Best of Georgia & Armenia
About Georgia State
Georgia and Armenia may sound like unconventional destinations, but trust us, they ought to be tops on your list of places to visit. Our 10-day trip is a wonderful showcase of the cultural and natural highlights the Caucasus Region has to offer, with a huge helping of beautiful architecture and delicious cuisine to boot. Stroll the narrow streets of Tbilisi, tour ancient monasteries, stare down massive mountain ranges, visit with friendly locals, and soak up all the exotic culture of this underexplored region.
Echmiadzin visit. Khor Virap visit. Garni Roman temple and gorge visit. Geghard Monastery visit. Lake Sevan stop with visit to monasteries. Sanahin visit. City tour of Tbilisi. Georgian Military Road drive. Mtskheta’s UNESCO-listed churches visit. Jvari Monastery and Svetitskhoveli Cathedral visit. Kazbegi visit. Hike to Sameba Church. Ananuri architectural complex visit. Tsinandali Park visit. Alaverdi Cathedral and Gremi architectural complex visit. Winery visit with wine tasting (Kvareli). Local lunches in Garni and Sighnaghi. All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.
Set eyes on the stunning Caucasus Mountains, wander in and out of ancient churches, stroll narrow streets in Tbilisi, savour under-the-radar delicious food and wine in Georgia.
Group Leader Description
This G Adventures group trip is accompanied by two of our Chief Experience Officers (CEOs), one escorting the group in Armenia and the other picking the group up at the border in Georgia.
The aim of the CEO is to take the hassle out of your travels and to help you have the best trip possible. They will provide information on the places you are travelling through, offer suggestions for things to do and see, recommend great local eating venues and introduce you to our local friends. While not being guides in the traditional sense you can expect them to have a broad general knowledge of the countries visited on the trip, including historical, cultural, religious and social aspects.
We also use local guides where we think more specific knowledge will add to the enjoyment of the places we are visiting – we think it’s the best of both worlds.
Group Size Notes
Max 16, avg 12.
Eating is a big part of traveling. G Adventures understands the importance of breakfast to start your day, we strive to include a basic breakfast wherever possible. A typical breakfast may include toast, coffee and tea, however this may vary depending on the city. Should breakfast not be included, your CEO can suggest some local options.
Travelling with G Adventures you experience the vast array of wonderful food that is available out in the world. Generally meals are not included in the trip price when there is a choice of eating options, to give you the maximum flexibility in deciding where, what and with whom to eat. It also gives you more budgeting flexibility, though generally food is cheap. Our groups tend to eat together to enable you to taste a larger variety of dishes and enjoy each other’s company. There is no obligation to do this though. Your CEO will be able to suggest favourite restaurants during your trip.
Georgia and Armenia are known for their under-the-radar fantastic cuisine and wine. Be sure to come hungry.
For all trips please refer to the meals included and budget information for included meals and meal budgets.
Private van, walking
About our Transportation
This itinerary utilizes private transport for all included activities and transport between destinations.
Standard hotels (9 nts).
72 Dzorapi str
Please note that the departure beginning on May 6, 2016 will begin at the below hotel:
Royal Plaza Hotel
9 Saryan str
Please note that day 1 is an arrival day and no activities have been planned on this day. Upon arrival to the city on day 1 (or earlier if you have booked pre-accommodation with us), please make your way to the joining hotel (note that check-in time will be in the afternoon). Once you arrive at the hotel, look for a note or bulletin board in the reception with a note from your CEO. This note will give the details of your Welcome Meeting on day 1 (usually between 5pm and 7pm), where you will get a chance to meet your CEO and other travellers, as well as learn more about how the tour will run. If you don’t see a note, please ask reception for details!
If you are arriving later and will miss the Welcome Meeting, your CEO will leave a note at reception for you with any information you may need, and with morning instructions for the next day.
We always recommend printing out the address of the hotel (in the native language as well as English if available), to show to your taxi driver.
What to Take
You will be on the move a good deal, so pack as lightly as possible (try to stay under 10kg / 22lb). It is in your own interest as you are expected to carry your own luggage. Please, note that we use public transport on this trip – the walking distance is never too far, but having a backpack makes travelling easier. We don’t recommend bringing suitcases. It is important that your bag can be locked.
Travel documents and their copies: passport, visa, travel insurance, air tickets, voucher.
Required visas or vaccination certificates
Money: cash/credit card
First aid kit
Day pack to carry your personal needs during the day
Torch or flashlight
Lightweight travel towel
Refillable water bottle
Raincoat or umbrella
Lock for your bag
Laundry facilities are offered by some of our hotels for a charge. There will be times when you may want to or have to do your own laundry so we suggest you bring non-polluting/biodegradable soap.
Please note that visas are the responsibility of the individual traveller. The visa requirements for your trip vary depending on where you are from and where you are going. We keep the following information up to date as much as possible, but rules do change. It is important that you check for yourself with the embassy of each country. Your travel agent can assist. Please, keep in mind that all countries require passports valid for at least 6 months from the moment of departure from the country.
