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Ultimate Armenia to Georgia Culture Tour with Koutaissi

Overview

If you are looking for a unique holiday destination packed full of new experiences, then look no further! Our 15-day Armenia to Georgia culture tour explores two spectacular countries, ticking off a variety of scenic hotspots, quaint villages and ancient UNESCO sites along the way. If you are looking for the ultimate adventure across the Caucus region then this tour has everything you could wish for and beyond.

  • 4×4 Experience around Mt Kazbegi

  • City tours of Tbilisi and Yerevan

  • Discovering the Zorats Karer ‘Armenian Stonehenge’

  • 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 Cities of Mtskheta and Koutaïssi

  • Visiting three UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Zvartnots Temple, Gelati monastery 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

  • Genocide Memorial and Museum

  • Cascade Complex of modern art

  • Scenic Surrounds

  • Armenian Central Market

  • Souvenir Shopping

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

  • Scenic Surrounds

  • Geghard Monastery

  • Cultural Immersive Experience

  • Prominent Landscape

  • Optional Extras

Day 4

Trip to Zvartnots temple

After breakfast, you will start the day with a visit to two Armenian 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

  • Prominent Landscape

  • Religious Buildings & Monuments

  • Echmiatsin Cathedral

  • Scenic Surrounds

  • Free Time

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

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Yeghegis

A quaint village nestled in the Vayots Dzor Province of Armenia, Yeghegis, has a rich cultural heritage and is home to many medieval buildings including Zorats Church, the Tsakhats Kar Monastery and a nearby Jewish cemetery. Yeghegis has endured a tumultuous past with neighbouring Azerbaijan, most notably the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict which saw the exodus of the Azerbaijani population of the village.

Day 6

Visiting the Zorats Karer Observatory

After breakfast, your driver will take you to a 13th century Jewish cemetery built by an old Jewish community who fled from Persia to Armenia between the 13th and 14th centuries. Here, you will explore the cemetery grounds and see over 60 tombstones written in both Jewish and Aramaic.

  • Breakfast

  • 13th century Jewish cemetery

  • Guided History Tour

  • Zorats Karer Observatory

  • “Armenian Stonehenge” petroglyphs

  • Prominent Landscape

  • Optional Extras

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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 7

Experience Spectacular Views of Lake Sevan

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 to visit the Selim Pass Karavansaray, which was used as a rest stop by Silk road caravans in times gone by.

  • Breakfast

  • Lake Sevan

  • Prominent Landscape

  • Tatever ropeway

  • Monastery of Tatev

  • Selim Pass Karavansaray

  • Scenic Surrounds

  • Free Time

Day 8

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

  • Dilijan

  • Prominent Landscape

  • City Tour

  • Souvenir Shopping

  • Haghartsin Monastery

  • Scenic Surrounds

  • Transfer

  • Armenian-Georgian border at Sadakhlo

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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 9

City Tour of Tbilisi

Today, you will embark on a sightseeing tour of Georgia’s capital city Tbilisi.

  • Breakfast

  • City Tour

  • Tbilisi Old City

  • Metekhi Church

  • Holy Trinity Cathedral

  • Narikala fortress

  • Scenic Surrounds

  • Rustaveli Avenue

  • Souvenir Shopping

Day 10

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. Your driver will continue the road to Kvareli where you will check into your hotel for the evening.

  • Breakfast

  • Kakheti region

  • Prominent Landscape

  • Signagi ‘City of Love’

  • Alazani Valley

  • Scenic Surrounds

  • Free Time

  • Optional Extras

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Kvareli

A town situated in the Alazani Valley in North-East Georgia, Kvareli, is the centre of the Kakheti wine-producing region. Aside from its idyllic vineyards, the town is also known for being the birthplace of Georgian author Ilia Chavchavadze; whose fortified house is preserved as a local museum.

Day 11

Exploring the house of famous poet Alexander Chavchavadze

After a light breakfast and checking out of your hotel, your driver will pick you up and take you to Gremi Village where you will see the Monastery of Gremi, one of the masterpieces of late medieval Kakhetian architecture. Next, you will set out on the road to Tsinandali where you will get to visit the museum- house of aristocratic poet Alexander Chavchavadze. Here, you will get time to explore the memorial house, landscape garden, historical winery and wine cellar before continuing onto Telavi.

  • Breakfast

  • Monastery of Gremi

  • museum-house of Alexander Chavchavadze

  • Prominent Landscape

  • Tsikhe complex

  • Scenic Surrounds

  • Dakishvili Vineyard

  • Wine tasting

  • Food & Drink Experience

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Telavi

Situated in the foothills of the Gombori Range in the Eastern province of Kaheti, Georgia, the city of Telavi is the administrative centre of the region. The city has a rich history with archaeological records dating back as far as the 2nd century BC. During the 10th to 12th centuries, it was the capital of the Kingdom of Kakheti, later becoming one of the most important political and economic centres during the Georgian Golden Age.

Day 12

Visiting the Ancient City of Mtskheta

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

  • Mtskheta Old City

  • Prominent Landscape

  • 11th century Svetitskhoveli Cathedral

  • 6th century Jvari Monastery

  • Ananuri castle complex

  • Scenic Surrounds

  • Expert Guide

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Gudauri

A popular ski resort area situated on the south-facing plateau of the Georgian Caucasus Mountain range, Gudauri is popular with tourists from across the world. The resort enjoys a long ski season spanning from December to April and Its slopes at an elevation of 7,200 ft, are considered some of the safest with scenic, clear views.

Day 13

4×4 Experience around Mt Kazbegi

After breakfast and checking out of your hotel, you will continue to drive on the route to Kazbegi by crossing the Jvari Pass. The next part of the journey will take you on a 4×4 experience to get to Gergeti Holy Trinity Church situated under Mt Kazbegi. The church is a remarkable monument of Georgian architecture, near to the village of Gergeti.

  • Breakfast

  • Mount Kazbegi

  • Prominent Landscape

  • Gergeti Holy Trinity Church

  • Stepantsminda (Kazbegi) town

  • Scenic Surrounds

  • Joseph Stalin Museum

  • Guided History Tour

  • Expert Guide

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Kutaisi

A historic city nestled deep in Western Georgia, Kutaisi, is on the doorstep of many of the country’s most famous landmarks. It is home to the Bagrati Cathedral and the medieval Gelati Monastery, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with elaborate frescoes. In addition to its rich historical significance, the city is located near to many natural landmarks including the Prometheus Cave with its awe-inspiring waterfalls and stunning panoramas.

Day 14

Panoramic Tour of the Ancient City of Kutaisi

After breakfast, you will set off on your final trip to Kutaisi. Here, you will take a full tour of the ancient city including the Lado Meskhishvili dramatic theatre, central square, the Okros Chardakhi (golden tent) and take a stroll around the central park.

  • Breakfast

  • City Tour

  • Lado Meskhishvili dramatic theatre

  • Okros Chardakhi – Golden tent Palace

  • Scenic Surrounds

  • Gelati monastery

  • UNESCO World Heritage Site

  • Free Time

  • Souvenir Shopping

Day 15

Departure from Tbilisi

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

  • Breakfast

  • Free Time

  • Scenic Surrounds

  • Souvenir Shopping

  • 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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