Dates: guaranteed departure each week all year round.
How to join the group: your arrival airport should be Tbilisi or Yerevan on Friday. Departure airport should be Baku on next Monday.
Duration: 11 Days / 10 Nights.
Multi-country tour itinerary:
Friday: Arrival day
Arrival in Tbilisi or Yerevan airport, meeting company representative and transfer to a hotel in Yerevan; Check in after 15:00.
Overnight in Yerevan.
Saturday: Yerevan city tour
12:00 - Yerevan city tour. Visit Mother Armenia monument and get a spectacular view of Mt. Ararat with panorama of central Yerevan. Visit the Matenadaran Institute of Ancient Manuscripts. Take a tour of Cascade complex, Opera House, Northern Avenue and Republic Square. Visit Armenian Genocide Memorial. Take a tour of “Vernissage” to buy souvenirs and gifts. Visit fruit market “Shouka” to buy traditional sweets or dry fruits.
Overnight in Yerevan. Meal: breakfast. Distance: 100 km / 60 miles
Sunday: Yerevan – Khor Virap- Echmiadzin – Zvartnots - Yerevan
09:00 - drive to Khor Virap monastery, where the Mt. Ararat reveals its breathtaking size and splendor. Drive to Echmiadzin, the spiritual and administrative center of the Armenian Apostolic Church. Visit the Main Cathedral of Echmiadzin and attend the Holy Liturgy (Sundays). Return to Yerevan. En route visit ruins of the 7th century Zvartnots Temple. Return to Yerevan.
Overnight in Yerevan. Meal: breakfast. Distance: 250 km / 155 miles
Monday: Yerevan– Garni – Geghard – Lake Sevan – Haghpat - Armenia / Georgia border – Tbilisi
09:00 - check out from hotel. Drive to the oldest surviving building on the territory of Armenia, the 1st century Garni Pagan Temple. Visit one of the most beautiful monasteries in Armenia, the 13th century cave monastery of Geghard. Drive to Lake Sevan. Visit monastery of Sevanavank on Sevan peninsula. Continue to Dilijan, a resort town renowned for its charming nature and extraordinary architecture. Visit the historical district of Old Dilijan, the Sharambeyan Street. Drive to Alaverdi. Visit Haghpat monastery. Drive to Armenia-Georgia border. After border formalities, drive to Tbilisi.
Overnight in Tbilisi. Meal: breakfast. Distance: 350 km / 220 miles
Tuesday: Ananuri - Gudauri - Kazbegi - Gergeti - Tbilisi
09:00 - driving towards the Caucasus Mountains, we will make a stop on the bank of the Zhinvali reservoir and visit Ananuri castle. Continuing upwards to the alpine ski resort at Gudauri, we will follow the old Georgian Military road through Cross Pass to arrive in Stephantsminda, here we will enjoy view from Gergeti church. After exotic lunch in a local family, return to Tbilisi hotel.
Overnight in Tbilisi. Meal: breakfast, lunch. Distance: 350 km / 220 miles
Wednesday: Signagi - Bodbe - Kvareli - Telavi
09:00 - drive to fortified city of Signagi which is surrounded with a wall with 28 watch towers, visit convent of Bodbe, the territory of the monastery offers spectacular views of the land of the best Georgian wines - Alazani Valley with peaks of the Greater Caucasus towering behind it. After Bodbe we continue to the tunnel winery at Khareba to taste Kakhetian wines made according local traditions in Kvevri. Visit Gremi fortress and continue to Telavi, visit the old town. Check in to hotel.
Overnight in Kakheti province. Meal: breakfast. Distance: 200 km / 125 miles
Thursday: Alaverdi - Tsinandali - Shuamta - Tbilisi
09:00 - we will start with Telavi food market and continue to Alaverdi Cathedral. Built in the early XI century, it is one of four Great Cathedrals of the country and the highest of the ancient churches of Georgia. Next stop is in the Tsinandali estate - well known for its beauty. Prince Alexander Chavchavadze was a poet and a prominent figure in Georgia. In his home you can find an art gallery and a bar, where you can try Tsinandali - the first Georgian wine produced in accordance with the European technology. Continue visiting Ikalto Academy and Shuamta monastery complex; drive to Tbilisi hotel via beautiful Gombori pass.
Overnight in Tbilisi. Meal: breakfast. Distance: 200 km / 125 miles
Friday: Lagodekhi – Border with Azerbaijan – Sheki
09:00 - drive to Lagodekhi border with Azerbaijan. Cross the border, meet your local guide and start exploring Azerbaijan – the land of fire. Drive to Sheki. On the way, visit the first Albanian church in Caucasus in the village Kish dating back to the 1st century AD. Have a short sightseeing tour on arrival: visit Sheki medieval fortress, Sheki Khans Palace, handicrafts workshop, panoramic view of the town, mosque-madrassah, and local bazaar.
Overnight in Sheki. Meal: breakfast. Distance: 300 km / 190 miles
Saturday: Shamakhi – Baku
09:00 - drive to Baku. On the way visit historical mosque Juma and mausoleum of Seven Domes – Yeddi Gumbez in Shamakhi town. visit the Shirvan Shah's family grave yard. Arrival in Baku. Evening tour 1 hour.
Overnight in Baku. Meal: breakfast. Distance: 300 km / 190 miles
Sunday: Absheron Peninsula – Gobustan – Baku
09:00 - today you will visit the area of the Greater Baku and Absheron peninsula. Start with Gobustan National Park. Pay a visit to the Petroglyphs Museum and explore petroglyphs dating back to 10,000 BC. Continue to mud volcanoes in Gobustan Reserve. Gobustan is home to almost half of world’s mud volcanoes. Later drive to Ateshgah – temple of fire worshippers located in Surakhany village. Zoroastrians from India travelled thousands of kilometers to Ateshgah to worship fire coming out of the earth. Drive to Yanardag Mountain with natural gas burning for several thousands of years.
Overnight in Baku. Meal: breakfast. Distance: 250 km / 155 miles
Transfer to Baku airport for departure.
Tour price includes:
- Airport picks up & drops off
- All excursions according itinerary
- 4 star accommodation 10 nights in turistic locations
- Lunch in Kazbegi
- Entrance fees and museum tickets
- Wine tasting in Kakheti
- Guide service in English language
Free cancellation: 15 days prior arrival
Child up to 5 years: stays for free without additional bed
Child 6 years and above: pays full price of the package
Maximum group size: 8 persons
Optional: additional night at the hotel: $80 per room including breakfast and taxes.