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Armenia to Georgia Caucasus Culture Tour 

Overview

Embark on a spectacular journey across the Caucuses stretching from the Armenian capital of Yerevan to the Georgian capital of Tbilisi. If you are after a culture-packed holiday experience and enjoy exploring new and exciting destinations, then this is the tour for you. On this 12-day culture tour, you will have a full city tour of Yerevan and Tbilisi as well as visits to several quaint villages, sites of ancient cities, beautiful lakes, monasteries and exquisite wineries.

  • City tours of Tbilisi and Yerevan

  • Exclusive wine tasting experience in Areni

  • Exploring the Garni Temple

  • Spectacular views of the Alazani Valley from the old-Georgian city of Signagi

  • Stopping in the beautiful mountainous region of Dilijan

  • Visiting the Ancient City of Mtskheta

  • Visit to two Armenian UNESCO World Heritage sites Zvartnots Temple and Echmiatsin Cathedral

Itinerary

Yerevan

The capital of Armenia and its largest city, Yerevan has been occupied since the 8th century BC and is one of the oldest continuously occupied cities in the world. Although the city is known for its Soviet architecture, it has a vibrant cultural identity which it expresses through classical artistry, musical fountains, unique museums and its founding landmark, Erebuni Fortress.

Day 1

Arrival in Yerevan

Welcome to Yerevan! Your driver will meet you at your scheduled arrival point (airport or railway station) before taking you to your hotel.  

  • Arrival Transfer

  • Free Time

  • Scenic Surrounds

Day 2

City Tour of Yerevan

After a good night’s sleep breakfast will kick off your experience with a Yerevan city tour where you see some of the city’s most iconic landmarks including Republic Square, the Mother Armenia Monument, the President’s Palace and more.

  • Breakfast

  • City Tour

  • Mother Armenia Monument

  • Republic Square

  • Scenic Surrounds

  • Genocide Memorial and Museum

  • Cascade Complex of modern art

  • Armenian Central Market

  • Optional excursions

Day 3

Visiting Ancient Temples in Garni

After having breakfast in your hotel, your driver will take you to Matenadaran, one of the largest depositories of ancient manuscripts in the world with scripts dating back as far as the 7th century.

  • Breakfast

  • Garni Temple

  • Geghard Monastery

  • Religious Buildings & Monuments

  • Scenic Surrounds

  • Prominent Landscape

  • Cultural Immersive Experience

  • Optional Extras

Day 4

Trip to Zvartnots temple

After breakfast, you will start the day with a visit to two Armenian UNESCO World Heritage sites. The first, a journey to Zvartnots, a temple built in the 7th century displaying a unique example of Armenian architecture for the early Christian period and the Echmiatsin Cathedral. The museum of the Cathedral has a huge collection of religious artefacts made from gold, silver and precious stones along with a legendary holy spear.

  • Breakfast

  • Zvartnots Temple

  • UNESCO World Heritage Site

  • Scenic Surrounds

  • Echmiatsin Cathedral

  • Prominent Landscape

  • Optional Extras

Day 5

Wine Tasting in Areni

You will start your day with breakfast at your hotel before heading out on a drive to the Ararat Valley to visit the Khor Virap Church where you will see the best views of the biblical Mt Ararat and delve into the dungeon beneath.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

  • Ararat Valley

  • Khor Virap Monastery

  • Prominent Landscape

  • Noravank Monastery

  • wine tasting experience

  • Scenic Surrounds

  • Optional Extras

Travel to

Sevan

A popular resort area in Armenia, Sevan is situated on the north-western shore of Lake Sevan, a natural beauty spot within the Sevan National Park. The city was founded as Yelenovka in the 19th century after Yelena Pavlovna the daughter of Tsar Paul I of Russia before being renamed in 1935 to Sevan after the nearby lake. It noted for the 9th century, Sevanavank Monastery, a unique example of medieval Armenian architecture.

Day 6

Experience Spectacular Views of Sevan Lake

After breakfast, you can start your morning with a ride on the ‘Tatever’, known for being the longest ropeway in the world, stretching over the canyons to the Monastery of Tatev. Your driver will then begin the journey to Sevan Lake via the spectacular Selim Pass. On the way, you will stop for a local lunch and visit the Selim Pass Karavansaray, which was used as a rest stop by Silk road caravans in times gone by.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

  • Lake Sevan

  • Prominent Landscape

  • Tatever ropeway

  • Monastery of Tatev

  • Scenic Surrounds

  • Selim Pass Karavansaray

  • Optional Extras

Day 7

Walking Tour in Dilijan

After breakfast, your driver will pick you up from the hotel and take you to the beautiful region of Dilijan, known as the ‘Armenian Switzerland’. Enjoy a short walking tour of the city including a visit to the handicrafts market where you get to see souvenirs created in wood, stone and ceramics.

