Amazing Iran, Armenia & Georgia

AMAZING IRAN, ARMENIA & GEORGIA

19 nights/19 days

 

Day 1
Early arrival in Tehran you are met at the airport and transfer to your hotel. CHECK IN. After a short rest and Breakfast , your guide will be meeting you at the hotel for today sightseeing, to give an introduction to this ancient country, we visit Archaeological Museum, Golestan Palace, Abgineh and Carpet museum. Lunch.
OVERNIGHT IN TEHRAN 

 

Day 2
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Meet at your hotel to transfer domestic flight airport Mehrabad for the flight to Shiraz. Upon arrival in Shiraz, you are met at the airport and transfer to the hotel. After a short rest at the hotel.  
Sightseeing in Shiraz starts by visiting the Eram Garden (Garden of Paradise) a large garden with a palace. Lunch. Hafez tombs the 14th Century Persian Mystic poet and Saadi tomb the famous Persian poet of medieval period then head to Shiraz colorful Bazaar.
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OVERNIGHT IN SHIRAZ

 

Day 3
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An unforgettable excursion, to Persepolis, “Ancient Capital of the Achaemenian Kings” established by Darius I in the late 6th century BC. it is known today in Iran as Takht-e Jamshid (“Throne of Jamshid”) after a legendary king. The Greeks called it Persepolis. Lunch.

Naghesh-e-Rajab a site of four limestone rock face inscriptions and bas-reliefs that date to the early Sassanid era and Naghesh-e-Rostam,   the tombs of four Achaemenid kings, these are two archaeological sites candidate for UNESCO World Heritage

OVERNIGHT IN SHIRAZ

 

Day 4
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Starting from the morning we’ll drive to Isfahan approximately 322km for 4-5 hours.
Stop UNESCO Heritage site of the to visit the tomb of the Cyrus the great, the founder of Persian Empire. Lunch.
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OVERNIGHT IN ISFAHAN  

 

Day 5
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A full day sightseeing, visiting Imam Mosques, the most stunning buildings in Iran, it was built over a period of 26 years and was eventually completed in 1638. Sheikh Lotfollah Mosques,  was built during Shah Abbas’ the mosque was once called the ladies’s Mosque, because there is apparently a tunnel between this mosque and the Ali Qapu Palace on the other side, allowing women from Haram to attend prayers without being seen in public. Lunch.
The Aliqapou Palace, built in the 18th century as a functioning seat of government, and included a huge pavilion from where the Safavid rulers could watch the activities in the square below.
Vanak Church, 17th century Armenian church , Chehel Sotoun,  which was built as a reception hall by Shah Abbas II in 1647,the name means “The Forty Columns” and though there are only twenty columns of cypress wood, their reflections in the adjacent pool provide the other twenty. The Friday Mosque one of the treasure building of Isfahan.
OVERNIGHT IN ISFAHAN

 

Day 6
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 Sightseeing in this fascinating city continues with the Shaking Minarets, these minarets have the unusual feature of moving from side to side when shaken vigorously, and visit the Sassnid Fire Temple, Hasht Behesht Palace, was completed in 1669 with its fine murals with spectacular roofs and Khajou Bridge was built by Shah Abbas II in 1650, it is 123 meters long with 24 arches.  Lunch.
OVERNIGHT IN ISFAHAN

 

Day 7
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In the morning we’ll be ready to drive to Tehran, it takes 6-7 hours. Lunch on the way. 
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OVERNIGHT IN TEHRAN

 

Day 8
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Meet at your hotel to transfer to domestic airport Mehrabad for the flight to Tabriz. Upon arrival in Tabriz airport drive to the border of Iran- Armenia: NorduzAgarak – border formalities…
After we start our tour in Armenia.
From border, we drive to Kapan. The largest city in Syunik province, which is wedged between high mountains and splintered by numerous valleys. The Mountain Khustup stands near Kapan city and decorates the view of the city and the area with its look Lunch.
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OVERNIGHT IN KAPAN

 

