Georgia - Armenia / 11 days

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It’s a pleasure to welcome to Silk Road Armenia Travel Agency.Starts from: TBILISI Type: SMALL GROUP tourDates: every second Saturday Total distance: 1685 km 11-day combined tour with guaranteed dates to two countries – Georgia and Armenia – takes off in Tbilisi, the capital of Georgia. During these 11 days, participants of this tour will be able to visit different cities and towns of Armenia and Georgia, and get acquainted with people, history and culture of the two countries. Group will be guided by the local experts in each country who will introduce the most important and interesting historical and cultural monuments of Georgia and Armenia to them. The group is “Guaranteed to run” after 2 people book this tour.

ItineraryDay 1: Day 1: TBILISI CITY TOUR Stop At: Tbilisi Mall, Tbilisi11-day Georgia-Armenia tour takes off in Tbilisi. On day 1 we will have Tbilisi city tour. Throughout this tour we will visit one of the tallest Orthodox church in the world the Holy Trinity Cathedral of Tbilisi, Metekhi Plateau and the 5th century church, old Narikala Fortress on the hill overlooking the city, narrow streets of the old Tbilisi – Shardeni and Erekle II, the glass Bridge of Peace over river Mtkvari, Legvtakhevi canyon and waterfall, Abanotubani – sulfur bathhouse district, Jumah Mosque and Maidani Square full of bars, restaurants, cafes and souvenir stores. Overnight in Tbilisi. Duration: 5 hoursNo meals included on this day.Accommodation included: Overnight at 3* Hotel Day 2: Day 2: TBILISI – MTSKHETA – ANANURI – GUDAURI Stop At: Mtskheta Church of the Holy Cross, Mtskheta, Mtskheta-Mtianeti RegionDriving distance: 130 km On day 2 after breakfast we move 20 km north from Tbilisi to the capital of early Georgian kingdoms – Mtskheta – to sightsee two UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Jvari Monastery (6th c.) and Svetitskhoveli Cathedral (11th c.), both of which represents authentic styles of Georgian church architecture. From Mtskheta, we continue our way to the north and by the Georgian Military Highway get to the Zhinvali reservoir to visit Ananuri architectural complex. Ananuri was a residence of local feudals in middle ages. Fortification and the two churches inside the curtain walls are well-preserved. From Ananuri we continue our way north towards the Greater Caucasus mountains and arrive at Gudauri ski-resort. Dinner and overnight in Gudauri.Duration: 6 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • DinnerAccommodation included: overnight at 3* HotelDay 3: Day 3: GUDAURI – KAZBEGI – TBILISI Stop At: Gudauri Tour, TbilisiDriving distance: 186 km On day 3 tour explores Caucasus mountains. We begin our journey by driving north and arriving in Kazbegi town through the Cross Pass (2395 m). On our way to Kazbegi we can make couple of stops to observe waterfalls and snowy peaks of the Caucasus mountains, and taste mineral waters. Kazbegi is an administrative of Khevi province. From Kazbegi we drive up to the top of Gergeti Mountain and visit Gergeti Trinity church (14th c.) which is located at an elevation of 2170 m under the Kazbegi peak (5047 m), overlooking Kazbegi town from the top of the mountain. In the evening we return to Kazbegi and drive back to Tbilisi. Overnight in TbilisiDuration: 8 hoursMeals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: overnight at 3* Hotel Day 4: Day 4: TBILISI – GORI – UPLISTSIKHE – BORJOMI – AKHALTSIKHE Stop At: Gori Fortress, Gori, Shida Kartli RegionDriving distance: 250 km After breakfast we drive to the South Georgia – Samtskhe region. On our way, we will make several stops in Kartli. Museum of Stalin in Gori consists of the memorial house where Stalin was born and his personal belongings. From Gori we head for a sightseeing tour in the ancient Uplistsikhe cave complex. Cut in rock, Uplistsikhe is one of the earliest urban settlements in Georgia that dates back to the 1st millennium BC. Our next stop will be at Borjomi spa-resort, which is famous for its mineral sparkling water ‘Borjomi’. Visitors can taste Borjomi and take a walk through Borjomi Central Park, which is a part of much larger – BorjomiKharagauli National Park – one of the largest protected areas in Georgia. In the evening we arrive in Akhaltsikhe – administrative center of Samtskhe-Javakheti region. Overnight in Akhaltsikhe. Duration: 7 hoursMeals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: overnight at 3* Hotel Day 5: Day 5: AKHALTSIKHE – RABATI CASTLE – VARDZIA – AKHALTSIKHE Stop At: Rabati Castle, Akhaltsikhe, Samtskhe-Javakheti RegionDriving distance: 130 km After breakfast we start our excursion at Rabati Castle of Akhaltsikhe. Established in the 9th century and later rebuilt during the Ottoman Empire, Rabati is a fortress that has a small “city” – church, mosque, park, various shops and hotels – inside its walls. From Rabati we drive to Vardzia – a functioning rock-hewn cave monastery founded in the 12th-13th c.c. A wellfortified monastery, Vardzia became an important political, cultural and educational center of Georgia in middle