Tour Program

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Tbilisi (GEO)
Itinerary
Arrival in Tbilisi. Transfer to your hotel. Check-in at 14:00. Free day in Tbilisi. Overnight at the hotel.

Driving distance: 25 km

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2
Tbilisi – Telavi – Tsinandali – Kvareli – Akhasheni (GEO)
Itinerary
After breakfast at 09:00 meet your guide and depart towards the Kakheti, the Eastern part of Georgia famous for its viticulture and winemaking traditions. Beautiful road to Kakheti lies through Gombori pass. Our first stop will be in Telavi, the administrative and historic center of the region. Have a short walk in the old Telavi and have a photo stop at the monument to King Erekli II. Visit local bazaar with fresh fruits and vegetables, cheeses and dry fruits. Drive to Tsinandali, residence of dukes of Georgia, with beautiful English garden, museum, and wine cellar which belonged to prince Chavchavadze, public figure and poet of 19th century. Our next stop will be be the Khareba Winery, near the town of Kvareli. On the way there, you will enjoy picturesque landscapes of wineyards and wine-producing villages. Khareba's unique wine cellar is located in a tunnel carved out of the rock. Originally built for military purposes, today the tunnel is used to store Kakheti’s finest wines. Enjoy a wine tour and a tasting session. Transfer to Akhasheni Wine Resort for the night, arriving at 17:30-18:00. This resort is surrounded by beautiful vineyards and offers stunning views of the Caucasus Mountains - the perfect place to take a break before continuing our journey in Georgia.
You will meet other members of the group travelling from Azerbaijan on this day. At 18:00, visit a local family to enjoy a traditional feast and hear some wonderful Georgian toasts.
Driving distance: 160 km
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3
Akhasheni – Sighnaghi – Bodbe – Tbilisi (GEO)
Itinerary
Breakfast. At 10:00, continue exploring Kakheti by visiting Sighnaghi, the Royal Town and “City of Love”. This city, surrounded by defensive walls with 23 towers, was an important trading centre on the Great Silk Road. Continue to Bodbe Convent – according to legend, this is the burial place of St. Nino, who converted Georgia to Christianity in the 4th century. Since 1889, following a decree by Tsar Alexander III of Russia, Bodbe Convent functions as a nunnery. Arrive in the capital of Georgia, Tbilisi, at 16:00–17:00. Overnight at the hotel.
Driving distance: 160 km
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4
Tbilisi (GEO)
Itinerary
In the morning, have sightseeing tour in Tbilisi. Start at Metekhi church and monument to Vakhtang Gorgasali, the legendary founder of Tbilisi. Take cable car to Narikala Fortress to enjoy breathtaking panoramic view of the city. Walk down to the district of Sulphur bath houses passing by the only mosque in Tbilisi. Stroll through the Sharden area full of narrow streets with cozy cafés, wine tasting bars, souvenir shops, and breathe in the living past. Visit Sioni Cathedral, Anchiskhati Basilica, the clock tower of famous Rezo Gabriadze Theatre, and Bridge of Peace leading to Rike Park.
At 19:30, visit a local restaurant to taste dishes of traditional Georgian cuisine. Overnight in Tbilisi.

Duration of sightseeing tour: 5-6 hours
Driving distance: 10 km

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5
Tbilisi – Jvari – Mtskheta – Kazbegi – Gudauri (GEO)
Itinerary
After breakfast, start exploring the north of Georgia. The first stop will be at Jvari Monastery, which is built on a hilltop and is a true architectural masterpiece of the early Medieval Period. From here you can enjoy the views of the confluence of the Aragvi and Mtkvari rivers. Continue to Mtskheta, one of the oldest towns in Georgia and the country’s cultural and religious centre. Mtskheta was the capital of the eastern Georgian Kingdom of Kartli from the 3rd century BC. Visit Svetitskhoveli, which is the main cathedral of Mtskheta and a sacred place where the robe of Christ is kept. Next, drive over the Cross Pass and make a short stop at the Soviet-era “People’s Friendship” viewpoint, which overlooks a deep gorge of the Caucasus mountain range. In Kazbegi, switch to a four-wheel drive vehicle to reach Gergeti Holy Trinity Church (located at an altitude of 2,170 m) and enjoy breathtaking views of Mount Kazbegi. Reach Gudauri at about 19:00 for overnight at the hotel.
Driving distance: 210 km
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6
Gudauri – Ananuri – Uplistsikhe – Gori – Tbilisi (GEO)
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Breakfast. Drive to the Ananuri architechtural complex, a former residence of Argveti dukes, which features churches and towers dating back to the 16th and 17th centuries and beautifully overlooks the Jinvali Reservoir. Then explore the cave town of Uplistsikhe, which dates to the Hellenistic Period and is notable for its unique combination of various styles of rock-cut architecture, including both pagan and Christian. Continue to Stalin’s hometown of Gori. Visit the Stalin Museum, which includes more than 60,000 artifacts, the tiny house where Stalin was born, and the impressive bulletproof train that Stalin used to travel to Yalta and Potsdam. Reach Tbilisi in the evening. Overnight at the hotel.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 9-10 hours
Driving distance: 250 km
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7
Tbilisi – free day (GEO)
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Free leisure day in Tbilisi (guide and transportation are not provided). Please see the suggested day-long getaways:
Kutaisi Tour
Dmanisi and Bolnisi Tour
Khada Gorge Trekking
If you opt for staying in Tbilisi and relax, we have compiled the list of must-do activities.
We suggest visiting.

