Overview

IS IT SAFE TO TRAVEL IN THE CAUCASUS? For the average traveller, the Caucasus is a very safe place to visit—provided you exercise caution and common sense. Violence and petty crime is pretty low in both countries

Minor corruption has been all but stamped out; and terrorism is almost unheard of. People in this part of the world are known for their kindness and hospitality, and it’s not uncommon for strangers to invite you into their home for a meal (just like anywhere else, you should approach such situations with caution, especially in rural areas). Tbilisi is consistently ranked among the safest cities in the world.

Itinerary
Day 1
25 DECEMBER DAY 1: ARRIVAL AT YEREVAN
India - Yerevan (Flight)

On your arrival at Yerevan Airport, Meet and transfer to local restaurant for Lunch Post Lunch transfer to the Hotel for C/in. Day is free to rest. Evening enjoy walking through the Northern Ave. - Republic Square followed by Dinner at local Armenian restaurant Overnight is at Yerevan. Hotel Ani Plaza 4*

Day 2
26 DECEMBER DAY2: YEREVAN -GARNI –GEGHARD - YEREVAN
Sightseeing

Breakfast is at Hotel. Proceed on a trip to Garni Temple and Geghard Monastery. Proceed to Geghard Monastery (UNESCO World Heritage):Geghard was initially known simply as Ayrivank (Cave Monastery). The present buildings comprising it date back to 10-13th cc., at which time it was renamed as Geghard meaning "lance" (spear) in Armenian. The name refers to the biblical lance used by a Roman soldier to pierce Christ's body to find out if he was alive or not. The lance was kept in Geghard for a long time before being moved to the museum of Echmiadzin Cathedral. The main church, constructed in 1215, is the oldest building in the monastery complex. Avazan church, 1283, is carved right into the solid rock and is an incomparable work of art. It leads to a rectangular portico and then to another church deeper in the rock. Along the southern and eastern walls of the monastery, high above the valley, medieval dwellings appear. The monastery has withstood many assaults during a period of seven hundred years. Its walls have sheltered many scholars and it was revered throughout Armenia as one of the greatest spiritual and cultural centres in the country. Hundreds of khachkars (cross-stones) and caves are built in the rocks surrounding the Monastery. Next visit the pagan temple of Garni was built in 1st. c. AC and was devoted to one of the Armenian Pagan Gods - Mitra. After Armenia converted to Christianity in the 4th c., the rulers of the country used the temple as their summer residence. King Khosrov stayed there often as the area was his favourite hunting ground. Garni was destroyed when the Arabs conquered Armenia but was rebuilt in the beginning of the 10th c. Its final destruction came in 1638 during the Turkish invasion. A violent earthquake buried what remained from it in 1679. The complete restoration of the temple began in 1970 and was over in 1978. The temple consists of dwellings and bath quarters built in the 3rd century in the Roman style. The fantastic landscape of Garni canyon shakes the human imagination. 13:00 have lunch in Habitat Place in Garni Village. Return back to Yerevan and later transfer to hotel Dinner is at own Overnight is at Yerevan. Hotel Ani Plaza 4*

Day 3
27 DECEMBER DAY 03: YEREVAN – KHOR VIRAP – NORAVANK – YEREVAN
Beautiful Drive

Breakfast is at hotel. Breakfast at the hotel. Take the direction to south of Armenia. Drive to Khor Virap monastery. According to legend, St. Gregory the Illuminator was imprisoned here in the basement for 13 years for the dissemination of Christianity. The monastery is facing the biblical mountain Ararat with best and nearest view you can ever see. Lunch is at local restaurant with Indian accent After the route continues to Noravank monastery complex, which was constructed in the 13th century on the ledge of narrow winding gorge of the river Amaghu near the city of Yeghegnadzor. Drive back to Yerevan and Hotel. Dinner is at own. Overnight is in Yerevan. Overnight is at Yerevan. Hotel Ani Plaza 4*

Day 4
28 DECEMBER DAY 4: YEREVAN CITY TOUR - SHOPPING MALL/ DALMA GARDEN MALL
Shopping

Breakfast is at Hotel. Continue City tour - Yerevan sightseeing, including Monument of Mother Armenia - Cascade Complex of Modern Art - State Academy of Theatre and Opera House, State University, Sports & Concert Complex, Genocide memorial. Visit to Cascade complex, which is considered the modern art center of Yerevan, with art pieces displayed throughout the whole area: the boulevard and up the stairs, from top of which you can enjoy the panoramic view on the city and Mountain Ararat. Cascade is home to Cafesjan modern art museum. Lunch is at Indian restaurant Post Lunch transfer for shopping to Dolma Mall or Yerevan Mall. Dinner is at own Overnight is at Yerevan. Overnight is at Yerevan. Hotel Ani Plaza 4*

