Georgia and Armenia (8 days)

Georgia and Armenia (8 days)

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Georgia and Armenia (8 days)

8 Days Starting in 41.693460,44.801068 and ending in 41.715138,44.827096

Visiting: Armenia, Georgia, AM

Tour code:

8

Recommended For:

Singles

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

1 - 12

Physical rating:

All Ages / Not applicable

Age range:

12-75

Tour operated in:
English
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Tour Overview

This tour will get you acquainted with the two oldest countries in the world – Georgia and Armenia. Archeological evidence suggests that the area of South Caucasus is one of the oldest sites of human presence, dating back as far as 1.8 million years. Situated at the important crossroads, Georgia and Armenia have a unique and ancient cultural heritage, and are famed for their traditions of hospitality and cuisine. Georgia and Armenia abounds in natural variety. Georgia is also known as the cradle of wine. While exploring these South Caucasus countries you will discover a fascinating mixture of cultures that has integrated both Europe and Asia…

Highlights

  • Discover two oldest countries – Georgia and Armenia just in one tour.

  • Georgia and Armenia are one of the first Christian countries in the world.

  • Situated at the important crossroads, Georgia and Armenia have a unique and ancient cultural heritage, and are famed for their traditions of hospitality and cuisine.

  • Georgia and Armenia abounds in natural variety.

  • Georgia is also known as the cradle of wine.

Itinerary


Day 1 - Arrival

Arrive in Tbilisi after your flight, you need to reach the hotel, you can check in any time after 14:00 Tbilisi time. Meeting in the lobby of the hotel at 19:00 Tbilisi time (UTC 04:00) and drive to Restaurant Funicular, where you will have welcome dinner.

Day 2: Tbilisi sightseeing tour

Tbilisi sightseeing tour – the Old Town and the New City. The city offers a wide variety of sights, most of them very ancient. We begin our visit just a few minute walk from the hotel in the compact area of Old Tbilisi. Starting at the church of Metekhi, we walk to the brick domes of sulfur baths and then on to spectacularly located Narikala’s fortress – one of the oldest fortresses in Georgia, overlooking Mtkvari river gorge. After that we visit the synagogue, and the Sioni and Anchiskhati churches, which mark the end of the Old Town. After we visit the treasury of the National Museum of Georgia (Georgian Archaeology from 8th millennium B.C.). Visit the holy trinity cathedral, the third biggest church in the world. Dinner in the local restaurant, tasting Georgian dishes and wine. Spend the night in Tbilisi.

Day 3: Tbilisi – Mtsketa – Ananuri – Stefantsminda - Tbilisi

After a breakfast in the hotel, we visit the ancient capital and the religious centre of Georgia – Mtskheta (3000 years old) and see its historical sites: Jvari monastery (6th century) and Svetitskhoveli cathedral (11th century), where, it is said Christ’s shroud is buried. Both Jvari and Svetitskhoveli are UNESCO World Heritage sites. Then we visit the ancient ruins of the city and drive north towards the Northern Caucasus along the well-known Georgian Military Road. On the way we visit Ananuri – a 17th century architectural complex. An exciting drive from Gudauri along the Terek River will take us to Kazbegi – the main town in the region. From Kazbegidrive with 4 WD vehicles through beautiful valleys and woods brings us to Gergeti Trinity church located at 2170m. in good weather you can see for a moment one of the highest glaciers in the Caucasus – the mountain Kazbegi (5047m). We go back to the Tbilisi. Dinner in the local restaurant, tasting Georgian dishes and wine. Spend the night in Tbilisi.

Day 4: Tbilisi – Gori – Borjomi – Akhaltsikhe

After a breakfast at hotel, you will drive to Akhaltsikhe (approximately 3 hrs.) It was founded at least 800 years ago, and was a regional administrative center for the Ottomans from the 16th century up to the Russian-Turkish War. On the way to Akhaltsikhe, we may stop at Uplistsikhe Cave Town-Fortress, which history begins in the I-II millennium B.C. or Stalin’s museum in Gori. Lunch will be provided in Gori or Borjomi.
Check-in at Akhaltsikhe’s hotel. Afterwards, a tour to the 13th century Rabat Fortress that is a mix of different religions and architecture. In the evening, a dinner at local restaurant.

