Scheduled Caucasus Tour 2018

Small Group Georgia and Armenia Tour 201813 Days | Georgia, Armenia

Tour mapGroup size: 1 - 16 persons

10% early bird discount till December 31, 2017.

Small group Georgia and Armenia tour has collected the most interesting into its rich program. The program is designated to explore Caucasus essentials and what makes it unique: you will visit ancient fortresses and castles, taste fine traditional Caucasian drinks and delicious cuisine. Our small group tour with 100% guaranteed departure dates is the best way to spend 13 unforgettable days as you will be surrounded with like-minded people, discover hospitable and colorful countries of the Caucasus at a shared cost.

Tour itinerary:

Day 1, Th: Tbilisi (GEO)
 
Arrival in Tbilisi. Transfer to your hotel. Check-in at 14:00. Free day in Tbilisi. Overnight at the hotel.
Driving distance: 25 km
Day 2, Fr: Tbilisi – Telavi – Gremi – Khareba winery – Telavi (GEO)
 
At 09:00 meet your guide and depart towards the Kakheti region of Georgia, the cradle of Georgian wine. Beautiful road lies through Gombori pass. Our first stop will be in Telavi, the administrative and historic center of the region. Have a short walk in old Telavi and have a photo stop at the monument to Erekli II. Visit local bazaar with fresh fruits and vegetables, cheeses and dry fruits. Drive to Gremi architectural complex, 16th century royal residence and the capital of Kakheti Kingdom. Gloomy and monumental, the Gremi castle is one of the most visited tourist points in Georgia. We will then pass through the beautiful landscapes of vineyards and wine-producing villages. Our next stop will be at unique wine cellar “Khareba” located in the tunnel carved out of the rock. Originally built for military purposes, today the tunnel is used to store Kakheti’s finest wines. Wine tour and wine tasting. Reach your hotel for overnight.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 6-7 hours
Driving distance: 180 km
Day 3, Sa: Telavi – Tsinandali – Bodbe – Sighnaghi – Tbilisi (GEO)
 
Continue exploring Kakheti; you will visit Tsinandali, residence of dukes of Georgia, with beautiful English garden, museum, and wine cellar which belonged to prince Chavchavadze, public figure and poet of the 19th century. Continue to Bodbe Convent and Sighnaghi Royal Town, one of the crossroads of the Great Silk Road surrounded by defensive walls with 23 towers. In the afternoon, head to Tbilisi for overnight.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 6-7 hours
Driving distance: 180 km
Day 4, Su: Tbilisi (GEO)
 
In the morning, have sightseeing tour in Tbilisi. Start at Metekhi church and monument to Vakhtang Gorgasali, the legendary founder of Tbilisi. Take cable car to Narikala Fortress to enjoy breathtaking panoramic view of the city. Walk down to the district of Sulphur bath houses passing by the only mosque in Tbilisi. Stroll through the Sharden area full of narrow streets with cozy cafés, wine tasting bars, souvenir shops, and breathe in the living past. Visit Sioni Cathedral, Anchiskhati Basilica, the clock tower of famous Rezo Gabriadze Theatre, and Bridge of Peace leading to Rike Park.
At 19:30, visit a local restaurant to taste dishes of traditional Georgian cuisine. Overnight in Tbilisi.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 5-6 hours
Driving distance: 10 km
Day 5, Mo: Tbilisi – Jvari – Ananuri – Kazbegi – Gudauri (GEO)
 
Today you will explore north of Georgia. First stop will be at Jvari Church, a true architectural masterpiece of the Early Middle Ages overlooking the confluence of Aragvi and Mtkvari rivers from the top of the hill. Continue to Ananuri complex, a former residence of Argveti Dukes. Complex featuring churches and towers dating back to the 16-17th centuries is beautifully overlooking Jinvali reservoir. Drive further to see the conjunction of two small mountain rivers famous for keeping different colors even after they merge. We will then drive over the Cross pass and make a short stop at Soviet time “People’s Friendship” mountain view point overlooking a deep gorge of Caucasus mountain range. In Kazbegi, we will change our vehicle to a four-wheel drive car to reach Gergeti Holy Trinity Church located at an altitude of 2170 m and enjoy breathtaking views of Mount Kazbegi. Reach Gudauri at around 19:00 for dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Driving distance: 210 km
Day 6, Tu: Gudauri – Gori – Uplistsikhe – Mtskheta – Tbilisi (GEO)
 
