12 days in Armenia & Georgia Itinerary

12 days in Armenia & Georgia Itinerary

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Yerevan, Armenia
— 1 night
Ashtarak, Armenia
— 4 nights
Drive to Zvartnots International Airport, Fly to Tbilisi International Airport, Drive to Stepantsminda
Stepantsminda, Georgia
— 2 nights
Tbilisi, Georgia
— 4 nights


Yerevan, Armenia — 1 night

Old and new sit side by side in Yerevan, showing the country's capital to be a city on the move, but also proud of its history and traditions.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Blue Mosque (Persian Mosque), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saint Sarkis Cathedral, and then awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area. On the 18th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Republic Square, pause for some serene contemplation at Zoravor S. Astvatsatsin Church, then engage your brain at National Academy of Sciences of Armenia, then see the interesting displays at Matenadaran - The Museum of Ancient Manuscripts, and finally explore the fascinating underground world of Master Levon's Divine Underground.

For traveler tips, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Yerevan tour planner.

Doha, Qatar to Yerevan is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Arabian Standard Time (AST) to Armenia Standard Time (AMT) is 1 hour. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Doha in July, with highs in Yerevan at 40°C and lows at 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Ashtarak.
Tours · Wineries · Museums · Historic Sites
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Ashtarak, Armenia — 4 nights

Ashtarak, is a town in the Aragatsotn Province of Armenia, located on the left bank of Kasagh River along the gorge, northwest of the capital Yerevan. Sardarapat Memorial and Echmiadzin Historical & Ethnographic Museum will appeal to museum buffs. The Churches of Echmiatsin and the Archaeological Site of Zvartnots and Hovhannavank Monastery will appeal to history buffs. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Ashtarak: Amberd Fortress (in Byurakan) and Memorial Museum of Orbeli Brothers (in Tsakhkadzor). Next up on the itinerary: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Aragats, contemplate the long history of Karmravor Church, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saghmosavank Monastery, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saint Mesrop Mashtots Cathedral.

For more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Ashtarak trip builder website.

Ashtarak is just a stone's throw from Yerevan. July in Ashtarak sees daily highs of 40°C and lows of 23°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Stepantsminda.
Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature
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Stepantsminda, Georgia — 2 nights

Whatever you decide to do on your trip to Stepantsminda, you'll remember it by the unsurpassed beauty of its alpine landscapes.
On the 23rd (Sat), take in the awesome beauty at Mt Kazbek, then pause for some serene contemplation at Gergeti Trinity Church, and then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Elias the Prophet Church. On your second day here, explore the different monuments and memorials at Deutscher Soldatenfriedhof, make a trip to Russian Georgian Friendship Monument, and then admire the verdant scenery at Juta Valley.

To find ratings, photos, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Stepantsminda trip planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Ashtarak to Stepantsminda. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Tbilisi.
Parks · Nature · Historic Sites
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Tbilisi, Georgia — 4 nights

On the bank of the Mtkvari River and at the foot of Trialeti mountain range, Tbilisi's location has given the city strategic significance since it was founded in the 5th century.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Georgian National Museum and Stalin Museum. Narikala Fortress and Mtskheta Church of the Holy Cross will appeal to history buffs. When in Tbilisi, make a side trip to see Jvari Church in Mtskheta, approximately Mtskheta away. And it doesn't end there: cruise along Rustaveli Avenue, snap pictures at The Bridge of Peace, get to know the fascinating history of Old Town (Altstadt) Tbilisi, and get in on the family fun at Aerial Tramway in Tbilisi.

For reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Tbilisi travel route builder site.

Drive from Stepantsminda to Tbilisi in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in July, and nighttime lows around 23°C. On the 28th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.
Museums · Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Scenic Drive
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Armenia travel guide

Specialty Museums · Landmarks · Sacred & Religious Sites
A trip to Armenia may very well feel like a journey back in time, yielding the treasures of an ancient land that became the first Christianized country in distant 301 CE. Landlocked and mountainous, Armenia features a varied scenery that quickly shifts from extremely dry landscapes to dense forests carpeting steep foothills of the Lesser Caucasus. Perhaps the highlight of a vacation in Armenia, the magnificent mountains are ideal for hiking and any other outdoor activity you can think of. National capital Yerevan remains one of the world's least explored ancient cities; spend some time here to discover the bulk of Armenia's museums and other cultural venues narrating the rich story of an often-troubled region straddling two continents.

Georgia travel guide

Churches · Landmarks · Gardens
Home to four World Heritage Sites, the beautiful country of Georgia epitomizes the saying, "the best of both worlds." Geographically, the land is divided in half by the Likhi mountain range, which yields a humid, subtropical climate to the west, and an arid, continental climate to the east. Experience a spectacular array of natural destinations, from low-land swamps, rainforests, mineral springs, and hot springs, to volcanic plateaus, snow-tipped mountains, and glaciers. Embrace the laid-back attitude, rich folklore, and ecclesiastic architecture among the sub-tropical gardens. Georgia boasts a healthy mix of rural charm and urban modernity, combined with Mediterranean hospitality. Here you'll find the deepest cave in the world, Krubera Cave, with 2,140 m (7,021 ft) of known depth. Relax in the sun along the pebbled beaches of the Black Sea, and sample the mouth-watering Georgian specialties, including "Khinkali," traditional meat dumplings, to round out your authentic Georgian holiday.