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    for the long trip to Mestia En route visit Enguri Dam highest reservoir in the world with stunning view of Samegrelo region and Svaneti mountains Arrival in Svaneti Mestia and dinner at the hotel Overnight in Mestia village Day 5 Mestia Ushguli tour Mestia village In the morning drive by jeeps to Ushguli UNESCO s heritage Upper Svaneti where the highest apex Shkhara is located Visiting Lagami St George s temple the oldest towers St George chapel in Nakipari and Ethnographic Museum Ushguli area is considered as the highest inhabited place in Europe on the elevation of 2200 ASL Returning to Mestia village and overnight there Day 6 Mestia Zugdidi Batumi tour After breakfast visit single nave basilicas Latali and Lenjeri of the 8th 14th c c decorated with frescoes and built without ornamentation by stone Then travel to the Black seacoast En route visit beautiful Dadiani Palace inZugdidi and former residence of Dadiani Dynasty The Dadianis were deeply involved in public life and the museum keeps 41000 unique and invaluable exhibits of Georgian and foreign art Continue the way to Batumi the most beautiful city of Georgia In Batumi visit Ali and Nino Statue which alters it s position after ten minutes until merge into one then it separate again and the return process begins Statue of Medea reminds visitors myth aboutColchis and the Golden Fleece Apollo Statue makes the city more interesting Here from every alley pours life energy Walk across the shore in Batumi Boulevard Overnight in Batumi Day 7 Batumi Borjomi tour in Akhaltsikhe After breakfast drive to Batumi Botanical Garden near Mtsvane Kontskhi Afterwards drive to Borjomi town Stop to taste natural mineral water and walk in Borjomi Park Drive to Akhaltsikhe New fortress the city in southwestern part of Georgia Samtskhe Javakheti region Visit the Rabat the castle was built in XII century The complex consists synagogue Armenian temple and catholic temple Overnight in Akhaltsikhe town Day 8 Akhaltsikhe Vardzia Bavra Gyumri tour Visit to Armenia After breakfast drive to Vardzia hewn in the stone town XII XIII c c The complex has a substantial role in political educational cultural and moral life of Georgia Also temple of Assumption furnished with murals is placed in the centre of the complex Then drive to Georgian Armenian border Bavra Pass border formalities then change transport and guide Afterwards drive to Gyumri the second largest city of Armenia Giumri is considered to be the mother land of humor and art Gyumri was an important center of Armenia in XIX XX c c and also has been the capital for a short period of time We will walk through the old and new streets of Giumri which has lots of traditional XIX century houses Visit the museum of Giumri Overnight in Gyumri Day 9 Gyumri Ejmiatsin Zvartnoc Yerevan Dreakfast We will leave Gyumri We ll take trip to Ejmiatsin the religious and spiritual center of Armenia As Armenia is the first Christian country in the world it has

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    4th c on the relics of St John Our lunch will be arranged in the town of Aparan which is known by its pure springs and hospitality We have the chance to partake the spirit of the faithful people living in this town up in the mountains St Nshan Holy Sign basilica is still standing there from the end of the 4th century Then we will go to see a 5th century martyr s shrine near Aparan Lake Our dinner will be arranged in Ashtarak rich with churches on the top of the deep gorge of River Kasakh It is really worth seeing Day 4 Law and Theology The Morning Prayer will open our day to discover the shrines of Armenian medieval saints still as places of pilgrimage in the north east of the country First we will enter Goshavank where the shrine of Mkhitar Gosh is He was a well known Armenian scientist and bishop the author of Datastanagirq a unique book of law codex first printed in Venice in 1790 We will have a chance to enjoy our lunch in the resort town of Dilijan with its contrasting colours forests the pure mountain air and curative mineral water springs Then a beautiful road will lead us to Odzun Church situated on the mountaintop and considered one of the finest Armenian basilicas with a cupola of 6th century and to the nearby St Hovhannes Odznetsi s shrine a 7th century Catholicos who was a very bright Christian face not only in Armenia but also in whole oikomene Evening prayer will be in the Monastery of Haghpat where the shrine of Deacon Hovhannes Imastaser is The dinner will be in Alaverdi region Day 5 Scholasticism and Stones After having our morning prayer we will move to Monastic Complex of Noravank 4 13th cc that was considered the see of the Siunik bishops Here we have a chance to admire the work of a well known monk architect Momik and among a large number of khachkars cross stones we will find the one dedicated to the genius The magnificent landscape of mountains and red cliffs surrounding the monastery display a beautiful array of colours from the sun s reflection After lunch with a special guest we will continue our way to see another miracle Tatev Monastic Complex founded in the 4th century which once was a huge spiritual and cultural centre Nevertheless it is a magnificent monastery built on a gorge it is in nice harmony with the nature and is full of spirituality Here is the shrine of a 14th century Saint Grigor Tatevatsi who was a great theologian Dinner will be arranged in Stepanakert the lovely capital city of Artsakh Day 6 Forerunning and Protection After the Morning Prayer the town of Shushi will welcome us with its magnificent Ghazanchetsots Cathedral a cupola d basilica of the 19th century fully renovated after the 1990s Right after lunch we will have a pilgrimage to Gandzasar a pearl of Armenian architecture