Day 5: Akhaltsikhe – Khertvisi – Vardzia – Akhalkalaki - Yerevan

After a breakfast at the hotel, a tour to the 2nd century B.C. Khertvisi Fortress, once destroyed by Alexander the Great and a cave monastery Vardzia, the caves of which stretch along the cliff for some five hundred meters and in up to nineteen tiers and which area is believed to be first inhabited during the Bronze Age. Lunch will be provided at one of Vardzia’s guesthouses. After lunch you go to the border, where you change the transport and guide.
After meeting with the Armenian guide you move forward to Yerevan - the hospitable capital of Armenia. Check-in. Rest.
Welcome dinner at a local restaurant with tasting Armenian dishes and drinks.

Day 6: Yerevan city tour – Etchmiadzin (UNESCO) – Zvartnots (UNESCO) – Yerevan

Start discovering Armenia by a visit to the State History Museum where you get familiar with a complete picture of the Armenian culture and history dating back to 1 million years ago up to nowadays. Then go sightseeing in one of the world's oldest cities – 2796-year-old Yerevan. Open-air lunch at one of restaurants located just in Hrazdan River gorge.
Then you move forward to the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin – the spiritual centre of the Armenian Apostolic Church and the seat of the Supreme Patriarch and the Catholicos of All Armenians. Numerous kings and Catholicoses have been crowned and consecrated here.
When Noah emerged from the Ark in the Ararat Valley, he built an altar of sacrifice in the place where the Mother Cathedral is now standing and offered a sacrifice. St. Gregory the Illuminator chose the location of the 4th C Mother Cathedral in accordance with the vision he had. In his dream, he saw the Miatsin (meaning “the Only Begotten Son of God”) with glittering light on his face descending from the Heaven and with a golden hammer striking the ground where the Mother Cathedral of Holy Etchmiadzin was to be located. Hence, Etchmiadzin means "the place, where the Only Begotten Son of God descended".
On the way back to Yerevan you stop at the ruins of outstanding Zvartnots Temple.
You're in Yerevan again. To deeply feel the spirit of the city you dine and spend the evening at one of open-air cafes.

Day 7: Yerevan – Geghard (UNESCO) – Garni – Yerevan

In the morning, the coach takes you to Geghard Monastic Complex located on the mountainside of the almost closed amphitheater of harsh cliffs. It is famous for its rock-cut architecture. Thanks to its hard-to-reach area, the Holy Lance which pierced the side of Christ has been kept here for 500 years. St. Thaddeus Apostle brought it to Armenia in 33 AD. In honor of the Holy Lance, Ayrivank Monastery (meaning “Cave Monastery”) was renamed Geghart (the Armenian translation of “the Holy Lance”).
On the way you stop at Charents Arch to enjoy the majestic view of the Biblical Mount Ararat.
The next highlight is the only standing pagan temle in Armenia – Garni, devoted to Mihr, who, in accordance with the Armenian Mythology, was the God of the Sun. From here, you will enjoy the impressive view of breathtaking high cliffs called “Symphony in the stone”.
An unforgettable experience is waiting for you in Garni village – you can take part in a real ritual of baking national “lavash” bread with local villagers. Enjoy the open-air lunch.
Return to Yerevan. Spice this day with an excursion and tasting in well-known Yerevan Brandy Factory.

