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  • 19 days / 18 nights
  • Small Group: max 13 p.
  • Physical rating - Easy

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USA, The UK, Australia, UAE, and EU member countries citizens are exempt from visas to Armenia and Georgia. For the visa information for other countries citizens please check Visa section.

Why you'll love this trip
  • Enjoy the slow-paced and balanced Georgia Armenia tour to the best-kept secrets of the two countries. Relish the serenity of Ushguly village at 2100 m, and admire the snow-covered peaks and slopes of Mount Shkara. Dive deep in nature, ride a boat in the azure waters of Martvili Canyon, and delve into Prometheus Cave 1.4 km in length.
  • Join us on a culinary adventure through Armenia and Georgia! Cook some mouthwatering Armenian dishes and traditional sweets with Armenian chefs, and taste unique cheeses aged in wine and brandy on a small family farm. Immerse yourself in Georgian wineries, where you will find various wines from crisp and refreshing whites to bold and robust reds.
  • Take a perfect escape from the everyday hustle, relish the regional and rural overnights in family-run small authentic hotels, and chat with friendly locals. Enjoy the trip in a small group of 13 like-minded travelers in a company with local knowledgeable guides.
  • Travel comfortably with a local tour operator. You will love hustle-free travel, easy, personal communication with your tour manager, and 24/7 customer support during the tour. Avoid any surcharges and international agent commissions, and get the privilege of a very small refundable deposit of 100 euros.
Is this trip right for you?
  • We carefully plan the itinerary to drive short distances of up to 200 km per day. However, some unique sights adding an important value to this tour, such as Mestia, Prometheus Cave and Martvili canyon require longer drives of up to 300 kilometers, resulting in a few days where you will spend 5-6 hours in the car.
  • Please note that both Georgia and Armenia are mountainous countries, and we will travel to areas with elevations ranging from 2000 to 2400 meters. If you have high blood pressure, it is advisable to consult with your doctor and bring your medications along.
  • It is important to mention that this tour does not involve any hiking, as the vehicle will take you close to the sightseeing locations. Rest assured, this is a leisure trip.

Note: This tour can be extended to Azerbaijan. If you are seeking an Armenia, Georgia, and Azerbaijan tour, leave as an inquiry, and our travel experts will contact you. 

 
Day by day itinerary

Day 1Arrival in Tbilisi, welcome dinner in Georgian traditional restaurant

Welcome to one of the most colorful and authentic cities in the world, Tbilisi. After arrival at the airport, your driver will meet you and drive to the hotel for check-in, which is at 2:00 pm. Enjoy your free time in Tbilisi and be ready to meet your guide and group members at the hotel lobby at 19:00 for a welcome dinner in a traditional Georgian Restaurant.

Included Activities:

  • Welcome dinner in a traditional restaurant 

 Hotel in Tbilisi 
 Dinner

 

Day 2Tbilisi city tour

After breakfast at the hotel be ready for Tbilsi sightseeing tour. We start at Metekhi Church or standing on the edge of the spectacular canyon of Kura River overlooking Tbilisi old town colorful houses. Then head to Narikala Fortress of the 4th century to look at the city from bird’s eye. Stroll in the narrow cobbled streets of Tbilisi down to the contemporary glass bridge designed by Italian Architects. The next stop is the Gabriani Museum’s small and charming Clock Tower, which is believed to be one of the city symbols and not to be missed in the Tbilisi city tour. We continue to the Anchiskhati Basilica of the 6th century built of red bricks and impressive well-preserved frescos. Sioni Cathedral is the last stop standing right in the center of Tbilisi. The city is multi-national and multi-cultural, Armenian Church, Persian Mosque, and Jewish Sinagoge can be found in the center of the city.

