Highlights of Caucasus

Day 1 SUN: Arrival to Yerevan

Meeting in airport and transfer to the hotel. Check in and overnight at hotel. 

Day 2 MON: Yerevan city tour - Echmiadzin - Zvartnotz  (B/L/D)

City tour of Yerevan. The history of Yerevan dates back to the 8th century BC. Visit Tsitsernakaberd memorial park and Genocide museum. Departure to Echmiadzin , which is mere 20 km from Yerevan. Etchmiadzin Cathedral is known as the center of the Armenian Church and appears to be one of the world's first Christian churches. Legend has it that it was here that Jesus Christ descended from heaven to show were he wanted a church built. So Echmiadzin means “The only-begotten descended”. The Church was built between the years 301 - 303 AD. Lunch in a local community tasting home made dishes. Return to Yerevan with a stop at the ruins of Zvartnots temple - the pearl of the 7th c. architecture which is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage.

Overnight at the hotel in Yerevan.

Day 3 TUE: Yerevan - Garni – Geghard - Matenadaran (B/L/D)

Departure to Garni Temple. The citadel and pagan temple of Garni is a picturesque monument of the Hellenistic period and an impressive piece of ancient Armenian architecture. After proclaiming Christianity as a state religion in Armenia in 301, the temple was probably used as a summer residence of the kings. Enjoy the vocal concert in the temple. Lunch at a local house in Garni where you will have opportunity to watch Armenian national bread “lavash” baking and barbeque making process in the underground stove called “tonir”. Northeast of Garni, higher up the gorge of the Azat River, there is a magnificent monument of medieval Armenian architecture - Geghard monastery inscribed in UNESCO World Heritage list. Geghard is another incredible ancient Armenian monastery, partly carved out of a solid rock. Return to Yerevan. Visit the famous manuscript depository of Matenadaran. 

Overnight at the hotel in Yerevan.

Day 4 WED: Yerevan - Lake Sevan – Dilijan - Haghpat or Sanahin – Armenia/Georgia border Sadakhlo -Tbilisi (B/L/D)

Departure from Yerevan to  Lake Sevan, which is about 1900 m above sea level and is the second highest freshwater lake in the world. The monastery peninsula is the most popular spot, and is the closest place to visit as well.  Drive to Dilijan which is one of the famous resort areas in Armenia. People say, "If Paradise had mountains, woods, and mineral springs, it would be just like Dilijan". Proceed to the architectural Haghpat Monastic complex (976 AD) which is among the outstanding works of medieval Armenian architecture and is inscribed in UNESCO World Heritage list.

Lunch in a local restaurant.

Minivan  and guide change at the Sadakhlo\Bagratashen border at about 17:00. Transfer to Tbilisi.

Welcome dinner and overnight st hotel in Tbilisi.  

Day 5 THU: Tbilisi – Mtskheta - Tbilisi (B/L/D)

After breakfast enjoy sightseeing tour of Tbilisi: visits to Metekhi church (12th-13th cc) - cross cupola church, part of the Royal residential complex; Narikala Fortress(4th c)-main citadel of the city;  District of Sulphur bathhouses; Sioni Cathedral - dated to7 th-19th cc; Walking tour in the Old town and along Rustaveli Avenue.

Lunch at a local restaurant.

Explore Mtskheta, one of the oldest towns and the cultural and religious centre of Georgia.

It was the capital of the Eastern Georgian Kingdom of Iberia from the third century BC. Located at the confluence of the Aragvi and Mtkvari rivers Mtskheta was a crossroad of many trade routes. Today it is designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is a living museum, with many architectural and historical monuments.

Jvari Church (6th-7th cc) - a masterpiece of the early Medieval Period. This example of classic tetra conch design with all its miniature size, strikes the viewers with its grandeur and integrity.

Svetitskhoveli Cathedral that may be translated, as The Life-giving pillar” is the main church of Mtskheta and a sacred place where the robe of Christ is being kept 11th cc.

Drive back to Tbilisi.

Overnight in Tbilisi

Day 6 FRI: Tbilisi – Bodbe – Sighnaghi – Tsinandali - Tbilisi (B/L/D)

Today we will explore picturesque and the most fertile part of Georgia - Kakheti, which borders the Great Caucasus range from the north Alazani Valley, summits of which are over 3,000 m.

This region is known as a birthplace of viticulture and wine-making. The reach land, burning sun and hard work have developed about 500 varieties of vine in Georgia. The history, culture and lifestyle of Georgians are embodied in Georgian wine. It is a symbol of Georgian hospitality, friendship, tolerance and a key to the mystery of Georgian longevity.

