Armenia: Ruta de la Seda 8 días

What is Armenia? Armenia is a country with the ancient and legendary history: Armenia is the carved of stones khachkars; Armenia is the noise of water of the lake Sevan; Armenia is mount Ararat, the legendary mount described in the Bible where Noah landed his Ark; Armenia is generousness and hospitality of it’s inhabitants; Armenia is the flavor of shashlik (grilled meat) attracting guests to the table like a magnet; Armenia is the sounds of the musical instrument duduk which the Armenian people shrine in their hearts.
In XII B.C. the formation of the Armenian people had already started on the territory of the Armenian highland. And in 80-70 years B.C. the major government had been already created under the rule of Tigrane II the Great – this was the Kingdom of the Great Armenia covering the area from the Caspian Sea till Palestine and Egypt. The significant moment in the history of this country is the adoption of Christianity as the government religion because Armenia was the first country which have done it. Next event which has the significant historical role is the creation of the Armenian alphabet by Mesrop Mashtots. From the ancient years through Armenia the Great silk roads were laying and connecting Rome with Iran, India and China.
Present-day Armenia is a fast developing government, the population of the country is 3 000 000 people. From the ancient till the modern times the Armenian people often lost the independence but they never lost faith. They were overburdened with oppression of events and times, but they never lost the strength of mind. At present Armenia is the top of the mountains and the medieval monasteries, the land keeping in memory the Great Flood and the demise of the ancient civilizations, the place where the best cognac is producing, so we can continue describing this country to no end.
In Armenia you can enjoy of the great mountain landscapes, the majority of the real ancient sites which are included in the UNESCO World Heritage list for a long time. The local people have a sincere kindness. However along with the chains of mountains on the small territory of the country 9480 rivers and about 100 picturesque lakes find the space to be.
The northeast part of the country is famous for the beech trees and oak forests. And if to reach the south part of the country, you can see the unique view, the largest plan-tree grove. In Armenia there are also the mineral springs and the mud fields. To recuperate the health and experience all the charms of the spa services we offer to visit Dilijan which is famous for its spa hotels or Jermuk which is famous for the hot and cold springs.
The followers of the active lifestyle and extreme kinds of sports will more appreciate Tsakhkadzor, this is a main mountain ski resort of the country. It is better to value the tastes of the famous cognac Ararat in that place where it is produced, namely in the famous Yerevan cognac factory distillery! And these are only the few things which can be told about Armenia’s gastronomy! We offer You to visit this corner of the Earth to be sure that the abovementioned facts are true!

Day 1
Arrival at the international airport Zvartnots, meeting with the representatives of the travel agency, transfer to the hotel.
Walking sightseeing tour, visit of the main sights of Yerevan. Our walk begins from the heart of Yerevan, the Square of Republic, which is known by the vocal fountains; the building of the National Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre, the established monument for the great composer Aram Khachaturyan; the Swan Lake with the picturesque Arno Babajanian monument; the France Square and the art work by Auguste Rodin at this square and, of course, the well known Yerevan Cascade that became the centre of the modern art named in honor of Gerard Cafesjian. After that we’ll have a tasteful dinner at a traditional Armenian restaurant.

Day 2 Saghmosavank – Letters Alley – Armenia Wine Company
Breakfast at a hotel.
Today we take route to the north of Armenia, to the monastery Saghmosavank (the monastery of Psalms), which according to the legend was established by Saint Gregory the Illuminator above the picturesque canyon of the river Kasagh 17 centuries ago. The view from the very edge of the canyon is great and frightening at the same time.
The next journey is to the Letters Alley; the monuments were created in 2005 to coincide with the date of 1600 years of the Armenian alphabet. On the hillside Aragats we are faced with 39 letters made of tufa together with their creator Mesrop Mashtots. After we get acquainted with the Armenian alphabet we have the gastronomic joy, this is an excursion to the wine factory Armenia Wine, which is followed with the degustation of the best Armenian wine. The Armenia Wine company is the largest wine company in Armenia which produces not only wine but also cognac and vodka. The factory produces the high quality wine out of the unique, local sorts of grapes which are differ due to the tasteful and qualitative characters.
Return to a hotel.

