Armenia & Georgia Tour, 14 days
The beginning of this tour is the Armenian capital Yerevan. The city combines stately Soviet buildings with old narrow streets. From this city we visit Echmiadzin, the Roman temple in Garni and the monastery in Geghard. During the tour there are also visits to the spectacular Amberdfort, the cave city Vardzia and the Haghpat monastery on the planning. In Georgia we travel to Tbilisi and the impressive Caucasus. The history, culture and way of life of the Georgians is linked to wine making. We can taste delicious wines in one of the many restaurants in Tbilisi and in the cozy accommodation in the mountains.
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- Jerevan, excursie Garni en Geghardklooster
- Jerevan - excursie naar fort Amberd - Ashtarak - Echmiadzin
- Jerevan - Khor Virap - Noravank - Goris
- Goris - Tatev klooster - Selimpas - Sevanmeer
- Sevanmeer - Dilijan - Alaverdi
- Alaverdi - Sanahin - Haghpat - Tbilisi
- Tbilisi - Mtskheta - Gergetikerk - Gudauri
- Gudauri - Gori - Uplistsitsje - Kutaisi
- Kutaisi - Gelati - Bakuriani
- Bakuriani, excursie naar Vardzia
- Bakuriani - Tiblisi
- Tbilisi - David Gareja - Signagi
- Signagi - Kagetie - Tbilisi
Day by day
Day 1. (Travel day) Hotel extension recommended
Day 2. Arrival Yerevan (Meet group - Land begins)
Day 3. Yerevan, excursion Garni and Geghard Monastery
Day 4. Yerevan, excursion to Fort Amberd and Echmiadzin
Although Yerevan is a nearly three thousand years old city, you see little of this today. The central square Hanrapetutyan and the broad leafy boulevards are flanked by stately buildings from the Soviet period and modern new buildings. Behind it you immediately end up in the narrow streets of the old city with sometimes still wooden houses. Thus, 20th-century architecture mixes with houses from earlier centuries. A visit to the covered market in Yerevan gives a nice impression of daily life.
In the national art and culture museum Matenadaran you will find the world's largest collection of Armenian manuscripts. The museum for the Armenian genocide describes the persecutions of the Ottoman army against the Armenians from around 1915. Above Yerevan still depicts the martial Soviet image for the Motherland of Armenia. From a large part of the country you see the snow-capped top of the Ararat , a mountain sacred to the Armenians, which with its location on Turkish territory aptly illustrates the division of their tribal land.
The next day we make a day trip from the Armenian capital and we look at a Roman temple in Garni. In a remote area on a rock plateau, this temple from the 1st century is almost intact. The Corinthian columns and reliefs have stood the test of time well. A few centuries later, the royal family used the temple as a summer residence.
A little further on in the ever-shrinking valley, lies the partially cloaked Geghard monastery with special reliefs. According to tradition, the spear that pierced Jesus was kept here. In the evening there is an opportunity for a not to be missed folklore show in a theater in Yerevan.
A visit to Amberd fort, spectacularly situated at the intersection of the Amberd and Arkashen rivers, is on the program the next day. The fort lies on the flanks of Mount Aragats and we enjoy beautiful views along the way. Sometimes we stop for a crossing sheep herd with a shepherd. We also visit the main church of the country in one of the oldest and most pleasant places in Armenia: Echmiadzin. For centuries the rituals of the Armenian church have been performed here. The Armenians call it the oldest church in the Christian world, even though there have been many renovations and restorations. Along the way we have a fantastic view of both mountains of Armenia: the Ararat and the Aragats. In the middle of the landscape we suddenly pass the 36 letters of the Armenian alphabet in 405 n. Chr. is designed.
Day 5. Yerevan - Khor Virap - Noravank - Goris
Day 6. Goris - Tatev Monastery - Selim - Sevan Lake
Day 7. Sevan Lake - Dilijan - Alaverdi
In the south, the wilderness and desolation of the landscape increases with high bare mountains and narrow green valleys along fast flowing rivers. In the morning we drive close to the Turkish border which is a "No Go Area". In the distance the Ararat. The holy mountain of the Armenians. This is the mountain where Noah 's Ark would have run aground. From a large part of the country you see the snow-capped peak of the mountain, which, with its location on Turkish territory, aptly illustrates the division of the Armenian tribe.
Then you see the church Khor Virap in a wide valleylie that has long been used as a prison because of its remote location. We take the time to look around. Further south we pass the village of Areni where wine is produced. Many Iranian truck drivers stop here for shopping. The Noravank monastery from the 13th century lies in an abandoned gorge next to a river in a beautiful colored landscape. After visiting the Noravank monastery we pass Zorat Karer, also known as the Armenian Stonehenge.
