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Just south of the Caucasus mountains are two countries where many cultures have clashed for thousands and thousands of years. Formally part of the Soviet Union but independent since 1991, Georgia and Armenia are situated at the crossroads of Europe and Asia.

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Package Includes:

 

  • Accommodation:


4 overnights in Yerevan
1 overnight in Jermuk
1 overnight in Dilijan
4 overnights in Tbilisi
1 overnight in Kazbegi
1 overnight in Kutaisi
1 overnight in Telavi

 

  • Transfer: Airport/Hotel/Airport
  • Transportation with driver
  • Guide services throughout the program
  • Meals: HB (All Breakfasts, 12 x Lunches, 2 x Dinners)
  • Welcoming dinner on the first day
  • Entrance fees to the museums and sights
  • Boat Trip on the Lake Sevan
  • 1 bottle of water per person per day in Armenia


Not Included:

 

  • International Air - for discounted air rates please call Sunny Land Tours at 1-800-783-7839.
  • Travel insurance
  • Armenian visa fee $7.50 USD
  • Meals except described
  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Entrance fee to Stalin Museum (approx. 7 USD p.p.)
  • Wine tasting fee at a winery in Georgia.
  • Other services unless specified in the itinerary

 

A visa and valid US Passport with 7 months validity from the date of entry is required to travel to Armenia.

Visa Application


It is very easy to get an Armenian visa, fill in the attached application form and bring it along with a valid passport. Several different visas are available at Armenian ports of entry; though the most commonly issued type is a single-entry visa valid for 21 days for a fee of 3,000 Armenian Drams (about 8 USD) which may be obtained on arrival at Zvartnots International Airport or when crossing land borders into Armenia. No letter of invitation is required.

 ITINERARY

 

DAY 1: Arrival

 

Arrive at the airport. Meet and greet, transfer to the accommodation.
Meals: (--/--/--)
Overnight: Yerevan

 

DAY 2: Yerevan City tour – Paradjanov Museum – History Museum – Vernissage

 

Start tour in the capital of Armenia and explore the important sightseeing places of 2794 years old Yerevan city. Visit Sergei Paradjanov Museum, it is a tribute to one of the greatest figures of 20th-century world cinema. Museum of S. Parajanov houses for about thousand works: collages, drawings, assemblages, dolls. History museum of Armenia represents an integral picture of the history and culture of Armenia from prehistoric times (one million years ago) till our days. In the end of the day we go for shopping in Vernissage an open air museum with full of art, carpets, old collections of coins and medallions, jewelry, music, books, carved wood, lace, embroidery, ceramics, posters, tools, parts for electronics and even pets (opened only in weekends). Welcome dinner in one of the traditional restaurants in Yerevan.

 

Meals: (B/L/D)
Overnight: Yerevan

 

DAY 3: Yerevan – Matenadaran – Garni – Havuts Tar – Geghard – Yerevan

Visit the Institute of Ancient Manuscripts - Matenadaran the state repository that holds one of the world's richest depositories of medieval manuscripts and books. Drive to Kotayk province and visit Garni fortress (3rd-2nd cc.BC) the summer residence of the kings and Garni temple (1st c.) which is the only survived pagan temple of heathen culture in Armenia. Nowadays the ruins of the royal palace and the bathroom with a stunning mosaic work can be found near the temple. Visit Havuts Tar (11-13th cc.) monastery located in Khosrov Forest State Reserve a few kilometers away from the temple of Garni. It is an impressive walled monastery, half ruined, on a promontory across the Garni river gorge from Goght. Northeast of Garni, higher up the gorge of Azat River, there is an outstanding monument of medieval Armenian architecture - Geghard monastery (4-12th cc.) listed as UNESCO World Heritage Site. Return to Yerevan.

 

Meals: (B/L)
Overnight: Yerevan


DAY 4: Yerevan – Tsitsernakaberd – Zvartnots – Echmiadzin – Ashtarak Winery – Yerevan

Visit Tsitsernakaberd Monument designed to memorialize the innocent victims of the first Genocide of the 20th century. Visit Genocide museum. Depart for the spiritual and administrative headquarters of the worldwide Armenian Church. On the way visit Zvartnots (means "celestial angels") 7th century temple is a wonderful architectural masterpiece. The remnants of Zvartnots, even in ruins, are a majestic sight. Continue and visit St. Hripsime church (7th c.). Hripsime was a Christian nun who refused to marry the roman emperor and left to Armenia. Visit the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin (302-303 AD) the oldest state-built church in the world and the seat of the Catholicos. These sights are listed among the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The road takes us to Ashtarak one of the oldest cities of Armenia with numerous historical and cultural monuments that allowed the town to retain the flavor of the ancient and beautiful Armenian town on the left bank of Kasagh River along the gorge. Visit Wine factory and taste local wine. Drive back to Yerevan.

