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Exclusive & Special Tours - 21 Days Azerbaijan – Georgia – Armenia
- Starts from: Baku, Azerbaijan
- Type: Exclusive & Special Tours
- code: SP-1
- Best time: Apr - Oct
- Distance: 3867 km
- Duration: 21 days
This special, 21-days itinerary is designed to explore 3 countries of Caucasus in depth – Azerbaijan, Georgia and Armenia. Start the trip in Baku, the capital city of Azerbaijan, visit outstanding landmarks of this country and continue way to Georgia: wine region – Kakheti, Tbilisi, Gudauri and Kutaisi. Head to Armenia and the “pink city” of Yerevan, afterwards return back to Tbilisi where delicious farewell dinner awaits.
In each country be welcomed by experienced guides who will introduce us to the historical and architectural monuments, special highlights and UNESCO World Heritage Sights. Have visits to local wineries and families; enjoy home-made food and feel the local spirit. To enhance impressions further, we will have three dinners with folk performance. Each of them will show the differences as well as similarities found in the cultures of these countries.
Familiarize with 3 different cultures, see diversity of traditions and visit the most unique and spectacular sights of Azerbaijan, Georgia & Armenia.
Sights to visit
Baku historical and architectural monuments, “Icheri sheher” (the inner city), Shirvanshakhs Palace, Maiden Tower, Karavansaray, Gobustan archaeological reserve, Yanar Dag, Beshbarmaq Mountain, Juma Guba mosque, Jewish Quarter Krasnaya Sloboda "Red settlement", Khinaliq village, Ateshgah, Apsheron peninsula, fortress of Ramana of 16th c, Ethnographic Reserve Gala, Shamakhi town, Mausoleum Yeddi Gumbez, architectural monument of Diri Baba, Ismayilli village, Kish village & the Albanian church of 6th-7th centuries, Sheki town, Sheki History museum, Khan's summer Palace
Tbilisi City: Holy Trinity Cathedral, Metekhi church of 13th c., Narikala Fortress by aerial cable car, Legvtakhevi , Sulfur bathhouses, Shardeni street and its neighborhood, Meidan square, National Museum of Georgia, Rustaveli Avenue, Tbilisi funicular, Mtatsminda mountain and park
Yerevan city: Republic square, Mashtoc Avenue, the House of Opera and Ballet of Aram Khachatryan, the park “Cascad”, Megeryan carpet factory, Manuscript Museum of Armenia Matenadaran, History museum of Armenia, Armenian brandy factory “Ararat”, Yerevan food market “Gum”
Sanahin and Haghpat Monasteries, Zvartnots Temple, Cathedral of Ejmiatsin, Garni Temple, Havuts Tar monastery, Geghard Monastery, Khor Virap Monastery, Armenian Wine Village Areni & factory, Noravank monastery of 12th century, ancient observatory of Karahunj, Goris town, monastic complex of Tatev, Wings of Tatev-the longest reversible aerial tramway-5,7 km, Selim Caravanserai, Lake Sevan, Sevanavank Monastery, Dilijan town, Sharambeyan Street
PER PERSON PRICE IN EUR:
2 people - 3323 €
4 people - 2330 €
6 people - 2077 €
8 people - 1879 €
10 people - 1871 €
In case of 10 and more people traveling together 1 person from the group will be FREE of charge.
Additional price for Single room accommodation is 573 €
0-4 years - Free
5-6 years - 50 % deduction
7-9 years - 30 % deduction
10 years and over - Adult price
10% Discount is available for “early bird” booking (6 months before your landing)
Day to day itinerary
Day 1: Arrival in Baku
Arrive in Baku. Transfer to the hotel and check-in. Free time.
Overnight in Baku.
Day 2: Baku
Meet the guide who takes us to the Baku sightseeing tour and visit historical and architectural monuments of the city: enjoy panorama of the city of Baku Bay and the Upland Park, the old city “Icheri sheher” (the inner city), Shirvanshakhs Palace, Maiden Tower –symbol of Baku, and Karavansaray.