Day 5
29 DECEMBER DAY 5: YEREVAN – TSAGKAZDOR - LAKE SEVAN – TBILISI
Roadtrip

Breakfast is at Hotel. Check-out from Hotel Drive to Tsaghkadzor (means “gorge of flowers”) town, the magical place of forested mountains. Short walking tour around thesmall town. Opportunity to go up to the mountain peaks by rope way, where you will catch an unforgettable gorgeous panoramic view of this part of the world (going up the first level and back). In winter Tsakhkadzor is a well- known ski resort with several levels of ropeways leading up the mountains. In summer it’s a pleasant place to spend the afternoon in nature and enjoy the sun.Visit Kecharis monasteryand after on rope way to Teghenis Mountain Lunch is at local restaurant Sevan Lake, this wonder of nature, is 60 Km from Yerevan on a highway which cuts northward through mountains and rocks. Sevan is so austere and majestic that the gentle turquoise waters are astonishing. They fill the gigantic depression situated at the height of almost 2000 m above sea level. Sevan, with its pure air and sandy beaches, is a popular holiday resort. Sevan has always been famous for its fish "Ishkhan" which means "prince-fish" in Armenian. The fish has graced many Lords' tables in old times. One of the most interesting sites in Sevan is the monastery on the rocky peninsula founded in 874 AD by King Ashot I and his daughter Mariam. Other monuments include Sevan Monastery (874) and Astvatsatsin Church. Continue onwards to cross georgian border and to Tbilsi On arrival at Tbilisi, Check-in at Hotel Dinner is at Indian restaurant Overnight is at Tbilisi. Hotel Ramada Encore 4*

Day 6
30 DECEMBER DAY6: TBILISI
Sightseeing

Breakfast is at Hotel. Drive to Mtskheta one of the oldest cities of Georgia. Visit Jvari Monastery, from where opens beautiful view of Mtskheta town and confluence of the rivers Aragvi and Mtkvari. visit the Svetitskhoveli cathedral, famous with burial site of Christ’s mantle. Both of the sites are in the list of UNESCO world heritage list. Return to Tbilisi. Day is free on own Dinner in Georgian restaurant. Overnight in Tbilisi. Hotel Ramada Encore 4*

Day 7
31 DECEMBER DAY7: TBILISI
Chill

Breakfast is at Hotel. Tour in Old Tbilisi to explore the city. Visit to Metekhi Church (XIII AC) Europe Square and from the square use cable car to reach Narikala fortress. Walk down Abanotubani (district of sulfur baths) –baths, built on natural hot sulfur springs in XVII-XIX cc. Continue with Bridge of peace through Meidan square and Shardeni street, Gabriadze Clock. Lunch is at local restaurant Free on own Overnight in Tbilisi Hotel Ramada Encore 4*

Day 8
01 JANUARY DAY 8: TBILISI - GUDAURI
Ski resort

Breakfast is at Hotel. 12.00 Check out from Hotel Transfer to Gudauri and check-in at the resort Lunch and Dinner at resort Overnight in Gadauri Club 2100

Day 9
02 JANUARY DAY 9: TBILISI - DEPARTURE
Departure

Breakfast is at Hotel. 10.00 C/out from Hotel Transfer to Kazbegi, change bus with 4x4 Delica vans (6 PAX per van) and drive up to Gergeti Trinity Church, enjoy panorama of the region. Return to Tbilisi. En-route Lunch at local restaurant Transfer to Airport as per flight schedule. END OF TOUR

Inclusions
  • Air Fare (Ex - Delhi)
  • Hotel accommodation (8 nights)
  • Daily Breakfast at Hotel
  • Meals as per program. Armenia 5 Lunch + 1 Dinner; Georgia 3 Lunch + 3 Dinner
  • Transportation service (comfortable air-conditioned vehicle)
  • Return airport transfers and transfers between Yerevan – Tbilisi
  • Professional English-speaking guide service
  • Water during trips
  • Travel Insurance – Mandatory
  • Entrance fees to the historical and cultural attractions as per program
  • All Taxes
Exclusions
  • Armenia (Visa on Arrival – 7 USD pp) No need for Visa if you have valid US, UK, CAN, Schengen Visa
  • Georgia Visa (Needs to be done from VFS) No need for Visa if you have valid US, UK, CAN, Schengen Visa
  • Meals & services not included in the above itinerary
  • Charges in hotels for additional services
  • Photography and video making fees at the sites;
  • Tips and gratuities;
Cancellation Policy

In the event of cancellation of tour / travel services due to any avoidable / unavoidable reason/s we must be notified of the same in writing. Cancellation charges will be effective from the date we receive advice in writing, and cancellation charges would be as follows:

  • Booking amount & Tickets: (Non Refundable)
  • 60 days prior to arrival: 50% of the Tour / service cost
  • 45 days prior to arrival: 70% of the Tour / service cost
  • 30 days prior to arrival: No Refund
Safety

Please be aware that during your participation in vacations operated by Jugni, certain risks and dangers may arise beyond our control, including but not limited to: the hazards of traveling in undeveloped areas; travel by boat, train, automobile, aircraft, or other means of transportation; forces of nature; political unrest; acts of lawlessness or terrorism; and accident or illness in remote regions without means of rapid evacuation or medical facilities. Jugni will not have liability regarding provision of medical care or the adequacy of any care that may be rendered. While Jugni will use its best efforts to ensure that adequate measures are taken, by agreeing to participate in a vacation and/or optional excursions you agree that you will hold Jugni harmless regarding any provision of medical care or the adequacy of any care rendered. Jugni is not responsible for such risks and dangers that may arise beyond our control. Payment of your deposit indicates you accept these risks and dangers and agree to hold Jugni harmless for the same.

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