Armenia & Georgia Jeep Tour

13 days/12 nights
Small Group (2-13)
Any Date
Breakfast
Age: 7+
Price:
1,866GBP

The Highlights of the Tour

Off-road trip - Tatev - Aragats - Mtskheta
Have an exciting off-road journey around the most beautiful countries of the South Caucasus Explore one of the world's richest depositories of medieval manuscripts and books - Matenadaran Experience the fly by the longest worldwide ropeway “Wings of Tatev” Drive to the highest mountain of Armenia, Aragats Admire the architecture of the Svetitskhoveli Cathedral - a masterpiece of the Early Middle Ages and UNESCO object

ITINERARY

Introduction

Our Armenia & Georgia Jeep Tour includes an off-road journey around two hospitable countries of the South Caucasus. The trip will start from Armenia where you will spend two exciting days and will enjoy an itinerary passing through the natural monuments, fortresses, ancient monasteries and other unique sights. On the third day, you will pass Armenian-Georgian border where will start your acquaintance with the cultural heritage and unique off-road trails of Georgia. The tour will end in Armenia.

Our Armenia & Georgia Jeep package was thoroughly thought out and created by a group of professional jeepers and has no analogs in the tourist market. 

Day 1 - Arrival - Yerevan City Tour

Yerevan - Victory Park - Opera and Ballet Theatre
Arrival at the airport, transfer to the hotel. After your arrival at the airport, we will organize a transfer to the hotel for you. Your journey will start with the city tour (depends on your arrival time) around Yerevan – the ancient capital of Armenia. At the Victory Park, there will be an excellent chance to admire the city from the bird’s eye from the area at «Mother Armenia» statue. A little later the way continues to Matenadaran- the repository of more than 17000 unique manuscripts, it is known that Matenadaran holds the third largest collection in the world (optional € 5 per person). The tour will continue to Genocide Memorial – the solemn monument of the first massacre of the 20th century. In the evening, you will have a nice walk to the most popular city attractions: Opera and Ballet Theatre, Cascade stairs with a nice park, the Republic Square, the North Avenue filled with cheerful atmosphere. The cozy atmosphere and friendly smiles of the locals will definitely make you love this city.
Overnight: Hotel in Yerevan
Meals: Breakfast

Day 2 - Aragats - Amberd - Saghmosavank - Gyumri

Off-road trip - Amberd
After breakfast at the hotel, we will have a short briefing on the tour, board Toyota land cruisers and will drive to the North to the highest mountain of Armenia Aragats (4090 m). Just on the slope of Aragats, there is a fortress of Amberd – a mid-century fort-town built during the 10th century. You will enjoy the landscape surrounding the fortress and alpine meadows covered with gentle flowers. After lunch, the trip will continue to Saghmosavank Monastery built in 1215 by the Noble Vache Vachutian. Later you will drive to the North-East towards Gyumri, which is the second largest city in Armenia visiting on the way Artik town rich with the monuments of Armenian culture. On the way, we will visit Artik town rich with cultural monuments and Harich town with its Harichavank Monastery built in the 7th cent on a cape formed by shallow ravines and the rivers flowing in them. Leaving the monastery we will continue our way to Gyumri. After accommodation in the hotel in Gyumri, we will have short city tour to the most interesting places and sights of one of the oldest cities in Armenia. The city is also famous for its historical-cultural traditions, strong art and crafts, education and also by filmmaking industry (a lot of films were produced in Gyumri). During the dinner, you will taste some special local dishes of this region.
Overnight: Hotel in Gyumri
Meals: Breakfast

