Welcome to Georgia, Armenia & Azerbaijan

Cultural Cornucopia

The region is smaller than the UK yet takes in three distinct countries (two Christian, one Islamic), three breakaway territories and at least 16 local languages. This is a cultural crossroads where Europe meets Asia and tomorrow mingles with yesterday. Russian, Persian, Turkish and other influences have been absorbed into proudly distinctive local cultures where social attitudes remain traditional, with family networks supreme. Travel weaves you between rapidly modernising capitals and slow-paced countryside where most families still live off their land.

A Feast for the Senses

Astonishing natural beauty is in your face throughout the Great Caucasus, soaring mountains that stride from the Black Sea to the Caspian in a sequence of dramatic peaks fronted by green river valleys and quaint, remote villages. The Lesser Caucasus and Talysh ranges have glories of their own, while at lower altitudes terrain incorporates idyllic patchworks of farms and woodland plus arid semi-deserts and rocky gorges. Savour all this with deep-rooted hospitality, fresh fruity cuisine and wines from the world's original home of viniculture.

The Great Outdoors

The mountain regions are strung with spectacular walking and riding routes with ruined castles, towers and ancient churches often perched in achingly picturesque locations. Each country has great day-trip hikes but high in the Great Caucasus, Georgia’s Svaneti, Kazbegi and Tusheti regions are particularly ideal for longer distance village-to-village treks. Each of the nations has ski resorts. Rafting and paragliding are possible in Georgia where climbers can scale Mt Kazbek and other 5000m peaks. Delve underground in Armenia’s many caves, or explore Azerbaijan's Caspian hinterland where natural curiosities include mud volcanoes and fire phenomena.

Food for the Mind

Antique forts, monasteries, mosques, churches and excavations pepper the region. History buffs can delight in disentangling their Bagratids from their Bolsheviks. The cities boast well-presented museums, splendid galleries and a rich theatrical heritage. Tourism infrastructure can seem modest by European standards but linguistic and logistic challenges help push visitors to interact with friendly locals – ideal for those who want to go well beyond the beaten path.

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$97 Day Trips & Excursions

Kakheti Region Wine Tour with Sighnaghi Visit, Lunch

The tour will start in Tbilisi and will be finished in Tbilisi. The tour takes place in Kakheti region, total milage of the tour is circa 300km/190ml, the itinerary includes: Fresh Georgian bread directly from fireplace and cheese tasting on the way to Kakheti, in village of BadiauriVisit Sighnaghi known as town of love, city is surrounded by amazing defensive wall on the foreground of breathtaking views of Alazani Valley and great Caucasus mountains on background.  Wine tasting at Okro's winery, boutique wine producer that produces only 100% natural wines, with very limited production and export to Italy, France, Spain, UK, Japan, Australia and USA. You will have the chance to enjoy 3 types of natural wines and Chacha (Georgian grape vodka, like Italian grappa).Lunch accompanying with home made wines in authentic family wine cellar in Velistsikhe. 2 types of wine (red and white) and Chacha (upon request). Vegetarian meal is available upon prior request. Wine tasting in Khareba winery and preparation of Georgian traditional dessert CHURCHKHELA. Winery is located in former underground bomb shelter of Soviet era, near town of Kvareli. Sampling of 2 types of wine.Gremi monastery complex, XVI century architectural complex (we will pass nearby, in case of interest the guests can visit the church) Back to Tbilisi through Gombori pass (1,620 mt ASL) Please note vehicles are equipped with free WiFi (upon request with limited MGbytes), a fire extinguisher, and a first aid kit. The drivers/guides have also passed advanced first aid training courses.

