Day 2: Tbilisi – Mtskheta – Gori – Uplistikhe – Tbilisi. Breakfast at the hotel. First stop is in Mtskheta, the first capital of Georgia. Excavations in this territory gave a huge archaeological material spanning several millennia. Here we will visit the Cathedral Svetickhoveli – construction of the temple coincides with a new stage in the heyday of Georgia. Going up to the monastery Jvari (V c.) and enjoying wonderful panorama. Gori, place of birth of Joseph Stalin and visiting house-museum of Stalin. Thereafter, visit the unique city-fortress, stone expanse of this region, a city in the rocks dated the 1st century BC - "Uplistsikhe." Return back to Tbilisi. Overnight.
Day 3: Tbilisi – Ananuri – Gudauri – Kazbegi – Gergeti – Tbilisi. Breakfast in the hotel. Departure to Kazbegi. Our journey will take place along the route of Pushkin, Georgian Military Road to the fortress and monastery Ananuri located on the bank of Jinvali reservoir. Later on we will see the pride of Georgians – ski resort Gudauri, located at an altitude of 2195 m. Tour over Stepantsminda. Gergety Trinity Church – the most important altar of 14th century, located on the slope of Mount Kazbek. Jeep to be rented on the spot. Arrival to Tbilisi. Free evening. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 4: Tbilisi – Bagratashen – Haghpat – Dilijan – Lake Sevan – Yerevan . Breakfast at the hotel. Check out. Transfer to the border Bagratashen. Meeting at the Armenian-Georgian border Bagratashen. After border formalities, change the guide and transportation. Start Armenian part of the tour. Visit to Haghpat (976 AD) medieval monastery, which is included in the UNESCO World Heritage list. Continue the route to Dilijan - small Swiss of Armenia. Lake Sevan - one of the high-altitude lakes in the world situated at the altitude of 1896 meters above the sea level. On clear and sunny days it looks like a piece of sky that has descended to the earth among the mountains. A visit to Sevanavank Monastery located on the Northwestern shore of Lake Sevan. According to an inscription in one of the churches, it was founded in 874 AD by Princess Mariam. Lunch. Drive to Yerevan. Overnight.
Day 5: Yerevan – Geghard - Garni – Symphony of Stones – Yerevan. Breakfast at the hotel. An interesting trip to Geghard, a unique Armenian monastery, built in rock. The tour will be followed by the only pagan temple in Armenia - Garni, also known as “Temple of Sun”. Here you can find roman mosaic baths and ruins of the royal palace. Lunch. Return back to Yerevan. Overnight.
Day 6: Yerevan – Echmiadzin – Zvartnots – Yerevan. Breakfast at the hotel. Trip to Echmiadzin - the centre of the Armenian Apostolic Church, where the Holly Cathedral and the residence of the Catholicos of All Armenians are located. Here you will visit Echmiadzin Museum where unique treasures are kept. Visit to the Art Center in Echmiadzin “Cross of Armenian Unity” and lunch. On the way back to Yerevan the tourists will visit to Zvartnots – “temple of ruins”. Return back to Yerevan. Overnight.
Day 7: Yerevan – Khor Virap – Noravank – Areni – Tatev – Goris. Breakfast at the hotel. We will be led through the plains of the Ararat valley to the magnificent monastery of Khor Virap set against the backdrop of towering Mount Ararat. The monastery is a place of pilgrimage and is the site of the prison where St. Gregory the Illuminator (who brought Christianity to Armenia in 301 AD) was imprisoned. We will continue our way to Noravank. The monastery is best known for its two-stored S. Astvatsatsin church, which grants access to the second floor by way of narrow stones jutting out from the face of building. Visit to Areni village where you will taste our tasty Armenian wines. Drive to one of the most impressive places in Armenia, the 9th century Tatev Monastery. Take the cable car “Wings of Tatev” from the Halidzor Village to the magnificent complex of Tatev. Overnight in Goris.
Day 8: Goris – Meghri – Agarak – Jolfa – Tabriz. Breakfast at the hotel. Drive to Armenian-Iranian border. Change the transportation and continue the route to Iran, Tabriz. Stop at Jolfa, a border town, that connects the Islamic Republic both with Armenia and Azerbaijan. Lunch. Visit the 9th century St. Stepanos Monastery, an Armenian monastery, situated in a deep canyon along the Araks River (UNESCO World Heritage Site). Overnight in Tabriz.
