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Georgia + Armenia from Tbilisi intensive

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Georgia + Armenia from Tbilisi intensive
 
Tbilisi – Mtskheta – Bodbe – Sighnaghi – Yerevan – Garni temple – Gegard monastery – Khor Virap – Noravank – Areni – Sevan – Dilijan – Agartsin – Ananuri – Gudauri – Kazbegi – Tbilisi (8 days, 7 nights)
 
Day 1: Tbilisi
Arrival to Tbilisi. Meeting with the representatives of the agency. Hotel accommodation. Free time.
Optional folklore welcome dinner with Georgian songs and dances (for extra charge). Overnight.
 
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Day 2: Tbilisi – Mtskheta – Tbilisi
Breakfast. Panoramic tour in Tbilisi. The capital of Georgia is unique. It is located on the several mountain hills, on which "creep" the old blocks. Tbilisi – is a beautiful river Kura with its picturesque rocky shores, that flows across the whole city. "Old Town" – is the historic center of Tbilisi, that is located at the root of Mtatsminda (Holy Mount) mountain. Almost all of the buildings of the Old Town are historical and cultural sites, this part of the city is round – the – clock full of life, here walk alone or in groups tourists, meet lovers near the Clock Tower. This amuzing Tower appeared here recently, built by the Puppet Theatre director Rezo Gabriadze. Here artists exhibit their paintings, artisans offer numerous souvenirs. There are mainly 2-3-storey houses built of stone and brick, and they have a special Tbilisi architecture, which is characterized by narrow streets, galleries and carved wooden balconies. Tbilisi is one of the rare places in the world, where can peacefully exist in the Old Town orthodox church, catholic cathedra, synagogue and mosque.
During the excursion visit of: Mechetian Church ( V c.), Anchiskhati Basilica of St Mary – the oldest surviving church, Synaxis of Saint Truinity, temple complex of Tsminda Sameba – the main Cathedral of Georgian Orthodox Church. The rise by the cable car (tickets for extra charge) to the Narikala fortress ( IV c.).
Next, excursion to the ancient capital of Georgia Mtskheta. Visit of Svetitskhoveli Cathedral (1010-1029), at the bottom of which is buried one of the major Christian relics Lords chiton, as well as the burial place of many of the Georgian kings. Here is also the part of life-giving pillar. Visit of temple-monastery Jvari ( VI c.). At the top of the mountain where the temple is located, opens a fantastic view on the place of confluence of two rivers – Kura and Aragvi. There also opens a beautiful view on the ancient capital of Georgia – Mtskheta.
Return to Tbilisi. Overnight in the hotel.
 
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Day 3: Tbilisi – Bodbe – Sighnaghi – Tbilisi
Breakfast. Departure to "town of everlasting love"Sighnaghi. On the way visit in the Bodbe village of the monastery complex of St. George and the grave of St. Nino, that brought Christianity to Georgia.
Walk along the ancient town Sighnaghi, that is placed at the top of the ridge, overlooking Alazani valley. It was currently restored to its original from.
Optional (for extra charge) tasting of Georgian wines made way for Kakhetian old traditions. Wines are stored in Marana, clay jugs, burried in the ground.
Return to Tbilisi. Transfer to the railway station and departure to Yerevan by a night train.
 
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Day 4: Yerevan – Garni temple – Gegard monastery – Yerevan
Arrival to Yerevan. Breakfast. After we will go to the picturesque mountaneus area to the east of Yerevan to fortress complex of Garni (1st century AD). We will visit the only well kept pagan temple in Armenia. Garni – is a unique monument of the Hellenistic period in Armenia. The temple is dedicated to the sun god Mithra, was built in the second half of the I century AD under King Tiridates I, and has remained after the country adopted Christianity, because of the IV century BC to the III century BC castle was the residence of Armenian kings. The fortress is located on a high rocky cliff and is surrounded by deep gorges.
Unique, carved out the rock monastery Gegard (UNESCO World Heritage Site). Gegard – is an ancient monastery, the first buildings of which were built back in the IV. BC The name "Gegard" means "spear." According to legend, the monastery kept spear that crucified Christ was pierced by one of the Roman guards.
Yerevan city tour. Armenian capital Yerevan – is one of the oldest cities in the world. It is the same age as Babylon and Rome. The year of foundation of the city is 782 BC. On the hill of the park Tsitsernakaberd is built a monument to the victims of genocide in 1915. Near 40 meter obelisk in the form of a pointed forked pyramid. The cascade in the center of Yerevan is a complex of steps, fountains and sightseeing platforms.This is a modern Art center where the works of outstanding world artists of the twentieth century are collected. Republic Square, Opera House, Mashtots Avenue, North Avenue and Abovyan Street will let you feel the spirit of the old city and the modern capital.
Option tasting of the famous Armenian cognac (for extra charge).
Overnight.
 