Included Activities:   

  • Tbilisi sightseeing guided tour

 Hotel in Tbilisi
  Breakfast
5-6 hours

Day 3Georgian Wine Estates & Experience

This day is dedicated to the wine region of Georgia Kakheti, and Alazani Valley where 70 % of country vineyards grow. We drive to Telavi, a small, cozy town through the picturesque Gombori Pass. We will visit Batonis Tsikhe Fortress of the 17th century with 5 m height towers and two churches inside its walls. We continue to Shumi Winery, where we will have a delicious lunch, a guided tour of the winery, and a wine-tasting experience. Later we will continue to Tsinandali Palace with its nice garden once a residence for Georgian dukes in the 19th century. Explore the palace and enjoy the serenity of Tsinandali Estate, here you have another opportunity to taste several local wines (optional). Then we drive to Akhasheni Wine Resort and Spa for rest and overnight. 

Included Activities:   

  • Batonis Tsikhe Fortress visit
  • Shumi Winery wine-tasting and lunch
  • Tsinandali Palace visit

Akhasheni Wine Resort & Spa 


  Breakfast, lunch
8-9 hours

Day 4 Sighnaghi - City of Love

On the fourth day after breakfast, we drive to Sighnaghi small red-roofed town on a hilltop with an excellent view over Alazani Valley and the Caucasus Mountains towering on the horizon. Sighnaghi is surrounded by 23 mighty towers and used to be an important trading center on the Great Silk Road. It is called City of Love due to the opportunity to register marriage within a day. We will visit Bodbe Convent, which is considered to be the burial place of Saint Nino, who spread Christianity in Georgia in the 4th century. Enjoy a leisurely walk in the narrow, cobbled, turning, and twisting streets of Sighnaghi, through the red brick houses with wooden decorated colorful balconies. Almost every family is involved in winemaking and makes their own wines. In the evening return back to Tbilisi to enjoy the city’s lively atmosphere. 

Included Activities:   

  • Bodbe Convent visit
  • Sighnaghi city walk

 Hotel in Tbilisi
  Breakfast
6-7 hours

Day 5Uplistsikhe Cave Town and Stalin’s House Museum

This day is dedicated to Western Georgia and to unveil the important highlights of the country’s history. The first stop is Jvari Church on the hilltop overlooking the junction of the Kura and Aragvi rivers. We continue to Gori, Joseph Stalin’s birthplace and house museum. The main corpus of the museum represents Soviet socialist history and Stalin’s life fragments. The original small wooden hut, where  Stalin was born and the personal train he used to travel are represented in the yard. We continue to  Uplistsike Cave Town dating back to the Hellenistic Period. Here natural and man-made cave dwellings are well preserved, which served as palaces, and houses for kings and serving personnel, later after adopting Christianity a couple of Christian churches were built here. We continue to Kutaisi, the central city of Western Georgia for rest and overnight.

Included Activities:   

  • Jvari Church visit
  • Stalin Museum visit & guided tour
  • Uplistsikhe Cave Town visit 

 Hotel in Kutaisi
  Breakfast
8-9 hours

Day 6Prometheus Cave and Mestia land of towers

After a leisurely breakfast, we head to one of the natural wonders of Georgia, Prometheus Cave with almost 1.5 km in length, 6 halls, and an underground lake. Take a light jacket as the cave temperature is 14 C year-round. Here admire the number of stalactites and stalagmites. After Prometheus, we head to Zugdidi to visit the Dadiani Royal Palace another landmark in Georgian history. Dadiani princes are known for their relative relationships with Napoleon Bonapart. Some relics are preserved and represented in Daidani Palace. Later we continue to the most picturesque region of Georgia Svaneti a land of towers. Mestia town amazes with its stunning nature, snow-covered peaks, and a number of Svan towers, defensive structures, and houses characteristic of this part of Georgia. We will visit a traditional Svan Tower to see this unique structure inside.

