Treasures of Georgia and Armenia

27 days / 26 nights

Tour Highlights: 1 Month Georgia and Armenia Tour

  • Reveal the secrets of the Caucasus – a hidden land, from Tbilisi to Yerevan to dramatic Caucasus Mountains and Silk Road sites frozen in time.
  • Experience the uncommon Caucasian hospitality at its best, visit wineries, sample Armenian cuisine and Georgian polyphonic singing
  • Explore Yerevan, the most dynamic capital in the Caucasus.
  • Participate in making the Armenian bread “Lavash” in Garni village.
  • Visit UNESCO World Heritage Sites
  • Marvel at the beauty of the biblical Mount Ararat, where the Noah’s ark landed after the Great Flood
  • Visit the House-museum of “Joseph Stalin” – the most famous leader of the USSR
Private Tours Rates
Number of travelers Price Per person SGL Supplement
2 persons
$10,800 USD
$1,780 USD
  • Single Supplement is the additional amount applied to the cost of the trip to those who are travelling solo and do not wish to share.
  • Other hotels are available  upon request (3 or 5 star hotels)
  • The itinerary is subject to change upon request and according to your flight.

What's Included

Inlculded

  • Accommodation in DBL rooms at 4-5* hotels or best available hotels (26 nights)
  • Transportation with a comfortable car with AC
  • Professional English speaking tour guide in each country
  • Daily Breakfast at the hotel
  • Half board meal plan: 24 Lunches
  • 2 dinners at the hotel in Jermuk (Armenia)
  • Entrance fees to all visited places mentioned in the itinerary
  • Armenian bread Lavash making in a local house in Garni village
  • Premium wine tasting in Armenia
  • Khinkali master class in Stepantsminda (Georgia)
  • Premium Cheese master class and tasting in Armenia
  • Wine tasting in Kakheti region in Georgia
  • Cooking master classes in Armenia and Georgia as mentioned above
  • Pottery master class in Sisian
  • Cable car to Tatev
  • Special car (might be needed for some places in Stepantsminda)
  • Airport transfers
  • Local taxes

Not included

  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Dinners (except the dinners in Jermuk)
  • Meals on the arrival and departure days
  • Meals on the free days in Tbilisi and Yerevan
  • Single room supplement
  • Tips for the guides and drivers
  • Bank transfer fees

For private tours, you will benefit from more flexibility and advantages included:

  • Private guide, driver and vehicle are for your exclusive use; no matter you are individually, or in a family or friends group. The tour is run exclusively for you without strangers.
  • We can customize an itinerary to meet your specific interests/ wishes, that is, you can choose your favored hotels, sightseeing spots, the tour length, means of transportation, budget, etc, free of charge.
  • Start the tour on any date you want.
  • Escort you through the whole tour. All private transfers during the tour are offered, including airport/train station transfer, hotel-attractions round trip transfer.
  • The sightseeing during the tour could be based on your own timetable and pace. Flexible to change at your short notice.
  • Ideal for people who need considerate care and assistance, such as elderly, the disabled, families with small children
Detailed Itinerary

Arrival at Tbilisi International hotel, meet with you guide and transfer to the hotel.
Overnight Tbilisi

Tbilisi was founded in the 5th century and became the capital of Georgia in the 6th century. Since that time, the city has been destroyed and rebuilt on nearly 30 different occasions following a long history of fighting off Persian, Arab, Turkmen, Mongol, Turk and finally, Russian invaders. Tbilisi today is one of the most modern and cosmopolitan cities in the Caucasus. We begin our visit with a walking-tour through Tbilisi’s narrow streets and inner courtyards and stroll down Rustaveli Avenue, the main thoroughfare running east through the city. We will also visit Metekhi Church of the Virgin, Sioni Cathedral, Anchiskhati Basilica.
Overnight in Tbilisi
Meal plan: Breakfast ​- Lunch

