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    Georgia & Armenia Tour

    DAY 1: DEPARTURE FOR TBILISI/ ARRIVAL TO TBILISI
    Met and assisted at the airport.
    Transfer to Hotel.

    DAY 2: TBILISI CITY SIGHTSEEING TOUR & MTSKHETA
    Explore Tbilisi, the city of ancient culture which has been dominated by traders and warriors, but hasn’t lost its individuality and charm. Take a walk around the old town and breathe in the living past. Visit it’s most important cultural and historical sites.
    Then depart to the former capital of Georgia Mtskheta. It is located at the confluence of the Aragvi and Mtkvari rivers. Mtskheta, one of the oldest towns in Georgia has been populated since the second millennium BC. It was the capital of the Eastern Georgian Kingdom of Iberia from the third century BC. It is thought that the name “Mtskheta” comes from the name of the “father of all Georgians, the son of Kartlos, Mtskhetos”. Mtskheta is designated as a living museum and UNESCO World Heritage Site.
    Lunch and dinner at local restaurant.
    Overnight at the hotel in Tbilisi.

    DAY 3: TBILISI – DAVID GAREJA – TELAVI
    Explore David Gareja Complex & Semi-Desert, unique for its wild nature, mural masterpieces
    and rock-cut monasteries. David-Gareja is located in a desert area at the border with Azerbaijan. The very first monastery was founded by St. David, one of the Thirteen Assyrian Fathers who came to Georgia for strengthening Christian faith. The complex consists of thirteen monasteries. Of particular interest are the complexes of Lavra and Udabno. Being the centre of religious and cultural life in the past, today these sites surprise us with their architectural design and unique murals of the 9th – 11th cc. According to the belief, visiting David-Gareja three times can be equalled to a pilgrimage to Jerusalem.
    Picnic Lunchboxes at a nice spot.
    Overnight at the hotel in Telavi.

    DAY 4: TELAVI – TBILISI
    Explore picturesque and the most fertile part of Georgia – Kakheti, which borders the Great
    Caucasus range from the north Alazani Valley, summits of which are over 3,000 m. This region is known as a birthplace of viticulture and wine- making. The reach land, burning sun and hard work have developed about 500 varieties of vine in Georgia. The history, culture and lifestyle of Georgians are embodied in Georgian wine. It is a symbol of Georgian hospitality, friendship, tolerance and a key to the mystery of Georgian longevity. Enjoy breathtaking views of Kizikhi area and unusual Charm of Signagi Royal Town. Have a walk in narrow streets of the town in Lunch and dinner at local restaurants
    In the evening return to Tbilisi
    Overnight at the hotel in Tbilisi.

    DAY 5: TBILISI- BORDER- DILIJAN
    Check out from the hotel, transfer to Sadakhlo border. Pass the border and drive to Lori region for the sightseeing of 10th-13th centuries Haghpat historical and architectural monument set amidst forest-clad hills close to the town of Alaverdi (178 kilometers from Yerevan). The monument is preserved by UNESCO and included in the World Heritage List.
    Lunch in a local restaurant.
    Dinner at the hotel.
    Drive to Tavush region for overnight at Dilijan resort hotel.

    DAY 6: DILIJAN-SEVAN
    Check out from the hotel and start touring at Dilijan with the sightseeing of Haghartsin Monastery, The refectory of which, built by the architect Minas in 1248, is a structure of a rare composition. Just as Haghpat’s refectory, the structure is divided by pillars into two square-plan parts roofed with a system of intersecting arches. Visit Goshavank monastery. Drive to the Lake Sevan and visit 9th century Sevan Monastery.
    Lunch and dinner in local restaurants.
    Overnight at the hotel at Sevan Lake.

