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Armenia & Georgia - The Golden Ring of Caucasus 8 days / 7 nights

(Arrivals on Mondays)

ALL PRICES ARE NETTO, GIVEN IN USD

3* Alba Hotel
 Junior Suite – Double occupancy (min. 2 pax) 635
Junior Suite – Single occupancy  850
 Fee for 3rd adult / 6+ y. o. child on extra bed in DBL room  595
 Fee for 1-6 y.o. child  290
3* Artsakh Hotel / Silachi Hotel
 DBL – Double occupancy (min. 2 pax) 670
SGL – Single occupancy  865
 Fee for 3rd adult / 6+ y. o. child on extra bed in DBL room  660
Fee for 1-6 y.o. child  290
4* Ani Plaza / Diamond House / Imperial Palace
 DBL – Double occupancy (min. 2 pax) 735
SGL – Single occupancy  895
 Fee for 3rd adult / 6+ y. o. child on extra bed in DBL room  680
Fee for 1-6 y.o. child  290
4* Central Hotel
 DBL – Double occupancy (min. 2 pax) 775
SGL – Single occupancy  1080
 Fee for 3rd adult / 6+ y. o. child on extra bed in DBL room  670
Fee for 1-6 y.o. child  290

Prices include: ​

  • Accommodation in the selected hotel
  • Breakfasts
  • Transfers and transportation services per program
  • Guide service per program
  • Entry tickets per program

Supplement cost for extra nights (given per room per night on BB)

Alba 3* 60$ Junior Suite (Double occupancy), 60$ Junior Suite (Single occupancy)
Artsakh / Silachi 3*    60$ DBL, 55$ SGL
Ani Plaza 4* / Diamond House 4*   80$ DBL, 65$ SGL
Central Hotel Deluxe 4*  90$ DBL, 85$ SGL

Itinerary

Day 1 – Monday: Arrival in Yerevan. Transfer to the selected hotel.

O/N in Yerevan.

Day 2 – Tuesday: Yerevan - Lake Sevan - Dilijan (Haghartsin and Goshavank) - Yerevan

Breakfast at the hotel. Drive to Sevan, one of the greatest high mountainous freshwater lakes of Eurasia, climb on the peninsula from where the fascinating view on the Lake is open. Visit Sevanavank monastery, which stands in its greatness on the peninsula overlooking the lake for centuries.

During the drive you can enjoy the unbelievable change of the surrounding environment and land shaft from the mountainous lake to the green and rich forest mountains resort Dilijan or so called “Armenian Switzerland”, which is well-known for its forests as well as for its mysterious flora and fauna. Visit to Haghartsin Monastery complex, located in the secluded place of the forest. Haghartsin dates back to 11-13th century and represent a magnificent piece of history, culture and architecture. The place is so unique and the scenery with the nature surrounding it is so breathtaking that most of visitors are in awe. Appearing unexpectedly, out of the dense forests, in front of the visitors, the Monastery creates a magical impression of a lost world. Complex includes Church St. Stepanos, St. Mary and St. Gregory’s Church, as well as famous refectory. 

After visit one of the spiritual and cultural centers of medieval manuscript, Goshavank monastery. It was founded by the famous medieval spiritual figure, the jurist and fabulist Mkhitar Gosh on the territory of the ancient monastery of Getik, which was completely destroyed by the earthquake of 1186. Goshavank Monastery (11th -13 th cc), situated in the forest beautiful architectural treasure and is famous for the carved s tone, which is a rare monument that belongs to the series of “embroidered khachkars” (cross stone).

Drive back to Yerevan. O/N in Yerevan.

Day 3 – Wednesday: Yerevan - Garni - Geghard - Yerevan

Breakfast at the hotel. Drive to the only remaining pagan temple in Armenia devoted to the God of Sun – Myrth, in Garni, built in 77 AD by King Trdat (Arshakid Dynasty). Photo stop at Charentc Arc. The temple is Greco-Roman style with characteristic pillars. It stands proudly on a rocky ridge with a deep canyon presenting a beautiful view. The temple was a summer residence for Arshakid dynasty. Visit to the ruins of Royal Palaceand Royal bath-house nearby. Canyon of Garni -magnificent and outstanding scene which creates the image of falling crags. It obtained the name "Symphony of Stones" due to its view. The fantastic landscape of Garni canyon shakes the human imagination.

Drive to the unique caved temple St. Geghard (12th -13th cc.), the name of which means “holy spear” in the honor of the long-preserved spear, the same spear that pierced the body of crucified Christ. It is now exhibited in the museum of Etchmiadzin Cathedral. Geghard Monastery is included in the UNESCO World Heritage list (2000).

Watching of “Lavash” (Armenian traditional flat bread baked in stone-make oven) making process in a local village house.

Drive back to Yerevan. O/N in Yerevan.

Day 4 – Thursday: City tour - Erebuni Museum - Hand-Made Carpet Factory - Brandy Factory

Breakfast at the hotel. Visit to the fortress ruins of Erebuni, founded during the Urartian Kingdom by the King Argishti in 782 BC and the Erebuni museum (1968) with the Urartian period exhibits. The fortress has played a significant role for the Armenian Statehood. Erebuni has been renamed Yerevan since at least the 7th century A.D., when it was the capital of Armenia. Yerevan is currently 2797 years old and still counting.

Visit to Armenian handmade carpet factory with possibility to watch the production of the rugs which involve dyeing of the yarns by using vegetable dyes, weaving, shearing, finishing, etc. The factory has showroom where purchases are offered (shipping of rugs to your country is possible).

