Multi-Country Tours in Caucasus
From: 2079 $
11 Days/10 Nights
Starts from: Baku, Azerbaijan
Type: SMALL GROUP tour
Dates: every second Tuesday
Total distance: 1632 km
The small group tour to Azerbaijan and Georgia is a trip with guaranteed departure dates. Tour starts in Baku, the capital town of Azerbaijan, continue to the town Sheki, and from the third day - to Georgia through Lagodekhi border.
Visit several towns in Georgia: Sighnaghi, Mtskheta, Gori, Gudauri, Telavi, Akhaltsikhe, wine region Kakheti, caves in Vardzia and Uplistsikhe.
Two local expert – guides (one in each country) will reveal the most important destinations and attractions of the Caucasus. Explore two countries with diversity of culture and traditional layers.
The group is “Guaranteed to Run” after two people book the tour.
Baku sightseeing tour starts at 10:00 AM.
We pick you up from the hotel in Baku.
The first site to visit is the Mountain Park located on the observation deck, the best place opening the panoramic view of Caspian Sea, Baku Bay and the city. After a short walk in the alley, drive to the historical part of the city. Visit the Palace of the Shirvanshahs, built in the 15th century and served as a stronghold of Baku in the middle ages. Old caravanserai and bathhouse, medieval mosques, carpet & art shops, and Maiden tower, 12th-century monument (UNESCO) are located on the walking distance.
Enjoy the leisure evening. Overnight in Baku.
Driving distance: 297 km (4 hr 20 min)
Breakfast at the hotel. Depart to the North, to the Sheki district, small town of Sheki. On the way, make several stops and visit a magnificent work of Islamic architecture of 15th c mausoleum of Sheikh Diri-Baba in Gobustan town and 8th c Juma Mosque in Shamakhi town.
Arrive in Sheki, located on the forested slopes of the Greater Caucasus Mountains (700m altitude). Evening city tour includes visiting historical sites: Shaki Khans’ Palace, fortress, mosque and caravanserai.
Overnight in Sheki.
Driving distance: 169 km (2 h 55 min)
Breakfast at the hotel. Check out and drive to Kish – a village located about 13 minutes’ drive from Sheki. A short city excursion. The prominent Kish Church is estimated to be constructed in the 12th century and has served Caucasian Albanian, Georgian and Armenian congregation at different times through the history. However, archaeologists found that the church stands on much older, ancient cultic sites.
After Kish, depart to the eastern border of Georgia Balaqani - Lagodekhi. Border formalities. Walk the border, change the vehicle. Georgian guide will greet you and continue the tour to Sighnaghi – a tiny town in a wine-making region of east Georgia Kakheti.
Sighnaghi stands on the Gombori range hills, overlooks Great Caucasus mountains and Alazani valley. Surrounded by the medieval defensive wall and towers, irregular streets and carved colorful wooden balcony houses, the town attracts with its cozy atmosphere.
Sighnaghi Museum displays important collection of local archaeological findings, ethnographic and mural exhibitions. The brilliant naive artworks of early 20th c artist Niko Pirosmani are exhibited on the second floor.
Take an easy walk in Sighnaghi streets and park.
Overnight in Sighnaghi.
Distance: 157 km (3 h)
After breakfast, check out and depart for Telavi, the capital town of the former kingdom of Kakheti. The village Tsinandali is located on the way, just 10 km before the town entrance. Visit prince Aleksandre Chavchavadze’s House Museum - Georgian poet of 19th c. The residence, garden, wine library and wine-cellar functions as a museum, the venue of the Tsinandali annual classic music festival and the frequent host of the world wine forums.
Taste a glass of white Tsinandali wine and continue wine tasting to Shumi Winery. Dry Qvevry red and white wines with snacks will be served in beautiful ethno-garden of Shumi.
After five minutes’ drive, stop in Telavi – the major town of Kakheti region. Make a short Telavi city tour, visit medieval fortress Batonistsikhe - a residence of the King of Kakheti and Kartki kingdoms - Erekle II. Depart for Tbilisi through the Shuamta forest and Gombori pass (1620 m).
Evening arrival to Tbilisi. Leisure time.
Overnight in Tbilisi.
Tbilisi city sightseeing tour starts at 10:00.
Georgian Holidays will arrange hotel pick-up. The first site to visit is the Sameba (The Holy Trinity) Cathedral, the seat of the Catholicos-Patriarch of Georgia, the main Orthodox Christian church constructed in 20th century. Tour takes about 40 minutes.
Next stop is Metekhi Plateau and Metekhi Church, located in Tbilisi Historical district. The bronze equestrian statue of the king Vakhtang IV Gorgasali, the founder of Tbilisi in 4th-5th cc, is a remarkable landmark on the cliff above the river Mtkvari. Walk from Metekhi to the Europe square and Rike park. This picturesque area was part of Sachino Palace and a tiny island on Mtkvari river in 19th c. The fortress Narikala – the ancient stronghold can be reached by an aerial cable car flying across the river high into the sky to another side of the city.
Narikala opens a new look from the right riverside. Take a walk through the city: the National Botanical Garden, Jumah Mosque, LegvtaKhevi canyon and waterfall, Abanotubani – the historical sulfur bathhouse district, Shardeni and the king Erekle II streets, the glass pedestrian Bridge of Peace are located on a walking distance. Tbilisi city walking tour finishes at the Meidan Square.
