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    Jvari Monastery
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DAY 1, Monday - Depart for Armenia
Depart on your flight to Yerevan, Armenia

DAY 2, Tuesday - En Route
Continue on your flight to Yerevan

DAY 3, Wednesday - Arrive in Yerevan
Arrive in Yerevan, Armenia's capital and one of the world's oldest continuously inhabited cities. After transferring to your hotel, time to settle in before tonight's orientation meeting with your Tour Manager on the fascinating tour of Armenia and the Republic of Georgia that lies ahead
Overnight: Yerevan

DAY 4, Thursday - Discover Yerevan
This morning, your get acquainted tour of Yerevan begins at the Mother of Armenia monument. This monumental sculpture is the personification of Armenia, and stands guard over its capital. Next visit the History Museum of Armenia with its vast collection of archaeological treasures dating to prehistoric times. Stop at the Cascade, a huge stairway that links the city center to parks and residential areas. View the city's sports complex, the Presidential Palace, Academy of Sciences, National Parliament, the Opera House and bustling Republic Square. At the Old Food Market, time to wander and sample homemade local delicacies. The rest of the day is at leisure to discover Yerevan on your own. Perhaps linger at an outdoor café in Republic Square, with its singing fountains, a popular gathering place among the locals. Tonight, join your fellow travelers for a festive Welcome Dinner
Overnight: Yerevan
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 5, Friday - Geghard Monastery Concert, Garni Temple, Lavash Demonstration
Spend a delightful morning at medieval Geghard Monastery carved into a mountain, named a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Attend a specially arranged spiritual concert in one of the grand halls of the monastery with its astonishing acoustics. At Geghard Gorge, pause to admire the fantastic views before continuing to the stunning 2000-year-old Garni Temple, the only surviving pagan temple in Armenia, a blend of Greco-Roman and Armenian architectural styles. After, savor lunch at a rustic home in the village, along with a demonstration and lesson on how to prepare Lavash, the traditional Armenian bread. On the drive back to Yerevan, pause at the somber Armenian Genocide Museum and Memorial that honors innocent victims of the first Genocide of the 20th century. The rest of the day is at leisure in Yerevan, or perhaps choose to participate in the optional dinner and show at a lively folk restaurant
Optional: Dinner & Traditional Armenian Music at Local Restaurant in Yerevan
Overnight: Yerevan
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 6, Saturday - Carpet Factory, Brandy Tasting, Zvartnots Cathedral, Holy Etchmiadzin Church
Visit the family-owned Megerian Carpet factory; see hundreds of antique and new handmade carpets, learn the process of carpet making and see weavers at work on their patterns. Next, enjoy tastings of the legendary Armenian brandy at a distillery that has preserved the traditions of brandy manufacturing since the 1800s. Afterward, stop for a traditional lunch at Armenian Cross Unity, an NGO that provides orphans and children with disabilities education in art. Drive to visit the magnificent Zvartnots Cathedral, a 7th century architectural masterpiece, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Built as Armenia's main cathedral in 641, this majestic temple was constructed during the Byzantine era. Spend some free time here before continuing to Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin, the oldest state-built church in the world, known as the residence of the "Catholicos of All Armenians." After a fulfilling day, the evening is at leisure for personal pursuits back in Yerevan
Overnight: Yerevan
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 7, Sunday - Khor Virap Monastery, Mount Ararat, Noravank Monastery, Goris
Today, a much anticipated visit as you drive towards biblical Mount Ararat and the Khor Virap Monastery, a pilgrimage site dating back to the 4th century, closest point to the legendary mountain. At this site according to Armenian tales, St. Gregory healed the King of Armenia who then converted the entire kingdom to Christianity. Continue to the striking centuries-old Noravank Monastery tucked into a quiet valley that harmonizes with its backdrop of craggy mountains. This stunning two-storied monastery is a masterpiece for both its architecture and picturesque setting. After a lunch break, travel along the winding country roads to the small town of Goris with its tree-lined avenues and grand 19th century homes that attest to its glorious past. Dinner together is at the hotel
Overnight: Goris
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 8, Monday - Cable Car, Tatev Monastery, Duduk Performance, Lake Sevan, Old Dilijan