From Goris it is a few hours drive to the village of Tatev where in 2010 the longest cable car in the world was opened. This cable car goes to the beautiful ancient Tatev monastery, and brings visitors up in 11 minutes. On the Selimpas since the Silk Roadin use, we stop at the well-preserved Selim Caravanserai from the 14th century. We spend the night at the high-altitude Sevan Lake with ice-cold, clear melting water.
In the morning we first stop at the Sevanavank monastery, which is located on a beautiful viewpoint near the lake. We continue our journey through the beautiful rolling valley that is surrounded by the mountains of the Little Caucasus . For those who are interested in history and medieval architecture offers Old Dilijana good insight into the daily life of yesteryear. Standing in the abandoned refectory of the small monastery Goshavank, the Middle Ages come to life. In the afternoon we can eat at a family in Diljian at home. We drive towards the Georgian border and spend the night in the area of Alaverdi.
Georgia - High Caucasus
Day 8 Alaverdi - Sanahin - Haghpat - Tbilisi
Day 9 Tbilisi - Kazbegi - Gergeti Church - Gudauri
Day 10 Gudauri - Gori - Bakuriani
We continue our way through the deep gorge of the Debet River towards Georgia. Before we cross the border to Tbilisi, the capital of Georgia, we first visit Haghpat. Here we visit Haghpat Monastery, the final resting place for several famous Armenian poets, historians and philosophers. The monastery has been placed on the World Heritage list because of its unique architecture. After the border crossing with Georgia at Sadakhlo, bus and driver changes.
We drive a bit over the historic 'Georgian Military Highway' towards the north. Before we spend the night in Gudauri we go to Kazbegi in the rugged mountains. From Kazbegi we have a beautiful view of the very photogenic Gergetikerk, with the more than 5050 meters high Kazbegi in the background. It is possible to make the hefty walk upwards or to go up by vans. The monasteries used to be used as protection along this route, such as the beautifully situated Ananuri complex. The hospitality in the mountain area is amazingly large, although you have to communicate with your hands and feet.
During the day from Gudauri to Bakuriani we pass Gori, the birthplace of the Russian leader Stalin. In this otherwise not so special village the Stalin museum can be visited. Uplistsikhe is an unusually medieval town carved out of the rocks by slaves in the 8th century. It is close to Gori and we make a short stop here. We drive to the mountain area at Bakuriani where we spend the night.
Vardzia and Mtskheta
Day 11 Bakuriani, excursion to Vardzia
Day 12 Bakuriani - Mtskheta - Tbilisi
Bakuriani was the first Georgian place to ski. Many Olympic skiers from the former Soviet Union came to train here. It is wonderfully quiet here and we can take some short walks or relax.
From Bakuriani we travel in the direction of Vardzia. The region derives its name from two Georgian tribes living here, the Meskh and the Javakhs. We first stop at the famous 10th-century Khertvisi fort, considered to be one of the oldest in the country. The cave town of Vardzia is one of Georgia's most famous sights. The place is inextricably linked to the first queen Tamar. She ruled in the 12th century and in the carved rooms we can admire her on some well-preserved frescoes.
We leave Bakuriani behind us and drive back to the capital Tbilisi. Before we enter the capital, we stop in Mtskheta. Mtskheta is the former capital of East Georgia and is believed to be the cradle of the Christian faith. This town has some very richly decorated churches. The Jvarikerk is beautifully situated on a cliff, with a beautiful view over the city. The buildings of Mtskheta were added to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1994.
Day 13 Tbilisi, city tour
Day 14 Tbilisi, excursion David Gareja
Day 15 Tbilisi
Tbilisi is the bustling capital of Georgia. Here you can find traces of many periods in history. From churches, synagogues and mosques to typical Soviet architecture. Street life makes a Mediterranean impression, with many busy terraces and food stalls. Tbilisi has a very heterogeneous population. Azeris, Jews, Kurds and Armenians are mixed up here. Here too, on an incline, an immense image from the Soviet period of Mother Georgia towers above the city.
Because of its location in a narrow valley along the river Mtkwari you have a nice view of the city from many sides, in which there is a lot of greenery. On the river you will find the old town with many wooden houses, the Sioni Cathedral and an old caravanserai. In the new part of the city it is good to stay on the Rustaveli boulevard where the parliament and the opera house are located.
The monk cells of the Lavra Monastery are built against and in the mountains in David Gareja. This particularly impressive semi-desert area is located near the border of Azerbaijan. A walk of about 2 hours will take you to the caves of this monastery with frescoes further down the mountain.
Dates and prices
Departure dates 2019
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$575.00 . Single Room charge
$180 . Out of pocket expenses weekly (estimate)
$40 . Group tip pot per person (driver, porters...does not include tip for guide)
Yerevan . - Extension hotel
$110.00 . Double Room
$110.00 . Single Room
Tbilisis . Extension hotel
$110.00 . Double Room
$110.00 . Single Room
Daily breakfasts, 3 lunches included
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