Best of Georgia & Armenia

Start: Yerevan Finish: Tbilisi

Visiting: Yerevan, Echmiadzin, Khor Virab, Garni, Haghpat, Telavi, Kakheti, Tbilisi, Uplistsikhe


Duration: 7 Nights

Physical rating: 2 - Light

Special diets catered: Vegetarians, Vegans

Tour Operator: G Adventures

Group size: 12 - 16

Age range: You must be 18 to travel unaccompanied on a G Adventures tour. For minors travelling with a guardian over 21 years old, the minimum age is 12.

Tour operated in: English


Prices From: $1797 $1527

-£195
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Tour Overview

Georgia and Armenia may sound like unconventional destinations, but trust us, they ought to top your list of places to visit. Our eight-day trip is a wonderful showcase of the cultural and natural highlights the Caucasus Region has to offer, with a huge helping of beautiful architecture and delicious cuisine to boot. Stroll the narrow streets of Tbilisi, tour ancient monasteries, stare down massive mountain ranges, visit with friendly locals, and soak up all the exotic culture of this underexplored region.

Highlights

  • iconStroll narrow streets in Tbilisi
  • iconWander in and out of ancient churches
  • iconSavour under-the-radar delicious food and wine in Georgia
  • iconSet eyes on the stunning Caucasus Mountains

Places You'll See

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Best of Georgia & Armenia
Best of Georgia & Armenia
Best of Georgia & Armenia
Best of Georgia & Armenia

Itinerary

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icon Day 1 : Yerevan

Location: Yerevan

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Ibis Yerevan Center (or similar)

Meals: No Meals

Arrive at any time.

There are no activities planned until an evening welcome meeting.

ACTIVITY: Your opportunity to meet your CEO and fellow travellers, and learn more about your tour. Opt to join the group for a local meal afterwards. Don't forget to see the notice in the lobby (or ask reception) for the official time and place to meet up with the group.

icon Day 2 : Yerevan/Echmiadzin

Location: Yerevan, Echmiadzin

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Ibis Yerevan Center (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast

Drive to Echmiadzin to visit its famous cathedral. Later, enjoy a city tour of Yerevan, followed by a visit to the Genocide Memorial. Take some free time to explore the city of Yerevan.

TRANSPORT: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

ACTIVITY: Visit Armenia's ancient capital city. Stop at the famous cathedral, one of the world's first Christian churches (built in 301 AD). Learn about the cathedral’s history and change in architectural style after it was damaged in the late 400s.

TRANSPORT: AFTERNOON Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

ACTIVITY: Take a guided wander around the lively and colourful city of Yerevan. Visit sites including the City Park, Abovyan street and Republic Square. Pay a visit to the Genocide Memorial and Museum dedicated to the Great Genocide of 1915 for a sobering look at a pivotal stretch of Armenian history. Enjoy a contemporary art-walk through the Gafeschian Centre of Art, before taking in ancient Armenian treasures and manuscripts at The Mesrop Mashtots Institute of Ancient Manuscripts (Matenadaran).

FREE TIME: EVENING Enjoy exploring this capital city.

icon Day 3 : Yerevan/Khor Virap/Garni

Location: Yerevan, Khor Virab, Garni

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Ibis Yerevan Center (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Explore Khor Virap and visit its monastery with fantastic views of Mt Ararat. Continue to the Roman temple of Garni. Enjoy lunch in a local home and watch how traditional lavash bread is made. Return to Yerevan with time to visit the main market or stroll the cafe-lined streets of the city.

During your free time in Yerevan opt to visit the Yerevan Brandy Factory or Megerian Carpet factory for some insight into staples of Armenian culture.

ACTIVITY: Continue on to Khor Virap through villages and vineyards. Visit the pilgrimage site and monastery built in 1662 that’s still used for services today. The structure is built around a pit, used to imprison Saint Gregory the Illuminator who was confined for 14 years by his pagan King for preaching Christianity. Explore the grounds and enjoy the fantastic views of Mt Ararat.

ACTIVITY: Enjoy an excursion to the Roman temple of Garni, dedicated to the God of the sun, Mithra. The temple is one of the last standing pagan structures left in Armenia. The Temple grounds have other standing ruins such as a bathhouse, a church, and a cemetery. An earthquake destroyed the temple in 1679, but under the guidance of the architectural historian Alexander Sahinian, the temple was rebuilt by 1974. Visit Garni Gorge to admire the formations of basalt columns known as the ‘Symphony of the Stones.’

ACTIVITY: Sit down to a traditional Armenian lunch with the company of a local family. Watch as your hosts demonstrate "Lavash" bread baking and traditional barbecuing using an underground oven. Get your hands messy during a lesson on how to prepare an Armenian sweet before sitting down to a delicious lunch. End the experience with a sip of local apricot vodka or grappa in the cozy garden of this rural home.

FREE TIME: AFTERNOON Continue exploring this charming city.

icon Day 4 : Yerevan/Haghpat

Location: Yerevan, Haghpat

Accommodation: Hotel, Hotel Qefo (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Drive to the largest lake in the Caucasus region, Lake Sevan, and stop into charming monasteries along the way. Continue to Haghpat via Molokan-minority villages, stopping to enjoy traditional afternoon tea in a Molokan village. Overnight in Haghpat surrounded by breathtaking views of the Debet canyon.