ages. From Vardzia we return back to Akhaltsikhe. Overnight in Akhaltsikhe. Duration: 5 hoursMeals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: overnight at 3* Hotel Day 6: Day 6: AKHALTSIKHE – BAVRA – GYUMRI Stop At: Gyumri's Central Park, Gyumri, Shirak ProvinceDriving distance: 161 km After breakfast at the hotel we drive to the border of Georgia and Armenia. On our way we make a short stop at the ancient Khertvisi fortress in Mtkvari river ravine. After our arrival at Bavra Border Crossing Point, our group will change transport and guided by the local expert will continue its trip in Armenia. We drive to Gyumri – the second largest city of Armenia and have a short city tour there. Overnight in Gyumri. Duration: 5 hoursMeals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: overnight at 3* Hotel Day 7: Day 7: GYUMRI – ETCHMIADZIN – ZVARTNOTS – YEREVAN Stop At: The Churches of Echmiatsin and the Archaeological Site of Zvartnots, Vagharshapat, Armavir Province Driving distance: 159 km After breakfast we take a walk in the historical center of Gyumri. Historic district of Gyumri has many buildings from 19th century when the city was called Alexandropol and was under the rule of Russian Empire. After Gyumri sightseeing tour we drive for the city of Vagharshapat to visit two well-known Armenian cathedrals – Etchmiadzin, built in the 4th century, and 7th century Zvartnots. Etchmiadzin Cathedral is a center of Armenian Apostolic Church and is considered as one of the oldest cathedrals in the world. From Vagharshapat we head to the capital of Armenia – Yerevan. In the evening we visit Mesrop Mashtots Institute of Ancient Manuscripts, commonly referred as Matenadaran, and take a look at the rich collection of medieval manuscripts and books of its museum. Overnight in Yerevan. Duration: 5 hoursMeals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: overnight at 3* HotelDay 8: Day 8: YEREVAN – GARNI – GEGHARD – YEREVAN Driving Stop At: Garni Temple, Garni, Kotayk ProvinceDriving distance: 80 km On day 8 after breakfast we start our excursion inside and around the Yerevan city. First we visit the History Museum situated in the center of the city. Yerevan History Museum has a rich collection that represents local culture and history from ancient to present times. Afterwards, we drive to see the Temple of Garni – Greco-Roman colonnaded pagan temple from pre-Christian period. Destroyed by the earthquake in the 17th century, temple was reconstructed during the Soviet Union. From Garni our trip continues to Geghard monastery (founded in the 4th century) near Yerevan, which is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and take a walk along the canyon where the complex is located. From Geghard we drive back to Yerevan. Overnight in Yerevan. Duration: 4 hoursMeals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: overnight at 3* Hotel Day 9: Day 9: YEREVAN – KHOR VIRAP – ARENI – NORAVANK – YEREVAN Stop At: Khor Virap, Lusarat, Ararat ProvinceDriving distance: 243 km After breakfast at the hotel we depart to the south part of Armenia. Our first stop is at Khor Virap monastery in Ararat Province. According to local belief St. Gregory the Illuminator was imprisoned here for about 13 years, after he introduced Christianity to Armenia. From monastery visitors can observe view on the Mount Ararat – national symbol of Armenia. From Ararat Province we continue our way to the south-east and arrive at the Armenian wine village Areni, Vayots Dzor Province. Village is known for its red wine-making tradition. We can visit wine factory in Areni and have wine degustation. From Areni we leave for Noravank – a monastery established in the 13th c. in the narrow gorge of Amaghu river. In the evening we return to Yerevan. Overnight in Yerevan. Duration: 7 hoursMeals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: overnight at 3* Hotel Day 10: Day 10: YEREVAN – SEVAN – SANAHIN – HAGHPAT – SADAKHLO (18:00) – TBILISI Stop At: Monastery Sevanavank, Sevan, Lake Sevan, Gegharkunik ProvinceDriving distance: 321 km On day 10 after breakfast we head to Lake Sevan, one of the world’s largest freshwater high-altitude lakes (1900 m above sea level). From Sevan we drive to the north and arrive in Dilijan – administrative center if Tavush Province. On city tour we visit Sharambeyan street in the old town full its artistic workshops and souvenir stores. From Dilijan we continue our way to Lori Province and get to the medieval Sanahin monastery (built in 10th c.) – one of the UNESCO World Heritage sites. From Sanahin we drive to the last site of our Armenian tour – Haghpat monastery, founded in the 10th century by the Bagratid royal family. From Haghpat we get to the Georgia-Armenia border at Sadakhlo village and led by the Georgian driver transfer to Tbilisi. Overnight in Tbilisi. Duration: 8 hoursMeals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: overnight at 3* Hotel Day 11: Day 11: TBILISI Stop At: Tbilisi Mall, TbilisiBreakfast at the hotel. Check out time untill 12:00 pm. End of service. Duration: 2 hoursMeals included: • BreakfastNo accommodation included on this day.

