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A visit to Georgia and Armenia is an unique experience! The countries will enlighten you with its beauty, charm and majestic. On this 10 day itinerary you will visit Tbilisi, the capital of Georgia. but also the old legendary city of Mtskheta, where the most important cathedral is located - Svetitskhovli. Finally, you will visit Armenia and its capital, Yerevan. Here you will visit the village of Garna that bears the same name as the ancient pagan temple and has been awarded the UNESCO heritage award.
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Arrival to Lagodekhi, meeting with guide/driver, we will visit the nunnery of Bodbe, a significant pilgrimage site in Georgia due to its association with St Nino. 3km away are St Nino’s spring, believed to have been created through St Nino’s prayers and believed to have strong healing powers. We’ll then move on to the highlight of today’s tour - a visit to Signagi, the so-called “city of love”. Packed full of 19th century architecture Signagi resembles an Italian city with its Mediterranean-style colorful, small houses and narrow old streets. With views over the Alazani valley to the Caucasus on the horizon the town is a very pleasant place to while away an afternoon. Here we will have master classes of Georgian Snickers Churchkhela with lunch + wine degustation. After the tour we will return to Tbilisi. Dinner at the national restaurant.
After breakfast, you will meet your guide at the hotel lobby and start your personal discovery of Georgia with the city tour of its capital. First stop will be at glorious Sameba – the main cathedral and the tallest religious building of the country. Another “must see place” for today is Metekhi Church located in the neighborhood of the same name, gracefully situated on a cliff above Mtkvari river. Your guide will take you to the new Rike Park to make a photo-stop on The Bridge of Peace which is a modern structure designed by Italian architects and recently became one of the new symbols of the city.
One of the highlights for today is a visit to Narikala – ancient fortress, where the stunning views over the city will be opened for you. You will go up on the comfortable cable car and get down by foot through the narrow and authentic streets of the Old Town, among them the newly renovated Shardeni kucha – the street which never sleeps, an entertainment cluster of Tbilisi.
After the city tour, you will have time for lunch break. Today we prepared for you another splendid place to visit - the historical suburb of Tbilisi. You will see Mtskheta – the old legendary capital of Georgia. Here is located the most important cathedral – Svetitskhoveli, which inspired many Georgian poets and artists. Then you proceed to Jvari Monastery, previously a pagan temple turned into Christian church. This place gives you an opportunity to enjoy the exceptional scenery and make photos of the amazingly beautiful nature. In the evening return to the hotel and spend the rest of the day on your own. Arrival back to Tbilisi.
Dinner at Georgian restaurant with folk show. Overnight.
Breakfast in the hotel. Check out. Departure to Uplistsikhe – the impressive cave-city in the Eastern Georgia, which used to be a significant cultural center before the Christian era. The name Uplistsikhe literally means “The God’s Castle”. Lunch at local restaurant.
Afterwards we will drive to Borjomi. Borjomi is an incredibly beautiful place, comfortably located in a beautiful valley of the Mtkvari River. Here you will visit the famous park Borjomi. Moreover we will have the possibility to taste real Borjomi water right from the spring. Arrival to Akhaltsikhe, hotel accommodation with dinner.
Breakfast in the hotel. Check out. Today you’ll visit Rabati castle. Transfer to Tbilisi, Lunch on the way, hotel accommodation. Free day, dinner at the hotel.
Check out. Transfer to the border Sadakhlo. You will meet your guide at the border and start the personal discovery of Armenia. People looking forward to experiencing natural scenery, through outdoor activities while caring about the sustainability and the impact on the environment of these activities, will find their happy place in Armenia.
Dilijan entices people with its unforgettable beauty and mild climate. The city stretches on the banks of Aghstev river, surrounded with mountains and forests. Dilijan has the fame of a health resort. The warm sun, fresh air and natural spas have great healing influence on people. Dilijan is also rich in interesting architectural monuments. Haghartsin monastery situated in the woodlands of Tavush region represents an indescribable example of blend of nature with architecture. It was founded in the 10-11th centuries, though new buildings were added in the 12-13th centuries. Now it consists of St. Grigor, St. Astvatsatsin (Holy Mother of God), St. Stepanos churches and some other buildings.The refectory due to its skillful architectural composition is of great interest. The huge oak tree, which is almost at the age of the monastery, completes the whole scene.
