- Feb 27, 2016
(9 days and 8 nights of miracle )
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Day 1 / Arrival in Tbilisi
Arrival in Tbilisi international airport. Pick up from Tbilisi international airport and transfer to hotel. Check in a hotel for some rest. The rest will be followed by the walk through the night Tbilisi streets. After a night city tour have an evening dinner at a restaurant with an opportunity to get acquainted with the traditional Georgian feast, watch the professional performance of colorful Georgian folk dances and listen to the Georgian singing. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 2 / Tbilisi City Tour – Mtskheta – Jvari Tbilisi ( 56 km )
After a breakfast at the hotel, we’ll start a Tbilisi – City Tour. This charming town was built in the 5th century along the twisting valley of the Mtkvari River. So, you will be able to see a lots of antiquities chained into a modern infrastructure. We will start tour from the 13th century Metekhi church. Continue to the Synagogue, Syoni Cathedral and Anchiskhati Basilica. Than we approach the 4th century Narikala Fortress, on the cable cab, from which you can enjoy a picturesque panoramic view of Tbilisi. And the walk to the brick-domed Sulfur Baths and botanical garden. After the city tour we proceed ito Mtskheta - one of Georgia’s ancient cities (3000 years old) and see its historical place Svetitskhoveli Cathedral (11th cen.) Where the Robe of Christ is buried. This monument is also under a UNESCO protection. From here we continue road to the hill, Mtskheta,where the - Jvari ( cross) Monastery is located. One of the masterpieces of Georgian architecture was built in the 6th century. Jvari now represents the one of the UNESCO World Heritage sites.
Day 3 / Tbilisi – Davit Gareja – Bodbe – Signaghi ( 210 km )
After a breakfast at the hotel drive to David Gareji, which is a historical-architectural museum-reserve located on the half-desert slopes of Mount Gareji, some 105 km south-east of Tbilisi. This is a remarkable rock-hewn monastery complex including 16 medieval architectural monuments. The first monastery was founded in the 6th century by David, one of the thirteen Assyrian monks who came to Georgia for strengthening Christian faith. The complex includes hundreds of cells, churches, chapels, misericords and habitation hollowed out of the rock face. The healthy 30 minutes climb uphill to chalk-stone caves is worth of it as when reaching the peak the breathtaking views are scattered from there. The view seems endless. Towards the south are the plains of Azerbaijan and down below is the huge canyon in which resides the main area of Davit Gareji. Then we proceed to Bodbe – The Monasteru of St. Nino at Bodbe. Originally built in the 9th century, it has been significantly remodeled, especially in the 17th century. The monastery now functions as a nunnery and reoresent the one of the major pilgrimage sites in Georgia. As well as, due to its association with St. Nino, the 4th century female evangelist of Georgia. Her relics are shrined in Bodbe. Afterwards, we move to Sighnaghi – one of Georgia’s historic city. We check in a hotel have some evening dinner and overnight.
Day 4 / Sighnaghi – Gremi –Ikalto –AlaverdI –Tbilisi ( 215 km )
After a breakfast at the hotel we walk through Sighnaghi city which kept its original style during the centuries with open traditional balconies, unique fortress with churches and towers built in it and narrow beautiful streets to walk along. Sighnaghi is also known as “a city of love”, overlooks the Alazani valley and opens to visitors the magnificent views of the Great Caucasus Range. Afterwards we proceed to Gremi. This historical and architectural monument dates back to 15th century(a king’s hall and three floor tower with bell-tower). There are displayed objects unearthed in the reserve area. Afterwards, we arrive in Ikalto Monastery and Academy Coplex. Ikalto Monastery was founded in late 6th century by Saint Zenon one of the 13 Assyrian monks in Eastern part of Georgia, Kakheti Region. But the most notable it become in a middle 12th century when there was built an Academy of Ikalto by Arsen Ikaltoeli during the reign of king David IV- the Builder. So the Ikalto Monastery and Academy become the most popular and significant historical-educational centers in Georgia. In this place are represented three churches. The main one Kvtaeba ( Holly Spirit in English) was built in 8th-9th century. This place with it’s past spirit is worth to see while being in Kakheti Region. We will have a lunch and than arive back to Tbilisi. Check in a hotel and overnight at the hotel.
Gremi performs a historical-architectural museum-reserve( 15th c. monument- a king’s hall and three floor tower with bell-tower). There are displayed objects unearthed in the reserve area. Continuing our way we fall in a 5th to 7th century primitiveness with still untouchable, wild and beautiful nature. The old medium mountain- “Dzveli Shuamta” is located in a deep forest, 7km from town Telavi (45km from Sighnaghi city) . The complex of ancient fane consists of three churches , one namely a 5th century basilica, a 7th century church (similar to Mtskheta Jvari) and a 7th century minor domed church. After a small sneak in the nature (well organized), at night we return to Tbilisi and check in a hotel.
