After the collapse of the Russian Empire, these three countries became part of the short-lived Trans-Caucasian Democratic Federative Republic. The republic dissolved in May 1918, and Azerbaijan declared independence, which lasted until the Bolshevik Red Army invaded it in April 1920. Georgia and Armenia suffered the same fate and eventually became part of the Soviet Union. With the demise of the Soviet Union, they all have become independent Republics again. This little known part of the world offers stunning scenery as well as unique history and is ideal for our 14-day tour.
2018 Land Cost Per Person (double occupancy, 3*and 4* hotels)
Available Anytime – $3600
Single Supplement – $550
This tour operates with a minimum of 2 and a maximum of 10 travelers. Other group rates available upon request.
- Air conditioned vehicle
- English speaking guide service
- Meals as mentioned
- All entrance fees
- 1 bottle of water (0.5lt) per person per day
- Transfers from/to airport
- Experienced English-speaking guide
Price Does Not Include:
- Airfare (unless otherwise arranged)
- Departure and custom fees
- Gratuities and individual daily expenses
- Additional beverages
- Travel insurance
- Trip cancellation
- Medical and luggage insurance are recommended for coverage against all unforeseen circumstances
- E-VISA Fees to Azerbaijan
- Tips for driver and guide
- 2018 FORMULA 1 AZERBAIJAN GRAND PRIX SCHEDULED FOR APRIL 27-29TH 2018. THE PRICE OF THE AZERBAIJANESE PORTION IS NOT VALID FOR 12-30 APRIL 2018
Day 1: Arrival
Arrive in Baku. Meet in the airport and transfer to the hotel.
Dinner and overnight in Baku.
Day 2: Baku
Baku city tour. Visit Old City, Shirvanshahs Palace, Maiden Tower, Carpet Museum and Taza Bazar.
Dinner and overnight in Baku.
(B, L, D)
Day 3: Baku – Shemakha – Sheki
After breakfast, visit Ateshgah Fire Temple in Surakhany. Then drive to Sheki. Stop in Maraza and visit the Diri Baba Mausoleum. Visit Seven Tombs and Friday Mosque in Shemakha. Continue to Sheki. Arrival in Sheki and start the sightseeing tour. See Sheky Khans’ Palace, the local history museum, and Shebeke craft workshop. Dinner and overnight in Sheki. (B, L, D)
Day 4: Sheki – Azerbaijan-Georgia border Lagodekhi – Telavi
Visit Sheki Bazaar and the local sweet bakery. Next, we travel to Lagodekhi checkpoint and cross over into Georgia. In Kvareli we taste wine and enjoy lunch at a local restaurant. Continue to Gremi Architectural Complex (16th century; closed on Mondays), later visit the Nekresi Monastery (4th century) with its churches and the Palace of the Bishop. In the evening we arrive in Telavi.
Dinner and overnight in Telavi at a hotel. (B, L, D)
Day 5: Telavi – Gudauri
After breakfast, we will visit a typical local farmers’ market in Telavi and then continue to Alavedri Cathedral (11th century). Afterwards we visit a local master to see the traditional Qvevri – wine jars making and taste local home-made wines. After lunch we drive to Gudauri Ski Resort. En route visit Ananuri fortified church. Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Gudauri Ski Resort (2200m). (B, L, D)
Day 6: Gudauri – Kazbegi – Gudauri
A stunning drive from Gudauri along the Tergi River will bring us to Kazbegi, the main town in the region. In Kazbegi, we get on 4WD and travel to Gergeti Trinity Church (14th century) located at 2170m. Weather permitting, you may catch a glimpse of one of the highest glaciers in the Caucasus – Mt. Kazbegi (5047m). Return to Kazbegi and pay a visit to a local master to see how local Teka artifacts are made and enjoy herbal tea while talking to local people. Return to Gudauri. Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Guduari. (B, L, D)
Day 7: Gudauri – Gori – Uplistsikhe – Akhaltsikhe
From Gudauri Ski Resort we drive to Akhaltsikhe – the main town of Samtskhe province. En route we visit the town of Gori, the heart of the Kartli region with the museum of J. Stalin. Then continue to Uplistsikhe Cave Town (1st millennium BC), one of the main points along the Silk Road. Passing through Borjomi spa town, we arrive in Akhaltsikhe for a two night stay.
