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From Tbilisi: Day Trip to Armenia Including Homemade Lunch

1. From Tbilisi: Day Trip to Armenia Including Homemade Lunch

Start your tour at the Akhtala Monastery, a church from the 12th century which contains beautiful frescoes and is surrounded by copper smelting caves as well as a copper smelting factory. The second destination of the tour is the Haghpat Monastery, located in Haghpat Village and is a UNESCO-listed site. It is one of the most beautiful medieval masterpieces in Armenia. Then you can have lunch and try some traditional Armenian food. Following lunch, you'll make 3 stops on your way to visit the second UNESCO Heritage Site, Sanahin.  The first will be a 13th-century bridge, the second for a Debed canyon with astonishing views, and the third for the Mikoyan Brothers' museum, where an original aircraft (MiG 21) will surprise you. Finally, travel back through the border to Tbilisi.

From Tbilisi: Day Trip to Armenia with Homemade Lunch

2. From Tbilisi: Day Trip to Armenia with Homemade Lunch

Visit two of Armenia’s ancient monasteries and the town of Alaverdi on this small group tour from Tbilisi. Cross over the border with your experienced guide who will take you through the highlights of Northern Armenia in just 1 day.   Depart at 9:00 AM sharp for a 1.5-hour trip across the Georgian-Armenian boarder. Almost immediately you’ll start to notice changes in the landscape—the fields will become rocky mountains and the scenery takes on a certain apocalyptic touch, due to the many abandoned Soviet mines and factories. Your first stop is the fortified monastery of Akhtala, where you can marvel at the beautifully preserved frescoes and learn about the thrilling history of this Georgian-Armenian creation.   Then, you’ll reach the UNESCO-listed monastery complex of Haghpat, where you’ll learn about the Armenian stone crosses and the mystical poet Sayat-Nova. A local family welcomes you for a traditional Armenian lunch in their house near the Haghpat monastery. After that continue to the monastery of Odzun - a beautiful complex from V century. Arrive back in Tbilisi by around 6:00 PM after a full and fascinating day.

From Tbilisi: Armenia Day Tour and Lunch with a Local Family

3. From Tbilisi: Armenia Day Tour and Lunch with a Local Family

Armenia, with its distinctive culture, its beautiful rocky mountains and ancient history is a must-see when traveling in the Caucasus region. Discover the beauty of Northern Armenia on this day trip from Tbilisi, with your tour starting at 9:00AM, after which you will head for the border. From here the landscape will begin to change, as you drive through the narrow gorges of the Debed River in between the high rocky mountains. The time seems to stand still in this part of the country, with its typical Soviet cars and huge copper factories built in the middle of the mountains, the scenery is full of bizarre beauty. The tour includes several main sightseeing objects of Northern Armenia, such as the historic Lori region, the fortified monastery of Akhtala, a unique example of wonderfully preserved frescoes from the 11th century, the UNESCO protected monastery of Haghpat and Odzun. Another highlight is a traditional lunch prepared with love by a local family and served in their house. Enjoy a day trip to Armenia in a fun and sustainable way.

Yerevan: Haghpat, Zarni-Parni, Akhtala, Castle, Sanahin

4. Yerevan: Haghpat, Zarni-Parni, Akhtala, Castle, Sanahin

Explore the gems of Armenia on a day trip from Yerevan to Zarni-Parni Cave Castle Complex and Akhtala fortress. Visit Unesco World Cultural Heritage sites such as Haghpat and Sanahin monasteries with live commentary from an expert guide. Start from the local operator's head office at 09:00 AM and head off to visit Lori province. At your first stop of Haghpat, admire the 10th-century monastery, where the famous ashugh Sayat-Nova lived and created at the end of the 18th century. Next, see the magnificent Zarni-Parni Cave Complex, where, renowned scholar and philosopher Hovhannes Imastaser is said to have lived and worked. Today, it is a historical museum where you can see a number of rare ancient agricultural tools and household items. Then, drive to Akhtala fortress. Constructed on a plateau resembling a peninsula, it is surrounded by deep gorges from 3 sides. Visit Aramyants Castle, one of the jewels of Swiss architecture in Armenia. Last but not least, visit the Sanahin monastery. Witness the skillfulness of 10th-century masters, who made a peculiar architectural decision, preventing the destruction of the complex from earthquakes. At the end of the tour, be taken back to the local operator's head office in Yerevan.