 

Meals: (B/L)
Overnight: Yerevan

 

 

DAY 5: Yerevan – Khor Virap – Noravank – Villager host – Kechut Reservoir – Jermuk

Start a historical tour to Khor-Virap monastery (4- 17th cc.). Take the opportunity to enjoy a beautiful view to the biblical Ararat Mountain, were Noah's arch cast anchor. Khor-Virap monastery (means «deep dungeon») rests atop a little hill; it is where Grigor Luisavorich (St. Gregory the Illuminator) was imprisoned for 13 years before adapting Christianity as a state religion in 301 AD. Continue and visit Noravank 13th c. (means “New Monastery”) a masterpiece of Armenian architecture which is situated in a narrow gorge and encircled by tall, sheer, brick-red cliffs highlighting spectacular nature of Vayots Dzor province. Visit local family and get acquainted with special wine making technology of family business. After a nice host drive to Kechut reservoir and admire with the beauty of incredible landscape. In the end of the day drive to Jermuk a spa town in Vayots Dzor Provine.

 

Meals: (B/L)
Overnight: Jermuk

 

DAY 6: Jermuk – Selim Pass – Noratus – Lake Sevan – Dilijan

Take a short walk in Jermuk city which is a major first-rate health resort zone and recreational area in Armenia, possibility to use the ropeway. Drive through the Selim Pass (2410m) and visit the Caravanserai built in 1332, by Prince Chesar Orbelian. It used to be an important trade point on the famous Silk Road in order to accommodate weary travelers and their animals as they crossed from, or into, the Selim Mountains. Drive across Lake Sevan and visit Noratus Cemetery a medieval cemetery with a large number of early khachkars (cross-stones) dating back to 10th century. Finally we reach Lake Sevan the largest lake in Armenia and the Caucasus region. It is also one of the largest fresh-water high-altitude lakes in the world. This huge mountain lake is situated at an altitude of about 1,900 meters above sea level. Enjoy a Boat Trip on the Lake Sevan. Visit Sevanavank 9th c. in the peninsula which used to be an island before. Note that the track leading to monastery consists of 220 stairs. Passing Sevan-Dilijan tunnel we appear in the fabulous forested resort town of Dilijan.

 

Meals: (B/L)
Overnight: Dilijan

 

DAY 7: Dilijan – Haghartsin – Haghpat village – Sanahin – Bagratashen Border – Tbilisi

Start day in the surroundings of green Dilijan and visit Haghartsin monastery (10-14th cc.) nestled in a temperate rainforest on a mountainside. It is one of those spots in Armenia that feels like you are walking through a huge, unreal movie set. Drive to Haghpat village and visit an eco-paradise house a place of rest, green and fresh. Visit medieval Armenian monastery complexes of Haghpat (976 AD) and Sanahin (966 AD) which are inscribed in UNESCO world heritage list. Drive to Bagrataseh (Sadakhlo) border to transfer to Georgia. Change of guide and transportation. Drive to Tbilisi.

 

Meals: (B/L)
Overnight: Tbilisi

 

DAY 8: Tbilisi

Tbilisi, capital of Georgia from the 5th century AD, has a long and fascinating history. Founded in the 4th century by King Vakhtang Gorgasali on the site of its warm mineral-water springs – it developed into the main city of the Caucasus. By the 12th century Tbilisi was one of the most important political, economic and cultural centres of the Middle East. It stood as a key stop on the famous Silk Road - right on the border between Europe and Asia (west and east). Tbilisi’s Old Town, the most ancient part of the city, is renowned for its wonderful mix of cultures. The mosque, the synagogue, the Armenian and Roman Catholic churches mingle harmoniously with the splendid Georgian churches and architecture. The wooden houses with open, carved balconies seem to welcome every visitor. The balmy sulfur baths have hosted poets, writers, musicians, kings down through the centuries. Looking down on the city are Mtatsminda (Holy Mountain) and the 4th century Narikala Fortress, excellent for views on the swirling river Mtkvari (Kura) and this city of so many ages and nationalities. Full-day city tour of Tbilisi with visits to the Old Town, Metekhi Temple, 12th c. “Abanotubani” – the baths area, Narikala, - The main fortress of Tbilisi. Walking through narrow streets, along which some carpet and souvenir shops are situated. We will continue excursion in the old town. We visit the Sioni Cathedral 11th c. Anchiskhati Church 6th c. Visit the National Museum. Visit Rustaveli Avenue, the main street of Tbilisi. We explore other sites of the city.

