Tour to Georgia and Armenia

14 days / 13 nights

Tour Highlights: Tour to Georgia and Armenia

  • Reveal the secrets of the Caucasus – a hidden land, from Tbilisi to Yerevan to dramatic Caucasus Mountains and Silk Road sites frozen in time.
  • Experience the uncommon Caucasian hospitality at its best, visit wineries, sample Armenian cuisine and Georgian polyphonic singing
  • Explore Yerevan, the most dynamic capital in the Caucasus.
  • Participate in making the Armenian bread “Lavash” in Garni village.
  • Visit UNESCO World Heritage Sites
  • Marvel at the beauty of the biblical Mount Ararat, where the Noah’s ark landed after the Great Flood
  • Visit the House-museum of “Joseph Stalin” – the most famous leader of the USSR
Private Tour Rates
Number of travelers Price Per person SGL Supplement
2 persons
$3800 USD
$780 USD
  • Single Supplement is the additional amount applied to the cost of the trip to those who are travelling solo and do not wish to share.
  • Other hotels are available  upon request (3 or 5 star hotels)
  • The itinerary is subject to change upon request and according to your flight.

What's Included

Inlculded

  • Accommodation in DBL rooms at 4* hotels or best available hotels (13 nights)
  • Transportation with comfortable buses with AC
  • Professional English speaking tour guide in each country
  • Daily Breakfast at the hotel
  • Half board meal plan: 12 Lunches
  • 2 dinners with a folklore show in Tbilisi and Yerevan
  • Entrance fees to all visited places mentioned in the itinerary
  • Armenian bread Lavash making in a local house in Garni village
  • Qvevri master class in Kakheti (Georgia)
  • Wine tasting in Kakheti region in Georgia
  • Premium cheese tasting in Armenia
  • Premium Brandy tasting in Armenia
  • Premium wine tasting in Armenia
  • Special car (might be needed for some places in Stepantsminda)
  • Airport transfers
  • Local taxes

Not included

  • Meals not mentioned in the itinerary

  • Flights

  • Travel insurance

  • Visa to Armenia and Georgia (if required)

  • Single room supplement

  • Bank transfer fees

For private tours, you will benefit from more flexibility and advantages included:

  • Private guide, driver and vehicle are for your exclusive use; no matter you are individually, or in a family or friends group. The tour is run exclusively for you without strangers.
  • We can customize an itinerary to meet your specific interests/ wishes, that is, you can choose your favored hotels, sightseeing spots, the tour length, means of transportation, budget, etc, free of charge.
  • Start the tour on any date you want.
  • Escort you through the whole tour. All private transfers during the tour are offered, including airport/train station transfer, hotel-attractions round trip transfer.
  • The sightseeing during the tour could be based on your own timetable and pace. Flexible to change at your short notice.
  • Ideal for people who need considerate care and assistance, such as elderly, the disabled, families with small children
Detailed Itinerary

Arrival at Tbilisi International hotel, meet with you guide and transfer to the hotel.
Overnight Tbilisi

Tbilisi was founded in the 5th century and became the capital of Georgia in the 6th century. Since that time, the city has been destroyed and rebuilt on nearly 30 different occasions following a long history of fighting off Persian, Arab, Turkmen, Mongol, Turk and finally, Russian invaders. Tbilisi today is one of the most modern and cosmopolitan cities in the Caucasus. We begin our visit with a walking tour through Tbilisi’s narrow streets and inner courtyards and stroll down Rustaveli Avenue, the main thoroughfare running east through the city. We will also visit Metekhi Church of the Virgin, Sioni Cathedral, Anchiskhati Basilica.
Overnight in Tbilisi
Meal plan: Breakfast ​- Lunch
 