Day 3 - Armenia-Georgia border - Paravani - Vardzia - Akhaltsikhe

Paravani - Vardzia - Akhaltsikhe
After breakfast at the hotel, you will drive to Armenia- Georgia border. After passing the border you will drive to Lake Paravani which is the biggest one in the country. Your next stop will be in cave town of Vardzia ancient cave complex built during the reign of King Georgy III. This is a faсcinating town of multi-storied cave dwellings with streets, tunnels, and stairs leading to monasteries, temples, fortresses, baths, libraries. Then you will continue your trip to Akhaltsikhe where you will have rest and overnight.
Overnight: Hotel in Akhaltsikhe
Meals: Breakfast

Day 4 - Abastumani - Zekari - Sairme - Kutaisi

Off-road-trip - Zekari Pass - Kutaisi
After your breakfast, you will drive to Abastumani, which is a small town and climatic spa with hot springs and an astronomical observatory. The trip will continue to Zekari high mountain pass which is located at an elevation of 2226 meters above the sea level. Here you can admire stunning views of the Lesser Caucasus Mountains, clearings, hills and small shepherds huts. Then you will drive to the health resort Sairme. This place has a unique location, healing springs, ecologically clean environment and beautiful nature. It is located in the mountainous area of the subtropical zone. Your final stop of this day will be in Kutaisi.
Overnight: Hotel in Kutaisi
Meals: Breakfast

Day 5 - Mestia - Enguri Dam - Becho

Mestia - Enguri Dam
After breakfast in the hotel, you will start the mountain road journey to Mestia – very picturesque way along the Enguri River. It will take about four hours to get to Mestia. On the way, you will visit Enguri Dam – the world’s second highest concrete arch dam. Mainly, you will drive on ground roads among cliffs and narrow canyons of roaring Enguri River and waterfalls. You will drive to the small village Becho and from there make a short stop under Guli Glacier. On the way, you will visit little churches in villages Latali and Lenjeri known for their amazing 10th-12th cc frescoes. The route follows right bank of the river, from where you will observe the magnificent peak of Ushba Mount. You will drive on narrow tracks through coniferous and mixed forests.
Overnight: Hotel in Mestia
Meals: Breakfast

Day 6 - Ushguli - Mestia

Upper Svaneti
A three-hour drive will take you to the highest permanent village in Europe – Ushguli. Ushguli and generally the whole Upper Svaneti region is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The village is most famous for its abundance of watchtowers from where opens the view of the highest mountain in Georgia – Mt. Shkhara. In Ushguli you will visit Lamaria Church (12th century) and then walk up the hill to Queen Tamar’s Tower. In the evening you will be back to Mestia for a rest and overnight.
Overnight: Hotel in Mestia
Meals: Breakfast

Day 7 - Martvili - Kutaisi

Martvili Monastery - Martvili Canyon
This day you will drive to Martvili Monastery – early medieval monastery complex, which is built on a high hill and overlooks almost the whole Imereti and Samegrelo regions. The site where the monastery stands today was used in ancient times as a pagan cultural center and was a sacred place. You will also see Martvili canyon which used to be a bathing place for Dadiani royal family. Here you can enjoy the scenery, waterfalls and take a boat trip on the river with deep green color and also taste excellent Ojasheli wine. In the evening you will drive to Kutaisi for rest and overnight.
Overnight: Hotel in Kutaisi
Meals: Breakfast

Day 8 - Mtskheta - Svetitskhoveli - Jvari - Tbilisi

Mtskheta - Tbilisi
On the last day in Georgia, you will drive to a small and colorful town Mtskheta. This town was the first capital of Georgia from 3rd century BC to the 5th century AD. The 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. Then you will drive to Tbilisi where you will start a city tour. First, you will visit the Holy Trinity Cathedral of Tbilisi – the main Georgian Orthodox Church. Next place to visit is the historic district of Metekhi, where the Assumption Church is located. During the day you will also have a chance to enjoy the beautiful architecture of the Bridge of Peace, designed by a well-known Italian architect. Then the cable car will take you to Narikala fortress – the well-known symbol of Tbilisi located on a hill.
Overnight: Hotel in Tbilisi
Meals: Breakfast

