Arrival. Transfer to the hotel. Accommodation.
Overnight in Tbilisi.
City tour in Tbilisi.
City tour of Tbilisi. Visit the Metekhi Church (XII century), sulfur baths Abanotubani, Narikala fortress (IV century), Sioni Cathedral (V-VII centuries), Antschischati basilica (VI century). Visit Georgian historical museum, one of the main history museums, which displays the country’s principal archaeological findings. The Museum houses hundreds of thousands of artifacts of Georgia’s and the Caucasus’ archaeology and ethnography. A permanent exposition chronologically follows the development of Georgia’s material culture from the Bronze Age to the 20th century. Overnight in Tbilisi.
Tour to Gori and Uplistsikhe.
Arrival in Gori, visit the birthplace of Joseph Stalin. Stalin Museum was officially dedicated to Stalin in 1957. With the downfall of the Soviet Union and independence movement of Georgia, the museum was closed in 1989, but has since been reopened, and is a popular tourist attraction. The museum has three sections, all located in the town’s central square: Stalin’s house, Stalin Museum, Stalin’s railway carriage. Visit of the Uplistsikhe cave city in the central part of Georgia – in Kartli. The age of Uplistsikhe is estimated at three thousand years. This is the oldest populated place on the territory of Georgia. Uflistsikhe is one of the ancient rock-hewn town and interesting place for tourists in Georgia. It covers an area of 9.5 hectares. The Uplistsikhe complex contains the components of old east countries and the components of ancient Inner city: a fence, a trench, some entrances, a tunnel, water-piping, water-lines, a church, houses with large yards, one-pillared halls, a building in the beginning of the main street, Inaccessible building, plain room, complex of two-pillared and four-pillared halls (main church), Prince’s church, a platform at the street, a house at the edge of the rock, a complex of a red room and etc. The ancient town contains various structures of rock-hewn halls, storerooms and separated buildings dating from different times. Overnight in Tbilisi.
Tour to East Georgia.
Tour to East Georgia, Kakheti, home of wine making. Visit The Bodbe Monastery, nestled among tall Cypress trees on a steep hillside overlooking the Alazani Valley, where it commands views of the Greater Caucasus mountains. The extant church was originally built between the 9th and 11th centuries. Visit The Monastery of St. Nino at Bodbe,built in the 9th century. The monastery now functions as a nunnery and is one of the major pilgrimage sites in Georgia, due to its association with St. Nino, the 4th-century female evangelist of Georgians, whose relics are shrined there. From there drive to Sighnaghi – small city in the middle of Kakheti. The town is built on the top of the hill surrounded with XVIIIc wall (4 km). From there you can find wonderful view on Great Caucasus and river Alazani Valley. Overnight in Tbilisi.
Tour to ancient capital Georgia Mtskheta.
Visit of the old capital of Georgia – Mtskheta. Monuments of the city are in the UNESCO World
Heritage Site list. Visit Svetitskhoveli Cathedral, Svetitskhoveli, known as the burial site of Christ’s mantle, has long been the principal Georgian church and remains one of the most venerated places of worship to this day. It presently functions as the seat of the archbishop of Mtskheta and Tbilisi, who is at the same time Catholicos-Patriarch of All Georgia. The current cathedral was built in the 11th century by the Georgian architect Arsukisdze, though the site itself is even older dating back to the early 4th century and is surrounded by a number of legends associated primarily with the early Christian traditions. Visit Jvari Monastery (VI-VII century), built on the top of the hill above Mtskheta. The monument is included into the UNESCO world heritage site list. Drive to Chateau Mukhrani and discover the Georgian royal family history and breath-taking legends, a flavor of antiquity and enchanting wines. Lots of visitors are fascinated by Château Mukhrani wine tours and events. Overnight in Tbilisi.
Picking up from Tbilisi, passing the border, you travel north to Lori – one of the most picturesque provinces in Armenia. Visit UNESCO heritage sites – the medieval monasteries of Haghpat and Sanahin Haghpat church complexes. Dinner in local restaurant. Next you will visit a medieval fortress Zarni-Parni.On the way to Yerevan you will see the alley of Armenian Alphabet.
Dinner and overnight in Yerevan.
Yerevan city sightseeing tour.
Visit the Cafesjian Center for the Arts at the Cascade, the State Opera and Ballet theatre, the Republic square and the Tsitsernakaberd – the Armenian Genocide Memorial complex. As an add-on, visit Yerevan Brandy Factory to sample the world-renowned Armenian Brandy and have a degustation. Dinner in local restaurant. Night walk in the Republic Square.
Travel to the city of Echmiadzin to visit UNESCO World heritage sites.
Stop at the Echmiadzin Cathedral – the mother church of the Armenian Apostolic Church. Visit the “Treasures of Echmiadzin” Museum in the southeast section of the Cathedral to view the Holy Lance which pierced the side of Christ and the relics of Noah’s Ark among other valuable treasures. Then on to 7th century churches of St.Gayane and St.Hripsime. Lunch at Machanents cultural tourism and art center. Continue to Zvartnots archeological site – another UNESCO heritage site. Return to Yerevan. Afterwards Armenian Genocide Memorial Complex. Visit Megerian Carpet Museum to see beautiful Armenian handmade carpets, learn the history of carpet weaving and watch weavers work on their patters. Dinner in Megerian restaurant.
Travel to Khor Virap (meaning “deep dungeon”) monastery and pilgrimage site to learn about Gregory the Illuminator. Continue to Areni Wine factory to enjoy wine tasting. Lunch in local restaurant. After we will drive Noravank – the 13th century monastery with ornate architecture. Dinner and overnight in Yerevan.
Visit to Matenadaran – the depository of ancient manuscripts. Then you will travel to village Garni to see the pagan Temple of Garni – built in the first century AD. You will have a delicious lunch at a local family owned restaurant and watch the process of baking “lavash” – the Armenian flatbread. Continue to 4th century Geghard monastery complex (monastery in the cave). Return to Yerevan. Dinner and overnight in Yerevan.
You will start for Lake Sevan – the largest freshwater, alpine lake in Eurasia, located at an altitude of 1,900 m above the sea level. Visit Sevanavank complex located on the peninsula of Lake Sevan. Then travel to Dilijian – a town known for its resorts and mineral water. Continue to 13th century Haghartsin monastery located in Tavush province of Armenia. The province is often compared to Switzerland for its picturesque mountains, green forests and alpine meadows. Dilijan you will drive to 13th-century Haghartsin monastery located near the town of Dilijan. It was built between the 10th and 13th centuries. Then you will visit Goshavank monastery on the way to the border. Way back to Tbilisi.