Overnight in Baku.
Day 3: Baku – Gobustan – Yanardag – Baku
This morning we take a trip to Gobustan. Gobustan region is situated in East Azerbaijan and represents an archaeological reserve. Gobustan monuments are divided into two groups: 1) petroglyphs 2 ) ancient sites and other facilities.
Have an excursion in Yanar Dag, where we will see natural phenomenon – the burning nature gas on the rock. As the historians say, maybe this place gave the name to Azerbaijan – “the fire country”.
In the evening dinner at traditional restaurant with folk show.
Overnight in Baku
Day 4: Baku – Guba – Khinaliq – Baku
Exciting trip to Guba. Taking the Beshbarmaq Mountain, a sacred place and a popular destination for the locals. Visit the Juma Guba mosque in the old bath houses and the Jewish Quarter Krasnaya Sloboda "Red settlement." Lunch at a local family. Drive to Khinaliq. Easy hiking in Khinaliq village. Return to Baku.
Overnight in Baku
Day 5: Baku – Ateshgah – Ramani Castle – Gala museum – Baku
First stop of the day at Ateshgah – the temple of fire worshippers. Ateshgah is located in the Apsheron peninsula. Current constructions of the temple date back to 17th century. As a result of excavations far more ancient artifacts were discovered. Pentagonal complex has an open courtyard with temple-altar in the center which was the place of pilgrimage for worshippers.
Next head to the fortress of Ramana of 16th c. Explore the fortress and take road to Ethnographic Reserve GALA. Gala village has been turned to an archaeological museum under the open sky. Have an opportunity here to participate in Azerbaijan culinary master class and learn to make “Kebab” – a national meat dish.
Overnight in Baku.
Day 6: Baku – Shemakha – Sheki
After leisure breakfast drive to Shamakhi, which was the capital of Shirvan Empire, long time ago. We shall observe an outstanding mausoleum called Yeddi Gumbez. Its magnificent domes rise above the silent and lonesome landscapes and create mysterious atmosphere.
After, visit the architectural monument of Diri Baba dating back to the Middle Ages. Diri Baba was built on the rock and looks like a big eagle nest.
Continue to Sheki and en-route Ismayilli village to have lunch in local family. After lunch have excursion in the Kish village, famous for its Christian architectural monument – the Albanian church. The history of this church goes back to 6th-7th centuries.
Overnight in Sheki.
Day 7: Sheki – Lagodekhi – Kvareli – Telavi
Today we say Goodbye to Azerbaijan and travel to Georgia. After breakfast explore Sheki – the oldest city in Azerbaijan. Visit Sheki History museum and Khan's summer Palace.
Drive the route to Azerbaijan-Georgia border in Lagodekhi. Meet the Georgian team, continue your journey to Georgia and arrive in Kvareli.
Visit a wine cellar located in a tunnel dug out of the flank of Caucasus Mountains and taste amazing European wines. The temperature in the Tunnel stays ideally at 12-14 degrees throughout the year. It consists of two main tunnels, which are linked by 13 galleries. The total length of the tunnels is 7.7 km. The wine cellar is also used to store Winery Khareba wines. Continue to Telavi. Arrive and check-in.
Overnight in Telavi.
Day 8: Telavi – Tsinandali – Shumi – Sighnaghi – Tbilisi
The day is at leisure to explore wine region Kakheti fully. First visit Tsinandali village and the residence of the 19th c. Kakheti nobleman, poet and public figure, Alexander Chavchavadze. Take an excursion in house-museum accompanied with a glass of finest Tsinandali cellar wine. Continue to Shumi winery located nearby, where you’ll have wine-tasting with light snacks.
Drive to Signagi – a town surrounded by 18th c. city wall with 23 defensive fortifications. Take short walk in Signagi.
Head to Tbilisi for overnight.
Overnight in Tbilisi.
