Jewels of the Caucasus

An Unforgettable Adventure through Azerbaijan, Georgia, and Armenia

Detailed Description

Overview

Difficulty
Comfort
Imereti   Shida Kartli   Tbilisi   Kakheti   Azerbaijan   Armenia   Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti  
Destination
Discovery
Tour type
May — October
Period
16 days
Duration
6-12
Group
12+
Age
GT011
Program code

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!

Itinerary

Day 1 — Welcome to Baku

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

Route: Baku

Accommodation: Included Austin hotel * Or similar | Hotel | Comfortable accommodation, private WC & shower

Meals: breakfast: included, lunch: not included, dinner: not included

Guide: Not included

Day 2 — 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.

Route: Baku

Activities: City Walking | 4 hours , Sightseeing | 4 hours

Accommodation: Included Austin hotel * Or similar | Hotel | Comfortable accommodation, private WC & shower

Meals: breakfast: included, lunch: not included, dinner: not included

Guide: Full day

Visited Attractions*: Upland Park, Shirvanshahs' Palace, St. Bartholomew Church, Maiden Tower.

Day 3 — 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.

Route: Baku — Private car | 105 km · 2 h 15 min Yanardag — Private car | 20 km · 30 min Baku

Activities: Sightseeing | 4 hours

Accommodation: Included Austin hotel * Or similar | Hotel | Comfortable accommodation, private WC & shower

Meals: breakfast: included, lunch: not included, dinner: not included

Guide: Full day

Visited Attractions*: Yanardag, Ateshgah Fire Temple.

Day 4 — 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.

Route: Baku — Private car | 320 km · 5 h Sheki

Activities: City Walking | 2 hours , Sightseeing | 3 hours

Accommodation: Included Issam hotel & spa Sheki * Or similar | Hotel | Comfortable accommodation, private WC & shower

Meals: breakfast: included, lunch: not included, dinner: not included

Guide: Full day

Visited Attractions*: Sheki Khans’ Palace.

Day 5 — 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.

Route: Sheki — Private car | 120 km · 2 h 30 min Lagodekhi — Private car | 70 km · 1 h 30 min Sighnaghi

Activities: City Walking | 2 hours , Sightseeing | 4 hours

Accommodation: Included Hotel Brigitte * Or similar | Hotel | Comfortable accommodation, private WC & shower

Meals: breakfast: included, lunch: not included, dinner: not included

Guide: Full day

Visited Attractions*: Bodbe Monastery, Church of Kish, Lagodekhi National Reserve, Sighnaghi Wall.

Day 6 — 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.

Route: Sighnaghi — Private car | 170 km · 3 h 15 min Tbilisi

Activities: City Walking 45 minutes , Sightseeing | 3 hours

Accommodation: Included Old Meidan Tbilisi by Urban Hotels * Or similar | Hotel | Comfortable accommodation, private WC & shower

Meals: breakfast: included, lunch: not included, dinner: not included

Guide: Full day

Visited Attractions*: Tsinandali Palace, Ujarma Fortress, Telavi Bazaar, Giant Plane Tree, Monument of Erekle II.

Day 7 — 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.

Route: Tbilisi

Activities: City Walking | 3 hours , Sightseeing | 4 hours

Accommodation: Included Old Meidan Tbilisi by Urban Hotels * Or similar | Hotel | Comfortable accommodation, private WC & shower

Meals: breakfast: included, lunch: not included, dinner: not included

Guide: Full day

Visited Attractions*: Narikala Fortress, Sioni Cathedral, Meidani Square, Sololaki District, Gabriadze Theatre, Anchiskhati Basilica, Sulfur Baths, Mother of Georgia, Rustaveli Avenue, Bridge of Peace, Freedom Square, Metekhi Church.

Day 8 — 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.

