Special Trip to Armenia & Georgia from Lebanon with Vamos Todos
23 August to 1 September

This is the end of summer trip not to be missed with Vamos Todos. This year, we have decided to broaden our trip to include two countries, close in geography, scenery, and culture. We will be traveling to the beautiful countries of Georgia, and the culturally rich Armenia.

These two countries, situated strategically at the crossroad where Europe meets Asia, are lands of a rich heritage of conflict and history.

Georgia is a land with a magnificent history and unparalleled natural beauty. It is home to very old churches overlooking majestic mountains and endless green meadows. With regions ranging from seashores to the vast Svaneti and Kazbeck. It is a country that is sure to satisfy all tastes.

Armenia is a land known for its history, culture, hospitality, and gourmet traditional food. Armenia's small, very homogeneous population is strongly family-oriented. All across the land, people place a lot of pride in their hospitality. Show up in a village without a penny, and food and a place to stay will come to you along with drinks and endless toasts.

Our Journey starts in Yerevan, the capital of Armenia, one of the world's oldest continuously inhabited cities. We will then take the train to Tbilisi, the Capital of the beautiful land of Georgia. We will visit the wonderful Kazbegi and venture breathtaking views before going back to the peaceful town of Dilijan in Armenia.


Flights:
1 ME 23AUG BEY EVN 06h50 09h50
2 ME 01SEP EVN BEY 10h50 12h00

Day 1 - 23.08 Arrival in Yerevan
Arrive at Zvartnots International Airport by MEA airways
- Meet the driver and guide at the airport
- We start the day with the Victory Park
- Visit the Cascade and Gafesjian centre of arts.
- Also visit The Republic Square.

Check in and free time in Yerevan. Overnight at Opera Suite Hotel 4* or similar.

Day 02 - 24.08 Yerevan - Khor Virap Monastery – Areni Winery - Yerevan
- Breakfast at the hotel.
- We will head in the early morning to the Southern part of Armenia, towards Khor Virap Monastery, offering a spectacular view of the mountain. We will do a nice hike there and capture some beautiful pictures of Mount Ararat.
- Our next highlight is wine tasting in Areni. Lunch will be at the Winery accompanied by tasting of delicious Armenian wines.
- We will stop to visit Noravank Monastery, a 13th-century Armenian monastery, located in a narrow gorge made by the Amaghu River, before going back to Yerevan.

Overnight in Yerevan Opera Suite Hotel 4* or similar.

Day 3 - 25.08 Yerevan - Geghard – Garni – Yerevan
- Breakfast at the Hotel.
- Drive to Geghard Monastery (VII-XIIc. ) UNESCO World Heritage sight, that is partly hewn in rock.
- We will drive to Garni village from where we start a fascinating off-road drive on soviet era military trucks to Azat river gorge. The road stretches along narrow serpentine near Azat river, where the natural monument called Symphony of stones is situated.
- We will have a light tasting of Armenian homemade fruit vodka, cheese and marinades in the gorge.
- Continue visiting Garni Pagan Temple (the only pagan temple that remained after the adoption of Christianity) (I century AD –UNESCO World Heritage sight). There, we’ll have the opportunity to listen to Armenian Duduk made of apricot Stone.

Overnight in Yerevan Opera Suite Hotel 4* or similar.


Day 4 - 26.08 Yerevan– Brandy Factory/ Train to Tbilisi
- Breakfast at the hotel.
- Visit Yerevan Brandy Factory. ARARAT brandies are legendary, embodying Armenia, its cultural and historical heritage. It’s on the most famous and successful brand in Armenia as well as worldwide. ARARAT has been preserving the traditions of brandy production since 1887. Exclusively guided excursion in the factory and degustation of various types/ages of famous Armenian Brandy at the Brandy Gallery.

- Transfer from Yerevan to Tbilisi by train.


Day 5 - 27.08 Tbilisi arrival by train in the early morning
- Arrive in Tbilisi Train Station.
- Meet Georgian driver, guide at the train station, and transfer Tbilisi.
- Transfer to hotel for check in. Breakfast at the hotel
- Start explore Tbilisi and enjoy the sightseeing tour.
- Visit Metekhi - 12th-13th century cross-cupola church which used to be the part of Royal residential complex.
- Have a look at statue of Mother of Georgia, Narikala Fortress.
- Visit Sulfur Bath Area, Tbilisi Synagogue and Sioni Cathedral and have a look at Tbilisi Mosque.
- Walk along the narrow streets of the old town, full with souvenir shops, wine shops, cafes and art galleries.

Overnight at hotel in Tbilisi. (Brim Hotel 4* or similar)
(Cable car to Narikala Fortress and Museums supplementary)

Day 6 - 28.08 Tbilisi – Mtskheta – Gergeti Trinity Church – Kazbegi
- After Breakfast explore ancient town of Mtskheta.
- Visit two UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Jvari Monastery (6th c) and Svetitskhoveli Cathedral - the 11th c. fortified church, referred as the most sacred place for Georgians.
- Continue the journey to the north, along the Georgian Military Highway.
- Make a short stop to see 16th c. fortress Ananuri, overlooking Jinvali reservoir.
- Continue to the highest settlements in Europe - Gudauri (2,100m) and Cross Pass (2379 m).
- Arrive in Kazbegi, where we will hike up to the 14th century Trinity Church, located at the beautiful, solitary spot on the top of the hill, at an elevation of 2170 m. The walk takes about 3 hours. Enjoy the breathtaking view of Mount Kazbegi - extinct volcano which is the third highest mountain of Georgia (5,047m).
- Drive back to Kazbegi.

