New Year Tour to Armenia and Georgia

03 - 09 Jan 2019
Small Group (2-13)
Fixed Date
Half Board
Age: 0+
Price:
765USD

The Highlights of the Tour

Winter in Armenia & Georgia
Enjoy the breathtaking view of festive Yerevan from Cascade Visit the only preserved example of Hellenistic architecture - Garni Temple Enjoy Georgian Christmas dishes Visit a famous ski resort in Georgia Have a trip to the main wine making region in Georgia - Kakheti

ITINERARY

Introduction

Day 1 - Arrival - Yerevan City Tour

Winter in Yerevan
After your arrival in the airport, we will organize a transfer to the hotel for you. Your journey will start from the ancient capital of Armenia – Yerevan. Walking along the city streets, you will enjoy the bright festive atmosphere, friendly smiles of local people and unique coloring of this wonderful ancient city. We will make a stop at the Opera House, at the Republic Square, as well as climb the Cascade, the observation area of which offers a breathtaking view of Yerevan and Ararat. You will also have an opportunity to visit souvenir shops and make nice purchases. The dinner will be arranged in the traditional Armenian restaurant.
Overnight: Hotel in Yerevan
Meals: Lunch

Day 2 - Tsaghkadzor - Sevan - Sevanavank - Yerevan

Sevan - Republic Square - Tsaghkadzor
On the second day, we’ll go to the most popular ski resort of Armenia – Tsaghkadzor. Here you will have free time during which interested persons can go skiing and snowboarding, or just have a good time. Our way will continue to Lake Sevan – the pearl of Armenian nature and the highest freshwater lake in the world. Here we’ll go up to the monastery of Sevanavank and enjoy the amazing view of the lake. In the local restaurant, you can enjoy delicious fish dishes prepared of fish types bred in Sevan. In the evening, we’ll return to the hotel in Yerevan for rest and overnight.
Overnight: Hotel in Yerevan
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 3 - Geghard - Garni - Echmiadzin - Yerevan

Garni - Marmarashen - Mother See of Holy Echmiadzin
The third day will start with a trip to the cave monastery of the 7th century – Geghard. This unique in its kind monastery is carved out of a rock and its surrounding cliffs are part of the monastery complex. Geghard is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. After visiting the monastery, the way will continue to the village Garni with its only preserved example of Hellenistic architecture – Garni Temple. Further, in the private local restaurant owned by a hospitable Armenian family, you will taste delicious dishes of the national cuisine. And after the dinner, we’ll go to the town of Echmiadzin – the religious center of all Armenians and the residence of the Catholicos of the Armenian Apostolic Church. Here will be held the main Christmas liturgy of the country. In the evening you’ll return to Yerevan.
Overnight: Hotel in Yerevan
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 4 - Debet - Haghpat - Sanahin - Georgia border

Debet - Haghpat - Sanahin
After a delicious breakfast in the hotel, we’ll head to Lori region known for its ancient sites and delightful wooded scenery and deep rocky canyon of the Debet River. Here our program includes a visit to the famous monasteries “Haghpat” and “Sanahin”, which are included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. Both monasteries are not just outstanding masterpiece of medieval architecture, but once they were important centers for scholars, and many famous manuscripts were written here in the Middle Ages. In the local cozy restaurant, you will have lunch after which the tour will continue to the border with Georgia – another bright and colorful country of the South Caucasus.
Overnight: Hotel in Tbilisi
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5 - Tbilisi City Tour

Winter in Tbilisi
This day will begin your exciting journey around Georgia. And it will start with a city tour around its unique capital – Tbilisi famous for its colorful atmosphere and elegant architecture. This excursion will give a great chance to fully enjoy all the bright and festive colors of Christmas Tbilisi. The tour program includes the visit to the main Georgian Orthodox Church – Holy Trinity Cathedral of Tbilisi, which is a real symbol of the Georgian revival and unity. Then we will walk through the cozy streets of Chardin and Leselidze located in the old city. Many years ago, they were filled with arcades, and craft workshops. At present, they are still crowded with lots of cafes, restaurants and shops, and the architecture here is reminiscent of Paris. We will also see the famous Bridge of Peace and have an automobile tour along Rustaveli Avenue and the beautiful streets of Mardzhaneshvili. We won’t also miss one of the best known and most popular attractions of the city – Narikala Fortress located on a hill. After climbing up the hill by famous cable car, you will enjoy a breathtaking view of the city.
Overnight: Hotel in Tbilisi
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 6 - Mtskheta - Ananuri - Gudauri - Tbilisi

Mtskheta - Gudauri
In the morning, we will go to the first capital of Georgia – a delightful town Mtskheta. Nowhere in Georgia is there such a large number of religious and holy places as in this small town. Now the central part of it is under UNESCO protection. Here we will visit the Cathedral Svetitskhoveli (XI c.) (where is kept the tunic of the Lord), as well as the monasteries of Samtavro and Jvari (V century) immortalized in literature by Mikhail Lermontov. It is situated high on a hill offering a fabulous view of the surrounding mountains and Mtskheta. It must also be noted that Jvari has never been restored, and it has retained its original appearance. After lunch, we’ll visit the Ananuri Fortress of the XVI-th century, and then go to a popular ski resort of Georgia – Gudauri. Here, everyone will be able to ski. In the evening, we’ll return to the capital of Georgia – Tbilisi.
Overnight: Hotel in Tbilisi
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 7 - Kakheti - Sighnagi - Alazani - Tbilisi - Departure

Sighnagi - Tbilisi - Traditional dishes
This day we will head to the beautiful region of Georgia – Kakheti famous for its traditions and secrets of the production of Georgian wine. On this day, you will learn the secrets of Georgian wine and how it differs from the European varieties. What concerns the attractions, we will visit the famous nunnery Bodbe where St. Nino is buried. Lunch will be organized in a beautiful small town – Sighnagi – the town of love. The magnificent architecture of Sighnagi in the style of southern Italian classicism is unlikely to leave anyone indifferent. Here you will visit the fortress of the XI-th century and enjoy the views of the Alazani Valley. This amazing cozy town, filled with clean mountain air and well-known for its beautiful nature, will allow you to feel real Georgian hospitality. In the evening, we’ll return to Tbilisi. Transfer to the airport, departure
Meals: Breakfast

INCLUSIONS/EXCLUSIONS

The tour price includes

  • Airport transfers
  • Accommodation in Armenia (3 nights) and in Georgia (3 nights) in 3*/4* hotels and double rooms
  • Breakfast and Christmas dinner
  • All transfers in air-conditioned vehicles
  • English speaking guide service for all days
  • All admission fees
  • Transfer to the border with Georgia
  • Local SIM card

The tour price doesn't include

  • Flights
  • Medical insurance

REVIEWS

Stuart Parkin

Syuzanna,
Thank you for all your endeavor in organizing and coordination of my trip to Armenia and Georgia. A super albeit brief experience.

Sincerely,
Stuart Parkin

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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)

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

GUARANTEED TOUR DATES

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Thursday

Jan 3, 2019

from Yerevan/Tbilisi
7
days
Wednesday

Jan 9, 2019

to Tbilisi/Yerevan

765 USD

13

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Thursday

Jan 3, 2019

from Yerevan/Tbilisi
7
days
Wednesday

Jan 9, 2019

to Tbilisi/Yerevan
Space left

13

765 USD

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