Route: Tbilisi — Private car | 230 km · 3 h 30 min Kutaisi — Private car | 90 km · 2 h Zeda Gordi

Activities: Sightseeing | 4 hours , City Walking | 1 hours , Caving | 1 hours

Accommodation: Included Guest house in Gordi * Or similar | Guest House | Twin or double room, shared WC & shower on the floor

Meals: breakfast: included, lunch: not included, dinner: not included

Guide: Full day

Visited Attractions*: Okatse Canyon, Gelati Monastery, Prometheus Cave, Kutaisi Opera Theatre, Kutaisi Green Bazaar, Bagrati Cathedral, White Bridge.

Day 9 — 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.

Route: Zeda Gordi — Private car | 200 km · 4 h 45 min Mestia

Activities: Sightseeing | 2 hours

Accommodation: Included Mestia Plaza * Or similar | Hotel | Comfortable accommodation, private WC & shower

Meals: breakfast: included, lunch: not included, dinner: not included

Guide: Full day

Visited Attractions*: Enguri Dam, Mount Ushba, Mount Tetnuldi.

Day 10 — 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.

Route: Mestia — Private car | 45 km · 1 h 30 min Ushguli — Private car | 45 km · 1 h 30 min Mestia

Activities: City Walking | 3 hours , Sightseeing | 4 hours

Accommodation: Included Mestia Plaza * Or similar | Hotel | Comfortable accommodation, private WC & shower

Meals: breakfast: included, lunch: not included, dinner: not included

Guide: Full day

Visited Attractions*: Svaneti Ethnography Museum, Lamaria Church, Chazhashi Savior Church, St. George Church, Queen Tamar Castle, Mount Ushba, Mount Tetnuldi.

Day 11 — 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.

Route: Mestia — Private car | 140 km · 3 h 30 min Zugdidi

Activities: Sightseeing | 3 hours

Accommodation: Included Shogi * Or similar | Hotel | Comfortable accommodation, private WC & shower

Meals: breakfast: included, lunch: not included, dinner: not included

Guide: Full day

Visited Attractions*: Dadiani Palace, Zugdidi Botanical Garden.

Day 12 — "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.

Route: Zugdidi — Private car | 280 km · 4 h 30 min Gori

Activities: Sightseeing | 2 hours

Accommodation: Included Guesthouse Hestia * Or similar | Guest House | Comfortable accommodation, private WC & shower

Meals: breakfast: included, lunch: not included, dinner: not included

Guide: Full day

Visited Attractions*: Stalin Museum, Gorijvari Church, Uplistsikhe, Gori Fortress.

Day 13 — 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.

Route: Gori — Private car | 155 km · 2 h 30 min Sadakhlo — Private car | 160 km · 3 h Dilijan

Activities: City Walking | 1 hours , Sightseeing | 2 hours

Accommodation: Included Cassanova hotel * Or similar | Hotel | Comfortable accommodation, private WC & shower

Meals: breakfast: included, lunch: not included, dinner: not included

Guide: Full day

Visited Attractions*: Sanahin Monastery, Haghpat Monastery.

Day 14 — 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.

Route: Dilijan — Private car | 160 km · 3 h Yerevan

Activities: Sightseeing | 4 hours , City Walking | 1 hours 30 minutes , Masterclass | 1 hours

Accommodation: Included Alba hotel Yerevan * Or similar | Hotel | Comfortable accommodation, private WC & shower

Meals: breakfast: included, lunch: not included, dinner: not included

Guide: Full day

Visited Attractions*: Geghard Monastery, Sevanavank Monastery, Temple of Garni.

Day 15 — 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.

Route: Yerevan — Private car | 85 km · 1 h 45 min Khor Virap — Private car | 45 km · 1 h Yerevan

Activities: City Walking 45 minutes , Sightseeing | 3 hours

Accommodation: Included Alba hotel Yerevan * Or similar | Hotel | Comfortable accommodation, private WC & shower

Meals: breakfast: included, lunch: not included, dinner: not included

Guide: Full day

Visited Attractions*: Khor Virap, Etchmiadzin Cathedral, Zvartnots Cathedral, Mount Ararat.

Day 16 — 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!

Route: Yerevan

Accommodation: Not Included

Meals: breakfast: included, lunch: not included, dinner: not included

Guide: Not included

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.

Departures

Aug. 9, 2024 — Aug. 24, 2024 € 3,490 EUR Guaranteed

What's included?