This morning we depart to Kakheti region, famous for being the most important wine making region in Georgia.
Our first stop is Sighnaghi, a city which is famous for its wine and carpet making culture. Enjoy breathtaking views of the Kizikhi area and the unique charm of Sighnaghi Royal Town. Have a walk in the narrow streets of the town shadowed by the wooden balconies, which are richly decorated with the lace of carved ornaments.
Wine tasting and Lunch at the winery “Pheasant’s tears
Drive to Tsinandali, historic winery which once belonged to the 19th-century aristocratic poet Alexander Chavchavadze (1786–1846). The Georgia Prince returning after 1812 organized a European-style winery. One could say that modern Georgian winemaking began right here. We will visit the old cellar with its giant collection of vintage wine, taste the local wine and rest in a nearby garden.
Our next stop is Khareba winery, famous for its fascinating wine tunnels.
Overnight in Telavi
Meal plan: Breakfast – Lunch

After breakfast drive to visit Gremi and its impressive citadel complex consisting of a 16th century domed church, tower and a royal chamber.
Later we will explore the city of Telavi, visit the palace of Irakli the II, the last king of Georgia.
Drive to Vardisubani and visit the “Qvevri” (clay amphora) workshop in the house of Zaza, a 4th generation “Qvevri” maker. Meet Zaza, who is also an amazing winemaker and learn all about the ancient Georgian traditional Qvevri wine-making secrets inscribed as a UNSCO Intangible Heritage of Humanity. Lunch at the Qvevri workshop.
Overnight in Telavi
Meal plan: Breakfast ​- Lunch

After breakfast drive to Alaverdi monastery, located on the Alazani valley, on the background of the snowy mountains of the Caucasus Range.
Later we will visit Ikalto Academy, beautifully located in a grove of cypress trees. Founded by King David the Builder in the 12th century, the academy was the largest center of education in medieval Georgia and was said to have served as a place of study for the celebrated poet Shota Rustaveli who wrote the Georgian national epic, “The Knight in the Panther Skin”.
Overnight in Tbilisi
Meal plan: Breakfast ​- Lunch

Today we will drive north along the Georgian Military Highway, linking Georgia with Russia into the mountainous provinces of the Greater Caucasus. The first stop of our tour will be in sacred Mtskheta (UNESCO World Heritage Site), the ancient capital of eastern Georgia. Georgia conversion to Christianity took place in Mtskheta in 337 AD. We will visit Church of Jvari perched on a cliff overlooking the city, the Sveti-Tskhoveli Cathedral, the first Christian church to be built in Georgia. Continuing our journey into the mountains, we will stop in Ananuri to see the incredible 16th century fortress complex built by the warring dukes of Aragvi in an attempt to control the main road. This evening overnight in Gudauri, a popular winter mountain resort-town.
Overnight in Gudauri
Meal plan: Breakfast ​- Lunch

Continuing our journey up and north through alpine meadows and mountain passes littered with medieval watchtowers, we will reach Dariali Gorge, a 9 mile (14 km) gash in the Earth. We will marvel at the snow-capped Mount Kazbek (the highest mountain in Georgia), an extinct volcano that surrounds us and reaches to just over 16,500 feet (5047m). We drive to the base of the hill and then walk across the meadow leading to the Tsminda Sameba Monastery – a 14th century church built on a mountain peak at 7,200 feet (2200m). After Tbilisi, it is the most popular sight in Georgia. Upon coming down you will visit the local family, who will show you how to make the one of the most popular Georgian dish – Khinkali. You can even help the hosts to prepare the food and then have a lunch in the family.
Overnight in Gudauri
Meal plan: Breakfast ​- Lunch

We journey down from the mountains stopping in Gori, founded by one of the greatest kings of Georgia, David the Builder in the 12th century.  Visit the house museum of Joseph Stalin in Gori as this town is his birthplace. Continue our trip through the Borjomi Gorge and make a stop in the Borjomi Forest for our walk to the Chitakhevi St. George (Green) Monastery, built between the 9th and 10th centuries.
Overnight in Borjomi
Meal plan: Breakfast ​- Lunch