Included Activities:   

  • Prometheus Cave visit
  • Dadiani Palace visit
  • Svan tower visit

 Hotel in Mestia
  Breakfast, dinner
8-9 hours

Day 7 Ushguli, the highest village in Europe

This day will be dedicated to Zemo Svaneti. After breakfast, we will take a breathtaking off-road drive to Ushguli one of the highest inhabited villages in Europe 2200 m above the sea. Weather permitting Shkhara Mountain will open with its full mangifency. Ushguli Architectural complex is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site along with a Lamaria Church with its 12th-century frescoes. Stroll in the pebbled narrow streets of Ushguly, and enjoy stunning views of surrounding mountains and fresh air. Evening we will be back to Mestia for rest and overnight.

Included Activities:   

  • 4×4 drive to Ushaguli
  • Ushguli Architectural Complex visit
  • Lamaria Church visit

 Hotel in Mestia
  Breakfast, dinner
6-7 hours

Day 8Martvili Canyon Boat Ride

After a rural and healthy breakfast, we move to enjoy another natural wonder of Georgia Martvili Canyon. This spectacular canyon amazes with its beauty of it’s cryctal clear blue waters, rocky cliffs, and serene waterfall. We will enjoy a short boat ride in the canyon. After a nice ride, we will reach the watching point of the canyon to observe its small bridges and a lot of fish in the crystal clear waters of the river. This is a perfect spot for photoshoots. We will continue our way to Kutaisi for rest and overnight.

Included Activities:   

  • Martvili Canyon borat trip
  • Martvili Canyon photo stop

 Hotel in Kutaisi
  Breakfast
7-8 hours 

Day 9Mtskheta-Georgian Holy City

After breakfast, we check out from the hotel and drive to Gelati Academy. This architectural complex of the 11th century is one of the most important landmarks of Georgian History. Gelati was amongst the first institutions providing higher education, later it was converted to a refectory. Gelati is a functioning monastery nowadays with impressive 19th-century mosaics and frescos. Later on, we will visit Merabishivili Winery to taste some homemade wine and food. We continue to Mtskheta the holy city of Georgia, where Svetitskhoveli, the country’s main cathedral is located. We take a leisurely stroll in Mtskheta and visit Svertitskhoveli Cathedral. In the evening we will be back in Tbilisi to enjoy the last evening in this bustling city before our Armenia trip.

Included Activities:   

  • Gelati Academi visit
  • Merabishvili Winery lunch & wine tasting
  • Mtskheta visit 
  • Svetitskhoveli Cathedral visit

 Hotel in Tbilisi
  Breakfast, lunch
7-8 hours

Day 10Armenia tour start

After breakfast at the hotel, we check out from our hotel in Tbilisi and take a bus to the Georgia – Armenia border. After passing the border we will drive to Akhtala Fortress, The history of which goes back to the Bronze and Iron Ages. Numerous clay artifacts found in the territory of Akhtala dating back to 8-5 centuries BC. The remainings of mightly walls of the fortress are silent witnesses of the power of its times. Akhtala Monastery of the 10th century inside the fortress amazes with bright and well-preserved frescoes. Later on head to our hotel in Haghpat Village, which provides excellent views of the surrounding mountains and the plateau on the opposite bank of the canyon. We will check in and have an excellent opportunity to have a delicious lunch on an open-air balcony. Later we will walk to Haghpat Monastery a UNESCO World Heritage site standing on the high plateau, Haghpat is famous for its unique bell tower.

Included Activities:   

  • Akhtala Fortress & Monastery visit
  • Haghpat Monastery visit

 Hotel in Haghpat Village
  Breakfast 
6-7 hours

Day 11Gyumri, the city of black houses

This day is dedicated to Gyumri, the second largest city in Armenia, with its unique architecture and atmosphere. En route, we will visit Mikoyan Museum, the designer of the Russian fighter jet MIG. We continue to Gyumri, where we will visit to Aslamazyan sisters’ gallery to observe the bright and colorful art pieces of these painters. We will take a stroll in the old town with narrow streets, and historical houses made of local black stone tufa. Then we will continue to the 19th century Black Fortress on the hill on the border with Turkey. Free evening in Gyumri to enjoy the local atmosphere in numerous restaurants, cafes, and bars, and take a chance to taste local beer. 