Accommodation

14 nights — Comfortable accommodation, private WC & shower

1 night — Twin or double room, shared WC & shower on the floor

Meals

16 breakfasts, 0 lunch, 0 dinners.

Guide

14 days — Full day,

Transport

Private car: ~2440 km. *

Activities

City Walking: ~19 hours, Sightseeing: ~46 hours, Masterclass: ~1 hours, Caving: ~1 hours. *

Additionally included

Entrance fees to all sites according to the programm, English speaking guide, All master classes mentioned, Visa for Azerbaijan, Wine tasting.

Not included

Plane tickets, Personal expenses and tips, Travel insurance.

The provided measures of total kilometers for transport, duration of guide services, and activities in our tour program are approximate and may vary depending on the program flow and terrain conditions. While we strive to ensure the accuracy of these numbers, please note that they are intended as estimates. We make every effort to provide the most precise information possible to give you an idea of the overall tour experience.

Note

Guide services can be provided in different languages, depending on the preferences of the group.
Please note that the indicated price is based on a group size of 8 participants. If the group size is smaller, the price can be adjusted accordingly.
If you're interested in extending the tour for more days, please let us know, and we'll be happy to provide options and prices upon request.

Equipment & Checklist

Summer in Georgia is a great time to visit both the lowlands and the mountains. The average temperature in the summer months (June to August) is around 25°C (77°F) in the lowlands and 15°C (59°F) in the mountains, although it can get quite hot during the day.

For this tour, it is recommended to bring lightweight, breathable clothing such as cotton t-shirts and shorts for the lowlands. If you plan to spend time in the mountains, it's a good idea to pack some warm layers such as a fleece or sweater for cooler evenings, as well as waterproof gear for unexpected rain.

Remember to check the weather forecast before your trip and pack accordingly, as conditions can change quickly in the mountains. Enjoy your summer tour to Georgia!

Here's a comprehensive checklist for your summer tour to Georgia:

Accommodation

The accommodations in this tour are in good and clean 2-3 star hotels with private facilities and are located in excellent central locations. If a hotel name is marked with "* or similar," it means a similar hotel of equivalent or higher class may be provided based on tour dates, group size, and hotel availability. The itinerary section of the program description will specify the exact type of accommodation for each day.

Meals

Eating is an integral part of travel, and with Georgia.to, you will have the opportunity to savor the delicious cuisine that Georgia has to offer. While breakfast is included, some lunches and dinners may be held at local restaurants, giving you the flexibility to choose where, what, and with whom you want to eat. Although meals are not typically included in the trip price, food is generally inexpensive, with an average cost of 10-15 euros per person for dinner or lunch, including drinks. However, our group often eats together to allow for a diverse taste of dishes and for the enjoyment of each other's company, though this is not a requirement.

Transport

In this tour, all transportation is private and tailored to your group's needs. Depending on the size of the group, transportation options can range from a car, a mini-van, or a minibus. In areas with challenging road conditions, a 4x4 vehicle may be used to ensure a safe and comfortable journey. With private transport, you will have the flexibility to customize your itinerary and move around at your own pace.

Guides

Our group tour leaders are the most experienced and knowledgeable individuals with excellent English language skills. If the common language of the group is different, we can provide guides in other foreign languages by coordinating with our travel assistant team. The guide will be available to the group for the entire duration of the trip, and their exact availability is marked in the Itinerary section of the program for each day. Please refer to the Itinerary section to know how long the guide will be available on each day.

Money

In Georgia, the currency is the Georgian Lari (GEL). You can exchange money at banks, exchange offices, and some hotels. Small exchange offices are omnipresent throughout Georgia and offer competitive exchange rates. Your guide will be able to advise you on the best place to exchange money, as exchange rates may vary depending on the location. You can also check the current exchange rates on www.xe.com

Bank cards are widely accepted in restaurants, hotels, and shops, but it is advisable to have some cash as a backup, in case there are issues with local ATM machines or credit cards. However, it is possible that in remote villages, bank cards may not be accepted, so it is best to have some cash on hand. The most widely accepted cards are Visa and MasterCard. We recommend exchanging only small amounts of money at a time, as exchange rates can fluctuate frequently. It is also advisable to inform your bank in advance of your travel plans to avoid any issues with international transactions.

