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ART & ART HISTORY TOURS > Turkey-Georgia-Armenia Art Tour


Underground Cistern Basilica, Istanbul


Topkapı Palace, Istanbul


Blue Mosque, Istanbul


Armenian Cross


Cathedral of Talin, Armenia

LAND & AIR TOUR RATES
(in US$)

$5,990 Double per person
$890 Single supplement

INCLUDING

• Roundtrip International Air Fare
  between selected city – Istanbul
  (see program)
• 13 nights at 4 star hotel
   accommodations
• 5 nights in Turkey
• 5 nights in Georgia
• 3 nights in Armenia
• Professional Licensed Tour Guides
• Daily breakfasts (B)
• 10 dinners (D)
• Transportations with AC vehicles
• All entry fees to the sites &
  museums
• Porterage
• Domestic flight from Istanbul to
  Trabzon
• Local taxes & service charges

EXCLUDING

• All personal expenses and drinks
• Turkey , Georgia, Armenia Visa
  Fees
• Tips
• Turkish Visa Fee (to be obtained online before arrival www.evisa.gov.tr)

TURKEY-GEORGIA-ARMENIA
ART TOUR

June 8-22, 2018
Min. 8 pax


Discover the Byzantium wonders and Ottoman treasures in Istanbul. Fly to Trabzon to see the 4th century Sumela Monastery.
From Trabzon, drive to Batumi and Tbilisi, both in Georgia.
Discover the architectural treasures such as cathedrals, fortresses, churches and basilicas. Cross the Armenian border to explore the monasteries, churches, and museums in Yerevan.

TOUR ITINERARY:

June 08: Departure from Los Angeles, NYC, Washington D.C., Chicago or Toronto.

June 09: Arrive to ISTANBUL
Welcome to the city of seven hills, the capital of two big empires. Istanbul is a city that has wonderful art from both Christian and Islamic cultures, a city of poetry and love, a city that has been fought for, throughout history. Your tour guide will meet you after the customs and baggage claim. Transfer to the hotel for check-in. Dinner and overnight at the hotel. (D)

June 10: ISTANBUL (Byzantine Wonders)
Starting from the old city visit the great city of two continents. See the Ancient Roman Hippodrome, visit Great Hagia Sophia from 6th century. This impressive church of Justinian period is not only known for its size but also for its decoration. Continue to Underground Cistern to admire the atmosphere of Byzantium architecture. We will finish the day in the famous and eccentric Grand Bazaar. Overnight in Istanbul. (B)

June 11: ISTANBUL (Ottoman Treasures)
Morning visit to Blue Mosque, with its six minarets, it is the reflection of Ottoman architecture. Then continue to the Topkapý Palace, the main residence of the Ottoman Sultans until the 19th century. Today it is great museum where you can admire the largest Ottoman collections. Afternoon discover the award winning Archaeological Museums of Istanbul. Finish the day in the Spice Market. (B)

June 12: ISTANBUL (Marvelous Pera & Modern Art in Turkey)
Today we will start our day by Pera Museum the great collection of Kýraç family including the best paintings of Ottoman period. After the museum, free time to explore Istanbul art galleries on Istiklal Street. After the lunch drive to Modern Art Museum to explore the progression of Contemporary Art in Turkey. Overnight. (B)

June 13: ISTANBUL – TRABZON
Morning flight to Trabzon. Drive to Sumela Monastery. The 4th century monastery was founded in 386 AD during the reign of the Emperor Theodosius. Located at the edge of a steep cliff the architecture and interior decorations are amazing. Back to Trabzon a short city tour. Dinner and Overnight. (B,D)

June 14: TRABZON – BATOUMI
Morning drive to Georgian border from the Black Sea road. Lunch on the road. Met and assisted at Sarpi border; custom formalities; change from Turkish to Georgian vehicle at the border. Continue driving to Batumi, a capital of Adjara province & the main port of Georgia, this multinational city can boast of its hospitality & charm with its old cute crooked streets and modern high-rise buildings. Coffee stop at a famous Georgian painter’s Rusudan Petviashvili’s art-cafe in Batumi. Visit Adjara Art Museum that holds a significant collection of Georgian fine arts, as well as European and Russian painting from the 19th and 20th centuries. Welcome dinner at a local restaurant; overnight in In tourist Palace in Batumi. (B,D)

June 15: BATOUMI – TBILISI
Breakfast at the hotel. The next province we will explore is Imereti, with its cool springs, green fields, and delicate manicured gardens. Here is the ancient capital of the Kingdom of Colchis - Kutaisi, now the second city of Georgia. We will visit the highlight of an architectural complex of Gelati founded by King David the Builder in the 12th c. Gelati was the significant centre of culture, religion and philosophy. Bagrati church of the Assumption of the Virgin was built by King Bagrat III in Kutaisi, in 1003 AD. It is a marvelous example of domed-church architecture. Lunch at a local restaurant en route or at a pottery maker’s family. Visit Jar maker and attend pottery maker’s workshop.In the evening arrive to Tbilisi. Dinner at a local restaurant. Overnight in Tbilisi. (B,D)