Today venture further into the southwestern region of Samtshke-Javakheti, named after two of the original Georgian tribes, the Meskh and Javakhs and often seen as the cradle of Georgian culture. The road to Vardzia leads past arid and stone-terraced landscapes including the famed 10th century Khertvisi Castle, one of the oldest fortresses in Georgia. Vardzia history is inextricably linked to Queen Tamar, Georgia’s most famous and loved royal who reigned during the 12th century. Crowned as co-ruler by her father, Giorgi III, she became the first woman to ascend to the throne of feudal Georgia and is credited with extending and unifying Georgian rule with successful defeats against Muslim and Turk forces. With Georgia’s strong economic and political position, she founded the cave town of Vardzia which became the most important monastery and primary center of culture in Georgia. We will explore the monastery to view the remarkably well-preserved frescoes depicting the young queen.
Overnight in Borjomi
Meal plan: Breakfast ​- Lunch

In the morning a visit to Bagrati Cathedral, a UNESCO heritage site, It is one of the most iconic places to visit in Georgia built in the early 11th century. Our next UNESCO object is Gelati Monastery – is a masterpiece of the Golden Age of medieval Georgia, a period of political strength and economic growth between the 11th and 13th centuries. Also, it was also a center of science and education and the Academy it housed was one of the most important centres of culture in ancient Georgia. Continue to Motsameta Monastery, located on the hill under the River Tskhaltsitela-Red River.
Later we will visit Sataplia reserve. This place has preserved prehistoric nature with wooden relics, labyrinths of karst caves and fossilized tracks of dinosaurs that lived there in the Mesozoic era, 130-160 mln years ago. “Sataplia” means “honey place” in Georgian. The name is related to the fact that in ancient times wild bees nested in numerous hollows of these caves and the primitive people were used to treat themselves with honey. The karst caves are equipped with backlight and acoustic system that will add up to your impressions of Sataplia brightness and make it lifelike.
Overnight in Kutaisi
Meal plan: Breakfast ​- Lunch

In the morning, drive to the Prometheus Cave with numerous stalactites and stalagmites.
Drive to Martvili canyons, adorable wild nature and practically untouched by humans places. Martvili canyons used to be a bathing place for Dadiani family. Now people visit this area to enjoy the scenery, its waterfalls and take a boat trip along the river of deep green color.
Overnight in Kutaisi
Meal plan: Breakfast – Lunch

After breakfast we will drive to the small township Chiatura, founded in 1879 after noble Georgian poet and public person Akaki Tsereteli initiated to start production of manganese ore in the area. There was discovered huge deposit of manganese and English company started producing it. By 1895 in Chiatura was produced 50% of total manganese amount in the world. Development of the city as an industrial center caused cultural and economic development of the area. For example, in Chiatura was built the first tennis court in Georgia in 1892. Until Soviet time the manganese deposits were owned by local noble families, but after Soviet occupation it was under Soviet government ownership. In Soviet time were planned up to 20 cable cars in the whole city, which is situated in the narrow gorge of river Kvirila. The cable cars built around 60 years ago worked until now and only recently part of them has been renovated.
Beside the cable cars, which are one of the symbols of Soviet Era, we will also visit small village Tkemlovani in order to see the clay production and especially production of Qvevri.
You will also taste the Georgian wine from the west Georgia in one of the wineries in the village. After wine tasting you will drive to Tbilisi.
Overnight in Tbilisi
Meal plan: Breakfast – Lunch

Today we will have museums tour in Tbilisi, The National Museum of Georgia, which houses an extraordinary collection of gold filigree work dating from the 6th century BC, among other items of repoussé work and jewelry. We will visit other museums as well according to your interest.
Overnight in Tbilisi
Meal plan: Breakfast – Lunch

Explore Tbilisi on your own.
Overnight in Tbilisi
Meal plan: Breakfast

Drive to Armenia, our first stop is the Monastery of Haghpat (UNESCO), an exceptional example of Armenian ecclesiastical architecture that developed in Armenia in the 10th to 13th centuries which is unique by virtue of its blending of elements of Armenian Church architecture and the traditional vernacular building style of the region. Later we drive to Sanahin Monastery (UNESCO) (7 KM), an important medieval education and spiritual center which was famous for its school of illuminators and calligraphers. 
Overnight in Dzoraget
Meal plan: Breakfast – Lunch

