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Stonehenge - The Oldest In The World

  Duration: 10 days / 9 nights; Tour Type: Cultural, Historical; Best Period: May - October; Distance to be passed: 1300 km; Country: Armenia See more details

Holy Mount Ararat

Duration: 9 days / 8 nights; Tour Type: Cultural, Historical; Best Period: May - October; Distance: ~1080 km; Country: Armenia See more details

Guaranteed Departures

Duration: 8 days / 7 nights; Tour Type: Cultural, Leisure; Best Period: according to set dates; Distance: ~500 km; Country: Armenia See more details

Armenia – Top Destination of the year

Duration: 8 days / 7 nights; Tour type: Cultural, Historical, Wine; Best Period: March - November; Distance to be passed: ~1150 km; Coutnry: Armenia See more details

ARMENIA UNESCO

Duration: 8 days / 7 nights; Tour Type: Historical, Wine, Cognac, Hiking; Best Period: May - October; Distance to be passed: ~1550 km; Country: Armenia See more details

Following the Great Silk Road

Duration: 8 days / 7 nights; Tour Type: Silk Road, Cultural, Historical, Wine; Best Period: May - October; Distance to be passed: ~1050 km Countries: Georgia, Armenia See more details

Feel The Road from Armenia to Karabakh

  Duration: 14 days / 13 nights; Tour Type: Jeeping, Historical, Adventure, Wine Best Period: May - October; Distance: ~1900 km; Countries: Armenia, Nagorno-Karabakh See more details

Pearls of Caucasus

Duration: 13 days / 12 nights Tour type: Cultural, Historical, Wine, Gourmand Best Period: March - December Distance: Countries: Armenia, Georgia See more details

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Pearls of Caucasus

Duration: 13 days / 12 nights

Tour type: Cultural, Historical, Wine, Gourmand

Best Period: March - December

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Countries: Armenia, Georgia

Day 1/Arrival – Yerevan City Tour (Matenadaran, Brandy Factory, Erebuni Museum)

Meet and transfer to the hotel. Check in at the hotel. Later we will drive to explore the pink city of Yerevan. The pink and ancient and at the same time cheerful city welcomes all its visitors in all its modesty and luxury. This ancient city is 29 years older than Rome. The city has witnessed four settlement phases from the end of the 4th millennium BC to the beginning of the 2nd millennium BC. Lying on the main trade routes between East and West, Yerevan was constantly fought back and forth during the course of the time. You will enjoy your time in the fascinating weather of the sunny Yerevan while walking around Cascade Monument. It has 2780 stairs designating the 2780 anniversary of the capital city. If you walk up the “huge staircase” of 500 meters height and 50 meters width, you can enjoy the wonderful panorama of the city with the spectacular Opera House, Mount Ararat as well as the view to the whole city. We will then pay a visit to the depository of ancient manuscripts Matenadaran. This unique institution is a major center for study and preservation of Armenian works of ancient literature. Now it protects about 16477 surviving materials and around 300,000 archive documents, among them about 2500 fragments collected in the depository. Later we will drive to the castle museum Erebuni. Later we will taste the legendary Armenian cognac in the Brandy Factory in Yerevan. You will learn the history and techniques of cognac production in the homeland of cognac. Dinner in the most favorite traditional restaurant with a folk show. Overnight in Yerevan.

 

Day 2/Yerevan – Echmiadzin – Zvartnots – Khor Virap – Yerevan

After breakfast at the hotel, we will start the UNESCO tour in the region of Armavir, by paying the first visit to the Holy See of Armenian Catholicos (UNESCO) - 4th century. It is the oldest church in Armenia, and one of the oldest churches around the world. We will later drive to the monastery of Khor Virap with a stop near the 7th century temple Zvartnots (UNESCO). The structure stands out among others with its unique architectural solutions. After about an hour drive you can enjoy the best view to the Biblical Mount Ararat at Khor Virap Monastery. This is the very place where Christianity was spread in Armenia in 301 AD, and the very place where the first Armenian Catholicos Gregory the Illuminator was jailed for long 13 years for disseminating Christianity in Armenia. Dinner and overnight in Yerevan.

