This tour reveals the treasures of Armenia
Two Early Christian Countries: Georgia & Armenia
This tour starts in Georgia and continues to Armenia. You will visit World Heritage Monasteries, unique painted churches, cave towns, stunning gorges and valleys, ethnographic and historical museums, art galleries and more …
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This educational tour starts by acknowledging the high achievements of early Georgian Medieval Architecture represented in Mtksheta, UNESCO world heritage site, follows the north to the Georgian Military highway and leads to Stepantsminda (*former Kazbegi). The historical road literally crosses the geographical border of Europe and Asia at the height of 2379 m. via Jvari pass on the Great Caucasus range and connects south Caucasus countries with Russia.
After fresh mountainous air of Stepantsminda and exploration of 14th century Gergeti Trinity chuch with view of Mt. Kazbeg 5047 m. tour continues to neighboring country, Armenia also rich with UNESCO heritage sites and remarkable architecture. Exploring Haghpat and Sanahin monasteries of 10th century, two masterpieces of Armenian architecture and educational centers in medieval times. Next stop to beautiful Dilijan resort and town; passing the “Molokan” minority villages, who are Russian peasants refused to obey the rules of Russian Orthodox church at the end of the 17th century and call themselves “True Spiritual Christians”.
This tour reveals the treasures of science of Armenia from the 5th century kept at Matenadaran museum, built by architect Alexander Tamanyan (1878-1936). This center represents a great variety of exhibitions most of which are the extensive works of Gafesjian. Trip to Armenia, covers as well major religious and pilgrimage sites of UNESCO heritage, such as Etchmiadzin Cathedral, 7th – 12th century Geghard Monastery, Garni Pagan Temple a 1st century AD located in the gorge formed by Azat river with stunning views of the surrounding. The latest, is the only pagan temple that remains after Armenia officially adopted Christianity.
Making a loop and crossing Georgia from Bavra check-point, visit Vardzia rock-hewn city, spectacular monastery of mediaeval period containing over six thousand apartments, church, throne room, and a complex of irrigation system. The city was created for defense purposes and had secret tunnels and entrances from Mtkvari River. Vardzia is remarkable as well for preserved frescoes of unique importance among which the most exiting is the fresco of famous Queen Tamara 12th -13th centuries, the founder of the complex. This authentic route leads us to the historical place -Uplistiskhe rock-hewn city, known from 1st millennium BC – a complex of rock cut halls, temples, passage streets, wine pressers, tunnels where Hellenistic period is mixed together with early Christian Age, upper and lower class hierarchy dwellings.
The tour ends in Tbilisi – the capital from 5th century still keeping the style of Georgian traditions.
Be inspired of two neighboring, but still distinguished cultures!
- Full Board
- All accommodation
- All domestic transfers
- Comfortable bus service
- Tour guide and assistant
- First Aid Kit
- Entrance Fees & Local Guides
- Bottled Mineral Water
- Visa or Visa Fees
- Single Supplement
- Medical expenses and insurance
- Re-booking of hotels
- Alcoholic Drinks
- Special Meals
- Items of Personal Nature
- Extra Sites
- Items not mentioned in program and detailed itinerary
Arrival in Tbilisi. Overnight in Hotel.
Highlights of Tbilisi & Mtskheta
Breakfast in hotel. Sightseeing tour of Tbilisi, 5th century, extraordinary city with turbulent history, elegant and remarkable architecture. Walk through old town, Sulfur Bathes, Narikala fortress from 4th century, Anchiskhati basilica from 6th century and the National Museum of Georgia.
Continue to Mtskheta, the town significant for its cultural monuments dated back from 5th century the UNESCO world heritage site. Drive to the north to Ananuri castle, epicenter of numerous battles from 13th century. Today attracts visitors with its unique architecture and perfect location. Continue drive to the north to ski resort Gudauri. Overnight at hotel.
Explore the Great Caucasus Range
Breakfast in hotel. 1 hr drive to Stepantsminda through panoramic landscape, crossing geographical border of Europe and Asia at 2379 m. Jvari pass. After arrival in Stepantsminda, start 2 hr hiking up or *optional 4WD drive to Gergeti trinity church located at 2180 m. dated to 14th century. Return to Gudauri. Dinner and overnight at hotel.
Drive to Armenia
Breakfast in hotel. Transfer to Georgia – Armenia border Sadakhlo. After border formalities trip continues to Armenia. Visit of Haghpat complex from 10th century a UNESCO world heritage site and Lake Sevan. Continue to Dilijan resort. Overnight at hotel in Yerevan.
Visit the Capital of Armenia
Breakfast in hotel. Visit Matenadaran – the museum of ancient manuscripts Cascade and Gafesjian centre of arts – where the works of the representatives of the contemporary art are represented. Head to Etchmiadzin Cathedral the UNESCO world heritage site, the main cathedral of Armenians. On our way to Yerevan stop to the ruins of Zvartnots Cathedral, the UNESCO world heritage sight. Dinner and overnight at hotel in Yerevan.
Garni and Geghard Monasteries
Breakfast in hotel. Explore the UNESCO heritage sites: Geghard Monastery a unique rock-hewn complex from 7th – 12th centuries, the Garni temple from 1st AD the only pagan temple available nowadays after adoption of Christianity. Drive back to Yerevan for dinner and overnight
Welcome Back to Georgia
Breakfast in hotel. Return back to Georgia via border at Bavra. Drive to Vardzia cave city -the spectacular rock-hewn monastery of mediaeval period with hidden entrances, containing over six thousand apartments, church with preserved frescos, throne room, and irrigation system. Continue drive to Borjomi resort, famous for mineral springs. Dinner and overnight at hotel.
The Most Ancient Settlement in Georgia
Breakfast in hotel. Drive to 12th century Timotesubani church. Heading to the town of Gori – famous for being a birthplace of J.Stalin. Visit Stalin’s museum and birth house. Excursion to Uplistiskhe rock hewn settlement known from 1st millennium BC – a complex of rock hewn halls, temples, prisons, wine pressers, secret tunnels. The place is recognized as one of the ancient settlements of Georgia, where Hellenistic period is mixed together with early Christian age. Drive to Tbilisi. Transfer to hotel for overnight.
Wine & Architecture
Breakfast in hotel. Day Trip to Kakheti region, famous for vineyards and wine producing villages. Explore the spiritual and architectural heritage; visit old Shuamta monastery complex from 7th century, 11th century Alaverdi cathedral and 12th century Ikalto monastery and the former academy. Trip continues to the center of Kakheti, Telavi. Small sightseeing tour with coffee stop. Depart to Sighnaghi royal town built in 18th century, surrounded by fence with 23 gates related to great Silk Road. Tasting of local, organic wines yields sympathy and joy. Return back to Tbilisi. Overnight at hotel.
Transfer to Tbilisi international airport.