Included Activities:   

  • Mikoyan museum visit
  • Gyumri sightseeing tour
  • Aslamazyan sisters’ gallery visit
  • Black Fortress visit

 Hotel in Gyumri
  Breakfast
8 hours

 

Day 12Armenian letters

We will start the day with a visit to the 10th-century Marmashen Monastery located on the bank of the Akhuryan River. After we drive towards Yerevan, we will have a stop at the famous supermarket and food court Gntunik, where you can enjoy a fresh lunch and observe how traditional bread is baked in the clay oven. Armenian Alphabet Monument, big letters made of 1 piece of stone is our next stop. Later we continue to the Amberd Fortress of the 10th century located at the elevation of 2300 m. above the sea, which provides excellent views of the surroundings. Evening we will reach Yerevan, check in at the hotel, and enjoy free time in the capital city.

Included Activities:   

  • Marmashen Monastery visit
  • Armenian Alphabet Monument visit
  • Amberd Fortress visit 

 Hotel in Yerevan
  Breakfast
8-9 hours

Day 13Yerevan and Holy Echmiadzin

This day is dedicated to the capital city of Yerevan and Echmiadzin, the spiritual center of Armenians all over the world. We will start our city tour from the Mother Armenia statue, where the best view opens over the city. We will continue to Matenadaran Museum, one of the world’s three biggest depositories of ancient manuscripts. Later we will continue to walk in the city, and visit Cascade Monument a huge staircase connecting the city’s upper and lower parts with museums and galleries inside and lots of artworks alongside the park. We continue to the opera house, the Abovian street with small tiny houses from 19 century, Northern Avenue the ambitious project of Alexander Tamanian, the architect of Yerevan, and the Republic Square in the end, with spectacular buildings and dancing fountains. We will continue to Echmiadzin, to the cultural center for lunch and traditional Armenian sweets participatory master class. After lunch, we will continue the tour in Echmiadzin, the Center of the Armenian Apostolic Church. Visit Echmiadzin Cathedral and the museum, which keeps an important relics of Christianity. Saint Hripsime Church is another highlight of Armenian Spiritual architecture, which is not to be missed. In the evening we will be back in Yerevan.

Included Activities:   

  • Yerevan sightseeing tour
  • Matenadaran Museum visit
  • Lunch and cooking class
  • Echmiadzin Cathedral and Museum visit
  • Saint Hripsime Church visit

 Hotel in Yerevan
  Breakfast, lunch
8-9 hours

 

Day 14 Free day in Yerevan

Enjoy your free day in Yerevan. There are numerous museums, and art galleries to visit in the city. Vernissage a flee-market is open every day, here lots of hand-made souvenirs are being sold. Chat with the artist and choose your best souvenir as a memory from your Armenia tour. Another must-visit site is a central goom-market, here Armenian fresh fruits, vegetables, nuts, dry fruits and pickles can be bought. Do not miss Saryan Street, the wine hotspot of Yerevan. There are numerous open-air wine bars and restaurants with excellent local charm. Give a try a local craft beer in the breweries, or check out some nice jazz clubs. Despite being forbidden in Soviet times Armenia was popular with excellent jazz musicians.  

 Hotel in Yerevan
  BreakfastDay 

 

Day 15Armenian Paganism

Moring off to Garni Pagan Temple, which is dedicated to Mihr, the Armenian god of the sun. This Rectangular Columnized Hellenistic structure was built in the 1st century AD. The temple stands on an impressive triangle plateau surrounded by a deep gorge and impressive mountains from 3 sides. Here some parts of the Garni fortress are well preserved as well as a Roman-style bath with a mosaic floor. After Garni we will continue to Geghard Cave Monastery, which got its name from the Holy Spear (Geghard) kept here. Geghard amazes with its cave churches dug in the single cliff. After Geghard we will drive back to Yerevan for another peaceful evening.