From Tbilisi: Private Northern Armenia Highlights Tour

5. From Tbilisi: Private Northern Armenia Highlights Tour

Welcome to the Northern Armenia Highlights Tour, the ultimate way to explore the rich culture and history of Armenia. This one-day tour from Tbilisi, Georgia, takes you on a thrilling journey across the border, where you'll discover the natural beauty of Armenia and its architectural gems. Embark on a comfortable ride from Tbilisi to the Georgian-Armenian border and experience crossing the border between the two countries. After crossing the border we will make a short stop at a local shop to exchange money and buy some local products, so you can fully immerse yourself in the local culture. Our first stop is the breathtaking Akhtala Monastery, a 10th-century architectural masterpiece that boasts intricate frescoes and medieval sculptures. Next, we'll visit the UNESCO-listed Haghpat and Sanahin Monasteries, two of the most stunning examples of Armenian medieval architecture. Take in the stunning panoramic views of the surrounding landscapes and marvel at the intricate carvings and unique architectural details of these masterpieces. Between exploring the monasteries, we'll stop for lunch at a local Armenian restaurant, where you'll have the chance to taste delicious Armenian cuisine and learn more about the local customs and traditions. The tour also includes a stop at the Mikoyan Brothers Museum, where you'll have the chance to see and take photos with a real MIG-21. Throughout the tour, our expert guide will provide you with insights and interesting facts about the history, culture, and architecture of Armenia, making your journey even more enjoyable and enlightening. At the end of the tour, we'll drop you off at your hotel or a central location in Tbilisi. Don't miss out on the chance to experience the wonders of Armenia and book your tour today!

From Tbilisi to Armenia GuidedGroupTour With Homemade Lunch

6. From Tbilisi to Armenia GuidedGroupTour With Homemade Lunch

Discover the Rich Heritage of Marneuli, Akhtala, Haghpat, Alaverdi, and Sanahin Our tour commences with a visit to Georgia's historical monument, famously called the "Mother of 9 Sons," with roots tracing back to the 17th century. This revered mother, having lost all her children in the war against the Persians, expressed her pride in their unwavering devotion to the homeland. As a gesture of love and respect, she erected a flag symbolizing the fearlessness and patriotism of her sons. This monument stands as a poignant symbol of family sacrifice and pride in safeguarding their native land. In neighboring Armenia, Akhtala beckons with its medieval fortress and the enchanting Akhtala Monastery. Marvel at panoramic views from the fortress, and admire the monastery's intricate frescoes. Journey to the northern reaches of Armenia to encounter the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Haghpat Monastery. Revel in medieval architecture, exquisite stone carvings, and a tranquil atmosphere that captivates every visitor. Indulge in a delightful lunch experience, sampling the rich flavors of Georgian and Armenian dishes in Marneuli or Akhtala. Alaverdi awaits, inviting you to explore its significant religious and cultural site – the Alaverdi Monastery. The nearby town provides a glimpse into local life, completing a truly immersive experience. For history enthusiasts, museums in the region offer a captivating journey through the past, unraveling the intricate tales of Georgia and Armenia. Conclude your adventure at the UNESCO-listed Sanahin Monastery Complex in Armenia. Admire ancient architecture and intricate stone carvings that weave a compelling narrative of history and spirituality.Embark on a journey through these enchanting destinations, each offering a unique chapter in the vibrant story of the South Caucasus.

