Armenia & Georgia Classical Tour Package

9 days/8 nights
Small Group (2-13)
Any Date
Breakfast
Age: 0+
Price:
867GBP
988GBP

The Highlights of the Tour

Sightseeing of Armenia & Georgia
Discover all the beauties of the South Caucasus Stroll around cozy and hospitable Yerevan and get acquainted with its architectural masterpieces Admire unique and majestic Lake Sevan - the largest one in the Caucasus region Enjoy the bustling atmosphere of Tbilisi Have a tour around Mtskheta - the religious center of Georgia Taste well known Georgian wine in Kakheti wine region Have a trip up to Gergeti Church at an altitude of 2180 m above sea level and enjoy an inspiring view of Mount Kazbek

ITINERARY

Intoduction

Choose our Armenia&Georgia Tour and travel to the South Caucasus and explore the secrets of these two unique hidden lands. So close but so different at the same time. You will stroll around ancient Yerevan and bright Tbilisi, visit the Silk Road, get acquainted with UNESCO objects and enjoy the view of majestic Caucasus Mountains. With Arara you will experience true Caucasian hospitality and meet friendly, open people. Moreover, you will explore wineries, try delicious Armenian and Georgian national dishes and taste famous Kakhetian wine.

Day 1 - Arrival - Yerevan City Tour

The sights of Yerevan
After your arrival at the airport, you will be transferred to the hotel in Yerevan and checked in. On your first day you will have a city tour around Yerevan, the ancient capital of Armenia, which was founded in 782 B.C. Armenians are proud that Yerevan is 29 years older than Rome. During the city tour, you will walk around the center of the city and visit Cascade, Opera and Ballet theater, Mashtots Avenue, and the Republic Square. The tour also includes a visit to Matenadaran Museum, a repository of one of the richest manuscript collections in the world.
Overnight: hotel in Yerevan
Duration: 6 hours (40 km)
Meals: Breakfast

Day 2 - Echmiadzin - Genocide Memorial - Yerevan

Echmiadzin - Zvartnots - Genocide Memorial
A short morning drive will take you to Echmiadzin town - the religious center of all Armenians around the world. Here after the adoption of Christianity in 301 AD - was built one of the first Christian cathedrals in the world – Echmiadzin Cathedral. It is the seat of the Supreme Patriarch of the Catholicos of all Armenians. The cathedral keeps an important religious relic – the Holy Lance spear. In 2000 Echmiadzin Cathedral was listed as a UNESCO site. The trip will continue to the Genocide Memorial - a solemn reminder of the first genocide of the 20th century.
Overnight: hotel in Yerevan
Duration: 7 hours (65 km)
Meals: Breakfast

Day 3 - Khor Virap - Noravank - Yerevan

Khor Virap - wine - Noravank
The day will start with a trip to Ararat Province where proudly stands one of the holiest sites in Armenia – Khor Virap Monastery. You will hike up a small hill to discover the monastery and enjoy the breathtaking view of Biblical Mount Ararat. The tour will continue through a narrow canyon to the valley of red rocks, right where Noravank Monastery is located – built in the 13th century it is a masterpiece of Armenian architect Momik. On the territory of the monastery, amazing khachkars are scattered all around – crosstones designed by Momik.
Overnight: hotel in Yerevan
Duration: 8 hours (260 km)
Meals: Breakfast

Day 4 - Geghard - Garni - Yerevan

Geghard - Garni
This day you will have a 1-hour drive to the canyon of Azat River. Our destination is Geghard Monastery. This unique monastery is carved into nearby rocks and the surrounding cliffs compose a great part of it. In 2000 it became a UNESCO heritage site. The trip leads us to Garni village, well known for its Garni temple – the only surviving example of Hellenistic architecture in the region. Back in Yerevan, you will have an excursion in the History Museum of Armenia – the main historical museum of the country known for its Archaeological, Numismatic, Ethnographic collections.
Overnight: hotel in Yerevan
Duration: 6 hours (80 km)
Meals: Breakfast