Day 9: Tabriz – Shiraz. Breakfast. Check out from hotel. Start exploring Tabriz, the second largest city of Iran and important commercial center of Persia. Tabriz is situated at the crossroads of the Middle East and the Caucasus and was a classic stop along the famous Silk Road. Visit the Bazaar of Tabriz, one of the oldest bazaars of the Middle East and the largest covered bazaar in the world (UNESCO World Heritage Site). The Tabriz Historic Bazaar Complex consists of several departments such as Amir Bazaar (for gold and jewelry), Mozzafarieh (a carpet bazaar), etc. Lunch. Transfer to Tabriz International Airport and take a domestic flight to Shiraz. Transfer to the hotel. Check in. Dinner. Overnight in Shiraz.
Day 10: Shiraz – Persepolis – Shiraz. Breakfast. Drive to Persepolis, one of the most majestic ancient monuments in the world (UNESCO World Heritage Site). The monumental staircases, exquisite reliefs and imposing gateways amaze you how grand this empire was. Return to Shiraz. Start exploring Shiraz, the treasure trove of Persian culture. It is the former capital of Iran and the celebrated birthplace of the great Persian poets Hafiz and Saadi. Visit the Mausoleum of Hafez (1324-1391), one of the greatest masters of Persian lyric poetry and the literary giant of the 14th century in the west and central Asia, Mausoleum of Saadi (1210-1291), one of the greatest figures in classical Persian literature. Lunch. Afterwards, the tourists will see Nasīr al-Mulk Mosque built by the order from one of the lords of the Qajar Dynasty, Mirza Hasan Ali Nasir al-Mulk, it took 12 years to complete in 1888. Continue to Eram Garden (UNESCO World Heritage Site). The Eram Garden is a historic and monumental Persian garden in Shiraz with beautiful flowers, tall cypress trees and decorative plants as well as its amazing edifice, it is known for its beauties and aesthetic attractions resembling heaven. Since its construction and throughout the 18th century, it was predominantly used by the local rulers and Persian monarchs. The Pahlavi dynasty heavily invested in this Garden, renovating it to an internationally recognizable status. Today, Eram Garden is wit hin Shiraz Botanical Garden of Shiraz University. Overnight in Shiraz.
Day 11: Shiraz – Pasargad – Yazd. Breakfast. Check out from hotel. Visit the ruins of the Ancient Persian city of Pasargad (UNESCO World Heritage Site). Lunch. Drive to Yazd, an architecturally unique city and the center of the Zoroastrian culture. The journey will start from green valleys to mountains. Overnight in Yazd.
Day 12: Yazd – Isfahan. Breakfast. Check out from hotel. Start exploring Yazd, a home to Iran’s second largest population of Zoroastrians. Visit the 14th century Jameh Mosque. The magnificent Jameh Mosque (Friday Mosque) with its tiled entrance portal is one of the tallest in Iran. Lunch. Visit the 13th century Amir Chakhmagh Complex. The stunning three-storey facade of this religious complex makes it one of the largest such structures in Iran.Visit the Yazd Atashkadeh Fire Temple, where Zoroastrians from all over the world come to see the sacred fire that has been burning without interruption for 1,500 years. Drive to Isfahan, the Iran’s number one tourist destination. There are boulevards, vast gardens and important Islamic buildings. Arrive in Isfahan. Overnight.
Day 13: Isfahan. Breakfast. Visit Chehel Sotoun (The Forty Pillars). It was built in 1647, it is in the middle of a garden, covering 67,000 square meters at the end of a long rectangular shaped pool, built by Shah Abbas II. The palace is now a museum of Safavid paintings and ceramics which attracts numerous visitors. Stop by the Ali Qapu Grand Palace. Built at the very end of the 16th century as a residence for Shah Abbas I. Visit another UNESCO World Hertitage Site, the Naqsh’e Jahan Square. The Khaju Bridge was built in the 17th century by Shah Abbas II. Besides having a beautiful golden look at nig ht, the bridge also serves as a dam. Lunch. The Siosepol Bridge is also a famous one consisting of two rows of 33 arches from the left and right. Overnight.
Day 14: Isfahan – Kashan – Tehran. Breakfast. Check out from the hotel. Drive to Tehran. On the way to Tehran stop at Kashan town and visit the 19th century Boroujerdis House. The Boroujerdi House is a historic house in Kashan, located on Alavi Street. Arrive in Tehran – an active, dynamic and big city. Here there are international restaurants, teahouses, cafés and plenty of art galleries. Dinner. Overnight in Tehran.
Day 15: Tehran. Breakfast. Check out from hotel. An interesting tour to the National Museum of Iran, Golestan Palace, a “Palace of Flowers”. It is listed as UNESCO World Heritage Site. Lunch. Visit Iran’s National Jewelry Museum. Transfer to Imam Khomeini International Airport.
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