We will have a guided tour of Yerevan, the capital of Armenia and the cultural, economic and political centre of the country. Yerevan’s residents are never in a hurry, spending their time strolling along the city’s boulevards, the city seems to be on a perpetual holiday, and most of the buildings in the centre are decorated in pink stone.
Excursion “Yerevan, Ararat Factory” (additional entrance tickets to the factory – € 12).
Visit to Etchmiadzin Cathedral. This is the oldest church in the world and the spiritual centre of Armenians. Visit to the Etchmiadzin Museum. Lunch in the private sector! In a very nice location in the private sector, lunch awaits us (on request – 17 €), the owner of the house has taken in children from the orphanage in his home. Here they cook traditional Armenian dishes and do creative activities. After a delicious lunch, you will have the opportunity to enjoy the gallery, as well as visit the shop with handmade products made by the children You will visit the Ararat Brandy Factory. Ararat Armenian Cognac is one of the best in the world and as a brand has its own unique place in the list of the world’s biggest companies.
We will go to Gegard Monastery. Here you will see a church built in the 13th century and cave temples built thousands of years ago during pagan times, which were later turned into churches. The monument is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Free time, lunch and a masterclass if you wish (additional fee: 18 €/person).
The pagan temple of Garni is the only surviving temple in the former Soviet Union. Like the Geghard Monastery, it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site (additional entrance fees ~5 €/person).
Lake Sevan is the second alpine lake after Lake Titicaca in South America. There are many interesting and mysterious stories associated with the lake. The monastery of Sevan was built in the 9th century by the daughter of a king.
Gyumri is also known as the cultural capital of Armenia. It has a well-preserved historic city centre with beautiful 19th- and 20th-century buildings. There are many museums where you can learn about Gyumri’s history and life, as well as its famous people, and you can take a walk around the historic centre and see its iconic landmarks such as Vardanants Square, the Armenian Church of the Seven Wounds and the merchants’ houses of the Keshishyan and Dzitokhtsyan families. You’ll see street art by local artists in the style of Boshos and Matisse, hear the history of the Plpan Zhan Church, and learn about the exciting events that took place in the city. And if you like, you can visit the house museums of actor Mher Mkrtchyan and poet Avetik Isahakyan.
Lunch (on request at an extra cost of 18 €/person).
Excursion to the Achtala Church and monastery complex. Akhtala Castle was built in the 10th century by King David of Armenia. The Church of the Most Holy Mother of God was built in 1188 and its walls are lined with frescoes from the 12th and 13th centuries. There is also a medieval bathhouse, a forge, the world’s first monument to wedding rings, the ruins of the Palace of the Armenian Kings, the oldest factory in the Caucasus, and many other interesting monuments… Next, we’ll see Haghpat Monastery. It was built in 977 by King Ashot III of Armenia. It is one of the most magnificent and beautiful cultural and spiritual monuments. The first Armenian university was opened here in the 10th century and the monument is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Tbilisi is one of the most beautiful cities in Transcaucasia. Here, nature seems to merge with human creativity, leaving its imprint on architectural objects and entire ensembles.
We take the cable car to Narikala Fortress, Tbilisi’s most famous and oldest ancient monument and a complex of fortresses from different eras in Old Tbilisi, known to the citizens as “the soul and heart of the city”. The fortress was built on the steep Sololaksky ridge in the 4th century. The views from here are magnificent and you can take the best photos to remember it by.
We will continue into the Old Town, coming out on the south-west side of the square, to admire it again. The ruins of the upper Narikala fortress, which hangs over the city. The city area is the site of the sulphur baths. Hot hydrogen sulphide water is supplied by springs coming from the hollows of Mount Tabori. The city blocks were once built up with caravans, trading houses and craft workshops. Stroll through the streets of the old town and see the monument to Sergo Parajanov, one of the best directors of his time, the Peace Bridge, a masterpiece of modern architecture, and Rike Park, a new recreation area in the centre of Tbilisi along the Kura River.
We’ll travel to Kakheti, a historic region in eastern Georgia. Many of us have heard many times about the delicious Georgian wine. Georgian winemaking technology, of which all Georgians are immensely proud, is over 8000 years old. We offer a visit to a Georgian winery with a tasting (on request for an additional fee ~ €7/person).
We continue our journey to Bodbe – St. George’s Cathedral. We continue to Bodbe and continue our journey to Bodbe, where we visit the Bodbe Nin Women’s Monastery complex. St. Bodin Monastery. Nino is the most important saint of Georgia, as she is the one who brought Christianity to Georgia in the 4th century. According to legend, on the orders of Tsar Mirian, the monastery was built on the spot where Nino was buried. For an additional fee of € 17/person, you will be invited to a real monastery feast, followed by a feast at St. You will be invited to make a wish at Nino’s tomb. The money earned from the feast is used to build a new church dedicated to St. Nin. The feast is being built in honour of St Nin’s parents.
We continue our journey with a visit to nearby Sighnaghi, a city of love nestled between the Alazani fields and the Caucasus Mountains. The town was built on the site of an old fortress, so the defensive walls, gates and towers remain. There is also a 19th-century residential complex, built in the southern Italian classical style with Georgian motifs. Each tower offers a breathtaking view of the endless Alazani Valley.
In the evening, we offer a gala dinner in one of the country’s best restaurants, where you can enjoy Georgian cuisine, folklore, live music and dancing! (additional charge – 37 €/person). The gala dinner will take place in a traditional Georgian atmosphere, serving a variety of national Georgian dishes and enjoying the wonderful musicianship of the musicians. Live music will be played during the dinner. Transfer back to the hotel.
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