Georgia and Armenia-One week in Caucasus
The tour covers several breathtaking places along the way. We can Easily Say that this is the highlight of your trip to Georgia. You have so much fun with charming people laughing and dancing on the way. The groups here are international; you can meet many incredible people. (For solo travelers, it is a great option!). Remember, it is a long ride, but no worries, our guides always create the mood and the atmosphere of celebration with beautiful stories about Georgia. This ride is challenging even for our safe and experienced drivers in winter. We have some tips on what you should do in the winter. First, be prepared for freezing weather, take everything warm you have, and get good sleep the night before. Sometimes roads are blocked, and we cannot go beyond Gudauri, but in this case, we have more time to spend at Gudauri ski resort, where you can try many activities like paragliding ATV bikes, Horse riding, etc.
The tour will take you to the Areni – 1 “Birds” Cave. In 2008, archeologists discovered several of the world’s oldest artifacts, including a leather shoe and a winery. The site, overlooking Arpa River near the town of Areni, is claimed to date mostly to the Early Bronze Age (around 5,000-6,000 years ago). It also contains evidence of elaborate burial rituals and agricultural practices.
Another place that can’t be missed is Noravank. It is one of the gems of medieval Armenian architecture, nestled high among the stunning brick-red cliffs at the end of the Gnishik Canyon. Here you will see the one and only depiction of God the Father in Armenia, which is just as astonishing as the face of Jesus Christ that appeared on the dome of the Church’s narthex. Built by Orbelian noblemen, it stands out among our churches as the sepulcher of this noble family, making it unique since it was absolutely prohibited to bury people inside a church since the 5th century.
What concerns the “finishing touch” to this tour, you will be given a chance to taste and even purchase Armenia’s renowned Areni wine, made from the oldest grape variety in the whole world. The wine is available in several wineries in the actual town of Areni itself, which we will make a stop at before finishing the trip.
Overnight in Yerevan