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Day 1 : Arrival in Tbilisi
Upon arrival in Tbilisi, check in to the hotel and have the rest of the day at your disposal to explore the city. Overnight stay in Tbilisi.
Day 2 : Tbilisi - Mtskheta - Ananuri - Tbilisi
After breakfast, we start the day by driving to Mtskheta, the ancient capital of Georgia, situated 20km from Tbilisi., Dated 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 to Jvari Monastery (6th c.) and Svetitskhoveli Cathedral (11th c.). Later on, we drive on the Georgian Military Highway, the historical road leading north into the Caucasian Mountains and to Russia and we stop at the spectacular Ananuri fortress (16th – 17th cc.). Drive back to Tbilisi. Overnight.
Day 3 : Tbilisi–Dilijan- Sevan-Tsakhadzor
In the morning, we start the city tour of Tbilisi with visits to the Old Town: Metekhi Temple (12th c.); the Abanotubani bath houses, some balmy sulphur baths that have hosted poets, writers, musicians, kings down through the centuries; Narikala - The main fortress of Tbilisi (4th c.), which is excellent for views on the swirling river Mtkvari (Kura) and over the city of so many ages and nationalities. Walking through some narrow streets, we can find various carpet and souvenir shops. We later visit Sioni Cathedral (11th c.) and Anchiskhati church (6th c.), as well as the Georgian State Museum and Rustaveli Avenue - the main street of Tbilisi. After our Tbilisi city tour, transfer to Georgian-Armenian border of Sadakhlo. Border pick up and transfer to Dilijan and lake Sevan. Dilijan: “The Switzerland of Armenia” We will wander around this picturesque village with wooden buildings and art handcraft. We wil also enjoy a walk in the art street of Sharambeyan with the section of carpentry and pottery. Tour of Sevan Lake Considered the pearl of Armenia, Sevan is a beautiful lake and is listed amongst the biggest mountain lakes of the world (2000 m above sea level). There are many historical and architectural monuments in Sevan. One of them is the monastery of Sevan (9th c), situated on the Sevan peninsula. The congregation settled on the island at the end of the 8th century and undertook the construction of a monastery. Three churches were built in 874 according to the cross-shaped pattern, but only two of them have survived: the church of St.Arakelots and the church of St. Astvatsatsin. After our tour to Sevan Lake, we will carry on to Tsakhkadzor, which if translated from the Armenian means the Gorge of Flowers. Indeed, the gorge, the mountains, snow tops, rapid rivers, picturesque valleys are covered with a flower carpet. The fact that the beauty of this place was breathtaking and the air was curative was already known in the 5th century and that is the reason why it was inhabited from ancient times, according to the archeologists. In the early Middle Ages, the local woods were the favorite hunting ground of Arshakid dynasty rulers. In the 10th century, the area was owned by Pakhlavunia dynasty and named Tsakhkadzor. Nowadays, Tsakhkadzor is both a cozy city and a modern mountain-ski resort. It is located in the picturesque Tsakhkunyats canyon amidst virgin woods and Alpine meadows, on Mount Tegenis (1,845 m above the sea level). Overnight in Tsakhkadzor.
Day 4 : Tsahkadzor- Noraduz- Noravank-Khor Virap-Yerevan
Today, we drive to Lake Sevan via South North shortcut of Selim Caravanserai discovering archaeological sites and majestic churches, as well as monasteries. Later on, we proceed to Sevan by Selim pass and on the way, we will stop by Selim caravanserai, situated in the Selim (Sulema) mountain pass (2410 m above the sea level) and built in 1332 by Prince Orbelyan Chesar. Our next stop is Noraduz cemetery of crosstones (khachkars). We will also visit the monastery of Noravank, one of the most impressive monuments of medieval Armenia, and the monastery of Khor Virap, one of the sanctuaries of the Armenian Apostolic church and a pilgrimage site. A breathtaking view of mount Ararat opens from the hilltop of the monastery. Overnight in Yerevan.
Day 5 : Yerevan - Echmiadzin/Zvarnots - Yerevan
Yerevan once sat at the crossroads of several important trade caravans thus solidifying its importance in the region. Modern Yerevan was redesigned in the early 20th century on top of the old city, creating a series of parks and squares that run through the city centre. The visit will start with a visit to the Matenadaran museum, which houses a unique collection of ancient manuscripts covering various topics such as philosophy, law, mathematics, medicine and geography. We will then also visit the Genocide Memorial and Museum. Later on, we will proceed to Echmiadzin. The main attraction of Echmiadzin city is the monastery of St. Echmiadzin. Its cathedral is the oldest Christian church in Armenia and its building began in the 4th c. immediately upon the adoption of Christianity. According to a church legend, the site of the Cathedral was indicated to Gregory the Illuminator in a revelation. The interior of the Cathedral was decorated by Hovnatanyans. Moreover, we will visit the ruins of Zvartnots church. Overnight in Yerevan.
Day 6 : Yerevan (Geghard-Garni)
Today, we will visit the monastery of Geghard, previously known as Ayrivank (the cave monastery). The monastic complex was built in the 13th century and comprises the principal church Katoghike, built in 1215 by the Zakarian princes. Two tiers of churches carved inside the rock were built at the end of the 13th c by prince Proshian, who bought it from Zakarians. Moreover, the heathen temple of Garni is the only surviving monument of the Hellenistic period in Armenia. The temple is dedicated to the God of the sun Mithra and was built in the 2nd half of the 1st c A.D. during the reign of king Trdat I. After an earthquake in 1679, the temple was restored in the 1970s, using the surviving fragments and carving the missing ones anew. The temple lies on the territory of the fortress of Garni, used as the summer residence of Armenian royalty, including the palace, the royal bath house, the garrison barracks and other structures. Overnight in Yerevan.
Day 7 : Yerevan- Haghpat - Sadakhlo border – Tbilisi
Today, we start our tour with a visit to the monastery of Haghpat, founded in 976 during the reign of king Ashot III Bagratouni. The oldest structure of the Monastery is the church of St. Nshan. The monastic complex also includes: a small domed church of St.Grigor, the chapel of St.Astvatsatsin, the scriptorium, the refectory which is outside of the monastery limits. Later on, we transfer to the Armenian Georgian border Sadakhlo and we proceed to Tbilisi. Overnight.
Day 8 : Departure from Tbilisi
After breakfast, check out from the hotel and departure for your onward flight.
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