(B, L, D)
Day 8: Akhaltsikhe – Vardzia – Akhaltsikhe
In the morning travel to the magnificent cave town of Vardzia (12th century) that is one of the highlights of the trip. En route we’ll have a photo stop at Khertvisi Fort. Vardzia stretches over half a kilometer along the river Mtkvari and has 19 tiers. A church hewn out in rock has amazing 12th century frescos. The complex also includes dwelling quarters, small hall-type churches, wine cellars, etc. Return to Akhaltsikhe and visit the hilltop castle of Rabath (closed on Mondays).
Dinner and overnight in Akhaltsikhe.(B, L, D)
Day 9: Akhaltsikhe – Mtskheta – Tbilisi
After breakfast, we will drive to visit the ancient capital and religious center of Georgia, Mtskheta (3000 years old), visiting two UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Jvari Monastery (6th century) and Svetitskhoveli Cathedral (11th century) where the Robe of Christ is buried. Return to Tbilisi. Dinner at a local restaurant. Overnight at the hotel in Tbilisi. (B, L, D)
Day 10: Tbilisi
Tbilisi sightseeing tour includes Metekhi Church, overlooking the river Mtkvari (13th century); Sulphur Baths; Narikala Fortress (by cable car, if available), one of the oldest fortifications in the city (4th century); the Synagogue; Sioni Cathedral (6-7th century), which houses the cross of St. Nino, the woman who brought Christianity to Georgia, and; Anchiskhati Church (6th century). All these sights mark the end of the Old Town and they are in close proximity and pleasant walking distance. Afterwards we visit the stunning treasury of the Georgian National Museum (closed on Mondays) before taking a stroll along Rustaveli Avenue, the main street in Tbilisi.
In the afternoon we have either free time or enjoy an optional tour of the 19th century Tbilisian hallways in Sololaki district. Dinner at a family with the masterclass of Khachapuri (cheese pie) and Khinkali (dumplings) preparation. Overnight at a hotel in Tbilisi. (B, L, D)
Day 11: Tbilisi – Sadakhlo (Georgian-Armenian border) – Sevan– Yerevan
In the morning, we will drive to the Georgian-Armenian border (Sadakhlo), change transportation and guide, and after some border formalities continue the trip to Armenia. Drive to Lori region. Lunch at a local restaurant. The excursion follows into Dilijan with charming nature and extraordinary architecture. Visit Lake Sevan. Climb up Sevan Peninsula and see Sevanavank (9th century) atop the mountain. Drive to Yerevan. Dinner and overnight in Yerevan. (B, L, D)
Day 12: Yerevan – Erebouni – Echmiatsin – Zvartnots – Yerevan
Yerevan city tour. Along the way you will see the Sports and Concert Complex, Kievyan Bridge, Baghramyan Avenue, the Presidential Palace, Academy of Sciences, National Parliament, Writers Union, the Opera House, the statue David of Sasoun, and St. Gregory the Illuminator Cathedral. The tour includes a visit to Erebuni Fortress (782 BC) and its museum. Visit Tsitsernakaberd, Genocide Memorial Complex and Museum. Visit State History Museum of Armenia. Lunch at a local restaurant or Echmiadzin community. Drive to Armavir region, then to Etchmiadzin (included in UNESCO World Heritage List), Cathedral (303AD), St. Hripsime Church, and Zvartnots Temple (643 AD). Return to Yerevan. Dinner and overnight in Yerevan. (B, L, D)
Day 13: Yerevan –Garni – Geghard – Yerevan
Excursion to Garni, the only pagan temple (1 AD) in Armenia. Traditional lavash making ceremony in Garni village and lunch. Nearby is the beautiful Christian Monastery of Geghard, carved out of solid rock (4-13th century). Dinner and overnight in Yerevan. (B, L, D)
Day 14: Departure
Transfer to the airport and departure.
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