Day 3 Khor Virap – Areni –Noravank- Tatev
Breakfast at a hotel.
From Yerevan we move to one of the religious worship and significant monastery of Armenia Tatev. On our way we visit the monastery Khor Virap located nearby to the mountain Ararat. It is located on one of the hills of the ancient city Artashat which was one of the capitals of Armenia. Earlier on this hill there was the royal prison where the first catholicos (patriarch) of Armenia Gregory the Illuminator was imprisoned for a long time. Khor is translated from Armenian as deep, Virap is a hollow. Further on our way we have the pleasant stop in the winemaking village Areni. Here we have an opportunity to visit the winery Areni with the degustation of the different fruit wine and taste several kinds of fruit vodka, and also see how these drinks are produced and learn the production line. In the village Areni the Bird Cave was discovered where the most ancient winery (4100 years B.C.) was found and the most ancient leather shoes in the world (5500 years). Overcome the deep picturesque cave Amagu we will come to be on the territory of one of the most difficult of approach monasteries of the medieval Armenia, it is called Noravank. Nor is translated from Armenian as new, and Vank as monastery. Next to the ruined church of John the Baptist in XII century the church of Saint Stephen was built, for this reason the monastery was called the new one. In 1339 the church of Saint Mary, mother of Jesus, which is the bright sample of the Armenian Gothic architecture was build. The church is located among the red rocks what makes the special atmosphere around it.
Lunch at a traditional Armenian restaurant.
Next upon our route we have a flight journey by the cableway Wings of Tatev, wich holds the record for the Longest non-stop double track cable car. You will have a unique opportunity to enjoy of the landscapes of the picturesque canon of the river Vorotan. Tatev monastery was established in X c. and in XIV c. it became famous all over the world for one of the best universities of the Middle Ages.
Return to a hotel.

Day 4 Etchmiadzin – Zvartnots
Breakfast at a hotel.
On this day we will visit the religious centre of Armenia, Saint Etchmiadzin. In 301 Armenia adopted Christianity as the government religion. That year they started constructing the first Christian church Saint Etchmiadzin; Etchmiadzin is translated into English as the place of the Descent of the Only-begotten. Based on the sayings the God pointed with the help of the big fire hammer Gregory the Illuminator the place of the first Christian church. From the dates of the perishioners it became biger and biger in the size and the church was being rebuilt until XX c. Etchmiadzin is represented as the religious city, on its territory you can see the religious seminary, frater (monastery dinner room), the monk’s cells, the library (book storeroom), a lot of the Khachkars, the baptistery and the residence of the Armenian Catholicos. Etchmiadzin is best known for the rich religious museum in which you can see the Holy Spear of Longinus, the piece of the Noah’s ark, Life-giving Cross (the chip from the Cross on which Jesus the Christ was crucified), the parts of the hallows of the Saint John the Baptist and the other religious values. And we also visit the complex Zvartnots and the church of the Saint Hripsime. The ruins of the temple of XII c strikes of its majesty and fine carving. The church of the Saint Hripsime 618 y. is the pearl of th Armenian architecture. All above mentioned monuments are included in the UNESCO World Heritage list.
Return to a hotel.

Day 5 Free day
Breakfast at a hotel
Optional trip to Tsaghkadzor. Sevan Lake and the spa town Dilijan Tsaghkadzor is situated on the height 1800 m above sea level. During the Soviet period Tsaghkadzor was recognized as one of the best resort places of the country. A lot of spa hotels and sports grounds were built here. Tsaghkadzor became rather more popular when the USSR authority made decision that the Soviet teams of different kind of sports trained in Tsaghkadzor before the international competitions as here the jump of hemoglobin level conduced to the better physical well-being of the sportsmen. Further we take a route to the spa town Dilijan. The spa town is one of the most popular mountain climate resorts in Armenia; it is called as a small Switzerland on the territory of Armenia for its unique nature. Dilijan is located among high mountains which are covered the dick woods. The town is incredibly beautiful: picturesque streets, nice nature around with mountains, forests and lakes and a great number of historical sightseeing. Visiting the complex Old Dilijan we get ourselves in 19 c. and due to the typical architecture of that time we feel the breath of old Dilijan.
Return to a hotel.

