Explore the ways in which Armenia, Georgia, and Dubai each provide a distinctive combination of modernity and ancient culture. Connect with historic and local culture, see magnificent architecture and scenery, and uncover hidden gems on this rich and vibrant adventure of a lifetime.
Your most-awaited journey begins today! Enjoy in-flight amenities, meals, and entertainment as you depart from Manila via Emirates Airline.
Welcome to Yerevan! Upon arrival, immerse yourself in Armenian culture as the day begins with a visit to notable destinations including the Matenadaran, the Genocide Museum, the Cascade, and Republic Square, all of which provide a fascinating blend of history and modernity. Then, have an authentic meal for lunch at a local restaurant to renew.
Drinks, you ask? Get ready for a taste of authentic Armenian alcohol as you visit NOY's wine and brandy factory. Then, after a full day of sightseeing, proceed to the hotel for check-in and dinner.
After breakfast, the journey begins as you depart for Garni, the only standing Greco-Roman ancient fortress built in the 3rd century BC and a pagan temple from the 1st century AD dedicated to the god of the sun. Here, explore the magnificent sights the fortress offers. Lunch at a nearby neighborhood restaurant will come after the visit. Then, head on towards Geghard Monastery, one of UNESCO’s World Cultural Heritage sites. Take your time to marvel at this one-of-a-kind structure carved into the rocks that illustrates the very peak of Armenian medieval architecture. Afterwards, head back to Yerevan to recharge and prepare for another day.
Today, explore the astonishing Khor Virap Monastery, a holy place where Gregory the Illuminator, the founder of the Armenian Apostolic Church, was imprisoned. The journey continues on to Areni, the cradle of winemaking in Armenia's Vayots Dzor Province. If you are curious to know how wine was discovered, this is the perfect place to learn about it. Following that is a visit to Noravank, a 13th-century Armenian monastery perched majestically on a high mountain. Here, take in the panoramic view while at the top of the mountain. To refresh, have a hearty lunch at a local restaurant. After the full-day sightseeing, return to Yerevan and have dinner according to your own arrangements.
The day kicks off with a visit to the Sevan monasteries, which overlook Lake Sevan and feature two of the most notable masterpieces of medieval Armenian architecture. The adventure will continue to Dilijan, where you will explore two beautiful and historical monasteries, Goshavank and Haghartsin. Then, replenish with an authentic lunch at a local restaurant nearby. On the way back to Yerevan, make a last stop at Tsaghkadzor, where you can immerse yourself in Armenia's magical nature and culture by discovering its beautiful gorges, mountains, forests, and lakes.
A full experience of UNESCO World Heritage-listed sites is on the agenda for today’s adventure.
First on the list is seeing the world's first and oldest state church, the Edjmiatzin. Then, take in the scenery of St. Gayane and St. Hripsime, both built in the 7th century, and marvel at their stunning architecture and intricate designs that have stood the test of time. After your visit to these must-see sites, head back to Yerevan to cap off the day.
After breakfast, get ready to see the beauty of Byzantine ecclesiastical architecture as you marvel at the Haghpat and Sanahin monasteries. Built in the 10th century, these Armenian masterpieces are renowned for their stunning carvings and sculptures, intricate stonework, and elaborate frescoes. Lunch will be at a local restaurant nearby to recharge after the morning excursion. In the afternoon, proceed with a drive to the Armenia-Georgia border and head on towards Tbilisi, where you will spend the night.
Take the opportunity to explore the astounding Tbilisi and discover more about this Georgian city with a full visit, including stops at all the best must-see attractions here.
Today, get ready to explore more about Tbilisi with a jam-packed adventure in Ananuri, Jinvali, and Kazbegi. Afterwards, take a visit to the famous Caucasus Mountains and enjoy their scenic view before taking on an adrenaline-rush adventure as you ride a 4WD car for an off-road trip to Gergeti. Cap off the day with an overnight stay in Tbilisi.
No experience would be complete without a stop in Dubai. After a thrilling journey through the historic roads of Armenia and Georgia, it's finally time to pack up and head to the airport for departure to Dubai. Upon arrival, proceed to the hotel to rest or just simply immerse yourself in authentic Emirati culture by exploring the city at your own pace and time.
After breakfast, spend half of your day exploring Dubai’s majestic sights with our English-speaking guide. Fill your spirit with wonders at Jumeirah Mosque, Al Bastaikiya, the Dubai Museum, and the Spice and Gold Souk. Then after lunch, brace yourself for a thrilling desert safari experience in 4WD Jeeps, complete with exciting activities such as dune bashing, camel rides, a barbecue feast, belly dance shows, Tanoura dance, shisha, and henna design. Rounding off all the activities for the day, head back to your hotel for an overnight stay.
After breakfast, discover more of Dubai’s gems with a full-day trip to one of the largest mosques in the world, the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque. Here, marvel at the massive architectural work of art that intentionally blends different Islamic architectural schools. Then, capture memories at each photo stop you will have at the Abu Dhabi Corniche, Emirates Palace, Heritage Village, Yas Island, Ferrari World, and Yas Mall. After the full-day adventure, return to the hotel for an overnight stay.
Today, explore like a local as you visit the city’s famous landmarks, including Dubai's most iconic hotel and a global icon of Arabian luxury—the Burj Al Arab, Souk Madinat, and Palm Jumeirah. Then, pose for the camera as the group stops at Atlantis the Palm, Dubai Marina Walk, Dubai Mall, and the famous skyscraper, Burj Khalifa (at the 124th floor during non-prime hours). After that, feel free to spend the remainder of the day shopping and enjoying the fountain show. Transfer back to the hotel to cap off the full-day excursion afterwards.
Enjoy a full breakfast at the hotel. Afterwards, feel free to do activities to your heart’s content until you transfer to Dubai International Airport for the flight back home to Manila.
Home sweet home! Arrive in Manila to rest after a very memorable and enjoyable trip from the amazing countries of Armenia, Georgia, and Dubai.
Our trip to Dubai was definitely a pleasant experience.
Despite having flight issues (PAL had moved our flight to Dubai a day late), Rose of @accesstravelph took care of everything and sorted out our activities to fit the duration of our stay. We were able to cover all areas of special interest. With that said, our tour guide/ driver, Basheer, was very detailed and enjoyable as a guide. He brought us around Dubai and even to Abu Dhabi safely and punctually. On our second full day, another driver, Kashim, had brought us on an awesome desert safari tour and Arabian Nights party. The safari tour was like no other experience, as we got to explore the desert area and go through its numerous slopes. We would also like to thank our drivers, Tariq and Shakin, for picking us up and dropping us off at the airport, respectively. Thank you, Rose. We decided on this trip three days after Christmas, but Rose was able to make it happen despite the holidays, our visa, tickets, and tour. Our first family trip post-pandemic. It was worth the wait!
Thank you Access Travel for a well organized trip to the culture rich and vibrant city of Dubai. We certainly enjoyed the experience exploring this jewel in the desert.
It was really amazing and convenient to travel and tour with Access Travel; the tours were carefully put together just for our needs, well organized, and the staff were accommodating and gave us their best service.
Again, our sincerest thanks and warmest regards. Till our next trip. ;)