The fascination and the pearl of mountainous Armenia is Sevan Lake, which is one of the world's greatest high altitude fresh-water lakes. It is about 1900 m above sea level. The lake is of volcanic origin and is surrounded with mountains of 3000 m and higer. The beautiful landscape and the crystal water serve nice preconditions for excellent rest.The lake is also famous for its peninsula and medieval church complex built in 874. A marvelous scene opens in the north-western part of Sevan Lake, where the peninsula towers over the transparent surface of the lake. Sevanavank monastery was built on the peninsula in 874 by the order of king Ashot Bagratuni's daughter princess Mariam. The silhouette of the churches against the background of the turquoise lake and blue sky casts unexplainable impression on the visitors.
Yerevan is the capital and the biggest district of Armenia; one of the most ancient cities in the world. It is 2.793 years old. The name of the city refers to Erebuni Fortress of Urartu. In 1918 it became the 14th in history capital of Armenia. Yerevan is 900-1400 meters above sea level. The image of today’s Yerevan is formed according to Alexander Tamanyan’s plan of 1924 – the city, build in accordance with the unified plan of church architecture. Free time for shopping and sightseeing. Yerevan is famous as a pink city and calls visitors with its humble and at the same time splendid landscapes. One of the famous tourist attraction is Cascade Monument which was the main symbol of the cities 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 up breathtaking city view with Opera House, Mount Ararat, Swan Lake, Republic Square, and Abovyan Avenue. If it is a weekend, visit Vernissage, the biggest souvenir market in Yerevan. In the center you can find many restaurants, cafes and shops.
In the lives of our renowned medieval authors, special emphasis is put on their book-learning and ceaseless efforts to collect old manuscripts, create new ones, summarize and reassess the spiritual heritage of the past. Their devoted activity set an example for the future generations.
Ararat Brandy Factory – you will have an exceptional opportunity to visit the factory’s museum, get acquainted with the legends of ARARAT cognac, the 120-year history of the creation of the Armenian cognac, and see the ancient Armenian barrels and medals that adorn the long-term cellar. In addition, they will be given the opportunity to taste the unique varieties of cognac “THREE STARS” and “NAIRI”.
During the tour you will get a unique opportunity:
ü visit the factory museum, get acquainted with the legend of Armenian brandy, find out what Ararat cognacs were 100-120 years ago, who loved to drink this life-giving drink and what medals adorn the fabulous legend.
ü visit an aging shop, familiarize yourself with the conditions in which cognacs are stored, find out which celebrity has its own personal barrel and enjoy the unique aroma of the “vault”.
spend an unforgettable time in the tasting hall, enjoying the refined taste and rich aroma of cognacs.
One of the most unusual places in Armenia, the village of Garni that bears the same name as the ancient pagan temple, is situated on 37 km from the center of Yerevan. Before the adoption of Christianity, the architecture in Armenia was interrelated with the Hellenistic style. This is evidenced by Garni, executed in this elegant manner with a characteristic colonnade on all sides and located on the top of a hill divided from the mountain range by a deep gorge. The temple was restored in 1976 and welcomes a multitude of tourists daily to this day. Since 2011, it has been awarded the UNESCO heritage award. The picturesque mountains, steep gorge and endless echo to be heard again and again, fascinate and ask to return.
Not far from the temple of Garni (about 10 minutes’ walk), there is a cozy local restaurant with an amazing view of the temple, where you can relax and take part in master-class of tasting of freshly baked lavash – traditional Armenian flatbread.
Once approaching Geghard, the tops of the crosses and the church itself will not be the first thing to notice, as that place will belong to music. The musicians are right the ascent to the church, always playing, welcoming guests with joy and loud national music. The air is filled with the aroma of national delicacies, such as dried fruit, sweet sujukh and honey, yet once you climb up the hill, you will be shocked by what you see. You will appear in front of the gates, leading to the temple of Geghard, completely carved out of the mountain.