Day 8: Yerevan – Lake Sevan – Tbilisi

It's time to driving to one of the highest fresh-water lakes in the world – the Sevan (1 900m). From the top of Sevan Peninsula you can admire the full view of the lake of volcano-tectonic origin and the adjacent mountain chains.
Say goodbye to Armenia and continue your route to travel within Georgia.
After meeting with the Georgian guide you move forward to Tbilisi.
This tour will finish in Tbilisi (International Airport or Freedom Square) at 15:00 Tbilisi time (UTC 04:00)

What's Included

  • Transportation:

  • Comfortable A/C minivan, minibus or bus

  • Accommodation in twin rooms:

  • Astoria Tbilisi Hotel or Gallery Palace or Old Metekhi Hotel, Gino Wellness Rabath (or Vardzia Resort), Silk Road Hotel or Bass Boutique Hotel

  • Catering service:

  • Half board catering service, breakfasts at the hotel and dinners at the best local restaurants

  • Guide service:

  • English speaking guide service whole the tour

  • Other:

  • Entrance fees and local guides, and 1 bottles of mineral water without gas per person per day

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What's Not Included

  • Any international flights

  • Travel insurance

  • Single room supplement

  • Alcoholic beverages

  • Service except described

More Info

This tour will get you acquainted with the two oldest countries in the world – Georgia and Armenia. Archeological evidence suggests that the area of South Caucasus is one of the oldest sites of human presence, dating back as far as 1.8 million years. Situated at the important crossroads, Georgia and Armenia have a unique and ancient cultural heritage, and are famed for their traditions of hospitality and cuisine. Georgia and Armenia abounds in natural variety. Georgia is also known as the cradle of wine. While exploring these South Caucasus countries you will discover a fascinating mixture of cultures that has integrated both Europe and Asia…

Check out our Q&As

  • What policies are in place for Covid-19?

    Here at Sakura LLC, the safety and well-being of our travelers and travel crew is our priority.

  • What Ethical Travel credentials does the tour company have?

    We have registration certificate, we are the members of Georgian Tourism Association (GTA) and we are the affiliated members of Japanese Association of Travel Agents (JATA).

  • Can I join the tour once it has departed?

    It depends on what do you mean " join the tour once it has departed", if are late for few minuts or at least few hours, we always try to do our best you will be able to join the tour.

  • Will the accommodation included meet local health and safety regulations?

    Our team works hard to perfect every detail of your trip. We constantly check the quality of everything we offer, from hotels and transport to excursion destinations.

  • Who will be my travelling companions on the tour?

    If you booked group tour, your companions bay be all persons booked the same tour

  • What documents will I receive before I travel?

    All our guests receive itinerary, after paying the deposit confirmation of booking and before departure our guide, our tour manager and emergency phone, Viber and WhatsApp numbers to be connected with us 24/7

  • What happens if I need to change my holiday date once I’ve booked?

    You will not have any problem, but you can check our Terms and Conditions section

  • How long has the tour company been trading?

    Sakura LLC is successfully operating on South Caucasus tourist market from 2014

Reviews of this Operator

Tokugawa Shogo  

Sakura Travel Agency

17-Apr-2021

WholIy I was satisfied with the Sakura Travel Agency. I booked a one-day tour to Kazbegi to see a beautiful scenery. I recommend you to ask Sakura before you make a plan to travel Georgia for three reasons. 1. Kind support When I booked a tour online, I faced an issue on payment. I inquired by email and they supported me openheartedly, and the issue was solved. Sakura is eager to present Georgia’s attractiveness, so you can ask them about the country if you plan to visit there. 2. Flexible and comfort tours Since they took me to Kazbegi by car, it became more comfort than bus tours. In addition, as the tour was personalized, I was able to decide how long to spend time on each spot and the guide gave me some proposals for restaurants for lunch. 3. Hospitality Surely they will provide you detail explanations on the country’s history, culture, and the like. I learned many things that I could not know if I traveled alone. Furthermore, the driver and the guide treated me as a guest with intimacy. We had a lunch together and talked a lot. This hospitality made my trip superb. To end, I was happy to travel with Sakura. Thanks to them, I enjoyed Georgia and it became a precious memory.