DAY 9: Tbilisi City Tour
Today is dedicated to the exploration of the capital of Georgia – Tbilisi. During the full day city tour we visit all major attractions of the city. Start from the Holy Trinity Cathedral (“Sameba”) built in 21st c. and being the main Christian Orthodox cathedral in Georgia. Continue to Metekhi church 13th c. located at the bank of Mtkvari river. Ride up to Narikala Fortress by aerial cable car. Narikala fortress dates back to 4thcentury AD, it has a superb location with magnificent panoramic views over the Tbilisi city. Stroll down to Legvtakhevi (translated literally as “Fig Ravine”) – a beautiful place with waterfall. Take a walk in the park near Sulfur bathhouses located nearby, well-known for their healing powers, Shardeni street, its neighborhood and Meidan square with its outdoor cafes, galleries and souvenir shops. Continue to the National Museum of Georgia on the Rustaveli Avenue. The museum collection includes artifacts of natural and human history, with animal remains, rich ethnographic and archaeological collections beginning from Paleolithic era to Middle Ages.
Evening visit of Mtasminda mountain and park by Tbilisi funicular.
Overnight in Tbilisi.
DAY 10: Tbilisi – Mtskheta – Chardakhi – Ananuri – Gudauri
Commence the morning by driving to Mtskheta. Mtskheta functioned as the capital of Eastern Georgia – Iberia – from 3rd c. BC to 5th c. AD. Historical monuments here: Jvari Monastery of 6th c. and Svetitskhoveli Cathedral of 11th c. – are included in UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Stop at the small village Chardakhi located near Mtskheta. Have Khinkali cooking master class at local house and winery. Be guided how to prepare this dish yourself and taste it afterwards during lunch hearby. After master-class participate in wine-tasting session, taste Chacha – Georgian home-made vodka and learn about traditional ways of wine-making in Georgia.
Take a lunch break in the local house with home-made dishes.
Drive North to Gudauri ski resort via Georgian Military Highway. The way to Gudauri is quite picturesque with attractive views of Great Caucasus Range, serpentine roads and waterfalls. On the way, visit Ananuri fortress which was the residence of Aragvi Eristavis’ (Dukes) during 16th-17th cc.
Overnight in Gudauri.
DAY 11: Gudauri – Stepantsminda – Gergeti – Dariali – Gudauri
Take a chance for full exploration of Caucasus Mountains. Travel to Kazbegi (Stepantsminda) – administrative center of Khevi province – via Jvari Pass (Cross Pass; 2395 m. above sea level). During the trip we make few stops to taste local mineral waters. Arrive in Kazbegi and take an easy walk (approx. 2 hours) to Gergeti Mountain, where Gergeti Holy Trinity Church of 14th c. stands. Return to Kazbegi town and drive to Dariali gorge and Gveleti waterfalls. Evening return to Gudauri.
Overnight in Gudauri.
DAY 12: Gudauri – Gori – Uplistsikhe – Kutaisi
While travelling to the West enjoy highlights on the way. First stop in Gori. The Soviet dictator J. Stalin was born here and spent his first 4 years. Nowadays his house functions as a museum and presents items related to Stalin’s life. The museum consists of the dictator’s personal train carriage, museum building and a small house where he was born. After excursion at Stalin’s house-museum, visit Uplistsikhe caves, which dates back to 1st millennium BC.
Continue to Kutaisi via Rikoti pass. Make couple of stops on the way to visit pottery and farmers’ market. Arrive in Kutaisi and have excursions at Gelati Academy and Monastery (12th c.) and Bagrati Cathedral (11th c.) – both included in UNESCO World Heritage Sites list.
Overnight in Kutaisi.
DAY 13: Kutaisi – Prometheus Caves – Martvili Canyons – Tbilisi
Special Trip today! Explore Prometheus Grotto-one of the most popular and largest caves with various types of stalactites, stalagmites, underground rivers, waterfalls, cave pearls, and lakes.
Continue to the unique natural attractions of Georgia-Martvili Canyon. Over millions of years, Abasha river has created magnificent gorge in limestone rocks, reaching a depth of 40 meters, with canyons, caves and waterfalls. The total length of the canyon is one kilometer available to reach. If good weather, take a boat trip and reach the very beginning with 7 meter high powerful waterfall.
Drive back to Tbilisi for overnight.
Overnight in Tbilisi.
DAY 14: Tbilisi – Sadakhlo border - Sanahin – Haghpat – Yerevan
After breakfast bid farewell to Georgia and drive to Sadakhlo border. Meet the Armenian guide & driver, continue journey to Armenia.
Drive to Alaverdi. Visit two unique masterpieces of Armenian architecture of X-XIV centuries: the monasteries of Sanahin and Haghpat which are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Literally the name ’’Sanahin’’ in Armenian means "this one is older than the other”. These two monasteries are very close to each other and can be easily seen from one to the other. Both are located on an uneven plateau, separated by a deep crack formed by a small river that flows into the river Debed. Haghpat Monastery was one of the largest religious, cultural and educational centers of medieval Armenia.
After excursions in the monasteries drive to Yerevan. Have dinner at the traditional restaurant with folk music.
Overnight in Yerevan.
Day 15: Yerevan (city tour)
Breakfast. Introduce yourself to the highlights of the capital of Armenia: Yerevan. This city has been known as a “pink city” for years because of the stone color it has been built with. We will visit Republic square, Mashtoc Avenue, the House of Opera and Ballet of Aram Khachatryan, the park “Cascad”.
Next sight is Megeryan carpet factory to see and participate in rug waiving process. Lunch at the factory restaurant.
Continue to the Manuscript Museum of Armenia, which is called Matenadaran; all ancient Armenian Manuscripts are kept here. Finish the day with a visit to History museum of Armenia.
Overnight in Yerevan.
Day 16: Yerevan – Zvartnoc – Ejmiatsin – Yerevan
Another memorable excursion to the centuries-old monuments Ejmiatsin and Zvartnots. These sites are listed in UNESCO World Heritage list. Zvartnots Temple was built in 7th century by Nerses Builder Catholicos. Our next stop is the spiritual centre of Armenia: Ejmiatsin. The Cathedral of Ejmiatsin, founded in 303, is the official residence of the Catholicos of Armenia. We will also vist the museum of Ejmiatsin where a small part of Noah’s ark is kept. After all these excursions we have another attractive activity to help get acquainted with another branch of Armenian culture. Return to Yerevan and visit Armenian brandy factory “Ararat”. Overnight in Yerevan.
Day 17: Yerevan – Garni – Havuts Tar - Geghard – Yerevan
Leisurely Breakfast. Today we take trip to Garni. This Pagan Temple was built in the 1st century AD. It is the only temple that has been preserved from the Pagan times in Armenia. It was devoted to the Mihr, the god of cleanness. In 1679 the temple earthquake destroyed the temple but was restored later in 1975.
Pleasant hike to Havuts Tar monastery (3-4 hours easy hiking trip).
Afterwards visit a local house where we get the chance to see and participate in the preparation of Armenian national bread, lavash which is usually cooked in a ground oven called “tonir''. In 2015 it has been inscribed in UNESCO intangible heritage list. Enjoy the “Armenian fast food” with lavash and cheese.
Continue day to Geghard Monastery. The name comes from the legendary lance that was used to pierce the body of Christ. It has been kept here for centuries. Though the exact foundation of the monastery is unknown, the present complex was built in the middle of 13th century.
Drive back to Yerevan and visit food market “Gum”.
Overnight in Yerevan.
Day 18: Yerevan – Khor Virap – Areni – Noravank – Karahunj – Goris
After breakfast travel to Khor Virap Monastery (4-18th cc.) and enjoy the spectacular view of the sacred Ararat Mountain – an immortal symbol of Armenia.
