Ararat – Caucasus

Whoever loves the beauty of the mountains and walks along the trails and gorges will be happy about this tour.
This is an unusual journey that will give you legends and burning bonfires … So if you feel the need for rest and a change in the situation, the Caucasian mountains will give you this magnificence and a charge of vital energy. But at the foot of Ararat you will feel  on the edge of the universe and will be conquered by a panorama of peaks shining in the sun …
On the way from Ararat to the Caucasus you will know a lot of interesting things about the traditions of different peoples, feel the aroma of pine needles and alpine meadows, taste the life-giving water of narzan, the gift of springs …

Discover new stories, new tops and new friends!

11 days/10 nights

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Meeting at the Zvartnots airport in Yerevan and transfer to the hotel.

Day 1: Garni – Geghard (80 km)
After a short rest, a trip to Garni – the former summer residence of Armenian kings. Inspection of the pagan temple of the Sun (1st century AD) – an architectural monument of the Hellenistic era. Continuation of the trip to the monastery complex Geghard (12-13 centuries.), entered in the world cultural heritage of UNESCO. Separate structures of the monastery are carved in a monolithic rock. Visiting Yerevan Brandy Factory with degustation.

Day 2: Yerevan
City tour. Visit the Erebuni Fortress Museum (782 BC) and the Historical Museum of Armenia. Visit Matenadaran – The Institute of Ancient Manuscripts. Visit Tsitsernakaberd – The Memorial complex of victims of the 1915 genocide, visit Vernissage – the fair of folk craftsmen in the open air. The end of the excursion is at 18.00. Attending the concert.

Day 3: Ashtarak – Echmiadzin – Zvartnots (80 km)
Trip to the town of Ashtarak. The survey of the early Christian churches of Ciranavor (5th c.) and Karmravor (7th century). The continuation of the trip to Echmiadzin which is the spiritual and administrative center of the Armenian Apostolic Church. Visit the Cathedral (4th c.). The presence on Sunday service and inspection of the museum exhibits at the church. The Inspection of the church of St. Hripsime (7th c.). On the way back, you will have a survey of the ruins of the Temple of the Bending Forces of Zvartnots (7th c.). Return to Yerevan by 5 pm.

Day 4: Khor Virap – Noravank (260 km)Noravank
A trip to Khor Virap, located near the border with Turkey, a tour of the Church of the Holy Virgin (17th century). From the territory of the monastery a magnificent panorama of the biblical mountain Ararat opens. A trip to the unique monument of the Armenian medieval architecture-monastery Noravank (13-14 centuries), located on the rocky ledge of the grandiose canyon. On the way back, you will have a stop in the village of Areni for wine tasting at a local winery. Return to Yerevan by 18.00.

 

Day 5: Kecharis – Sevan – Haghartsin – Goshavank (260 km)
Trip to Tsaghkadzor. Visit the monastery Kecharis (11th-12th centuries). Continuation of the trip to the high mountain lake Sevan (1900 m) which is the “blue pearl of Armenia”. The overview of churches on the peninsula (9th c.). A trip to the mountain resort of Dilijan, located in the middle of a picturesque area called “Armenian Switzerland”. The survey of the monasteries Haghartsin (11th-13th centuries) and Goshavank (12th-13th centuries). Arrival in Dilijan by 18.00. Overnight at a local hotel.

Day 6: Sanahin-Akhpat-Tbilisi (260 km)
A trip to the north of Armenia – a fairy-tale land of wooded mountains and bottomless gorges. The survey of masterpieces of medieval Armenian architecture – monasteries of Sanahin (9th-12th centuries) and Haghpat (11-13th centuries). The monastery of Haghpat is included in the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage. Continuation of the trip to the Armenia-Georgia border. Change of the bus and the guide. Border crossing. Arrival in Tbilisi by 18.00. Hotel accommodation.

Day 7: Tbilisi
City tour. Sightseeing Tbilisi: the old Tbilisi-Metekhi church (13th c.), the Nariyala fortress (5th c.), the Sulfuros bathhouse, the synagogue, the Mosque, the Sion Cathedral (6th-7th centuries). Visit the State Museum of Georgian History and walk along Rustaveli Avenue. The end of the program is by 6 pm.
Going to the concert.

Day 8: Tbilisi-Mtskheta-Ananuri-Gudauri
(130 km)
Trip to the ancient capital of Georgia-Mtskheta, sightseeing: Cathedral of Svetitskhoveli (11th c.), Jvari church (6th c.). A trip to the Ananuri Church (12th c.), located on the Georgian Military Highway, on the territory of the Ginvali Reserve. Arrival in Gudauri is by 6 pm and overnight at a local hotel.

 

Day 9: Gudauri-Kazbek-Daryal Gorge (90 km)
A trip to Kazbeki village with an overview of the highest mountain of Georgia – Kazbek (5,047 m). Walking tour to the church of Gergeti (14th c.), at an altitude of 2734 meters above sea level. A trip along the majestic Daryal Gorge to the Russian-Georgian border. Return to Gudauri by 19.00.

Day 10: Gudauri – Kutaisi (380 km)

A trip to Western Georgia to the monastery of Gelati (12th century) – an important cultural and educational center of medieval Georgia. The inspection of the ruins of the Bagrati Cathedral (11th c.). Both monuments of architecture are included in the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage. Arrival in Kutaisi by 19.00 and overnight at a local hotel.

Day 11: Kutaisi-Gori-Tbilisi (300 km)
A trip to the cave settlement in Upilistsikha (6-4 centuries BC). Continuation of a trip to Gori with a visit to the Stalin Museum. Arrival in Tbilisi by 19.00. Farewell dinner.
Transfer to Tbilisi airport and departure to your homeland.

The program can be changed.

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