This morning we depart to Kakheti region, famous for being the most important wine making region in Georgia.
Our first stop is Sighnaghi, a city which is famous for its wine and carpet making culture. Enjoy breathtaking views of the Kizikhi area and the unique charm of Sighnaghi Royal Town. Have a walk in the narrow streets of the town shadowed by the wooden balconies, which are richly decorated with the lace of carved ornaments.
Wine tasting and Lunch at the winery “Pheasant’s tears
Drive to Tsinandali, a historic winery which once belonged to the 19th-century aristocratic poet Alexander Chavchavadze (1786–1846). The Georgia Prince returning after 1812 organized a European-style winery. One could say that modern Georgian winemaking began right here. We will visit the old cellar with its giant collection of vintage wine, taste the local wine and rest in a nearby garden.
Overnight in Telavi
Meal plan: Breakfast – Lunch

After breakfast we will explore the city of Telavi, visit the palace of Irakli the II, the last king of Georgia. drive to Alaverdi monastery, located on the Alazani valley, on the background of the snowy mountains of the Caucasus Range.
Later drive to Vardisubani and visit the “Qvevri” (clay amphora) workshop in the house of Zaza, a 4th generation “Qvevri” maker. Meet Zaza, who is also an amazing winemaker and learn all about the ancient Georgian traditional Qvevri wine-making secrets inscribed as a UNSCO Intangible Heritage of Humanity. Lunch at the Qvevri workshop. Drive back to Tbilisi
Overnight in Tbilisi
Meal plan: Breakfast ​- Lunch

After breakfast we drive to Mtskheta (UNESCO World Heritage Site), the ancient capital of the Georgian Kingdom. Here we visit Jvari Monastery (6th c.) and Svetitskhoveli Cathedral built in the 11th century as one of the symbols of unification of Georgia. We will also visit the city of Gori founded by one of the greatest kings of Georgia, David the Builder in the 12th century. One of the “must see” places of Gori is the house museum of Joseph Stalin. After visiting that unique museum we drive to Uplistsikhe meaning “the lord’s fortress”. It’s an ancient rock-hewn town. Built on a high rocky left bank of Mtkvari River, it contains various structures dating from the 2nd ML BC to the Late Middle Ages. Back to Tbilisi. 
Overnight in Tbilisi
Meal plan: Breakfast ​- Lunch

Today we will drive north along the Georgian Military Highway, linking Georgia with Russia into the mountainous provinces of the Greater Caucasus. The first stop of our tour will be Ananuri to see the incredible 16th century fortress complex built by the warring dukes of Aragvi in an attempt to control the main road. This evening overnight in Gudauri, a popular winter mountain resort-town.
Continuing our journey up and north through alpine meadows and mountain passes littered with medieval watchtowers, we will reach Dariali Gorge, a 9 mile (14 km) gash in the Earth. We will marvel at the snow-capped Mount Kazbek (the highest mountain in Georgia), an extinct volcano that surrounds us and reaches to just over 16,500 feet (5047m). We drive to the base of the hill and then walk across the meadow leading to the Tsminda Sameba Monastery – a 14th century church built on a mountain peak at 7,200 feet (2200m). Back to Tbilisi
Dinner with a folklore show
Overnight in Tbilisi
Meal plan: Breakfast ​- Lunch

After breakfast drive to the Georgian – Armenian border at Sadakhlo. Change buses and guides.
Welcome to Armenia!
Driving through the picturesque Canyon of Debed River we visit the Monastery of Haghpat dating back to the 10th century. It’s a perfect example of medieval Armenian architecture. Being astonishingly well preserved with its frescoes, “lace” stone-crosses, inscriptions and bas-relieves it became the first Armenian architectural monument to be included in the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Later we drive to Dilijan National Park, a protected area renowned for its serene lakes, picturesque hill trails and peaceful villages. Many poets used to say, “If there are woods, mountains, streams and mineral waters in paradise, it must be like Dilijan”. Due to its forested mountains and mild climate, Dilijan is named “Armenia’s Little Switzerland”. Take a stroll in the most beautiful part of the town, the restored Old Dilijan Complex on historic Sharambeyan street. Here we experience the town as it was in the 19th century.
Overnight in Dilijan
Meal plan: Breakfast ​- Lunch

