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Tamara’s bridge, about 1km north of the bus stand, was built by order of Queen Tamar of Georgia in the 12th century. This humpbacked stone bridge was used by road traffic until 30 years ago. There are four kitten-faced lions carved on the stone railing. In summer, two outdoor cafes operate next to the bridge.


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$250 Cultural & Theme Tours

Abandoned Soviet Factory

The tour starts form the Republic Square at 09:00 am.Even though the main goal of this tour is to discover an abandoned soviet factory we will have other attractions to visit on the way like the most popular bakery in Armenia and Kobayr Monastery.Our guide and driver will pick you up from your hotel at 09:00 am. one way is about 140 kms, it may seem a lot to cover but the advantage is that the guide will have plenty of time to tell you about Armenia's history during Soviet Era.You will have a little stop in Vanadzor City where you can see on of the biggest Chemical Factories in Soviet Union. And then when we arrive at the factory near Alaverdi, we will be guided by a local who is preserving guarding the abandoned factory. He will explain us what was the main activity of the factory and we will discover with him its different facilities. After lunch we will get back to Yerevan.

$65 Food, Wine & Nightlife

Private Winery Tour In Kakheti Region

 Kakheti is a region in the Eastern part of Georgia, famous for its wine, hospitality,views of the Alazani Valley and the Caucasus Mountains.There are many famous churches and wineries like Gremi, Nekresi, Bodbe, Alaverdi. Also you can find the most famous kind of wines like Kindzmarauli (red semi-sweet), Saperavi (red semi-dry), Akhasheni (red dry), Rkatsiteli (white dry), Manavi Mtsvane (white dry) and etc.Program of tour09:00  – pick up from the hotel in TbilisiTelavi (Capital of Kakheti region)Tsinandali (The house museum of Alexander Chavchavadze). Wine tastingGremi castle (Old capital of Kakheti region till XVI ad)Ilia’s lake (Walking and relax time)Kvareli (Khareba Winery). Wine tastingSighnaghi (City of love).Come back in TbilisiIncludedTransportation (English and Russian speaker driver)Guiding serviceWater

$172.71 Food, Wine & Nightlife

Kakheti, The Land of Wine in Georgia.

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Signagi City Walls, Signagi, Kakheti RegionFortified town Signagi also known as City Of Love. The city was build in XVIII c. by the king of Kakheti Erekle II. The town is located on the top of the hill 800 m above sea level and has magnificent view down the Alazani Valley and to the Greater Caucasus Mountains range.Duration: 1 hourStop At: Kindzmarauli Corporation Wine House, Kvareli, Kakheti RegionXVIII c. wine cellar where guests can taste unfiltered Georgian traditional wine made in special wine jugs (Kvevri). Tour in winery. Duration: 50 minutesStop At: Tunnel Winery Khareba's, Kvareli, Kakheti RegionWine producing company “Winery Khareba” is based on ancient traditions, it works towards preservation of unique wine culture and produces wine by using ancient methods along with newest technologies.Winery preserve their wine in special tunnel which is cut out from solid rock. Duration: 1 hourStop At: Gremi Citadel and Church of the Archangels, Gremi, Kakheti RegionGremi is a 16th-century architectural monument – the royal citadel and the Church of the Archangels. It was a capital of Kakheti for 140 years. After Persian invasion in XVII c, the city was robed up and used as a fortification by Shakh-Abaz soldiers. Duration: 35 minutesStop At: Alaverdi Monastery, Alaverdi, Imereti RegionAlaverdi Monastery is a Georgian Eastern Orthodox monastery located in the Kakheti region of Eastern Georgia. While parts of the monastery date back to 6th century, the present day cathedral was built in the 11th century by Kvirike III king of Kakheti, replacing an older church of St. George.The monastery was founded by the Assyrian monk Joseph Alaverdeli, who came from Antioch and settled in Alaverdi, then a small village and former pagan religious center dedicated to the Moon. At a height of over 55 m (180 ft), Alaverdi Cathedral was the tallest religious building in Georgia, until the construction of the Holy Trinity Cathedral of Tbilisi, which was consecrated in 2004. However its overall size is smaller than the cathedral of Svetitskhoveli in Mtskheta. The monastery is the focus of the annual religious celebration Alaverdoba. Situated in the heart of the world's oldest wine region, the monks also make their own wine, known as Alaverdi Monastery Cellar.Duration: 25 minutesStop At: Gombori Pass, Telavi, Kakheti RegionDrive to Tbilisi via Gombori pass (1620 m above sea level) with magnificent views to Caucasus Mountains.Duration: 1 hour

