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Wine tour to Georgia
Duration: 10 days/ 9 nights
Location: Armenia/ Georgia
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Food and Wine Tour to Armenia and Georgia

 

The Highlights of Food and Wine Tour to Armenia and Georgia

  • Enjoy aromatic and exotic Caucasian dishes
  • Taste the most famous Armenian wines
  • Learn the traditions and secrets of Georgian winemaking
  • Look at the oldest winery in the world
  • Bake delicious national Georgian bread by your own hands

Day 1

After your arrival in Zvartnots Airport, we will organize a transfer to the hotel four. The excursion will with the city tour around the ancient 2799-year-old capital of Armenia, Yerevan. Some decades ago Alexander Tamanyan, the general architect of Yerevan draw the contemporary plan of the city which we can see today. The warm smiles of its inhabitants give u the  ique charm to this eternal city ancient and so young at the same time.

Overnight: Hotel in Yerevan, Meals: Lunch

 

Day 2

This day begins with a visit to the Holy See of Echmiadzin, the religious center of all Armenians around the world. The tour will continue to Van Ardi wine factory and try the exquisite types of Armenian local wine. The winery belongs to the winemaker Varuzhan Muradyan who is a financier by education but has recently returned to his homeland from the USA with the intention to devote himself to winemaking. He admits that first, the winemaking was just a hobby for him: he attended some wine courses at the University of California and then went to France to learn more about the technology of French wine production. After a while, he got a burning desire to make Armenia famous not only for its cognac but also for elite wines that could take a worthy place among foreign competitors. Van Ardi wine was awarded the medals during the wine festival in Areni, as well as the brand got five gold and two silver medals in the course of the most important international venues – Mundus Vini. On the way back to Yerevan you will visit the ruins of Zvartnots Temple.

Overnight: Hotel in Yerevan, Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

 

Day 3

After breakfast, you will head to the south of Armenia to Khor Virap Monastery – the historic site located amidst the Ararat Valley. The monastery was built on the place of the royal prison in Artashat. Here in the royal prison Grigor Lusavorich was sentenced to death by Kind Trdat for preaching Christianity in Armenia in the 3rd century. Thre trip will continue to the winemaking region of Armenia where you will visit “Hin Areni” winery. After the degustation of chilled white wine, you will go up to the plateau, from the top of which opens a beautiful view of the city. In the valley of red rock where you will further travel you will have an excursion around Noravank Monastery. But the most impressive sight of the third day is the cave Areni-1, where during archaeological excavations hold several years ago the most ancient traces of winemaking on the planet were found. The age of the grapes found on the bottom of local amphorae is about 6100 years! In the evening you will head to Yeghegnadzor for an overnight.

Overnight: Hotel in Yeghegnadzor, Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

 

Day 4

After breakfast, you will travel with a few stops to the azure Lake Sevan – the pearl of Armenian nature. The first stop will be at the Selim Pass near the caravanserai built in the XIV century. Then you will go down to the lake and visit cheese maker Arman who soaks his cheeses in wine, mixes them with herbs and experiments with varieties of mold. This day you will also try Armenian sweet baklava – the famous sweet of Gavar town. And of course, for lunch, you will have the famous Sevan fish. The tour will continue to the resort town of Dilijan known for its amazing nature. After walking around the resort, you will have a free evening.

Overnight: Hotel in Dilijan, Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

 

Day 5

After breakfast at the hotel, you will have a trip to the monastery of Haghartsin located among mountains covered with dense forests. The tour will continue to the winery in Ijevan town. After the excursion and wine degustation, you will also visit the Sanahin and Haghpat monasteries, which were the centers of the scientific and educational life of medieval Armenia. Today these complexes are included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. Both monasteries were important centers for scientists, and many famous manuscripts were written here in the Middle Ages. After the transfer to the Armenian-Georgian border you will head to Tbilisi.

Overnight: Hotel in Tbilisi, Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 6

On the sixth day you will have a sightseeing tour around Tbilisi, which will begin with a visit to the Museum of Fine Arts. This day you will see the Metekhi Church, the Bridge of Peace, have a trip by the cable car to the Narikala fortress, and visit the famous complex of royal sulfur baths of the 17th-19th centuries. You can rest and drink coffee on Shardeni Street, which is famous for its cozy cafes and souvenir shops. The tour will end with a pleasant journey by cable car to Mount Mtatsminda.

Overnight: Hotel in Tbilisi, Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 7

In the morning you will go to the ancient city of Mtskheta and go up the hill to the monastery of Jvari, from where opens a splendid view of the confluence of the Aragvi and Kura rivers. The tour will continue to the Svetitskhoveli Temple – the XI century cathedral, the main cathedral of Georgia. This day you will also visit the Mukhrani Castle and get a full overview of the traditions and secrets of Georgian winemaking. Moreover, you will go down to the cellars, stroll in the beautiful gardens and see the famous Georgian vineyards. In the evening you will return to Tbilisi.

Overnight: Hotel in Tbilisi, Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

  

Day 8

In the morning you will travel to Kakheti – a picturesque region, which is famous for the production of magnificent Georgian wines which are produced by special ancient technologies. Here you will visit the monastery of Alaverdi founded in the VI century by the Assyrian monk Joseph Alaverdeli. The monastery is famous for its unique wine cellars and millennial traditions of wine making. The monastery keeps ancient huge jugs kvevri in which Georgians infuse wine. Further, you will visit the monastery complex of Nekresi located in the valley of the Alazani River. After that, you will have an excursion to the Khareba wine factory, wine tasting and a master class on making the famous Georgian bread shoti and the Georgian churchkhela.

Overnight: Hotel in Tbilisi, Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

  

Day 9

Тhis day you will have an excursion around Telavi – the center of the Kakheti region and the center of the country’s winemaking. Here you will visit the fortress of Batonis-Tsikhe – the house-museum of King Irakli II, beloved Georgian king and the estate Tsinandali which belonged to the famous dynasty of Chavchavadze. The estate is known for its beautiful labyrinthine garden planted with exotic trees. Here is stored a magnificent collection of Georgian and European wines and you can taste four kinds of wine and, of course, the famous white dry wine Tsinandali. Then you will walk along the small cozy town of Sighnaghi, which is called the “town of love”. In the evening you will return to Tbilisi

 

Overnight: Hotel in Tbilisi, meals: Breakfast, Lunch

  

Day 10

Transfer to the airport, departure

The price of the tour is 1,282 EUR per person

The single supplement is 184 EUR per person

Why book with Arara?

  • Own agency in Armenia and Georgia*
  • Guides with 5+ year experience
  • Central located hotels
  • Licensed air conditioned transport
  • The best price in the market for high-quality service**
  • 3000+ satisfied clients per year

*With an agency operating in Georgia, we are able to provide clients with the best price and quality services.
**With Arara you book at first hand from a qualified local Armenian agency. Avoid surcharges applied by intermediaries and save money!

Detailed Trip Information

  • The price of the tour includes:

    • Transfers from/to the airport
    • Accommodation for 9 nights (3* hotels/double rooms)
    • Meals: breakfast, lunch
    • English speaking guide services
    • Comfortable vehicle during the tour
    • Wine tasting as per the program
    • All entrance fees
    • Wine tasting in Sighnaghi

    The price doesn’t include:

    • Flights
    • Medical insurance
  • Hotel in Yerevan: 3* Cascade Hotel or similar

    Hotel in Tbilisi: 3* Astoria Hotel or similar

    • 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

We offer the most affordable prices for tours to Armenia!  Book now!