Yerevan sightseeing including City center, Republic square, State University, City panorama, Mother Armenia Monument, Parliament, President’s Palace, Opera, Sports & Concert Complex.

Visit to Cascade complex, which is considered the modern art center of Yerevan, with art pieces displayed throughout the whole area: the boulevard and up the stairs, from top of which you can enjoy the panoramic view on the city and Mountain Ararat. Cascade is home to Cafesjan modern art museum. This place becomes even more charming in the evenings, when it is full of people, both locals and tourists from all over the world, enjoying the magic and the warmth of the capital. You will enjoy spending time in one of the cozy open-air cafes surrounded by beautiful sculptures, redolent flowers shining brightly with magic colors. It is also a popular place for open air concerts at summer season.

Very interesting one hour tour around Armenian brandy factory offers tourists familiarization with the history of the plant, process of brandy preparation, showrooms and halls of storages. Visitors will also have degustation of 2 types of brandy of different age in degustation hall. Brandy shop at the factory territory will be available for purchasing of this famous Armenian brandy directly from the factory. O/N in Yerevan.

Day 5 – Friday: Yerevan - Khor Virap - Noravanq - Ancient “Birds’ Cave” - Areni - Yerevan

Breakfast at the hotel. Drive to Ararat valley, visit to Khor Virap Church – the place of imprisonment of St. Gregory the Illuminator, who stayed here in the small dungeon for 13 years without any food, accused by the Armenian King of preaching Christianity.

Khor Virap Church was built on the dungeon and now people have a chance to go down into the dark pit themselves. It is one of the holy places for the Christian world. It is also the best point to enjoy the most spectacular view of the gorgeous biblical mountain Ararat shining with its two white peaks.  The hills adjoining Khor Virap were the site of the early Armenian capital - ancient Artashat built by King Artashes I, founder of the Artashesid dynasty, around 180 B.C. It is one of the few ancient towns, built by the special design of the famous Carthaginian general Hannibal. After the defeat in a war against Rome, he found shelter in Armenia…

Drive through the spectacular canyon between the red rocks toward Noravank Monastery (13th c.). There is such an incredibly beautiful scenery along the road to Noravank that the visitors cannot resist stepping out of the vehicle and walk all the way to the Monastery with their cameras to enjoy and record the unique bizarre-shaped precipitous red cliffs.

On the way visit local winery in Areni village - wine testing.  Areni used to be one of the centers of wine production in Armenia. Recent archeological findings makes place worldwide famous.  In September 2010, archaeologists discovered a 6,100-year-old 5 winery and wine cellar in Areni (Vayots Dzor province) in Armenia. Within the underground wine cellar, a wine press for stomping grapes, fermentation and storage containers, drinking cups, grape vines, skins, and seeds were found. This is the earliest winery and wine cellar found to date. The findings indicated large scale wine production, quite possibly the earliest retail winery.

Drive back to Yerevan. O/N in Yerevan.

Day 6 – Saturday: Yerevan - Tbilisi city tour

Breakfast at the hotel and check-out. Early morning drive to Tbilisi. Pass border formalities at Bagratashen/Sadakhlo Armenian/Georgian border. Reach Tbilisi. Lunch.

Tbilisi (literally "Warm Spring") is the capital and the largest city of Georgia, lying on the banks of the Mt'k'vari River, founded in the 5th century by Vakhtang Gorgasali. Tbilisi is a significant industrial, social and cultural centre of Georgia. Located strategically at the crossroads between Europe and Asia and lying along the historic Silk Road routes, Tbilisi has often been a point of contention between various rival powers and empires. The history of the city can be seen by its architecture. Tbilisi sightseeing tour includes: Old town: Metechi church and the statue of king Vakhtang Gorgasali (founder of Tbilisi -5th century); Abanotubani, the ancient district of Tbilisi, known for its sulfuric baths; Narikala fortress; Sharden street, Synagogue, Sioni Cathedral, The Holy Trinity Cathedral, known as Sameba, which is the main Georgian Orthodox Cathedral listed among the largest Orthodox churches in the world; Shota Rustaveli Avenue. Transfer to the hotel. O/N in Tbilisi.

Day 7 – Sunday: Tbilisi - Mtskheta - Jvari - Akhaltsikhe - Vardzia - Yerevan

Breakfast at the hotel and check-out. Drive to Mtskheta, one of the oldest cities of Georgia, the capital of the early Georgian kingdom of Iberia during the 3rd century BC - 5th century AD and site of early Christianity. Visit Svetitskhoveli Cathedral (11th century) and Jvari Monastery (6th century). Lunch. Drive to Akaltsikhe, the and biggest town of Samtskhe-Javakheti. Akhaltsikhe means ‘New Castle’ in Georgian. Visit Rabati fortress (12th century) that combines ortodox church, mosque, catholic church, Armenian church and and Synagogue.

Drive to cave town Vardzia (12th century), one of the most important and impressive historic monuments in Georgia founded by Queen Thamar in 12 th centuary. It is located at the altitude of 1300 meters above sea level. There are more than 300 caves.

Driving to Yerevan through Georgian/Armenian border Sadakhlo/Bagratashen. O/N in Yerevan.

 

Day 8 – Monday: Transfer to the Airport. Departure.

Breakfast at the hotel. Check-out before 12:00. Transfer to the airport for departure flight.


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