Day 9
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Early morning we depart Kapan to visit Tatev Monastery on the way you will admire a splendid view of the area. The Aerial Tramway of Tatev – spanning 5.7 kilometers across the spectacular Vorotan River Gorge, offers a spectacular journey with breathtaking views of the river gorge below. Most importantly, it will link you to one of the jewels of Armenia’s medieval legacy – Tatev Monastery as well the Tatev Aerial Tramway – the longest passenger aerial tramway in the world – is poised to be one of southern Armenia’s most popular attractions. The picturesque monastery is nestled at the top of an impregnable plateau, crowned by the ramparts walls from the upper part of the territory. Afterwards, you will have time to discover the interior of the monastery which was founded in the 4th cent., becoming an important religious and educational center of medieval Armenia in 9-10th cc.  Lunch. Next is a very attractive stop in Khndzoresk, a cave village and exotic rock formations. This village looks like a vertical multi-storied rocky amphitheater.  Troglodytic dwelling at Khndzoresk – Prehistoric era. Winding road leads your pleasant ascent.
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OVERNIGHT IN GORIS

 

Day 10
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Another beautiful driving through the southern area of Armenia. The road full of many draw emotional value from nature. Seeing it, it makes us feel good. We’ll enjoy it. Later on let us to take the path through the narrow gorge, revealing Noravank Monastery, nestled inside the deep red landscape of the tuf stone mountains.
Lunch will be served near Noravank Monastery.
Later on we will taste and enjoy a guided tour of the famous “Areni Winery.”  In Armenian, there is a famous saying that “Wine is bottled poetry”
Later we are driving through the fertile plains of the Ararat valley, you will reach Khor Virap Monastery – the beginning of the History of Christianity in Armenia, magnificently set against the towering slopes of the Biblical Mountain, Ararat. You have some quite spectacular photo opportunities before a landscape of unparalleled beauty and majesty. The monastery is the site where St. Gregory the Illuminator was incarcerated and it is a pilgrimage destination for every believer.
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OVERNIGHT IN YEREVAN

 

Day 11
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CITY TOUR!
Republic Square, Yerevan, the rose-colored capital, so called because most buildings use a pink shade of “tuf” stone, quarried in Armenia. Let’s start our acquaintance with the city of Yerevan by stepping through its ancient history at the Erebouni museum and Fortress, which was founded in 782 B.C. Tsitsernakaberd memorial and museum to the 1915 Genocide, which is one of the most impressive monuments in Yerevan.
Visit to “MEGERIAN RUGS” Factory & Show room: Which brings together time-honored traditions and a range of exquisite aesthetics to create objects of art for modern living and you will become acquainted with the ancient technology of Armenian carpet making.
EVENING: WELCOME DINNER IN THE ARMENIAN TRADITIONAL RESTUARANT
OVERNIGHT IN YEREVAN

 

Day 12
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Today is the day which we will be best contrast the difference between the pre-Christianity /paganism era and the conversion of Armenia to Christianity. 
This morning you will travel to Garni, the location of the only pre-Christian pagan temple maintained in Armenia.
It is said that music has a way of speaking without words and can somehow speak directly to a person’s soul. Today’s visit will give us an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to share with feel this language of music and expresses it through the playing of Armenian musical instruments DUDUK which is arguably one of the most powerful of all instruments in its ability to move someone in their very core.
 Then you will reach Geghard (Cave monastery) (UNESCO) architectural complex (12-13th centuries), carved out of one monolithic rock. Due to the extraordinary acoustics, when the local singer begins to sing in this chamber it is hard to believe a large choir isn’t singing… be aware it is only one man…
A visit to Geghard is truly a spiritual experience.
Today you will participate for traditional table/lavash (Armenian bread) making: “Eat thy bread with joy” in Geghard.
Visit to “NOY” ARARAT Brandy Factory:  “…one does not drink brandy, one derives pleasure from it.” Just let’s do it in one of the oldies factories in “NOY” Yerevan Brandy factory.
OVERNIGHT IN YEREVAN

 

Day 13
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Today you will enjoy a tour of the most enigmatic of cities, visiting the remarkable Matenadaran Library and Research Institute of Armenia which houses about 17000 rare manuscripts. This is one of the richest depositories of manuscripts and books in the world. The history of the Matenadaran dates back to the creation of the Armenian Alphabet in 405. Then we embark on our Journey to the lands of ancient treasures of Christian history…the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin, it’s the “religious capital” of the Armenian Church and the seat of the Supreme Patriarch-Catholics of all Armenians. It has 4 main churches, including the Cathedral. Built in 303 AD, the cathedral is a masterpiece of the Armenian classical architecture and considered to be one of the world’s earliest Christian churches.
Lunch in one of Educational and Cultural Centers in Etchmiadzin
OVERNIGHT IN YEREVAN

 