 

Meals: (B/L)
Overnight: Tbilisi

 

DAY 9: Tbilisi – Mtskheta – Kazbegi

We start our trip by driving to Mtskheta. Mtskheta, the ancient capital of Georgia is situated 20km from Tbilisi. Historians date the town back to the 2nd millennium B.C. Mtskheta was the capital of Georgian Kingdom of Iberia between 500BC - 500AD. Here Georgians accepted Christianity in the beginning of the 4th century. The town and its architectural monuments are listed as the World's Cultural Heritage sites by UNESCO. Visit Jvari Monastery (6th c.) and Svetitskhoveli Cathedral (11th c.). We continue driving along the Georgian Military Highway, the historical road leading north into the Caucasian Mountains. It passes the spectacular Ananuri fortress (16th – 17th cc), where we have excursion. Then we drive along the sides of the dramatic Aragvi River Valley up to the Jvari Pass (2395m) on the Greater Caucasus and then down into Kazbegi (1700m). Surrounded by gigantic mountains Kazbegi is a picturesque settlement overlooked by the biggest of all - Mount Kazbek (5047m) - one of the six 5000 metre peaks of the Caucasus. According to the legend, Prometheus was chained on the Mount Kazbek. Walk up to the Sameba Church beautifully situated on the hill above the hill and providing splendid views of Mt. Kazbek. Overnight in Kazbegi (or in Gudauri) at the hotel.

 

Meals: (B/L/D)
Overnight: Kazbegi

 

DAY 10: Kazbegi – Gori – Uplistsikhe – Kutaisi

Drive to Gori, a historical town. Today the town is mainly known for its huge Fortress and as a birthplace of J. Stalin. Drive to Uplistsikhe cave town dated to 7th c. BC. It contains a large central hall for pagan rituals, living rooms and a church of the 9th century. We journey to western part of Georgia to Kutaisi. Overnight in Kutaisi at a guesthouse.

 

Meals: (B/L/D)
Overnight: Kutaisi

 

DAY 11: Kutaisi – Sataplia National Reserve – Gelati – Tbilisi

In the morning we visit Sataplia National Reserve known for footprints of dinosaurs. Visit also the caves with stalactites. Kutaisi, dated back to the Argonauts times (13th -12th cc. B.C), was the capital of old Colchida and later of Western Georgia. Visit Bagrati Cathedral (11th c,) and Gelati Monastery, founded in the 12th century by the most famous Georgian King David the IV, the Builder (1073 – 1125). Here he founded an academy and monastery, which became the foremost centre of education in Georgia. The unique murals of saints and Georgian monarchs are inside the main Virgin Cathedral. These sites are included in the World's Cultural Heritage of UNESCO. On the way to Tbilisi visit Ubisi church (9th c.). Return to Tbilisi.

 

Meals: (B/L)
Overnight: Tbilisi

DAY 12: Tbilisi – David Gareji – Signagi - Telavi

Trip to Kakheti province; We explore David Gareji Monastery. situated in Gareji semi-desert southeast of Tbilisi. Walk up to Udabno Monastery to explore unique frescos of the 8-13th c. and cave architecture. Walk down to “Lavra” where the monks live. We visit Signaghi, a beautiful hill-town providing panoramic views of the Alazani Valley and the Eastern Caucasus Mountains.

 

Meals: (B/L)
Overnight: Telavi

 

DAY 13: Kakheti – Tbilisi

Kakheti, Georgia’s famous wine district, lies due east from Tbilisi is a land dotted with fine old churches and vineyard after vineyard. Near Telavi we visit Tsinandali Park. A Short sightseeing of Telavi. Excursion to Gremi architectural complex of the 16th c. Visit Alaverdi Cathedral (11th c), and Shuamta Monastery (5th – 16th cc). Optional: We offer visit to one of the wineries in or around Telavi to taste some of the best sorts of Georgian wines. Return to Tbilisi.

 

Meals: (B/L)
Overnight: Tbilisi

 

DAY 14: Departure
Transfer to the airport. Have a safe flight home.
Meals: (B)

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Hotels Used or Similar:

Location:

3* Hotels

4* Hotels

Yerevan (4 Nights)

Hotel Silachi or Hotel Regineh

Ani Plaza Hotel or

Armenian Royal Palace

Dilijan (1 Night)

Toon Armeni Guest House,

Hotel Haghartsin or

Getap Hotel Complex

Best Western Paradise Hotel

Jermuk (1 Night)

Verona Rest House, Hotel Ani,

Nairi Hotel or Hotel Central

Verona Rest House, Hotel Ani,
Nairi Hotel or Hotel Central

Tbilisi (4 Nights)

Hotel Tori or similar

Courtyard Marriott Hotel

Kazbegi (1 Night)

Hotel “Iliauni Kazbegi”

Hotel “Iliauni Kazbegi”

Kutaisi (1 Night)

Family run guest house with private bathroom

Family run guest house with private bathroom

Telavi (1 Night)

Hotel “Rcheuli Marani

Hotel “Rcheuli Marani

 

 

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