10 Days in Armenia & Georgia, Combined Package offer for Armenia & Georgia (3)
What's Included ?
- 13 nights accommodation as detailed in twin or double bed with private facilities (Alternative but similar hotels may used at certain time of the year).
- Meals included as stated ( Breakfast Only)
- Air-conditioned transport (private) for 14 days
- Service of qualified English speaking local guide / Driver
Departure from Zurich with Asian travels
Arrival in Yerevan . Custom formalities. Meeting at the airport and transfer to the hotel. Check-in. Rest.
Yerevan - Echmiadzin Tour (Holy Residence of Armenian Apostolic Church)
After breakfast departure for Echmiadzin – the holy seat of the Supreme Patriarch - Catholicos of all Armenians. Armenia was the first country to adopt Christianity as a state religion in 301 AD. The Cathedral was built in 303 on the site of a pagan temple after the adoption of Christianity. Visit UNESCO Heritage Sites St. Hripsime Church (7th cent) and ruins of the cathedral of Zvartnots (7th cent). Return to Yerevan. Lunch in a restaurant. Visit to Tsitsernakaberd– Memorial and Museum of the Armenian Genocide of 1915. Afternoon free to explore Vernissage – an open-air art market open only at weekends. Dinner free. Overnight in Yerevan.
Yerevan - Lake Sevan – Dilijan- Yerevan Tour
Full day excursion to the north – east of Armenia to Lake Sevan – the emerald of Armenia situated at 2000 meters above sea level, therefore considered one of the highest altitude lakes in the world. Visit to the 9th century Sevanavank Monastery on Sevan Peninsula (formerly an island). After a short stop at the statue of Akhtamar, the tour will continue on to the beautiful mountainous and forested region of Dilijan and then on to the magnificent and impressive complex of Goshavank Monastery (11-13th centuries). Lunch in a restaurant. In the afternoon visit to Noraduz hosting the biggest collection of world famous Armenian khachkars (cross-stones) – the pride of Armenian medieval architecture. Return to Yerevan late in the afternoon. Dinner free. Overnight in Yerevan.
Yerevan – Khor Virap – Noravank - Yerevan Tour
After breakfast at hotel drive towards the south to visit the historic Monastery of Khor Virap (Deep Pit), an important pilgrimage site close to the Turkish border where St. Gregory the Illuminator has been imprisoned for 13 years before the official conversion of Armenia to Christianity in 301 A.D. From the monastery you can enjoy a breathtaking view of majestic snow-peaked Biblical Mount Ararat and the vast Ararat valley. Continue to Vayots Dzor Region to visit Noravank Monastery - the jewel of medieval Armenian architecture set in a marvelous canyon and built in a perfect harmony with the surrounding nature. Lunch in a restaurant. Return to Yerevan. Visit Oak Shuka (authentic fruit market). Dinner free. Overnight in Yerevan.
Yerevan City tour – Garni - Geghard - Yerevan Tour
After breakfast sightseeing tour of Yerevan including the Republic Square, the Opera House, the Parliament, the Cascade as well as the monument 'Mayr Hayastan' (Mother Armenia) with a panoramic view of Yerevan and Mount Ararat. Visit to Matenadaran – institute of ancient manuscripts. Departure for Kotayq region. Stop at the Arch of Yeghishe Charents to have a bird-eye view of Mount Ararat and Yerevan city. Lunch in the village with lavash (Armenian bread) bakers. Watching and assisting Armenian women bake lavash in tonir (well-stove) and tasting it with home-made cheese and herbs. Continue to bronze age Garni Village to visit the 1st century Pagan Temple of Garni located in a picturesque position and in perfect harmony with the pure nature. Then visit the UNESCO Heritage site Geghard Monastery (13th century) carved into solid rock. Return to Yerevan. Dinner free. Overnight in Yerevan.
Yerevan - Dilijan –Alaverdi - Tbilisi Tour
After earlier breakfast at hotel, check-out and 3 hours’ drive to the north of Armenia to visit some of the architectural masterpieces of medieval Armenia. Visit to the Monasteries of Haghpat and Sanahin built between 10-13th centuries and set amidst forest-clad hills close to the town of Alaverdi, a small copper-mining town on the river Debed. The monuments are preserved by UNESCO and included in the World Heritage List. Lunch at restaurant. Drive to Armenian-Georgian border Sadakhlo. Custom formalities and departure for Tbilisi. Arrival in hotel in Tbilisi and check-in. Dinner free. Overnight in Tbilisi.
Tbilisi City Tour
Breakfast in the hotel. Explore Tbilisi, the capital of Georgia founded in the 5th c by King Vakhtang Gorgasali. First visit to Metekhi church (13th cc) a cross - cupola church, part of the Royal residential complex. Continue the tour going down to Sioni Cathedral, considered the symbol of Tbilisi. A short glimpse Anchiskhati basilica and bell tower (6th -18th cc). Lunch at the restaurant. After lunch visit to Narikala Fortress (4th c) - main citadel of the city, which overlooks the oldest part of Tbilisi. During centuries Narikala was considered the best strategic point of the city. Ascending by funicular road, descending by foot. After the getting panoramic view we visit Sulphur bath houses. Walk through the old town, the ancient streets where the souvenir shops are located. Next visit to National Museum of Georgia that contains an exhibition of gold work. These are extraordinary specimens of gold filigree and reposes work discovered at important archaeological sites. Dinner free. Overnight in Tbilisi.
Tbilisi – Gori - Uplistsikhe - Mtskheta – Tbilisi Tour
After breakfast drive to Shida Kartli region. Next Town Gori, birthplace of Joseph Stalin and visit the House-museum. Visit to cave-town Uplistsikhe (end of 2 - beginning 1BB BC) - "God's Fortress", the ancient cave town hewn into the rock. Lunch at restaurant and drive to Mtskheta - the ancient capital of Georgia. You will have the opportunity to visit: Svetitskhoveli Cathedral (11 th c) - one of the sacred places of Georgia, the burial place of the Holy Mantle of Christ and Jvari Church (6th – 7th cc) – church of the Holy Cross, masterpiece of the early Medieval Period. Return to Tbilisi. Dinner free. Overnight in Tbilisi.
Tbilisi -Alaverdi– Gremi- Velistsikhe – Tbilisi Tour
Breakfast at the hotel. Drive to Kakheti region via Gombori Pass (1620 m). First we will visit Alaverdi Monastery - the greatest temple of the mediaeval Georgia. Earliest parts of it date back to 6th century. The present day cathedral dates to the 11th century. The monastery as well as other cathedrals in Kakheti is almost deprived of all decors however, it still makes a strong impression thanks to its immense sizes and harmony and the stretched high in the sky accentuated dome. Next stop - Gremi –16th century architectural monument. The complex is what has survived from the once flourishing town of kingdom of Kakheti in the 16th and 17th centuries. It functioned as a lively trading town on the Silk Road and royal residence until being razed to the ground by the arms of Shah Abbas I of Persia in 1615. Lunch at restaurant. On the way to Tbilisi we will visit 300 year-old wine cellar (marani) in Velistsikhe. Tasting georgian red and white wines will give you opportunity to join the Georgian culture and traditions. Return to Tbilisi. Dinner free. Overnight in Tbilisi.
Check-out / transfer to airport / Flight back
Nov 18 - Mar 17
13 Days / 12 Nights
English / German
- Experienced and qualified guide
- Hotel Accomodation
- Entrance Fees