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ARMENIA & GEORGIA - 10 DAYS CULTURE

Short Itinerary:

Day 1: Zvartnots Airport - Yerevan 40km

Day 2: Yerevan –Echmiatsin – Zvartnots – Yerevan Brandy Factory – Vernisage – Yerevan 70km

Day 3: Yerevan – Geghard – Garni – Matenadaran –Yerevan 100km

Day 4: Yerevan – Khor Virap – Areni – Noravank – Selim Caravanserai – Sevan 280km

Day 5: Sevan –Dilijan – Haghpat – Sanahin – Armenian-Georgian border – Tbilisi 260km

Day 6: Tbilisi city tour 50km

Day 7: Tbilisi – Sighnaghi – Gurjaani – Tsinandali – Bodbe – Telavi 150km

Day 8: Telavi – Alaverdi – Ikalto – Ujarma – Tbilisi 125km

Day 9: Mtskheta – Cathedral of St. Svetitskhoveli – Jvari – Uplitsikhe – Tbilisi 260 km

Day 10: Departure. Transfer to the airport. 50 km


Day 1

Zvartnots Airpot - Yerevan

Arrival. Transfer to the hotel in Yerevan.

Day 2

Yerevan – Echmiatsin – St. Hripsime – St. Gayane - Zvartnots – Yerevan Brandy Factory – Vernisage – Yerevan  

Depart for the region of Armavir. Visit the Mother Cathedral of St. Echmiatsin, one of the first Christian churches in the world founded in 301-303 A.D. It is the Holy See of the Armenian Catholicos (Supreme Patriarch) and the center of the Armenian Apostolic Church.

Afterwards proceed to visit St. Hripsime and St. Gayane churches built in the VII c. Continue to explore the temple of Zvartnots one of the wonders of the 7th century architecture of its time.

Return to Yerevan to visit the Brandy factory for touring and brandy tasting.

Proceed to Vernisage – an open-air market of handmade arts and crafts. Overnight in Yerevan.


Day 3

Yerevan – Geghard – Garni – Matenadaran –Yerevan

Visit the fortress of Garni (III c. B.C – XIII c. A.D.) located on the edge of the picturesque gorge – the summer residence of the Armenian kings. The only remaining pagan temple in Armenia is preserved in the territory of the fortress built in the 1st century A.D. It is a vivid example of Hellenistic culture and was dedicated to the God of Sun Mithra. Continue to the Monastery of Geghard-Ayrivank situated in a spectacular deep canyon. The monastery is famous for its rock chambers and represents the masterpiece of the Armenian architecture in the XIII c. According to the tradition, the holy spear was kept in this monastery brought to Armenia by the Apostle of Thaddeus. UNESCO protects the monastic complex as a World Heritage Site.

Return to Yerevan and visit Matenadaran – the Research Institute of ancient manuscripts which houses over 17,000 manuscripts. Overnight in Yerevan.


Day 4

Yerevan – Khor Virap – Areni – Noravank – Selim Caravanserai – Sevan

Visit Khor Virap monastery situated in front of the Biblical Mt. Ararat (5165m) near the Armenian Turkish border. The monastery of Khor Virap is famous for its dungeon where St Gregory the Illuminator was imprisoned for preaching Christianity in Armenia.

Proceed to Areni village famous for its various wineries and homemade wines. Visit the local winery to have a tour, followed by a tasting.

Through a spectacular canyon drive to the monastery of Noravank (XIII-XIV cc.) one of the amazing sites in the country.

Leave for the region of Gegharkunik via Selim Pass – part of the Great Silk Route. On the way visit, the caravanserai of Selim built in 1332.

Proceed to Lake Sevan – the largest lake in the region, situated at about 1900 m above sea level. Overnight in Sevan.

To visit the monastery of Sevan we have to climb 200 steps (steps are quite low and are comfortable to climb).


Day 5

Sevan –Dilijan – Haghpat – Sanahin – Armenian-Georgian border – Tbilisi  

Depart for the town of Dilijan – a picturesque spa town known as Armenian Switzerland.

Proceed to explore the architectural complexes of Sanahin and Haghpat built in X-XIV cc. These monastic complexes were the cultural and religious centers in medieval Armenia during the reign of royal dynasty Kurikids (X-XII cc.). Both monuments were declared as World Heritage Sites.

Cross the Armenian – Georgian border.

Arrive at Tbilisi. Overnight in Tbilisi.


Day 6

Tbilisi city tour

The city tour includes the main landmarks of the city: the fortress of Narikala (IV c.), Abanotubani - the sulfur bath district, the Cathedral of St. Trinity, Freedom Square, Sharden street, Rustaveli avenue. Overnight in Tbilisi.


Day 7

Tbilisi – Bodbe –Sighnaghi – Tsinandali– Telavi

Depart for the famous wine region Kakheti. Continue to Sighnaghi – the town of lovers. Depart for Tsinandali to visit the house museum of the famous Georgian politician and poet A. Chavchavadze. The tour is followed by a tasting of popular Georgian wines. Visit Bodbe Convent where the relics of St. Nino are buried – the enlightener of Georgia.  The convent has a miraculous view of the Alazani Valley opening onto the snow-capped mountains of Caucasus.

Proceed to Telavi to visit the house museum of the famous Georgian King Hirakli II, where the original St. George's treatise is kept. Overnight in Telavi.


Day 8

Telavi –– Alaverdi – Ikalto – Ujarma – Tbilisi

This day starts visiting the monastery of Alaverdi one of the greatest cultural centers of Georgia.

Then we'll visit the medieval monument of architecture, Ikalto Monastery (VI c.). Continue to Ujarma Fortress situated on the road from Tbilisi to Telavi. It was established by King Vakhtang Gorgasali in the 5th century; it was the second capital of Georgia until the 8th century.

Return to Tbilisi. Overnight in Tbilisi.  


Day 9

Tbilisi - Mtskheta – Cathedral of St. Svetitskhoveli – Jvari –Uplistsikhe – Tbilisi  

Visit the first capital of Georgia – Mtskheta (IV c. A.D.). Here you will visit the beautiful cathedral of Svetitskhoveli where the Lord’s tunic is kept.

Continue visiting the monastery of Jvari built in the 6th century.

Afterwards drive to Uplistsikhe meaning the lord’s fortress to visit the cave town with the same name. Return to Tbilisi. Overnight in Tbilisi.


Day 10

Tbilisi –airport

Departure. Transfer to the airport.


Optional services (not included):

- Spiritual hymns in Geghard

- National Ethnographic concert with an interactive program

- A boat trip on Lake Sevan

- Master classes of the preparation of national Armenian dishes and baking Armenian lavash (Armenian lavash is included in the UNESCO World Heritage list)

- Tickets to the ethnographic and classical concerts (this service will be arranged after consultation with the leader of the group)

The price includes:

- Transfer airport - hotel – airport

- Accommodation in 4* hotels in Armenia; Accommodation in Georgia 3+ hotels

- 1 FOC package starting from 10 pax in the Group

- Full board - breakfast, lunch, dinner

- Entrance fees of the visited sites and museums mentioned in the program

- A good "a/c" coach or minibus

- English speaking guide

- Local Taxes


The price excludes:

- Air-ticket

- Alcoholic beverages

- Extras

-Tips

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