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Armenian Dance

 

 

 

Georgia-Armenia
 
8 days/7 nights

    

ITINERARY

Day 1 ARRIVAL IN TBILISI

Arrive in Tbilisi airport and transfer to the hotel. 
Overnight in Tbilisi hotel

 

Day 2 TBILISI CITY TOUR

After breakfast have full day tour of Tbilisi city. Visit Holy Trinity Cathedral (Sameba) – a sacred place for every Georgian and a seat of the Catholicos-Patriarch of all Georgia. Drive to Rustaveli Avenue and have an excursion at the Golden treasury of Georgian National Museum, where various archaeological, ethnographic and natural collections are held. The museum houses Golden Treasury of Georgia. By a cable car continue to Narikala fortress of 4th c. (formerly known as an “Invidious fortress”) The presents name was given to it by Mongols meaning “little fortress”. 
Walk down and visit Tbilisi mosque from 18th c.Legvtakhevi waterfall and Sulfur bathhouses. There are lots of cafes and bars, souvenir shops and art galleries located near the bathhouse district on Maidan square, Sharden and Erekle II streets.
Finish the tour with sightseeing in Sioni cathedral, formerly main cathedral of Georgia and Anchiskhati basilica of 6th c., which is the oldest church in Tbilisi.
Overnight in Tbilisi hotel

 

Day 3 TBILISI-GORI-UPLISTSIKHE-KUTAISI

After breakfast drive to fertile Kartli region and enjoy sightseeing in the town of Gori. The house and museum of Joseph Stalin is located here. The museum includes house where Stalin was born and spent his early childhood and his personal train coach.
Continue to Uplistskhe rock-hewn town, located near Gori. Here archaeological excavations have uncovered layers from Early Iron Age to Late Middle Ages. Artifacts found in Uplistskhe are now part of Georgian National Museum exhibition.
Arrive in Imereti region center – Kutaisi city. Have excursion at Gelati Monastery and Academy, the burial place of one of the most prominent Kings of Georgia David the Builder. The monastery presents a true masterpiece of Georgian traditional church architecture and was known as cultural and theological center throughout the centuries.
Overnight in Kutaisi

 

Day 4 KUTAISI-MTSKHETA-TBILISI

After breakfast drive to Prometheus natural caves located near Kutaisi. The caves are full of stalactites and stalagmites of extraordinary beauty. The site has been renovated recently and is now decorated with visual and audio effects.
Drive back to Tbilisi and stop in Mtskheta town for sightseeing. Two of the UNESCO World Heritage sites are located in this small town, which has been referred to by Georgians as “holy city”. One of them is Svetitskhoveli Cathedral dating back to 11 c. The interior of the church was once full of frescos; now only few of them survive.  Another UNESCO site – Jvari Monastery – stands on a hill overlooking Mtskheta at the confluence of two rivers – Mtvari and Aragvi. The monastery was found in 6th c., and was walled by defensive structures in late Middle Ages.
Overnight in Tbilisi hotel

 

Day 5 TBILISI-VARDZIA-GIUMRI

After breakfast in the morning drive to Javakheti region and visit Vardzia cave monastery and town established in 12 c. during the reign of King George III and his daughter Queen Tamar.  As Javakhetiwas a barrier separating the rest of Georgia from Muslim world and was often attacked by enemies. Thus a massive complex was built for defensive as well as monastic purposes. 
Along the River Mtkvari there are several historical and architectural monuments. We can stop for photo shooting at gorgeous mediaeval fortresses Khertvisi and Tmogvi . 
Meeting at Georgian-Armenian border, change the transport and the guide. Move to Giumri, the second biggest city in Armenia. Have a short city tour in Giumri passing through the old and new streets of the historical city.
Overnight in Giumri

 

Day 6 GIUMRI-EJMIATSIN-ZVARTNOC-YEREVAN

Breakfast at the hotel. Start the excursion to centuries-old monuments Ejmiatsin and Zvartnots. These sites are listed on UNESCO World Heritage list. The Cathedral of Ejmiatsin, founded in 303, is the official residence of the Catholicos of Armenia. We’ll continue the trip to Zvartnots Temple, which was built on 7th century by Nerses Builder Catholicos. Get back to Yerevan. We will visit Vernissage; the famous open-air market of contemporary art. We will do tour with in the capital of Armenia: Yerevan. For ages this city has been known as a “pink city” because of the color of the stone it has been built with. So we will visit Republic squareMashtoc Avenue, the House of Opera and Ballet after Aram Khachatryan, the park “Cascad”. We will visit Yerevan Brandy Factory, where you will taste world-famous brandy. Then we will visit the Manuscript Museum of Armenia, which is called Matenadaran; here all ancient Armenian Manuscripts are kept. Then we should visit History museum andGenocide Memorial known as Tsitsernakaberd.
Overnight in Yerevan hotel

 

Day 7 YEREVAN-GARN-GEGHARD-YEREVAN

Breakfast at the hotel.  Take trip to Garni. This Pagan Temple was built in the 1st century AD. It is the only temple that has been preserves from the Pagan times in Armenia. It was devoted to the god Mihr, who was the god of cleanness. In 1679 it was destroyed by earthquake. In the 1975 the Temple was restored. Then we will continue our trip to Geghard Monastery. Its name came from the legendary lance that was used to pierce the body of Christ. It has been kept here for centuries. Though the exact foundation of the monastery is unknown, the present complex was built in the mid – 13th century. Afterwards we will a local house where you will have the chance to see and participate in the preparation of Armenian national bread: lavash. It is a very thin, usually sold in very large forms. It is usually cooked in a ground oven: tonir. Get back to Yerevan.
Overnight in Yerevan hotel

 

Day 8 YEREVAN-SANAHIN-HAGHPAT-SADAKHLO-TBILISI

Breakfast at the hotel. Drive to Lori region. Today we will visit two unique monuments of Armenian architecture of X-XIV centuries: the monasteries of Sanahin and Haghpat which are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Literally the name ’’Sanahin’’ in Armenian means "this one is older than the other," which probably means that this monastery is older of than Haghpat. These two monasteries are very close to each other and can be easily seen from one to the other. Both are located on an uneven plateau, separated by a deep crack formed by a small river that flows into the river Debed. Haghpat Monastery was one of the largest religious, cultural and educational centers of medieval Armenia. We will also visit the monastery of Akhtala, which has a fantasticscenery. Here we may see the first statue of marriage rings in the world. Drive to Armenian-Georgian border Sadakhlo. Meet Georgian team. Transfer directly to Tbilisi airport for departure.