Cultural tour to christian Caucasus Countries: Georgia and Armenia
Arrival at the Tbilisi airport, transfer and accommodation at the Hotel Georgian House. Dinner at restaurant Tamada with national cuisine, wine and Georgian live music.
Sightseeing in Tbilisi and Mtskheta; a walk in multinational Abanotubani, Narikala Fortress (IV c.), Metekhi church and Karvasla Museum (Caravan-sarai), Saint Trinity Church, Sioni Cathedral, basilica Anchiskhati (IV c.), Treasury of Art Museum. Cultural excursion to the old capital of Georgia – Mtskheta: a view from historic and architectural complex of Jvari (VII - XI c.), Svetitskhoveli Cathedral (XI c.), Samtavro Convent (IV - XI cc.). Stay overnight in Tbilisi.
Departure to west Georgia: on the way visit to Uplistsikhe and Stalin's birth place and Museum in Gori. Arrival in Kutaisi: visit Bagrati Temple, historic and architectural complex of Gelati (XI c.). Stay overnight in Kutaisi.
Departure to the balneological resort Borjomi, walk in the park and tasting Borjomi mineral spring water, drive to Armenia. On the way visit cave-city and monastery ensemble Vardzia 13-storey city cut out of solid rock (XII c.). Cross the Georgian - Armenian border and meeting with the local guide for Armenia. Stay overnight in Alaverdi.
Start the program in Alaverdi and drive to Yerevan. Excursion to Matenadaran Institute of ancient manuscripts, fortress of Garni (I c. BC), Geghard monastery cut in the rock (XII - XIII cc.), Gehatavank monastery. Leisure afternoon in Yerevan: a walk in the city, shopping, stay overnight in Yerevan.
Monastery of Echmiadzin (II c.), basilica of St. Gayane, church of St. Ripsime (XII c.), ruins of Zvartnots temple (VII c.), Khor-Virap, Noravanq Monastery Complex. Drive to Lake Sevan and stay overnight there.
Drive to Georgia via Bolnisi Sioni and Dmanisi - centre of sensational excavations of the "birthplace of the first European human species”. Visit David Gareja Monastery complex. Stay overnight in Telavi.
Visit Shuamta Monastery Complex (IV - VII c.), ancient Akademy of Ikalto, medieval citadel of Gremi, Alaverdi monastery (XI c.), Tsinandali wine-cellar, shashlik picnic with Georgian wines and drive to Tbilisi via fortified city of Sighnaghi. Stay overnight in Tbilisi.
Leisure day in the capital: shopping in the city and a walk along the Rustaveli Avenue. Visit to sulphur baths, where "water is hot without the fire? as Ibn Haukal wrote in the X c. Transfer to the airport for departure.