Day 6 City Tour in Yerevan – Visit of Matenadaran and Yerevan Cognac Factory ArArAt
Breakfast at a hotel.
Yerevan is one of the most ancient cities of the world, est. in 782 years C.E. by the King of Urartu Argishti I. Because of the pink tone of tufa which was used for construction of the majority of the city buildings, Yerevan is poetically called «the pink city».
In Yerevan there are about 5000 cultural monuments. The park of Victory is one of the greenest city squares, where the monument Mother Armenia is placed and there is a pleasant view on the city. During our excursion we visit The Mesrop Mashtots Institute of Ancient Manuscripts; it is in possession of a collection of nearly 17 000 manuscripts. This day we also visit the famous Yerevan cognac house ArArAt where we have opportunity to taste and buy the legend Armenian cognac.
Return to a hotel.

Day 7 Garni – Geghard – lake Sevan
Breakfast is at a hotel.
On the way to Garni our first stop is at Charents arch from which opens up the all-around view to the mountain Ararat. The pagan temple in the fortress Garni is one of the popular touristic routes of Armenia. Due to the location over the picturesque canyon of the river Azat the temple is in beautiful harmony with the surrounding landscape. 24 columns add to it the graceful architectural shape. This peripter was built in I C.E. and is the bright sample of the Greco-Roman culture (the Hellenistic period) in Armenia. On the territory of the complex the royal baths, the ruins of the royal palace and the winery are well-preserved. Upon your wish we can add to the main tour route the trip to the canyon of the river Azat where you can see the unique nature phenomenon under name Symphony of Stones.
Next stop is the rock miracle of Armenia – the monastery Geghard est. IV-XIII C.E. This was the place where the Holy Spear had been kept before it was removed to the cathedral church Saint Entchmiadzin. During 40 years in XIII the rock rooms were being carved. Fantastical acoustics and monastery interior will make you feel the strong energy that is wrapped with centuries. Next we hold a course for one of the largest high mountain fresh lakes – Sevan. This pearl of Armenia is located at height of 2000 m. above sea level. The chains of mountains conserve and take care of this valuable fresh water reservoir with an area of 1240 sq.m. Sevan peninsula is famous for its monastic complex Sevanavank est. in VIII-IX C.E. After you ascend a flank of peninsula, the all-round view to Sevan will be opened up in front of you. The year around Sevan brings joy to the guests with the tastes of fish and in summer time with the warm water. Here you can feast on shashliks made of whitefish, trout, crayfish and enjoy the famous delicacy luleh kebab made of crayfish tails.
Return to a hotel.

Day 8 Markets of Yerevan
Breakfast at a hotel.
Visiting of art market Vernissage and GUM. Vernissage is situated in the centre of Yerevan, not far from the Republic Square between the Aram and Buzanda streets and occupy the whole quarter. It works every day, but on the week-end it is rather more interesting here. There are the hand-made wooden chess and nardy (backgammon game set), ceramics, hand-made jewels, decorations, traditional musical instruments, carpets, paintings and souvenir plates. Everything except some exclusive items is at a low price. You can see there the exclusive items, so the collectors highly appreciate this market. GUM is a big market located close to the center. Could it be Yerevan without the bright and vibrant market, where you can buy not only the fresh vegetables, fruits, herbs, oriental sweets? Definitely no!
Check-out. Transfer to the airport and departure.


The tour price includes:
• Transfers during the whole tour (comfortable bus)
• 7/8 excursion days accompanied by the English speaking guide
• Meals according the programm (breakfast + 1 lunch)
• Extra entrance tickets to museums and archeological areas.

The tour price does not include:
• International flights;
• Extra personal costs.

*The company has the right to change the sequence of excursions.

Armenia: Ruta de la Seda 4 días.

