Best of Georgia & Armenia

Georgia State · about Escorted or Guided Tour

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.

What's Included

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.

Highlights

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.

Itinerary Disclaimer

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.

Meals

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.

Transport

Private van, walking

About our Transportation

This itinerary utilizes private transport for all included activities and transport between destinations.

Solo Travellers

Accommodation

Standard hotels (9 nts).

Arrival Complications

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. You will also need an overnight pack for the Terelj ger stay. This should be big enough to carry a spare set of clothes and basic necessities (approx. 30 litre/8 gallons capacity).

Checklist

Travel documents and their copies: passport, visa, travel insurance, air tickets, voucher.
Required visas or vaccination certificates
Money: cash/credit card
Money pouch
First aid kit
Day pack to carry your personal needs during the day
Alarm clock
Torch or flashlight
Lightweight travel towel
Mosquito repellent
Refillable water bottle
Phrase books
Raincoat or umbrella
Lock for your bag

Laundry

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.

Visas

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.

Spending Money

Money Exchange

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).

Emergency Fund

Tipping

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.

Medical Form

A Couple of Rules

Travel Insurance

Planeterra-The G Adventures Foundation

Local Dress

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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Group Leader

Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides.

Meal Budget

Allow USD360-470 for meals not included.

Meals Included

9 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners

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Itinerary

Day 1: Yerevan

There are no activities planned until an evening welcome meeting.

Included Activities:
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.

Included Activities:
Echmiadzin Visit
Khor Virap Visit

Transport:
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.

Included Activities:
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.

Included Activities:
Lake Sevan Visit
Sanahin Monastery Visit
Border Crossing (Armenia – Georgia)

Transport:
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.

Included Activities:
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.

Included Activities:
Mtskheta Visit
Uplistsikhe Visit

Transport:
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.

Included Activities:
Sameba Church Hike
Ananuri Architectural Complex Visit

Transport:
Private Vehicle

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.

Included Activities:
Sighnaghi Visit
Tsinandali Visit

Transport:
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.

Included Activities:
Alaverdi Monastery Visit
Gremi Visit
Kvareli Winery Visit with Wine Tasting

Transport:
Private Vehicle (100km)

Day 10: Tbilisi (1B)

Depart at any time.

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