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    explore the following geological monuments Tagavoranist slagcone young ruptures the picturesque canyon of the river Kasakh Aragats Volcano and the Baslatic sun Overnight in Yerevan Day 4 Yerevan Khor Virap Areni Noravank Jermuk Here one can aquaint oneself with the following monuments of tectonic and exogenous origin the Jokhadzor Gorge Gentle layers and folds in Paleozoic deposints the fault and a tectoniclake near the village of Yelpin the canyon of the Gnishik River and the karts caves in the gorge of the Arpa and Gnishik rivers Overnight in Jermuk Day 5 Jermuk Sisian Vorotnavank Tatev Goris There is an opportunity to visit the following geological monuments the Shaki waterwall termal springs the Dinosaur volcanic bomb the lava well the mineral spring and travertine waterfall old Goris exotic towers and pyramids and the picturesque canyon of the Arpa River with a series of geological monuments Overnight in Goris Day 6 Goris Kapan Meghri Goris One can visit the following sites the natural tunnel on the road Goris Kapan Artsvanik agate deposit Barabatoum quartz porphyrites with dipyramidal quartz and hornblende the Elephant calves bas relief the platan grove and Kajaran copper molybdenum deposit There is an opportunity to view the vivid gorge of the Vokhchi river Mounth Khustup the snow capped summit of Mouth Kaputjugh and the majestic panorama of the Zangezour mountain ridge from the Meghri mountain pass Overnight in Goris Day 7 Goris Airivank Noraduz Martuni Villaggio Lchashen Dilijan Along this route one can observe chingils and sublateral lacustrine sediments near the village of Lchashen ascend to the top of the volcano to see the crater lake view the Ishxanasar active fault and the displaced cone of Khonarasar Volcano Overnight in Dilijan Day 8 Dilijan Ijevan Alaverdi This is opportunity on this route to visit and view the following geological

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    distance was to appear circular Between 1900 and 1907 were carried out systematic excavations that unearthed the foundations of the cathedral the remains of the palace of the Catholicos In evening return to Yerevan dinner and overnight B L D Day 4 Yerevan Dashtadem Beniamin Gyumri Breakfast Departure to Shirak Region Visit the medieval fortress of Dashtadem It was a famous fortress and summer residence of the Kamsarakan as well as major shopping center currently under restoration and recovery Visit Gyumri the second most important city after the capital Gyumri was founded by Greek colonizers in the fifth century BC In the nearby village of Beniamin ther is an important archaeological site of the Bronze Age and the period of Achemenidi Then We will visit the village of Horom Coming from Bronze Age Horom was annexed to the United Ararat Van Urartu In the vicinity of the nearby town of Vardakar there are the remains of the imposing fortress built with the use of mammoth boulders of volcanic tuff roughly squared and dry places On the southwest side of the fortress not far from the citadel lay the ruins of a large building surrounded by graves with tombstones During the excavations many artifacts were found such as arrows iron weapons and bronze necklaces of the IX VIII century AC In the evening return and accommodation in hotel in Gyumri Dinner and overnight B L D Day 5 Gyumri Dilijan Haghartsin Monastery Sevan Lake Breakfast Drive to the Region of Tavush Visit Dilijan the famosa resort area covered by forests and green hills destination preferred by the inhabitants of the capital Dilijan extends to the highlands terraced in full harmony with the surrounding nature and is bounded by the mountain ranges of Bazum and Pambak Lunch Visit the Monastery of Haghartsin This monastic complex is composed of the eleventh century Church of St Gregory gavit square room intended for civilian use and religious dated to the twelfth or thirteenth century the Church of St Step anos the Church of St Greater Astvatzatzin Holy Mother of God and the refectory During the visit we will discuss the work of recovery and restoration of complex Then we will drive to Lake Sevan Visit Sevanavank Monastery Built in the ninth century the monastery of Sevanavank is situated on a peninsula and is composed of two churches and the remains of auxiliary buildings and religious You can admire khatchkars memorial stones engraved typical art Armenian adjacent to the religious buildings Hotel accommodation in the night Dinner and overnight B L D Day 6 Sevan Lchashen Selim Caravanserai Jeghagis Jermuk Breakfast and transfer to the archaeological site of Lchashen which is situated in the north of Lake Sevan The site of Ldchashen dates back to the third millennium BC The excavations show that this site has been the bearer of te culture of pre Urartian early Bronze Age and the Roman period We will visit in particular the typical tombs in the necropolis with funerary circle