Day 5 - Sevan - Dilijan - Sanahin - Haghpat - Tbilisi

Sevan - Dilijan - Sanahin - Haghpat
After breakfast, you will start your day to the North. Gegharkunik Province is best known for its amazing huge Lake Sevan. It is one of the highest freshwater lakes in the world located at an altitude of 2000 meters above the sea level. We continue our trip further north to Lori Province. Here we have a stopover at the cozy resort town of Dilijan known for its arts and crafts as well as picturesque lush nature and healing air. After an excursion to the medieval monasteries of Sanahin and Haghpat both listed as UNESCO objects the tour will continue to the Armenian-Georgian border. Having passed the customs another 3-hour drive to Tbilisi takes us to the capital of Georgia.
Overnight: hotel in Tbilisi
Duration: 11 hours (320 km)
Meals: Breakfast

Day 6 - Mtskheta - Svetitskhoveli - Jvari - Tbilisi

Mtskheta - Traditional dishes - Tbilisi
After breakfast, you will have a short ride to Mtskheta which was the first capital of Georgia from the 3rd century BC to the 5th century AD. The town is considered the religious center of Georgia. Our excursion will start with the visit to the Cathedral of the 11th century – Svetitskhoveli. The next stop – Jvari Temple located at the top of the hill which offers a fascinating view of the confluence of two rivers Kura and Aragvi. After your return to Tbilisi, we'll continue with a city tour including an in-depth exploration of the old town, cable car trip to Narikala Fortress, a visit to the Bridge of Peace and Armenian Church, Jewish Synagogue and Turkish Mosque.
Overnight: hotel in Tbilisi
Duration: 8 hours (80 km)
Meals: Breakfast

Day 7 - Ananuri - Gudauri - Stepantsminda - Gergeti

Aragvi River - Gergeti - Gudauri
The day will start with a trip to Ananuri Fortress. A beautiful castle complex on the Aragvi River. Once it used to be a seat of the Georgian feudal dynasty. Our next stop is the popular ski resort Gudauri which is actually beautiful in any season. After some rest, the trip continues to Stepantsminda village where a 4 wheel vehicle will take you up the high hill to the Gergeti Trinity Church (14th century). The sanctuary is located at an altitude of 2180 m above sea level. From the top opens an unforgettable view to the famous Mount Kazbek.
Overnight: hotel in Tbilisi
Duration: 10 hours (330 km)
Meals: Breakfast

Day 8 - Kakheti - Signaghi - Wine Degustation - David-Gareja

Signaghi - Kakheti - David-Gareja
In the morning you will drive to the east of the country, to Kakheti – the main winemaking region of Georgia. A pleasant time is waiting for you in Signaghi - a royal town founded by the king Erekle II in the 18th century. Strolling around the tiny streets you will enjoy the local architecture and atmosphere. In the local winery you will have a tour and degustation of Georgian traditional local wine. The day ends with a trip to David-Gareja semi-deserted area and monastery complex founded in 6th century by father David.
Overnight: hotel in Tbilisi
Duration: 9 hours (310 km)
Meals: Breakfast

Day 9 - Departure

Transfer to the airport, departure

INCLUSIONS/EXCLUSIONS

The tour price includes

  • Airport transfers
  • Accommodation in hotels 8 nights (3* hotels with free Wi-Fi)
  • Breakfast
  • All transfers in air-conditioned vehicles
  • English speaking guide service for all days
  • All admission fees
  • 1 bottle (0,5 litre) of water per day per person
  • Local SIM Card
  • 4 wheel drive vehicle for Gergeti Trinity Church
  • Wine tasting in Sighnaghi

The tour price doesn't include

  • Flights
  • Medical insurance
  • Visa Fee

REVIEWS

Robin and Christine Whitacker 13.09.2018

Me and my husband had a lovely time in Armenia & Georiga. Arthur was our guide in Armenia and Demetre traveled with us in Georgia, both spoke good English and answered our questions. Everything was perfectly organized. My highlight was (unfortunately) the delicious food. Thanks again and good luck to you!