$98 Day Trips & Excursions

Full Day Private Tour in Kazbegi Ananuri Gergeti

Departure from Tbilisi early in the morning, at the direction of Kazbegi.(160km) through the Georgian Military Road, it runs between Tbilisi (Georgia) and Vladikavkaz (Russia), 208 km. On the way there are very interesting places to visit. Ananuri fortress, which is a XVI century castle complex on the Aragvi River. The Ananuri fortress stands beside the famous Georgian Military Highway overlooking a large Jinvali lake. Its high, turreted stone walls protect two churches, a watch tower and a reservoir. The main church facade is beautifully carved with animal, floral and Celtic style patterns. Next stop on the way in Gudauri – remarkable ski resort in Georgia. Resort is located at the altitude 2200 meters above the sea level. And the last but not least, top station is at 3,306 m, called summit Sadzele. The resort offers high quality skiing opportunities. The ski season lasts from December till April. From Gudauri continue your trip to Gergeti trinity church (XII-XIV) century’s monument erected on the southern slopes of Mkinvarcveri is located at an altitude of 2170 meters. Gergeti Trinity church is an important temple and remarkable for its beautiful scenery. The Gergeti Trinity church is set poignantly on a hill directly below the towering white massif of Mount Kazbek ( 5033 meters). Built six hundred years ago its stones have weathered repeated blizzards, rain and invasion to stand as a proud symbol of Georgian resilience in the face of adversity. It is the photographer’s perfect shot.After visiting Gergeti church we will arrive to Dariali Gorge. It is the gorge on the border between Russia and Georgia. Darial was historically important as the only available passage across the Caucasus and has been long fortified-at least since 150 BC. There is Tamari’s Fortress called Dariali castle which was built many years ago and is situated on the right side of the river Tergi. To the left of the river Tergi there is a new monastery complex on the cliff which is about 70 meters high.

$34.29 Day Trips & Excursions

Day Trip to Gobustan National Park and Mud Volcano Tour

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Gobustan Rock Art, Baku, Absheron RegionWe will utilize a private car/private bus (depending on the number of people joining the tour) to reach Gobustan National Reserve. The tour will start off from Gobustan Museum where you will see ancient human bones, work tools used in back to thousand years ago during the Mesolithic period. Gobustan geographical region is situated in the west-south of Baku. The meaning of the word «Gobustan» is derived from two words «gobu» – «ravine» and «stan»- «place», i.e. ravine area. The word «gobu» is also of Turkic origin and means «a dried up river valley». After visiting Gobustan museum, you will advance to the mountain in order to see real rock paintings in the open air museum.Duration: 2 hoursStop At: Mud Volcanoes, Qobustan, Daghlig Shirvan RegionLater on, the tour will proceed to the Mud Volcano which is 20 mins away from Gobustan National Museum. Azerbaijan keeps the first place in the world for the number of mud volcanoes. About 300 mud volcanoes are to be found in Azerbaijan – at the shore, in the sea and on islands. During this trip you will get a great chance to see these amazing active volcanoes from very close distance. Duration: 20 minutesPass By: Sahil Park, Baku, Absheron RegionYour tour will end at Sahil Park, one of the central parks of Baku. We can also drop you off at your accommodation, if you prefer so.

$10 Cultural & Theme Tours

Tbilisi Walking Tour with Cable Cars, Wine Tasting, Bakery

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Narikala Fortress, TbilisiEnjoy the view from the Narikala fort and discover interesting story about the city's main fort.Duration: 30 minutesStop At: Rezo Gabriadze Marionette Theater, TbilisiGabriadze puppet theater is full of lovely hand-crafted details, that your guide will help you discoverDuration: 20 minutesStop At: The Bridge of Peace, TbilisiOne of the most photographed landmarks of Tbilisi and a beautiful example of modern architectureDuration: 15 minutesStop At: Dzveli Tbilisi Sulphur Waterfall, TbilisiOn a hot day nothing feels as good as a walk through the rocky Fig gorge and a short stop at the cold waterfallDuration: 30 minutesStop At: Anchiskhati Basilica, TbilisiThe oldest church of Tbilisi is a truly spiritual place with its ancient stones and faded frescoes. It's the best introduction to Georgian churches. Duration: 30 minutesStop At: Liberty SquareWhat is the story of Tbilisi's central square? Let your guide sketch for you the square how it looked some 200 years ago. Duration: 30 minutesStop At: Aerial Tramway in Tbilisi, TbilisiTake a ride to Narikala fortressDuration: 5 minutesStop At: Old Town (Altstadt) Tbilisi, TbilisiMarvel at the narrow streets and wooden balconies of the Old townDuration: 3 hours