Tbilisi to Armenia Day Adventure

7. Tbilisi to Armenia Day Adventure

Georgia to Armenia Day Tour Welcome to a captivating day tour that transcends borders, taking you on a remarkable journey from Georgia to Armenia. Our carefully curated experience unfolds with a seamless blend of history, culture, and culinary delights. Morning Exploration: The adventure kicks off in Georgia, where you'll be greeted by knowledgeable guides who will accompany you throughout the day. As you depart, soak in the scenic beauty as the landscapes transition, setting the stage for an immersive cultural odyssey. Your first stop is the ancient city of Mtskheta, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Explore the iconic Svetitskhoveli Cathedral, where legends and history converge. Marvel at the architectural brilliance and absorb the spiritual aura of this sacred site. Crossing Borders: Bid farewell to Georgia as you embark on a comfortable journey towards the Armenian border. The seamless transition from one country to another adds a touch of excitement to the expedition. Your experienced guides will ensure a smooth border-crossing process, keeping your focus on the unfolding adventure. Armenian Delights - Lunch: As you enter Armenia, a gastronomic delight awaits. Indulge in a delectable lunch featuring authentic Armenian cuisine, a fusion of flavors that reflects the country's rich culinary heritage. This is not just a meal; it's a cultural immersion through your taste buds. Historical Treasures: Continue your exploration with a visit to Haghpat Monastery, another UNESCO gem. The medieval architecture, adorned with intricate stone carvings, tells tales of Armenia's past. The tranquil surroundings provide a perfect backdrop for reflection and photography. Village Charm - Local Encounters: Experience the warmth of Armenian hospitality in a local village. Engage with the community, learn about their traditions, and perhaps participate in a cultural exchange. This intimate interaction offers a glimpse into the daily life of Armenians, adding a personal touch to your adventure. Cascade Complex and Yerevan Exploration: As the day progresses, arrive in Yerevan and explore the iconic Cascade Complex. Marvel at the contemporary art installations and the stunning city views. A leisurely stroll through Yerevan's bustling streets follows, allowing you to absorb the vibrant atmosphere and discover the city's modern yet historic charm. Return Journey: With hearts full of memories, commence your journey back to Georgia. Reflect on the diverse experiences as you cross the border once again, cherishing the cultural tapestry woven together in a single day. The Georgia to Armenia Day Tour is not just a tour; it's an odyssey of discovery, a passage through time and tradition that leaves an indelible mark on every traveler fortunate enough to embark on this cross-border adventure.

Tour from Yerevan to Tbilisi visit Sanahin, Haghpat, Akhtala

8. Tour from Yerevan to Tbilisi visit Sanahin, Haghpat, Akhtala

Enjoy freshly baked pastry in the morning from a bakery in Aparan. Visit two Unesco Heritage listed sights, starting at Sanahin with its serene and tranquil surrounds. Then to Haghbat, nestled in the peaks of the Debed Canyon among lush green fields. Enjoy a family-hosted traditional Armenian bbq lunch. Delight in the ancient frescoes of the church at the Akhtala fortress-monastery. Entering Georgia, arrive in Tbilisi.

Armenia’s Hidden Gems: A Drone Filmmaking Tour of Garni

9. Armenia’s Hidden Gems: A Drone Filmmaking Tour of Garni

Departing from Yerevan As the sun rises over Yerevan, we set off for a scenic 40-minute drive to Garni, equipped with state-of-the-art drone technology. Enjoy the beauty of the Armenian countryside, as you prepare to capture the stunning views of the old temple that awaits us. Garni Temple: Enter the sacred realm of Garni Temple, where the stones whisper the legends of the past. From panoramic shots to close-ups, every angle reveals the essence of Garni. Treat yourself to a delicious Armenian breakfast in Garni village, where we will review the morning’s visual masterpiece. Symphony of Stones: We continue our tour to the Symphony of Stones, a natural monument that is located in the basin of the Azat River, near the temple of Garni. The monument consists of huge symmetric basalt columns, which seem to be handmade due to their amazing symmetry. They are also called the “Basalt Organ Pipes” because they resemble an organ. Geghard Monastery: a UNESCO World Heritage site. Explore the carved chambers, preserving the spirit and artistry of the place. Observe the interplay of light and dark on the ancient stones, and the intricate connection between Armenia’s past and present. Highlight the khachkars in their cliffside setting, a masterpiece crafted by the artists of centuries ago. Visit to Charents Arch: a short stop at Charents Arch offers a breathtaking backdrop for your drone’s final show. Capture the majesty of Mount Ararat and the surrounding scenery, creating a vivid portrait of Armenia’s diverse beauty. Returning to Yerevan As we say goodbye to Garni and Geghard, our drone records the changing landscapes of Armenia in motion. Green hills, curvy roads, and a rainbow of colors unfold below, capturing not only the destinations but the journey itself. Join us in this fusion of technology and tradition, celebrating the past while flying into the future.