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    4 hours reach 2900m above sea level Day 4 Kazbegi Gudauri Breakfast Walk toward Gergeti Tritity Church 2200m below sea level 4 km 2 hours careful scanning of the high alpine meadows should reveal the dark shapes of Caucasian Black Grouse In rocky parts we will find Guldenstadt s Redstart and Great Rosefinch Moreover around Kazbegi we should find these wonderful birds in the reverie scrub lining the valley bottoms Mountain Chiffchaff Green Warbler and a variety of migrants including European Bee eater Red backed and Lesser Grey Shrikes Red throated Pipit Yellow Wagtail and Ortolan Bunting Overnight in Gudauri in a hotel Day 5 Gudauri Geo Arm Border Sadakhlo Dilijan Sevan Yerevan Breakfast Transfer to the Armenian Georgian border Sadakhlo coach and guide change and continue the tour in Armenia The first city to be visited is the old Dilijan Here we will walk along the Sharambeyan Street the street of arts and museums Then we will visit Dilijan State Reserve where you can find various types of trees for example beech pine as well as Akhnabata which is the greatest in the Transcaucasia The fauna of the reserve is very rich you will encounter brown bear chamois rate wild cat wolf rarely strays Persian squirrel and etc The particularly common birds are Caucasian grouse turkey gray partridge pigeon woodpecker and the forest Then we will leave for Lake Sevan which is on 1900 meters altitude from the sea level Besides the natural beauty of the lake you may also admire of the Sevanavank Leave for Yerevan and overnight there Day 6 Yerevan City tour Zvartnoc Ejmiatsin Breakfast Visit to the Museum of Nature where you may get acquainted with the flora and fauna of Armenian land Then you will visit to Manuscript museum Matenadaran The next direction is to Zvartnoc We will visit to the Ruins of Zvartnoc Cathedral dating back to VII century Then we will continue our tour to the Mother Cathedral of Ejmiatsn which is the holy centre for all Armenians Return to Yerevan and overnight in the hotel Day 7 Armash Khor Virap Noravank Yerevan Breakfast Armash fish farm is one of the Caucasus richest ornithological hotspots and the only place that boasts the largest concentration and variety of birdlife in Armenia Birds in this area Pygmy Cormorant Greylag Goose Ferruginous Duck Gadwall and Northern Shoveler etc The site is an Important Bird Area of global significance The Khor Virap meaning deep pit monastery is a 7th century Armenian monastery in the Ararat plain in Armenia very close to the border with Turkey and the closest point in Armenia to Mount Ararat the national symbol of Armenia Birds in this area are Herons Rufous tailed Scrub Robin Menetries s Warbler Sedge and Reed Warblers Our next station is Noravank Birds in this area are Over 190 species have been recorded in this site a number of which are listed in the International Red Data Book of Endangered Species Species of conservation concern supported at

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    Cormorant Greylag Goose Ferruginous Duck Gadwall and Northern Shoveler etc The site is an Important Bird Area of global significance The Khor Virap meaning deep pit monastery is a 7th century Armenian monastery in the Ararat plain in Armenia very close to the border with Turkey and the closest point in Armenia to Mount Ararat the national symbol of Armenia Birds in this area are Herons Rufous tailed Scrub Robin Menetries s Warbler Sedge and Reed Warblers Our next station is Noravank Birds in this area are Over 190 species have been recorded in this site a number of which are listed in the International Red Data Book of Endangered Species Species of conservation concern supported at the site include Short toed and Golden Eagles Bearded and Egyptian Vultures as well as European Roller etc Return to Yerevan and overnight in the hotel Day 4 Yerevan Garni Geghard Khosrov Reserve Yerevan Breakfast The tour starts with the visit of Garni Pagan Temple which is build in the first century In 1679 the temple was ruined as a result of the earthquake and was rebuilt in 1975 Have a lunch at a local restaurant where you have the opportunity to learn about the preparation of lavash the national bread of Armenia Then the tour continues to Geghard Monastery Geghard name derives from the famous spear which is used to pierce Christ to make sure that he is dead While the main chapel was built in 1215 the monastery was founded in the fourth century Then the tour continues to Khosrov reserve which was created for the purpose of protecting those types and species of the animals and plants that are at the edge of disappearing as well as it aims at creating new species Among these animals are Armenian mouflon wild sheep Bezoar goats leopard bear pig fox and badger The reserve is especially rich in birds such as the black kite eagle griffon vulture pigeon etc Get back to Yerevan and overnight there Day 5 Yerevan Sevan Dilijan Dilijan Breakfast Visit to Sevan Lake which is one of the greatest and most beautiful lakes in the world It is on the 1900m altitude from the sea level Besides the natural beauty of the lake you may also admire of the Sevanavank monastery Then visit to the ancient city Dilijan where you may visit Dilijan State Reserve Here you will have the chance to see different types of trees such as beech linden pine and arborvitae which are the largest in the area of Transcaucasia Among the birds the most common ones are the Caucasian grouse turkey gray partridge pigeon and woodpecker Overnight in Dilijan Day 6 Dilijan Stepanavan Haghpat Yerevan Breakfast Continue our tour in the region Lori Visit to Dendropark in Stepanavan The park was founded in 1931 by Edmon Leonovich He was the director of the park antil 1984 After his death his son took his title In 1998 the park was given the state of a Reserve