After breakfast drive to Lake Sevan, the world’s second largest high-altitude lake at 1900 m above sea level. Marvel at turquoise waters of the lake from the heights of the peninsula hill where we visit the 9th century Sevanavank Monastery (240 steps).
Visit the Stone Garden – Noratus, the largest field of Armenian exquisite cross-stones in the world. Later we will visit Mikayelyan Family Farm where we will have an excursion in the farm, we will do a cheese-making master class and tasting. Our cheese tasting will include wine and a plate of 9 types of cheeses including cheeses aged in wine and cognac, fruits, jam, crackers and etc. Drive to Yerevan the Capital of Armenia.
Overnight in Yerevan
Meal plan: Breakfast ​- Lunch

Today you explore the secrets and hidden gems of Yerevan, the pink “pearl” of Armenia, a beautiful European city mostly built with different shades of local pink stone called “tuf” quarried in Armenia. Founded in 782 B.C. Yerevan is reputedly one of the oldest cities in the world to have been continuously inhabited.
We start the exploration with the “Victory Park” and “Mother Armenia” monument offering a “bird’s-eye” view of the city with the fantastic view of the majestic snow-capped Mount Ararat (5165m) dominating the skyline. Continue to the colossal monument of Cascade and Cafesjian Center for the Arts which includes a world-class sculpture garden and indoor modern art museum with works from Botero, Chihuly, Arshile Gortky, Jennifer Bartlett, Lynn Chadwick, Barry Flanegan and Jaume Plensa and many others. 
Exploring the Republic Square, Abovyan Street, one of the oldest streets in Yerevan which used to be a part of the Great Silk Road, we walk down the Northern Avenue and arrive at the Freedom Square, the home of the Opera and Ballet Theatre (architect A. Tamanian). The design and layout of the building was awarded with Grand Prix in 1936 World Exhibition in Paris.
Tour of  “Goom” bazaar of Yerevan, a real museum of food with pyramids of fresh and dried fruits stuffed with different kinds of nuts, honey, cinnamon and other spices, colorful strings of “sweet sujukh”, orange beads of dried peaches(“alani”) stuffed with walnuts, piles of “lavash” traditional Armenian bread, many kinds of cheeses some of them aged in clay pots, pickles, beans and other organic products offered by local farmers.
For lunch, enjoy a delicious traditional Armenian meal; dolma with grape leaves, sorrel & pomegranate salad with a glass of Armenian wine.
Immerse yourself in the history of ARARAT legendary brandy on a guided tour of the museum, which is also the distillery’s operating aging workshop. At the end of the excursion, you will take part in the brandy tasting of 10-year-old ARARAT “Akhtamar”, 20-year-old ARARAT “Nairi” and collection ARARAT “Dvin”.
Overnight in Yerevan
Meal plan: Breakfast ​- Lunch

Our first stop is at Khor Virap Monastery, a 4th century castle-like fairy-tale monastery, the most iconic site in Armenia and one of the most important Christian sites in the world. Its location, near the closest point to biblical Mount Ararat within Armenian borders, offers a spectacular view of the snow-capped mountain, the national symbol of Armenia.
We continue driving to the south marveling at the untamed beauty of Southern Armenia – surreal red rocks providing an eerie echo, honey-colored villages sandwiched between them. Visit Areni, the village of winemakers and tour the world-class archaeological site, the cave complex Areni-1 to see the oldest winery in the world (6100 years old).
Later we visit Noravank, the jewel of the crown among all the medieval sites in South Caucasus. The monastery is nestled among giant red rocks and mountains, just above a deep gorge.
We drive to the best local winery to taste their blow-your-socks off Areni (a deep, full-bodied red) wines made according to traditional wine making techniques used in Armenia thousands of years ago, including the fermentation in terracotta vessels, called karas in Armenian.
Overnight in Yerevan
Meal plan: Breakfast ​- Lunch

