Jewels Of The Caucasus

An Unforgettable Adventure Through Azerbaijan, Georgia, And Armenia
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Overview

Difficulty
Comfort
Tour type
May — October
Period
16 days
Duration
6-12
Group
12+
Age
GT011
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  • Explore 3 Caucasus countries in just 16 days, the most comprehensive itinerary
  • Discover local cuisines in Azerbaijan, Georgia, and Armenia
  • Visit UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including Sheki Khan's Palace, Ushguli village, and Geghard Monastery
  • Admire stunning natural landscapes, including the Caspian Sea, Caucasus Mountains, and Lake Sevan.
  • Experience the vibrant city life in Baku, Tbilisi, and Yerevan
  • Meet and engage with the friendly locals to learn about their unique cultures and traditions
  • Discover ancient history, including the fire temple of Zoroastrians, Hellenistic fortress of Garni, and ancient cave city of Uplistsikhe

Embark on a comprehensive 16-day tour of Azerbaijan, Georgia, and Armenia, and discover the highlights of three unique Caucasian countries. From stunning mountain vistas to UNESCO World Heritage sites, this journey offers a rich cultural experience that includes local cuisine exploration and wine tasting using ancient methods. With a focus on cultural immersion and community engagement, this tour is perfect for adventurous travelers who want to see it all. Welcome to an unforgettable journey through the Caucasus region!

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Itinerary

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Day 1 photo: Welcome to Baku

Welcome to Baku

Our team will welcome you at airport and escort you to your hotel for a rest.

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Day 2 photo: Exploring Baku

Exploring Baku

After enjoying a hearty breakfast at the hotel, we'll kick off the first day of our journey with a visit to the breathtaking Upland Park, the highest point of Baku, offering stunning panoramic views of the city's beautiful bay. From there, we'll move on to explore Baku's charming old city, where we'll take a stroll through the elegant buildings of the early 20th century and visit several historical monuments, including the iconic Shirvanshahs Palace, caravanserais, ancient mosques, the remains of St. Bartholomew church, the old Hammam, and the famous Maiden Tower. Additionally, we'll visit the breathtakingly beautiful Cultural Centre designed by the renowned architect Zaha Hadid. In the evening, we'll enjoy a delicious dinner before retiring for the night in Baku.

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Day 3 photo: Miracles of Gobustan

Miracles of Gobustan

Today we'll visit Gobustan, a UNESCO heritage site with an impressive collection of petroglyphs. At the contemporary museum, we'll use modern technology to explore the engraved stones. Next, we'll visit the mud volcanoes, natural beauties of Azerbaijan. In the afternoon, we'll explore the fire temple Ateshgah and burning mountain, Yanardag. Overnight in Baku.

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Day 4 photo: Oldest mosque of Azerbaijan

Oldest mosque of Azerbaijan

After breakfast at the hotel, we will depart for Sheki. On the way, we will stop in Shamakhi, once the capital of the Shirvanshahs State, to visit the oldest mosque in Azerbaijan dating back to 743. Next, we will explore Nohur Lake in Gabala and Tufandag winter station before continuing on to Sheki. In Sheki, we will visit the stunning Sheki Khan's Palace and the local bazaar to discover the local culture and cuisine. Overnight in Sheki.

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Day 5 photo: Welcome to Georgia

Welcome to Georgia

After breakfast at the hotel, we will visit Sheki and its charming Khan Palace, the 18th century Caravanserai, and Kish village with the oldest church. Then, we will cross the border to Georgia and visit the quaint and flowering Bodbe Monastery. Later, we will explore the charming city of Sighnaghi, known as the "City of Love." Enjoy dinner and overnight stay in Sighnaghi.

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Day 6 photo: Georgia’s premier wine region

Georgia’s premier wine region

After a delicious breakfast in Sighnaghi, we'll visit the famous Tsinandali Estate, including a peaceful walk in the park, a tour of one of Georgia's oldest cellars, a visit to Prince Alexander Chavchavadze's house-museum, and a wine tasting on a tranquil terrace. We'll then take a leisurely walk in Telavi, the charming capital of Kakheti, and stop at the Gombori Pass to admire the beautiful mountains. On the way to the capital, we will visit the medieval fortress Ujarma. Dinner and overnight in Tbilisi.

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Day 7 photo: Exploring Tbilisi

Exploring Tbilisi

Your Tbilisi itinerary will include a fascinating exploration of the historic old town's pedestrian streets with its iconic wooden balconies, ancient churches like Anchiskhati and Sioni, and Meydan square. You'll discover the famous sulfur baths, mosque, and take a cable car to Narikala Fortress for breathtaking views. The Sololaki district, once home to artists and wealthy merchants, is another highlight. If you have energy, we'll watch a free open-air puppet show in front of Rezo Gabriadze Theatre. Dinner and overnight stay in Tbilisi.

