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From Tbilisi: Small Group Tour to Armenia with Lunch

4.9 / 5

94 reviews

Activity provider: Real Georgia Tours

From Tbilisi: Small Group Tour to Armenia with Lunch

Activity provider: Real Georgia Tours
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From US$ 104.37 US$ 67.84 per person

Discover Armenia in 1 day and learn about its history, people, culture, and modern life. See medieval UNESCO sites, Soviet monuments, and enjoy a traditional lunch in a local riverside restaurant.

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Duration 11 hours
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Live tour guide
English
Small group
Limited to 12 participants

Experience

Highlights
  • See the UNESCO-listed Sanahin and Haghpat monasteries
  • Observe the unique mix of apocalyptic Soviet architecture and rocky mountains
  • Taste traditional Armenian dishes in an authentic restaurant
Full description
Visit two of Armenia’s ancient monasteries and the town of Alaverdi on this small group tour from Tbilisi. Cross over the border with your experienced guide who will take you through the highlights of Northern Armenia in just 1 day.   Depart at 9:00 AM sharp for a 1.5-hour trip across the Georgian-Armenian boarder. Almost immediately you’ll start to notice changes in the landscape—the fields will become rocky mountains and the scenery takes on a certain apocalyptic touch, due to the many abandoned Soviet mines and factories. Your first stop is the fortified monastery of Akhtala, where you can marvel at the beautifully preserved frescoes and learn about the thrilling history of this Georgian-Armenian creation.   Then, you’ll reach the UNESCO-listed monastery complex of Haghpat, where you’ll learn about the Armenian stone crosses and the mystical poet Sayat-Nova. The next stop is a small authentic restaurant by the river, where you can try authentic Armenian cuisine. Travel another 30 minutes to the center of the town of Alaverdi, famous for being the hometown of MIG fighter jet engineer Mikoyan, and the 10th century monastery of Sanahin. Arrive back in Tbilisi by around 6:00 PM after a full and fascinating day.
Includes
  • Guide
  • Air-conditioned transportation
  • Traditional lunch in Armenian barbecue restaurant
  • Any visa related fees
  • Souvenirs
  • Gratuities

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Meeting point

Meet at the Big Bicycle Monument in Rose Revolution Square, Tbilisi.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Passport
  • Visa, if required

Not allowed

  • Pets
  • Baby strollers
  • Luggage or large bags

Know before you go

  • Visa eligibility to Armenia depends on the country of citizenship, not on the country of residence. Please check the official website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Armenia if a visa is required in your case. Visa upon arrival is not available at the moment at the land border crossings
  • A minimum of 3 people is required for this tour to operate. In the unlikely case that the minimum number is not met, you will be given an option to book an alternative date or cancel with a full refund
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.9 /5

based on 94 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.8/5
  • Transportation
    4.8/5
  • Value for money
    4.7/5
  • Safety
    4.8/5

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I did enjoy this tour a lot!! We had great guide (sorry but forgot the name!!) who took us on slightly off the beaten path visits ( apart of what was in the itinerary). Was really different tour to what I expected - much more entertaining!! We had amazing lunch (there were vegetarian options for me). Luckily the border crossing was very quick. I would definitely recommend going for this trip to anyone who would like to see a bit of Armenia but doesn't have much time. Great value for money and guaranteed great time!!

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October 10, 2022

Zezvar (hope I spelled this correctly) was excellent. He was informative and super patient with our small children. We were initially nervous to go through a tour as we have not ever been on a full day tour such as this. However, it was very easy and smooth. The other travelers were great also and we enjoyed talking with them as well.

August 29, 2022

I went on this tour n May 2002 and I really enjoyed it. Irakli was an excellent guide, he was extremely well-informed and made everything very interesting with lots of amusing details. The minibus was comfortable and there were only five people on the tour - I think his was an ideal number. I would recommend this tour to anybody visiting Tblisi and with a time to do do it.

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May 31, 2022

Product ID: 221541