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Caucasian countries tour 12 days - Caucasus Tour

Caucasus , Azerbaijan , Armenia , Georgia
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  • Discover world’s three oldest countries Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan just in one tour.
  • Inhabitants of Azerbaijan burned crude oil in their lamps before anyone knew what it was.
  • Beautiful, rocky Armenia was the first country to adopt Christianity as its official religion.
  • Georgia acclaimed for its fabulous food and drink, claims to be the first area to cultivate the wine grape.
  • These countries are distinguished by their distinct histories, traditions, cultures and natural surroundings.
  • Visit all "must to see" places in Azerbaijan, Georgia and Armenia.
1845

12 Days

Private tour
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Total price: EUR 3435

CAUCASIAN COUNTRIES - AZERBAIJAN, GEORGIA AND ARMENIA

Archaeological evidence suggests that the area of South Caucasus is one of the oldest sites of human presence, dating back as far as 3 000 000 years. The gigantic isthmus of the Caucasus lies between the Black and Caspian Seas, serving as a crossroad of Europe and Asia for thousands of years. Caucasian Countries – Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan – are distinguished by their distinct histories, language traditions, religions, cultures and natural surroundings. The interdependence was caused by cultural and political connections as the countries developed throughout the centuries.

While exploring the Caucasian countries you will discover a fascinating cross-roads culture that has integrated both Europe and Asia. You will visit World Heritage Monasteries, unique painted churches, cave towns, stunning gorges and valleys, ethnographic and historical museums, art galleries and more…

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Day 1
ARRIVAL

Arrival to Baku. Meeting in airport. Transfer to the hotel. Overnight in Baku.


Day 2
BAKU

Tour to “Gobustan. Excursion on historical-art reserve “Gobustan”, where rock paintings have perfectly remained, barrows and housing objects dated from X-XIII millennial BC to the middle ages. There are certificates of inhabitants of region of an epoch of the stone age and the subsequent periods in “Gobustan” – Rock drawings, person parking, gravestone monuments, are concentrated there. Nearby is “GavalChalan” – original stone- tambourine, representing flat wise established huge plate. It is possible to hear rhythmic accurate motives by knocking on it. It is considered that these sounds accompanied ritual dances and ceremonies. Visiting of “Gobustan” will transfer you to other world, the world of last mankind and will allow you to feel the atmosphere of thousand – year history of this place.

Start exploring Baku. Panorama of the city presented to the height of the mountainous part of a television tower clearly gives an idea of the contrasts and the extent of Baku, the horseshoe bay of Baku. The city is shaped like an amphitheater, descending down to the Caspian Sea. Tour covers the central part of the city showing the most interesting historical and architectural sites.

Visiting of “Old Town” or “Inner City”. The territory of ”Inner City” – 22 hectares, which represents a small fraction of the total area of Baku (44,000 hectares). However, the concentration of architectural and historical monuments, dictates the need for this excursion into a separate and make this part of Baku, perhaps the most interesting to explore. Maiden Tower (XII century), Palace of Shirvanshahs (XV century), Castle Synyk Gala, Caravan Saray, Juma Mosque – this is not a complete list of attractions of the old Baku. Overnight in Baku.

Day 3
BAKU – SHEMAKHA - SHEKI

After breakfast drive to Shamakhy district. Visit the town of Shemakha, Diri Baba Tomb and YeddiGumbez. Shemakha was the capital of Shirvan Kingdom for several centuries.YeddiGumbaz (The Seven Cupolas) Mausoleum is the burial place for members of the royal families of the Shirvan shahs. Then drive to village Kish to visit the Albanian church. Legend says that the church was built in 78 AD, but the researchers place it a few centuries later. Overnight in Sheki.

Day 4
SHEKI – LAGODEKHI - TBILISI

Sheki is one of the most famous and ancient places of Azerbaijan. Situated 700 m (2297 ft.) above sea level like an amphitheatre surrounded by the mountains and forests of oak trees, this ancient city was long famed as a silk centre and an important stop on the Great Silk Route. There is an assumption that the name of the town goes back to the ethnonym of the Saks, who reached the territory of Azerbaijan in the 7th century BC. We’ll start our Sheki tour from visiting the 18th century Khan's summer palace with magnificent frescos and exquisite stained glass work. Sheki History museum is famous with artifacts from several periods. Then continue to drive to Azerbaijan Georgia border in Lagodekhi. Border formalities, transport and guide change.

