ARMENIA – GEORGIA

11 DAYS/ 10 NIGHTS

DAY 1

Arrival to Zvartnots Airport, transfer to hotel in Yerevan. Rest. Overnight.

DAY 2

Breakfast. Half day city tour. Visits to Matenadaran – depository of ancient manuscripts, Museum of History of Armenia, Tsiternakaberd – Monument and Museum devoted to the Genocide of Armenians in 1915. Visit to Yerevan Brandy Factory with tasting of Armenian brandy. In the second half of the day continue to Echmiadzin – the center of Armenian Apostolic church, Museum of St. Echmiadzhin Cathedral, Hripsime Martyria church. On the way back visit to the ruins of Zvartnots Temple – the pearl of the 7th c. architecture. Return to Yerevan hotel, overnight.

DAY 3

Breakfast. Departure to Ashtarak, visit to Amberd fortress, 7th c., located at 2300 meters above sea level. Continue to Saghmosavank monastic complex, 13th c. Visit to Armenian Letters Monument. Drive back to Yerevan. Overnight.

DAY 4

Breakfast. Departure for half day tour to Garni – Pagan Temple of the 1st c. A.D., Geghard Cave Monastery, 12-13th cc., carved from solid rock. Drive back to Yerevan. Half day tour to Khor-Virap monastery, 5th c., with view of the Ararat Valley and Ararat Mountain, place of pilgrimage of all Armenians, where in underground prison St. Gregory The Illuminator was imprisoned for preaching Christianity. Drive back to Yerevan. Farewell dinner at a folk-restaurant.

DAY 5

Breakfast. Drive to Lake Sevan, stop at the Sevan Monastery, 8-9th cc. on the peninsula. Lunch on Sevan Lake. Departure to Haghpat Monastic Complex of the 10-13th cc. Drive to Armenian-Georgian border. Cross the border, change transport and drive to Tbilisi.

DAY 6

Breakfast. City tour of Tbilisi.

DAY 7

Breakfast. Excursion to Mtskheta, the ancient capital of Georgia. Trip to Gori. Excursion to Uplistsikhe cave-town. Drive to Bakuriani, nestled in the Mountains of the Lesser Caucasus.

DAY 8

Breakfast. Excursion to Vardzia cave-monastery. On the way stop at Khertvisi fortress. Overnight in Bakuriani.

DAY 9

Trip along the Georgian Military Highway. On the road stop at Ananuri Fortress. Overnight in Gudauri.

DAY 10

Explore Kazbegi and enjoy wonderful views of the Caucasus Mountains, including Mt. Kazbek, 5047m. Hiking to Gergeti Sameba Church. Return to Tbilisi.

DAY 11

Breakfast, transfer to the airport. Departure.