The 11-day Georgia and Armenia tour combines the most bewitching sites of the first Christian country of the world, Armenia, and the cradle of delicious wine, Georgia. It is a balanced mix of nature, religious sites, cultural heritage, and local cultures. Discover the Caucasus Range, authentic wine cellars of Kakheti region, narrow streets of Tbilisi, secrets of Yerevan, wonders of Lake Sevan, and many memorable places with the 11-day Georgia and Armenia tour.
You will start your journey in Georgia with Tbilisi city tour at Metekhi church and monument to Vakhtang Gorgasali, the legendary founder of Tbilisi. Take a 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, and the clock tower of famous Rezo Gabriadze Theatre, and the Bridge of Peace to Rike Park.
In the evening, enjoy traditional dinner at Georgian restaurant. Overnight at the hotel.
*As Udabno is located on the territory of Georgia-Azerbaijan border, the access to the monastery is subject to current safety situation at the border.
Take to trip: appropriate footwear, water, raincoat, torch, suntan lotion & hat.
Please note that in May snakes become more active and make their reappearance in the semi desert.
Drive to Lori region and visit UNESCO World Heritage Site Haghpat monastery. Stunning example of Armenian traditional architecture was erected in 10-13th centuries. Standing on a hillside, Haghpat beautifully overlooks Debed River. Location of monastery was chosen to protect peace and seclusion of its monks. Drive through Dilijan and to Lake Sevan, “The Jewel of Armenia” and one of the largest high-mountainous fresh water lakes in the world. The coastline of 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 Karapet , standing among numerous khachkars. The buildings were constructed from black tuff which probably gave the monastery its name Sevanavank – “the Black Monastery”. The view from there is simply magnificent: 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.
In the evening, enjoy dinner and traditional folklore show. Overnight at hotel.
*The site is currently under conservation works. Observation of the Cathedral is possible from the outside
Continue to Areni, a city known for producing famous Armenian wine from pomegranate and apricot. Have a wine degustation in a local winery. Drive to Tatev Monastery (9-13 cent.). 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. Such a remote position of it was strategically favorable as the monastery was simultaneously religious and political centre of the region. Standing on the edge of the rock, the monastery takes your breath away: somewhere down below the river flows in the valley and crowded velvet green hills stand in silence… Arrival in Goris at 18:00, accommodation at hotel.
Arrive in Yerevan, check-in to hotel. Free time. Overnight at hotel.
- 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;
- Dinner in Tbilisi (day 1), and Yerevan (day 7);
- Wine tasting in Kakheti region, Georgia.
- Full board (lunches and dinners);
- Hotel charges for additional services;
- Personal travel insurance;
- Tips are not included, but would be appreciated.