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Highlights of Georgia & Armenia

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Highlights of Georgia & Armenia - Exodus Travels
Highlights of Georgia & Armenia - Exodus Travels
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Starts
Yerevan
+24 Destinations
Caucasus
Ends
Tbilisi
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Highlights

  • Explore the caves of Geghard monastery
  • Admire the beauty of the largest lake in the Caucasus
  • Take a walking tour of Tbilisi
  • Visit the birthplace of Josef Stalin
Age range
16 to 80 year olds
Accommodation
Hotel
Max Group Size
16
Transportation
Coach / Bus
Travel style
Adventure
Start in Yerevan and end in Tbilisi! With the adventure tour Highlights of Georgia & Armenia, you have a 14 day tour package taking you from Yerevan to Tbilisi and through Yerevan, Armenia and 22 other destinations in Asia. Highlights of Georgia & Armenia includes accommodation in a hotel as well as an expert guide, meals, transport and more.

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  • Highlights of Georgia & Armenia reviewer 1
    Written on July 4, 2012
    4.0 - Good

    Two interesting countries emerging from a troubled history, seemingly modern and European in feeling. Both were very pretty, the food was excellent and the people friendly and welcoming.  Then there were the Churches - lots and lots of them!  Rather a sedentary tour, could have done with some exploring on foot.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Armenia - The scenery was wonderful, and the little Churches perched on hilltops were magical.  Each day there was a lovely lunch in a beautiful setting, and the best of all was with a family in their garden near to Lake Sevan.Georgia - The drive up the Georgian Military highway was fantastic with magnificient scenery and interesting stops along the way.  What a shame we arrived too late in the day to walk up from Kazbegi to Holy Trinity Chruch and had to go by jeep.  The food in Georgia was also a highlight.  I did a wine-tasting too - the wines were memorably good.What did you think of your group leader?Both Mery in Armenia and Eliza in Georgia were excellent guides, enthusiastic and keen to tell us about their country.  Both made that extra effort, such as buying us local delicacies to try, which added to our experience and made the holiday really memorable.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Take a swimming costume to Armenia; it is hot there and many of the hotels have swimming pools.Is there anything else you would like to add?Great travelling companions too.

  • Highlights of Georgia & Armenia reviewer 2
    Written on July 4, 2012
    4.0 - Good

    Two interesting countries emerging from a troubled history, seemingly modern and European in feeling. Both were very pretty, the food was excellent and the people friendly and welcoming.  Then there were the Churches - lots and lots of them!  Rather a sedentary tour, could have done with some exploring on foot.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Armenia - The scenery was wonderful, and the little Churches perched on hilltops were magical.  Each day there was a lovely lunch in a beautiful setting, and the best of all was with a family in their garden near to Lake Sevan.Georgia - The drive up the Georgian Military highway was fantastic with magnificient scenery and interesting stops along the way.  What a shame we arrived too late in the day to walk up from Kazbegi to Holy Trinity Chruch and had to go by jeep.  The food in Georgia was also a highlight.  I did a wine-tasting too - the wines were memorably good.What did you think of your group leader?Both Mery in Armenia and Eliza in Georgia were excellent guides, enthusiastic and keen to tell us about their country.  Both made that extra effort, such as buying us local delicacies to try, which added to our experience and made the holiday really memorable.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Take a swimming costume to Armenia; it is hot there and many of the hotels have swimming pools.Is there anything else you would like to add?Great travelling companions too.

  • Highlights of Georgia & Armenia reviewer 3
    Written on July 2, 2012
    3.0 - Average

    For both countries we had superb guides, wonderful scenery, great church locations and full bellies (the included food is tasty and in abundence even for veggies). The hotels were also all of a good standard and often better than expected. We did find ourselves a bit churched out though and some of the drives didn't warrant the reward.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Our particular highlights of the trip were; Armenia Stunning scenery and church locationsGeghard Monastery and its Armenian rock sculptures inside Sanahin with its monastery and the museum of the Mikoyan brothersGeorgiaGori's Stalin museumUplistsikhes enormous cave city Alpine regions and Mount Kazbek sceneryWhat did you think of your group leader?Both Mere (Armenia) and Elisa (Georgia) were superb ambassadors for their countries. Different styles but both equally knowledgable and looked after us well.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Go knowing that you will visit easily 20 plus churches on this trip. It did drain us toward the end.Instead of the synagogue in Yerevan, visit the Museum of Sergio Parajanov, a film maker and artist born in Georgia and living his last years in Armenia. Its full of his art and collages and gives a different insight into the two countries. We travelled in June 2012 and Georgia is under a lot of construction and renovation. Hopefully this will be more complete come 2013. It didn't adversely affect our trip, but you should know.Most of the time you arrive at your destination around midday and it can get hot. This is particularly relevant to the walk to Gergeti Holy Trinity church. I would recommend that the group take the jeeps up and down. Then ask if you can do the 4km (return) walk to a waterfall. Do not go to the Russian border it is a waste of time, there is nothing to see.