Overnight at Rooms hotel in Kazbegi.

Day 7 - 29.09 Kazbegi – Juta – Chaukhi Hiking – Kazbegi
- Breakfast at the Hotel.
- Transfer by 4WD vehicles to the village of Juta – one of the highest settlements in Europe (2100 m).
- Start trekking from Juta towards Mt. Chaukhi (3843 m). The last point is a very small alpine lake located at the foot of Chauki rock. The trekking will take about 3-5 hours totally.
- Drive back to Kazbegi.

Overnight at Rooms hotel in Kazbegi.

Day 8 - 30.08 Kazbegi – Tbilisi – Gori- Uplitsikhe
- Breakfast at Hotel.
- Drive from Kazbegi to Tbilisi via town of Gori and Uplitsikhe cave town.
- Continue drive to the west to visit town of Gori, known as the birthplace of the Soviet leader Joseph Stalin.
- Visit Stalin’s Museum in Gori where you can see the house.
- Transfer to Uplistsikhe (Fortress of Lord) - rock-hewn town (1st Millennium BC), notable for unique combination of various styles of rock-cut cultures and the co-existence of pagan and Christian architecture.

Overnight at hotel in Tbilisi. (Brim Hotel 4* or similar)

Day 9- 31-08 Tbilisi – Sadakhlo Border/Haghpat-Dilijan
- After breakfast transfer to Sadakhlo (Georgia-Armenia) border.
- Meet the guide at the border in the morning. After border formalities, transfer the group to Armenia.
- Drive to Haghpat monastery (X century UNESCO Heritage site). The monastery is one of the masterpieces of Armenian medieval architecture.
- Drive to Dilijan.
- We will continue the programme to Dilijan spa and resort town at the altitude of 1200 m (called locally as Armenian Switzerland) in Tavoush region
- Visit Ethno-street in Dilijan where you can visit the souvenir shops as well as the workshop of a ceramist producing his own works.
- Drive to Aghavnavank village from where we start our hiking (about 1,5-2 hours)towards Aghavnavank monastery (13th century). During our walk we’ll have the opportunity to see fritillaries, veronica and cedar trees (that are part of Dilijan Park Reserve).

Overnight in Dilijan at Dilijan Resort Hotel.

Day 10- 01.09 Dilijian - Zvartnots airport
- Early Breakfast
- Go to the Airport.

Prices Include
- Airfare (Roundtrip)
- Accommodation for 2 nights in in Tbilisi, and 2 nights in Kazbegi
- Accommodation for 3 nights in in Yerevan, 1 night in Dilijan
- Transfers airport / hotel / airport
- Transportation as mentioned in the Itinerary by comfortable bus
- Train ticket
- Transportation: Transfer from the railway.
- Transportation by 4WD vehicles
- English speaking tour guide service as per program;
- All Breakfasts at Hotel;
- Wine tasting with lunch
- Degustation in the gorge.
- Brandy degustation
- 1 x bottle of mineral water per person per day;
- Entrance fees in Stalin’s Museum and Uplitsikhe cave town;
- Entrance fees to all museums and notable places
- Duduk Concert at Garni.
- Off road in Soviet trucks.
- Professional hiking guides for days including hikings.
- Map of Armenia and the city

Prices exclude:
- Visa fees for Armenia
- Telephone/Personal Expenses/mini bar
- Alcoholic and soft drinks during meals
- Other not mentioned tours or services
- Meals except mentioned above
- Early Check in/Late Check-out.
- Tips for guides, drivers…

WHERE: Armenia - Georgia

WHEN: August 23rd to September 01st

WHAT TO GET: Travel and Overnight essentials, change of clothes, sunscreen, cap, sunglasses, jacket and PASSPORT. For your personal shopping, you need to get some extra money.

MEETING PLACE: Tuesday, August 23 - 03h50AM at Rafic Hariri Intl Airport.

PRICE: $ 1920 per person (Check above for the inclusions)
- If you confirm registration and pay before June 20, you will get a discount and the price will become $1850

Note: - An extra 600$ fee will be charged if you want a single room.
- Last day for registration is July 10.
- The passport must be valid for at least 6 months.

CANCELATION POLICY:
- If you cancel your reservation before July 20, 75% of the amount will be refunded.
- If you cancel your reservation before July 30, 50% of the amount will be refunded.
- Cancelation after July 30 will not be refunded.

RESERVATION: For reservation call 79-115001 or 03-917190 from 9 00 am till 5 pm.
Upon registration, the following must be provided:
1- The full amount of the trip.
2- A copy of your passport.

NB: Sometimes, due to reasons beyond our control, slight modifications to the program may occur.

Regards,
Vamos Todos