What's included

  • 10x Breakfast
  • 1x Dinner
  • Accommodation included: 10 nights
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • English speaking Guide & Driver service all days
  • Entrance fees per program
  • 1 bottle of mineral water per person per day
  • 1 x wine tasting in Armenian village Areni on day 9
  • All taxes
  • Map
  • Bottled water per day per person
  • Entry/Admission - Tbilisi Mall
  • Entry/Admission - Mtskheta Church of the Holy Cross
  • Entry/Admission - Gudauri Tour
  • Entry/Admission - Gori Fortress
  • Entry/Admission - Rabati Castle
  • Entry/Admission - Gyumri's Central Park
  • Entry/Admission - The Churches of Echmiatsin and the Archaeological Site of Zvartnots
  • Entry/Admission - Garni Temple
  • Entry/Admission - Khor Virap
  • Entry/Admission - Monastery Sevanavank
  • Entry/Admission - Tbilisi Mall

What's not included

  • Visa fees
  • Travel insurance
  • Air tickets
  • Accommodation in a single room
  • Hotel night on the last day of the Land Only itinerary
  • Alcohol beverages unless mentioned in the itinerary
  • Breakfast on the final day if departing earlier than 8 am
  • Lunches
  • Dinners on days: 1,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11
  • Arrival & Departure airport transfers

Itinerary

Day 1: Day 10: YEREVAN – SEVAN – SANAHIN – HAGHPAT – SADAKHLO (18:00) – TBILISI Stop At: Monastery Sevanavank, Sevan, Lake Sevan, Gegharkunik Province Driving distance: 321 km On day 10 after breakfast we head to Lake Sevan, one of the world’s largest freshwater high-altitude lakes (1900 m above sea level). From Sevan we drive to the north and arrive in Dilijan – administrative center if Tavush Province. On city tour we visit Sharambeyan street in the old town full its artistic workshops and souvenir stores. From Dilijan we continue our way to Lori Province and get to the medieval Sanahin monastery (built in 10th c.) – one of the UNESCO World Heritage sites. From Sanahin we drive to the last site of our Armenian tour – Haghpat monastery, founded in the 10th century by the Bagratid royal family. From Haghpat we get to the Georgia-Armenia border at Sadakhlo village and led by the Georgian driver transfer to Tbilisi. Overnight in Tbilisi. Duration: 8 hours Meals included: • Breakfast Accommodation included: overnight at 3* Hotel

Day 2: Day 11: TBILISI Stop At: Tbilisi Mall, Tbilisi Breakfast at the hotel. Check out time untill 12:00 pm. End of service. Duration: 2 hours Meals included: • Breakfast No accommodation included on this day.