The Molokan are a minority population in Armenia derived from settlers exiled from Russia for their religious beliefs. Their name derives from "Milk" due to the great amount of milk they would consume, especially during the fasting period determined by the Orthodox Clergy. Stop in a Molokan village en route to Haghpat to get a glimpse into daily life, and enjoy afternoon tea.

TRANSPORT: MORNING Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

ACTIVITY: Visit the shores of beautiful Lake Sevan, the largest lake in the Caucasus Region. Stop into beautiful monasteries along the way to learn more about the region's history.

ACTIVITY: Visit two iconic monasteries en route to Haghpat. The first is Sevanavank Monestary founded in 874 by King Ashot I, picturesquely standing on a peninsula, this site was used both for the purposes of pilgrimage, and as a place of exile for disgraced Armenian noblemen. Continue your drive and stop in forested town of Dilijan where you can take in the fresh air on a short walk around this quaint town. Last, travel to the heart of the forest to discover the impressive, fairytale-like Haghartsin Monastery, or "Monastery of the Playing Eagle".

TRANSPORT: EVENING Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

icon Day 5 : Haghpat/Telavi

Location: Haghpat, Telavi

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Hotel Zuzumbo (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast

Visit Haghpat Monestary and UNESCO-listed monastic complex of Sanahin. Cross into Georgia to be welcomed and greeted by your Georgian CEO before transferring to Telavi, located on the foothills of the Tsiv-Gombori Range. This afternoon, sample traditional Georgian wines.

TRANSPORT: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

ACTIVITY: Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Sanahin Monastery that dates back to the Byzantine era. The monastery is made up of several buildings including the main church the Cathedral of the Redeemer. Admire this beautiful example of medieval Armenian architecture and the view of the surrounding hills.

ACTIVITY: Ready for a little more ink in your passport? Grab your bags and get ready to check another country off your bucket list.

TRANSPORT: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

ACTIVITY: Visit a winery in the city of Telavi, part of Georgia's Kakheti wine region. With an incredibly rich history of viticulture (going back thousands of years), enjoy a sampling of the region's famous wines, produced within Telavi's micro-climate.

icon Day 6 : Telavi/Kakheti Province/Tbilisi

Location: Telavi, Kakheti, Tbilisi

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Bricks Hotel (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Travel through Kakheti Province, dotted with churches and vineyards. Enjoy breathtaking views of the Kizikhi area and Sighnaghi. Stop for lunch at a local village house. Head to Tbilisi and enjoy a guided tour of the city.

ACTIVITY: Join a local family for a cooking demonstration, just in time for lunch. Look on as your hosts demonstrate how to prepare famous dishes from the area including Georgian bread, "mtsvadi" or pork barbecue and "churchkhela", a traditional Georgian sweet.

TRANSPORT: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

ACTIVITY: Enjoy a city tour with included visits to the Old Town, Metekhi Temple, the Abanotubani 'bath district' and the Narikala, the main fortress in Tbilisi.

icon Day 7 : Tbilisi/Uplistsikhe

Location: Tbilisi, Uplistsikhe

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Bricks Hotel (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast

Drive the famous Georgian Military Road to Mtskheta, ancient capital of Georgia and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visit the Jvari Monastery and Svetitskhoveli Cathedral. Continue to Uplistsikhe cave town and on through the dramatic Aragvi River Valley. Return to Tbilisi in the evening.

TRANSPORT: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

ACTIVITY: Stop at this group of historical churches in an ancient city of Georgia, together these churches are listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and showcase examples of medieval architecture on ancient trade routes. Visit the Jvari Monastery and Svetitskhoveli Cathedral.

ACTIVITY: Visit this ancient cave town dating back to the 7th century BC. The name translates into ‘the lord’s fortress’ and the town continued to be a religious and political stronghold until the 14th century before being attacked by the Mongols. While many travellers have never heard of this ancient city before visiting, after a few hours climbing around the rocks and caves Uplistsikhe quickly becomes a highlight of any trip to Georgia.

TRANSPORT: EVENING Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

icon Day 8: Tbilisi

Location: Tbilisi

Meals: Breakfast

Depart at any time.

What's Included

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    Hike to Uplistsikhe Cave

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    Your Welcome Moment: Meet Your CEO and Group

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    Accommodation

    Standard hotels (7 nts).

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    Echmiadzin visit

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    Your Foodie Moment: Lunch With A Local Family, Kakheti.

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    Your Foodie Moment: Local Lunch and Traditional Cooking Demonstration, Geghard

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    All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

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    City tour of Tbilisi

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    Meals

    7 breakfasts, 3 lunches Allow USD310-405 for meals not included.

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    Lake Sevan stop with visit to monasteries

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    Jvari Monastery and Svetitskhoveli Cathedral visit

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    Khor Virap visit

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    Garni Roman temple and gorge visit

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    Fully Guided

    CEO (Chief Experience Officer) throughout, local guides.

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    Georgian Military Road drive

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    Sanahin Monastery Complex visit

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    Mtskheta's UNESCO-listed churches visit

What's Not Included

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    Tipping and Gratuities

Accommodation

Standard hotels (7 nts).

Transport

Private van, walking.

Meals Included

7 breakfasts, 3 lunches

Book with Confidence

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    Low Deposit

    G Adventures requires a deposit of 200 GBP to secure a place on this tour, and the final balance is not due till 60 days before departure..

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    Secure payments

    All payments to TourHub are deposited into an externally regulated Trust account.


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