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From Tbilisi: Day Trip to Armenia Including Homemade Lunch

1. From Tbilisi: Day Trip to Armenia Including Homemade Lunch

Start your tour at the Akhtala Monastery, a church from the 12th century which contains beautiful frescoes and is surrounded by copper smelting caves as well as a copper smelting factory. The second destination of the tour is the Haghpat Monastery, which is located in Haghpat Village and is a UNESCO-listed site. It is one of the most beautiful medieval masterpieces in Armenia, and one can't help but think that God's hand played a part in building such an incredible construction. You will then have the possibility to have lunch and try some traditional Armenian food. Following lunch, you'll make 3 stops on your way to visit the second UNESCO Heritage Site, Sanahin. The first will be a 13th-century bridge, the second for a Debed canyon with astonishing views, and the third for the Mikoyan Brothers' museum, where an original aircraft (MiG 21) will surprise you. You will finally travel back through the border to Tbilisi, where you will arrive at approximately 8:30 PM.

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What people are saying about Akhtala

5 stars all around! Our guide, Ika was wonderful and knowledgeable. He was very informative about everything and easy to talk to. The drive wasn't so bad and the roads were only rocky in parts of Armenia. We started at 9am and got back at 7pm. Overall, the monasteries were nice to see and the highlight of the trip was our guide and the food! The homemade lunch was delicious and plentiful.

Had a great day. Well worth a visit to northern Armenia for the landscape, architecture and soviet vibe. Tamuna the guide was great, friendly with excellent knowledge of the area. Definitely recommend.

Very nice day trip across the border into Armenia. So close to Georgia, but so different in many ways. Highly recommended!

Great information - learned tons about the history/culture. Lunch was absolutely amazing!

A very interesting and exciting tour. We got through customs without any problems.