Travel to Halizdzor Station to board the "Wings of Tatev," the longest cable car in the world that whisks you high over the river gorge and lush forested hills to the spectacular Tatev Monastery. Enjoy panoramic views on your walk to the main church, built to house important 9th century relics. A traditional musical duduk (Armenian oboe) performance follows; this hand-carved instrument is known to express the soul of Armenia. Afterwards, continue on your journey and stop for lunch. Driving along the Selim pass, visit Caravanserai, an important stop on the Silk Road, and medieval Noratus cemetery with its over 800 khachkars (stone crosses). Next, embark on a scenic drive to beautiful Lake Sevan, the largest fresh water high altitude lake in the Caucasus region. On its only island, view a medieval hilltop monastery and ancient cemetery. Conclude the day in the forested resort town of Dilijan renowned for its spas and traditional craft workshops. Dinner together caps a magnificent day
Overnight: Dilijan
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 9, Tuesday - Haghpat Monastery, Border Crossing to Georgia, Tbilisi
This morning explore picturesque Sharambeyan Street where you'll have free time to explore local woodworking and ceramic workshops. After lunch in the Alaverdi region, travel to the medieval Haghpat Monastery complex. Declared a UNESCO World Heritage site, this masterpiece of religious architecture was a major center of learning in the Middle Ages. Afterwards, border formalities as you cross from Armenia into the Republic of Georgia, a former Soviet republic, home to Caucasus mountain villages and Black Sea beaches. Arrive in Tbilisi, capital of the country, for dinner and overnight
Overnight: Tbilisi
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 10, Wednesday - Picturesque Tbilisi
Today explore Tbilisi, known for its diverse architecture and maze-like, cobblestone streets. Wander along the lanes of the picturesque Old City with its colorful houses, pretty balconies and modern and Soviet-style architecture. At the 13th century landmark Metekhi Church, admire the stunning views before continuing to the Georgian Synagogue, Sioni Cathedral, the Sulphur Baths and Anchiskhati Basilica. From here, visit the 4th century Narikala Fortress that dominates the skyline. Lunch is on your own at one of the inviting cafes in the Old Town. Afternoon visit to the National Museum with its wealth of gold, silver and precious stonework and to the local Flea Market with antiques and trinkets galore. Tonight, attend dinner at a local Tbilisi restaurant
Overnight: Tbilisi
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 11, Thursday - Ancient Uplistsikhe, Gori Stalin Museum
A fascinating visit to the abandoned rock-hewn town of Uplistsikhe that played an important part in Georgian history, one of the oldest places of settlement in the Caucasus. This was a major religious and political stronghold from antiquity into the Middle Ages, and was an important trading stop on the Silk Road. Tour the remains of this impressive and enormous city with its many ruins, including a pagan temple and Hellenistic amphitheater. Next, proceed to Gori, one of the oldest towns in Georgia, birthplace of Joseph Stalin. After lunch, visit the Stalin Museum. Inside, walk through the halls of memorabilia and the tiny brick house where he lived as a child. Return to Tbilisi
Overnight: Tbilisi
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 12, Friday - Sighnaghi's Winery, Tsinandali Museum
Travel to the town of Tsinandali and visit the local museum and the House of Chavchavadze. Next travel to charming Sighnaghi, a small mountaintop town in the historical region of Kakheti, with its charming Georgian-style architecture and preserved fortress walls crowned with watchtowers. Next, a delectable home-cooked lunch at Pheasant's Tears, a top-class winery where wine is aged in large earthenware pots according to the old Georgian traditions. Wine tasting follows along with samplings of 'Chacha' (Georgian vodka/grappa)
Overnight: Sighnaghi
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 13, Saturday - Gremi Fortress, Return to Tbilisi
Head to Gremi, capital of the Kingdom of Kakheti in the 16th-17th centuries, visit the monumental Gremi Fortress standing high above the green Valley of Alazani. The fortress once served as the residence of the Royal family. View the domed Church of the Archangels with its colorful frescoes. Driving through the scenic eastern region of Kakheti, Georgia's premier wine-producing area, pause for lunch and a tour at the Numisi Winery. After wine tasting and a visit to the family's private museum, return to Tbilisi for dinner on your own
Overnight: Tbilisi
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 14, Sunday - Mtskheta, Jvari Monastery
On your last day in Georgia, travel to Mtskheta, the former capital of Georgia; visit the Jvari Monastery, a masterpiece of Eastern Orthodox architecture located atop a hill. Return to Tbilisi for an afternoon at leisure. Tonight, bid a fond farewell to your Tour Manager and newfound friends during dinner at a well-known restaurant
Overnight: Tbilisi
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 15, Monday - Depart Georgia
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight. Your hotel room will be available for day-use, if your flight is in the eveningDay Room: Tbilisi
Meals: Breakfast