Included Activities:   

  • Garni Pagan Temple visit
  • Geghard Cave Monastery visit

 Hotel in Yerevan
  Breakfast
6-7 hours

Day 16Biblical Mount Ararat

We will drive to Khor Virap Monastery, the best viewpoint on Biblical Mount Ararat. Here in Khor Virap Monastery Saint Gregory was imprisoned for 13 years for spreading Christianity in Armenian. Enjoy the best-ever view of Mount Ararat from hand’s reach. We will continue to another jewel of Armenian Spiritual Architecture, Noiravank Monastery amidst the ref cliff valley. We will continue to Yeghegnadzor to check in at the hotel. Dinner will be enjoyed in the local gastro yard, where you will taste Armenian BBQ and local wines. Here it is possible to observe how local fruit vodkas are made. This day we will have a regional overnight in the remote town of Yeghegandzor. 

Included Activities:   

  • Khor Virap Monastery visit
  • Noravank Monastery visit
  • Dinner and wine tasting

 Hotel in Yeghegnadzor
  Breakfast, dinner
7-8 hours

Day 17Great Silk Road Section

This day takes us to the section of The Great Silk Road. After breakfast, we will take one of the most scenic drives in Armenia to the Vardenyats Pass of 2400 meters. Here spectacular view opens on the cascading mountains over the horizon. We will stop at Selim Caravanserai of the 12th century. This Caravanserai stands as if in the 12th century frozen in time. It served overnight to lots of traders and merchants. Later on, our road will pass along Lake Sevan, one of the world’s freshwater mountain lakes at an elevation of 1900 meters. We continue to Noratus Village to a local cheese maker family to taste unique cheeses aged in wine and brandy. Later on, we will continue to Noratus Cemetery, with a big field of cross-stones and gravel stones, which represent Armenian culture and traditions over the centuries. We will continue to the cozy town of Dilijan in the hilly forest. We will stop in the Old Dilijan Complex, with small houses with wooden decorated balconies, and will visit artisan shops, to see their working process. We will stay overnight in Dilijan. 

Included Activities:   

  • Selim Caravanserai visit
  • Cheese tasting on a family farm
  • Noratus cemetery visit

 Hotel in Dilijan
  Breakfast
7-8 hours

Day 18Cooking class and man-made 21 m deep cave

This day is dedicated to a gastronomic experience. We will visit the Chef House guesthouse and restaurant to meet one of the most honored chefs in Armenia. We will enjoy our herbal tea with a unique dessert peach baked in the oven with nuts and honey. We wil have a fish-cooking masterclass of Armenian fish sig from Lake Sevan. After the masterclass and delicious lunch in Tsaghkunk, we will continue to Levon’s Cave, close to Yerevan. This is a unique 1 man-made cave 21 meters deep, equal to a 7-story building. Master Levon dedicated his life to this cave making, which is a nice artwork with labyrinth stairs, and nice halls. After the cave visit, we will continue to our hotel in Yerevan.

Included Activities:   

  • Fish-cooking masterclass
  • Levon’s Cave visit

 Hotel in Yerevan
  Breakfast
7-8 hours

Day 19Departure day

The morning after breakfast, enjoy your time before your flight. Check-out is at noon, if your flight is in the evening you can leave your luggage at the hotel till airport transfer time. Your private airport transfer will be organized for you according to your flight time.

