I Day: Georgia
Meeting at Tbilisi international airport. Transfer, hotel acommodation . After breakfast city tour in capital of Georgia – Tbilisi: Metekhi (XII century) historic district, Kalaubani (the ancient settlement of Tbilisi), Narikala (the ancient fortress), Abanotubani (one of the oldest district), and The Sioni Cathedral of the Dormition (II part of the Vth century), Shardeni street, old mosque, Sinagoga, Sameba Orthodox Cathedral (was build in 1995-2004). In the evening dinner at restaurant with Georgian traditional cuisine.
II Day: Georgia
After breakfast drive to Kazbegi, on the way will see Ananuri Fortress (XVI-XVII centuries), the residence of the Eristavs of Aragvi. Going up to Kazbegi (above the sea level of 1750m), where you will see the wonderful sight of Caucasia Ridge, Dariali Gorge and St. Trinity of Gergeti Cathedral (it is built on high mountain and you can see wonderful sight of Kazbegi from there), Dinner at local restaurant. Return in Tbilisi.
III Day: Georgia
After breakfast departure to Kakheti. David Gareja Monastry complex - rock-hewn Georgian Orthodox monastery complex. on the half-desert slopes of Mount Gareja, The complex includes hundreds of cells, churches, chapels, refectories and living quarters hollowed out of the rock face, Ikalto -The Ikalto monastery was founded by Saint Zenon, one of the 13 Syrian Fathers, in the late 6th century. Alaverdi - Alaverdi Cathedral, At a height of over 55 meters, Alaverdi Cathedral is the second tallest religious building in Georgia, Tsinandali - Alexander Chavchavadze inherited this village, lying in the Alazani River vally, from his father, Prince Garsevan. Wine degustation at Tsinandali wine factory, Dinner – traditional Georgian table "KakhetianYard” spending night at the hotel in Telavi.
VI Day: Georgia
After breakfast departure for Kvareli, Nekresi -Nekresi monastery complex with a beautiful view of the Alazani valley (6th century), Gremi - The Gremi Church was built and painted upon the order of King Leon in 1565. Peculiar relation of proportions to separate volumes of Gremi Church attaches new features to traditional structure of Georgian cross-cupola churches, Ilia Lake, wine degustation in "wine tunnel”, Dinner a local restaurant. Back to Tbilisi Overnight at hotel.
V Day: Georgia
After breakfast departure to Batumi. On road excursion: Mtskheta– the ancient capital of Georgia, where there are the monuments protected by UNESCO, you will see Jvari Monastery (VI century church), Svetitskhoveli (XI century monument). After visit Gori. Uplistsikhe (the ancient rock-hewn town), wonderful gorge of Ateni and Ateni Sioni Cathedral, I.B. Stalini house-museum in Gori. Dinner in local restaurant. Accommodation at the hotel in Batumi.
IV Day: Georgia
After breakfast excursion: Apsaros fortress in Gonio village. Due to its strategic location the fortress acted as on of the citadels for the Roman and Byzantine empires. Waterfall of Makhunytseti, Botanical Garden, Green cape, sightseeing tour of Batumi. Dinner at local restaurant. Overnight at the hotel in Batumi.
VII Day: Georgia
Excursion After breakfast depart to Kutaisi (Kutaisi is the second big city and it was the capital of Georgia for 992-1122 visit Gelati (XII-XIII centuries), Bagrati Cathedral (X-XI), Motsameta Monastery (Monastery Complex) and Sataplia State Reserve is a most multifarious and very rare monument. It is of complex character and contains geologic, paleontological, speleological and botanical monuments, Prometheus Cave - Prometheus Cave is one of the richest caves of Europe. Dinner at local restaurant, Hotel accommodation in Kutaisi.
VII Day: Armenia
After breakfast departure for the border of Armenia. Meeting at the borderline with Armenian guide and vehicle and continue tour to Armenia. We continue our journey to the beautiful rolling valley framed by the mountains of the Lesser Caucasus – this is Dilijan – one of the best resort towns of Armenia. This resort town of Armenia is located inside Dilijan National Park which is often referred to as "the little Switzerland” and is valuable by the species of trees. Visite museum-street, ceramics workshop and a woodcarver’s studio. We will then reach the "pearl of Armenia” – lake Sevan. This fresh-water lake origin is situated at an altitude about 2000 m. Here we will We will first ascend to the top part of Sevan peninsula, where the Monastery of Sevan is located. This spot provides a wonderful view of the lake and if we are lucky we will witness the changing colors of the water. Drive to Yerevan. Diner at local restaurant hotel accommodation in Yerevan.
IX Day: Armenia
After breakfast Yerevan City tour and Trip to Geghard (UNESCO site) and Garni temple - o/n in Yerevan. visit major sights of the capital, Victory Park, at Mother Armenia monument, from where you will behold a panoramic view of the city, Republic Square, the Opera house, the Cascade where you will see the statue of the world-famous sculptor Fernando Botero "The Black Cat”. Museum of Matenadaran which has an amazing collection of beautifully illuminated medieval Armenian manuscripts, including medieval Bibles.Then drive east of Yerevan and visit a unique medieval monastery of Geghard which was included in the list of UNESCO world heritage sites. Some chambers of the monastery were carved out of solid rock and possess exceptional acoustics. then continue towards Garni village visit a pagan temple from 1st century AD – the only one remaining from pre-Christian period in Armenia. The temple is located on a triangular cape overlooking the deep canyon of Garni. Return to Yerevan, Dinner at local restaurant Overnight in Yerevan.
X Day: Armenia
After breakfast Trip to religious center of Armenia – Genocide Memorial - Vernisage handicraft market - Festive dinner with folk music. This excursion takes us to one of the oldest towns of Armenia – Echmiadzin, which is the religious center of all Armenians. The area of Echmiadzin is a UNESCO site. En route we will visit the archeological site of Zvartnots Cathedral, which is a masterpiece of Armenian architecture and an important symbol of Christianity in Armenia. Continue towards St. Hripsime church, dedicated to Holy Virgin Hripsime, a martyr to Christianity. visit the chamber where St. Hripsime was buried. Continue to the main Cathedral of Echmiadzin. The foundation of this cathedral was laid by St. Gregory the Illuminator in the first years of Christianity in Armenia and today it is the Holy See of Echmiadzin, where is the residence of the Catholicos of Armenia (the Supreme Patriarch of Armenia). After coming back to Yerevan we will also visit the Genocide Memorial Complex and get acquainted with this sad page of Armenian history and lay flowers to the eternal flame to the memory of the victims of the Genocide. Dinner at local restaurant. Overnight at a hotel in Yerevan.
XI Day: Armenia- Georgia
After breakfast depart depart to Lori Province, a country of forest-covered mountains, of dizzy gorges and bubbling rivers. On the way visit Studio of a cross-stone carver to understand the traditional stone carving secrets. En rout drive through the twisting gorges of Lori province will take us to the two major attractions in these parts – Haghpat monastery located on the either sides of deep gorge of the Debet River. This monastery is included in UNESCO list of World Heritage Sties. dinner at local restaurant.
Transfer to Airport For departure.
Total Price per person in case of group of 16 persons on Half Board bases 3360 GEL.