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Day 8 photo: Discovering the Wonders of Kutaisi

Discovering the Wonders of Kutaisi

Today, we will explore the breathtaking Kutaisi region, starting with a delicious lunch in Georgia's second-largest city, Kutaisi. Afterward, we'll visit the Gelati Monastery, a UNESCO World Heritage site with stunning ancient frescoes. Then, we'll continue to the Kumistavi Cave, also called Prometheus Cave, to witness an awe-inspiring display of underground rivers, lakes, stalactites, stalagmites, and petrified waterfalls. If time allows, we'll visit the Okatse Canyon and its stunning suspension bridge. Dinner and overnight in Gordi.

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Day 9 photo: Discover Svaneti: Mestia, A UNESCO Heritage

Discover Svaneti: Mestia, A UNESCO Heritage

Today, we'll venture to the stunning Svaneti region, stopping to visit the largest dam in Europe and enjoying lunch with views of glaciers and towering mountains. As we continue our journey, we'll pass alpine meadows, dense forests, and traditional Svanetian villages with their distinctive defensive towers, arriving at the small town of Mestia, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Dinner and overnight stay in Mestia.

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Day 10 photo: Ushguli — The highest inhabited mountain community in Europe

Ushguli — The highest inhabited mountain community in Europe

Today, we'll journey to the highest inhabited village in Europe - Ushguli, a remote mountain community under UNESCO protection. Discover Svanetian identity through its unique Orthodox Christian beliefs and walk through Svan towers, the Lamaria Temple, St. George's and Savior's Churches. Enjoy a meal in the village before returning to Mestia to visit the museum of icons or the ethnographic museum. End the day by climbing the castle of Queen Tamar (time permitting). Dinner and overnight in Mestia.

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Day 11 photo: Discover the rich history of Zugdidi, from Byzantium to Bonaparte

Discover the rich history of Zugdidi, from Byzantium to Bonaparte

Today, we'll leave the high mountains of Svaneti and travel to the charming city of Zugdidi. Along the way, we'll visit the fascinating ethno-village of Sisauri to learn about traditional Georgian life. After lunch, we'll explore Zugdidi, visiting the stunning Dadiani Palace, a historical landmark that once belonged to the royal Dadiani family and housed objects owned by the Napoleon Bonaparte family. Dinner and overnight stay in Zugdidi.

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Day 12 photo: "Heart of Georgia" — Gori

"Heart of Georgia" — Gori

Today, we will continue our journey to the central region of Shida Kartli. After lunch on Rikoti pass, we will visit the cave city of Uplistsikhe, built along the Great Silk Road. Later, we will visit the Stalin Museum, dedicated to one of the most infamous Georgians in history. The museum provides a unique glimpse into the life of the Soviet dictator, as well as the USSR history. Dinner and overnight stay in Gori.

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Day 13 photo: Welcome to Armenia

Welcome to Armenia

After breakfast, we'll take a short tour of Gori before continuing our journey towards the Sadakhlo border. We'll arrive at the border by 14:00 and head straight to Sanahin Monastery, the oldest of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Armenia. From there, we'll visit Haghpat Monastery before finally reaching the charming city of Dilijan. Dinner and overnight stay in Dilijan.

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Day 14 photo: UNESCO World Heritage Site — Geghard Monastery

UNESCO World Heritage Site — Geghard Monastery

Today, we will embark on a journey to explore the cultural and natural wonders of Armenia. Our first stop will be the beautiful Sevanavank Monastery, followed by the iconic Garni pagan temple, one of the rare standing pagan temples in Armenia. Afterward, we will have a hands-on experience learning how to make Lavash, a traditional Armenian bread. We will also visit the natural monument Garni Gorge and the UNESCO World Heritage Site Geghard Monastery. Our day will conclude with a short tour of the city of Yerevan and a delicious dinner. Overnight stay in Yerevan.

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Day 15 photo: Etchmiadzin Cathedral and museum

Etchmiadzin Cathedral and museum

Today, we will start our journey by visiting Etchmiadzin Cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage site and the spiritual and administrative center of the Armenian Apostolic Church. After that, we will visit the 7th-century Zvartnots Cathedral, which is also a UNESCO World Heritage site. Our last stop will be the ancient monastery of Khor Virap, which offers breathtaking views of Mount Ararat. Later, we'll take a short tour of the city of Yerevan, and enjoy a delicious dinner. Overnight stay in Yerevan.

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Day 16 photo: Departure and farewell from the Caucasus

Departure and farewell from the Caucasus

It's time to say goodbye as our team will accompany you to the airport, hoping that you have enjoyed your trip with us and created unforgettable memories that will stay with you forever. We wish you safe travels and hope to see you again soon!

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Our tour program's list of attractions is a guide, not exhaustive. Unlisted sites may be visited, and listed ones might be viewed from a distance. Conditions like operating hours, weather, or local rules may affect access. Thank you for your understanding.

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Aug. 9, 2024 — Aug. 24, 2024 GEL 3,490 USD 1,235 Guaranteed
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