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From Tbilisi: Day Trip to the UNESCO Sites of Armenia

From Tbilisi: Day Trip to the UNESCO Sites of Armenia

Activity provider: Real Georgia Tours
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Explore Northern Armenia on a private day trip from Tbilisi. Visit the key sights such as UNESCO-protected Sanahin and Haghpat monasteries, and see the bizarre beauty of rocky mountains and abandoned Soviet-era towns.

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Duration 10 hours
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Live tour guide
English
Pickup optional
Your accommodation in Tbilisi
Private or small groups available

Experience

Highlights
  • See the key sights of Northern Armenia in 1 day
  • Visit two UNESCO world heritage sights
  • Enjoy a stunning mix of mountainous landscapes and abandoned Soviet factories
Full description
Armenia, with its distinctive culture, its beautiful rocky mountains and ancient history is a must-see when traveling in the Caucasus region. Discover the beauty of Northern Armenia on this day trip from Tbilisi, with your tour starting at 9:00AM, after which you will head for the border. From here the landscape will begin to change, as you drive through the narrow gorges of the Debed River in between the high rocky mountains. The time seems to stand still in this part of the country, with its typical Soviet cars and huge copper factories built in the middle of the mountains, the scenery is full of bizarre beauty. The tour includes several main sightseeing objects of Northern Armenia, such as the historic Lori region, the fortified monastery of Akhtala, a unique example of wonderfully preserved frescoes from the 11th century and the two UNESCO protected monasteries of Sanahin and Haghpat. The history of the two monasteries in Alaverdi is connected by a legend of father and son and you can see many similarities, but also differences in their architecture. Both places are known for their beautiful architecture and the unique hachkars, as well as the stone crosses, a signature of Armenian art. Before heading back to Tbilisi you can taste authentic Armenian food in a traditional restaurant by the river.
Includes
  • Private transfer with door to door service
  • English-speaking guide
  • Visa related fees
  • Lunch (unless option selected)
  • Gratuities
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
Covid-19 precautions

You must book this activity online because the ticket office is closed

Safety measures in place
  • All required protective equipment is provided
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You must fill out a travel information form
  • All participants over 12 years old must present one of the following: proof of full vaccination, proof of first vaccination administered at least 22 days ago, proof of a Covid-19 infection in the past 6 months, or a negative PCR test taken no more than 48 hours before the activity starts

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Meeting point

Please arrive 10 minutes before the activity starts. Your guide will be waiting for you next to the Big Bicycle monument on Rose Revolution square (1 minute walk from Rustaveli metro station).

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Important information

What to bring

  • Passport
  • Visa, if required

Not allowed

  • Oversize luggage

Know before you go

  • Even though in most cases Armenia doesn't require a visa or offers a visa on arrival, please consult the website of Armenian MFA or Embassy in your country to ensure that you are eligible for visa-free entry or for the visa on arrival.
  • Please make sure that you have all the necessary documents with you to cross the border.
Customer reviews

Overall rating

5 /5

based on 20 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.9/5
  • Transportation
    4.9/5
  • Value for money
    4.8/5
  • Safety
    4.3/5

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I didn't expect much, just wanted to get a snif of Armenia, but the tour was better than expected. You get to see the old christian churches, old, but operating copper mines and factory that looks like it has been bombed many times over (dismal state), there is a cable car that was operational until 2017, but still hangs in the air. And then you can see the birthplace town and memorial (also museum) to the probably the most well known armenians after Kardashians - the Mikoyan brothers, one of whom was the designer of the famous Soviet jets MIG and the other was a long standing Politburo (a small band of Soviet supreme leadership) member who even survived Stalin (which was a rarity by itself, but more so because one was georgian and the other armenian with little trust between the two nations). And then there is a great dinner at a open air restaurant located by the banks of a stormy river. You get to taste a lot of armenian dishes. The tour guide Iraklis is good, speaks good english.

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May 11, 2022

Irakli is truly passionate and knowledgeable guide. I really recommend The Real Giorgia company (they know about real Armenia too ;))! We've seen not only monasteries, but also (post)Industrial areas and scenic mountains. Lunch was really tasty and I was full, though offer for vegetarians could be more varied. Thank you Irakli for showing me northern Armenia! I'll definitely join other activities next time I'm visiting Giorgia!

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April 23, 2022

We had a great day in Armenia with Irakli. The places we stopped at were very beautiful and unique and we were provided with lots of information on them. The lunch was amazing, so many great Armenia dishes. Would definitely recommend this trip if you want to tick off another country during your stay in Tbilisi.

April 20, 2022

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