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Gary Geisel 07.09.2018

Guide: Armenia - Haykuhi - very pleased, she was excellent in every way. We felt very fortunate to have someone so knowledgeable and with such a good command of English. She was very kind and considerate. We felt that we were with a very authentic person, who answered questions honestly and always in a good way. She became a friend.

Georgia - Tazo - We really liked him. Gary especially enjoyed hiking 1-on-1 with Tazo while Marie did something else. His depth of knowledge was a bit less, but he was always alert to connecting us to knowledgeable people. He is clearly well-known and well-liked among the locals. His knowledge of nature and the outdoors really impressed Gary.

Driver: ARMENIA - He was an excellent driver, thoughtful and helped us with the ATM. He seemed painfully shy. We were pleased.

GEORGIA - Tazo was both guide and driver. Excellent driver. We felt very safe with him on those dangerous Georgian roads.

Car: ARMENIA AND GEORGIA - Both cars were excellent, in good condition, comfortable, clean inside and out.

Hotels: ARMENIA - The room for the first night at Cascade Hotel was too small, but the hotel upgraded us quickly that night. The chef was very nice during breakfast. Location was great, allowing us to enjoy the architecture of the Cascades, and to walk the city. We also enjoyed Eco-Kayan in Dilijan very much. 

GEORGIA - Hotel Opinion - first night, before arriving in Yerevan by plane, the room was too close to loud music outside. The remaining nights after the Armenia tour, and during the Georgia tour, were pleasant. The breakfast buffet was good.

Hotel Kazbegi - we think that this is the finest hotel that we have ever seen. We were thrilled to see Mt. Kazbegi from our hotel window at dawn. This hotel is unforgettable.

We also liked the fact that we could stay multiple nights in a hotel, which spared us the hassles of luggage.

What did you like best in your trip? For both trips, it's very difficult to choose a favorite, all was remarkably good.

ARMENIA - We especially liked the Manuscript and History museums. Genocide museum is a must-do. Yerevan is nice city with art, public spaces for families. It was good to experience part of the Sunday Mass at St. Hripsine Church. It was nice to see local people out and enjoying their city. Dalijan gave a nice, restful pause after being on the go.

GEORGIA - Our guide Tazo recommended 11 კათხა-კონკა / 11 Katkha-Konka restaurant with traditional Georgian food, music and dancers. We loved it! We ate there three times! The Kazbegi region was the most stunning and wild. We liked the scenic variety and the ethnic diversity in Georgia.

What didn't you like in trip? ARMENIA - Instant coffee at Cascades Hotel. GEORGIA - 9:00 Breakfast at Hotel Opinion seems late. We are accustomed to 7:30 or 8:00 AM as travelers.

What would you add to your trip? It would have been nice to experience Armenian dancing, music and traditional costumes. Us! For another visit someday!

Would you recommend our company to your friends? Yes! Definitely! You are excellent!

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Eleanor Wong 28.09.2018

My sister and I had a very good time and it was great to visit both countries which have their own beauty.  We would not hesitate to recommend our friends in visiting the region (as many of them have not been there before).

The whole tour ran very smoothly, we did not have any hiccups at all. No problems with currency, food or transport!

Armenia

Arthur has taken care of us well during the first part of the trip. He always picked us up at the agreed time and was very patient in answering all our questions, whether it be cultural, historical or religious. He is a safe driver and we had no problems with the mode of transport at all. Please thank Arthur for us for being us a great guide to the country!

We found Hotel Lilia to be a really good option. I am aware that the usual hotel is near the Cascade but I think this location has its particular advantage of being near Republic Square. There are a lot of choice of cafes and restaurants withing walking distance and we felt very safe walking around on our own at night. The staff at Hotel Lilia was always attentive and friendly. Although it was a small hotel it made our stay feel cozy and welcome. Also there was a 24 hour supermarket a few minutes walk which was a highlight to us as it was convenient to get snacks and last minute items there at night. (The dried fruit and nuts store next to Hotel Lilia was also great -we bought a lot of snacks from there!)

