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Armenia & Georgia: Past and Present

9 days & 8 nights, Private Journey

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Pricing from: $4,995

Yerevan & Tbilisi

Explore ancient and modern-day Armenia and Georgia on this eye-opening 9-day journey. Begin in Armenia's capital of Yerevan on private tours of the modern capital while venturing beyond to visit numerous ancient UNESCO World Heritage sites. Learn about Armenian history and heritage through the eyes of your local, private guides. Cross the border into Georgia to tour the country's bustling capital of Tbilisi and then indulge in some of the region's famous food and wine.

  • Day 1
    Arrive Yerevan, Armenia

    Upon arrival in Yerevan, you will be welcomed by your Cox & Kings representative and receive a private transfer to your centrally-located hotel.

    Marriott Yerevan - 4 Nights
  • Day 2
    Yerevan

    Yerevan, the capital city of Armenia, is one of the world's most ancient cities, founded under the name Erebuni in 782 BC. In 301 AD, Armenia's King Trdates III converted to Christianity and adopted it as the state religion, making Armenia the world's first Christian country. Later, centuries of conflict between Arabs, Mongols, Turks and Persians led to Yerevan changing hands 14 times between 1513 and 1735. A major earthquake destroyed the city in 1679.
    After Russia's 1917 revolution and a short period of Armenian independence, Yerevan became the capital of one of the fifteen Soviet republics and a modern metropolis with over a million people. In 1991, Armenia gained independence with the dissolution of the Soviet Union.
    Today, enjoy private sightseeing tours, including downtown Yerevan's vibrant Northern Avenue, a pedestrian-only area filled with high-end boutiques and elegant shops, luxurious residential buildings and hotels, as well as popular restaurants, bars, and nightclubs. Begin either at Freedom Square at one end or Republic Square at the other, and along the way perhaps relax with a cup of cappuccino at a sidewalk cafe, listen to buskers, or people-watch as locals stroll with their friends and families.
    Visit the somber and historically significant Armenian Genocide Memorial, which stands in a park at the top of Tsitsernakeberd, or "Swallow Castle." According to scholarly estimates, over one million Armenians perished as a result of policies of the last Ottoman government between 1914 and 1918.

    Marriott Yerevan (B)
  • Day 3
    Yerevan

    Today, visit Khor Virap - a small monastery set on a ridge above the flat Ararat Valley. Gregory the Illuminator is said to have been imprisoned here for 13 years before converting King Trdat I to Christianity. Continue to the Garni Temple, which was once the summer palace of King Trdat I, who built it in the first century AD. Destroyed by an earthquake in 1679, the monument has been restored by Armenian architects in recent years. Finish your day at the Geghard Monastery - a UNESCO World Heritage site. Beside the river at the foot of an enormous rockface, the church dates from 1215. Explore the convent in a cave adjoining this building, including monastic cells, churches, tombs and kachkars all hewn from solid rock.

    Marriott Yerevan (B)
  • Day 4
    Yerevan and surroundings

    Begin your day at Echmiadzin, founded as Vargarsapat in AD 117, and once the capital of Armenia. Today, Echmiadzin is the center of an agricultural area renowned for its fruit and wine. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, it is also an important place of pilgrimage for Christian Armenians from the world over. Marvel at features including a piece of wood from Mt. Ararat said to be from Noah's Ark. This region also includes yet another UNESECO site - the ruins of the 7th century Zvartnots Cathedral. In its day, Zvartnots was the largest round church in the world until it was sacked in the 10th century by Arab invaders. Finish your day with a nip of brandy at the Ararat Brandy Factory. From 1953 until 1991, it was the sole brandy distillery in all of Armenia. Though that has changed, the factory still produces brandy to the rigid national standards that so impressed luminaries such as Winston Churchill.

    Marriott Yerevan (B)
  • Day 5
    Yerevan - Lake Sevan - Sadakhlo, Georgia - Tbilisi

    Following breakfast and check-out, meet your driver for a private transfer to the Georgian border at Sadakhlo with touring enroute, starting with the Haghbat Monastery. Founded in the 10th century, this fortified monastery was a literary, artistic and educational center as well as a monastic compound. Experience Armenia's fantastic natural wonders with a visit to Lake Sevan, one of the largest alpine lakes in the world. Cross the border into Georgia and meet your Georgian guide and driver for transfer to Tbilsi. Check-in to your hotel for the evening.

    Biltmore Hotel Tbilisi - 4 Nights (B)
  • Day 6
    Tbilisi

    This morning, meet your guide and driver for a full-day, comprehensive tour of Georgia's capital city. Tbilisi, set at the mouth of the Mtkvari River valley, has changed hands many times. Most notably, the city was ruled by the Arabs for 400 years before King David the Builder defeated them in 1121 and moved his capital here from Kutaisi. Visit the 13th-century Metekhi Church of the Virgin, "The Great Synagogue," and Sioni Cathedral, named for Mt Zion in Jerusalem and located in the Old Town. Continue onwards to 6th-century Anchiskhati Basilica and the 4th century Narikala Fortress. The citadel overlooks the Central Botanical Gardens and offers excellent views of the Old Town. Relax with a soak in the Sulfur Baths of Tbilisi. Most of the baths in use today were built in the 17th century.

    Biltmore Hotel Tbilisi (B)
  • Day 7
    Tbilisi - Mtskheta - Ananuri - Kazbegi - Tbilisi

    Following breakfast, meet your guide and driver to set off for a full day of excursions outside of Tbilisi. Embark on an exploration of the hidden treasures along the Georgian Military Highway, completed by Czar Alexander I in 1817. Highlights include Jvari Monastery of the Holy Cross, 11th-century Svetitskhoveli Cathedral, and the quaint alpine village of Kazbegi. At over 6,000 feet, Kazbegi is a small alpine village set in a monumental bowl of mountain peaks, including one of the Caucasus' highest, Mt. Kazbek. Visit with locals here and get insights into their lives as farmers and cattle breeders.

    Biltmore Hotel Tbilisi (B)
  • Day 8
    Tbilisi - Signagi - Tsinandali - Telavi - Tbilisi

    Meet your guide and driver to once again head out of the city to explore the Kakheti region of Georgia. Lunch and a wine tasting will be provided today at a local winery. The Kakheti region is the most important wine-growing area of the country and home to one of the most significant sites in Georgia, the David Gareja Monastery. Visit Telavi, the administrative and cultural center of Georgia's wine-growing region, Kakheti. The town has been in existence from at least the 1st century, when it was a stop on one of the trade routes from the Middle East to Europe. Telavi is home to the only well-preserved palace in Georgia, the 17th century castle of Herekle II, and is sister city to California's Napa Valley. Return to Tbilisi for overnight.

    Biltmore Hotel Tbilisi (B, L)
  • Day 9
    Depart Tbilisi

    Following breakfast and check-out, meet your guide and driver for a private transfer to the airport for your onward flight.

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