Drive to a stunning exotic village out of a fairy-tale with the community of the Old-Believers and enjoy a real Samovar tea, wild raspberry jam, home-made cheese, bread, piroshki with potatoes and cabbage & carrot pickles… so yummy! Learn about the lifestyle and traditions of the Russian Molokans living in the fairy-tale alpine village.
Continue to Dilijan, known as “Armenia’s Little Switzerland”. Visit Haghartsin, a fairy-tale medieval monastery nestled in the middle of the forest. The next route will lead to Goshavank, which was founded by famous Armenian cleric and law – codifier, Mkhitar Gosh, in 12-13th centuries.
Overnight in Dilijan
Meal plan: Breakfast – Lunch

After breakfast drive to Lake Sevan, one of the most beautiful alpine lakes in the world at 1900m (6233 feet) above sea level.
You can marvel at deep blue waters of the lake and its surrounding snow-capped mountains from the remote monastery of Sevanavank on top of the peninsula hill (240 steps and optional to climb).
Visit the Stone Garden – Noratus, the largest field of Armenian exquisite cross-stones in the world.
Visit a small family-owned cheese farm in an alpine village near Lake Sevan producing premium cheeses aged in wine, brandy, vine leaves. Our cheese tasting will include wine and a plate of 9 types of cheeses including cheese aged in wine and cognac, fruits, jam, crackers and etc.
Driving through Vardenyats Mountain Pass famous for its fascinating colorful mountains we reach the Orbelian Caravanserai along the Great Silk Road. Tour the fascinating medieval “hotel”.
Continue to Jermuk Spa town, where we are going to have 2 overnights.
Overnight in Jermuk
Meal plan: Breakfast ​– Lunch – Dinner

After we explore the town of Jermuk famous for its hot mineral water springs, we drive to Syuniq, the southern region of Armenia. Our first stop is Karahunj known as the “Armenian Stonehenge”, the oldest observatory in the world which is 7500 years old, truly an enigmatic site. 
Riding the world’s longest reversible aerial tramway (3.5 mi) you’ll reach the miraculous Tatev Monastery, the most formidable monastic complex in Armenia founded in the 9th century.
In Sisian town meet a ceramist and learn how to make pottery in an ancient technique. Family-hosted lunch, enchant your taste buds as you are going to taste the best dishes of Syuniq region cuisine!
Overnight in Jermuk
Meal plan: Breakfast ​– Lunch – Dinner

Drive to Yerevan en route stopping at some remarkable sites. Our first stop is at Noravank Monastery, the jewel of the crown among all the medieval sites in South Caucasus. The monastery is nestled among giant red rocks and mountains, just above a deep gorge.
Drive to Areni village, where world’s oldest wine making facility has been found (6100years old) in an incredibly well-preserved condition due to the wonderful microclimate of the Cave Areni-1, the site it was found! Tour of the cave and the oldest winery.
Lunch in Areni village at a local winemaker’s place.
Visit one of the best Armenian wineries along the way.
Drive to the 4th century iconic Khor Virap Monastery at the closest point to biblical Mount Ararat (5165m or about 17,000 feet).
Overnight in Yerevan
Meal plan: Breakfast ​- Lunch

Today we explore the secrets and hidden gems of Yerevan, the rose-colored “pearl” of Armenia, a beautiful European city mostly built with different shades of local pink stone called “tuf” quarried in Armenia. Founded in 782 B.C. Yerevan is reputedly one of the oldest cities in the world to have been continuously inhabited. A cultural showcase not to be missed is Matenadaran, one of the world’s largest and oldest repositories of Armenian, Greek, Persian manuscripts. Marvel at the illuminated pages of some of those manuscripts within their glass cases. Tour of “Goom” food bazaar, a real museum of food!
Overnight in Yerevan
Meal plan: Breakfast ​- Lunch