$900 Cultural & Theme Tours

5 DAYS IN ARMENIA

Day1: Pick up from the airport and transfer to hotel. Short sightseeing tour in Yerevan, during which you’ll get acquainted with the capital of Armenia. Tour to the only pagan temple left in Armenia – Garni. Nowadays the ruins of the royal palace and the bathroom with a stunning mosaic work can be found near the temple. Visiting both Garni and situated not far Geghard monastery in one trip is so common that they are often referred to in unison as Garni-Geghard. Geghard (meaning "spear") is a medieval monastery (13th century) in the Kotayk province of Armenia, being partially carved out of the adjacent mountain, surrounded by cliffs. It is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Back to Yerevan. (L) Day2: Breakfast at the hotel. Tour to Tsaghkadzor, the ski resort, with forests and an ancient monastery Kecharis (11-13th centuries). The main group of the complex consists of three churches. Kecharis was a major religious center of Armenia and a place of higher education. Tsaghkadzor is one of the places in Armenia, where people go in summer  to get away from the city life and the heat, for the fresh air in the mountains. In winter, the town is completely overtaken by skiers and people who just want to relax and enjoy the snow and scenery. During the tour the ropeway will be optional. Tour to Lake Sevan  and Sevanavank the monastic complex located on the peninsula, which was an island until the mid-20th century. Overnight in Dilijan spa city. (D)Day3: Breakfast at the hotel. Tour to Haghartsin and Goshavank monastic complexes. Overnight in Alaverdi. (D) Day4: Breakfast at the hotel. Tour to visit two monasteries of the 10th century Sanahin and Haghpat, which are one of the current UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Armenia. Back to Yerevan. (D) Day5: Breakfast at the hotel. Tour to Etchmiadzin, one of the three saint places in Armenia. We will also visit St. Gayane and St. Hripsime churches. The cathedral and churches of Etchmiadzin and the archaeological remains at Zvartnots graphically illustrate the evolution and development of the Armenian central-domed cross-hall type of church, which exerted a profound influence on architectural and artistic development in the region. Zvartnots Cathedral (meaning "celestial angels") is a 7th-century cathedral. Now in ruins, it is located at the edge of Etchmiadzin. Cathedral and Churches of Etchmiadzin and the Archaeological Site of Zvartnots are included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. (L)Transfer to the airport.

$1822 Cultural & Theme Tours

11-Day Armenia Photography Tour

DAY1 Pick up from the airport and transfer to the hotel. Walking tour in Yerevan, during which you’ll get acquainted with the capital of Armenia. Overnight in Yerevan. (L) DAY2 Breakfast at the hotel. Tour to the only pagan temple left in Armenia – Garni, Garni gorge, to the “Symphony of the Stones”, Geghard monastery which are listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Overnight in Yerevan. (L) DAY3 Breakfast at the hotel. Tour to Khor Virap monastery, Areni vinery, Noravank monastery surrounded by the gorge known for its tall, brick-red cliffs. Overnight in Goris (L) DAY4 Breakfast at the hotel. Tour to Tatev monastic complex to get to which we'll take the cable car Wings of Tatev. Tour to Shaki waterfall, Khndzoresk, famous for its canyon with picturesque rock formations, ancient cave settlement and the 160-meter long swinging bridge. Overnight in Goris. (D) DAY5 Breakfast at the hotel. Tour to Selim caravanserai, Lake Sevan, Sevanavank monastic complex located on the peninsula, which was an island until the mid-20th century. Overnight in Sevan/Dilijan. (D) DAY6 Breakfast at the hotel. Tour to Old Dilijan spa city usually called Armenian Switzerland or Little Switzerland, Odzun monastery. Overnight in Alaverdi. (D) DAY7 Breakfast at the hotel. Tour to Haghpat monastery, Gyumri, walking sightseeing in the second largest city in Armenia. Tour to Marmashen a 10th-century Armenian monastic complex. Overnight in Gyumri (L) DAY8 Breakfast at the hotel. Tour to Talin, a seventh-century Armenian cathedral, Amberd, a 7th-century fortress located on the slopes of Mount Aragats. Overnight in Yerevan (D) DAY9 Breakfast at the hotel. Tour to Etchmiadzin, one of the three saint places in Armenia, the center of Armenian Apostolic church, St. Gayane and St. Hripsime churches and the archaeological remains at Zvartnots which are included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. (L) DAY10 Breakfast at the hotel. Check-out, transfer to the airport.

$420 Tours & Sightseeing

Full-Day Tour to North Armenia

The tour will start in the morning with pick up from your hotel. • You will cross the beautiful Aragatsotn Province hills as you drive west from Yerevan in an air-conditioned vehicle. You will arrive at village Artashavan which is the home of the monument of Armenian Alphabet. Here you will find giant 39 stone letters dedicated to the founder of Armenia's alphabet. • Your tour will make its second stop in Sanain village where the medieval Sanahin church is located. It's one of the greatest Medieval monasteries of Armenia with beautiful architecture. The complex has numerous khachkars (stones with elaborate engravings representing a cross) and bishop gravesites scattered throughout it. • After lunch, you will make a stop in Alaverdi town, where the medieval Sanahin bridge is located. It's one of the most significant architectural constructions of medieval Armenia. The bridge is located above narrow and fertile banks of the River Debed flow. The basalt bridge with its bewitching outlines, type of stone and colour combines with the picturesque surrounding becoming its inseparable treasure. • Finally, the tour heads to Hagpat village, where you will enjoy postcard-perfect landscapes and medieval Hagpat Monastery complex which has a unique architecture including the unusual gavit, the defence of the monastery. Haghpaht had a significant influence on Armenian culture. The Sanahin Bridge along with the monasteries of Sanahin and Haghpat is on the UNESCO World Heritage list.In the evening return to Yerevan, drop off at the hotel.

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