Day 1 arrival
Meeting at Tbilisi airport with a sign “TRAVEL BEE”. Transfer to the hotel.
Free time to wander through Yerevan.
2 Day Khor Virap, Areni Cave, Noravank, In Areni winery
Armenia is known for many places that must be visited, but the most famous, perhaps, is the biblical mountain Ararat. That is why during this tour you will see a stunning view of mount Ararat from the nearest place.
Khor Virap Monastery is located about an hour drive from the capital, from where an amazing view of the symbol of Armenia - the majestic Ararat. “Khor Virap” in translation means “Deep Dungeon”. The monastery was built on the site of the former royal dungeon, where Gregory the Illuminator, the first Catholicos of Armenia, was kept for 13 years. Therefore, this is one of the most sacred places for Armenians from all over the world. In addition, it is the closest point to mount Ararat from the territory of Armenia, which very often becomes the first reason to visit Armenia.
The next stop is Areni Cave (Bird Cave), where in 2008 archaeologists discovered several ancient artifacts, including a leather shoe and a winery. As a result of excavations, it was possible to establish that this place dates back to the early Bronze Age (about 5000-6000 years ago). They also found evidence of complex burial rituals and agricultural implements.
There is one more place that must be visited - this is Noravank - one of the pearls of medieval Armenian architecture. Noravank is located among the stunning brick-red cliffs at the very end of the Gnishik canyon. Here you will see the only image of God - the Father in Armenia, which is as amazing as the face of Jesus Christ, which appears on the ceiling of the vestibule of the church of Surb Karapet (St. Karapet). This church built by the Orbelians stands out among other churches in that many of this noble family were buried in this place, despite the fact that it was categorically forbidden to bury people in churches from the 5th century.
3 Day Garni-Geghard.
Today you will get acquainted with the pagan history of Armenia and find out how Christianity developed and spread in the country. First stop - temple Garni (77 AD)
Visit the pagan temple of the Sun (1st century A.D.) in the settlement of Garni - a favorite place of Armenian kings. The temple is a spectacle of extraordinary beauty, at times seeming unreal. Built in the Greek style, it occupies a triangular cape ruling over a deep gorge, enveloped by the river Azat from two sides. The surrounding area itself is incredibly beautiful. A Greco-Roman bathhouse with a mosaic of 30,000 pieces of natural stones, as well as the ruins of the royal palace, will take you to the 3rd century AD.
A visit to the cave church of St. Geghard (12th-13th centuries), which means "Holy Spear" in honor of the very same spear that was used to pierce the crucified Christ. The spear is now in the Museum of St. Etchmiadzin). The temple is located high in the mountains in the picturesque gorge of the river Goght. This is a masterpiece of Armenian medieval architecture. It is a complex consisting of a main church, two cave churches and a burial. In the first cave temple, a cold spring beats from a rock. It is believed that its holy water heals of diseases and gives beauty. Monastery Geghard is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site (List 2000). Return to Yerevan
4 Day moving to Georgia
Day 5 City Sightseeing Tour Tbilisi + Mtskheta
We will begin our tour from Sameba Holy Trinity Cathedral, built in 2006, where the relics of St. Giorgi the Victorious are stored and where the Patriarch of All Georgia Ilia II is currently conducting services. This Cathedral is the largest in Georgia and one of the grandest Orthodox churches in the whole world. The territory of the cathedral is quite vast, it offers beautiful views of Mount Mtatsminda and the old city, you can see olive trees, Spanish firs, lavender, you can go up to the pond with peacocks and swans, as well as try the best Georgian lemonade Laghidze and unique homemade ice cream . Then we go up the mountain Mtatsminda known in translation as the "Holy Mountain". It got its name for a reason. In the distant 6th century the holy monk David (Idem David Gareja) lived in the grotto. And now there is a church of the Holy Father David and a miraculous spring that heals women from infertility and people from blindness. Many believers come here from different parts of the world to try out the effect of the miraculous spring and are granted due to their faith. Around the temple, there is a pantheon of great writers and public figures, including Alexander Griboedov, the great Georgian poet and writer Ilia Chavchavadze, the first president of Georgia Zviad Gamsakhurdia, Stalin's mother Ekaterina Jughashvili and many others. Later on we will go through the entire historical part of the old city, where we will visit the ancient temple of the 5th century Anchiskhati, the Cathedral of the 6th century Sioni, where the Patriarch of All Georgia used to serve, go down the famous Shardeni street to Meidan, see the famous Sulfur baths and waterfall, learn the legend of the creation of Tbilisi (5th century), cross the Bridge of Peace to the park of Europe (Rike). Next we will go to Mtskheta.
These famous lines were born, when the great writer M. Lermontov visited the ancient capital of Mtskheta and the monastery of the 6th century Jvari. Jvari “Cross” is a functioning monastery, which is one of the very first UNESCO monuments from Georgia, a place of power and more. On the place where the monastery stands now, preserved almost in its original form, in the 4th century, St. Nino created her cross from the vine, and Christianity was adopted as the main religion. We will visit the monastery itself, enjoy the gorgeous views around and see the junction of the two rivers described in the poem “Mtsiri”. In fair weather, from the territory of Jvari one can see even the top of Kazbegi! Then we will visit the ancient capital Mtskheta, where you can take a stroll along the streets, purchase exclusive handmade souvenirs, Georgian sweets, and most importantly, we will see the Cathedral Svetitskhoveli “Life-giving Pillar” (XI century), which is called The Second Jerusalem for a reason. According to legend, the tunic of Jesus Christ is buried under this cathedral, which was brought there in the 1st century by rabbi Elioz from Mtskheta. The part of the cross, on which Jesus Christ was crucified is stored in the cathedral, there is the burial of Georgian kings and princes and many interesting mysterious frescoes.
Day 6 Kakheti +Wine degustation tour+ Georgian bread baking - puri master class
If you have not visited Kakheti, you were not in Georgia! We are inviting you to visit the eastern part of Georgia - the homeland of wine and hospitality. This tour is truly gastronomic. In the first part of the tour we will visit the women's monastery complex in Bodbe, where Saint Nino is buried, thanks to which Christianity was adopted in Georgia. Afterwards, a fascinating walk through the city of love Sighnaghi (which means "refuge") is awaiting you, where once the great artist Pirosmani fell in love with his Margarita, and now there is a 24-hour registry office where one can get married in just 15 minutes! You will also have a unique opportunity to stroll along the fortress wall (The second in the world after the Chinese), along which there are 28 watch towers, and where you can enjoy the best views of Alazani valley! In Kakheti, you will find the most delicious khachapuri master class in a real Kakhetian family.
Later on we will go to the winery, where you can learn all about the technologies of Georgian winemaking, and, of course, try several varieties of real natural wine directly from the tanks!
On the way, we will drop-in a small home bakery - try to make Georgian bread “shotis puri“ in a hot oven – “Tone” and will have delicious snack - hot bread with a crispy crust, salty Georgian cheese and wine. Return to Tbilisi.
7 Day Back Home
Transfer to Tbilisi Airport.
For an additional fee of $ 45, you can move to Yerevan Airport
Company Travel Bee do not bear responsibility for weather conditions and mode of operation of excursion objects and may make some changes to the program, namely:
- replacement of excursions with similar ones
- change of days of excursions
- combining excursions
If it is impossible to provide any point due to weather or technical conditions.
The tour price includes:
Qualified Guide Service
Accommodation in 3 * hotels with breakfast
All excursions and entrance fees are indicated in the tour
The price does not include:
Cost per person in a double room 380 $
Cost per person in a single room $ 490
Price per person in a triple room 360 $