Georgia and Armenia - 12 Amazing Days - 24th May 2019
Explore Armenia, a country laced in history, covered in medieval monasteries and blessed with incredible landscapes, and Georgia, the birthplace of wine, with churches and fortresses scattered amidst the stunning scenery, and locals so welcoming you’d think you were one of the family. Join other Solo Travellers as you travel through two of Eurasia’s most beautiful countries on this amazing 13-day Georgia & Armenia Tour. Admire the ancient architecture as you travel through Georgia, marvel at Armenia’s mountainous countryside, experience life in Yerevan, the city of contrasts, and explore the spruced up city of Tbilisi – making sure you pay a visit to the Narikala Fortress, from where this picturesque capital can really be appreciated.
(DEPART 23rd MAY)
Day 1 - Friday 24th May – Yerevan
Today you will wake up refreshed after a good night's sleep, ready to start your city tour. Yerevan, the Armenian capital, is a city of contrasts; clapped out old bangers cruise next to brand new Mercedes, whilst old-fashioned teahouses run next to upmarket wine bars. Your city tour will cover Republic Square, the Opera House, and the Cascade, as well as a visit to the Monument devoted to the Statehood of Armenia, where you will have a great view over the city centre and Mount Ararat. You will also visit the Manuscript Museum. A welcome dinner will be arranged at a traditional Armenian restaurant with folk music for the evening. Overnight in Yerevan.
Day 2 – Yerevan
After breakfast, drive towards Echmiadzin to see the Armenian Apostolic Church. In the afternoon you will have some free time to further explore Yerevan. Overnight in Yerevan.
Day 3 – Yerevan / Garni / Geghard Monastery / Lake Sevan / Dilijan
After breakfast, we will check-out of the hotel and continue towards Garni village. We will visit a Pagan Temple of Garni from 1st century AD, the only one remaining from the pre-Christian period in Armenia. The Temple is located on a triangular cape overlooking the deep canyon of the Azat River. It is possible to organize a 1-2 hour walk through the canyon of Garni to see the amazing volcanic rock formations if you wish. We will then visit the unique medieval monastery of Geghard, which is included in the list of UNESCO world heritage sites. Some chambers of the monastery are carved out of solid rock and possess exceptional acoustics. Lunch in the village house with lavash-baking process (Armenian traditional bread). Our next stop will be the “Pearl of Armenia”, Lake Sevan. After visiting the Sevanavank or Mariamashen Monasteries, located on the peninsular of the lake, we will continue our journey through the beautiful rolling valleys to Dilijan, where we will spend the night.
Day 4 – Southern Armenia
After breakfast we will check-out of the hotel and make a visit to Noratus Village where we will explore a field with hundreds of Armenian Cross-Stones (Khachkars). From here, visit Selim Caravansary, a very well-preserved monument from the 14th century that provides spectacular views of the mountain range beyond. After lunch, you will continue to the Khndzoresk Village, a historic place with very interesting caves and mysterious rocks. Continue the drive to Goris Town, where you will spend the night.
Day 5 – Goris / Tatev / Noravank / Yerevan
After breakfast at the hotel, you will visit the Tatev Monastery, accessed by the ‘Wings of Tatev’ cable-car. You will have incredible views of the Valley of Vorotan River. Driving back towards Yerevan, we will stop at the Noravank Monastery, famed for its medieval architecture and located in a picturesque gorge, this really is a great place of natural beauty and provides wonderful opportunities for taking photos! After lunch, we will be visiting the Khor-Virap Monastery, located on the Armenian-Turkish border with spectacular views of Mount Ararat. You will then stop at a small wine-factory to enjoy a wine-tasting session. Overnight in Yerevan.
Day 6 – Yerevan / Gyumri / Vardzia
After breakfast, you will be checking-out of the hotel and heading to Armenia’s second largest city, Gyumri, to walk around the historical district of Kumayri. After lunch, you will begin the journey to the Georgian border and continue towards Vardzia’s Cave Town, the most impressive and biggest cave town monastery in Georgia. Overnight in Vardzia.