Day 3: Day 1: TBILISI CITY TOUR Stop At: Tbilisi Mall, Tbilisi 11-day Georgia-Armenia tour takes off in Tbilisi. On day 1 we will have Tbilisi city tour. Throughout this tour we will visit one of the tallest Orthodox church in the world the Holy Trinity Cathedral of Tbilisi, Metekhi Plateau and the 5th century church, old Narikala Fortress on the hill overlooking the city, narrow streets of the old Tbilisi – Shardeni and Erekle II, the glass Bridge of Peace over river Mtkvari, Legvtakhevi canyon and waterfall, Abanotubani – sulfur bathhouse district, Jumah Mosque and Maidani Square full of bars, restaurants, cafes and souvenir stores. Overnight in Tbilisi. Duration: 5 hours No meals included on this day. Accommodation included: Overnight at 3* Hotel

Day 4: Day 2: TBILISI – MTSKHETA – ANANURI – GUDAURI Stop At: Mtskheta Church of the Holy Cross, Mtskheta, Mtskheta-Mtianeti Region Driving distance: 130 km On day 2 after breakfast we move 20 km north from Tbilisi to the capital of early Georgian kingdoms – Mtskheta – to sightsee two UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Jvari Monastery (6th c.) and Svetitskhoveli Cathedral (11th c.), both of which represents authentic styles of Georgian church architecture. From Mtskheta, we continue our way to the north and by the Georgian Military Highway get to the Zhinvali reservoir to visit Ananuri architectural complex. Ananuri was a residence of local feudals in middle ages. Fortification and the two churches inside the curtain walls are well-preserved. From Ananuri we continue our way north towards the Greater Caucasus mountains and arrive at Gudauri ski-resort. Dinner and overnight in Gudauri. Duration: 6 hours Meals included: • Breakfast • Dinner Accommodation included: overnight at 3* Hotel

Day 5: Day 3: GUDAURI – KAZBEGI – TBILISI Stop At: Gudauri Tour, Tbilisi Driving distance: 186 km On day 3 tour explores Caucasus mountains. We begin our journey by driving north and arriving in Kazbegi town through the Cross Pass (2395 m). On our way to Kazbegi we can make couple of stops to observe waterfalls and snowy peaks of the Caucasus mountains, and taste mineral waters. Kazbegi is an administrative of Khevi province. From Kazbegi we drive up to the top of Gergeti Mountain and visit Gergeti Trinity church (14th c.) which is located at an elevation of 2170 m under the Kazbegi peak (5047 m), overlooking Kazbegi town from the top of the mountain. In the evening we return to Kazbegi and drive back to Tbilisi. Overnight in Tbilisi Duration: 8 hours Meals included: • Breakfast Accommodation included: overnight at 3* Hotel

Day 6: Day 4: TBILISI – GORI – UPLISTSIKHE – BORJOMI – AKHALTSIKHE Stop At: Gori Fortress, Gori, Shida Kartli Region Driving distance: 250 km After breakfast we drive to the South Georgia – Samtskhe region. On our way, we will make several stops in Kartli. Museum of Stalin in Gori consists of the memorial house where Stalin was born and his personal belongings. From Gori we head for a sightseeing tour in the ancient Uplistsikhe cave complex. Cut in rock, Uplistsikhe is one of the earliest urban settlements in Georgia that dates back to the 1st millennium BC. Our next stop will be at Borjomi spa-resort, which is famous for its mineral sparkling water ‘Borjomi’. Visitors can taste Borjomi and take a walk through Borjomi Central Park, which is a part of much larger – BorjomiKharagauli National Park – one of the largest protected areas in Georgia. In the evening we arrive in Akhaltsikhe – administrative center of Samtskhe-Javakheti region. Overnight in Akhaltsikhe. Duration: 7 hours Meals included: • Breakfast Accommodation included: overnight at 3* Hotel

