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Georgia, Armenia & Azerbaijan
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The Caucasus are an area of the world that are just coming to the attention of western travellers.  We have been travelling through Georgia and Azerbaijan now for over 20 years, but Armenia is new for 2020 and it’s the perfect addition as it complements Georgia so well. Indeed their mutual history is inextricably linked together and the culture, architecture, and the religion need to be seen together.

Azerbaijan is a very different nation, but equally interesting. A deeply secular state fuelled by a oil driven economy, with a wonderfully modern and interesting capital city of Baku.  But throughout the three countries, the sinews of Imperial and Soviet Russia still are very apparent and bind the three countries together.

  • Duration: 16 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
  • Physical rating: Light
  • Supplier Tour ID: ZTB2/249533
  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Starts: Baku, Azerbaijan
  • Finishes: Tbilisi, Georgia
  • Age requirement: 18 +
You will Visit
  • Baku
  • Lahij Village
  • Gobustan
  • Sheki
  • Lagodekhi
  • Telavi
  • Stepantsminda
  • Mtskheta
  • Borjomi-Kharagauli National Park
  • Vardzia
  • Armenian Highlands
  • Yerevan
  • Lake Sevan
  • Tbilisi

Itinerary

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Day 1: Baku

Border Information: If joining in Baku, you will most likely enter Azerbaijan at Baku Heydar Aliyev International Airport (IATA code: GYD).

There will be an important group meeting at 6.00pm - please look out for a welcome note from your tour leader when you arrive at the joining hotel in Baku.

Please note that many of the options listed below will only be possible for those with extra time in Baku before the start of your trip with us - please contact the Sales Team or your Sales Agent if you would like to book pre - tour accommodation with us to have extra time exploring Baku.

In Baku we will stay in a comfortable hotel with good facilities.

* Important note - please do not bring any medicines containing tramadol, codeine, temazepam, morphine or opiates to Central Asia. These are illegal in all circumstances in most of Central Asia and you will risk arrest. If in doubt about a particular medicine, please do not bring it. See the notes at the bottom for more details. *

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Day 2: Baku

Today we will have free time to explore all the sites of Baku and the surroundings.

In Baku we will stay in a local hotel.

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Day 3: Lahij Village

This morning we will make our way to Lahic Village. An old coppersmiths village, nestled in the mountains. On the way we will stop in Gobustan, near the coast of the Caspian Sea where we will have a visit to the ancient petroglyphs and the mud volcanoes that this area is famous for.

Tonight we will camp with facilities.

Estimated Drive Time 3 - 4 hours

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Day 4: Sheki

Leaving the village behind we make our way to the old town of Sheki this morning. Here we can visit the exquisite Khan's Palace.

In Sheki we will stay in a comfortable hotel built inside an old caravanserai.

Estimated Drive Time 3 -4 hours

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Day 5: Lagodekhi

Border Information: Exit Azerbaijan at Balakan, enter Georgia at Lagodekhi.

Today we will continue our journey west and cross the border into Georgia.

We will wild camp tonight, most likely in the Lagodehki National Park shortly after crossing the border.

Estimated Drive Time 3 - 4 hours

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Day 6: Telavi

Today we will drive to the Alazani valley and on to Telavi, where we will base ourseves for 2 days to explore this fascinating region. We will visit the Gremi citadel en route, and have a free afternoon on arrival in Telavi to explore the area.

In Telavi we will stay in a local family-run guesthouse.

Estimated Drive Time 2 - 3 hours

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Day 7: Telavi

The area of Telavi is well known for its vineyards and wineries - there are hundreds of different grapes grown here, and every village has its own particular variety. We will visit some of the local vineyards today, where we can hopefully see some of the local traditions including grape harvesting and wine making, and enjoy some famous Georgian hospitality.

We will spend a 2nd night in a family-run guesthouse

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Day 8: Stepantsminda

Today our journey begins with a beautiful drive to the spectacularly located town of Stepantsminda (formerly known as Kazbegi).

Either this afternoon or tomorrow morning, we will take a trek up to the Tsminda Sameba Church (the Church of the Holy Trinity), a beautiful small church nestled in the mountains.

