Tour “Highlights of Armenia and Georgia”

15 days/14 nights
Small Group (2-13)
Any Date
Breakfast
Age: 0+
Price:
2,331EUR
2,680EUR

The Highlights of the Tour

Echmiadzin - Karahunj - Kakheti - Mtskheta
Explore the religious center of all Armenians - Echmiadzin town Visit Armenian Stonehenge - a 6,000-years-old observatory Have a trip to the center of winemaking in Georgia - Kakheti region Explore the first capital of Georgia - unique Mtskheta Visit the main UNESCO sights of Georgia

ITINERARY

Introduction

Our Tour “Highlights of Armenia and Georgia” was created for those who prefer more than just a classical package. The tour is an extended version with an extensive program which will get you acquainted not only with classical sights but with hidden gems, and secrets as well. Fantastic landscapes, delicious delicacies, fine wines, millenary history, and hospitable people await you! You will visit both noisy metropolises and cozy silent villages and taste eco products. Experience more than just the classical trip to Armenia and Georgia, have something special this time!

Day 1 - Arrival

Arrival in Yerevan, transfer to the hotel
Overnight: Hotel in Yerevan
Meals: Breakfast

Day 2 - Yerevan Tour - Echmiadzin - Zvartnots

Yerevan night - Matenadaran - Food Market
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 Echmiadzin 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: Breakfast

Day 3 - Azat - Garni - Yerevan

Garni - Geghard
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: Breakfast

Day 4 - Khor Virap - Noravank - Areni - Karahunj - Goris

Khor Virap - Noravank - Karahunj
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 Karahunj, 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: Breakfast

Day 5 - Tatev - Devil’s Bridge - Jermuk - Arpa

Jermuk - Sevanavank
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: Breakfast

Day 6 - Selim Pass - Sevan

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: Breakfast

Day 7 - Lori - Stepanavan - Haghpat

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: Breakfast

Day 8 - Armenian-Georgian border - Tbilisi

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: Breakfast

Day 9 - Ananuri - Gudauri - Vedza - Gergeti - Dariali - Tbilisi

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: Breakfast

Day 10 - Javakheti - Paravani - Khertvisi - Vardzia - Akhaltsikhe

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: Breakfast

Day 11 - Rabati - Sapara - Borjomi - Kutaisi

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: Breakfast

Day 12 - Kutaisi - Bagrati - Sataplia - Gelati - Motsameta - Tbilisi

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: Breakfast

Day 13 - Kakheti - Telavi - Tsinandali - Sighnaghi - Tbilisi

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: Breakfast

Day 14 - Mtskheta - Jvari - Svetitskhoveli - Gori - Tbilisi

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: Breakfast

Day 15 - Departure

Transfer to the airport, departure

INCLUSIONS/EXCLUSIONS

The tour price 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 tour price doesn't include

  • Flights
  • Medical insurance
  • Visa fee

TRIP REVIEWS

Michelle MacGrath 29.08.2018

Dear Lusine,
Apologies for not getting back to you for so long.
The 2-week trip you arranged for us to Armenia and Georgia, leaving end of July 2018, was excellent.
The accommodation was extremely good throughout. The drivers and guides were also excellent; Hasmik Evoyan was outstanding.
We had a lovely two weeks.

Many thanks,

Kind regards,
Michelle and David
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Theodore_Aug 2017

Arara Tours created a terrific itinerary, Armenia & Georgia Classical Tour, that introduced me to the highlights of Armenia and Georgia over an 8-day span. In Armenia, over five days, besides a comprehensive Yerevan city tour, my guide took me to Zvartnot Temple ruins, Echmiadzin, Khor Virap Monastery, Norvank Monastery, Garni Temple, Geghard Monastery, Lake Sevan, Dilijian, Akhtala Fort, and Haghpat Monastery. The Georgia portion of my tour included three days of sightseeing. Highlights were the Tbilisi Old Town Tour, Jvari Temple, Mtskheta, Ananuri Fortress, Gudauri Ski Resort, Gergeti Trinity Church with views of Mount Kazbek, the wine-producing region of Kakheti with a wine tasting in the quaint town of Signaghi, and David-Gareja semi-desert area and monastery complex. Guide services of both my Armenia guide, Arthur, and my Georgia guide, Georgi, were knowledgeable, entertaining. informative, flexible, and comprehensive. Hotels were modern, clean, and centrally located in the capital cities of Yerevan and Tbilisi.

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Sumesh Sankarankutty 15.09.2017

What did you like best in your trip? Everything !!!. Right from the beginning  when I contacted Arara , I got a positive warm response from Mrs Liana , thereafter she become my focal point for entire trip. She had given a holiday package called Classic tour Armenia + Georgia to start with. As usually I do before my any travel , I had my homework to visit main attractions of the Armenia & Georgia and communicated with her to modify accordingly . She finalized a great itinerary according to my priorities. Liana promised me the best guide for me at Armenia and there by arara has choosen none other than Mr Vahe. The freedom given for me to reschedule the plan according to my convenience and comfort.
What didn't you like about your trip? So far nothing as such to point out!!
What would you add to your trip? Nothing as such!!
Guide: Mr Vahe, our guide at Armenia is great person with highest level of sincerity, integrity , punctuality and very caring and helpful. He given us the best possible comfort in every aspect. He tried his level best to give opportunity to interact with local people and get to know deep route culture and history of Armenia. Altogether, I would say – a great human being!! Mr Vaska , our guide at Georgia also was a nice fellow. He did his job well & good!!.
Driver: Very comfortable driving with great sense of responsibility.
Car: very comfortable and nice.
Hotels: very comfortable and located at right place so that we could manage city walk & an evening life our own.
Would you recommend our company to your friends? Surely!!! Highly recommended for a great trip to Armenia + Georgia.
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TRIP ACCOMMODATION

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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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May 19, 2019

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Jun 15, 2019

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Sep 6, 2019

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Oct 8, 2019

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Oct 22, 2019

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