Armenian Passage: Tbilisi to Armenia Adventure

10. Armenian Passage: Tbilisi to Armenia Adventure

"Armenian Passage: Tbilisi to Armenia Adventure" Embark on an unforgettable journey from the vibrant streets of Tbilisi to the ancient landscapes of Armenia. Our expedition offers a unique blend of cultural discovery, historical exploration, and natural beauty, as we traverse the diverse landscapes of the South Caucasus. Our adventure begins in Tbilisi, Georgia's dynamic capital, where the past meets the present in a captivating fusion of architecture, cuisine, and culture. Explore the winding streets of the Old Town, where centuries-old churches stand alongside modern art galleries and trendy cafes. Discover the rich history of Georgia at landmarks like the Narikala Fortress, the Holy Trinity Cathedral, and the bustling Dezerter Bazaar, where vibrant colors and enticing aromas fill the air. Leaving Tbilisi behind, we venture towards the Armenian border, crossing through scenic landscapes of rolling hills and fertile valleys. Our first stop is the ancient city of Mtskheta, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of Georgia's oldest continuously inhabited settlements. Explore historic landmarks such as the Svetitskhoveli Cathedral and the Jvari Monastery, where legends of Georgia's Christian heritage come to life. Continuing our journey, we cross into Armenia, a land of rugged mountains, ancient monasteries, and warm hospitality. Our first destination is the medieval town of Dilijan, nestled in the lush forests of the Dilijan National Park. Discover the town's charming wooden houses, artisan workshops, and serene monasteries as you immerse yourself in the natural beauty of this picturesque region. Next, we journey to the capital city of Yerevan, where history and modernity converge in a vibrant tapestry of culture and innovation. Explore the city's landmarks, including the Republic Square, the Matenadaran Manuscript Museum, and the Cascade Complex, a monumental stairway adorned with contemporary art installations. Indulge in Armenian cuisine at traditional taverns and sample local delicacies such as khorovats (grilled meat skewers), lavash (flatbread), and dolma (stuffed grape leaves). As our expedition draws to a close, we venture into the Armenian countryside to discover the ancient monasteries and UNESCO World Heritage Sites that dot the landscape. Explore the majestic Tatev Monastery, perched on a cliff overlooking the Vorotan Gorge, and marvel at the intricate carvings of the Geghard Monastery, hewn from the rock of the surrounding mountains. Throughout our journey, our knowledgeable guides will provide insights into the history, culture, and traditions of both Georgia and Armenia, offering a deeper understanding of this fascinating region. Join us on this extraordinary adventure from Tbilisi to Armenia and experience the rich tapestry of the South Caucasus firsthand.

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This tour is for those who does not have time yet wanting to have a small taste of Armenia, literally (Armenian home made lunch is ymmylicious!) and figuratively. I already felt intrigured to explore further south of Armenia. Kat, our guide, is amazing with her unique capability to paint out the interesting differences between two neighbouring countries. She was also attentive during the whole trip, ensuring the smooth border crossings.

Excellent guide. Even the cold and the snow couldn't stop the trip from being an amazing experience. David, our guide, was very knowledgeable and charismatic when he told about the sightings and basically everything else along the way. Stopping by a local Armenian's house to eat lunch only added to the authenticity of the experience.

Very knowledgeable and good guide, David. Small group of only 5 people. Delicious homecooked meal in some grandma's house was the highlight. Well-organized tour that started on time and the guide was very professional.

Magda was an absolutely amazing guide ! So knowledgeable and had some really interesting conversations in our group. The stops were amazing great views and monasteries.

Magda is one amazing tour guide and she is very passionate about it. You can see it the way she explain things. The Armenian lunch was amazing. 👌🏼👌🏼👌🏼