June 16: TBILISI
After breakfast enjoy sightseeing tour of Tbilisi including: Metekhi church (12th- 13th cc) - Sulphur baths - favourite place of Tbilisi citizens and foreign guests; View of Narikala Fortress - the 4th c main citadel of the city, which overlooks the oldest part of Tbilisi. Anchiskhati Basilica (6-7th c.); Sioni Cathedral; walking tour in the Old town and along Rustaveli Avenue. Lunch at a local restaurant Among the treasures of the city is Janashia State Museum of Georgia. The museum houses an extraordinary collection of gold filigree work. Visit the Georgian National Gallery, one of the central exhibition spaces of the National Museum. Visit La Maison Bleue textile art studio. Optional: An evening soiree at the house museum of famous Georgian painter, E. Akhvlediani, enjoy private concert of classical music. Dinner and overnight in Tbilisi. (B,D)

June 17: TBILISI – Sighnaghi – Alvani – Tsinandali – Tbilisi
Today we will explore picturesque and the most fertile part of Georgia - Kakheti, which borders the Great Caucasus range. This region is known as a birthplace of viticulture and wine- making. Enjoy breathtaking views of Kizikhi area and unusual Charm of Sighnaghi Royal Town. Have a walk in narrow streets of the town in shadow of wooden balconies richly decorated with the lace of carved ornaments. Tour of Sighnaghi including the Georgian Hand Knitted Carpet Factory. Enjoy lunch with special charm hosted, by a local family. Visit a private craft studio of an artist making hand-knit Alvani socks. We will meet local felt makers and visit old studios. Drive to former Alexandre Chavchavadze family residence with a marvelous garden, house-museum, park and winery dating back to the 19th century. In the evening return to Tbilisi via Gombori Pass. Dinner and overnight in Tbilisi. (B,D)

June 18: TBILISI – Mtskheta
Today we will visit the State Silk Museum, one of the world’s oldest silk museums. Next visit is at the Georgian State Museum of Folk and Applied Art. The museum houses collections of craft works from Georgia. Lunch at a local restaurant. Explore Mtskheta, one of the oldest towns and the cultural and religious centre of Georgia. Today it is designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is a living museum, with many architectural and historical monuments. Farewell dinner at a local restaurant with musical entertainment. Overnight in Tbilisi. (B,D)

June 19: TBILISI – SADAKHLO (Armenian Border)
After breakfast transfer to Sadakhlo border. Arrive to Armenia-Georgia border. Meet by your guide and bus at the Sadakhlo border.
Proceed to Yerevan via sightseeing of 10-13-th centuries Haghpat Monastery. Historical and architectural monument set amidst forest clad hills close to the town of Alaverdi (178 km from Yerevan). The monument is preserved by UNESCO and included in the Wolrd Heritage List. Stop in Sharambeyan street in Dilidjan. Dilijan is a town in Armenia, located in the northern Armenian province of Tavush. Photo stop at Sevan Lake. Drive to Yerevan and check in the hotel. Dinner in thelocal restaurant. Overnight in Yerevan. (B,D)

June 20: YEREVAN NATIONAL ART GALLERY/ FOLK ART MUSEUM / EJMIATSIN
Breakfast in the hotel. Full day tour with English speaking guide. Visit National Art Gallery. Then Visit the Folk Art Museum. The Museum houses about 12,000 exhibits (embroidery, silver jewelry, wooden, stone and gold objects, ceramic ware, ornamented metalwork, carpets and rugs).. Lunch in Hay Miasnutyan Khach Art center. During the lunch visitors can also see the paintings, several carpets, ceramics, which are prepared by children. After lunch, tour Echmiadzin – the holy seat of the Supreme Patriarch-Catholicos of all Armenians. The Cathedral was built in 303 on the site of a pagan temple after the adoption of Christianity as a state religion in 301. Visit St. Hripsime Church (7th century). A few kilometers from Echmiadzin are the ruins of the 7th century AD Temple of Zvartnots. Drive back to Yerevan. Dinner in the local restaurant. (B,D)

June 21: MARTIROS SARYAN MUSEUM/ART VERNISSAGE/GARNI/
GEGHARD
Breakfast in the hotel. Full day tour with English speaking guide. Visit Martiros Saryan’s Museum. Martiros Saryan (1880 -1972) is one of the greatest painters of the 20th century, an outstanding colorist. ‘Color is a genuine miracle’, the painter exclaimed. Visit the Art Vernissage. It was founded in the 1980s by Armenian artists who displayed their works of art in the square before the Union of Armenian Artists. Lunch at private home near the Garni. During the lunch enjoying the baking of Armenian traditional bread Lavash. Drive through the picturesque Avan Canyon, skirting formidable cliffs and passing exotic-looking gorges until a green plateau by the Azat River comes into view. Here, in the harmony of the relief and the virgin nature you will see the pagan Garni architectural complex of the 1st century and feel the spirit of ancient ages. Another ten minutes ride through the gorge will take you to the cave monastery of Geghard (12th – 13th centuries). Back to Yerevan. Dinner at a local restaurant. (B,D)

June 22: DEPARTURE
Early transfer to the airport for departure.

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