Day 7: Day 5: AKHALTSIKHE – RABATI CASTLE – VARDZIA – AKHALTSIKHE Stop At: Rabati Castle, Akhaltsikhe, Samtskhe-Javakheti Region Driving distance: 130 km After breakfast we start our excursion at Rabati Castle of Akhaltsikhe. Established in the 9th century and later rebuilt during the Ottoman Empire, Rabati is a fortress that has a small “city” – church, mosque, park, various shops and hotels – inside its walls. From Rabati we drive to Vardzia – a functioning rock-hewn cave monastery founded in the 12th-13th c.c. A wellfortified monastery, Vardzia became an important political, cultural and educational center of Georgia in middle ages. From Vardzia we return back to Akhaltsikhe. Overnight in Akhaltsikhe. Duration: 5 hours Meals included: • Breakfast Accommodation included: overnight at 3* Hotel

Day 8: Day 6: AKHALTSIKHE – BAVRA – GYUMRI Stop At: Gyumri's Central Park, Gyumri, Shirak Province Driving distance: 161 km After breakfast at the hotel we drive to the border of Georgia and Armenia. On our way we make a short stop at the ancient Khertvisi fortress in Mtkvari river ravine. After our arrival at Bavra Border Crossing Point, our group will change transport and guided by the local expert will continue its trip in Armenia. We drive to Gyumri – the second largest city of Armenia and have a short city tour there. Overnight in Gyumri. Duration: 5 hours Meals included: • Breakfast Accommodation included: overnight at 3* Hotel

Day 9: Day 7: GYUMRI – ETCHMIADZIN – ZVARTNOTS – YEREVAN Stop At: The Churches of Echmiatsin and the Archaeological Site of Zvartnots, Vagharshapat, Armavir Province Driving distance: 159 km After breakfast we take a walk in the historical center of Gyumri. Historic district of Gyumri has many buildings from 19th century when the city was called Alexandropol and was under the rule of Russian Empire. After Gyumri sightseeing tour we drive for the city of Vagharshapat to visit two well-known Armenian cathedrals – Etchmiadzin, built in the 4th century, and 7th century Zvartnots. Etchmiadzin Cathedral is a center of Armenian Apostolic Church and is considered as one of the oldest cathedrals in the world. From Vagharshapat we head to the capital of Armenia – Yerevan. In the evening we visit Mesrop Mashtots Institute of Ancient Manuscripts, commonly referred as Matenadaran, and take a look at the rich collection of medieval manuscripts and books of its museum. Overnight in Yerevan. Duration: 5 hours Meals included: • Breakfast Accommodation included: overnight at 3* Hotel

Day 10: Day 8: YEREVAN – GARNI – GEGHARD – YEREVAN Driving Stop At: Garni Temple, Garni, Kotayk Province Driving distance: 80 km On day 8 after breakfast we start our excursion inside and around the Yerevan city. First we visit the History Museum situated in the center of the city. Yerevan History Museum has a rich collection that represents local culture and history from ancient to present times. Afterwards, we drive to see the Temple of Garni – Greco-Roman colonnaded pagan temple from pre-Christian period. Destroyed by the earthquake in the 17th century, temple was reconstructed during the Soviet Union. From Garni our trip continues to Geghard monastery (founded in the 4th century) near Yerevan, which is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and take a walk along the canyon where the complex is located. From Geghard we drive back to Yerevan. Overnight in Yerevan. Duration: 4 hours Meals included: • Breakfast Accommodation included: overnight at 3* Hotel

Day 11: Day 9: YEREVAN – KHOR VIRAP – ARENI – NORAVANK – YEREVAN Stop At: Khor Virap, Lusarat, Ararat Province Driving distance: 243 km After breakfast at the hotel we depart to the south part of Armenia. Our first stop is at Khor Virap monastery in Ararat Province. According to local belief St. Gregory the Illuminator was imprisoned here for about 13 years, after he introduced Christianity to Armenia. From monastery visitors can observe view on the Mount Ararat – national symbol of Armenia. From Ararat Province we continue our way to the south-east and arrive at the Armenian wine village Areni, Vayots Dzor Province. Village is known for its red wine-making tradition. We can visit wine factory in Areni and have wine degustation. From Areni we leave for Noravank – a monastery established in the 13th c. in the narrow gorge of Amaghu river. In the evening we return to Yerevan. Overnight in Yerevan. Duration: 7 hours Meals included: • Breakfast Accommodation included: overnight at 3* Hotel