This masterpiece of Armenian medieval architecture amazes with its detail and antiquity. Geghard is a complex consisting of the main chapel, two cave halls, and tombs. There is a cold spring in the first cave hall, which to this day captures the attention of the visitors. It is believed that its holy water heals diseases, rejuvenates and gifts beauty. Literally translated, Geghard means “holy spear” in memory of the spear kept in it, which had wounded Jesus Christ at the Crucifixion. It is also included in the UNESCO list of heritage since 2000. The nearby flowing Azat River hypnotizes with its murmur, pigeons hover over the church, and the coolness from the gorge gives strength to continue the path to new discoveries and impressions.
“We shall come and erect here, A well of purest light!”
These are the lines to begin both the quatrain of one of the Armenian Catholicos Sahak Dzoroporetsi (677-703) and our tour to this unique complex, consisting of several churches of the residence of the Catholicos and the ruins of the Zvartnots temple. Ejmiatsin is a small spiritual capital filled with silence and history. The first stone was laid in 303 and since then the cathedral has undergone significant changes, redevelopments and restorations, yet remained the main sacred place for all the Armenians and an important point of visit for Christians. Relics such as the right hand of Saint John the Baptist, the Holy Lance and the three particles of the cross upon which Jesus Christ was crucified are kept here.
The name translates literally as “The Descent of the Only Begotten”. According to legend, the first patriarch Grigor the Illuminator had a dream of Christ descending from heaven with a fiery hammer in his hand and indicating the place for the cathedral to be built. Everything from the bell ringing to rose bushes and quiet alleys of gardens with dense trees through which the tops of the churches are visible, is saturated with harmony and tranquility. The Ejmiatsin complex comprises three more churches built in memory of the holy martyrs, namely Saint Gayane, Saint Hripsime and Saint Shoghakat.
On our way to Yerevan after the excursion to Ejmiatsin, we offer our guests another destination point. Zvartnots - “Temple of the Vigil Angels” (translated literally), is included in the UNESCO heritage list and is unique with its architecture and preserved details. Until the beginning of the 20th century, the ruins of the temple were known only from written sources; shortly afterwards, however, the temple was excavated from under clay layers and restored. It is a vivid example of Armenian architecture of antiquity today. We guarantee unique photos and a wonderful completion of the tour.
During this excursion you will travel to south through the vast plains of Ararat to visit Khor Virap Monastery. As we continue on our way the plains give way to undulating hills as we start making our way into the mountains. We pass through the wine-making village of Areni where we stop at a local winery to taste the best wine in Armenia. Continuing on our way, the scenery becomes more mountainous and we head into a spectacular gorge where we make a stop at the picturesque Noravank Monastery, taking pride of place in a lofty position overlooking the gorge below.
Khor-Virap – the most famous pilgrimage destination in Armenia, since it was directly connected with the adoption of Christianity in 301 thanks to the torture of St. Gregory the Illuminator, who, before the conversion of King Tiridates to Christianity, was thrown into a dungeon, where he spent about 15 years in prison. In the 17th century, the monastery of Khor Virap was built above the dungeon. From the monastery, the biblical Mount Ararat is clearly visible.
We pass through the wine-making village of Areni where we stop at a local wine factory to taste the best wine in Armenia.
Noravank – The monastery complex of Noravank is located on a ledge of a winding deep gorge of a tributary of the Arpa River, near the village of Amagu, Vayots Dzor region. The bizarre masses of sheer red rocks surrounding Noravank are amazing. In the 13-14 centuries the monastery became the residence of the bishops of Syunik, which turned it into a major religious, and then cultural center of Armenia. The oldest building of Noravank , which has reached us in ruins, is the church of St. Karapet, IX-X centuries. To the north of it is the main temple, also dedicated to St. Karapet, built in 1221-1227.
Transfer to the airport and depart from Yerevan
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