One hour break - free time for wondering or for lunch at the local restaurant.
After the break, continue the city sightseeing. Visit the treasury of Georgia National Museum, drive across the main streets, Rustaveli avenue, Heroes’ square, Agmashenebeli avenue and Freedom square. See National Opera and Ballet house, Parliament house, Republic square, Soviet Tbilisi and have a nice day ahead!
Overnight in Tbilisi.
Driving distance: 142 km (3 h 5 min)
After breakfast in Tbilisi hotel check out and drive to the North along the Georgian Military Highway. Mtskheta – the former historical capital of Eastern Georgian kingdom, named Iberia, is located 23 km from Tbilisi at the convergence of the rivers of Mtkvari and Aragvi. Take a walk in the town and visit Cathedral Svetitskhoveli (11th c), Antiokh (5th c) and Monastery of Jvari (6th c) - all area is listed in UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
On the way to the Great Caucasus Mountains make a stop near picturesque Zhinvali reservoir. Visit Ananuri Architectural Complex that served once a residential caste of local Aragvi’s Eristavi dukes (17-18th cc).
In the evening arrive to the ski-resort Gudauri, at an elevation of 2196 m above sea level.
Dinner and overnight in Gudauri.
Driving distance: 208 km (4 h 12 min)
After breakfast in Gudauri hotel leave for Stepantsminda, Kazbegi municipality town. Drive through the picturesque, high mountain Jvari Pass (2395 m altitude). Make several stops on the way: for the Friendship Monument (colorful observation platform), at Jvari Pass obelisk of 19th c, the pink travertine hill and mineral water spring. The total length of the pass is 15 km, it starts after Gudauri and represents one of the most impressive roads in Georgia.
Arrive to the alpine townlet Stephantsminda, the closest city to the border with Russia. Stepantsminda is a favorite place and a base camp for climbers and adventure seekers, who travel in the Greater Caucasus Mountains, Kazbegi National Park and climb the Mount Kazbegi (5054 m).
Get ready for 3 h (double way) iconic trek to the top of Gergeti. The Mount Gergeti (2000m) is crowned by 14th c Gergeti Trinity Church. The church platform reveals a breathtaking view overlooking the town, while standing on the foothills of the giant Kazbegi peak (5054 m).
Continue to the Dariali canyon up to the Georgia-Russian border Larsi. Visit Dariali Monastery of archangels of St. Gabriel and St. Michael. Walk to the Gveleti waterfalls.
In the evening leave for Tbilisi. One more impressive day!
Overnight in Tbilisi.
Driving distance: 250 km (4 h 4 min)
Breakfast. Check out and head to Samtskhe region through Kartli.
Visit town Gori, the fortress Tskhrakara and museum of Joseph Stalin. Museum consists of Stalin’s memorial house, exhibition building with tower and a train.
Next stop in Kartli region is an ancient cave town Uplistsikhe dated back to the 1st millennium BC, which is one of the oldest urban settlements in Georgia. Tour will take about 40 minutes.
Continuation of the way to Borjomi - a spa resort in the Mtkvari gorge, famous for its woods, National Park and springs of mineral water "Borjomi". Take relaxing walk in Borjomi park, taste the healing water from the main spring and depart for Akhaltsihke.
Overnight in Akhalstsikhe.
Driving distance: 60 km (1 h 12 min)
Breakfast at the hotel and check out. Akhaltsikhe in translation means “a new castle” as the main castle was renewed in the middle ages. Visit its most remarkable district – Rabati. The tour includes excursion in Akhaltsikhe history museum located inside the 14th century Jakeli Castle, courtyard with amphitheater, Mosque, fortress church and the St. Marine church.
Leave for Vardzia village. Vardzia is another famous cave complex located near Turkish and Armenia borders. This rock-hewn cave monastery was founded in 12th-13th centuries. Tour will take about one hour.
Overnight in Vardzia.
Driving distance: 223 km (3 h 58 min)
Breakfast at the hotel, check out. Leave for Tbilisi.
Today the way goes through beautiful Javakheti Plateau, dotted by alpine pastures and three lakes of Sagamo, ParaVani and Tsalka. Make several stops, visit Phoka nunnery shop, taste local cheese, jams and handmade chocolate.
Arrive in Tbilisi. Leisure evening.
Overnight in Tbilisi.
Note: In case you want to travel longer, please see the extensions or contact us trips[at]georgianholidays.com
Those taking extension trips to Georgia will start their tour next morning after breakfast.
Breakfast at the hotel. Check out time before 12:00 pm.
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The deposit for this trip is: 300$
If you book early (6 months before your landing) you will receive a 10% discount.
Flights should be booked individually.
Flights should not be booked until you have received your booking confirmation and "Guaranteed" is displayed on the trip.
To arrange airport transfers and additional hotel overnights, contact us trips [at] georgianholidays.com
0-6 years - Free
7-11 years – 1040 USD
12 years and over - Adult price
Cancellation is free of charge prior 14 days of the starting day.
If Tourist cancels the booked tour for some reasons not depending on Tour Operator, the following sums are kept back as a fine: