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The Caucasian Silk Route ✈️🏰💃🏼🕺🍷🙏 - Armenia & Georgia

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Starts in 4 months
Fri 01 May 09:00 - Sun 10 May 23:00

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Dear Friends,

Please see below the program of our trips in May: This is a joint event with our sister groups in Moscow and Istanbul

You can either join to the full trip (Armenia and Georgia) or if you prefer you can join to partial trip (Armenia or Georgia)

****Armenian fairy tale**** (May 1st - May 6th Protected content

Day 1.

Meeting at Protected content
In the second half of the day we will move to the Museum of handmade carpets of the famous brand «Megeryan Carpet», which history begins in Protected content . There you will be demonstrated the modern processes of handmade carpet making, old technologies of it and the history of Armenian carpet weaving – the most ancient in the world. And, of course, your beloved Grandmother («Babushka») won’t leave her guests hungry, so right there in the famous factory, you will be enjoying your first cooking master class with the headmaster chef of Armenia! Prepare yourself to eat, drink and dance! A lot!

Day 2.

After the breakfast the most mythical Grandmother of Armenia will introduce you to the main sightseeing of the magic «pink city» – this is how travellers from all over the world dubbed Yerevan, and you are going to know why, unless you don’t fuss, because magic does not tolerate fuss.

Further Grandmother Vartanoush will show you the only survived pagan temple Garni (I century ad) in Armenia. Then you will participate in the unforgettable artistic master class with a surprise!
After a meal, you will visit the gorge of the river Azat, in the neighbourhood of Khosrovskiy nature reserve, and explore how the miraculous organ of basalt looks like. Finally, you will visit the unique monastery complex Geghard (IV century), which is partly carved into the rock, where according to the legend, the Spear of Fate was kept, which pierced the body of Jesus Christ.

Free evening and dinner in Yerevan.

Day 3.

Early in the morning, we will start our trip to the South of Armenia from the monastery complex Khor Virap. This monastery is unique in its history and location, and it offers one of the most wonderful views of the biblical Mount Ararat, where, according to the legend, Noah’s Ark arrived after the flood.

Then we will go to another monastery complex Noravank (XIII century) through a picturesque gorge, at the end of which a beautiful view of the unique architectural compositions will open. Locals say that magic power of love reigns here! We will have lunch at the cozy winery Old Bridge, which will impress even the most pampered guest.

You will spend the night in the town of Archnadzor, visiting Balika of Grandmother Vartanoush – Garik. He is the most creative of all our Balika, that’s why the house that he lives in is not like any other house in Armenia! He lives in a real barrel right on the edge of the gorge of the Vorotan river! Here you will feel the unity with nature and relax.

Day 4.

This day promises to be memorable and varied. After a hearty eco-breakfast we will go to the monastery complex Tatev (IX century) — the cultural and spiritual centre of Armenia since the early middle ages. The monastery is located on the edge of the gorge, and we will get to it by the longest reversible cable-railway in the world, caught in the Guinness book of records. Don’t forget to ask Grandmother or her delegates to tell you the story of this place, and you will discover that people can fly. Then we return to Yerevan in the evening and have free time. We recommend you to visit the jazz-club «Malkhas’».

Free evening and dinner in Yerevan.

Day 5.

In the morning you will visit the spiritual centre of Armenia Echmiadzin. Here is the residence of the Catholicos, and the Cathedral, which is one of the oldest Christian churches in the world.

We love to surprise! Therefore today’s route will end up with a tour of the amazing winery «Voskevaz», it will remind you of a castle! Be ready for the magic. In this wine castle Voskevaz we have prepared for you an unforgettable excursion to the source of Armenian winemaking, a lunch and an amazing wine tasting!

Free evening and dinner in Yerevan.

Day 6.

Today we will make our way to the pearl of Armenia — the most wonderful mountain lake Sevan — the largest freshwater lake in Transcaucasia. After enjoying the wonderful scenery of Sevan, we will go to admire the beauty of the monastery complex of the 9th century Sevanavank. Right after we will taste the dish, which you will remember for a long time —the famous kebab from the Sevan crayfish! In fact, Sevan crayfish is a very popular delicacy for its well-appreciated taste and this dish can be found in the best pubs of Moscow, Paris and even London! But the guests of Grandmother agree on one thing: where would they eat the Sevan crayfish, here in Sevan it is the best!

The same day you will follow Grandmother Vartanoush on the North of Armenia through the famous town Dilijan, where the beloved character played by Frunzik Mkrtchyan from the movie «Mimino» was born. Then you will visit Agartsin monastery, which is located in the magical forest of Tavush region.

Further, you will be transferred to Tbilisi.

Remarks:
In fact, you can skip these complex names, just remember the main thing: «Welcome to Armenia, welcome to the fairy tale» — because we remember everything else!

The cost of the tour per person for a group of 30 people:

720 Dollar. Extra payment for single accommodation plus 154.40 Dollar.

The price includes:
Airport-hotel transfer;
transfer to Tbilisi;
double accommodation in 3* hotel, breakfast included;
accommodation in the hotel «Archazor eco resort» in Tatev;
excursion program, including a comfortable transfer service and a professional English-speaking guide;
Lunches, dinners, master classes and wine tastings during the program;
Entrance tickets to all attractions, including the cable car "Wings of Tatev".

NOT included:
Air flight (Your city – Yerevan – Your city);
Medical insurance;

****Journey to Georgia**** (May 6th - May 12th, Protected content

Our route takes 5 full days. We spend these days visiting the most pictorial regions and main attractions of Georgia.
Route plan

06/05/2019. Arrival from Armenia to Georgia. Check-in. Short time to change clothes, then dinner at nearby restaurant. Free time. No activities are not planned for the evening – just relax after long transfer from Armenia.

07/05/2019. Day 1. Tour around Tbilisi: visiting the most interesting and beautiful places accompanied by local guide whose stories will plunge you into the atmosphere and magic of the city and will allow to fall in love with this country irrevocably. Our route: The Narikala fortress with cable way, Metekhi and Abanotubani area, Avlabari district. Late dinner at restaurant with awesome atmosphere and live national music.

08/05/2019. Day 2. Breakfast in the hotel. Bus trip around Tbilisi surroundings: visit to Jvari Monastery – you’ll see one of the most beautiful and memorable landscapes of Georgia – junction of two rivers Aragva and Kura. Next stop - ancient capital of Georgia - Mtskheta & beautiful and majestic cathedral Svetitskhoveli which keeps a lot of legends. There is a local market nearby the cathedral where you can try and buy the most tasty churchkhela (national Georgian sweaty). After Mtskheta we are waited by the monastery Shiomgvime mislaid among mountains. We will have a dinner at Mtskheta restaurant & then back to Tbilisi for evening tasting of local wines.

09/05/2019. Day Protected content day of the most fascinating mountain landscapes of Georgia: we go towards the Caucasus Mountains on the most picturesque road of the country. On the way there are several stops:
The Ananuri castle located on the Zhinvalsky reservoir
View point near the Friendship Arch.
Then we will rise to the Gergetsky Holy Trinity Church located at the height of Protected content (there is the best view point to the highest peak of the Caucasus - Kazbek.

Lunch in Kazbegi. Then way back to Tbilisi and light dinner at restaurant.

10/05/2019. Day 4. The fourth day in Georgia is dedicated to wine region - Kakheti. We come to City of Love – Signakhi; visit Bodbe convent. A beautiful view to the Alazani valley opens from a terrace of the convent. Then we pay a visit to Georgian family – have a lunch, participate in culinary master class, taste domestic wines, knew several secrets of Georgian viniculture. Come back to Tbilisi in the evening.

11/05/2019. Day 5. This day we get to the West of Georgia - to visit the Cave city of Uplistsikhe – one of the most ancient and important monuments of the Georgian culture. Then go to Borjomi famous for the mineral sources where we try natural mineral water from warm and cold sources; have a walk around one of the most picturesque parks of Georgia. Lunch in Borjomi and then back to Tbilisi for farewell dinner. We will recall the most bright moment of our travel, feel sad because of need to say good buy and… plan next travel to lovely Georgia!

12/05/2019. Day 6. Free time. Transfer to the airport.

Tour fee - Protected content per person includes:
- Accommodation – 6 nights (Hotel in the centre of Tbilisi, double rooms);
- Breakfasts, lunches and dinners (according to the program above);
- Culinary master class,
- Wine tasting;
- All transfers;
- Local guide escort;
- Entrance tickets to museums and parks, The cableway fee in Tbilisi;
- Spring water (for all trips)

NOT INCLUDED:
- Air tickets
- Lunches & dinners (except stated in the program).
Look forward to sharing this wonderful trip with you all,