  • National Gallery on Rustaveli avenue to see paintings of famous Georgian artists Niko Pirosmani, David Kakabadze, and Lado Gudiashvili;
  • Tbilisi flea market at Dry Bridge where you can find antiquities, many of which are from the Soviet period, paintings of local artists, and hand-made Georgian souvenirs;
  • Recently renovated pedestrian David Agmashenebeli avenue full of historical buildings with beautiful facades made in art nouveau, pseudo gothic, classicism styles with mix of typical Georgian ornaments and balconies. All along the street there are plenty of cozy art cafés, gallery-shops, and wine bars;
  • Dezertirebi bazaar with local natural products such as Georgian sweets – churchkhela, dry fruits, various kinds of nuts, spices, and Georgian cheeses;
  • Funicular railway on Mtatsminda mountain and contemplate Tbilisi from view point;
  • Wander in Sololaki area full of Art Novae houses.

In the evening, you can visit famous Tbilisi sulphur bath houses and relax after a long day in a hot, naturally sulphur enriched water.
For those who are interested in culture, we suggest visiting State Opera House of Georgia and enjoy ballet or opera performance.

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8
Tbilisi – Armenian border – Haghpat – Lake Sevan – Sevanavank – Yerevan (GEO/ARM)
Itinerary
At 09:00, our driver will meet you at your hotel in Tbilisi and transfer to “Sadakhlo-Bagratashen” Georgian-Armenian border point. Cross the border, meet your Armenian guide and driver to start the journey to the land of ancient traditions and oldest temples.

Drive to Lori region and visit UNESCO World Heritage Site Haghpat monastery. Stunning example of Armenian traditional architecture was erected in the 10-13th centuries. Standing on a hillside, Haghpat beautifully overlooks Debed River. Location of the monastery was chosen to protect peace and seclusion of the monks. Drive through Dilijan to the Lake Sevan, “The Jewel of Armenia” and one of the largest high-mountainous fresh water lakes in the world. The coastline of the Lake Sevan is rich with thick woods, white bare steep rocks, mountain steppes and Alpine meadows. Stop at Sevanavank to visit the remnants of the monastery that include two temples – Surb Arakelots and Surb Astvatsatsin standing among numerous khachkars, carved cross-stones. The buildings were constructed from black tuff which probably gave the monastery its name Sevanavank – “the Black Monastery”. The place opens up a magnificent view: the mountains surround lake from all sides and snow tops are seen almost on the entire perimeter and disappear behind horizon. Continue to Yerevan for overnight.

Duration of sightseeing tour: 9-10 hours
Driving distance: 370 km

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9
Yerevan – Etchmiadzin (ARM)
Itinerary
At 10:00, start city tour in Yerevan.

One of the oldest cities of the world, Yerevan is famous as a pink city and calls visitors with its humble and at the same time splendid landscapes. Visit Cascade Monument which was the main symbol of the city’s 2780th anniversary with the equivalent number of stairs. Mega scale staircase is 500 meters high and 50 meters wide. A panoramic view from the monument opens breathtaking city view with Opera House, Mount Ararat, Swan Lake, Republic Square, and Abovyan Avenue, which you will also walk by during the tour. Visit the Armenian Genocide memorial complex on the hill of Tsitsernakaberd. Continue to the Holy See of Armenia, Etchmiadzin. Visit Etchmiadzin Cathedral which is the residence of the head of Armenian Apostolic Church the Catholicos of All Armenians. Return to Yerevan for overnight at hotel.

Duration of sightseeing tour: 6-7 hours
Driving distance: 50 km

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10
Yerevan – Khor Virap – Noravank – Areni Cave – Yerevan (ARM)
Itinerary
Breakfast. At 08:00, head to Khor Virap Monastery. According to legend, St. Gregory the Illuminator (who is credited with converting Armenia to Christianity) had been kept in the basement here for 13 years for disseminating of Christianity, until King Tradt decided to adopt the new religion. The monastery’s location allows you to enjoy superb views of Mount Ararat. Drive to the Noravank complex, which is situated on a ledge of a deep, winding gorge. Noravank stands among bizarrely shaped, precipitous red cliffs. Visit the Areni Cave complex where, in 2010, the world’s oldest leather shoe was found. On the way back to Yerevan, stop at Hin Areni winery to taste wines made from local grape varieties. Arrive in Yerevan at around 18:00. Overnight at the hotel.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 9-10 hours
Driving distance: 240 km
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11
Yerevan – Garni – Geghard – Yerevan (ARM)
Itinerary
At 09:00, depart Yerevan and drive to Garni, one of the major villages in Armenia famous for its fortress. The fortress is the only pagan sacred place from the 1st century that survived aggressive introduction of Christianity in the 4th century. Next stop is at the monastery complex Geghard . A beautiful landscape of Geghard is framed with towering cliffs. Decorative art cut into rocks reflect and explain Medieval Ages development in this part of the world. The complex appeared in the 4th century as a sacred spring inside the cave. Return to Yerevan. Free time.

At 19:00, enjoy farewell dinner at the traditional restaurant with folklore show program. Overnight at the hotel.

Duration of sightseeing tour: 5-6 hours
Driving distance: 80 km

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12
Yerevan – departure (ARM)
Itinerary
Check-out from the hotel till noon. Free time till transfer to Yerevan International Airport. End of the tour.

Driving distance: 10 km

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