In Stepantsminda we will stay in a family-run guesthouse.

Estimated Drive Time 4 - 5 hours

09

Day 9: Mtskheta

We spend the morning in and around Stepantsminda, where we can trek to the Tsminda Sameba Church if we haven't done so already.

This afternoon we have a beautiful drive to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Mtskheta, the ancient capital of Georgia. Whilst here we will explore the 11th century Svetitskhoveli Cathedral.

In Mskheta we will stay overnight in a local guesthouse.

Estimated Drive Time 3 -5 hours

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Day 10: Borjomi-Kharagauli National Park

After breakfast we will make our way to Borjome National Park where we will have time to do a small hike through the ancient forest and an optional cable ride up the mountain.

In the afternoon we will continue on to Vardzia where we will find a place to wild camp for the night in the stunning valley. If time permits we will have an included visit to the Vardzia Caves this afternoon if not we will have the chance to explore them tomorrow morning also.

Tonight we will wild camp

Estimated Drive Time 4 - 5 hours

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Day 11: Armenian Highlands

We continue south towards the Armenian border this morning. Once we have crossed we will drive through the beautiful Armenian Highlands before finding a place to bush camp for the night.

Tonight we will wild camp

Estimated Drive Time 5- 6 hours

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Day 12-13: Yerevan

Today we will make our way to the city of Yerevan. On the way we will have an included visit to Khor Virap Monastery.

We will have 2 nights in Yerevan on the 2nd day we will have free time for optional activities or simply relaxing and soaking up the city atmosphere.

Estimated Drive Time 4 - 5 hours

For the next 2 nights we will stay in a comfortable hotel.

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Day 14: Lake Sevan

We will leave the city of Yerevan behind this morning and make our way to the World Heritage - listed Geghard Monastery which has been carved out of the rock face of the Azat River Gorge. We will also spend some time exploring the Garni Temple before we continue onto the beautiful Lake Sevan.

Tonight we will camp by the sparkling waters of Lake Sevan

Estimated Drive Time 4 -5 hours

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Day 15: Tbilisi

Today we will be driving through the beautiful Dilijan National Park before arriving at the Georgian Border. Once the formalities are over we will continue onto the ancient city of Tbilisi.

Tonight we will stay in a good quality hotel in the city.

Estimated Drive Time

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Day 16: Tbilisi

Border Information: If you are leaving in Tbilisi, you will most likely exit Georgia at Tbilisi International Airport (IATA code: TBS).

Today is the end day for passengers finishing their trip in Tbilisi. Please note there is no accommodation included on the trip tonight - please contact the Sales Team if you are interested in booking extra nights of accommodation in order to fully explore and take part in some of the optional acitivities listed below.

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • Audio Guided trip around old town Baku including the Maiden Tower & Shirvan Shakh Palace
    • Explore the mysterious and iconic Maiden's Tower in Baku's Old Town
    • Learn all about the Shirvan Muslim history of Baku at the Palace of the Shirvanshahs
    • Day trip to Gobustan to see the mud volcanoes and the petroglyphs
    • Overnight in an atmospheric converted Caravanserai at Sheki
    • Explore the exquisite Palace of the Sheki Khans, built in 1797
    • Head out on Telavi's 'Big Day Out' - a tour of the town's monasteries, bee-keepers and textile-weavers, followed by lunch and wine tasting at a local family-run winery
    • Hike to beautiful 14th-century Gergeti Trinity Church, set in the stunning mountains above Stepantsminda
    • Visit the impressive Vardzia Cave Monastery
    • Visit the Garni Temple and learn about its fascinating pre-Christian history
    • Visit the Medieval Geghard Monastery
    • Explore the beautiful Khor Virap Monastery near the Turkish border. On a clear day you will have stunning views of Mt Ararat in the background
    • Camp on the shores of Lake Sevan 
    Tour Staff
    • 2 Dragoman crew, Local guides where necessary, 1 local crew in certain areas
    Accomodation
    • 25% Camping - 75% Hotels
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