What is Armenia? Armenia is a country with the ancient and legendary history: Armenia is the carved of stones khachkars; Armenia is the noise of water of the lake Sevan; Armenia is mount Ararat, the legendary mount described in the Bible where Noah landed his Ark; Armenia is generousness and hospitality of it’s inhabitants; Armenia is the flavor of shashlik (grilled meat) attracting guests to the table like a magnet; Armenia is the sounds of the musical instrument duduk which the Armenian people shrine in their hearts.
In XII B.C. the formation of the Armenian people had already started on the territory of the Armenian highland. And in 80-70 years B.C. the major government had been already created under the rule of Tigrane II the Great – this was the Kingdom of the Great Armenia covering the area from the Caspian Sea till Palestine and Egypt. The significant moment in the history of this country is the adoption of Christianity as the government religion because Armenia was the first country which have done it. Next event which has the significant historical role is the creation of the Armenian alphabet by Mesrop Mashtots. From the ancient years through Armenia the Great silk roads were laying and connecting Rome with Iran, India and China.
Present-day Armenia is a fast developing government, the population of the country is 3 000 000 people. From the ancient till the modern times the Armenian people often lost the independence but they never lost faith. They were overburdened with oppression of events and times, but they never lost the strength of mind. At present Armenia is the top of the mountains and the medieval monasteries, the land keeping in memory the Great Flood and the demise of the ancient civilizations, the place where the best cognac is producing, so we can continue describing this country to no end.
In Armenia you can enjoy of the great mountain landscapes, the majority of the real ancient sites which are included in the UNESCO World Heritage list for a long time. The local people have a sincere kindness. However along with the chains of mountains on the small territory of the country 9480 rivers and about 100 picturesque lakes find the space to be.
The northeast part of the country is famous for the beech trees and oak forests. And if to reach the south part of the country, you can see the unique view, the largest plan-tree grove. In Armenia there are also the mineral springs and the mud fields. To recuperate the health and experience all the charms of the spa services we offer to visit Dilijan which is famous for its spa hotels or Jermuk which is famous for the hot and cold springs.
The followers of the active lifestyle and extreme kinds of sports will more appreciate Tsakhkadzor, this is a main mountain ski resort of the country. It is better to value the tastes of the famous cognac Ararat in that place where it is produced, namely in the famous Yerevan cognac factory distillery! And these are only the few things which can be told about Armenia’s gastronomy! We offer You to visit this corner of the Earth to be sure that the abovementioned facts are true!

Day 1

Arrival at the international airport Zvartnots, meeting with the representatives of the travel agency, transfer to the hotel.
Walking sightseeing tour, visit of the main sights of Yerevan. Our walk begins from the heart of Yerevan, the Square of Republic, which is known by the vocal fountains; the building of the National Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre, the established monument for the great composer Aram Khachaturyan; the Swan Lake with the picturesque Arno Babajanian monument; the France Square and the art work by Auguste Rodin at this square and, of course, the well known Yerevan Cascade that became the centre of the modern art named in honor of Gerard Cafesjian. After that we’ll have a tasteful dinner at a traditional Armenian restaurant.

Day 2 City Tour in Yerevan – Visit of Matenadaran and Yerevan Cognac House ArArAt

Breakfast at a hotel.
Yerevan is one of the most ancient cities of the world, est. in 782 years C.E. by the King of Urartu Argishti I. Because of the pink tone of tufa which was used for construction of the majority of the city buildings, Yerevan is poetically called «the pink city».
In Yerevan there are about 5000 cultural monuments. The park of Victory is one of the greenest city squares, where the monument Mother Armenia is placed and there is a pleasant view on the city. During our excursion we visit The Mesrop Mashtots Institute of Ancient Manuscripts; it is in possession of a collection of nearly 17 000 manuscripts. This day we also visit the famous Yerevan cognac house ArArAt where we have opportunity to taste and buy the legend Armenian cognac.
Return to a hotel.

Day 3 Garni – Geghard lake Sevan

Breakfast is at a hotel.
On the way to Garni our first stop is at Charents arch from which opens up the all-around view to the mountain Ararat. The pagan temple in the fortress Garni is one of the popular touristic routes of Armenia. Due to the location over the picturesque canyon of the river Azat the temple is in beautiful harmony with the surrounding landscape. 24 columns add to it the graceful architectural shape. This peripter was built in I C.E. and is the bright sample of the Greco-Roman culture (the Hellenistic period) in Armenia. On the territory of the complex the royal baths, the ruins of the royal palace and the winery are well-preserved. Upon your wish we can add to the main tour route the trip to the canyon of the river Azat where you can see the unique nature phenomenon under name Symphony of Stones.
Next stop is the rock miracle of Armenia – the monastery Geghard est. IV-XIII C.E. This was the place where the Holy Spear had been kept before it was removed to the cathedral church Saint Entchmiadzin. During 40 years in XIII the rock rooms were being carved. Fantastical acoustics and monastery interior will make you feel the strong energy that is wrapped with centuries. Next we hold a course for one of the largest high mountain fresh lakes – Sevan. This pearl of Armenia is located at height of 2000 m. above sea level. The chains of mountains conserve and take care of this valuable fresh water reservoir with an area of 1240 sq.m. Sevan peninsula is famous for its monastic complex Sevanavank est. in VIII-IX C.E. After you ascend a flank of peninsula, the all-round view to Sevan will be opened up in front of you. The year around Sevan brings joy to the guests with the tastes of fish and in summer time with the warm water. Here you can feast on shashliks made of whitefish, trout, crayfish and enjoy the famous delicacy luleh kebab made of crayfish tails.
Return to a hotel.

