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Experience the Caucasus on this 13-day trip as you travel through the beautiful countries of Armenia & Georgia.

Begin in Armenia, a land where you can walk through time and experience living history. This small mountainous country is like an open-air museum, history is everywhere in the cities as well as in nature. Armenia is a land of enchantment, with pristine awe-inspiring nature, and seven climate zones, each offering a different topography. Culturally rich and resilient, few nations have histories as ancient, complex as Armenia. Armenian hospitality and its rich cuisine and bountiful harvest will always welcome you to the table.

Georgia is a gorgeous mountainous country from its green valleys and vineyards to its ancient churches and watchtowers perched in fantastic mountain scenery. Proud, spirited, and cultured people, Georgians are as hospitable as it comes. Tbilisi is truly one of the world’s most charming capitals with its fabulous museums, galleries, parks, wonderful plazas, and contemporary architecture.

Rich in history and boasting some of the world’s best gastronomy, this Armenia & Georgia Tour will surely impress even the most intrepid travellers.  Contact us for more info.

Highlights

  • Travelling through spectacular mountainous landscapes of Armenia & Georgia
  • Sampling amazing regional delicacies Armenia & Georgia
  • Meeting fascinating artisans and locals
  • Following along the Silk Road in Armenia
  • Visiting ancient temples and monasteries that dot the hillsides
  • Learning about Armenia’s very complex history
  • Wandering around Tbilisi, one of the world’s most charming capitals


STARTS AT

$3295

USD per Person

THIS IS A CUSTOMIZABLE ITINERARY FOR GROUPS OF ALL SIZES.
DATES ARE AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST.

Yerevan, Armenia - Armenia & Georgia Tour

DAY 1: WELCOME TO YEREVAN, ARMENIA

Arrival early in the morning. Transfer to hotel. Rest. In the afternoon we will get acquainted with the capital of Armenia with the major sights of interest, during which you will see theRepublic Square, the Opera house, the Cascade where you will see the statue of the world-famous sculptor Fernando Botero “The Black Cat”. We will also drive via Baghramyan Avenue, where you will see the Parliament, the Palace of President, the National Academy of Sciences. The excursion also includes a stop in the Victory Park, at Mother Armenia monument, from where you will behold a panoramic view of the city and the Food Market with its variety of fresh and dried fruits. We will also visit Manuscript museum which has an amazing collection of beautifully illuminated medieval Armenian manuscripts, including medieval Bibles.
 
Overnight: Yerevan – Tufenkian Heritage Hotel (or similar)
Meals: -/-/D

Garni Temple - Armenia & Georgia Tour

DAY 2: GARNI & GEGHARD

In the morning we will drive towards Garni and Geghard. First, we will visit the only surviving pagan temple at Garni, dating from the first century AD, is a splendid example of ancient architecture of Hellenistic period. At one time a great complex of palaces and temples, serving as a summer residence for the Armenian Kings, stood here.

We will then continue towards Geghard Cave Monastery – a fantastic sample of medieval Armenian architecture, which is a UNESCO site! Some buildings were carved out of solid rock. The acoustics inside is amazing. This is also the place, where in the middle ages was kept the Holy Lance, brought to Armenia by apostle St. Thaddeus in the 1st century.
 

Overnight: Yerevan – Tufenkian Heritage Hotel (or similar)
Meals: B/-/D

Yerevan, Armenia - Armenia & Georgia Tour

DAY 3: RELIGIOUS CAPITAL & MARKET

Today we will take a trip to the religious capital of Armenia, the town of Echmiadzin. We will first visit the archeological site of Zvartnots Cathedral, which is a masterpiece of Armenian architecture dating to 7th century! The area is a UNESCO’s World Heritage Site. We will then come to the main cathedral of Echmiadzin. Today it is the Holy See of Echmiadzin, where the Catholicos of Armenia resides. Legend tells that it was here that Jesus Christ descended from Heaven to show where he wanted a church to be built. Echmiadzin means “The Coming of Only Begotten”.

After returning to Yerevan you will also have a chance to explore the outdoor handicraft market Vernisage where you can find the most attractive hand-made souvenirs, carpets, handicrafts made from local volcanic glass obsidian, Armenian cross-stones (khachkars) made of colourful volcanic stone tuff, some interesting ceramic items, and other local souvenirs.

Overnight: Yerevan – Tufenkian Heritage Hotel (or similar)
Meals: B/-/D
 

Hiking - Mt. Aragats - Armenia Tour

DAY 4: AMBERD ON MT. ARAGATS

After breakfast, we leave the hotel to explore the undiscovered corners of Armenia. Armenia’s long turbulent history has left it with a rich heritage of medieval monasteries and fortresses. We cross a high mountain pass and enter a hidden wilderness of mountain pastures carpeted with multicoloured flowers and broad valleys lined by snowy peaks. The way passes by a fast-running stream and spectacular mountains.

