Day 1: Breakfast served. Ashtarak – where you can find numerous churches or various ancient buildings at any step; Artashavan – New Complex of Armenian Letters: “It is difficult to express the deep feeling Armenians have for their language, which many regard as the lifeblood of their culture”; Saghmosavank Monastery perch on the edge of the precipitous gorge of the Kasakh river. Visit to Lori region; Vanadzor City – the historical and modern center of the province of Lori; Alaverdy town in a canyon; Lunch in Alaverdy Kobayr – the spatial constructions and functional solution are unified architectural currents and the expressive methods are simple solemn. Overnight in Alaverdy.
Day 2: Breakfast served and check out. Arrival to Bagratashen/Sadakhlo border and formalities. Tbilisi – the capital of Georgia- stands on the banks of the river Mtkvari, in a valley surrounded by hills! Tour over the old city of Tbilisi, which stretches along the of the Mtkvari river within the ancient walls and citadels: Fortress Narikala (4th century), church Metechi (13th century) and the statue to Vakhtang Gorgasali – the powerful king of the 5th century who founded the capital of Georgia in the city of Tbilisi, basilica Anchiskhati (6th century); sulfur bath-houses renowned for centuries for their curative quality; Sioni cathedral, the main cathedral of Georgia, where services are held by the archbishop of Georgia each Sunday. Sameba cathedral - tallest church in the Caucasus. Lunch in Tbilisi. Statue to Mother of Georgia(“Kartlis Deda”) - the symbol of powerful and friendly Georgian nation; walk on the Rustaveli Avenue – the main street of Tbilisi with its entertainment centers, museums and the governmental house. Overnight in Tbilisi
Day 3: Breakfast served. Drive to Uplistsikhe is the large complex of natural caves which has been inhabited from pre-Christian times and it served as an important trade center on the historic Silk Road until 12th century. Drive to Gori-city-birthplace of Joseph Stalin. Visit of house where Joseph Stalin was born. Lunch en-route. Mtskheta - the ancient capital of Georgia is situated 20km from Tbilisi. Scientists date the town back to the 2nd millennium B.C. Mtskheta was the capital of Georgian Kingdom of Iberia during 500BC - 500AD. Here Georgians accepted Christianity in the beginning of 4th century. Visit Jvari (Holy Cross) Monastery (6th c.). Visible for miles and it makes the importance of this religious site for all Georgians and overlooks this religious site for all and overlooks the confluence of two major rivers, the Argavi and the Mktvari. Svetitskhoveli (“The Column of Life”) Cathedral (11th c.) was built on the site of the former Zoastrian temple, to mark Georgian conversion to Christianity in 337AD. Drive to Tbilisi. Overnight in Tbilisi
Day 4: Breakfast served. After breakfast drive to the North! The Ananuri fortress stands beside the famous Georgian Military Highway overlooking a large lake. Its high, turreted stone walls protect two churches, a watch tower, a spring and reservoir. Drive to Kazbegi, 1700m. by crossing the “Jvari Pass” (2395m) at the Greater Caucasus. Explore the area and walk up to Gergeti Sameba (Trinity) Church, beautifully situated on the hill. It takes about 1h 30 min. to reach the church. For extra you can hire 4x4 vehicles to take you to the church. Enjoy wonderful views of the Caucasian Mountains, including Mount Kazbek, 5047m, one of the six 5000 m. peaks in the Greater Caucasus. According to the legend, Prometheus was chained on the mount Kazbek. Excursion to Dariali Canyon, north from Kazbegi. Picnic/Lunch. Drive back to Tbilisi. Overnight in Tbilisi.
Day 5: Breakfast served. After breakfast we drive to a small town of Sighnaghi (16th c) - one of the most beautiful towns of Georgia. Its attractiveness is largely defined both by the age-old architectural sites and its natural characteristics: the Town is located on a hilltop and looks over the boundless area of the Alazani Valley and the snow-covered Caucasian mountains. We wonder along the cute streets of the town. Gverabi – ancient cave winery where you will have a chance to taste, purchase and enjoy fine Georgian wine. Lunch on the hill top The Monastery of St. Nino at Bodbe. Originally was built in the 9th century. The monastery now functions as a nunnery and is one of the major pilgrimage sites in Georgia, due to its association with St. Nino, the 4th century female evangelist of Georgians, whose relics are shrines there. Overnight in Tbilisi.
Day 6: Breakfast served and check out form the hotel. Depart Tbilisi. Passing Georgian/Armenian Border we will continue our trip through Alaverdy. Wonderful monasteries Haghpat and Sanahin in which artistic merits transcended the limits of the national culture. Lunch in Alaverdy. Return Yerevan.
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