Day 4 Markets of Yerevan

Breakfast at a hotel.
Visiting of art market Vernissage and GUM. Vernissage is situated in the centre of Yerevan, not far from the Republic Square between the Aram and Buzanda streets and occupy the whole quarter. It works every day, but on the week-end it is rather more interesting here. There are the hand-made wooden chess and nardy (backgammon game set), ceramics, hand-made jewels, decorations, traditional musical instruments, carpets, paintings and souvenir plates. Everything except some exclusive items is at a low price. You can see there the exclusive items, so the collectors highly appreciate this market. GUM is a big market located close to the center. Could it be Yerevan without the bright and vibrant market, where you can buy not only the fresh vegetables, fruits, herbs, oriental sweets? Definitely no!
Check-out. Transfer to the airport and departure.


The tour price includes:

Transfers during the whole tour (comfortable bus)
3 excursion days accompanied by the English speaking guide
Extra entrance tickets to museums and archeological areas.

The tour price  does not include:

International flights;
Extra personal costs.

*The company has the right to change the sequence of excursions.

Gamarjoba, Georgia!

Excursion route with gastronomic master classes: a trip for those who are determined to make historical and cultural discoveries, to get acquainted with the local customs, to taste the excellent Georgian cuisine and wine, to learn the secrets of cooking traditional dishes.

Day 1 Tbilisi
Arrival at the international airport „Shota Rustaveli“ in Tbilisi, meeting with the representatives of the travel agency, transfer to the hotel.
Check-in, free time.
20:00 Dinner at the restaurant* – traditional Georgian cuisine, abundance of dishes, Georgian wines and enchanting performance of the Georgian dance group.
*Please note: the dinner on the first day is available only for the tourists arriving on the morning or afternoon flight. For the tourists arriving late at night the dinner will be rescheduled on any other day.

Day 2 Tbilisi
Breakfast at the hotel.
Sightseeing tour along the main sights of Georgia’s capital. It’s going to be truly a time travel – from the ancient times till nowadays. On our route you will visit: the oldest district of the city Abanotubani (sulfur baths district), armenian temple Surub Gevork (XIV c.), Tbilisi Cathedral Synagogue, Tbilisi Cathedral Mosque (XIX c.), town fortress Narikala (IV-VIII c.), the Bethlehem street-staircase, the residence of the Patriarch of Georgia, the oldest Anchiskhati church in Tbilisi (V c.), Peace Bridge, Metekhi temple (XI c.), The Holy Trinity Cathedral (Sameba), Zion cathedral (VIII-XI c.).

The Narikala fortress

The legend about the origin of Tbilisi says: once upon a time the Georgian king Vakhtang Gorgasali (V c.), was hunting in the forest and shot a pheasant. The bird fell into a warm sulfur source and boiled in it. The king was so surprised by the properties of this water that he decided to lay down the city on the site of sulfur sources, which was called Tbilisi (from Georgian “Tbili” – warm). It is believed that exactly in the place where the king once hunted, the Narikala fortress was built. At the foot of the citadel the Abanotubani district with its famous sulfur baths is located.​​ The fortress offers a panoramic view of the city.

At noon, you will get acquainted with the culinary specialties of Georgian cuisine – a hot lunch in a traditional Georgian restaurant in Tbilisi and a glass of wine.

The Holy Trinity Cathedral

The Holy Trinity Cathedral, or Sameba – Cathedral of the Georgian Orthodox Church in Tbilisi, erected on the hill of St. Ilya. One of the newest religious buildings in Georgia, was founded in 1995, consecrated in 2004. The magnificent temple can be seen from anywhere in the city center.