Day 9 - Armenia-Georgia border - Gosh - Sevan

Goshavank Monastery - Sevan
After breakfast, you will be transferred to Armenia-Georgia border and after passing the customs “Sadakhlo” you’ll continue your trip in Armenia. Your first stop in Armenia will be in Goshavank Monastery which is located in Gosh village, where the great scholar of the 13th century Mkhitar Gosh lived. You will also drive to beautiful small lake Gosh, which is surrounded by dense forests. You will continue your tour to Lake Sevan, which is the largest lake in the Caucasus as well as one of the largest, and highest freshwater lakes in the world located on 1897m above sea level. After reaching the shore of Lake Sevan you will walk to the top of Sevan peninsula to visit Sevanavank monastery built in 305 A.C. by the daughter of King Ashot Bagratuni – Mariam and during the 9th century became the royal citadel of the Armenian Kings. In the evening you will drive to the hotel at Lake Sevan for rest and overnight.
Overnight: Hotel at Lake Sevan
Meals: Breakfast

Day 10 - Selim Pass - Eghegis - King Smbat - Sisian

Off-road trip - Selim Pass
Leaving the hotеl you will have a trip to the South-West towards Selim Pass (the up over 2410m and then along the historic Silk Road).On the way, you will visit Caravanserai built in 1331 to accommodate heavy travelers in ancient times. Continuing your way you will drive to Eghegis State Sanctuary, then you will visit the Fortress of King Smbat located on the top of the mountain and built in X – XI centuries with high and wide (2-3 m) pyramid type fort-walls and protected by the Artabuni River and deep canyons. From the fortress, an amazing view opens to Tsakhats Kar Monastery and magic jeep route connecting it with the Citadel and telling us about the local legends and story about these two historical monuments. Leaving the fortress and monastery you will drive to Sisian town for rest and overnight, en route passing Spandaryan Reservoir.
Overnight: Hotel in Sisian
Meals: Breakfast

Day 11 - Tatev - Khndzoresk - Karahunj

Tatev - Khndzoresk - Karahunj
After breakfast at the hotel, you will drive to Tatev Monastery Complex built in 895-906, which is one of the most important Educational and Religious Centers situated in medieval Syunik region. In order to get to the monastery, we will take the famous ropeway called “Wings of Tatev” which is the longest in the world and is included in the Guinness Book of Records (optional € 10 per person). Later you will drive to Old Khndzoresk village, where you can visit the canyon of ancient cave residences of the people. On the way, you will enjoy surrounding mountainous sights and beautiful city Goris. After a while, you will hike to mysterious cave town of Khndzoresk, while the jeeps will drive to the other side of the Gorge and meet you there. This cave city is considered to be 1000- year- old. Then you will drive to one of the most ancient megalithic constructions of the world called Karahunj or Zorats Karer (Stonehenge). The two-meter pointed blocks last precisely from the south to the north, fencing large territory, in the center, they form a correct circle. There is a hypothesis, that Zorats Karer is an observatory built in VI mil. B.C. Scientists have found similar constructions in many areas of Europe. Leaving the Stonehenge cave residences you will drive back to the hotel in Sisian town.
Overnight: Hotel in Sisian
Meals: Breakfast

Day 12 - Ukhtasar - Vayots Dzor - Areni

Off-road trip
After breakfast at the hotel, you will take off-road route to drive up to Ukhtasar Mountain. This trip is optional depending on the season. After reaching the top of Camel Mountain you will hike up to the lake called Ukhtasar and see one of the unique wonders of the world, rock carvings of Ukhtasar Mountain from pre-historic era. After the interesting mountainous excursion, you will drive to Aghavnadzor village where you can explore Armenian village life typical to Vayots Dzor District culture and traditions. In Areni village, you will visit Areni Wine Factory and taste different wines made from Areni grape sort. After wine tour, you will drive to Ararat Valley and enjoy the panoramic view of Ararat you will reach Yerevan.
Overnight: Hotel in Yerevan
Meals: Breakfast

