertain us. But his smile once in a while did make us very happy. About the beauty of Georgia cannot be summarized in this mail. We would like to thank you once again for providing us with a memorable stay. Read more

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