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Day 5: Yerevan – Khor Virap – Noravank – Areni – Yerevan
Breakfast. Visit to the legendary Khor Virap, dungeons, where for the thirteen years was imprisoned St. Gregory the Illuminator, who later turned Armenia into the first Christian nation in the world in 301 AD. Here, from the chapel, awaits us an unforgettable view of Mount Ararat.
Next trip to Noravank – monastery complex, built in the XIII century AD, located in a canyon of red rocks, is one of the most spectacular landscapes in the country.
Optional (for extra charge): tasting of the best fruit wines in Areni village.
Return to Yerevan. Overnight.
 
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Day 6: Yerevan – Sevan – Dilijan – Agartsin – crossing the border in Bagratachen – Tbilisi
Breakfast. A trip to the blue pearl of Armenia and the Caucasus, the largest of the lakes – Lake Sevan (1900m). Climbing the stairs to the observation deck to the monastery of Sevanank, with a magnificent view of the lake. Visiting the Monastery. Moving to Dilijan. The city recently opened Museum of Art, which widely presented Russian and Armenian (I. Aivazovsky, Minas Avestyan, etc.) of the XIX-XX centuries., Western European paintings XVII-XIX centuries (Jean-Baptiste Greuze, range master Correggio, the Flemish masters of the XVII century. Etc.) and artifacts of archaeological cultures that have been studied in the Tavush ethnographic collection.
Excursion to the monastery Agartsin. The Monastery is located on the territory of Dilijan National Park. It was founded in the 10th century and became the tomb of the Armenian kings Smbat and Gagik from the Bagratuni dynasty. After the earthquake of the beginning of the XX century, the monastery was in an abandoned and partially destroyed state. A new milestone in its history began in 2005 with a visit to an Arab sheikh, the ruler of Sharjah Al Qasimi. Being incredibly impressed with the monastery the sheikh created a foundation and allocated a large amount thanks to which Agartsin today took its honorable place among the functioning monasteries of Armenia and became a favorite place to visit both Armenians and guests of the country
Drive to Tbilisi. Crossing the the Georgian-Armenian border Bagratashen (about 30 minutes – 1 hour). Hotel accommodation. Overnight.
 
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Day 7: Tbilisi – Ananuri – Gudauri – Kazbegi – Tbilisi
Breakfast. In the morning, departure from Tbilisi in the direction of Stepantsminda (Kazbegi). On the way to it, we will overlook the picturesque Ananuri fortress (XVI c.), located above Aragvi river, and also the amazing beauty of Zhinvali reservoir. In passing the ski resort Gudauri (2200 m), the stunning trip along Tergi river through Cross Pass (2400 m), will bring us to Stepantsminda (Kazbegi). Excursion in Kazbegi: church of the Holy Gergeti Trinity Church (2170 m above the sea level). Upon request jeep ride to the Gergheti church (for extra charge). When the weather is fair, the stunning view on the mountain Kazbeg (5147 m), one of the highest tops of Georgia, opens.
Return to Tbilisi. Overnight.
 
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Day 8: Tbilisi
Breakfast. Depending on the departure time, free time. Souvenirs buying. Transfer to the airport for your flight to back home.
 
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Tbilisi hotel: Hotel Light House Old City / GTM Plaza 3* / "Mirobelle" / "Grand Palace " or similar hotels 3* in the central part of the town
Yerevan hotel: “Comfort” / “Silachior similar hotels 3* in the central part of the town
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The price includes:
  • Accommodation in 3* hotel: 4 nights in Tbilisi (Georgia) and 2 nights in Yerevan (Armenia); standard double rooms with breakfast;
  • Train tickets Tbilisi – Yerevan in 2 class;
  • Transport services according to the program;
  • English speaking guide according to the program.
The price does not include:
  • Flight;
  • Hotels 4* – on request;
  • Meals: lunches from 10 euros p/p, dinners from 12 euros p/p;
  • Welcome folklore dinner – 18 euros p/p;
  • Entrance fees;
  • Jeep in Kazbegi – 8 euros p/p;
  • Wine tasting in Georgia – 10 euros p/p;
  • Wine tasting in Armenia – 10 euros p/p;
  • Cognac tasting in Armenia – 10 euros p/p;
  • Insurance;
  • Services not listed above;
  • Personal expenses.
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