Day 1: Arrival - Yerevan City Tour
Arrival at Zvartnots International Airport. Transfer to the hotel by our representative and check in.
Our Yerevan City tour starts with a visit to Mother Armenia Statue which is the famous victory Memorial of World War II. Here, you can have a panoramic view to Yerevan and biblical Ararat Mountain. Besides, we can visit the military museum underneath the huge statue of Mother Armenia.
During the tour we will visit the Cascade complex, famous for being one of the tourist attraction sites and holding many modern art pieces. The complex has a giant stairway made of limestone; it links the downtown area of Yerevan with the Monument neighborhood. Continue our journey to Northern Avenue with a stop at State Opera and Ballet theatre. The Avenue is well known as the home of luxurious residential buildings, high-end branded shops & restaurants.
Our next stop will be The Republic Square. It is the central town square in Yerevan. Tourists are advised to visit it at nights to enjoy the dancing fountains. Our last stop will be in Vernissage, the famous flea-market in Yerevan. Visiting this market is a great chance to learn about the Armenian traditional handmade arts and buying souvenirs.
Overnight in Yerevan.
Day 2: Yerevan - Aragatsotn – Yerevan
Breakfast at the hotel, departure to Aragatsotn province. Our first visit will be Saghmosavank, monastery of the Psalms,it is a 13th-century Armenian monastery located in the village of Saghmosavan. The monastery is situated on top of a magnificent gorge carved by Kasakh river. From here, we might have a unique view to both Ararat & Aragats mountains.
Continue to the Armenian alphabet monument where we can have memorable pictures with the first letters of our names. These Armenian letters are built by big stones and the monument was opened in 2005 to celebrate the 1600 anniversary of inventing the Armenian alphabet in 405 AD.
Our next stops will be Amberd Fortress, a 10th-century fortress located 2,300 meters above sea level, on the slopes of Mountain Aragats. The name translates to "fortress in the clouds" in Armenian. The trip continues to Lake Kari, this little mountainous lake is located 3,200 m above sea level and looks like a small hole adjacent to the four tops of mountain Aragats. The area is visited by many locals during summertime, due to its fresh air, to eat one of the Armenian traditional foods.
Back and Overnight in Yerevan.
Day 3: Yerevan - Garni Pagan Temple - Geghard Cave Monastery – Sevan lake- Dilijan
Breakfast at the hotel, a short drive will take you to Gari Pagan Temple.
The only standing Hellenistic style pagan temple in the whole Caucasus and the Armenian historic highland. Here, we will feel the depth of the history and culture. This temple was a genuine witness of the birth of one of the ancient Armenian kingdoms, Arshakuni kingdom of Armenia, during the first century AD. Additionally, the temple had witnessed the adoption of Christianity in Armenia, 301 AD.
Continue to Geghard Monastery which means the monastery of the spear. The story of this holy place is related to the spear that Jesus Christ was stabbed by. The other uniqueness of the abbey lies in the fact that part of it is engraved in the rock. It is worthy to mention that Geghard Monastery is a UNESCO heritage site.
Next, we are heading to Lake Sevan, jewel of Armenia. It is the largest lake in the Caucasus and one of the highest ones in the world with fresh water, 1900 meters above sea level. There, we can visit Sevanavank, monastery of Sevan, which is situated at the top of a small hill and enjoy a boat tour in the lake, depending on the weather condition.
Our journey will go on by visiting one of the greenest parts of Armenia, Dilijan resort town. In this region you will visit Haghartsin Monastery complex in the heart of the nature.
Overnight in Dilijan.
Day 4: Dilijan- Haghpat –Akhtala- Georgian border
Breakfast at the hotel. Our day will start by visiting Haghpat monastery. These 10th century complex is very well known for the tourists and it is UNESCO world heritage site.
Haghpat monastery was an important spiritual and cultural center of Armenia and it was was famous for its rich library and a school where scholars were taught philosophy, music and manuscript illumination.
This monastery represents the highest flowering of Armenian religious architecture.
Then, we are heading to Akhtala monastery, another beautiful 10th century complex.
The main church is famous for its highly artistic frescoes, which cover the inside walls and the bearings of the building.
Continue our tour to the Armenian Georgian border where your Georgian guide will welcome you to start your tour in Georgia.
Arrival to Tbilisi, check in at the hotel. free time for leisure .
Overnight in Tbilisi.
Day 5: Tbilsi City Tour
Breakfast at the hotel. Excursion to the Open Air Museum of Ethnography, which occupies 52 hectares of land and houses more than eight thousand artifacts from all over Georgia. A walk along Rustaveli Avenue, the main thoroughfare of Tbilisi; Sightseeing tour in Tbilisi: Old Town (Abanotubani –the ancient part of the city, known for its sulfuric baths, Meidan square – the place where the Georgian Orthodox Church, Mosque, Synagogue and Armenian Apostholic Church are located several meters away from each other, Metechi Church, Narikala Castle, Shardeni Street with its wine cellars, cafes and art galleries). Mtatsminda (Holy Mountain), St. David Church (XIX c); Sameba (Holy Trinity Cathedral) - the third-tallest Eastern Orthodox cathedral in the world. Aghmashenebeli Avenue (pedestrian street) with a lot cafes, bars and galleries, dinner with traditional Georgian dishes . Free time.
Overnight in Tbilisi.
Day 6: Tbilisi - Mtskheta – Gudauri – Kazbegi - Tbilisi
Breakfast at the hotel. Departure to Mtskheta, the ancient capital of Georgia: Jvari Monastery, Svetitskhoveli Cathedral which are designated as UNESCO World Heritage Sites, a brief walk along picturesque streets of Mtskheta. Departure to Kazbegi. En route medieval Ananuri Fortress situated on the Georgian Military Road.
Lunch at the restaurant, with traditional dishes typical for this region. Gergeti Church (XIV c.) which is situated on the right bank of the river Chkheri (the left tributary of the river Terek), at an elevation of 2170 meters (7120 feet), under Mount Kazbegi. Drive back to Tbilisi. Overnight in Tbilisi
Day 7: Tbilisi - Gergeti –Sighnaghi - Tbilisi
Breakfast at the hotel. Departure to Kakheti, the cradle of Georgian winemaking; You will spend a memorable day in Kakheti visiting Signaghi, also known as the city of love, walk along its narrow cobbled streets, enjoy breathtaking views of the Alazani Valley, and visit a local museum, which houses paintings by Pirosmani and EleneAkhvlediani. You will explore Bodbe Monastery, where relics of St. Nino, Equal to the Apostles and the Enlightener of Georgia, are kept.
Wine tasting, master class in “mtsvadi” (special Georgian barbeque) making and dinner in the family restaurant which is located in the village near to Signaghi.
Drive back to Tbilisi. Overnight in Tbilisi.
Breakfast, Check out from hotel. Transfer to Tbilisi international Airport.