1. Georgia
  2. Tbilisi
  3. Sanahin Monastery Complex

From Tbilisi: Small Group 1-Day Tour to Armenia with Lunch

Product ID: 221541
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Take a 1-day tour to Armenia and see the UNESCO-listed sites of Haghpat and Sanahin, discover the thrilling history of Northern Armenia, enjoy the rocky landscapes of Lori, and taste original Armenian barbecue in a popular roadside restaurant.
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Duration 11 hours
Starting time 9:00 AM
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  • See the UNESCO-listed Sanahin and Haghpat monasteries
  • Observe the unique mix of apocalyptic Soviet architecture and rocky mountains
  • Taste traditional Armenian dishes in an authentic restaurant
Full description
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. The next stop is a small authentic restaurant by the river, where you can try authentic Armenian cuisine. Travel another 30 minutes to the center of the town of Alaverdi, famous for being the hometown of MIG fighter jet engineer Mikoyan, and the 10th century monastery of Sanahin. Arrive back in Tbilisi by around 6:00 PM after a full and fascinating day.
  • Guide
  • Air-conditioned transportation
  • Traditional lunch in Armenian barbecue restaurant
What’s Not Included
  • Any visa related fees
  • Souvenirs
  • Gratuities

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Meeting point

Meet at the Big Bicycle Monument in Rose Revolution Square, Tbilisi.

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Important information
What to bring
  • Passport
  • Visa, if required
  • Cash
Not allowed
  • Pets
  • Baby strollers
  • Luggage or large bags
Know before you go
• This tour includes a border crossing. Be sure to check whether you need a visa or any other documents to enter Armenia and re-enter Georgia.
• Please note that while border crossing procedure usually goes fast, there is a chance that the border procedure will be delayed up to several hours
• A minimum of 3 people is required for this tour to operate. In the unlikely case that the minimum number is not met, you will be given an option to book an alternative date or cancel with a full refund.

From US$ 91.26 per person

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Product ID: 221541