Money in Azerbaijan

In Azerbaijan, the national currency is the Azerbaijani Manat (AZN). For currency exchange, you can visit banks, exchange bureaus, and some hotels. Throughout Azerbaijan, numerous small exchange offices provide competitive rates. Your guide can suggest the most suitable locations for exchanging money, as rates may differ based on the area. To stay updated on current exchange rates, visit www.xe.com.

Credit and debit cards, especially Visa and MasterCard, are widely accepted in hotels, restaurants, and shops. Nevertheless, it's a good idea to carry some cash as a backup in case you encounter issues with ATMs or card transactions. In remote villages, card acceptance might be limited, so having cash on hand is essential. It's advisable to exchange small amounts of money at a time, as rates can change often. Before your trip, it's also wise to inform your bank about your travel plans to prevent any issues with international transactions.

Money in Armenia

In Armenia, the local currency is the Armenian Dram (AMD). Currency exchange can be done at banks, exchange bureaus, or select hotels. Across Armenia, you'll find many small exchange offices that provide competitive rates. Your guide will be able to recommend the optimal place to exchange money, as rates can vary by location. To check current exchange rates, visit www.xe.com.

Credit and debit cards, particularly Visa and MasterCard, are accepted at numerous establishments such as hotels, restaurants, and shops. However, it's wise to carry cash as a backup in case of difficulties with ATMs or card transactions. In more remote areas, card acceptance may be limited, making cash essential. When exchanging money, it's best to do so in smaller increments since rates can change frequently. Additionally, notifying your bank about your upcoming travel can help prevent issues with international transactions.

Tipping

The Georgia.to travel team, including guides, drivers, cooks, etc., are paid a fair wage and do not expect tips. If you choose to leave a gratuity as a way of expressing your satisfaction, please note that damaged or adhesive coins or banknotes cannot be exchanged. Tips can be left at your discretion in envelopes. In restaurants, it is customary to leave 5-10% as a tip.

Health

For your health and safety, it's important to be in good health before traveling to Georgia. Consult with a doctor or travel medicine specialist for recommended vaccines and preventive measures. To prevent insect bites and follow food safety measures, it's best to drink only bottled or treated water and be mindful of what you eat.

Bring enough of your prescription medicine and ensure that it is legal in Georgia if you have a pre-existing medical condition. A basic first-aid kit, including pain relievers, anti-diarrhea medication, and insect repellent, is also recommended in case of minor illnesses or injuries.

While Georgia has modern medical facilities in cities like Tbilisi and Batumi, it's still wise to have travel insurance in case of unexpected medical expenses. There are no specific health requirements for this trip, but it's important to prioritize your health and safety while traveling.

Visa Requirements for Georgia

Visa requirements for Georgia for foreign citizens vary depending on the country of origin. Citizens of most countries are eligible for a visa-free entry to Georgia for stays of up to one year. However, some countries require a pre-arranged visa, which can be obtained from a Georgian embassy or consulate. It is recommended to check the specific visa requirements for your country of origin before traveling to Georgia. Here is a short list of countries with citizens that do not need a visa to enter Georgia for a stay up to one year:

EU countries, including Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Germany, Denmark, Spain, France, Italy, Netherlands, Portugal, and more. Switzerland, United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, South Korea, Israel, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, South Africa, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Mexico etc.

Please find the exhaustive information on the Ministry of Foreign Affaires of Georgia website: https://www.geoconsul.gov.ge/

Visa Requirements for Azerbaijan

Visa requirements for international tourists visiting Azerbaijan vary based on their nationality and the purpose of their visit. Citizens of several countries enjoy visa-free entry to Azerbaijan, including those from Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Russia, Tajikistan, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan.

