In 2010 we started a new combined tour to Azerbaijan, Georgia, and Armenia. 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 9-day tour.
Land Cost Per Person (double occupancy, 3* hotels)
Available Anytime – $2905
Single Supplement: $395
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
Day 1: Arrival
Arrive in Baku. Meet in the airport and transfer to the hotel. Dinner and overnight in Baku.
Day 2: Baku – Shemakha – Sheki
Baku city tour. Visit Old City, Shirvanshahs Palace, Maiden Tower, and Taza Bazaar. Drive to Sheki. (B, L, D)
Day 3: Sheki – Azerbaijan – Georgia Border (Lagodekhi) – Telavi
Visit Sheky Khans’ Palace, local history museum, Shebeke craft workshop, 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 4: Telavi – Sighnaghi – Tbilisi
In the morning we drive to a farmer’s house to see a unique 300 year-old wine cellar. We get acquainted with the Georgian way of winemaking, quite different from the European one, and taste some of the typical wines of the region. Later we drive to the fortified town of Sighnaghi (18th century). The town preserves its original characteristics and now offers visitors stunning views of the surrounding Caucasus Mountains. After visiting the region’s ethnographic museum we drive to Tbilisi. Free time upon arrival. Dinner at a traditional Georgian restaurant. Overnight in Tbilisi. (B, L, D)
Day 5: Tbilisi -Mtskheta – Gori – Tbilisi
After breakfast we visit the ancient capital and religious center of Georgia, Mtskheta (300 years old), and see its historical places: Jvari Church (6th century) and Svetitskhoveli Cathedral (11th century), where the Robe of Christ is buried. Both Jvari and Svetitkhoveli are UNESCO World Heritage sites. Later we visit the town of Gori, the heart of Kartli region and its historical places: Uplistsikhe Cave Town (1st millennium BC) and Stalin Museum. Uplistsikhe is the place where the Great Silk Road used to pass. This is an old and interesting complex with dwelling quarters, wine cellars, bakeries, and a basilica church hewn out in rock. Afterwards we drive back to Tbilisi. Dinner at a local restaurant. Overnight at a hotel in Tbilisi. (B, L, D)
Day 6: Tbilisi
Tbilisi sightseeing tour including Metekhi Church (13th century) overlooking the river Mtkvari; 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 at a local restaurant. Overnight at a hotel in Tbilisi. (B, L, D)
Day 7: 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 a 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 Monastery (9th century) atop the mountain. Drive to Yerevan. Overnight in Yerevan. (B, L, D)
Day 8: Yerevan – Echmiatsin – Zvartnots – Garni – Geghard – Yerevan
Yerevan city tour. Drive to Armavir region to visit Etchmiatsin Cathedral (303 AD), included in UNESCO World Heritage List, St. Hripsime Church, and Zartnots Temple (643 AD). Return to Yerevan. Visit State History Museum of Armenia. Drive to Kotayk region. Excursion to Garni, the only pagan temple (1 AD) in Armenia. Nearby is the beautiful Christian Monastery of Geghard, carved out of solid rock (4-13th centuries). Overnight at a hotel in Yerevan. (B, L, D)
Day 9: Departure
Transfer to the airport and departure.
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