After breakfast, drive to Gori and visit Stalin Museum. The museum includes more than 60,000 artifacts, the tiny house where Stalin was born, and impressive bulletproof train Stalin used to travel to Yalta and Potsdam. Explore cave town Uplistsikhe dating back to Hellenistic Period and notable for unique combination of various styles of rock-cut cultures and the co-existence of pagan and Christian architecture. Continue to Mtskheta, one of the oldest towns and the cultural and religious centre of Georgia. Mtskheta was the capital of the Eastern Georgian Kingdom of Iberia from the third century BC. Visit Svetitskhoveli Cathedral which may be translated as "The Life-giving pillar". Svetitskhoveli is the main cathedral of Mtskheta and a sacred place where the robe of Christ is being kept. Reach Tbilisi for overnight at hotel.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 9-10 hours
Driving distance: 250 km
Day 7, We: Tbilisi – free day (GEO)
 
Free leisure day in Tbilisi (guide and transportation are not provided). Please see the suggested day-long getaways:
Kutaisi Tour
Dmanisi and Bolnisi Tour
Khada Gorge Trekking
If you opt for staying in Tbilisi and relax, we have compiled the list of must-do activities.
We suggest visiting.
  • National Gallery on Rustaveli avenue to see paintings of famous Georgian artists Niko Pirosmani, David Kakabadze, and Lado Gudiashvili;
  • Tbilisi flea market at Dry Bridge where you can find antiquities, many of which are from the Soviet period, paintings of local artists, and hand-made Georgian souvenirs;
  • Recently renovated pedestrian David Agmashenebeli avenue full of historical buildings with beautiful facades made in art nouveau, pseudo gothic, classicism styles with mix of typical Georgian ornaments and balconies. All along the street there are plenty of cozy art cafés, gallery-shops, and wine bars;
  • Dezertirebi bazaar with local natural products such as Georgian sweets – churchkhela, dry fruits, various kinds of nuts, spices, and Georgian cheeses;
  • Funicular railway on Mtatsminda mountain and contemplate Tbilisi from view point;
  • Wander in Sololaki area full of Art Novae houses.
In the evening, you can visit famous Tbilisi sulphur bath houses and relax after a long day in a hot, naturally sulphur enriched water.
For those who are interested in culture, we suggest visiting State Opera House of Georgia and enjoy ballet or opera performance.
Day 8, Th: Tbilisi – Armenian border – Haghpat – Lake Sevan – Sevanavank – Yerevan (GEO/ARM)
 
At 09:00, our driver will meet you at your hotel in Tbilisi and transfer to “Sadakhlo-Bagratashen” Georgian-Armenian border point. Cross the border, meet your Armenian guide and driver to start the journey to the land of ancient traditions and oldest temples.
Drive to Lori region and visit UNESCO World Heritage Site Haghpat monastery. Stunning example of Armenian traditional architecture was erected in the 10-13th centuries. Standing on a hillside, Haghpat beautifully overlooks Debed River. Location of the monastery was chosen to protect peace and seclusion of the monks. Drive through Dilijan to the Lake Sevan, “The Jewel of Armenia” and one of the largest high-mountainous fresh water lakes in the world. The coastline of the Lake Sevan is rich with thick woods, white bare steep rocks, mountain steppes and Alpine meadows. Stop at Sevanavank to visit the remnants of the monastery that include two temples – Surb Arakelots and Surb Astvatsatsin standing among numerous khachkars, carved cross-stones. The buildings were constructed from black tuff which probably gave the monastery its name Sevanavank – “the Black Monastery”. The place opens up a magnificent view: the mountains surround lake from all sides and snow tops are seen almost on the entire perimeter and disappear behind horizon. Continue to Yerevan for overnight.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 9-10 hours
Driving distance: 370 km
Day 9, Fr: Yerevan – Etchmiadzin (ARM)
 