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    a rich bouquet of chocolaty vanilla accents We will have lunch at a traditional restaurant We will also visit to the Monuscript musem which is called Matenadaran Here all Armenian ancient manuscripts are kept The dinner will be at a national restaurant where you can taste Armenian National food accompanied by folk show In the evening we will have a walk in the Republic Square with its magnificent buildings enhanced by singing fountains Overnight at the hotel in Yerevan B L D Day 3 Culture rural cooking Breakfast Visit Garni Pagan Temple Walk along the canyon by the beautiful columnar basalt 9th century stone bridge over the Azat River to Garni Pagan Temple built in the 1st Century AD We will have lunch at the local restaurant where you will have a unique opportunity to bake the national Armenian bread Lavash Lavash is special bread which can be stored for a very long time Our tour continues to Geghard Monastery The exact foundation of the monastery is unknown the present complex was built in the mid 13th century Here you will have the chance to listen to a beautiful choir Dinner and overnight in Yerevan B L D Day 4 Trout wine Yerevan Khor Virap Noravank Areni Sevan Dilijan Breakfast Today we are going to explore culinary delights of Southern Armenia We will take trip to Khor Virap monastery 45 km far from Yerevan This monastery has a very rich history both religious and secular The first Catholicos of Armenia who introduced Christianity to Armenia has been imprisoned there for about 13 years At that time Armenia was a pagan country Drive to Vayots Dzor region We will have an excursion in Noravank monastery a great religious and cultural centre of 12th c Then we will visit to a traditional house in Garni village for hands on cookery demonstration Guided the host you will learn about the spices and utensils used in traditional barbeque Then we will participate in the preparation of barbeque and traditional Armenian cheese Then we will drive along the Selim Pass and get Lake Sevan It is one of the most beautiful alpine lakes in the world and is very famous for its blue water We will also visit the monastery which is situated on Sevan Peninsula After all we will drive to Dilijan to a local house where you will have chance to prepare a national Armenian meal which is called Dolma Then we will taste it Overnight in Dilijan B L D Day 5 Dilijan Ijevan Akhtala Yerevan Breakfast We will have short city tour in the old city of Dilijan Then we will drive to the city of Ijevan Here we will visit the factory of white wine Here we will have a degustation of the white wine Then we will have a lunch in a local restaurant where we will taste the famous Armenian fish Ishkhan Then we will get back to Yerevan We will have dinner at a very beautiful restaurant

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    Tsitsernakaberd Overnight in the hotel Day 3 Yerevan Garni Geghard Yerevan Breakfast Take trip to Garni This Pagan Temple was built in the 1st century AD It is the only temple that has been preserves from the Pagan times in Armenia It was devoted to the god Mihr who was the god of cleanness In 1679 it was destroyed by earthquake In the 1975 the Temple was restored Then we will continue our trip to Geghard Monastery Its name came from the legendary lance that was used to pierce the body of Christ It has been kept here for centuries Though the exact foundation of the monastery is unknown the present complex was built in the mid 13th century Geghard Monastery and the Upper Azat Valley entered in the list of UNESCO 2000 Afterwards we will get a local house where you will have the chance to see and participate in the preparation of Armenian national bread lavash It is a very thin usually sold in very large forms It is usually cooked in a ground oven tonir In 2014 Lavash was inscribed in UNESCO Intangible Heritage List Get back to Yerevan and overnight at hotel Day 4 Yerevan Ejmiatsin Zvatrnoc Yerevan Breakfast We will start the excursion to centuries old monuments Ejmiatsin and Zvartnots These sites are listed on UNESCO World Heritage list The Cathedral of Ejmiatsin founded in 303 is the official residence of the Catholicos of Armenia We ll continue the trip to Zvartnots Temple which was built on 7th century by Nerses Builder Catholicos The Mother Cathedral and Churches of Ejmiatsin and The archeological Site of Zvartnoc have been inscribed in UNESCO World Heritage List in 2000 Get back to Yerevan Overnight in Yerevan Day 5Yerevan Sanahin Haghpat Yerevan Breakfast Today we will visit two unique

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