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 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.
2017 Land Cost Per Person (double occupancy, 3* hotels)
Available Anytime – $3870
Single Supplement – $590
This tour operates with a minimum of 2 and a maximum of 10 travelers. Other group rates available on request.
- All Meals
- All local transportation
- Experienced English-speaking local guide
- All entrance fees
- Transfers from/to airport
- Guide’s and driver’s expenses
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
- VISA Fees
Due to airline flight schedules to and from Yerevan, the departure point at the end of the tour may be altered depending the carrier you choose for your flights.
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, and Taza Bazar. 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. Overnight at the hotel in Sheki. (B, L, D)
Day 4: Sheki – Telavi
Visit Sheki Bazaar and the local sweet bakery. Next, we travel to Lagodekhi checkpoint and cross over into Georgia. After a photo stop at Gremi Architectural Complex (16th century), we will walk for about an hour to visit the Nekresi Monastery (4th century) with its churches and the Palace of the Bishop. In the evening we arrive in Telavi. Overnight in Telavi at the guesthouse with shared facilities. (B, L, D)
Day 5: Telavi – Gudauri
After breakfast, travel to Kakheti, the famous wine region. We will visit a typical local farmers’ market in Telavi and then continue to Alavedri Cathedral (11th century). Afterwards we visit a local farmer’s family and a unique 300-year-old wine cellar where we will taste some of the typical wines of the region. After lunch we drive to Gudauri Ski Resort. 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. From Kazbegi, a leisurely 2-hour walk up through beautiful valleys and woodlands leads us 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). Overnight at the hotel in Guduari. (B, L, D)
Day 7: Gudauri – Gori – Bakuriani
From Gudauri Ski Resort we drive to another ski resort – Bakuriani (1800m). En route we visit the town of Gori, the heart of the Kartli region. Then continue to Uplistsikhe Cave Town (1st millennium BC), one of the main points along the Silk Road. From Gori we continue to Meskheti region, pass through Borjomi spa town, and drive up to Bakuriani for a two night stay.(B, L, D)
Day 8: Bakuriani – Verdzia – Bakuriani
In the morning travel to the magnificent cave town of Vardzia (12th century) that is one of the highlights of the trip. It 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. On the way back to Bakuriani we will also visit Khertvisi fortress (10th century). Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Bakuriani. (B, L, D)
Day 9: Bakuriani – 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. Overnight at the hotel in Tbilisi. (B, L, D)
Day 10: Tbilisi
Tbilisi sightseeing tour including Metekhi Church, overlooking the river Mtkvari (13th century); Sulphur Baths; Narikala Fortress, 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 before taking a stroll along Rustaveli Avenue, the main street in Tbilisi. Dinner in the local restaurant. Overnight at the hotel in Tbilisi. (B, L, D)
Day 11: Tbilisi – Sadakhlo – Sevan – Hagartsin – 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. Visit Haghpat Monastery (10-13th century), included in UNESCO World Heritage List. Lunch at the local restaurant. The excursion follows into Dilijan with charming nature and extraordinary architecture. Visit Haghartsin Monastery (10-13th century) and the Gegharkunik region. Visit Lake Sevan. Climb up Sevan Peninsula and see Sevanavank (9th century) atop the mountain. Drive to Yerevan. 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 the local restaurant. 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. Overnight in Yerevan. (B, L, D)
Day 13: Yerevan – Matenadaran – Parajanov Museum – Garni – Geghard – Yerevan
Visit Matenedaran, the depository of ancient manuscripts. Visit the house-museum of Armenian filmmaker Sergey Parajanov, famous for his extraordinary art and collages. 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). Overnight in Yerevan. (B, L, D)
Day 14: Departure
Transfer to the airport and departure.
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