Day 5 / Tbilisi- Akhaltsikhe – Borjomi –Vardzia ( 382 km )
Breakfast at the hotel , check out and travel to Akhaltsikhe. Akhaltsikhe ( “ old castle” ) is located in south-western region of Georgia Samtskhe – Javakheti . The first mentioning of this small town draws us back to 12th century. In the areas of Akaltsikhe trough Aspindza, except the different and colorful relief there are represented the Roman and medieval periods artifacts as well as, attested human occupation on this territory in the Early Bronze Age ( 4th Millenium BC ) and later. The main highlight of Akhaltsikhe is an old stone Rabat fortress. Which nowadays calls to be a small town with modern and old parts in a town. The Rabat Fortress is a cultural and historical complex that shows us Akhmedye mosque 18th century old; an orthodox church 19th century old ; History museum ; Djakeli palace and many more historical pales and turrets from where you can see a picturesque views of Javakheti range. The modern part of this small town in a town – which was reconstructed in 2012 suggests you a fashionable shops , restaurants and cafes along the line. And we are able to have a lunch in one of this restaurants. Continue our way to Borjomi - one of the famous resort towns of Georgia. Borjomi is known with it’s flora and fauna as well as, with it’s mineral water. We continue way to Vardzia - The rock caved town Vardzia,which’s high is 100 meter and length approximately a kilometer is cliffed out in the strong massive of cliffs with 3000 cells in it. Nowadays there exists only 550 of them. There existed 13 floor connected with complex system of tunnels. It was built in 10th to 12th century and represented the fortress- village for protecting the military territory of Georgia. Except cells we can see here a main , Sint Merty’s Church built in the middle of complex. Also, we are able to see in the complex area “Tamar spring” which you can taste yourself. Check in a hotel and overnight.
Day 6 / Vardzia – Bavra ( Armenia ) – Gyumri ( 144 km )
Breakfast at the hotel , check out and travel to Bavra in Armenia. Arrive at Bavra border and move to Gyumri. Chek in a hotel have a short rest. The short rest will be followed by the city tour in Gyumri, one of the most colourful cities of Armenia. Lunch. Free evening in Gyumri. Overnight in Gyumri
Day 7/ Gyumri – Yerevan ( 122 km )
Breakfast at the hotel. Depart for Yerevan. On the way visiting Harichavanq monastery, known as one of the most famous monastic centers in Armenia and it was especially renowned for its school and scriptorium. Archaeological excavations of 1966 indicate that Harich was in existence during the 2nd century BC, and was one of the more well known fortress towns in Armenia. Visit also Park of letters of Armenian alphabet and Saghmosavanq monastery. The monastery is 13th century old. Located i nthe village of Saghmosavan. The book repository of Saghmosavank, built in 1255 under Prince Kurd Vachutyan is among Armenia’s buildings rare in their purpose and original in their composition. Lunch in Ashtarak. Arrive in Yerevan. City tour, visiting Opera house, Cascade complex, Republic Square, Northern Avenue. Dinner and overnight in Yerevan.
Day 8/ Yerevan - Echmiadzin-Zvartnoc-Yerevan ( 45 km )
Breakfast in the hotel. Trip to the Main Cathedral of Echmiadzin. This is the center of the Armenian Church. It is where the Catholicos Of All Armenians lives, and the location of the Ejmiatsin Cathedral. The cathedral, built in 480, is located in a walled compound with gardens and various structures. The word "Ejmiatsin" means The coming of the only-begotten, and the cathedral was built on the very spot Grigor Luysavorich (St. Gregory the Illuminator) dreamt Jesus Himself descended to from heaven to show him where He wanted the church to be built. Also visit the churche of St. Hripsime 7th c, which represents the one of the oldest surviving churches in Armenia. The church was erected by Catholicos Komitas atop the original mausoleum built by Catholicos Sahak the Great in 395 AD that contained the remains of the martyred Saint Hripsimé to whom the church was dedicated. The structure was completed in 618 AD. It is known for its fine Armenian-style architecture of the classical period, which has influenced many other Armenian churches since. This church together with other nearby sites is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. And see also Zvartnots Cathedral which performs the 7th-century centrally planned aisled tetraconch type Armenian cathedral built by the order of Catholicos Nerses the Builder from 643-652. Arrive back to Yerevan and overnight.
Day 9 / Yerevan - Geghard-Sevan-Sadakhlo border-Tbilisi ( 345 km )
Breakfast in the hotel. Depart for Kotayk region, first visit Garni Pagan temple , which is a first century Hellenic temple near Garni, Armenia. It is the only pagan temple in Armenia that survived the Christianization of the country in 301 AD. The structures of Garni combine elements of Hellenistic and national culture, which is an evidence of antique influences and the distinctive building traditions of the Armenian people. The artistic merit and uniqueness of its monuments place Garni among outstanding creations of architecture of world importance. Afterwards drive to Geghard Monastery which is another incredible ancient Armenian monastery, partly carved out of a mountain. Though the monastery has been around since before the 4th century, the main cathedral was built in 1215. The specific character of this monument reflects, no doubt, the peculiarities of the austere and majestic scenery around it. The name commonly used for the monastery today, Geghard, or more fully Geghardavank , meaning "the Monastery of the Spear", originates from the spear which had wounded Jesus at the Crucifixion, allegedly brought to Armenia by Apostle Jude, called here Thaddeus, and stored amongst many other relics. Now it is displayed in the Echmiadzin treasury. Lunch. After lunch visiting lake Sevan Sevan is about 2,000 meters above sea level. On a clear and sunny day, the water is often a deep turquoise color. Maxim Gorky once said about the waters that they were like a piece of the sky that had descended to the earth among the mountains. Sevan is one of the largest fresh-water high-altitude lakes in the world. Also visit the Haghpat monastery which represents the exceptional example of ecclesiastical architecture that developed in Armenia in the 10th to 13th centuries which is unique by virtue of its blending of elements of both Byzantine church architecture and the traditional vernacular building style of this region. Afterwards cross the Georgian border and travell to Tbilisi. Arrive in Tbilisi. Transfer to Airport and Departure.
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