We are more likely to meet a shepherd than to meet visiting walkers on the trails. We pause at the first village of migratory shepherds to see the way of their life, life moves at a different pace here and it’s hard to re-enter the 21st century. We will come to Amberd fortress. With its towers, embrasures, and arches it is situated at the altitude of 2300m above sea level on a high cliff surrounded by deep gorges and full-flowing rivers. Here we take a short walk enjoying the fresh air and wonderful scenery of mountains and mutli-coloured flower fields.

Overnight: Yerevan – Tufenkian Heritage Hotel (or similar)
Meals: B/L/D

Armenia tour - Silk Road Tour

DAY 5: SOUTHERN ARMENIA & SILK ROAD

In the morning we will drive through the Ararat valley towards Khor Virap monastery. Located at the foot of biblical Mt. Ararat, this complex embodies the adoption of Christianity in Armenia in 301 AD. Continue to Noravank monastery with intricate carvings, situated among the freakish plumb rosy cliffs. We pause en route to enjoy wine tasting at the village of Areni which is famous for its red dry wine.

Our trip is full of interesting sites, picturesque scenery, and history. We will follow the Silk Road and drive through Selim pass. At the top of the pass, we will have a stop to explore the Selim caravanserai, a very well-preserved monument of the 14th century, which provides a spectacular view of mountain ranges.

We will then come to the “Pearl of Armenia” – Lake Sevan, which is one of the largest high-altitude lakes in the world and the largest lake in Armenia. This fresh-water lake of volcanic origin is situated at an altitude about 1900m above sea level, among snow-covered mountains. If we are lucky we will witness the change of colours. Lake Sevan is a National Park and a specially protected area. Lake Sevan is also an important bird area.

Lunch at a restaurant inside a cave.

Overnight: Dilijan hotel (or similar)
Meals: B/L/D

Armenian Food Tour

DAY 6: NORTHERN ARMENIA

We continue our journey to the beautiful rolling valley framed by the mountains of the Lesser Caucasus. We will explore the resort town of Dilijan located in the midst of the forests of Dilijan National Park. Here we will walk through a museum-street of the town, which still preserves 19-century houses, stopping at a ceramicist’s studio, where we will try and make our own piece of ceramics.

Continue to Gyumri.  Gyumri is located in the north-western part of Armenia, in the middle of Shirak valley, 126 km from Yerevan.

Walk in the historic district, Kumayri.  Museum of National Architecture and Urban Life.

Overnight: Gyumri Berlin Art Hotel (or similar)
Meals: B/-/D

Georgia Tour - Cave Town of Vardzia

DAY 7: BARVA TO VARDZIA CAVE TOWN, GEORGIA

After breakfast – continue to the border with Georgia – just 1-hour drive.

Meet guests at Georgian-Armenian Border by Bavra. Drive to visit Vardzia Cave Town (12th century), which is one of the most remarkable defensive structures in the South Caucasus. It was founded under Queen Tamaras reign, known as the Golden Age of Georgia. Originally, it had thirteen floors, Numerous Tunnels, and Caves. Today, it takes 1.5 h to walk in its remains. Drive to Akhaltsikhe. On the way, one can see a lot of castles and fortresses, built in different centuries for protection against invaders. Near Vardzia have cheese making class.

Overnight: Vardzia – Vardzia Resort
Meals: B/-/D

Georgia & Armenia Tour

DAY 8: AKHALTSIKHE – ANANURI – GUDAURI

In the morning drive to Akhaltsikhe. Visit the Rabath fortified complex. The complex has played an important role over the centuries and combines architectural styles of different periods: Georgian (12-15th c), Turkish (16-18th c), and Russian period (19th c).

Continue your way to the Greater Caucasus Mountains. Drive along Georgian Military Highway, which inspired many poets and writers with its beauty. On the way, visit Ananuri Fortress overlooking Jinvali water reservoir.

Overnight: Gudauri – Marco Polo
Meals: B/-/D

Georgia Hiking Tour

DAY 9: 4WD ADVENTURE & HIKE

In the morning continue your way along Georgian Military Highway and Cross Pass, to Sno village. In Sno change vehicle to 4WD car and drive to Juta Village. Walking through the Village and, then, along alpine fields towards Chaukhebi Glaciers (2550m). (appr 4 hrs). Have a picnic lunch.

