ARMENIA GUARANTEED DEPARTURES 2017
Every Friday starting from 10 April till 06 November 2016 Minimum Participant 2 pax – Maximum Participant 15 pax Step back in time to explore the secrets of the oldest Christian nation in the world.
ARMENIA-GEORGIA GUARANTEED DEPARTURES 2017
Minimum participants 2 pax Experience the unique spirit of Caucasus from breathtaking nature scenarios to magnificent medieval architecture and ancient culture.
WINE & DINE TOUR
These 8 day gourmet discovery combines fine wines and authentic local cuisine with unspoiled sceneries and centuries-old cultural treasures.
Treat yourself to this once in a lifetime hiking vacation seeking out off the beaten, pristine trails and discovering the best of this little known part of the world.
Drive your way through the roads of colorful Armenia with our unique fly-drive tours.
SILK ROUTE TOUR
Journey along this historic Silk Route to explore the modern culture and ancient civilization in one tour.
Azerbaijan & Georgia & Armenia
Day 1: Arrival in Baku
Arrival at Baku Airport. Transfer to the hotel.
Day 2:Baku-Absheron Peninsula
Breakfast at the hotel. 10:00. Baku sightseeing tour. Visit to Memory Alley – “Shehidler Khiyabany”, panoramic view of Baku city from the park. Visit to medieval fortress of Old Baku - “Icheri Sheher”15-17 c.c., “Maiden Tower “ – 9 c., the Complex of Shirvan Shahs’ Palace -15 c. medieval CaravanSaray -15c., medieval Markets square, handmade carpet’s workshop art studio. After lunch visiting of “Yanardag”, Temple of Fire Worshippers’ – “Ateshgah”. Overnight at the hotel in Baku.
Breakfast at hotel. Visit Gobustan Petroglyphs - An Outdoor Museum. It is a rocky massif on the bottom of the southeast part of the Great Caucasus Range, near the Caspian Sea and a modern highway built on the ancient Shirvan road. The rocks of Gobustan also retain the evidence of the presence of Roman legionnaires crossing this attractive region in the 1st century BC. Now Gobustan is nominated for the inclusion in the list of "World Legacy" maintained by UNESCO. Mud volcanoes are fine mystery of nature. Azerbaijan is the first among the world's countries by quantity and diversity of mud volcanoes. All known types of mud volcanoes on the world are represented in Azerbaijan. Overnight at the hotel in Baku.
Departure to Sheki town. On the way to Sheki. Visit to Diri Baba mausoleum in Maraza village. In Shamakha visit to historical mosque Juma (Friday), mausoleum of Yeddi Gumbez – (Seven Domes) – grave yard of Shirvan Shahs’. (Continue trip to Sheki via Muganly passing. Photo stops on the most beautiful places on the mountains. Arrival in Sheki. Sheki sightseeing tour. Visit to the local medieval fortress, Sheki Khans’ palace, local museum of history, local handicrafts workshop, panoramic view of the town. Visiting of Kish village. Albanian Church. Overnight at the hotel in Sheki.
Day 5:Azerbaijan border-Telavi-Georgia-Telavi
At about 11:30 / 12:00 meet at Azerbaijan – Georgia border at Lagodekhi check-point. Visa procedures. Cross the border and meet Georgian staff. Start tour in the eastern part of Georgia. Kakheti, Georgia’s famous wine district, lies due east from Tbilisi is a land dotted with fine old churches and vineyard after vineyard. First we arrive at town Kvareli where we have delicious lunch and also visit the winery to taste Georgian wines. We arrive at Gremi architectural complex of the 16th c. After excursion we drive to visit Alaverdi Cathedral of the 11th c. Arrive in Telavi and check-in the hotel. Overnight in Telavi.
Day 6: Telavi-Signagi-Tbilisi
Morning visit Ikalto Academy and Monastery of the 11th – 13th cc. Then we arrive in Tsinandali, the residence of the 19th century noble family. It is known for its nice park. We arrive in Signagi a beautiful hill-town surrounded by Medieval wall and providing panoramic views of the Alazani Valley and the Eastern Caucasus Mountains. We have lunch with wine and walk in the town. Drive to Tbilisi. Arrive in Tbilisi. Check-in the hotel. Transfer to the restaurant for dinner. Overnight in Tbilisi.