We drive to Garni Fortress, the royal summer residence of the Armenian Kings and visit Garni Temple of the Sun, the only standing Hellenistic temple in the Caucasus and the former USSR. 
We continue to Geghard Monastery (UNESCO), perhaps the most beautiful rock-cut medieval monastery in the world with its fascinating natural setting and decorative art carved inside the solid rock. Traditional Armenian bread “lavash” making near the monastery and lunch in a local house. Tour the Garni Gorge to see the most surreal site in Armenia – “Symphony of Stones”.
Overnight in Yerevan
Meal plan: Breakfast ​– Lunch

This morning we embark on our journey to the lands of ancient treasures of Christian history…Vatican City of Armenia, Holy Echmiadzin with its world’s earliest Christian churches included in the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Visit Echmiadzin Mother Cathedral originally built by Saint Gregory the Illuminator in 301-303A.D., when Armenia became the first officially Christian state in the world. Continue to St. Hripsime Church built in 7th century, a masterpiece of early medieval Armenian architecture.
Also visit the Ruins of Zvartnots Cathedral, a majestic cathedral dedicated to St. Gregory. The remnants of Zvartnots, even in ruins, are a majestic sight…
We will have a cooking class with a charming host in a small village.
Afterwards we tour Armenia Wine, the largest winery in Trans-Caucasus. The winery building reminds of a medieval Armenian fortress the facade of which is coated with polished orange tufa stone and national Armenian ornamental art. Premium wine tasting. We will also have a tour at the Wine history Museum. Back to Yerevan
Overnight in Yerevan
Meal plan: Breakfast ​- Lunch

Drive towards Mount Aragats (4090m), the highest peak of Armenia and Trans-Caucasus. Visit Amberd Castle (“castle in the cloud”), a fitting name given to it because of its elevation at 2300m. Breathtaking views of the castle and its citadel, snow covered peaks of Aragats, sun scorched grasslands dressed in wildflowers combine to provide an unforgettable experience this morning. On the way we can stop to take a photo of high-mountain camps of friendly Yezidi people who tend their sheep under the towering peaks of Aragats. Photo stop at “Armenian Letters” park. Visit Saghmosavak (“Psalm Monastery”) perched on the edge of Kasakh Canyon.
Lunch in a charming 19th century village house now listed as a Heritage House, where our hostess will treat us with authentic and tasty food prepared by old Armenian recipes and we will make “dolma”, a hot dish prepared with grape leaves stuffed with meat, rice, herbs and spices…).
Later we drive to Voskevaz Winery, a property with a long history founded in 1932. In the territory of the winery there is a real medieval town with its city hall, tavern and even a bazaar. The whole place reminds of a movie decoration for a fairy-tale or a legend. The frescoes, the bas-relieves, the painting of the complex are the works of a famous American Armenian painter Gagik Oganesyan whose brother David is the owner of the winery. There are over 30 old amphorae the oldest of them dating back to 1899. After touring the place we’ll taste 2 kinds of classic wines and 3 kinds of aged wines. 
Overnight in Yerevan
Meal plan: Breakfast ​- Lunch

Visit Tsitsernakaberd, the Armenian Genocide Memorial Complex and Museum. Later we will have brandy tasting at Ararat Brandy factory. Visit the History Museum of Armenia.
Overnight in Yerevan
Meal plan: Breakfast ​- Lunch

Drive to Gyumri, the 2nd largest city in Armenia. Gyumri is a vivid town with a distinct urban fabric and friendly locals, famous for their indelible sense of humor! We’ll take a stroll in Kumayri Reserve with over 1000 old houses dating back to the 18-19th centuries. The old buildings have their funny nicknames and there are many stories connected with them. Tour of the museum of National Architecture and Urban Life or instead tour of Shiraz House Museum. Drive to Yerevan.
Overnight in Yerevan
Meal plan: Breakfast ​- Lunch

Explore Yerevan on your own.
Overnight in Yerevan
Meal plan: Breakfast

Transfer to Zvartnots International Airport. Your pleasant and memorable Caucasus tour ends today. Fly home with cherished memories 😊

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