Arrival in Yerevan
Arrival in Yerevan and transfer to the selected hotel.
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Arrival in Yerevan and transfer to the selected hotel.
Breakfast at the hotel. The panoramic tour of the city includes a visit to the Republic Square: State University, Opera, Parliament and the Presidential Palace. Opera and Ballet Theater. Visit to the Genocide Monument, dedicated to the victims of 1915, and the Museum of Genocide.
Visit of the institute and Museum of Matenadaran where there are ancient guardians and precious manuscripts. Visit the Cascade complex, which is considered Yerevan Modern Art Center, with artwork exhibited throughout the area, from whose top you can enjoy a beautiful view over the city. This place becomes even more charming at night when it is full of locals and tourists from all over the world.
Visit the handmade Armenian rugs factory. Here you can see the production of carpets both in the traditional Armenian style and the modern ones, to go shopping in the gallery, as well as to observe the process of changing the carpets knowing the dyeing and natural processing technologies. You can also visit the museum of ancient carpets.
Lunch at the factory's restaurant where visitors will be able to participate in the preparation of typical Armenian food dishes - "Ghapama" (literally means "cooked in a covered pot"). It is prepared by making a cavity in a pumpkin and filling it with layers of rice, chopped pumpkin, nuts and dried fruits. Visit the Armenian Central Market. Overnight in Yerevan.
Departure for Etchmiadzin, the spiritual and administrative center of the Armenian Apostolic Church, where the seat of the Catholicos (father church) of all Armenians is located. Visit to the Cathedral of Etchmiadzin, which dates back to the 4th century, which in 2000 was included in the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Armenia became the first nation to adopt Christianity as a state religion in 301. For centuries religion was the most important way to save Armenian identity. Before returning to Yerevan stop for a visit to the ruins of the grandiose Palatine Cathedral of Zvartnots dating back to the VII sec. called the Church of the Vigilant Forces.
Zvartnots Temple, which collapsed due to an earthquake between 930 and 1000, gave rise to a striking scenario of splendid remains from the long excavation campaign of the early 20th century, revealing its complete architecture and archaeological significance. Return to Yerevan. Overnight in the hotel.
Breakfast at the hotel. Departure for Garni, the center of the Hellenistic culture of the country and the ancient summer residence of the Armenian royals. The temple was built in the 1st century BC by King Tiridate I of Armenia and was probably devoted to god Mitra. The temple lies on the edge of a deep gorge.
The place is known for its basalt columns called "Symphony of Stones". The temple was a summer residence for the Arshakid dynasty. Visit the ruins of the royal palace and the bathroom near the temple. Following, visit the impressive Ghegard rock monastery (XIII sec): the name means "spear temple"and according to tradition there was a fragment of the spear with which the centurion traversed Jesus, which is now displayed in the museum of the Etchmiadzin Cathedral.
Geghard Monastery is part of the UNESCO World Heritage List. It is a masterpiece of medieval Armenian architecture. Lunch in a local home with a chance to watch the lavash baking ceremony - traditional Armenian bread prepared in the underground oven called "tonir". Return to Yerevan. Overnight in Yerevan.
Breakfast at the hotel. Departure for Khor Virap Monastery located in the vast Ararat Valley, where traditionally Noah's Ark fell on the ground. Visit of the Khor Virap Monastery where the First Cattolicos of all Armenians (Supreme Patriarch) was imprisoned. The monastery rises on the place where St. Gregory the Illuminator was imprisoned for thirteen years, after which Gregory, baptizing King Tiridate III, made Armenia the first Christian nation in the world.
The site was visited by Pope John Paul II during his visit to Armenia in 2001 and Pope Francis in 2016. Optional: Small representation of the Armenian traditional musical instrument, the duduk (also known as Tsiranapoghletterously, "apricot flute"). After that the local musician will describe the origin, the symbolism of the national instrument. The duduk's enveloping music can be heard in the soundtrack of many Hollywoodian films such as "The Gladiator" and others.
After visiting Khor Virap you continue for the Noravank Monastery, which was a very important cultural and religious center in the 13th century. Departure for the village of Areni famous for its particular type of grape that is called Arenas. Visit to the Arena Winery and wine tasting. Return to Yerevan. Overnight in Yerevan.
Breakfast at the hotel. Departure for Lake Sevan at 1900 meters above sea level, which certainly represents one of the most beautiful and scenic spots in Armenia. Visit the Sevanavank monastery (IX century) on the peninsula, with two monastery churches that dominate it and offering a remarkable panoramic view.
Cruise on Lake Sevan. Departure for the Tavush region. Arrival at Dilijan, a famous holiday area covered by green forests and hills that extend over the terraced highlands surrounded by the mountain ranges of Bazum and Pambak, with a renowned mineral water and a nature reserve.
The huge monuments of this area include the magnificent 11th-century monastic complex of Haghartsin with its three churches: St. Gregory the Illuminator, Saint Stephen and the Virgin Mary, which is one of the most important sites in the area. Departure for the border, arrival and customs clearance. Departure for Tbilisi. Overnight in Tbilisi.
Panoramic tour of the city of Tbilisi, Georgia's capital and largest city, located on the banks of the Mtkvari River. It was founded in the 5th century by Georgian King Vakhtang I Gorgasali. Tbilisi, whose architecture represents a synthesis of Eastern and Western culture, is the industrial, social and cultural center of Georgia.
The city offers a wide variety of monuments, most of which are ancient. In the ancient part of the city you can visit the church of Metekhi (XII century). Visit Narikala Fortress where we climb on the funicular. We will visit Abanotubani, (literally "Sulfur Springs") the old Tbilisi district, known for its sulfur baths. Possibility to make baths in sulfur baths. Walk along Rustaveli Road, the main road in Tbilisi. Overnight in Tbilisi.
Breakfast at the hotel. Departure for the Kakheti region, renowned for its vineyards. Departure for Signagi - an ancient city, also known as the "City of Love", built on a hill overlooking the valley of Alazani is surrounded by the city walls. For over 200 years the city has managed to preserve its original appearance and offers visitors the beautiful views of the mountains of the Great Caucasus.
Visit to the museum of Niko Pirosmani. Continuing towards Bodbe monastery - with an original 9th century building that was significantly altered in the 17th century. The monastery is today a convent of nuns and a pilgrimage site in Georgia. Return to Tbilisi. Overnight in Tbilisi.
Breakfast at the hotel. Departure for Mtskheta - one of Georgia's oldest cities. Mtskheta has many very old buildings, which became part of the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1994. Among these buildings is worth remembering: the Cathedral of Svetitskhoveli (from the eleventh century), hosting the tunic of Jesus Christ, and the Monastery of Jvari (6th century).
Departure for Ananuri. Visit to Ananuri Castle, home to the Dukedom of Aragvi, a feudal dynasty that ruled the area from the 13th century. In 2007 it was included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. Depart for Kazbeghi crossing the "Jvari Pass" (2379m above sea level). Exploration of the area beautifully situated on the hill.
Visit a local family. Culinary masterclass of one of the most famous Georgian dishes - the Khinkali (meat and spice stuffìings). 4x4 rental on site to reach the church of the Trinity of Gergeti, a notable monument of Georgian architecture, near the village of Gergeti, located at a height of 2170m below the Kazbegi mountain (elevation 5033). Return to Tbilisi. Overnight in Tbilisi.
Transfer to the airport and end of tour.
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