Combining two countries when traveling abroad as a tourist is always a great idea. If your planned destinations are Georgia and Armenia – search no further and take a closer look at our tour program. It’s fascinating how these two neighbouring countries are so different from each other, how diverse their history, culture and traditions are. Both Georgia and Armenia are often called as “lands where it all began” – meaning that here you will learn a lot about things that are “the very first” on Earth, or “the oldest” that exist. Unique alphabets that are being not only kept but actually used and that are completely different from each other; winemaking traditions that are of proven 8 millennial record; ancient monuments and UNESCO World Heritage List sites literally on every corner. This Georgia and Armenia tour package based on the itinerary that’s been proven to be the most efficient and the best in terms of time spent touring versus time spent on the road balance.
Our representative will meet you in the airport and arrange for hotel transfer. Check-in after 2pm.
Georgian capital city for many centuries of its existence was a place where people of all faiths, cultural and national backgrounds used to live together, making Tbilisi a contemporary metropolis filled with history and atmosphere of the rich and great past. Your South Caucasus travel will continue this day with the tour of old Tbilisi: at the Metekhi church and King Vakhtang monument you will listen to the Tbilisi founding legend, continue by cable car to ancient Narikala fortress, walk down to the “Legvtakhevi” (fig) gorge and Tbilisi waterfall, passing by the church and mosque. Tbilisi flea market experience will be followed by stroll through the renovated pedestrian alley and part of the “New Tiflis” major renovation project of Georgian capital. And to make this day special – traditional Georgian welcome dinner will be attended. Transfer to hotel.
Tour to Georgia would not be complete without a journey to Kazbegi, a small town close to the border with Russia. The tour itinerary for this day will start with the Jvari monastery, architectural gem of the Caucasus, located on top of the hill overlooking major Georgian highlights – its old capital town Mtskheta; famous two rivers merging point where Mtkvari river meets river Aragvi; and transport highway entering Tbilisi. Another site worth making a stop on the way is Ananuri fortress – established in XVI century as a residence for local Dukes of Aragvi the complex is still a place that impresses all those passing by with its nobility and greatness. Other attractions en route include exciting view of two small mountain rivers making one, and flowing side by side without mixing their colors for quite a distance; also a picturesque mountain landscape viewpoint followed by the “Cross” pass. Arrive in Kazbegi, change a vehicle for 4-wheel-drive cars to get to Gergeti Holy Trinity church, nestled on top of one of the highest hills at 2170 meters above sea level. Drive to mountain resort Gudauri for overnight. Transfer to hotel.
After breakfast in the hotel start driving back towards Tbilisi with the stops in Uplistsikhe and Mtskheta on the way. From Gudauri in about 2-hour drive the group will arrive to the cave town Uplistsikhe – the magnificent remains of an ancient pagan settlement where all the houses used to be carved inside the rocks. Continue your Caucasus tours’ Georgian part by visiting a local family’s private wine cellar for house wine tasting and homemade lunch. After lunch arrive to Mtskheta, old capital town of ancient Georgia and one of the most important historical cities of the country. Visit the old town and its principal sight – Svetitskhoveli monastery. The name of the monastery means “living pillar” and it is widely believed that the place is a burial site of Jesus Christ’s mantle. Being one of the principal churches in Georgia, the monastery is also one of the most revered places in Caucasus. Transfer to Tbilisi.
In the morning before drive to the region of Kakheti famous for its ancient winemaking traditions. Numerous vineyards as well as both big and small wine producing facilities are biggest landmarks of the region. Major highlight of the day is a wine tour and wine tasting at unique wine cellar “Gvirabi” (tunnel) by winemaking company “Khareba”, set inside the tunnel excavated in the XX century deep into the Caucasus mountain range. Next stop before driving to capital city Tbilisi will be the town called Sighnaghi, labeled recently as a “city of love”, mostly for the fact that one can register there their marriage 24/7. Previously a royal residence, Sighnaghi still surrounded by ancient city walls and currently one of the most popular travel destinations in Georgia. Return back to Tbilisi.