Day 7:Tbilisi city tour
Today we will explore this wonderful city. In over 1500 years since becoming the capital of Georgia, 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. The city has rebounded in recent years to become one of the most lively and cosmopolitan cities in the Caucasus. Today we wind through Tbilisi’s narrow streets and inner courtyards and stroll down Rustaveli Avenue, the main thoroughfare running east through the city. Visit Metekhi Church and Sioni Cathedral. Overnight in Tbilisi.
Day 8:Tbilisi-Mtskheta-Gori & Uplistsikhe-Kazbegi
Today we drive west along the fertile lands of Kartli province. Our first stop of the day will be in sacred Mtskheta, the ancient capital of eastern Georgia, at the southern end of the highway. Georgia’s conversion to Christianity occurred in Mtskheta in 337 AD and it is considered one of Georgia’s most important religious centers. We will visit several of its historic monuments including the beautiful Church of Jvari perched on a cliff overlooking the city, Sveti-Tskhoveli Cathedral, the first Christian church to be built in Georgia and its largest functioning cathedral. Next site is in Gori. Drive to Uplistsikhe cave town dated to 7th c. BC. Drive to Kazbegi. Overnight in Kazbegi.
Day 9: Kazbegi-Tbilisi
Surrounded by gigantic mountains Kazbegi is a picturesque settlement overlooked by the biggest of all - Mount Kazbek (5047m) - one of the six 5000 metre peaks of the Caucasus. According to the legend, Prometheus was chained on the Mount Kazbek. Walk up (1 hour 15min) to the Sameba Church beautifully situated on the hill (2150m) above the hill and providing splendid views of Mt. Kazbek. Note: For extra charge you can higher 4x4 vehicles in Kazbegi to take you to the church and after excursion down to Kazbegi. Please, contact for details. Return to Tbilisi. On the way visit Ananuri architectural complex of the 16th c. Overnight in Tbilisi.
Day 10:Tbilisi-Sadakhlo border-Haghpat-Sanahin-Sevan
In the morning after breakfast drive to Sadakhlo border. Border formalities. Change the guide and transportation. Start you acquaintances with Armenia with the architectural complexes of Haghpat (976 AD) and Sanahin (966 AD) which are among the outstanding works of medieval Armenian architecture and are inscribed in UNESCO World Heritage list. Drive to the resort town of Dilijan. Continue to Lake Sevan. Overnight in Sevan.
Day 11: Sevan-Selim Caravansarai-Noravank-Areni-Yerevan
Sightseeing on the peninsula. Visit Sevanavank Monastery. Continue to Noravank via intact Selim Caravansarai. Caravanserais were quite common in medieval Armenia and Selim Caravanserai is among them. In the whole country it is the only well surviving one coming from the depth of the history. Visit Noravank monastery - a great religious and cultural center of 12th c. Noravank (“New Monastery”) is 122 km away from Yerevan and is located in an inaccessible location throughout the stunning nature. Drive to Areni village to visit Areni winery to taste Armenian wine. Departure to the capital of Armenia - Yerevan. Overnight in Yerevan.
Day 12: Yerevan city tour-Khor Virap-Echmiadzin-Zvartnots
We start city tour around Yerevan exploring various layers of its history – medieval shrines, narrow streets of the old center with sunlight playing on its pink walls. Continue Tsitsernakaberd Memorial park with an 'Eternal Flame' meant to commemorate the victims of the genocide and the Genocide museum - a solemn dedication to the first genocide of 20th century. Sightseeing tour to Khor-Virap monastery the importance of which is connected with Gregory the Illuminator, who introduced Christianity to Armenia and is considered to be the first Armenian Catholicos - bishop. Drive to Echmiadzin which is mere 20 km from Yerevan. Lunch in a local community tasting homemade dishes and Armenian national cookie called “gata”. Return to Yerevan with a stop at the ruins of Zvartnots temple - the pearl of the 7th c. architecture which is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage.
Day 13: Matenadaran-Garni-Geghard
In the morning visit the depositary of ancient manuscripts the Matenadaran which contains historical documents from all over Europe and Asia throughout many centuries. Departure to Garni Temple which was built which was built in the first century A.D. Opportunity to have lunch at a local house in Garni where you will have opportunity to watch Armenian national bread “lavash” baking and barbeque making process in the underground stove called “tonir”. Northeast of Garni there is a magnificent monument of medieval Armenian architecture - Geghard Monastery inscribed in UNESCO World Heritage list. Geghard is another incredible ancient Armenian monastery, partly carved out of a mountain. Return to Yerevan. Overnight in Yerevan.
Day 14: Departure
Transfer to the airport. Departure home!