2024 Armenia and Georgia

*May 23, You’ll need to book a hotel for Thursday evening if your flight arrives in the early hours of Friday. EX: after 12:01 AM these are normal flight arrivals for Armenia!
We will let you know the hotel when we receive your deposit. This is not included in the trip fee.

Day 1: May 24, Fri Yerevan - Paradjanov - Cascade
Start your day with individual arrivals in Yerevan, each person arriving at their own flight time. Check-in at hotel.
Guided city tour in Yerevan, with a possibility to visit the Paradjanov Museum and the Cascade Complex. Dinner and overnight in Yerevan.

Day 2: May 25, Sat Matenadaran - Garni - Geghard
After breakfast at the hotel visit Matenadaran museum - library of ancient manuscripts. In the afternoon, embark on an excursion to Garni, where you'll marvel at an ancient Hellenistic temple standing as a testament to the past. Lunch in Garni. Next, drive to the extraordinary Geghard, a medieval monastery intricately carved into the rock, revealing the architectural ingenuity of the time. Drive back to Yerevan. Dinner and overnight in the capital.

Day 3: May 26, Sun Edjmiatsin - Zvartnots - Genocide Memorial
Embark on the day with a visit to Edjmiatsin with a holy liturgy, exploring the historical significance of the region, including the Zvartnots cathedral ruins. In the afternoon, delve into Yerevan's history with a visit to the Genocide museum and memorial, paying tribute to a grievous part of Armenian history. Possible meeting with the Gurdjieff ensemble of Armenia. Dinner and overnight in Yerevan.

Day 4: May 27, Mon Gyumri and Gurdjieff
Bid farewell to Yerevan in the morning as you check out and set off for Gyumri. Spend the afternoon exploring Gyumri with a city tour and a stop at the grave of Ashugh Adash, Gurdjieff’s father. Conclude the day with a delightful dinner at the “Cherkezi Dzor” fish restaurant, savoring the local flavors in a charming environment. Overnight in Gyumri.

Day 5: May 28, Tue Marmashen - Zuygaghbyur
After breakfast visit the Museum of Architecture and Urban Life of Gyumri and Merkurov museum. Then drive to the Marmashen monastery complex with the Argishti I king’s four-line cuneiform inscription. In the afternoon, venture into the intriguing world of the Zuygaghbyur three row megaliths. Back to Gyumri. Visit a local artist in his studio. Dinner and concert or Gurdjieff movements’ performance at the Berlin Art Hotel. Overnight in Gyumri.

Day 6: May 29, Wed Tbilisi and Gurdjieff
Check out from the hotel and drive to the Armenian-Georgian border in Bavra. Upon afternoon arrival in Tbilisi, join a guided tour with a special focus on Gurdjieff's influence. Possible visit to The Gurdjieff Institute in Tbilisi. Free evening in Tbilisi. Overnight at the Georgian capital.

Day 7: May 30, Thu Tbilisi - Jvari - Mtskheta
Begin your day by visiting the Jvari Monastery, which offers breathtaking views of Mtskheta. In the afternoon, dive into the rich history of Mtskheta, the ancient capital of Georgia, as you explore landmarks such as the Svetitskhoveli Cathedral and Samtavro Monastery. Return to Tbilisi in the evening. Dinner and overnight in Tbilisi.

Day 8: May 31, Fri Tbilisi - Signagi
After breakfast at the hotel drive from Tbilisi to town of Signagi in the Kakheti region. Spend your afternoon exploring the town's charm, characterized by cobblestone streets, a rich wine culture, and picturesque landscapes. Don't miss a visit to the Bodbe Monastery. As the day winds down, return to Tbilisi, where you can enjoy some free time or opt for dinner on your own. Overnight in Tbilisi.

Day 9: June 1, Sat Armenia: Alaverdi - Akhtala
Start your day by checking out and heading to the Armenian-Georgian border in Bagratashen. In the afternoon, explore the historical and culturally significant Akhtala Monastery complex. Conclude your day with a delightful dinner at the hotel in the village of Haghpat. Overnight in Haghpat.

Day 10: June 2, Sun Haghpat - Sanahin
Explore the morning by visiting Haghpat and Sanahin monastery complexes, both designated as UNESCO World Heritage sites. Holy Liturgy. In the afternoon, enjoy some free time or opt for optional activities based on your preferences. As the day winds down, savor a comforting dinner at the hotel, capping off your exploration with a satisfying meal.

Day 11: June 3, Mon Odzun - Ardvi - Dilijan
Check out from the hotel in Haghpat and drive to the direction of Dilijan. On the way, stop at the Monastery complex Odzun. Drive to village Ardvi, a picturesque village known for its monastery where Paradjanov has shot “The color of the pomegranate”. Arrival to Dilijan, walk at the Sharambeyan Street. Dinner and overnight in Dilijan.

Day 12: June 4, Tue Haghartsin - Sevan - Noratus - Yeghegis
After breakfast drive to Haghartsin monastery complex, followed by the Lake Sevan and Sevanavank monastery complex. Lunch in Sevan with a view to the lake. Continue driving in the direction of Yeghegis. Along the way, make stops at the historic Noratus cemetery and the caravanserai Selim. Conclude the day with a pleasant dinner and an overnight stay in Yeghegis.

Day 13: June 5, Wed Zorats Karer - Goris
Begin your day by visiting the Zorats church, designed so that cavalry could receive the sacraments without getting off their horses, and the Jewish cemetery dating back to 13-14th cc. Drive to Goris, making a stop at the Zorats Karer, also known as the “Armenian Stonehenge” - a prehistoric archaeological site near the town of Sisian. Upon arrival in Goris, enjoy some free time to explore the surroundings at your own pace. Dinner and overnight in Goris.

Day 14: June 6, Thu Tatev - Khndzoresk - Goris
Begin your morning with a visit to the Wings of Tatev, the longest aerial tramway in the world that offers breathtaking views of the Armenian landscape. This engineering marvel connects the village of Halidzor with the Tatev Monastery, providing a unique and scenic experience. In the afternoon, head to Khndzoresk, a historic cave village known for its fascinating architecture. Back to Goris. Free evening and dinner. Overnight in Goris.

Day 15: June 7, Fri Noravank - Khor Virap - Taperakan - Yerevan
Begin your day by checking out and heading to Yerevan, making stops at the historic Norovank and Khor Virap monasteries along the way. Enjoy a visit to Tushpa Winery in Taperakan village for a taste of local wines and lunch. Arrive in Yerevan. Visit the studio of artist Ara Haytayan, followed by a farewell dinner. Overnight in Yerevan.

Day 16: June 8, Sat Departures
Check-out and departures.