Azerbaijan, Georgia & Armenia

Azerbaijan, Georgia & Armenia information and booking

from
$3790
  • Duration
    17
    days
  • Physical rating
    4
  • Culture Shock
    6
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Schedule Details

Departs from
Baku
Accommodation
Hotel
Group Size
Maximum of 16 travellers per group
Transportation
Car, Minibus
Important Notes
1. Some destinations visited on this trip do not have consulates in Australia and New Zealand. Please see Visa section of the Trip Notes for more information and allow sufficient time to obtain your visas prior to travel. 2. This trip is run by our experienced sister company Peregrine Adventures

Highlights

Lose yourself in the winding, maze-like alleyways of Baku, Admire the volcanic scenery and surrounding Caucasus Mountains in Sheki, Take in Gudauri's beautiful natural scenery while discovering its rich historic past, Explore Vardzia's cave monasteries, Sip Armenia's best drop of wine in Yerevan

Tour description provided by Intrepid

The Caucasus region of Central Asia holds a wealth of unexplored territories. Wedged between two seas, surrounded by Europe's largest mountain range and straddling two continents, Azerbaijan, Georgia and Armenia are home to some extraordinarily beautiful scenery and incredibly hospitable people. Journey from the fascinating Old City of Baku in Azerbaijan through the quaint towns and glorious hillsides of Georgia before finishing the adventure in Armenia's laidback capital, Yerevan. Mixing isolated villages, populous capital cities, ancient castles, breathtaking vistas, abundant natural resources and a flashy nouveau riche, this region of Caucasia offers up a variety of surprising contrasts, fascinating sights and stunning landscapes. This trip is run by our experienced sister company Peregrine Adventures. Your group is therefore likely to be a mixture of Intrepid passengers and other like-minded international travellers.

Itinerary

Days 1-3 Baku
Make your acquaintance with Baku, Azerbaijan's audacious and ambitious capital. With plans afoot for construction of the world's tallest building, this is certainly a country on the move. Visit Ateshgah Fire Temple, the medieval Mardakan Fortress and Yanar Dag Fire Mountain for a glimpse into the past from which this intriguing country has come.
Day 4 Baku - Sheki
Stop off at the bubbling mud volcanos en route to the brooding Caucasus Mountains. Admire the shrine of Diri Baba and Yeddi Gumbez Tomb, then marvel at the exquisite interior decorations of Sheki Khan’s Palace.
Days 5-6 Sheki - (Azerbaijan-Georgia Border) – Tbilisi
Welcome to Georgia, one of Europe's most regal, yet largely unexplored, destinations. Begin by observing the fine architecture of Tbilisi, and perhaps climb to the top of Narikala Fortress for commanding views over the surrounding hillsides.
Days 7-8 Mtskheta – Gudauri
Another day, another glorious set of hillside scenery. Take in stunning mountain ranges and deep valleys along the Georgian Military Highway, the one-time trade highway between Georgia and Russia. Pop into the Svetitskhoveli Cathedral of Mtskheta, where the robe of Jesus Christ is reportedly buried.
Day 9 Gori – Kutaisi
Get a dose of Georgian history in Gori, the birthplace of Joseph Stalin and location of the 3000-year-old Uplistsikhe cave city. Enjoy a guided walk around the ruins of Bagrati Cathedral in Kutaisi before sampling Georgian life on an overnight local family homestay.
Day 10 Kutaisi – Akhaltsikhe
Venture further into Georgia's interior to Akhaltsikhe, the site of the magnificent natural grottoes.
Day 11 Akhaltsikhe - (Georgia-Armenia Border) – Gyumri
Explore the intricate tunnels and caves of Vardzia's rock wall monasteries, hewn from the cliffs of Erusheti Mountain. Cross the border into Armenia.
Day 12 Gyumri – Yerevan
Visit the atmospheric church of Mastara while on a city tour of Gyumri. Then travel on to the seventh-century cathedral in Talin before making tracks to Yerevan.
Day 13 Yerevan
Discover all angles of Yerevan on a walking tour. Then there's ample time to explore on your own terms - there are plenty of great monuments and museums to discover and some wonderful people-watching to be had.
Days 14-15 Yerevan – Goris - Yerevan
Ever been in a place that has been home to human settlements since the Stone Age? We'll today's the day! Explore the medieval town of Gorsis and the mountainous scenery and rocky outcrops of surrounding Tatev. Don't miss visiting the fascinating stone pyramids of Old Kores.
Days 16-17 Yerevan
Make tracks back to Yerevan via the stunning Geghard Monastery, a World Heritage site that's carved into a mountain. Then visit the pagan temple of Garni before arriving in Armenia's capital, where there's one last night to soak in the atmosphere of this wonderful town. Perhaps get the group together for a final dinner meal of delicious local cuisine.