Check-out from your Tbilisi hotel in the morning and depart towards the border between Georgia and Armenia (about 1.5-hour drive). On the other side, you will be met by local guide and driver to start touring the second destination country with this tour – Armenia.
The first Armenian site to visit is Haghpat monastery, the X century architectural monument and UNESCO World Heritage list member, in the region of Lori. The next attraction of the tour is what is called a Jewel of Armenia – lake Sevan, the largest freshwater alpine lake in Caucasus and Eurasian region. Total surface area of the lake is 1900 square miles which comprises a sixth part of Armenia. Arrive to Sevanavank (Sevan monastery), ancient monastic complex which beautifully set in one of the coasts of lake Sevan and features two major churches – Surp Arakelots (Holy Apostles) and Surp Astvatsatsin (Holy Mother of God), founded in the year of 847 by Princess Mariam. Another distinguishing feature of the site is a magnificent view that surrounds the place – snowy mountains everywhere your eyes could see.
Arrive in Yerevan, check-in to hotel.
Sightseeing tour of Armenian capital is yet another exciting day of your travel to the South Caucasus. You will see how different it is from two previous capitals, especially with its colors – Yerevan has a distinguished color in its basic architecture (spoiler: it’s pink!). This city tour will start with probably the most adventurous part – Cascade Monument. Interesting fact about this place is that it has 2780 stairs to walk up, exactly the number of years Yerevan has celebrated recently. Walking up these stairs does have its reward – a fascinating view over the city, with gorgeous Ararat mountain, central square of Republic, major city avenue and beautiful Opera theatre building – all in a magic full view. And, as usual, the city tour of Armenian capital will complete with the national cuisine dinner and traditional folklore show. Transfer to hotel.
Continue your Georgia and Armenia tour with a following program:
In the morning leave Yerevan for the Armenian village called Garni with its principal highlight – ancient pagan fortress of the I century BC. Drive to Geghard, IV century medieval monastery partially carved out of the adjacent mountain, and yet another UNESCO World heritage list site. Continue to the see of Vagharshapat and visit the Etchmiadzin Cathedral, known as “mother-church” of the Armenian Apostolic Church and residence of the Catholicos of All Armenians. Drive back to Yerevan, transfer to hotel.
The 2-day trip to Tatev in Armenia will start with the visit to Khor Virap (deep dungeon) monastery placed in the Ararat plain and used to be the residence for Armenian Catholicos. This monastery’s fame and a religious pilgrimage status came with the fact that St. Gregory the Illuminator, the Baptist of Armenia, spent 14 years here as a prisoner for disseminating Christianity. Next stop of the day tour in Armenia will be small town Areni, famous for its traditional wine made of pomegranates and apricots. Wine tour and tasting here is definitely a highlight.
Final stop for the day is IX century’s Tatev monastery itself. To get to the monastery you will be taking the longest non-stop cableway in the world (5.7 km). Views that opening to travelers are simply indescribable – you will have to see it with your own eyes. Transfer to the town of Goris for overnight.
After a lazy morning and delicious breakfast served in the hotel in Goris depart back to Yerevan. Make en route stop at the Noravank (new monastery) complex. The location of the site within the narrow gorge of Amaghu river is making you feel being in times when the monastery was founded – in 1205. Not mentioning the architectural style of the Complex itself – highly artistic monument reminiscent of the tower-like burial structures of the first years of Christianity in Armenia.
Transfer to hotel in Yerevan.
Check-out from your hotel before 12 pm. Airport transfer.
|City / Town (number of nights)||Option A (Comfort)||Option B (Budget)|
|TBILISI (4 nights)||Ambassadori Hotel, Tiflis Palace Hotel||Grand Hotel Mimino, Kopala Hotel|
|GUDAURI (1 night)||Marco Polo Gudauri Hotel||GoodAura Hotel|
|YEREVAN (4 nights)||Double Tree Hotel, Opera Suite Hotel||Cascade Hotel, Silachi Hotel|
|GORIS (1 night)||Mirhav Mina, Mthnadzor||Christy Hotel|
* Please note that the above accommodation options are our first choice, and subject of availability for your exact dates of travel