Currently Americans and Canadians require a visa to Armenia, but not to Georgia.
A mix of cash (USD or EUR to exchange), credit cards and debit cards are the best way to ensure you have enough money at all times. The currency in Armenia is the Armenian Dram (ARD) and in Georgia you’ll use the Georgian Lari (GEL).
Although not compulsory, tipping is expected and is an expression of satisfaction with the people who have assisted you throughout your tour. Although it may not be customary to you, it is of considerable significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels. There will be several occasions during this trip where there is the opportunity to tip the local guides that we use. You may do this individually, or your CEO will offer to collect the money and tip as a group. Recommendations for tipping local guides range from 3-5 USD/EUR per person per day depending on the quality and length of the service. Ask your CEO for specific recommendations based on the circumstances and culture. Also, at the end of your trip, if you felt that your G Adventures CEO did an outstanding job, tipping is appreciated. The amount is entirely a personal preference, however as a guideline 20-25 USD/EUR per person, per week can be used.
Safety and Security
Trip Specific Safety
We strongly recommend the use of a neck wallet or money belt while travelling, for the safe keeping of your passport, air tickets, travellers’ cheques, cash and other valuable items. Leave your valuable jewellery at home – you won’t need it while travelling. Many of the hotels we use have safety deposit boxes which is the most secure way of storing your valuables. A lock is recommended for securing your luggage.
A Couple of Rules
Planeterra-The G Adventures Foundation
When packing be aware that dress standards are conservative throughout the area. Loose, lightweight, long clothing is both respectful and practical. As a general guideline shoulders and knees should be covered at all times – shorts, singlets and tank tops are not suitable.
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Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides.
Allow USD360-470 for meals not included.
9 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners
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Terms, conditions and restrictions apply; pricing, availability, and other details subject to change and/ or apply to US or Canadian residents. Please confirm details and booking information with your travel advisor.
Day 1 Yerevan
There are no activities planned until an evening welcome meeting.
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
Day 2 Yerevan (1B)
Drive to Echmiadzin. Visit the famous cathedral then continue on to Khor Virap through villages and vineyards. Visit the monastery with fantastic views of Mt Ararat.
Khor Virap Visit
Private Vehicle (0.50 hour(s))
Private Vehicle (0.50-1.00 hours)
Day 3 Yerevan (1B, 1L)
Enjoy an excursion to the Roman temple of Garni, dedicated to the God of the sun, Mithra. Afterwards, visit Garni Gorge, a UNESCO site.
Garni Temple and Gorge Visit
Geghard Monastery Visit
Day 4 Yerevan/Tbilisi (1B)
Drive to Lake Sevan, stopping by monasteries, before continuing north to the UNESCO-listed monastic complex of Sanahin. Cross into Georgia and continue to Tbilisi.
Lake Sevan Visit
Sanahin Monastery Visit
Border Crossing (Armenia – Georgia)
Private Vehicle (220km)
Private Vehicle (75km)
Day 5 Tbilisi (1B)
Enjoy a city tour of Georgia’s capital including a visit to the Old Town, Metekhi Temple, the Abanotubani ‘bath district’ and the Narikala, the main fortress in Tbilisi. Use free time in the afternoon to continue exploring the Old Town, visit the Georgian National Museum or take a cable car to view the city from above.
City Tour Tbilisi
Day 6 Tbilisi/Gudauri (1B, 1D)
Drive the famous Georgian Military Road to Mtskheta, ancient capital of Georgia and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visit the Jvari Monastery and Svetitskhoveli Cathedral. Continue to Uplistsikhe cave town and on through the dramatic Aragvi River Valley. Drive into the Caucasus Mountains to Gudauri.
Private Vehicle (120km)
Day 7 Gudauri/Tbilisi (1B)
Cross the Jvari Pass to reach Kazbegi. Walk up to Sameba Church for gorgeous views of Mt Kazbek. Head back to Tbilisi for another night in the city, visiting Ananuri architectural complex en route.
Sameba Church Hike
Ananuri Architectural Complex Visit
Day 8 Tbilisi/Telavi (1B, 1L, 1D)
Head into the Kakheti Province, dotted with churches and vineyards, to the town of Sighnaghi. Enjoy a local lunch at a family’s home in one of the villages in the area. Visit Tsinandali before continuing on to Telavi for the night.
Private Vehicle (100km)
Day 9 Telavi/Tbilisi (1B)
Enjoy a morning visit to the Alaverdi Cathedral and Gremi architectural complex. Head to the town of Kvareli to visit a winery with an included wine tasting. Continue back to Tbilisi for one more night in Georgia.
Alaverdi Monastery Visit
Kvareli Winery Visit with Wine Tasting
Private Vehicle (100km)
Day 10 Tbilisi (1B)
Depart at any time.