https://sakurageorgia.com/en/reviews
Yamane-Sugimura Yoshiko  

Sakura Travel Agency

03-Feb-2019

次回もよろしくお願いします! 約1週間のジョージア旅行、加えて1日のアルメニア滞在で大変お世話になりました。この素晴らしい旅を私は一生忘れません。 初日にタムナさんとケーブルカーに乗って行ったムタツミンダ山、楽しかったです。レストラン『フニクラ』の焼きたてアジャルリハチャプリは絶品!帰り道に立ち寄ったママダビデ教会ではタムナさんと一緒に奇跡の湧き水を頂きました。 その後は4日間、ドライバーのザザさんにトビリシ~カズベギ~ボルジョミ~サパラ修道院~トビリシをずっと巡って頂きました。ザザさんは車上から写真を撮るとき撮りやすいようにスピードを落としてくれたり、暑いので水を買ってくれたり、レストランでは頼み方がわからない私達の為に一番美味しいメニューの組み合わせをお店に伝えてくれたり、至れり尽くせりでした。運転中ジョージアの音楽をかけてくれたり、ご実家の写真を見せて、伝統的なジョージアの家の様子や自家製ワインのつくり方を紹介してくれました。4日間の運転で疲れているはずなのに、私の下手なロシア語会話に嫌な顔ひとつせずお付き合い下さったのも感謝します。 アルメニアのエレバンでも、ステキなガイドのアンさんとドライバーさんをご紹介下さり助かりました。アララト山がきれいに見える1日でした。 タムナさんもザザさんも、ジョージア人として誇りがあり、自国の素晴らしさを私達旅行者に伝えたいという情熱を感じました。自分達が本当に良いと思うジョージアを私達に体験させて下さいましたね。日本に帰国してすぐ、またコーカサスを訪れたいと思ってしまいました。サクラトラベルさん、どうか次回もよろしくお願いします!それから友人達にもサクラトラベルさんを自信を持って推薦しておきますね!

https://sakurageorgia.com/en/reviews
john benstead johnbenstead  

Sakura Travel Agency

10-Oct-2018

In September 2018, we had a wonderful 11 days in Georgia. We organised the tour with Sakura, and I really cannot recommend them enough - they were suburb. Everything ran smoothly and to plan. The hotels they booked were perfect, and we left it to them to suggest the itinerary. This way they made sure that we got to see all the main attractions. My only regret is that we didn’t stay longer! We had a private driver called Levan who was very safe (the driving in Georgia is otherwise a bit scary), and our guide, Gari, was the perfect host. If you are thinking of visiting Georgia, (and you really should), then I highly recommend Sakura.

https://sakurageorgia.com/en/reviews
Gari Sapharian Gari  

Sakura Travel Agency

09-Jan-2019

11 days in Georgia by Sakura- FANTASTIC I would like to thank Sakura’s team four our 11 unforgettable days spent in Georgia. We traveled across Georgia and enjoyed the country. Thanks to perfect organisation made by Sakura LTD we had the best travel of our life. It’s my second time with Sakura agency and anytime you surprise me by your professionalism and your gentility. I highly suggest and recommend your travel agency to all my friends. Thank you for our trip and brilliant organisation. Bravo! Greetings from Paris

https://sakurageorgia.com/en/reviews
Tinna Paulain  

Sakura Travel Agency

16-Apr-2021

We had a wonderful wine tour in Georgia, Georgian wine is magic. Tour was very well organized, many thanks to our lovely guide who was very attentive, we feel very comfortable during the whole trip and will use your service in future too! Thank you Sakura Travel, good luck!

https://sakurageorgia.com/en/reviews

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    Sakura LLC (Sakura Travel Agency) requires a minimum deposit of 20% or the full booking value, whichever is less, with the final balance not due until 60 days before departure.

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    We don't charge a cancellation fee, here is a summary of sakura llc (sakura travel agency) charges.

    Up to 34 days before tour starts: Forfeit 100% of deposit.

    At 35 days before tour starts: Forfeit 0% of booking price.

  • Here at Sakura LLC, the safety and well-being of our travelers and travel crew is our priority. As the world adapts to new regulations, the tourism and hospitality industry is taking extra precautions regarding how to travel safely. We will be implement

    Our team is regularly reviewing government tourism and travel updates and ensuring our tours run in accordance with the prevailing public health advice, and recommendations by the World Health Organisation, the Georgia's National Center for Disease Control and Public Health (NCDC), and the Ministry of Health of Georgia.

    We are hoping to make this adjustment to the “new normal” of travel as stress-free as possible!

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