Day 14
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Visit to Lake Sevan – the emerald of Armenia, a beauty under the sky. Lake Sevan is considered  to be one of the largest sweet water lakes in the world, situated at an altitide of 1,897 meters above sea level. The most picturesque view of Lake Sevan is seen from the peninsula atop which Sevan Monastery is nicely nestled dating to the 9th century. Lunch Dilijan: “A piece of Switzerland in Armenia – Earth and sky, woods and fields, rivers, the mountains become excellent schoolmasters, and teach some of us more than we can ever learn otherwise… The old approach in the new century … “Old Town Dilijan” complete with craftsmen workshops, small shops with traditional Armenian products and crafts, museum, showing typical 19th century living with all its local customs and handmade wood furnishings….. 10-13th centuries Haghartsin Monastery.
Drive to Alaverd.
OVERNIGHT IN ALAVERDI

 

Day 15
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In the morning we’ll have another beautiful stop to Haghpat medieval Armenian Church. Next visit is Akhtala which was a major defensive and spiritual center in 10th-13th cc with fortifications, churches and chapels in the area. After we return back to the highway and drive to North of Armenia. Lunch. Continue to the Armenia-Georgia border Baghratashen – Sadakhlo – border formalities….
Arrival Tbilisi 
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OVERNIGHT IN TBILISI

 

Day 16
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CITY TOUR!
 A few unforgettable hours of familiarization with the capital. A charming town built in the 5th century along the twisting valley of Mtkvari River. All the places of interest are very close to each other, within a few minutes’ walk. Start our excursion Metekhi (13th century) plateau, before taking the cable car to Narikala Fortress which dominates the skyline of the Old Town.  Afterwards proceed to cafe street Shardeni and walk across the Bridge of Peace which is a stunning design as well as convenient crossing between the newly constructed Rike Park and the Old Town. It also provides superb views over the city.
EVENING:  DINNER IN A TYPICAL GEORGIAN RESTAURANT WITH LIVE GEORGIAN MUSIC
OVERNIGHT IN TBILISI

 

Day 17
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After breakfast at the hotel, proceed along the Silk Road and arrive in Gori – the birthplace of the Soviet leader Stalin.
 Photo-stop at the museum of Stalin and proceed to the cave town Uplistsikhe (1st millennium BC) – one of the first
 cities in Georgia carved into the rock. The caves were the site of pagan rituals, before Georgia became a Christian country. Lunch. After inspecting the cave city, head to Mtskheta – an ancient capital of Georgia, important religious center and city-museum which is inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Jvari Church. Along the way we will stop on the top of the mountain, at the confluence of two rivers – Mtkvari and Aragvi. Arrive in Mtskheta. Walk along the narrow streets with souvenir shopping possibility and visit its important sites. In the evening drive back to Tbilisi.
OVERNIGHT IN TBILISI

 

Day 18
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After breakfast we drive to a small town of Sighnaghi (16th c) – one of the most beautiful towns of Georgia. Its attractiveness is largely defined both by the age-old architectural sites and its natural characteristics: the Town is located on a hilltop and looks over the boundless area of the Alazani Valley and the snow-covered Caucasian mountains. We wonder along the cute streets of the town. Gverabi – ancient cave winery where you will have a chance to taste, purchase and enjoy fine Georgian wine. Lunch.
The Monastery of St. Nino at Bodbe. Originally was built in the 9th century. The monastery now functions as a nunnery and is one of the major pilgrimage sites in Georgia.
OVERNIGHT IN TBILISI

 

Day 19

DAY 19

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TRANSFER to TBILISI INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT 

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**Itinerary is subject to change at any time

SERVICES:

Full transportation and transfers in Iran, Armenia and Georgia as specified in itinerary
3/4* Hotel Accommodation based on Double/TWIN occupancy – 19 x nights

  • 3 x night in Tehran (early check in)
  • 2 x night in Shiraz
  • 3 x night in Isfahan
  • 1 x night in Kapan
  • 1 x night in Goris
  • 4 x night in Yerevan
  • 1 x night in ALaverdy
  • 4 x night in Tbilisi
  • Meals as indicated –Breakfasts, 16 x Lunches, 2 x Welcome Dinner
  • Entrance fee to all sightseeing destinations
  • English-speaking professional tour guide during the tours

 

Price does NOT include: 

  • International Airplane Ticket
  • Domestic flight $65 each flight 
  • Visa for Armenia (Free entrance for US and EU citizens)
  • Iranian Consulate visa fee
  • Travel Insurance
  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Additional tours and transfers not included in itinerary
  • Tips and other personal expenses