Timeless Treasures

Unveiling The Hidden Gems Of Armenia And Georgia
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Overview

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Tour type
May — October
Period
15 days
Duration
6-12
Group
12+
Age
GT012
Program code
  • Dive into the rich history of two ancient Christian Caucasus countries, Armenia and Georgia
  • Connect with welcoming locals to uncover their distinct cultures and traditions
  • Explore ancient Yerevan and the Erebuni Museum-Reserve
  • Visit UNESCO-listed Geghard Monastery and Garni pagan temple
  • See picturesque Armenian monasteries and fortresses
  • Experience vibrant Tbilisi and spiritual Mtskheta
  • Discover Georgian wine region, Kakheti
  • Marvel at UNESCO-listed Svaneti region and Ushguli village
  • Explore charming Batumi, the "Pearl of the Black Sea"

Embark on a mesmerizing journey through the breathtaking landscapes, rich culture, and timeless history of Armenia and Georgia, two captivating countries nestled in the heart of the Caucasus. On this 15-day adventure, you will wander through ancient cities, explore UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and delve into the unique traditions that define each nation. Discover Armenia, the world's oldest Christian country, with its stunning landscapes and deeply rooted history. Experience the wild beauty of Georgia, a land of rugged mountains, ancient history, and diverse cultures.

Throughout the tour, you will have the opportunity to savor exquisite local cuisine, sample delectable wines, and learn about the distinct cultures and traditions of these enchanting countries. This unforgettable journey will leave you with memories to last a lifetime and a profound appreciation for the soul of the Caucasus. Join us to uncover the hidden wonders of Armenia and Georgia!

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Itinerary

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Day 1 photo: Welcome to Yerevan

Welcome to Yerevan

Our team will greet you at Zvartnots International Airport and escort you to your hotel for some rest. Overnight in Yerevan.

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Day 2 photo: Yerevan: Older than Rome!

Yerevan: Older than Rome!

Today, we explore Yerevan, one of the world's oldest continuously inhabited cities, by strolling through its old central streets. We will visit the Erebuni Historical & Archaeological Museum-Reserve, which highlights the history of Yerevan's establishment. We then explore the Matenadaran Museum of Ancient Manuscripts and learn about the rich Armenian tradition of carpet weaving at the Megeryan Carpet Factory. The day concludes with a brandy degustation. Dinner and overnight in Yerevan.

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Day 3 photo: UNESCO World Heritage Site: Geghard Monastery

UNESCO World Heritage Site: Geghard Monastery

We begin our journey to discover the cultural and natural wonders of Armenia. Our first stop is the iconic Garni pagan temple, followed by a hands-on experience learning how to make Lavash, a traditional Armenian bread. We will also visit the natural monument Garni Gorge and the UNESCO World Heritage Site Geghard Monastery. Overnight stay in Yerevan.

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Day 4 photo: Discover Birds-Cave

Discover Birds-Cave

Our day starts with a visit to the ancient Khor Virap monastery, offering breathtaking views of Mount Ararat. In the wine-making village of Areni, we will enjoy a wine degustation amid marvelous mountainous landscapes. We then visit Areni 1 cave, where a 5,500-year-old shoe was found, and Noravank Monastery, surrounded by surreal landscapes. Overnight in Yerevan.

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Day 5 photo: Monasteries of Armenia

Monasteries of Armenia

We begin at the beautiful Sevanavank Monastery, followed by a cheese tasting (fermented with wine and Armenian cognac). Next, we visit the city of Dilijan and Haghartsin Monastery, an exquisite example of the fusion of nature and architecture. Our final stop is the ancient Lori Berd Fortress. Dinner and overnight stay in Odzun.

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Day 6 photo: From Armenia to Georgia

From Armenia to Georgia

Today, we visit Odzun Basilica and the UNESCO World Heritage Sites Haghpat Monastery and Akhtala Monastery in Armenia. We then cross the Sadakhlo border into Georgia and head to the capital. Dinner and overnight in Tbilisi.

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Day 7 photo: Exploring Tbilisi and Mtskheta

Exploring Tbilisi and Mtskheta

Our Tbilisi tour showcases iconic sights such as pedestrian streets, main churches (Anchiskhati and Sioni), Meydan Square, and the sulfur baths district. We take a cable car to Narikala Fortress and the Mother of Georgia statue for a photo opportunity with a stunning panoramic view of the city. We wrap up the tour in Sololaki, the district of wealthy merchants and artists. In the second part of the day, we visit Mtskheta, the spiritual heart of Georgia. We experience the essence of Georgian soul at the awe-inspiring Svetitskhoveli Cathedral and climb a small mountain to Jvari Monastery for a stunning view. Dinner and overnight in Tbilisi.