Day 13 - Departure

Transfer to airport, departure

INCLUSIONS/EXCLUSIONS

The tour price includes

  • Airport transfers
  • Accommodation as per itinerary in double rooms
  • Meals: breakfast
  • 4 wheel drive vehicle with experienced English speaking guide driver
  • All admission fees
  • 1 bottle (0,5 l) of water per day

The tour price doesn't include

  • Flights
  • Medical insurance

TRIP REVIEWS

Individuelle Jeep Tour 04.08.2018

Hello,
We had a great trip - it was a full program with many highlights. Narek did a great job - we learned a lot from him. It was fun listening to him and we got to know the country, people and history. He was the best guide!
Many thanks also to you and your team - everything worked out great.
We wish you and your team all the best - we will recommend you.
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James Gal 09.07.2018

Guide: Our guides were very good with good communication skills.  They were very easy to get on with and very helpful with information and considerate of our needs.  We enjoyed their company and they made our trip very enjoyable.
Driver: Our drivers were very skillful drivers and took us to the places we had to visit on time and safely.  The cars were very comfortable and well maintained.  Some of the roads they had to drive were not so good.
Car: The cars were comfortable and well maintained.  We travelled very well in them and were upset that our Georgian guide had to travel on the road from the border near Gumri because the road was almost non-existent and in very poor condition.  It caused damage to the vehicle. A tank would have been the only type of vehicle for that road.  The driver showed great skill to get there and back.
Hotels: The hotels we stayed in were of particularly high standard and very comfortable especially the ones in Armenia.  These were spacious and well equipped with restaurants and lifts.  We were comfortable in all of them.  They were all well situated in respect to the towns.
What did you like best in your trip? We liked the hotels, the scenery, the food and the friendliness of our guides.  We would like to take time one day to come back and see more.  The guides gave us lots of information about the places we visited that ws very interesting.  We were very happy to get our photo taken in front of Mt Ararat.
What didn't you like in the trip? The road from the Armenian border on our trip to Kutaisi on Thursday.  That was not a road.  It was not even a track.  We recommend that you do not ask the guides to take cars on that road.
What would you add to your trip? We probably should have taken a couple of more days to make the trip a little less tiring through travel each day.
Would you recommend our company to your friends? Yes, we were very happy with the arrangements and have already told our friends about your company.
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Tony Hay 15.08.2017

What did you like best in your trip? Off road trips to Petroglyphs and over the mountains.
What didn't you like about the trip? Nothing.
What would you add to your trip? Perhaps a longer trip, with a couple of overnight stays in places with interests nearby.
Guide: Good guide, knowledgeable.
Driver: Good. Enjoys the off road too.
Car: Good.
Hotels: Good. Some basic but still very welcoming.
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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.

3000+ SATISFIED CLIENTS PER YEAR

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

Overnight in family run B&B

During the tour, you will stay for overnight in villages in guesthouses belonging to local families. Thus you will get in touch with the local population and contribute to the local infrastructure.

Special prepared cars for safe off road drive

We use specially equipped for off-road driving jeeps. Thus you can be sure in your safety.

Visit to shepherds in the mountains

During the tour, you will pass through pastures where you can meet shepherds, chat with them and be treated to organic food

Local eco product tasting

During the tour, you will taste Armenian homemade cheese and other eco products

GUARANTEED TOUR DATES

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Jun 19, 2019

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Jul 1, 2019

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Aug 24, 2019

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Sep 5, 2019

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Jun 19, 2019

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Jul 1, 2019

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Saturday

Aug 24, 2019

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Thursday

Sep 5, 2019

to Tbilisi/Yerevan
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1,866 GBP

Any Day

Any date

from Yerevan/Tbilisi
13
days
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Sep 5, 2019

to Tbilisi/Yerevan
Space left

2+

2,052 GBP

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