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You are arriving in Yerevan and departing from Tbilisi. You will be taken to the most popular, beautiful and appropriate places for the current season in both of the countries. Tour itinerary can be customized regarding your needs.
Your tour guide will meet you holding your name at airport in Yerevan, from where you will be taken to your hotel. You will be shown some places in the city the same evening
You will meet your tour guide in the morning again and go to SAGHMOSAVANK MONASTERY. Saghmosavank is a13th century monastery built on the top of Wasakh Canion. Next destination is the Alphabet Park – In 2005, the Armenian alphabet celebrated its 1600th birthday. In commemoration, it was given a gift of 39 giant, carved Armenian letters, strategically placed near the final resting place of the man who created the alphabet, Mesrop Mashtots. From there you will visit Amberd, which is a 7th-century fortress located 2,300 meters above sea level. At the end you will experience some snow in Aragats. It is the country’s highest mountain at 4,090 m above sea level
This day your first destination is The Khor Virap – an Armenian monastery located in the Ararat plain in Armenia, near the closed border with Turkey, about 8 kilometres south of Artashat, Ararat Province, within the territory of ancient Artaxata. The same day you will be able to have wine tasting at a wine cellar or winery, you will be explained more details by the guide. Last place for this day is Noravank, which means “New Monastery” in Armenian, but it is not as new as it sounds. It is a 13th-century Armenian monastery, located 122 km from Yerevan in a narrow gorge made by the Amaghu River, near the town of Yeghegnadzor
You will check-out from your hotel and get ready for a long journey to Tbilisi. Straight drive takes 5 hours and it is 300 kilometers. In order not to have a tiring day, on the way you will visit Tsaghkadzor ski resort, where you can take some activities such as cable cars lifting up to the mountains. The second stop is at the Sevani Lake – The biggest lake in the Caucasian region. Passpoer control is easy, the guide will explain everything. You will get visas on arrival and there is no fee to be paid. By the evening you will reach your hotel in Tbilisi. This day the Armenian tour guide will finish his work with you and from the next day you will have a new – Georgian tour guide.
You will meet your new guide in the morning by 10:00am and together you will go to Gudauri through the Georgian Military Road – the historic name for a major route through the Caucasus, from Tbilisi, Georgia to Vladikavkaz, Russia. This beautiful mountain road provides plenty of stunning scenery as it passes through narrow gorges squeezed between colossal mountains and climbs a long stretch of steep curves and switchbacks. On the way you will have stops at Jinvali – an artificial lake on the Aragvi River with beautiful nature and superb views. Ananuri – a picturesque castle complex with two churches and a watchtower enclosed in defensive stone walls. Located on the Aragvi River, it overlooks the beautiful azure blue waters of the Zhinvali reservoir. Next destination will be Gudauri. It is a young and rapid developing ski resort at the hight of 2,200m. Snow activities will not be available at that time, but you will be able to enjoy the views form Russia–Georgia Friendship Monument. Main destination in Kazbegi is The Gergeti Trinity Church, which was built in the 14th century, and is the onlycross-cupola church in Khevi province. It is overlooking the town of Stepantsminda. It will take 3 hours to reach Tbilisi.
In the morning by 9:30am you will leave from the hotel and go to Kakheti. First destination you will visit is KTW(Kakheti Traditional Winemaking) where you will be able to taste some sort of wine for free and see the company wine storage. Next will be St. Nino Convent and Bodbe – Eparchy Episcopacy center. Cathedral was constructed in IV century AD, on the tomb of St. Nino who introduced Christianity in Georgia. After bodbe, we will go to Signagi – a charming little town in the easternmost region of Kakheti. It is known as Georgia’s “City of Love”, with many couples coming here just to get married. With its romantic cobblestone streets and abundance of beautiful carved balconies, you might think you are in Italy! Signagi is also known for its many wine shops and wine cellars, which make it a great place for tasting famous Georgian wines. It is known for its long city walls which stretch along small mountain ridges; 4.5 km of these stone walls are well-preserved, and many people stroll along here and admire the Alazani Valley. From Signagi tour continues to the The Shumi Wine company is one of the leading producers of high quality Georgian wines. In ancient Georgia, the word “Shumi” meant genuine, undiluted wine. There you will taste 2 kinds of wine for 7 Lari and be able to buy some from the company local shop(optionable). Through Telavi(the main city and administrative center of Georgia’s eastern province of Kakheti, located on foot-hills of Tsiv-Gombori Range at 500–800 meters above the sea level. Telavi and its surroundings are rich in historical, architectural and natural monuments) and The Tsiv-Gombori or Gombori is a mountain range in the Georgian section of Greater Caucasus mountains. The Gombori range(Which serves as a watershed, separating the Alazani and Iori river valleys, thereby dividing Kakheti into two traditional regions: inner (Shida) and outer (Gare))
The first destination on this day is Mtskheta. In the beginning you will visit Jvari, which is a sixth century Georgian Orthodox monastery located near Mtskheta. Listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, it is one of the masterpieces of Georgian architecture. From Jvari you will go to Mtskheta, where we will take a walk and see Georgia handmade crafts, exhibitions, taste Georgian traditional sweet churchkhela and visit Svetitskhoveli, the highlight of Mtskheta, is a grand Eastern Orthodox cathedral dating from the 11th century. Svetitskhoveli is considered to be the most important architectural and cultural monument in Georgia, and is recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. From Mtskheta you are moving to Uplistsikhe, which is an ancient rock-hewn town. Built on a high rocky left bank of the Mtkvari River, it contains various structures dating from the Early Iron Age to the Late Middle Ages, and is notable for the unique combination of various styles of rock-cut cultures from Anatolia and Iran, as well as the co-existence of pagan and Christian architecture.
After checking-out from your hotel you will be taken around Tbilisi when you will visit The Holy Trinity Cathedral of Tbilisi, commonly known as Sameba, is the main cathedral of the Georgian Orthodox Church and is one of the highlights of any Tbilisi tour. It is the tallest church in Tbilisi, and its golden dome is visible from most parts of the city. The church is part of a magnificent complex consisting of a monastery, a theology school, and nine chapels (including five that are underground). The next destination will be the cable Car area, which connects Rike Park (on the left bank of the Mtkvari River) with Narikala Fortress. While ascending to the fortress, relax and enjoy breathtaking 360-degree views of Tbilisi from the large windows of a climate-controlled car. On the top we will visit Mother Georgia statue, Kartlis Deda and Narikala, a 4th Century fortress perched on a steep hill located between the sulphur baths and the botanical gardens of Tbilisi. Before departure, last destination will be the old town and Shardeni str. which is well known for its restaurants, bars and clubs. Together with the parallel streets of Bambis Rigi, Rkinis Rigi, and Erekle II (a little further north), with their fashionable galleries and cafes and souvenir shops.
You will be transferred to airport by 6pm. This is where the tour ends.
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