After Khor Virap continue tour to Armenian Wine Village Areni famous with its red wine. Visit the wine factory of the village and have wine degustation. Lunch at the local house with Armenian barbeque. Taste famous Armenian National meal made by ourselves. The village is famous with its traditional games and anyone has a chance to participate in one of them.
Next head to Noravank - a monastery of 12th century situated among amazing sheer rocks on the bench of a twisty gorge. This is the only monastery where unique sculpture of Father God can be found. Have a meeting with the priest in Noravank, who will tell us about the religious life and traditions of Armenia.
Explore the ancient observatory of Karahunj quite similar to Stonehenge in England. The 204 stones near Sisian have been ascribed with mystical, fertility and cosmic powers, but rarely have ancient monuments caused such a sensation in astronomical circles.
Overnight in Goris.
Day 19: Goris – Tatev – Selim – Sevan – Dilijan
In the morning start off drive to the monastic complex of Tatev, see the Wings of Tatev-the longest reversible aerial tramway, built in only one section, and holds the record for Longest non-stop double track cable car-with the length of 5.7 km. The complex was found within the ages of 9-13. Formerly it was a very famous educational center in Armenia where all famous contemporary scientists and philosophers were educated.
Head to Selim via pathways that have been used by the travelers of Great Silk Road. Drive through the Selim Caravanserai, which served as an important center of exchange, trade and for overnight during the times of Great Silk Road. Here we can see the immortal tracks of world history.
Drive to Lake Sevan-one of the largest lakes which stands out with astonishingly blue water. Here you can enjoy the breathtaking scenery around the lake.
Next visit Sevanavank Monastery which is situated on Sevan Peninsula. There are 2 monasteries actually; one of them is destroyed but the other stands still. They have been built in the middle Ages, around 10th century. Drive to Dilijan.
Overnight in Dilijan.
Day 20: Dilijan – Sadakhlo (15:00) – Tbilisi
Last day of journey in Armenia. Take a walk along the Sharambeyan Street, which is one of the oldest streets of the city, buy souvenirs and observe the life of the small city. After this relaxing walk drive to Sadakhlo border. Meeting at the border with Georgia Team. Continue to Tbilisi. Check-in at the hotel, fresh up and rest.
In the evening have farewell dinner at the Georgian restaurant accompanied by a folk show.
Overnight in Tbilisi
Day 21: Tbilisi – departure
After breakfast transfer to Tbilisi International Airport and departure.
Includes / Excludes
- Professional English speaking guide service during the tour
- Professional driver service during the tour
- 2 x APT-HTL transfers by a comfortable Climate Controlled car, minibus or bus
- Transportation with a comfortable Climate Controlled car, minibus or bus
Accommodation in the hotels:
- 5 x night(s)-Baku
- 1 x night(s)-Sheki
- 4 x night(s)-Tbilisi
- 2 x night(s)-Gudauri
- 1 x night(s)-Kutaisi
- 4 x night(s)-Yerevan
- 1 x night(s)-Goris
- 1 x night(s)-Dilijan
- 20 x Breakfasts-on days 2-21
- 3 x buffet dinners at the hotel - days 7, 10, 11
- Lunch in Local family in Guba
- Lunch in Local family in Ismayili
- Lunch at family winery in Chardakhi village
- Lunch at Megerian Carpet Factory in Yerevan
- Lunch & Barbeque party at a local family in Areni village
- 3 dinners with folk show in national restaurants in each country
- Azerbaijan Kebab cooking master class in Gala village
- Georgian Khinkali cooking master class at Chardakhi family winery
- Armenian Lavash cooking master class at local family
- Georgian wine tasting in Kvareli winery
- Georgian wine tasting in Shumi winery
- Georgian wine & Chacha tasting in Chardakhi family winery
- Armenian wine-tasting in Areni wine factory
- Armenian brandy tasting in Ararat factory in Yerevan
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