Day 7 – Vardzia / Borjomi / Tbilisi
After breakfast, we will be checking-out of the hotel and visiting Rabat Castle, an impressive, newly-renovated, medieval castle complex, before continuing our journey to Borjomi, a town famous for producing mineral water. Today we will also visit Uplistsikhe Cave Town, which is considered to be one of the oldest urban settlements in Georgia. If time permits, we will also visit Gori, the birthplace of Stalin. Overnight in Tbilisi.
Day 8 – Tbilisi
After breakfast, you will begin your city tour of Tbilisi. Starting at the Sameba Cathedral, the city’s main cathedral, heading to Meteki Church, set in the historic neighbourhood of Meteki, from here you will take the cable car to the Narikala Fortress, which dominates the old towns skyline. Expect amazing views over the capital from the top. You will also visit Abanotubani, Peace Bridge, Rike Park and wander down the old town streets. Overnight in Tbilisi.
Day 9 – Tbilisi / Kakheti
After breakfast, we will drive to the Kakheti Region, ‘the cradle of wine’. We will visit a local wine house in the Kakheti Village, where you will not only learn about the history of Georgian wine, but also the process. We will also participate in a Kakhetian bread-making masterclass, where you will learn to make traditional Georgian sweets known as ‘churchkhela’. You will also be tasting some of the local wines and have a traditional lunch made from fresh local produce. After lunch, we will head to Sighnaghi, a small but amazing town, surrounded by the beautiful Alazani Valley. Dinner will be back in Tbilisi at a local Georgian restaurant with folk dancing and music. Overnight in Tbilisi.
Day 10 – Tbilisi / Jvari / Kazbegi / Tbilisi
After breakfast, we will be driving up into the mountains, stopping on the way to visit the Jvari Monastery, a UNESCO World Heritage Site located at the top of a hill with spectacular views of two rivers below; the Mtkvari and Aragvi. Our next stop will be at the Zhinvali Water Dam to enjoy more amazing views and visit the Ananuri Castle Complex. From here, we will travel to Kazbegi, where we will go by Jeep to visit the highlight of the Kazbegi region; the Gergeti Church. In the evening, we will head back to Tbilisi, where you will spend the night.
Day 11 – Tbilisi / Mtksheta / Tbilisi
After breakfast, we will drive to Mtksheta, a UNESCO world heritage site and the ancient capital of the Georgian Iberian Kingdom. Overnight in Tbilisi.
Day 12 - Tuesday 4th June – Depart Tbilisi
After breakfast, you will check-out of the hotel and have some free time before your transfer to the airport for international flights home.
· Sharing a twin room at 3* hotels and B&B’s (single supplement £299.00)
· All transportation in comfortable, private mini-buses
· Airport transfers if arriving on recommended flights
· English-speaking guide throughout
· 3x Lunches 2x Dinners 12x Breakfasts
· Entrance fees to museums and historical sites
· Bottled drinking water
What’s not Included?
· International flights
· Mini-bars in hotels
· All other meals
· Travel insurance
· Airport transfers if not arriving on recommended flights
Cost of trip is just £999.00 and a non refundable deposit of £150.00 via bank transfer will secure your place. This price is valid until the 1st November, please enquire about any price increase after this date. Single room is an extra £299.00. Trips sell out quickly as places are limited, so don’t miss out. On payment of deposit, please email your full name as per passport, country of issue, full address and postcode to [masked], so that a financial protection certificate can be issued. We have both ATOL and TTA bonding for all trips for complete financial protection. Any trips that include flights are ATOL bonded whereas Tours without flights are TTA bonded. Visa’s are not required for UK passport holders for Georgia and Armenia but please get in touch if you hold any other passport. Travel insurance is essential. ***Flights not included and are around £350.00***
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Please note that a check-in time of 14.00 is typical at most hotels. If you are arriving on an early flight, please let us know if you would like the room to be booked from the night before (for an additional cost) to ensure that the room is available for you when you arrive.
It may sometimes be necessary to make small, last-minute changes to our itineraries or hotels for reasons beyond our control. We will ensure that you are kept updated of any changes.
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