Itinerary wise it was a good pace – we got to see a lot of the sights in the 5 days we were there and did not feel rushed. It was a good idea to do the border crossing as it was super easy and not crowded at all. We liked the large roadside store that Arthur brought us to which was on the way to the border. Super fresh bakery that offers so much!

Georgia

Vazha was there to greet us once we crossed the border – no problems with the border crossing, very straight forward. Vazha also took good care of us and is a good driver (they are all quite good drivers in Georgia from what we can gather). We did not run into any problems at all and pick up was punctual and Vazha was very flexible with time and itinerary and never rushed us. Right to the end Vazha was there to send us to the airport and made sure we got there on time!

Hotel – although Citadines was our own choice of hotel, just a bit of feedback in case your other guests make enquiries about staying at this hotel. We would say the hotel has 4* location but all else it probably should be classified more a 3 star. Understandably, hotel costs in central Tbilisi may be quite expensive so maybe that is why they justified a 4* rating. No doubt location as perfect – we could almost walk to all parts of the town and even take the metro if necessary. I looked up the hotel that originally suggested 3* Hotel Astoria and I think it would have been a less convenient spot.  I could see that there are a number of 3* hotels in the vicinity that could be better choices so you might like to consider this for your future tourists. (We missed staying at  Hotel Lilia once we got to Citadines-  standard corporate chain hotel!)

Itinerary wise – the pace was very good too. It would appear Georgia is larger so  there could be other areas we could possible cover but perhaps we will have to leave it to another day! Tbilisi is definitely a more busy city with many more tourist and traffic which we found which was quite a change of pace from Yerevan. It took us some time to adjust to the pace after enjoying the relaxed charm of Yerevan.

As I mentioned, overall the trip was fantastic and the guides did a great job in showing us around. We enjoyed ourselves and no doubt if anyone asks we can refer them to you in future!

Thanks and regards

Eleanor “

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ACCOMMODATION

Cascade Hotel

Astoria Hotel

Silachi Hotel

TRIP MAP

PACKING CHECKLIST

Documents:

Passport, flight ticket (printed or electronic), insurance, visa (if required)

First aid kit:

bandaids / plasters, special medicine or drugs in permanent use, antibacterial gel/wipes, antiseptic cream, lip balm

Essentials:

Credit/debit cards, cash (cards can be used in city, cash in regions), moneybelt, laptop/tablet/phone, chargers, camera with extra memory cards and batteries, outlet adapter

Dressing:

There are no restrictions regarding clothes; scarf or shawl is advisable for churches (obligatory in Georgia for women)

Spring / Autumn:

long pants/jeans, long sleeve blouses, light raincoat, jacket, comfortable waterproof shoes, umbrella

Summer:

T-shirts, shorts, long sleeve blouses for evening, sandals, umbrella, sun protection, sun glasses, sunhat

Winter:

Warm coat, warm wool sweater, long warm trousers, long boots (waterproof), scarf, gloves

WHY BOOK WITH ARARA

OWN AGENCY IN ARMENIA AND GEORGIA

With an agency operating in Georgia, we are able to provide clients with the best price and quality services.

CENTRAL LOCATED HOTELS

We choose only the best hotels located in the city center close to the main sights

GUIDES WITH 5+ YEAR EXPERIENCE

We work only with professional guides and guides who have experience in tourism for more than 5 years

THE BEST PRICE IN THE MARKET FOR HIGH-QUALITY SERVICE

With Arara you book at first hand from a qualified local Armenian agency. Avoid surcharges applied by intermediaries and save money!

LICENSED AIR CONDITIONED TRANSPORT

We provide our tourists with comfortable air-conditioned transport

3000+ SATISFIED CLIENTS PER YEAR

Every year we get a great number of positive feedback from our clients

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