Visit to Bodbe nunnery complex that was founded during St. Nino's earthly life, in the first part of the fourth century. During the Middle Ages Bodbe Convent represented ecclesiastical and cultural centers of the country.

Enjoy breathtaking views of Kizikhi area and unusual Charm of Signagi Royal Town. Have a walk in narrow streets of the town in shadow of wooden balconies richly decorated with the lace of carved ornaments. Tour of Signagi including the Georgian Hand Knitted Carpet Factory & Museum.

Wine tasting  and lunch at “Pheasant’s Tears” in Signagi.

Drive to former Alexander Chavchavadze family residence with a marvelous garden, house museum, park and winery dating back to the 19th century.

Drive back to Tbilisi. Overnight in Tbilisi.

Day 7 SAT: Tbilisi (B)

Breakfast at the hotel. Check out. Transfer to the airport. End of the tour

Inclusions:

  • *3 overnights in Yerevan,
  • *3 overnights in Tbilisi,
  • *Transfers and Transportation throughout the program in a A/C car or minivan,
  • *English or Spanish speaking professional guide  throughout the program,
  • *Entrance fees  to the sites and museums as per program,
  • *Food as per program without alcohol beverages,
  • *wine tasting at the local winery in Kakheti.


Dates of departures in 2015:

26.04.15 – 02.05.15

10.05.15 – 16.05.15

24.05.15 – 30.05.15

07.06.15 – 13.06.15

28.06.15 – 04.07.15

12.07.15 – 18.07.15

26.07.15 – 01.08.15

09.08.15 – 15.08.15

23.08.15 – 29.08.15

06.09.15 – 12.09.15

20.09.15 – 26.09.15

04.10.15 – 10.10.15

Hotels of the tour:

  • Yerevan, Armenia: Marriott Hotel Yerevan (5*) or similar,

The place to be in Yerevan... Yerevan is a vibrant blend of commerce, culture and antiquities dating back as far as 782 B.C. And framing a portion of its stately Republic Square is the Armenia Marriott Hotel Yerevan the most luxurious accommodations in Yerevan and a tribute to modern hospitality. Here, you'll be met with a superior level of service and amenities throughout the hotel, including 24-hour room service, well-equipped fitness center and medical SPA. Many of the elegantly furnished guest rooms offer astonishing views to Mount Ararat or Republic Square, and feature the new bed from Marriott, with down comforters, designer duvets and fluffier pillows, as well as high-speed Internet access and a comfortable sitting area. Experience a variety of culinary delights from Italian to Middle East in one of our famous restaurants. Our Yerevan hotel offers the largest event space, which can host a dynamic meeting or a romantic wedding, with 7 rooms totalling 1,152 square meters of space.

Armenia Marriott Hotel Yerevan is the only internationally managed hotel brand located right on Republic Square, business & cultural center of city.

Our Yerevan Hotel features 226 spacious guest rooms, including 11 suites; 2 executive floors & lounge with superior service and the city center views.

  • Tbilisi, Georgia: Marriott Tbilisi Hotel (5*) or similar.

Among hotels in Tbilisi, Georgia, the glass-clad Radisson Blu Iveria offers guests a unique location along the picturesque Mtkvari River and just a stroll from the metro. Visit ancient Narikala Fortress, beautiful Metekhi Church and Old Town’s narrow alleys and charming balconied houses.

This Tbilisi accommodation showcases a sleek, sophisticated vibe and spectacular views of old or new Tbilisi from 249 spacious rooms and suites. All rooms offer an open, relaxed feel with neutral colours, modern furnishings and vibrant accents. Other features include a flat-screen TV, hot drinks facilities and a free bottle of water.

A rich buffet breakfast is served each morning. Guests need not venture far to enjoy some of the finest Tbilisi restaurants. The hotel’s Filini restaurant satisfies the senses with fresh takes on authentic Italian cuisine. Savour an after-dinner drink at sky-top Oxygen Bar or sip a cup of gourmet coffee or a relaxing nightcap at Surface Bar. For unrivalled city views, enjoy a summer meal on the Iveria Terrace.

From multilingual concierge services to a world-class spa, guests of the Radisson Blu Iveria Hotel, Tbilisi experience an upscale stay. Enjoy the convenience of a business centre and the relaxation of an indoor pool. Visit the hotel’s art gallery by day and kick back in the evening at the casino’s 3,100 square metres of games and slots.

Terms and Conditions on the tour:

  • all departures are considered as guaranteed if min 2 pax booked on the tour,
  • the maximum number of passengers in each group is 16 pax,
  • deadline for reservations on the tour is 30 days prior the arrival date.