Today we embark on our journey to the lands of ancient treasures of Christian history…Vatican City of Armenia, Holy Echmiadzin with its world’s earliest Christian churches included in the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Visit Echmiadzin Mother Cathedral originally built by Saint Gregory the Illuminator in 301-303 A.D., when Armenia became the first officially Christian state in the world. Continue to St. Hripsime Church built in 7th century, a masterpiece of early medieval Armenian architecture.
 Also visit the Ruins of Zvartnots Cathedral, a majestic cathedral dedicated to St. Gregory. The remnants of Zvartnots, even in ruins, are a majestic sight…
*Lunch in a local village house with a famous who will show us how to make the Armenian spaghetti “Arishta” and “Gata” – traditional Armenian sweet bread.
Drive back to Yerevan to visit the Armenian Genocide Museum and Memorial complex.
Overnight in Yerevan
Meal plan: Breakfast ​- Lunch

 This morning we drive to the region of Aragatsotsn at the foothills of the highest peak of Armenia, Mount Aragats. We visit the sister monasteries of Ohanavank and Saghmosavank, two medieval gems of Armenian architecture perched dramatically at the edge of the Kasakh River Gorge.
Continue to the quaint and charming town of Ashtarak and visit the 7th century tiny but elegant church of Karmravor with its well-preserved red tile roof.
Lunch in 19th century heritage house in a charming village. Enchant your taste buds as Grandma Hripsime is going to cook for us today!
Afterwards we visit the impressive Wine History Museum of Armenia.
The development of viticulture and winemaking in the Armenian Highlands is presented in the museum not only by interpreting facts, but also by interactive and innovative solutions. The exhibits related to viticulture and winemaking give the visitor an opportunity to get a certain idea of ​​the centuries-old Armenian culture in general. The main exhibition hall of the museum is located at the level of 8 meters deep underground basalt rocks, where the chronological stages of wine development in the Armenian Nature, as well as the connection of wine with different spheres of Armenian history and culture are presented in detail.
Afterwards we tour Armenia Winery, perhaps the most beautiful winery in Trans-Caucasus. The winery building reminds of a medieval Armenian fortress the facade of which is coated with polished orange tufa stone and national Armenian ornamental art. It’s considered among the most modern equipped winemaking facilities in the former USSR territory. French and Italian specialists work here to produce a super-premium wine.
Back to Yerevan.
In the evening, dinner at a local traditional restaurant with a local folklore show.
Overnight in Yerevan
Meal plan: Breakfast ​– Lunch – Dinner

We drive to Garni Fortress, the most beloved summer residence of the Armenian royal dynasties. Travel 2000 years back in time as your guide is showing you around the impressive 1st century Hellenistic Temple (the only one in the former USSR), the royal Roman Baths with a colorful mosaic, the palace ruins.
We visit a local villager’s house for a traditional Armenian meal. Our table is set amid the blooming apricot orchard. Roll your sleeves up and join our hosts who will bake the traditional Armenian bread “lavash” in “tonir” oven. Freshly baked lavash has to be the most delicious bread on earth!
After a hearty lunch continue to Geghard (UNESCO site), a surreal monastery carved inside a huge rock in a magical setting surrounded by incredible rock formations. Your guide will reveal all the secrets and stories behind the marvelous site.
The highlight of your trip will be a walk in the Azat River Gorge to marvel at one of the most beautiful geological wonders of our planet called “Symphony of Stones” – giant hexagonal basalt columns stretching along the river for several kilometers. Your guide will show you how to take the most creative photos of the place.
Overnight in Yerevan
Meal plan: Breakfast ​- Lunch

Your pleasant and memorable Caucasus tour ends today. Fly home with cherished memories or enjoy your extended stay in Armenia.😊

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