Day 1: Depart for Georgia. Arrival to Bagratashen/Sadakhlo border and formalities. Meet Georgian guide at the Armenia/Georgian border. Drive to Tbilisi, hotel accommodation. Tbilisi overnight.
Day 2: Breakfast served. Tbilisi City Tour. 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. The oldest synagogue; 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; visit the Open-air Ethnography Museum; Tbilisi overnight. Breakfast included.
Day 3: Breakfast served. The trip to Kaheti - the capital of Georgian wine. Drive to Signagi - medieval fortified town picturesquely situated on the mountain with the old houses, narrow tortuous streets and old style Balconies. Walk around the old city wall and enjoy breath taking view over the Alazani Valley.
Drive to Velistsikhe:
a) Making the Georgian bread – lavash in Georgian bakery (ton^e).
b) Tasting of Georgian wine in the peasant house with Georgian wine-cellar
c) The preparation of barbeque (shashlik) on nature, (Lunch)
d) Georgian polyphonic songs performed by singers in the national costumes,
e) Load is music - accordion and portion drums.
Dinner on nature. Then drive to Ninotsminda architectural complex from the 6 to the 18 centuries. Tbilisi overnight. Breakfast and Lunch included.
Day 4: Breakfast served. After breakfast drive to 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. The town and its architectural monuments are included in the World's Cultural Heritage of UNESCO. Visit Jvari Monastery (6th c.) and Svetitskhoveli Cathedral (11th c.). Drive to Kazbegi, 1700m. by crossing the “Jvari Pass” (2395m) at the Greater Caucasus.
Explore the area and walk up to Gergeti Sameba Church, beautifully situated on the hill. Walking shoes/boots are recommended to walk up on some steep slopes up to the Sameba church. 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. Lunch. Drive back to Tbilisi. Overnight in Tbilisi. Breakfast and Picnic Lunch included.
Day 5: Breakfast served. Transfer to the border of Bagratashen/Sadakhlo. Meet Armenian guide at the Georgian/Armenian border. Lunch on the way. Drive back to Yerevan. Check in. Breakfast and Lunch included.
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