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Day 8 photo: Savor the Flavors of Kakheti: Georgia's Wine Region

Savor the Flavors of Kakheti: Georgia's Wine Region

Today, we venture to the enchanting Kakheti region, celebrated for its winemaking. En route, we pause at the Gombori Pass to soak in the captivating mountain vistas at Kakheti's gateway. Next, we explore the bustling Telavi market, showcasing a colorful array of fruits, vegetables, and regional specialties like Kakhetian oil, churchkhela, and tasty nuts. Our journey continues to the renowned Tsinandali Estate, where we stroll through tranquil parklands, visit a historic Georgian cellar, admire Prince Alexander Chavchavadze's elegant residence, and taste the estate's exquisite wines. Following a delightful lunch, we uncover the picturesque Bodbe Monastery and then head to the region's crown jewel: the romantic city of Sighnaghi, aptly known as the "City of Love." Meandering through its quaint narrow streets, you'll soon grasp the charm behind its moniker. Dinner and overnight stay in Sighnaghi.

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Day 9 photo: Delve into Georgia's Heart: Gori

Delve into Georgia's Heart: Gori

Following a delightful breakfast in Sighnaghi, we journey to Shida Kartli, the heart of Georgia. Our first stop is the museum commemorating one of Georgia's most notable figures: Stalin. This intriguing visit segues into our exploration of the remarkable cave city of Uplistsikhe, a significant stop along the ancient Great Silk Road. Dinner and overnight stay in Gori.

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Day 10 photo: Unveiling Imereti's Treasures

Unveiling Imereti's Treasures

Today, we uncover the marvels of the Kutaisi region. As we traverse from east to west Georgia, we'll lunch amid Kutaisi's enchanting scenery. We'll then visit the UNESCO-listed Gelati Monastery, admiring its ancient, exquisite frescoes. Next, we'll journey to Kumistavi Cave, or Prometheus Cave, to behold the captivating display of stalactites, stalagmites, petrified waterfalls, and subterranean rivers and lakes. Our adventure continues to Gordi, and if time permits, we'll cross the awe-inspiring suspension bridge at Okatse Canyon. Dinner and overnight in Gordi.

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Day 11 photo: Svaneti's Jewel: Mestia, A UNESCO Gem

Svaneti's Jewel: Mestia, A UNESCO Gem

Embarking on a journey to the northern mountains of Svaneti, we'll visit Europe's largest dam and savor lunch amidst glaciers and majestic peaks. Our drive unveils mesmerizing alpine meadows, lush forests, and Svanetian villages with their iconic defensive towers. Upon reaching the charming town of Mestia, we'll immerse ourselves in the splendor of this UNESCO World Heritage site. Dinner and overnight in Mestia.

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Day 12 photo: Ushguli: Europe's Loftiest Inhabited Village

Ushguli: Europe's Loftiest Inhabited Village

We'll venture to Ushguli, Europe's highest inhabited village and a UNESCO-protected remote mountain community. Marvel at Shkhara, Georgia's tallest peak. Explore Svanetian culture through its distinct Orthodox Christian beliefs, visiting Svan towers, Lamaria Temple, and St. George's and Savior's Churches. Savor a village meal before heading back to Mestia for the icon or ethnographic museum. If time allows, ascend Queen Tamar's castle. Dinner and overnight in Mestia.

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Day 13 photo: Uncover Zugdidi's Rich Past: From Byzantine Roots to Bonaparte Ties

Uncover Zugdidi's Rich Past: From Byzantine Roots to Bonaparte Ties

Leaving Svaneti's high mountains behind, we journey to the enchanting city of Zugdidi. En route, we'll stop at the captivating ethno-village of Sisauri to immerse ourselves in traditional Georgian culture. Post-lunch, we'll explore Zugdidi, taking in the magnificent Dadiani Palace, a historic landmark of the royal Dadiani family, which also houses Napoleon Bonaparte family relics. Dinner and overnight in Zugdidi.

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Day 14 photo: Batumi: Seaside Retreat and Cultural Hub

Batumi: Seaside Retreat and Cultural Hub

Today, we journey to Georgia's coast, stopping first in Ureki to experience the unique black magnetic sand baths. Next, we head to Batumi, the capital of Adjara, where you can indulge in the famed boat-shaped khachapuri. After our meal, we'll explore this "Pearl of the Black Sea" with a city tour that includes a walk along the vibrant promenade featuring singing fountains, sculptures, towers, and modern skyscrapers, as well as visits to the charming old town and the European quarter, showcasing Art Nouveau architecture. Our tour concludes at the port, where the mesmerizing "Georgian Romeo and Juliet" show — a captivating sculpture of Ali and Nino — awaits. Enjoy your final evening in Georgia at leisure or pick up last-minute souvenirs. Dinner and overnight in Batumi.

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Day 15 photo: Farewell to Georgia

Farewell to Georgia

As your journey concludes, our team will provide a seamless and stress-free transfer from your hotel to Batumi International Airport, ensuring you arrive with ample time ahead of your flight schedule.

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Our tour program's list of attractions is a guide, not exhaustive. Unlisted sites may be visited, and listed ones might be viewed from a distance. Conditions like operating hours, weather, or local rules may affect access. Thank you for your understanding.

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  This tour has open departure and can be organized based on your preferred dates. Remember, prices vary based on the exact group size.

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