  • Highlights of Georgia & Armenia reviewer 4
    Written on July 2, 2012
    3.0 - Average

    For both countries we had superb guides, wonderful scenery, great church locations and full bellies (the included food is tasty and in abundence even for veggies). The hotels were also all of a good standard and often better than expected. We did find ourselves a bit churched out though and some of the drives didn't warrant the reward.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Our particular highlights of the trip were; Armenia Stunning scenery and church locationsGeghard Monastery and its Armenian rock sculptures inside Sanahin with its monastery and the museum of the Mikoyan brothersGeorgiaGori's Stalin museumUplistsikhes enormous cave city Alpine regions and Mount Kazbek sceneryWhat did you think of your group leader?Both Mere (Armenia) and Elisa (Georgia) were superb ambassadors for their countries. Different styles but both equally knowledgable and looked after us well.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Go knowing that you will visit easily 20 plus churches on this trip. It did drain us toward the end.Instead of the synagogue in Yerevan, visit the Museum of Sergio Parajanov, a film maker and artist born in Georgia and living his last years in Armenia. Its full of his art and collages and gives a different insight into the two countries. We travelled in June 2012 and Georgia is under a lot of construction and renovation. Hopefully this will be more complete come 2013. It didn't adversely affect our trip, but you should know.Most of the time you arrive at your destination around midday and it can get hot. This is particularly relevant to the walk to Gergeti Holy Trinity church. I would recommend that the group take the jeeps up and down. Then ask if you can do the 4km (return) walk to a waterfall. Do not go to the Russian border it is a waste of time, there is nothing to see.

  • Highlights of Georgia & Armenia reviewer 5
    Written on June 30, 2012
    4.0 - Good

    This trip provides an easy, comfortable and informative way of seeing the beautiful countryside and experiencing something of the people, culture and very good food.  What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?The several times we drove up the very high mountains into the superb alpine meadows, which were alive with flowers and singing birds.  The countryside was at its best in early June.What did you think of your group leader?The Armenian guide Mere was a class act.  Very knowledgeable with a very professional and entertaining way of putting things across and very attentive.  The driver  Edward was also excellent and I never felt ill at ease with his driving.The Georgian guide Elisa was good but appeared a little tired and world-weary at first, but brightened up.  The driver was a friendly chap, but he worried me as he often answered his mobile phone while driving and even made some calls.  On Georgian roads this is a bit scary.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Make sure to drink a lot of water, as it can be very hot.  Bring rehydration salts.Is there anything else you would like to add?People expecting to do some walking may be disappointed as the walking element advertised didn't materialise due to the tight schedule. The schedule is long and there sometimes wasn't much time for relaxing at the end of the day.

  • Highlights of Georgia & Armenia reviewer 6
    Written on June 30, 2012
    4.0 - Good

    This trip provides an easy, comfortable and informative way of seeing the beautiful countryside and experiencing something of the people, culture and very good food.  What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?The several times we drove up the very high mountains into the superb alpine meadows, which were alive with flowers and singing birds.  The countryside was at its best in early June.What did you think of your group leader?The Armenian guide Mere was a class act.  Very knowledgeable with a very professional and entertaining way of putting things across and very attentive.  The driver  Edward was also excellent and I never felt ill at ease with his driving.The Georgian guide Elisa was good but appeared a little tired and world-weary at first, but brightened up.  The driver was a friendly chap, but he worried me as he often answered his mobile phone while driving and even made some calls.  On Georgian roads this is a bit scary.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Make sure to drink a lot of water, as it can be very hot.  Bring rehydration salts.Is there anything else you would like to add?People expecting to do some walking may be disappointed as the walking element advertised didn't materialise due to the tight schedule. The schedule is long and there sometimes wasn't much time for relaxing at the end of the day.

  • Highlights of Georgia & Armenia reviewer 7
    Written on January 19, 2012
    4.0 - Good

    Both the scenery and the old buildings were fantastic. The guides were both exceptionally good and the food remarkably fresh and variedWhat was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Climbing the hill to the monastery near the end of the Georgian military highway close to the Russian border.What did you think of your group leader?Absolutely first class.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Accept any offers of extra visits!Is there anything else you would like to add?We particularly love Georgia - the people were so welcoming.