$23 Tours & Sightseeing

Hop On Hop Off Bus: Tbilisi & Mtskheta City Tour

Besides audio guide, we also have a live guide (who is fluent in Russian and English languages). Synchronously to bus drive, he shows the sights, that are described by audio guide and gives additional information and answers to any appeared questions.The uniqueness of our city tour does only not include Bus tour but also walking tours accompanied with our guide. During the tour you will be able to see the Old Tbilisi, walk through narrow picturesque streets, visit the oldest church of the city and the biggest new Cathedral of Georgia Tsminda Sameba. As it is hard to see those places without leaving the bus we are doing 30-35 minute stops in the most interesting spots of our route for that. During the stops you will hop off and for your comfort you will be accompanied by our hospitable guide who will show you around. After that you hop on and continue the tour.Our ticket is valid for 24 hours. And finally, if you are thirsty during our excursion (which lasts for 5 hours and 30 minutes), you will be offered water, which is included in the ticket price.

$31.12 Private & Custom Tours

Full Day Private Tour of Tbilisi and Mtskheta

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Jvari Church, Mtskheta, Mtskheta-Mtianeti RegionIn the morning the guide and driver will pick you up from your centrally located accommodation in Tbilisi and start driving to Mtskheta, the ancient capital of Georgia. You’ll visit two UNESCO World Heritage sites located in this small town. First stop is Jvari Monastery dating back to 6th century AD. Standing on the top of the hill, it overlooks the town of Mtskheta and the confluence of two rivers Aragvi and Mtkvari. Duration: 1 hourStop At: Svetitskhoveli Cathedral, Mtskheta, Mtskheta-Mtianeti RegionAfter visiting the monastery drive down and reach Svetitskhoveli Cathedral, which is one of the most sacred places in whole Georgia, and is said to have Christ’s robe preserved in it.Duration: 1 hourStop At: The City-Museum Reserve of Mtskheta, Mtskheta, Mtskheta-Mtianeti RegionTake a lunch break in one of the local restaurants with tasty Georgian dishes like Khinkali and Khachapuri and then take a nice walk in the town. Visit local wine shop where you can buy some Georgian Wines. Duration: 2 hoursStop At: Metekhi Cathedral, TbilisiLeave Mtskheta and drive back to Tbilisi to visit main attractions of the city. First stop is Metekhi plateau & church 13th c which presents one of the most important architectural monuments of old Tbilisi. Duration: 1 hourStop At: Narikala Fortress, TbilisiTake a ride to Narikala Fortress 4th c by aerial cable car – one of the best places to enjoy panoramic views of the city. Explore the ruins of the fortress and then stroll down to Sulfur Bathhouse district, to Legtakhevi area and then Meidan square & Shardeni street neighborhood. Duration: 1 hourStop At: Abanotubani, TbilisiAbanotubani is the ancient district of Tbilisi, Georgia, known for its sulphuric baths.Located at the eastern bank of the Mtkvari River at the foot of Narikala fort across Metekhisubani, Abanotubani is an important historic part of the city: it is where according to a legend the King of Iberia, Vakhtang Gorgasali’s falcon fell, leading to a discovery of the hot springs and, subsequently, to founding of a new capital.Duration: 1 hourStop At: Meidan Bazaar, TbilisiAfter Abanotubani & visiting small waterfall in Legvtakhevi head to Meidan Square & nearby street Shardeni, Cotton row & Iron row. Here you can find numerous souvenir shops, art galleries and cafesDuration: 1 hour