Iran - Armenia – Georgia

Length: 17 days/16 nights
Start and end point: Tehran - Tbilisi
Best season: June - the end of October

Feel like a of medieval traveler, traveling from Persia to Georgia through Armenia

Three ancient countries, once fighting against each other, have now become friendly neighbours. While traveling in Iran, Armenia and Georgia you will get to know their cultures and traditions,

see historic monuments and learn how they have influenced each other throughout the millennia.

Day 1. Departure for Tehran
Arrive in Tehran. Transfer to Hotel and overnight.


Day 2. Tehran – Shiraz
Transfer to Mehr-Abad Airport and fly to Shiraz. Arrive in Shiraz and excursion to Persepolis, Naghsh-e-Rostam, Naghsh-e-Rajiab, Passargade. In the afternoon, return to Shiraz.

 

Day 3. Shiraz
City tour of Shiraz. Visit Eram Garden, Nasir-ol-Molk Mosque, Narenjstan Palace, Tomb of famous poets

Hafez and Saadi and Shah-e-Cheragh Shine, fly to Isfahan by IR.


Day 4. Shiraz – Isfahan

F/D sightseeing of Isfahan, visiting Khajou and Sio-se-Pol bridges, Vank Church, Chehel-Sotun Palace, Friday Mosque of Isfahan, Hasht-Behesht Palace. Overnight in Isfahan.


Day 5. Isfahan
F/D CSS of Isfahan, visiting Imam Mosque, Ali-Qapu Palace, Sheikh-Lotfollah Mosque, the old town Bazaar. Overnight in Isfahan.


Day 6. Isfahan – Tehran – Tabriz
Transfer to Airport: Fly in Tehran. Arrive in Tehran and fly to Tabriz.  After lunch visit the city: Blue Mosque, Azerbaijan Museum, Shah-Goli Pavilion, and Bazar.

Overnight to Tabriz.

Day 7. Tabriz – Meghri - Kapan/Goris
Drive to
Meghri. Meeting on Iranian-Armenian border. Visit the medieval fortress and church (16-18 cc.). Lunch at a restaurant in Meghri. Drive to Kapan. Stop and overlook the Baghaberd fortress (12 th c.) which is situated on the hill near the road. Dinner and overnight in a hotel in Kapan or Goris.


Day 8. Kapan/Goris - Yerevan
Drive towards Yerevan. Visit Karahunj ancient observatory (4 -5 mil. BC). Lunch.  Drive through Yeghegnadzor, visit Noravank Monastery  (10-13 c.). Visit Khor Virap Monastery (4 -17 cc.). Drive to Yerevan. Dinner and overnight at hotel in Yerevan.

 

Day 9. Yerevan – Echmiadzin - Yerevan
City tour.
State History Museum of Armenia. Drive to Echmiadzin, the religious centre of Armenia. Visit St. Hripsime church (618), the Cathedral (301-303). On the way back - visit ruins of Zvartnots Cathedral (7th c.).


Day 10. Yerevan – Garni – Geghard- Yerevan
Visit Erebuni Fortress, founded in 782 BC and its archeological museum. Visit Matenadaran – State Depository of Ancient Manuscripts. Lunch at a restaurant. Visit Garni pagan temple (1st c. AD), then continue to Geghard Monastery carved in rock (4 - 13 cc). Return to Yerevan. “Good bye” dinner at a traditional restaurant with folkloric program. Overnight at hotel.

 

Day 11. Yerevan – Tumanyan - Tbilisi 
Drive
to Gegharkunik region. Visit
Sevan Monastery on the Peninsula (9th -10th cc.). Lunch at the restaurant on peninsula. Drive North to Alaverdi. Visit  Haghpat Monastic Complex (10-13th cc.) included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. Drive towards Armenian - Georgian border. Meet with the Georgian partners at Sadakhlo, change guide and transfer to Tbilisi.

Day 12. Tbilisi
Tbilisi sightseeing program

Day 13. Tbilisi – Mtskheta – Gudauri
Visit Mtskheta and Ananuri.

Day 14. Gudauri – Kazbegi – Gudauri

Travel through the Great Caucesus

Day 15. Gudauri – Gori – Kutaisi
Visit Uplistsikhe cave town and Stalin Museum.

Day 16. Kutaisi – Tbilisi
Visit Gelati Monastery and Bagrati Cathedral.

Day 17. Departure


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