Day 3/Yerevan – Garni – Geghard – Miracle Cave - Genocide Museum – Yerevan

After breakfast at the hotel, we will explore the top tourist attractions of Armenia: Garni Temple (a pagan temple built in 1st century, the only survival of the Hellenic epoch in the whole territory of the Caucasus) and the Monastery of Geghard (UNESCO). The monastery was first recorded in a document of 1250. Geghard is famous due to the relics, among which the most important one is the spear which had wounded Christ on the Cross presumably brought there by the Apostle Thaddeus. Here in Geghard, you can also watch the process of “lavash” making in the traditional underground oven “tonir”. We will drive back to Yerevan with a stop at the Miracle Cave, a miraculous subterranean cave of 21 meters depth. After descending 80 stairs you find yourself in a round hall, in a pavilion decorated with candles. Each person should enter here individually and making a wish they should light a candle. As the master used to say, a candle lit here by all means serves its purpose and the wish comes true. It took more than two decades to the Master to build this cave-shrine. This cave is often compared with the Noah’s Ark and considered to be the second ark which is to save the humanity not from flood but from fire. In Yerevan we will pay a visit to the Genocide Museum on Tsitsernakaberd Hill. Dinner and overnight in Yerevan.

Day 4/Yerevan – Areni – Noravank – Tatev – Goris

After breakfast at the hotel we will start the tour visiting the Areni Wine Factory for degustation of delicate Armenian wine. Armenia is famous with its deeply rooted wine making culture, that comes from old times and the secrets of this marvelous country are still being explored. The discovery of 6100 year old winery in this region is a perfect proof for that. The winery discovered in the village of Areni quite recently in 2007 is the oldest proved winery facility in the world. The archeological expeditions in this area have discovered numerous relics of wine producing culture in Armenia including various fermentation vats, wine press, storage jars, pottery shards of different sizes, metallic and stone artifacts, remains of clothing and many other things referring to wine making and the household of those times. In fifteen minutes’ drive we will appear in a most unusual and peaceful spot. The whole magic of Noravank (13th century) trip attracts a traveler just at the point of turning the road to Monastery. The narrow road leading to the monastery is blocked by beautiful rocks on both sides. And after a few minutes’ drive you will appear on the rock where the complex is situated. Once there high above the main road you have the impression as if you are in heaven, and if you stretch your hand you will touch the sky. Here you will have an opportunity to have lunch in a natural cave café. Continue the tour to Syunik region, famous with its captivating nature and numerous historic sites with the 9th century Tatev Monastery being one of them. Perched atop the Vorotan River Gorge, this monastic complex was an important political stronghold and one of Armenia’s most advanced medieval universities hosting students in humanitarian sciences. Because of its forbidding location, it was once hard to access, but now a 5.7 kilometer long cableway (Wings of Tatev) has been built to take visitors to the monastery, offering an exciting journey with breathtaking views of the river gorge bellow. All this truly makes the monastery of Tatev a world class destination. Dinner and overnight in Goris.

 

Day 5/Goris – Khndzoresk – Stonehenge – Selim – Noratus - Sevan

After breakfast at the hotel we will start the tour in the captivating nature of Syunik Province, 8 km away from the town of Goris. Here you can find yourself in the past and see the cave dwellings that the primeval people lived in. Surprisingly though, people still lived there some 50-60 years ago notwithstanding the development of science and life in general. The sight is called Khndzoresk, a place where a visitor can feel as if the time stopped at some point in the past just for us to admire all the beauty of the wildness. The caves, many of which were carved by men, were used not only as dwellings, but also as a military base. According to an Armenian Catholicos, the houses were situated 20-30 meters far from each other and the inhabitants had to go up and down with the help of ropes. The roof of each cave house was kind of a garden for the other making the impression of a block of flats. In about a 40 minutes’ drive, we will explore another ancient site: Stonehenge or Karahunj. This archeological site, which dates back to the second millennium BC, is spread on a rocky promontory near the city of Sisian in the province of Syunik 1770 meters high above the sea level. Thus, we can boast of having the oldest astronomical observatory ever found in the history even older than the British Stonehenge and even the pyramids in Egypt. This is another evidence of primeval civilization in Armenia existing from times immemorial, when neither Mesopotamia, nor Egypt, nor any other civilization on earth existed. Continue the tour exploring some Silk Road Trails, particularly we will pay a visit to the Selim Caravanserai driving along the rapid turns and enjoying the breathtaking view all around, up and down. Built along the Selim Pass, the caravanserai once hosted the weary travelers and their beast of burden passing by. This unique architectural monument of Medieval Armenia is a splendid relic of the days when Armenia was a crossroad for economical, cultural and military affairs. Drive to Sevan with a stop at Noratus Cemetery. Many khachkhars in the cemetery of Noratus, date back to the 13-17th centuries, and the oldest one was carved in 10th century. The cemetery is spread over a seven hectare field containing almost one thousand khachkars each of them depicting unique ornamentation. Several tombstones in the cemetery depict carved scenes of weddings and farm life. Dinner and overnight in a small farming and fishing village 126 km north-east of Yerevan, on the shore of Lake Sevan, in a most tranquil, calm and relaxing place.