 Hotel in Yerevan
  Breakfast

 

Price Includes

  • Transportation
  • Private airport transfers
  • Air conditioned private transportation
  • Local Experience
  • 3 Wine tastings
  • Cheese tasting in family farm
  • Cooking classes
  • 4x4 drive cars to Ushguli
  • Museums
  • Entrance fees to museums
  • Museum guide fees
  • Hotels
  • Overnight stays in double / twin rooms for 18 nights
  • Meals
  • 18 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners
  • Staff & experts
  • English speaking local guides
  • 24 / 7 customer support service

Price Excludes

  • Airfare
  • Tips
  • Room service fees
  • Any private expenses
  • Visa Fee
  • Single Supplement-€ 524 whole tour
  • 4* upgrade-€ 35 per night
  • Extra night price-€ 70
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Dates & Prices 2024
Guaranteed DatesAvailabilityPrice per person
19 April- 07 May13 seats left€2,808
03 May - 21 May13 seats left€2,895
17 May - 04 June11 seats left€2,750
07 June - 25 June13 seats left€2,895
21 June - 09 July13 seats left€2,895
05 July- 23 July13 seats left€2,808
02 Aug- 20 Aug13 seats left€2,808
23 Aug - 10 Sep13 seats left€2,895
06 Sep - 24 Sep10 seats left€2,750
20 Sep - 08 Oct10 seats left€2,895
 
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Azerbaijan tour extension

Important notes: 

Please note that the tour can be extended to Azerbaijan. The transfer to Azerbaijan is available by air only.  Air tickets vary from 95 – 200 USD. 

Azerbaijan requires an E-visa for most of the countries’ passport holders. Visa fee and support service are included in the tour price.

Azerbaijan tour

Sights visited: Baku, Absheron Peninsula, Gobustan
Duration:  3 days/2 nights
Day 1: Baku city tour

Arrival at Heidar Aliyev International Airport. Your driver will meet you and transfer to the hotel.  After check-in, you will start the Baku city tour. You will begin by exploring Icheri Sheher, the historic old town. The tour to Azerbaijan will then take you to notable landmarks such as Shirvan Shahs’ Palace, Caravanserai, and Maiden Tower.
Don’t forget to visit the main market square featuring numerous art studios and souvenir boots. New Baku is definitely worth attention to, where you will explore Nizami Street and Fountain Square. An excellent round-up to the city tour will be a visit to the iconic Heydar Aliyev Center.

Included Activities:

  • Visit Icheri Sheher
  • Shirvan Shahs’ Palace
  • Caravanserai
  • Maiden Tower
  • Nizami Street
  • Fountains Square
  • Heydar Aliyev Center

 Hotel in Baku
 Breakfast
7 hours.

Day 2: Baku – Absheron Peninsula – Gobustan – Baku

This day is dedicated to exploring the Absherun Peninsula. Our first stop is Yanardag Mountain, a place of perpetual burning fire that never extinguished. Then continue to the Ateshgah Fire Temple, historically used as a Hindu, Sikh, and Zoroastrian place of worship, according to Indian inscriptions. Nowadays Indian Zoroastrians travel thousands of kilometers to Ateshgah to worship the fire coming out of the earth. 

After a  lunch break,  we head to Gobustan National Park. Here, you’ll visit the Petroglyphs Museum which holds artifacts dating back to 10,000 BC. 

Weather permitting, drive to mud volcanoes in Gobustan Reserve (possible car change due to the road conditions). Gobustan is renowned for hosting almost half of the world’s mud volcanoes.  Return to Baku in the evening.

Included Activities:

  • Visit to Yanardag Mountain
  • Visit to Ateshgah Fire Temple
  • Visit the Petroglyphs Museum
  • Visit to mud volcanoes

 Hotel in Baku
 Breakfast
8-9 hours

Day 3: Baku
Check-out from hotel till noon. Free time until transfer to Baku International Airport. Departure.

 Breakfast

Tour price per person – 590 €

Price includes: 

1. All transfers (1-2 pax by sedan, 3-4 pax by Mercedes Vito or similar);
2. Accommodation based on double/twin room sharing, breakfasts included;
3. Sightseeing tour program with local English-speaking guide;
4. Entrance tickets to sights as per itinerary;
5. Mineral water;
6. Azerbaijan E-visa.