Mtatsminda

The Holy Mount Mtatsminda is known for its ancient history: in the V century on its slope, in a cave, lived St. David Garedzhi, highly respected in Georgia. In the XIX century over the cave of St. David a temple was erected, and over time it was surrounded by the Pantheon. One of the first to be buried on the Holy Mountain was Russian writer and diplomat Alexander Griboedov. The graves of the writer and his wife Nina Chavchavadze are still there.

At the end of the excursion program you will have free time to visit the open bazaar where cloisonne enamel is sold – this is a special pride of Georgia; You will also have the opportunity to look at a few souvenir shops and visit the “Dry Bridge” (Flea Market). There is a large market of paintings and souvenirs in this place, as well as a flea market, which sells antique dishes and old photographs, backgammon, chess, jugs, barrel organs and other rare things. Along the embankment there are book rows where you can buy pre-revolutionary books or old albums in Georgian or English.

Return to the hotel in Tbilisi.

Day 3 Mtskheta — Gori — Uplistsikhe
Breakfast at the hotel.

Mtskheta

Sightseeing day will begin with a visit to the ancient capital of Georgia, Mtskheta. Mtskheta is one of the most ancient cities of Georgia, references to which date back to the 5th century BC.
You will visit the Svetitskhoveli Cathedral (XI c.), in which the chiton of the Lord is kept, the cloak of the Old Testament prophet Elijah and the life-giving Dzelitshoveli cross made of the cross on which they crucified Jesus Christ, and the relics of the Apostle Andrew the First-Called. No wonder the city of Mtskheta is called the second Jerusalem. After that, you will rise to the monastery Jvari (VI c.), towering over the city. According to the legend, this temple was erected above a cedar stump that oozed fragrant oil (miro), under which St. Nino, an enlightener of Georgia, once prayed. Here, as you remember, the Lermontov Mtsyri stood on the edge of the abyss, looking thoughtfully at the ancient city, built on the confluence of the Aragvi and Kura rivers.

At noon, you will get acquainted with the delicious peculiarities of Imereti cuisine – a hot lunch in a traditional Georgian restaurant in Mtskheta and a glass of wine.

Cave city Uplistsikhe

There are many interesting monuments in the vicinity of Gori, one of which is the cave city Uplistsikhe (4th century BC – 1st century AD). Even from afar, this quaint rocky city captivates with its unusual appearance. Like gigantic windows on the rocks, cave grottoes can be seen, inside of which ordinary life once flowed. There were huge majestic halls, temples and dwellings inside the caves, connected by winding streets and corridors.

Gori

Next, you will take a tour to the one of the oldest cities in Georgia – In historical sources it has been known since the 6th century, but the worldwide fame was brought to it thanks to the name of the «father of nations» Joseph Dzhugashvili, better known as Stalin. The main street of Gori is still named in his honor – Stalin Avenue. The main attraction of the town is the house-museum of Stalin, built in the form of a marble sarcophagus, with a sculpture of Stalin in front of him, one of the few installed today in memory of him.

The culmination of the day is going to be a dinner in a traditional restaurant in Tbilisi and acquaintance with the specialties of Megrelian cuisine.

Return to the hotel in Tbilisi.

Day 4 Kakheti
Breakfast at the hotel.
During this trip you will visit the most outstanding sights of Kakheti. The excursion will begin with at the monastery in Bodbe named after Saint Nina — especially revered Georgian Saint who brought Christianity to this region. Here in Kakheti her grave has been preserved, next to which beats a life-giving source.

Next on your route you will visit a small town Signagi. Its main sight is one of the most famous fortress in Georgia founded by the Georgian king Irakly II (XVIII century) on the mountain slopes.
After the sightseeing tour of Signagi you will be offered lunch in a traditional Georgian restaurant where you will get acquainted with the peculiarities of the cuisine of the homeland of Kakheti winemaking and taste the Kakhetian wine from “Kvevri”, prepared in the traditional millennial way.
Further we will continue our trip around Kakheti and go to Tsinandali, to the family estate of the famous Georgian poet Prince Alexander Chavchavadze – the general of the Russian Empire and the famous poet of the XIX century. The house-museum is surrounded by a luxurious park with a chapel, and in the wine cellars there are 16,000 bottles of wine from the end of the 19th and 20th centuries. We will walk through the park, inspect the winery and taste the wine in the ancient cellars.
Check in at the hotel in Telavi.
Dinner at the hotel’s restaurant.

