Armenia, Georgia and Azerbaijan tour itinerary AGA
Number of Days: 14
The three countries of the Trans-Caucasus interlock like puzzle pieces on a strip of mountainous land wedged between the Black and Caspian seas. Each shares a border with the other two, yet they could hardly be more different. Three unrelated languages are spoken here, and two different religions hold sway. But the Muslim people of Azerbaijan and the Christians of Armenia and Georgia all have robust pagan roots, a love of life and a strong culture of hospitality and home.
14 day Armenia, Georgia and Azerbaijan escorted tour.
Includes 13 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 8 dinners, plus entrances and attractions as per itinerary.
The tour commences in Yerevan and concludes Baku
1 Day: Yerevan
Arrival. Group transfer to the hotel. Rest. Overnight at the hotel in Yerevan.
Meet the rest of the group 6pm tonight in the downstairs lounge at the hotel.
2 Day: Yerevan, Garni, Geghard, Vernisage
Breakfast at the hotel. Start sightseeing tour around the vibrant city of Yerevan. We start our exploration from Republic Square, continue to the Opera House, a stunning architectural piece and the hub of Yerevan. We visit the Cascade Complex, an open-air museum of modern art with massive stairways leading up to the Victory Park providing a fantastic overlook to the entire downtown from above. Drive to The Garni Temple dating back to the1stcentury.The citadel and pagan temple of Garni is a picturesque monument of the Hellenistic period and an impressive piece of ancient Armenian architecture. Lunch in a local house with the lavash baking presentation. Then we visit Geghard Monastery. The spectacular towering cliffs surrounding the monastery are part of the Azat River Gorge and are included together with the monastery in the UNESCO World Heritage Site listing. Back to Yerevan. Overnight at the hotel in Yerevan. B,L
3 Day: Khor Virap, Areni-, Noravank
Breakfast at the hotel. Drive to Khor-Virap monastery 4-17th century. 45km fromYerevan the monastery of Khor-Virap has a very rich history, both religious and secular. Khor Virapwas built in Artashat during the reign of the Arshakids dynasty. At that time it was used as a pit-dungeon for convicts.In the 60s of the 4th century Artashat was ruined by Persian invaders. It is situated in the Ararat valley against the biblical Ararat Mountain, were Noah`s arch came to rest. There is a connection with Gregory the Illuminator, who introduced Christianity to Armenia and was the first Armenian Catholic. Visit Areni winery to taste local wine. Continue to Noravank monastery -a great religious and cultural centre of 12th century. Noravank (“New Monastery”) is 122km away from Yerevan and is in a previously inaccessible location. Lunch in a cave café. Overnight at the hotel in Yerevan. B,L
4 Day: Zvartnots, Echmiadzin, Gyumri
Breakfast at the hotel. Proceed to the ruins of Zvartnots Temple (7th century) which is listed as a World Cultural Heritage Site by UNESCO. Drive to Echmiadzin, the spiritual centre of all Armenians and the seat of Armenian Catholics. Echmiadzin Cathedral is the oldest standing Christian church built in303AD over a pagan fire altar. This landmark is also a protected UNESCO World Heritage site. Lunch is in local community. Proceed to Gyumri. Short sightseeing in the old city. Overnight at hotel in Gyumri. B,L
5 Day: Bavra, Vardzia, Akhaltsikhe
First thing today we drive to the Armenian - Georgian border at Bavra and continue our way to Varzia. The magnificent cave town of Vardzia (12th century) is one of the highlights of the tour. It covers over half a kilometre alongside the River Mtkvari and has 19 tiers. Initially about 3,000caves. See the rock hewn church with amazing 12th century frescos. The complex includes dwellings, churches, refectories, wine cellars, pharmacy, etc. Overnight at our hotel in Akhaltsikhe. B,D
6 Day: Akhaltsikhe, Gelati, Kutaisi
this morning we drive to Imereti province (West Georgia), which is very different from Kartli province (East Georgia) with its cool springs, green fields and beautiful gardens. Visit the pretty town of Kutaisi, the second largest in the country (antique town more than 3000 years old) and its historical places: Gelati Cathedral (12th century) – one of the earliest academies worldwide, and the splendid Bagrati Cathedral (11th century). Both Gelati and Bagrati Cathedral are UNESCO World Heritage sites. Dinner and overnight in Kutaisi. B,D
7 Day: Old Silk Road, Uplistsikhe, Gudauri