  • Highlights of Georgia & Armenia reviewer 8
    Written on January 19, 2012
    4.0 - Good

    Both the scenery and the old buildings were fantastic. The guides were both exceptionally good and the food remarkably fresh and variedWhat was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Climbing the hill to the monastery near the end of the Georgian military highway close to the Russian border.What did you think of your group leader?Absolutely first class.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Accept any offers of extra visits!Is there anything else you would like to add?We particularly love Georgia - the people were so welcoming.

  • Highlights of Georgia & Armenia reviewer 9
    Written on January 6, 2011
    4.0 - Good

    It has been a very easy travel, available to everybody (special fitness is not required), The two countries visited were very unknown for me, i enjoyed it, but at last, it was a religious travel, there are so much religious issues in this countries, all their lives goes arround it, and it is noticed and lived in some way during the trip. What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?without doubt when everyone arrive to the nice and very old churches spread arroud this countries. Also Tbilisi is charming, modern, alive, i enjoyed there very much.What did you think of your group leader?About the group leadres, i have to say that i was very unpleased, they do not personalise in any way, they never try to use our names (i was spain for one of them all the travel, and it bother me very much). About the Georgian leather was, even, unpolite shouting me when i gave an opinion.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Take in mind that you visit two countries, think that  Georgia is colder than Armenia,

  • Highlights of Georgia & Armenia reviewer 10
    Written on January 6, 2011
    4.0 - Good

    It has been a very easy travel, available to everybody (special fitness is not required), The two countries visited were very unknown for me, i enjoyed it, but at last, it was a religious travel, there are so much religious issues in this countries, all their lives goes arround it, and it is noticed and lived in some way during the trip. What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?without doubt when everyone arrive to the nice and very old churches spread arroud this countries. Also Tbilisi is charming, modern, alive, i enjoyed there very much.What did you think of your group leader?About the group leadres, i have to say that i was very unpleased, they do not personalise in any way, they never try to use our names (i was spain for one of them all the travel, and it bother me very much). About the Georgian leather was, even, unpolite shouting me when i gave an opinion.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Take in mind that you visit two countries, think that  Georgia is colder than Armenia,

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  1. Introduction
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  1. Day 1: Start Yerevan
  2. Day 2: Full day exploring Yerevan and the surrounding area.
  3. Day 3: Morning visit to Geghard Monastery and pagan temple at Garni; afternoon free.
  4. Day 4: Khor Virap Monastery; wine tasting at Areni village; visit Noravank monastery; to Goris.
  5. Day 5: Visit to Tatev Monastery. Silk Road and Lake Sevan via Selim Caravanserai and Noraduz.
  6. Day 6: To Sevanavank and Haghartsin Monasteries; to Haghpat.
  7. Day 7: Visit mediaeval churches at Haghpat and Sanahin before crossing into Georgia; to Tbilisi.
  8. Day 8: Walking tour of Tbilisi; free afternoon.
  9. Day 9: To Kazbegi village for views of Mt. Kazbek; alpine walk to Gergeti Trinity Church; onto Gudauri.
  10. Day 10: To Uplistsikhe pre-Christian cave town; onto Gori, birthplace of Stalin; finish Kutaisi
  11. Day 11: Explore Kutaisi's UNESCO sites; walk in Borjomi-Kharagauli National Park; to Bakuriani.
  12. Day 12: Visit Mtskheta; drive back to Tbilisi; free evening in the Georgian capital.
  13. Day 13: Visit Signagi and the wine region of Kakheti. Lunch and wine tasting; return to Tbilisi.
  14. Day 14: Finish Tbilisi

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Typhoid
Recommended for Armenia and Georgia. Ideally 2 weeks before travel.
Hepatitis A
Recommended for Armenia and Georgia. Ideally 2 weeks before travel.
Tuberculosis
Recommended for Armenia and Georgia. Ideally 3 months before travel.
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Recommended for Armenia and Georgia. Ideally 2 months before travel.
Rabies
Recommended for Armenia and Georgia. Ideally 1 month before travel.

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Destinations

Covering a total distance of approx 1,308 km.
  • Yerevan (Armenia)
  • 19 km
  • Echmiadzin (Armenia)
  • 43 km
  • Geghard (Armenia)
  • 7 km
  • Garni (Armenia)
  • 20 km
  • Yerevan (Armenia)
  • 32 km
  • Khor Virap State Sanctuary (Armenia)
  • 55 km
  • Areni (Armenia)
  • 102 km
  • Goris (Armenia)
  • 16 km
  • Tatev (Armenia)
  • 133 km
  • Sevan Lake (Armenia)
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