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Duration: 15 days/ 14 nights
Location: Armenia/ Georgia
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Tour “Highlights of Armenia and Georgia”

Day 1

  • Arrival in Yerevan, transfer to the hotel

 

Overnight: Hotel in Yerevan

Day 2

  • City tour around Yerevan
  • Visit to Matenadaran institute museum, which houses over 17,000 ancient and medieval manuscripts.
  • Stop at the Food Market of Yerevan where you will have an opportunity to wander through the aisles of locally grown fresh fruit and vegetables.
  • Trip to Etchmiadzin town, the religious center of all Armenians around the world. Visit to Echmiadzin Cathedral.
  • On the way back you will stop at the ruins of Zvartnots temple (7th century, UNESCO World Heritage Site), that was a miracle of its time.

 

Overnight: Hotel in Yerevan, meals: B

Day 3

  • Trip to the scenic canyon of the Azat River to Geghard Cave Monastery listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.
  • Tour to Hellenistic Garni temple built in 77 AD, dedicated to the Armenian God of the Sun Mitra.
  • Visit to the Museum of Armenian History where you will have a fascinating journey through the rich history of Armenia.

 

Overnight: Hotel in Yerevan meals: B

Day 4

  • Trip to the south of  Armenia to Khor Virap Monastery located at the foot of Biblical Mount Ararat
  • The tour will continue through a narrow canyon to the valley of red rocks where Noravank Monastery is located
  • En route you will visit wine factory to taste local wine made of the unique grape sort “Areni”.
  • Stop at Qarahunge, a 6,000-years-old observatory, known as the “Armenian Stonehenge”.
  • The last tour destination is Goris town encompassed by rocky caves and mountains.

 

Overnight: Hotel in Goris meals: B

Day 5

  • Trip to the pearl of Armenian Medieval architecture, the Monastery and the University of Tatev. The monastery can be reached by the longest cable car in the world which stretches over the 320 meter-deep Vorotan River Canyon.
  • Stop at natural bridge named “Devil’s Bridge” at the bottom of the deep canyon.
  • Next stop is the resort town of Jermuk, famous for its hot mineral springs and scenic landscape.
  • Walk through the Arpa River Canyon to admire the Jermuk Waterfall.

 

Overnight: Hotel in Jermuk meals: B

Day 6

  • Trip along the part of the Great Silk Road towards the Selim Pass.
  • Stop at 14th century Selim Caravanserai – one of the most well-preserved hostels along the ancient Great Silk Road.
  • En route you will be able to admire the azure waters of Lake Sevan located 2000 m above sea.

 

Overnight: Hotel in Dilijan meals: B

Day 7

  • Morning trip to Lori region. Here you will see the ruins of the ancient fortress of Lori which was once the center of Lori Kingdom.
  • Visit to Stepanavan dendropark – Armenia’s first botanical garden. 15 hectares of its territory are planted with exotic trees and the rest 20 hectares are covered by natural wild forest. It is not by chance that this amazing place is considered one of the most beautiful corners of Armenia – once here, you will feel like in a fairy tale.
  • Trip to the north of the country to visit Haghpat Monastery, which is listed by UNESCO as World Heritage Sites.
  • Free evening in Haghpat village.

 

Overnight: Hotel in Haghpat meals: B

Day 8

  • Transfer to Armenian-Georgian border. You will meet our Georgian representatives on border and then head to Tbilisi.
  • Tour to the open-air Museum of Ethnography located on the territory of Turtle Lake. The museum exhibits traditional houses and farm buildings which have the architecture typical to different Georgian regions.
  • Stroll around Meidani Square
  • Visit to the Assumption Church located on the picturesque hill in the historical district of Metekhi
  • Trip up the hill by the cable car to Narikala Fortress which is an ancient symbol of Tbilisi
  • Tour in the Old Town where are located the famous sulfuric baths (XVII-XIX cc.) standing on the natural sulfur springs.
  • The last tour destination – Mtatsminda Mount located in the city center.