However, travelers from many other countries must apply for an electronic visa (e-visa) or obtain a visa from an Azerbaijani embassy or consulate before their visit. It is crucial to check the visa requirements for your specific nationality before planning your trip to Azerbaijan. The duration of your stay, along with any additional entry requirements, can also vary based on your country of origin. We recommend visiting the official Azerbaijani Ministry of Foreign Affairs website or contacting your local Azerbaijani embassy or consulate for the most up-to-date and accurate information on visa requirements for your visit to Azerbaijan.

Visa Requirements for Armenia

Visa requirements for international tourists visiting Armenia vary depending on their nationality and purpose of their visit. Citizens of several countries enjoy visa-free entry to Armenia, including those from the United States, Canada, the European Union, Australia, and New Zealand.

However, some travelers must apply for an e-visa or obtain a visa from an Armenian embassy or consulate before their visit. It is essential to check the visa requirements for your specific nationality before planning your trip to Armenia. The duration of your stay, along with any additional entry requirements, can also vary based on your country of origin. We recommend visiting the official Armenian Ministry of Foreign Affairs website or contacting your local Armenian embassy or consulate for the most up-to-date and accurate information on visa requirements for your visit to Armenia.

Dress Code

When visiting Georgia, it is important to be mindful of the local customs and dress codes, especially when entering religious buildings. In such places, it is expected that visitors dress modestly with women covering their heads and legs. Shorts and skirts above the knee are usually not allowed. Outside of religious buildings, there is a more casual and relaxed dress code with no specific restrictions, and visitors are free to wear what they prefer. It is worth noting that Georgia is a modern and European-influenced country, so visitors may encounter a mix of styles from traditional and contemporary.

Dress Code in Azerbaijan

When visiting Azerbaijan, it is important to dress modestly and respectfully, keeping in mind the local culture and customs. Here are some dress code recommendations for your trip:

— General attire: For both men and women, it is advised to wear clothing that covers your shoulders and knees. Avoid revealing or tight-fitting clothes, as they may be considered inappropriate, particularly in rural areas or conservative settings.
— Religious sites: When visiting mosques or other religious sites, women should cover their heads with a scarf, and both men and women should wear long pants and long-sleeved shirts to cover their arms and legs. In some cases, women may be provided with a chador (a full-body cloak) to wear during their visit.
— Urban areas: In cosmopolitan cities like Baku, you may find more relaxed dress codes, particularly in upscale restaurants, bars, or hotels. However, it is still best to maintain a respectful and modest appearance in public places.
— Business meetings: For business occasions, a conservative and professional dress code is recommended. Men should wear suits, while women should opt for a suit or a conservative dress.
— Weather considerations: Azerbaijan experiences hot summers and mild winters, so pack lightweight, breathable clothing for the warmer months and layer up with jackets, scarves, and hats during the colder months.

In summary, when visiting Azerbaijan, it is essential to dress modestly and respectfully to ensure a comfortable and culturally sensitive experience.

Laundry

Laundry service is available at the majority of our hotels for a reasonable fee, usually around 10 euros or less per load. If you need this service, please speak to your guide in advance to arrange it.

Travel Insurance

Travel insurance is not a requirement to enter Georgia, but it is highly recommended. A comprehensive travel insurance policy can provide coverage for trip cancellations, medical expenses, lost or stolen belongings, and emergency evacuation. In case of unexpected events, having travel insurance can provide peace of mind and financial protection. It is important to review the coverage and terms of your travel insurance policy before departing to ensure it meets your specific needs and provides adequate protection while traveling in Georgia.

Safety and Security

Georgia is considered one of the safest countries in the world and visitors can generally feel safe while exploring the country. Crime rates, including pickpocketing, are low and tourists can move around freely without major concerns for their safety. However, as with any destination, it is always advisable to take basic safety precautions, such as keeping valuables out of sight, not carrying large amounts of cash, and being aware of one's surroundings in busy areas.

Emergency Contact

In case of any emergencies, we are available for support. During office hours (Tbilisi time), you can reach us at +995 591 257 715 for any urgent questions. Additionally, upon booking, you will be provided with a 24/7 personnel travel assistant for the duration of your trip. They will be available to assist you with any needs or concerns.

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