    DAY 7: SEVAN-NORADUZ- SELIM PASS-KARAHUNJ(ZORATS KARER) -GORIS
    Check out from the hotel. Drive towards Goris via Selim Pass. En route visit Noraduz -medieval
    cemetery with a large number of early khachkars located in the village of Noratus. The cemetery has the largest cluster of khachkars in the republic of Armenia. It is currently the largest surviving cemetery with khachkars. Visit Hayrivank dating to the 9th century. Stop at Selim Caravanseray. Visit Zorats Karer: The site is located on a rocky promontory near Sisian. About 223 large stone tombs can be found in the area. It was explored by a team of archaeologists from the Institut für Vorderasiatische Archäologie, University of Munich who published their findings in 2000. Arrive to Goris and check in the hotel.
    Lunch in a local restaurant.
    Dinner at the hotel.
    Overnight at the hotel in Goris.

    DAY 8: GORIS- TATEV-NORAVANK- KHOR VIRAP-YEREVAN
    Sightseeing of Old Goris town. Stop al Halidzor Village to take the longest in the world tramway to the Tatev Monastery. According to historian Stepanos Orbelian, the first church of what later became the mighty walled complex of Tatev was actually built in the 4th century. In the 8th century, it was made the throne of the Syunik bishopric and in the 9th century, it expanded, becoming a major feudal power. Take the longest in the world tramway, newly build in October 2010. The tour will on to the 12th century monastery complex of Noravank set in a canyon rich with rare flora. Areni wine factory. Visit Khor-Virap (4th-17th cc). Khor Virap, one of the romantically sited monasteries in Armenia with views across a bast plain to Turkey and the twin peaks of Mount Ararat. Here, in the atmosphere of historical environment and vivid imagination you will notice the Noah’s Ark in the snows of Ararat. Arrive to Yerevan.
    Lunch in a local restaurant.
    Dinner in a local restaurant in Yerevan.
    Overnight at the hotel in Yerevan.

    DAY 9: YEREVAN-GARNI-GEGHARD- YEREVAN
    Drive through the picturesque Avan Canyon, skirting formidable cliffs and passing exotic-looking
    gorges until a green plateau by the Azat River comes into view. Here, in the harmony of the relief and the virgin nature you will see the pagan Garni architectural complex of the 1st century and feel the spirit of ancient ages. Another ten minutes ride through the gorge will take you to the cave monastery of Geghard (12th –13th centuries).Afternoon visit to Armenia History Museum. Lunch in a private house in Garni.
    Dinner in a local restaurant in Yerevan.
    Overnight at the hotel in Yerevan.

    DAY 10: YEREVAN-EJMIATSIN-YEREVAN
    Full day excursion to Armavir Region: tour to Echmiadzin – the holy seat of the Supreme Patriarch-Catholicos of all Armenians. The Cathedral was built in 303 on the site of a pagan temple after the adoption of Christianity as a state religion in 301. Visit St. Hripsime Church (7th century). A few kilometers from Echmiadzin are the ruins of the 7th century AD Temple of Zvartnots. Afternoon visit to Matenadaran- having a collection of over 16000 ancient manuscripts.
    Visit Yerevan Brandy company for the tasting of 3 types of famous Armenian Cognac. Lunch in a local restaurant.
    Dinner in a local restaurant.
    Overnight at the hotel in Yerevan.

    DAY 11: ASHTARAK –AMBERD-YEREVAN
    Full day excursion to Ashtarak – one of the ancient cities of Armenia. The settlement is full of
    historical architectural monuments constructed in different periods (II millennium BC to XVIII AD). Here you can visit the church Karmravor (VII-XIX) that preserved its original appearance with red tile roofing. The 4th century Ohanavank monastery complex will also be visited. Will see the spectacular and romantic 7th century fortress of Amberd located 2300 meters above sea level beneath the groups of snow-covered Aragats Mountains. Founded by St. Gregory the Illuminator and that of the 13th century Saghmosavank, famous for its depository of manuscripts. Visit Mughni church, with its distinctive striped drum below the conical cupola, was rebuilt in 1661- 69 by the architects Sahak Khizanetsi and his successor Murat.
    Lunch in a local restaurant.
    Dinner in a local restaurant.
    Overnight at the hotel in Yerevan.

    DAY 12: YEREVAN-DEPARTURE
    Transfer to the airport for flight.

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