 

Overnight: Hotel in Tbilisi meals: B

Day 9

  • Drive to Ananuri well-preserved castle located on the shore of the Zhinvali reservoir. Once it was the defensive fortress of the feudal era.
  • Stop in Gudauri resort town to admire amazing views of the mountains
  • Stop to visit Sour waters of Vedza
  • Visit to Gergeti Church located at an altitude of 2170 m not far from legendary Mount Kabegi. From the top of the hill opens an amazing view which cannot be expressed in words.
  • The last tour destination will be the Dariali Gorge and the church of Transfiguration
  • Return to Tbilisi

 

Overnight: Hotel in Tbilisi meals: B

Day 10

  • Trip through Javakheti region to Vardzia cave town
  • Stop at Paravani Lake which is the largest in the country. Near the lake, you will visit the monastery of St. Nino which is famous for its small dairy managed by local nuns. Here you will find various unique kinds of cheeses that cannot be found anywhere else in Georgia.
  • Climb up the hill to Khertvisi Fortress (X-century) for making memorable photos.
  • The last destination will be Vardzia – cave monastery complex that dates back to the XII century. It consists of thousands of caves carved out in the rock.
  • Stop in Akhaltsikhe town

 

Overnight: Hotel in Akhaltsikhe meals: B

 Day 11

  • Visit to Rabati Fortress which is a recently renovated huge castle complex of Akhaltsikhe. It dates back to the XIII century.
  • Short trip to Sapara Monastery hidden in the mountain forests. It is located about 11 km from Akhaltsikhe.
  • Stop in Borjomi resort town to try its world-famous mineral waters just from the spring in the Mineral Water Park.
  • Trip to Kutaisi – the second largest city in Georgia

 

Overnight: Hotel in Kutaisi meals: B

 Day 12

  • Sightseeing tour in Kutaisi
  • Visit to Bagrati Cathedral (UNESCO object) which is located on a hill overlooking the entire town
  • Visit to Sataplia – the national reserve located in the amazing mountains
  • Visit to the Gelati Monastery (UNESCO object)
  • The last excursion will be at Motsameta Monastery located on the hill under the River Tskhaltsitela-Red River.
  • Drive to Tbilisi

 

Overnight: Hotel in Tbilisi meals: B

Day 13

  • Trip to Kakheti winemaking region
  • Visit to Telavi – the center of Kakheti and winemaking in general
  • Excursion around Tsinandali estate that once belonged to Chavchavadzes dynasty. The estate is known for its amazing labyrinth-gathered with exotic trees in it and with cellars, where the unique collection of Georgian and European wine is preserved.
  • Stroll around beautiful Sighnaghi town famous for its architecture in the style of southern Italian classicism.
  • Drive back to Tbilisi

 

Overnight: Hotel in Tbilisi meals: B

Day 14

  • Trip to Mtskheta – the ancient capital of Georgia
  • Climb up the hill to Jvari Monastery located on the top of the mountain. This area offers breathtaking views of the confluence of the Aragvi and Mtkvari rivers and the entire town.
  • Visit to Svetitskhoveli Cathedral (UNESCO object)00 which is the main cathedral of Georgia.
  • Trip to Gori town located in the eastern part of Georgia
  • Drive back to Tbilisi

 

Overnight: Hotel in Tbilisi meals: B

 Day 15

  • Transfer to the airport, departure

 

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:

    • Airport transfers
    • Accommodation in hotels for 14 nights (3* hotels, double rooms)
    • Breakfast
    • All transfers in air-conditioned vehicles
    • English speaking guide service for all days
    • All admission fees
    • 4 wheel drive vehicle for Gergeti Trinity Church
    • Tatev cable car ticket
    • 1 bottle (0,5 l) of water per day

    The price doesn’t include:

    • Flights
    • Medical insurance
    • Visa fee
  • You will spend 4 nights in Yerevan and 4 nights in Tbilisi in 3* hotels. The hotels are modern properties located in the city center within walking distance of the main sights:

    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

  • Nune Tatunts
    Executive Director
    Tourism Specialist. Perfectly knows Armenian, Russian, English languages. Great organizer and tour coordinator. Nune will be pleased to organize any event or tour to Armenia for you.
    Gagik Simonyan
    Transport Manager
    Graduated from National Polytechnic University of Armenia. By profession is an engineer. Will manage all the questions concerning transport for your traveling to Armenia.
     
     
    Boris Sahakyan
    Marketing Manager
    Graduated from Yerevan State University, faculty of Physics. Speaks Armenian, Russian and English languages. Boris has a huge contribution to the creation and promotion of “Arara” web site.
    Liana Levonyan
    Tour Manager
    Graduated from Russian-Armenian Slavonic University, Faculty of International Relations. Perfectly knows Armenian, Russian and English languages. Liana will be pleased to organize your holiday in Armenia.