Continue your way to Stepantsminda, to St. Trinity Gergeti Church (2170 m) situated on the slopes of Kazbegi mountain (5047m).

Drive back to Gudauri.

Overnight: Gudauri – Marco Polo
Meals: B/L/D

Tbilisi, Georgia - Armenia & Georgia Tour

DAY 10: JVARI to TBILISI

In the morning drive to visit Jvari monastery at the top of a high cliff and have a splendid panoramic view of how two rivers, Aragvi and Mtkvari join each other.

Continue your way to Tbilisi to enjoy a Tbilisi Sightseeing tour. The historic part of Tbilisi is located at the foot of the Narikala Fortress. It charms visitors with its romantic, narrow streets, beautiful facades, and picturesque sites next to each other, including Metekhi Church, Sioni Cathedral, Bridge of Peace, and famous sulphur bathhouses. Take the cable car to Narikala Fort and enjoy a panoramic view over the Old Town.

In the evening have dinner in the traditional restaurant with Folk Show.

Overnight: Tbilisi – Folk Boutique Hotel
Meals: B/-/D

Kakheti Wine Experience - Georgia Wine Tour

DAY 11: KAKHETI WINE TOUR

Visiting the eastern region of Kakheti, noted for its hospitality and winemaking. Close to Telavi, visit a local producer of Qvevri Vessels which are essential for Georgian wine-making. Taste local homemade wine. Continue your way in Telavi and have a photo stop in the city center by King’s Fort. Visit the farmer’s market with fresh vegetables and fruit, aromatic spices, and local sweets – Churchkhela.

Drive to Kisisikhevi village. Visit the wine center. Enjoy an excursion in the wine center Mosmieri and wine tasting. Learn how to cook Georgian dumplings Khinkali and local sweet – Churchkhela. Have lunch with regional dishes. Drive to a small town of Sighnaghi with a picturesque view of Alazani Valley. It is surrounded by a defensive wall built in 18th century. Walk around the town.

Drive back to Tbilisi. Free evening.

Overnight: Tbilisi – Folk Boutique Hotel
Meals: B/L/-

Tbilisi Tour - Armenia & Georgia Experience

DAY 12: TBILISI FREE DAY

Enjoy your day exploring this amazing city! Perhaps even take a visit to a traditional bathhouse (must book in advance).

Overnight: Tbilisi – Folk Boutique Hotel
Meals: B/-/-

DAY 13: DEPARTURE DAY

Transfer from the hotel to Tbilisi Airport and departure according to Flight time.
OR Option to extend to another destination.

Thanks for travelling with Finisterra!
Meals: B/-/-

  • 11 nights accommodation (4 star hotels)
  • Private transfers and transport
  • All activities/entrance fees/culinary programmes, etc as per itinerary
  • Local guides with English-speaking guides for excursions
  • All meals as mentioned (B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner)
  • All taxes

Tour Exclusions

  • International Flights (can be arranged through us [email protected])
  • Mandatory travel medical insurance and optional cancellation insurance (can be arranged through us [email protected])
  • Beverages not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Items of personal nature
  • Services and entrances not mentioned above
  • Passport, COVID Tests, and visa fees
  • Tips/Gratuities for housekeeping, service staff, drivers, etc.

IMPORTANT NOTES

PLEASE NOTE: This itinerary is subject to change. Although we always do our best to stick to the itinerary, due to the ever-changing nature of Mother Nature, activities, hotels, and visits are subject to change due to forces beyond our control.

FLIGHTS: Please do not purchase your flights until this tour is confirmed.

PASSPORTS: Must be valid for at least 6 months upon return date to your home country. Proper documentation is the responsibility of each traveller.

VISAS & VACCINATIONS: Responsibility of the traveller. VISAS (responsibility of the traveller) – Many nationalities do need a visa to enter Armenia. Available online in advance or at the airport (recommend to get in advance) https://www.mfa.am/en/visa/

Date: Custom Departure available upon request
Prices from: $3295 USD per participant based on Double / Twin accommodation
*Please note, the hotels and routing of this tour can be altered to best suit your needs. Prices may vary.

Travel Insurance

Cancellation, Travel, Flight, and Health insurance are required and are the responsibility of the participant to research and secure the appropriate coverage. Click HERE for a Travel Insurance Quote or please email [email protected] for a quote.

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Waiver Form

All participants will be required to sign a Waiver Form prior to departure.

Please note that these are just sample hotels and all accommodation is subject to change. We can upgrade hotels for an additional fee.

Yerevan – Tufenkian Heritage Hotel
Vardzia – Vardzia Resort
Gudauri – Marco Polo
Tbilisi – Folk Boutique Hotel

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