 

Day 6/Sevan – Sevanavank – Goshavank – Haghartsin– Lori

After breakfast at the hotel we will enjoy the pearl of Armenia, Lake Sevan. Lake Sevan has a unique combination of great size, high mountain location, and comparatively “soft water”. Lake Sevan is one of the greatest freshwater high-mountain lakes of Eurasia. It is located at about 2000 meters above the sea level. Here you will have an opportunity to taste the fish from the lake. We will then explore the summer residence of the Favorite Armenian King Ashot the Iron (Ashot Erkat) – Sevanavank Monastery (9th century). Continue the tour driving to the wonderfully forested region of Dilijan to enjoy the 19th century appearance of the town. This wonderfully forested region is rich in mineral waters. Some of them are compared with Wichi in France and Davos in Switzerland. Dilijan is “the Switzerland of Armenia.” Visit Haghartsin Monastery (10-13th c.c.). This monastery has its special place in the culture and architecture of Armenia. Visit the Monastery of Goshavank (13th century). Goshavank used to be a medieval university with a depository of monastery books. The group will be transferred to the region of Lori for dinner and overnight in a “medieval castle” by the river, that sits along Debed River, nestled among the forest-covered hills and rocky slope of Caucasus Mountains.

 

Day 7/Lori– Haghpat – Sanahin – Dsegh – Tbilisi

After breakfast at the hotel, we will explore the UNESCO Heritage of Historoical Armenia - the monasteries of Sanahin (10th century) and Haghpat (10th century). During the period from the 10-13th centuries, Sanahin was an important and reputable center of learning, where humanitarian sciences and medicine were taught. Scientific treatises were written, paintings and miniatures were created here. As for Haghpat, it was here in this holy site, that the great Armenian poet Sayat-Nova had lived and created his wonderful songs and poems. Continue the tour visiting the village of Dsegh. Here you will visit the house museum of a renowned Armenian writer Hovhannes Tumanyan. The house is a typical example of an old Armenian village. Drive to Bagratashen – Sadakhlo border. After border formalities transfer to Tbilisi. Dinner and overnight in Tbilisi.

 

Day 8/Tbilisi City Tour - Mtskheta Sightseeing

Journey starts with the exploration of the oldest parts of the capital city Tbilisi, which has diverse heritage of centuries saved for us at one spot: Tourists will embark on a walking tour of the city, passing through the old quarters and the centre, with its famous sulphur springs along the Mtkvari River. The location of today’s capital Tbilisi was chosen because of its natural hot sulphure baths, now found in the heart of the city. Traditional houses with balconies and grape vines accompany our stroll towards Narikhala the 4th century fort with an exquisite view to the city, oldest churches (Metekhi 13th c, Anchiskhati 6th c, Sioni 6-17th centuries), synagogue, mosque, sulfur baths which have left unforgettable impressions on Duma, Pushkin and Lermontov. Tbilisi will show you the surprisingly diverse heritage of centuries saved at one spot. 19th c houses and wooden multi-colored balconies will bring us to famous Peace Bridge, as well as to main Rustaveli Avenue, where we’ll have leisurely walk to explore diverse architecture of the city, from baroque to modern styles. Rest of the day will be remarkable for sightseeing in ancient capital city Mtskheta. This cosy and inspiring town is located 30 kilometers away from modern capital city. Georgia's conversion to Christianity occurred in Mtskheta in 337 AD. ST. Nino erected the first Christian cross and the first churches were built here, thus Mtskheta is considered one of Georgia's most important religious centers. Here you can visit important UNESCO protected sights - Jvari Monastery (6th c.) perched on a cliff and being one of the first Christian churches built in Georgia, and Svetitskhoveli (11th c.) - Cathedral where the robe of Christ is claimed to be buried. According to legend, Christ is thus expected to appear here on the day of reckoning to speak to the people. Dinner and overnight in Tbilisi.