Countries Visited

Georgia , Armenia

Cities Visited

Goris, Dilijan, Sighnaghi, Yerevan, Tbilisi

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Package Includes

  • Small groups of maximum 22 travelers guaranteed
  • Flights New York-Yerevan, Tbilisi-New York
  • Other departure cities available.
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • 12 nights accommodations
  • 4 nights Yerevan
  • 1 night Goris
  • 1 night Dilijan
  • 5 nights Tbilisi
  • 1 night Sighnaghi
  • Hotel taxes, fees & service charges
  • Hotel porterage
  • All transfers included only with airfare purchase on package arrival & departure dates†
  • 27 meals: 12 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 7 dinners (including welcome and farewell dinners)
  • Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned vehicles
  • Services of local English-speaking tour manager throughout
  • Comprehensive, guided sightseeing and entrance fees per itinerary
  • Active itinerary with unique cultural features
  • Tour Highlights

    Thanks to our small group size, we can get to the heart of our destination, visit places that other tours miss, and get to know the locals.

  • Tour and concert at the medieval Geghard Monastery, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Demonstration and lesson on how to prepare Lavash, the traditional Armenian bread
  • Pause at the Armenian Genocide Memorial honoring victims of the 20th century genocide
  • Tour a family-owned carpet factory; see weavers at work
  • Brandy tastings at a traditional Armenian distillery open from the 1800s
  • In Yerevan, visit the magnificent Zvartnots Temple, a 7th century masterpiece
  • View biblical Mt. Ararat from the 4th century pilgrimage site at the Khor Virap Monastery
  • Board the Wings of Tatev cable car that whisks you to the spectacular Tatev Monastery
  • Traditional musical duduk (Armenian oboe) performance
  • A walking tour in Old Town Dilijan reveals artisans' workshops and handicraft shops
  • Visit the Esayan Museum with its recreation of typical 19th century Tufenkian homes
  • In Georgia, explore Tbilisi's Old City, known for its diverse architecture and cobble streets
  • Tour the rock hewn town of Uplistsikhe, one of the oldest towns in the Caucasus
  • Visit Gori, one of the oldest cities in Georgia and Stalin's birthplace
  • Lunch and tastings at top-class wineries where wine is made in large earthenware pots
  • Leisure time in Sighnaghi, with its pretty Italian-style architecture and preserved fortress walls
  • In Gremi, capital of the Kingdom of Kakheti, visit the monumental Gremi Fortress
  • Visit the striking Jvari Monastery in Mtskheta, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • †Transfers are available for purchase for land only or on alternative flight dates

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    Armenia Marriott Hotel Yerevan
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    Armenia Marriott Hotel Yerevan
    This first class hotel is situated nearby Republic Square in the city center of Yerevan.

    Mirhav Hotel
    This superior tourist class hotel is located in the city of Goris, nearby the Vararak River.

    Best Western Paradise Hotel
    This first class hotel features marvelous views of the surrounding Dilijan National Park.

    Mercure Tbilisi Old Town
    This first class hotel is located in Old Tbilisi.

    Kabadoni Hotel
    This first class hotel is situated in the historical center of Signagi.

    Mercure Tbilisi Old Town
    This first class hotel is located in Old Tbilisi.

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