At 10:00, start city tour in Yerevan.
One of the oldest cities of the world, Yerevan is famous as a pink city and calls visitors with its humble and at the same time splendid landscapes. Visit Cascade Monument which was the main symbol of the city’s 2780th anniversary with the equivalent number of stairs. Mega scale staircase is 500 meters high and 50 meters wide. A panoramic view from the monument opens breathtaking city view with Opera House, Mount Ararat, Swan Lake, Republic Square, and Abovyan Avenue, which you will also walk by during the tour. Visit the Armenian Genocide memorial complex on the hill of Tsitsernakaberd. Continue to the Holy See of Armenia, Etchmiadzin. Visit Etchmiadzin Cathedral which is the residence of the head of Armenian Apostolic Church the Catholicos of All Armenians. Return to Yerevan for overnight at hotel.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 6-7 hours
Driving distance: 50 km
Day 10, Sa: Yerevan – Khor Virap – Areni cave – Noravank – Goris (ARM)
 
At 09:00 head to Khor Virap monastery (“deep pit”). According to the legend, St. Gregory the Illuminator, the Baptist of Armenia, had been kept here in the basement during 13 years for the disseminating of Christianity until tsar Tradt decided to adopt new religion. Monastery location allows you to enjoy the best views of the Mount Ararat. Drive to Areni cave complex, where in 2010 the earliest shoe was found. Continue to Noravank Complex situated on a ledge of a deep winding gorge. Noravank ensemble stands amidst the bizarre-shaped precipitous red cliffs.
Arrival in Goris at around 18:00. Overnight at the hotel.
Driving distance: 260 km
Day 11, Su: Goris – Tatev – Areni – Yerevan (ARM)
 
After breakfast at 09:00 check out from the hotel. Drive to Tatev Monastery (9-13th centuries). Approaching the jewel of medieval Armenian architecture on the longest aerial tramway in the world, you will see the monastery, the powerful impregnable stronghold towering on a rock. A remote location of the monastery was strategically favorable as it played the role of religious and political center of the region.
Depart back to Yerevan. On the way, stop in Areni, a town known for producing wine from pomegranate, apricots, and a variety of berries. Have a wine degustation at a local winery. Arrive in Yerevan at around 18:00. Overnight at the hotel.
Driving distance: 290 km
Day 12, Mo: Yerevan – Garni – Geghard – Yerevan (ARM)
 
At 09:00, depart Yerevan and drive to Garni, one of the major villages in Armenia famous for its fortress. The fortress is the only pagan sacred place from the 1st century that survived aggressive introduction of Christianity in the 4th century. Next stop is at the monastery complex Geghard  (“spear”). A beautiful landscape of Geghard is framed with towering cliffs. Decorative art cut into rocks reflect and explain Medieval Ages development in this part of the world. The complex appeared in the 4th century as a sacred spring inside the cave. Return to Yerevan. Free time.
At 19:00, enjoy farewell dinner at the traditional restaurant with folklore show program. Overnight at the hotel.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 5-6 hours
Driving distance: 80 km
Day 13, Tu: Yerevan – departure (ARM)
 
Check-out from the hotel till noon. Free time till transfer to Yerevan International Airport. End of the tour.
Driving distance: 10 km

Accommodation:

City

Hotels

Nights

Tbilisi

River Side, Ibis, Citrus, Coral Boutique

5

Telavi

Chateau Mere

1

Gudauri

Marco Polo

1

Yerevan

DoubleTree by Hilton, Tufenkian Historic

4

Goris

Mirhav

1

 

  • All transfers;
  • Accommodation based on double/twin room sharing, breakfasts included;
  • Sightseeing tour program in each country with local English-speaking guides;
  • Entrance tickets to sights as per itinerary;
  • Dinners: Tbilisi (day 4), Yerevan (day 12);
  • Three wine tastings: two in Kakheti, Georgia, and one at Areni wine factory, Armenia.
  • Full board (lunches and dinners);
  • Hotel charges for additional services;
  • Personal travel insurance;
  • E-visas to Georgia, Armenia.

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