 

Day 9/Tbilisi - Khazbegi - Tbilisi

On that day we’ll head to picturesque town of Khazbegi. The picturesque town of Khazbegi (also known as Stephantsminda) is located in greater mountains of Caucasus. Heading along the Military Highway to Khazbegi, visitors of this magic land can enjoy beautiful scenery of Jinvali reservoir and visit Ananuri architectural complex (13-17th centuries), famous for its unique art carvings and providing marvelous views to the overlooking the reservoir. The gigantic mountain slopes here protect sour springs, Cross pass at 2379m above sea level and monument decorated with artistic mosaic and left as heritage after communism era. The road to Gergeti Trinity church leads up the beautiful valleys and woodlands in bright colors of the season. The church located at 2170m above sea level, and faces one of the highest and picturesque glaciers in the Caucasus - Mt Khazbegi (5047m). Dinner and overnight in Tbilisi.

 

Day 10/Tbilisi - Gori - Kutaisi

Today we’ll have a journey in the 1st millennium BC by visiting ancient Uplistsikhe Cave Town with architectural complex of dwelling quarters, wine-cellars, bakeries, ancient pharmacy and even theatre hewn out in rock; cave town is also a place where the Great Silk Road used to pass. During the lunch we will taste the most delicious Georgian cuisine. The explorers of new cuisine will taste for the first time the variety of the vegetables lightly mixed with walnut, herbs, spices and assorted cheese. The recipes for the most popular dishes like “satsivi”, “chakapuli”, “shkmeruli” and “chikhirtma” are firmly preserved among Georgians, passing from generation to generation. Gourmands will appreciate artistically mixed fresh fish with garlic and spices, traditionally wrapped in the walnut leaves, and they will certainly enjoy the wine, every kind different in taste and typical only to the province where it was born. Each day the guest will taste the various and extremely healthy foods of Georgians, who are known abroad for their longevity. Before heading to the second largest city of Georgia- Kutaisi, we’ll have a chance to see birthplace of Stalin and visit his museum. Dinner and overnight in Kutaisi

 

Day 11/Kutaisi - Tbilisi

Day starts with waking up in the city where Legendary Argonauts arrived and where myth of Golden Fleece was born. The driving will be accompanied by beautiful stories about Georgian customs, traditions and myths. When God apportioned the Earth to all the peoples of the world, the Georgians arrived late. The Lord asked them why they were tardy. The Georgians replied that they had stopped on the way to drink and raise their glasses in praise of Him. God was so pleased with their response that He gave the Georgians the part of the Earth that He had been reserving for himself. A visit to Georgia will confirm that this legend is true indeed. You will be surprisingly astonished the natural paradise you see here, eastern enigma and western elegance. Later on sights of UNESCO - Bagrati cathedral, as well as Gelati monastery, where the most important king of Georgia - David the Builder is buried, will be waiting for us to share their stories all the way from 11- 12th cc. On that day, we’ll also visit Prometheus Grotto and explore wonders created by nature itself - stalactites and stalagmites. Dinner and overnight in Tbilisi.

 

Day 12/Tbilisi - Sighnaghi - Velistsikhe - Tsinandali – Tbilisi

Today we’ll drive to Kakheti region – cradle of wine and best vineyards of Georgia. At arrival in the region, sightseeing in town of love - Sighnaghi - 18th c. fortified city. Sighnaghi is an 18th century fortified city and one of the smallest towns with a population of 2,146. Sighnaghi's economy is dominated by production of wine and traditional carpets. The town is also known for its landscapes and historical monuments and has recently turned into an important center of Georgia's tourist industry. The town serves as an open air museum after restoration due to its unique architecture; this town also presents some of the most breathtaking views on fertile and famous Alazani valley. In the morning we will have a walking city tour of this “middle-ages” city. For lunch we’ll be guests at traditional Georgian family wine-cellar, where we’ll degustate national dishes and homemade wine. We will best enjoy wine tasting, experience Georgian hospitality, traditions and the attitude of Georgians to the “blessed liquid”. You will get to know Georgian toasts that are numerous but the most important and popular are the toasts to the guests, friends, ladies, family members, relatives, and the mother land. Afterwards, visiting 19th c famous Duke and Poet - Chavchavadze’s palace-museum with unique garden. Later, drive back to Tbilisi. Dinner and overnight.

 

Day 13/Departure

Transfer to the airport. Farewell.