Day 5 Kakheti – Tbilisi
Your excursion day will begin with a sightseeing tour of the capital of the Kakheti kingdom of the first quarter of the 11th century – the city of Telavi. During the excursion you will see a thousand year old platan and visit the architectural complex of the Telavi Palace – “The Lord’s Fortress” in which the residence of the kings of Kakheti, including King Erekle II, was located in the XVII-XVIII centuries. Next, you will go to the municipality of Akhmeti, visit the cathedral of the first quarter of the XI century «Alaverdi» and the city of Gremi – the capital of the Kakhetian kingdom of the XVI-XVII centuries.
During one of the breaks between the excursions, the company Mouzenidis Travel will invite you to a master class and tasting of the excellent wines in the Khareba wine tunnel:

• master class: cooking of 2 khinkali, 1 shotis puri (bread), 1 churchkhela
• tasting: 1 glass of white wine «Kvevri» and 1 glass of white wine «European»

On the way back you will visit the Nekresi monastery complex, founded in the 6th century by one of the 13 Assyrian fathers and stop for lunch at the Georgian traditional restaurant, where you will continue to get acquainted with the gastronomic features of the cuisine of Kakheti region. After that, you will return to Tbilisi along a scenic road through the Gombori Pass.
In the evening, you will have dinner in a traditional restaurant in Tbilisi.

Day 6 Tbilisi
Breakfast at the hotel. Free day.

This day you can choose an optional excursion for an additional fee.
For example, a trip to the largest nature reserve in Europe – Borjomi-Kharagauli park.
Borjomi-Kharagauli Park is one of the largest national parks in Europe, includes six administrative districts, stretching from the resort of Borjomi to the city of Kharagauli. Its area is 5.3 thousand km ², which is 7.6% of the entire territory of Georgia. On the excursion you will visit the town of Borjomi – a wellness resort, famous for its healing mineral waters and thermal baths, where you will visit Borjomi park and at the source of mineral water from which you can try one of the most useful mineral waters in the world. Here you can ride on the cable car, which was built in the 60s of the twentieth century. At an altitude of 100 m above sea level. m. you will enjoy an amazing view of the small resort town, immersed in greenery.
Stop for lunch at a restaurant in the city of Borjomi (paid extra).
Next, we move to the capital of Samtskhe-Javakheti, the city of Akhaltsikhe.
The city of Akhaltsikhe (translated from the group “New Fortress”) was once as strategically important as Vardzia. To protect the country from the invasion of the Turks, who constantly claimed the Georgian lands, the Rabati Castle was built on its territory. Today, the fortress is one of the most beautiful medieval fortifications, occupying an area of ​​7 hectares, where you may visit a unique museum and see the valuable exposition.
Return to the hotel.

Day 7 Tbilisi
Breakfast at the hotel, check out.
Transfer to the airport.


The tour price includes:
• Transfers during the whole tour (comfortable bus)
• Accommodation in hotels
• Entrance tickets to Chavchavadze estate
• Meals according the program
• Master classes according the program
• Wine tasting according to the program
• 3 guided tours with an English-speaking guide:

1. Sightseeing tour of the city of Tbilisi
2. Excursion to Kakheti «Bodbe – Sighnaghi – Telavi»
3. Excursion «Mtskheta – Gori – Uplistsikhe»

The tour price does not include:
• Entrance tickets to museums, archaeological sites and monasteries
• Everything that is not specified in «The tour price includes» paragraph

Attention!
Check in / chek out is done according to hotel policy (check in after 13:00, check out before 11:00- 11:30).
The company has the right to change the sequence of the excursions.

Entrance fees to museums and archaeological areas:

Stalin museum – 7€
Uplistsikhe museum – 3€
Cable car Tbilisi – 1€
Rabati Castle – 7€
National park Borjomi – 1€

Tour price (per person):

  Single room
accommodation
Double/Twin room
accommodation
4* / 6 nights 995€ 875€
3* / 6 nights 870€ 745€