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Orthodox Armenia and Georgia


to Noravank where the 13th c. monastery is dramatically located in the canyon. Then visit Tatev Monastery, perched on the edge of the Vorotan Canyon. Our final destination of the day is Goris. Dinner and overnight. (B,D)


DAY 6: GORIS / NORADUZ / SEVAN Follow the ancient Silk Road with its well- preserved stone ruins of the 14th Century Selim caravanserai. From here we continue to the top of the pass, before descending to Lake Sevan, brief stop at Noraduz to see the ‘forest’ of khachkars (cross stones which incorporate both Pagan and Christian symbols). Lunch on the shores of Lake Sevan (on your own). This afternoon, visit Sevanavank monastery. Dinner and overnight. (B,D)


Haghpat Monastery, Armenia


DAY BY DAY ITINERARY DAY 1: USA


Depart for our overnight flight to Armenia.


DAY 2: YEREVAN Upon arrival in Yerevan your Homeric Tours representative will meet you and transfer by private air-condition and motorcoach to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure. Dinner and overnight. (D)


DAY 3: YEREVAN / GARNI / GEGHARD / YEREVAN Today we take a short drive to the village of Garni to walk the hills around the temple of Garni. Continue to Geghard monastery (another UNESCO site) to see caves that house monastic cells. Return to Yerevan. Dinner at hotel then stroll the thriving café culture of Yerevan. (B,D)


DAY 4: YEREVAN Morning visit to the Genocide Memorial dedicated to the massacre of 1.5 million victims in 1915. Visit the Matenadaran, Armenia’s ancient manu- scripts library and the Yerevan’s Synagogue before the short drive to the Holy Site of Echmiadzin and the 7th Century ruins of Zvartnots Cathedral. In the gardens there are many fine khatchkars (carved cross stones) and bell towers. Return to Yerevan for dinner and overnight. (B,D)


DAY 5: YEREVAN / ARENI / NORAVANK / GORIS Early this morning, we visit the monastery of Khor Virap, one of the holiest sites in Armenia. Visit Areni village and stop at its winery. Continue


DAY 7: SEVAN / LORI / DILIJANS / DZORAGET Onto Lori - the alpine region of Armenia. Here, nestled on the mountainside lies the 12th Century Haghartsin Monastery. We then visit Dilijan, a small town known for its arts and crafts. On the way to Dzoraget, we pass Molokan villages. Molokans (Milk Drinkers) are a sect of Russian Old Believers who broke away from the Russian Orthodox Church in the 16th Century. (B,D)


DAY 8: DZORAGET / ALAVERDI / GEORGIA / TBILISI


Today we head to Alaverdi to visit Haghpat monastery, an impressive UNESCO site. We then cross the border into Georgia and to Tbilisi. Our hotel is centrally located in the old town and it’s a short walk to the cafes and restaurants in the restored Tbilisi streets. (B,D)


DAY 9: TBILISI


Much of Tbilisi will be visited on foot and in the morning we explore the old town to see the ancient sulphur baths and Sioni Cathedral, which dates from 7th Century. We also visit a beautifully decorated synagogue, Rustaveli Ave, the main artery of Tbilisi and the Treasury of the State Museum. Afternoon at leisure to explore art galleries, handicraft markets and the enormous new Holy Trinity Cathedral. Overnight. (B,D)


DAY 10: TBILISI / STEPANTSMINDA / GERGETI / GUDAURI


This morning we drive to the town of Stepantsminda (formerly Kazbek) and walk up through the village of Gergeti to the landmark Holy Trinity church (approx. 2-3 hours walk; local jeeps may also be rented). Drive to the ski resort of Gudauri, for dinner and overnight in a cozy alpine hut style hotel.(B,D)


DAY 11: GUDAURI / GORI / UPLISTSIKHE / KUTAISI


Today we visit Gori, Stalin’s birthplace and visit Stalin Square and its museum. Visit Uplistsikhe, once an enormous cave city dating from pre-


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15 Days / 13 Nights, Yerevan, Garni, Geghard, Areni, Noravank, Goris, Noraduz, Sevan, Lori, Dilijans, Dzoraget, Alaverdi, Georgia, Tbilisi, Stepantsminda, Gergeti, Gudauri, Gori, Uplistsikhe, Kutaisi, Mtskheta, Telavi, Kakheti, Gremi, Signagtela


TOUR FEATURE INCLUDES: • Round-trip air: USA – Yerevan and Tbilisi – USA


• Meet and assist upon arrival by your Homeric Tours representative


• Private deluxe air-conditioned motorcoach throughout


• Professional English speaking Orthodox guide(s) • 13 Nights of hotel accommodation • Breakfast and dinner daily • 12 Days of sightseeing tours • All transfers • All entrance fees • Hotel taxes and service charges • Porterage of one suitcase per person • USTOA $1 Million Travelers Assistance Program


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Christian times with large underground tunnels, ancient temples and theaters. Continue to Kutaisi for night at a local guesthouse with genuine Georgian hospitality. (B,D)


DAY 12: KUTAISI / BORJOMI / KHARAGAULI / BAKURIANI


Visit the ruins of the 11th Century Bagrati Cathedral and the Gelati Academy and Monastery - founded by King David the Builder in the 12th Century. Both sites are on the UNESCO World Heritage list. Continue to Borjomi-Kharagauli National Park and then to the small ski village of Bakuriani for dinner and night in an alpine hut style hotel. (B,D)


DAY 13: BAKURIANI / MTSKHETA / TELAVI Today we head to the wine growing region of Kakheti. We stop at Mtskheta, the former capital of Georgia to see the 11th Century Sveti-Tskhoveli Cathedral, the largest in Georgia. Visit Mtskheta to see Jvari church, built in the 6th Century on the spot where St. Nino (Nina) set up her cross in the 4th Century; converting the town from paganism. Continue to Telavi to our comfortable guesthouse for dinner in the wine cellar. (B,D)


DAY 14: TELAVI / KAKHETI / GREMI / SIGNAG / TBILISI


Today we visit the 11th Century Alaverdi Cathedral - the main spiritual centre in Kakheti. From here we continue to the citadel of Gremi on the banks of the Intsoba river to visit the renovated royal town of Signag. Return to Tbilisi for last minute shopping. Dinner and overnight. (B,D)


DAY 15: TBILISI / USA After breakfast depart for the airport for our flight home. (B)


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