In the morning we drive to Uplistsikhe Cave Town (1st millennium BC). Uplistsikhe is the place where the Great Silk Road used to pass through. This is an old and interesting complex with dwellings, wine-cellars, bakeries, a three-nave basilica church hewn out of rock and even a theatre. Continue to drive along the Georgian military highway and on the way visit Ananuri architectural complex (17th century). The carvings on the churches are one of the best examples of Georgian art. The drive is very scenic through high Caucasus mountains. Dinner and overnight at hotel in Gudauri. B,D
8 Day: Stepantsminda, Mtskheta, Tbilisi
A stunning drive from Gudauri along the Tergi River brings us to Stepantsminda (Kazbegi) – the main town in the region. From here we walk up through beautiful valleys and woodland leads us to Gergeti Trinity Church located at 2170 m. Weather permitting you may catch a glimpse of one of the highest glaciers in the Caucasus – Mt.Kazbegi (5047m). Drive to Mtskheta and see its major historical places: Jvari Monastery (6th century) and Svetitskhoveli Cathedral (11th century) where the Robe of Christ is buried. Both Jvari and Svetitskhoveli are UNESCO World Heritage sites. Continue to Tbilisi. Overnight at a hotel in Tbilisi. B,L
9 Day: Tbilisi
Today we will explore the capital of Georgia, Tbilisi. Explore the narrow streets of the historic areas of the city to enjoy colourful houses, patterned balconies and contrasts with modern architecture. We will start the tour at Metekhi Church (13th century) and magnificent views over old Tbilisi. A stroll along winding little streets takes us to the main highlights of the city. Afterwards enjoy the panoramic views over the town and walk through the ancient Narikala Fortress (4th century). We then find ourselves in the historical domed sulphur bath area connected with the name of the city. Finally we visit the historical museum (subject to availability, closed Mondays) which illustrates the fact that Georgia is truly regarded as the land of the Golden Fleece. B,D
10 Day: Sighnaghi, Velistsikhe, Tsinandali, Kvareli
Today we travel in Kakheti region famous for wine making and hospitality. Here we can see both snowy Caucasus mountains and fertile valleys. Firstly we visit the beautiful 18th century small town of Sighnaghi – check out its old wall, small houses with tile roofs and decorated balconies. From here there are picturesque views over the Alazani valley and the Great Caucasus mountains. Later we visit a 300 year old Georgian wine cellar and taste wine still produced by tradition methods in Kvevri - this method of winemaking is inscribed in the UNESCO Intangible Heritage List. Afterwards visit Tsinandali and visit local duke’s estate from the 19th century. Walk in the beautiful garden and visit the house-museum. Continue to Kvareli. Dinner and overnight at hotel in Tbilisi. B,D
11 Day: Alaverdi, Gremi, Nekresi, Lagodekhi, Sheki
Today we visit Alaverdi cathedral (11th century) and Gremi Fortress (16th century). Then we continue our way to Nekresi cloister complex with views over the Alazani valley. Afterwards we head to a local village to have home-made lunch prepared by a local family and homemade wine. Continue to drive to Georgian-Azerbaijan border at Lagodekhi. Dinner and overnight in Sheki. B,L,D
12 Day: Sheki-Shemakha
In the morning drive to Baku. On our way we visit Diri Baba shrine in Maraza and the seven tombs in Shamakha. Dinner and overnight in Baku – our base for the last 2 nights. B,D
13 Day: Gobustan, Baku City
Drive to Gobustan 65km. Visit Gobustan open air rock paintings museum, another UNESCO Heritage site and archaeological museum. Baku city tour. Tonight enjoy our included farewell dinner. B,D
14 Day: Baku
Your tour finishes this morning after breakfast. Transfer to the airport (for scheduled group flights) for onward travel arrangements. Private transfers available from the hotel. B
THIS ITINERARY IS THE PROPERTY OF CLASSIC TOURS AND THE TRAVEL WAREHOUSE AND IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE.
- Meals B = Continental breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinners as per final itinerary.
- Transportation, ESG,
- Entrance fees,
- 1 bottle of water per person per day.
- private transfers,
- travel insurance,
- all other services not specified as included in the final itinerary.
REQUIREMENTS OF TRAVEL: All passengers must…
- Have comprehensive travel insurance and
- The necessary inoculations and
- Necessary visas and permits for the destinations and
- Have sufficient mobility to be able to board a coach and undertake walking tours.
- Meals B = Continental breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinners as per final itinerary.
- $4,995 per person based on twin share
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