  • Breakfast & Dinner

  • Dilijan

  • Scenic Surrounds

  • Souvenir Shopping

  • Haghartsin Monastery

  • Transfer

  • Armenian-Georgian border at Sadakhlo

  • Optional Extras

Travel to

Tbilisi

Located on the banks of the Kura River, Tbilisi, is the capital and largest city of Georgia. The city was a point of contention between many empires due to its prominent position on the Silk Road and has been under Persian and Russian rule which has contributed to its ecclectic architectural style. Tbilisi is best known for its Orthodox cathedrals, sulphur baths, and the Narikala Fortress, a reconstructed 4th-century fortress that overlooks the city.

Day 8

City Tour of Tbilisi

After breakfast, you will have a tour of the Georgian capital of Tbilisi, a significant Silk Road trading post on the crossroads of Europe and Asia. The city has a complex and unique heritage that can be seen within its architecture, and you will get to see many of the most famous attractions, including the Metekhi church, the statue of king Vakhtang Gorgasali (founder of Tbilisi), the Mshrali Khidi and more.

  • Breakfast & Dinner

  • City Tour

  • Tbilisi Old City

  • Metekhi Church

  • Scenic Surrounds

  • Narikala fortress

  • Rike Park

  • Rustaveli Avenue

  • Souvenir Shopping

Day 9

Visit to Signagi ‘City of Love’

After a hotel breakfast, you will drive to the Kakheti region in eastern Georgia, known exclusively its fantastic vineyards and wineries. You will first stop at the ancient city of Signagi, (known as the city of Love) where you will see the splendour of Georgian architecture from stone paved streets to old-Georgian style balconies, while overlooking magnificent Alazani Valley. While here, you will enjoy a family-hosted lunch of Shashlik followed by wine tasting in the cellar.

  • Breakfast & Lunch

  • Kakheti region

  • Prominent Landscape

  • Signagi ‘City of Love’

  • Cultural Immersive Experience

  • Food & Drink Experience

  • Wine tasting

  • Bodbe Monastery

  • Scenic Surrounds

Day 10

Drive to Ananuri

Today, you will enjoy a drive around some of Georgia’s most scenic hotspots. After breakfast, your driver will pick you up from the hotel before setting off on the journey to Ananuri. This castle complex overlooks the pristine Jinvali reservoir flanked by mountain peaks and is the perfect stop for a unique photo opportunity.

  • Breakfast & Lunch

  • Ananuri castle complex

  • Scenic Surrounds

  • Stepantsminda (Kazbegi) town

  • Mount Kazbegi

  • Prominent Landscape

  • Gergeti Holy Trinity Church

  • Free Time

Day 11

Visiting the Ancient City of Mtskheta

The final day of your experience. After breakfast, your driver will take you to Mtskheta, one of the oldest cities in Georgia and the former capital of the ancient Georgian kingdom from 3rd century BC to the 5th century AD. While in Mtskheta, you will visit some more recent reminders of Georgian history in the form of the 11th century Svetitskhoveli Cathedral and 6th century Jvari Monastery.

  • Breakfast & Lunch

  • Mtskheta Old City

  • Prominent Landscape

  • 11th century Svetitskhoveli Cathedral

  • 6th century Jvari Monastery

  • Joseph Stalin Museum

  • Scenic Surrounds

  • Uplistsikhe ancient rock-hewn town

  • Guided History Tour

Day 12

Departure from Tbilisi

After breakfast and checking out of your hotel, your driver will meet you and take you to the airport for departure.

  • Breakfast

  • Free Time

  • Scenic Surrounds

  • Departure Transfer

Where you can stay

A hotel can be the make or break of any experience, and we understand that choosing the right hotel is important to our travellers. Check out our range of hotels ahead of time, and learn more about our standard 3-star options and the luxury 5-star upgrades that are available in the destinations you will be visiting.

Please note that the selection of hotels included here are examples of where you may stay on your tour, we will pick the best option for you based on your travel requirements.

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