8 days in Armenia & Georgia Itinerary

8 days in Armenia & Georgia Itinerary

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Yerevan, Armenia
— 1 night
Areni, Armenia
— 1 night
Drive to Zvartnots International Airport, Fly to Tbilisi International Airport, Drive to Signagi
Signagi, Georgia
— 1 night
Stepantsminda, Georgia
— 2 nights
Tbilisi, Georgia
— 2 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 14th (Mon): examine the collection at Yerevan Brandy Factory, then take in the spiritual surroundings of The Churches of Echmiatsin and the Archaeological Site of Zvartnots, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Echmiadzin Monastery. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Matenadaran - The Museum of Ancient Manuscripts, examine the collection at Parajanov Museum, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

For maps, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Yerevan trip planner.

Istanbul, Turkey to Yerevan is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Istanbul to Yerevan is 1 hour. Expect cooler evenings in Yerevan when traveling from Istanbul in March, with lows around 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Areni.
Museums · Historic Sites · Spas
Side Trip

Areni, Armenia — 1 night

Areni is a village in the Vayots Dzor Province of Armenia. Start off your visit on the 16th (Wed): take in breathtaking views at Noravank Gorge and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Noravank Monastery.

For photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Areni trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Yerevan to Areni in 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Signagi.
Parks · Historic Sites · Nature

Signagi, Georgia — 1 night

Signagi or Sighnaghi is a town in Georgia's easternmost region of Kakheti and the administrative center of the Signagi Municipality. Start off your visit on the 17th (Thu): contemplate the long history of Signagi City Walls and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Bodbe Monastery of St. Nino.

For photos, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Signagi road trip planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Areni to Signagi. In March in Signagi, expect temperatures between 15°C during the day and 5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Stepantsminda.
Historic Sites

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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Fri): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Gergeti Trinity Church and then ski along the peaceful trails at Gudauri Paragliding ski Resort. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the awesome beauty at Mt Kazbek.

To find maps, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read Stepantsminda trip planner.

Traveling by car from Signagi to Stepantsminda takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can go by car to Tbilisi.
Parks · Nature · Winter Sports · Historic Sites
Side Trip

Tbilisi, Georgia — 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sun): explore the ancient world of Narikala Fortress, get to know the fascinating history of Old Town (Altstadt) Tbilisi, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Tsminda Sameba Cathedral. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Sioni Church and then delve into the distant past at The City-Museum Reserve of Mtskheta.

Plan trip to Tbilisi with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Drive from Stepantsminda to Tbilisi in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In March in Tbilisi, expect temperatures between 15°C during the day and 5°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can catch the flight back home.
Historic Sites
Side Trip

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 · Historic Walking Areas
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.