We continue our Tour by visiting Gremi, a 16th century architectural complex and then we go on to Nekresi monastery. We continue our way to winery to taste some of our European style Georgian wines. Then we will visit the unique 300 year old wine cellar where you will learn about Georgian winemaking traditions, which differ quite markedly from European methods. Drive to Tbilisi, overnight in Tbilisi.

Day 5
TBILISI SIGHTSEEING TOUR

Tbilisi sightseeing tour – the Old Town and the New City. The city offers a wide variety of sights, most of them very ancient. We begin our visit just a few minute walk from the hotel in the compact area of Old Tbilisi. Starting at the church of Metekhi, we walk to the brick domes of sulfur baths and then on to spectacularly located Narikala’s fortress – one of the oldest fortresses in Georgia, overlooking Mtkvari river gorge. After that we visit the synagogue, and the Sioni and Anchiskhati churches, which mark the end of the Old Town. After we visit the treasury of the National Museum of Georgia (Georgian Archaeology from 8th millennium B.C.), walking along Rustaveli Avenue – the main street in Tbilisi and visit the treasury of the Georgian Museum of Fine Arts. (The treasury preserves and presents works from the Bronze Age, Antic-Hellenistic, and medieval periods, as well as significant modern artifacts up through the 20th century). Visit the holy trinity cathedral, the third biggest church in the world. Dinner in the local restaurant, tasting Georgian dishes and wine.  Spend the night in Tbilisi.

Day 6
TBILISI – MTSKETA – ANANURI – STEFANTSMINDA - TBILISI

After a breakfast in the hotel, we visit the ancient capital and the religious centre of Georgia – Mtskheta (3000 years old) and see its historical sites: Jvari monastery (6th century) and Svetitskhoveli cathedral (11th century), where it is said, Christ’s shroud is buried. Both Jvari and Svetitskhoveli are UNESCO World Heritage sites. Then we visit the ancient ruins of the city and drive north towards the Northern Caucasus along the well-known Georgian Military Road. On the way we visit Ananuri – a 17th century architectural complex. An exciting drive from Gudauri along the Terek River will take us to Kazbegi – the main town in the region. From Kazbegidrive with 4 WD vehicles through beautiful valleys and woods brings us to Gergeti Trinity church located at 2170m. in good weather you can see for a moment one of the highest glaciers in the Caucasus – the mountain Kazbegi (5047m). We go back to the Tbilisi. Dinner in the local restaurant, tasting Georgian dishes and wine.  Spend the night in Tbilisi.

Day 7
TBILISI – GORI – BORJOMI – AKHALTSIKHE

After a breakfast at hotel, you will drive to Akhaltsikhe (approximately 3 hrs.) It was founded at least 800 years ago, and was a regional administrative center for the Ottomans from the 16th century up to the Russian-Turkish War. On the way to Akhaltsikhe, we may stop at Uplistsikhe Cave Town-Fortress, which history begins in the I-II millennium B.C. or Stalin’s museum in Gori. Lunch will be provided in Gori or Borjomi.

Check-in at Akhaltsikhe’s hotel. Afterwards, a tour to the 13th century Rabat Fortress that is a mix of different religions and architecture. Overnight in Akhaltsikhe.

Day 8
AKHALTSIKHE – KHERTVISI – VARDZIA – AKHALKALAKI - YEREVAN

After a breakfast at the hotel, a tour to the 2nd century B.C. Khertvisi Fortress, once destroyed by Alexander the Great and a cave monastery Vardzia, the caves of which stretch along the cliff for some five hundred meters and in up to nineteen tiers and which area is believed to be first inhabited during the Bronze Age. Lunch will be provided at one of Vardzia’s guesthouses. After lunch you go to the border, where you change the transport and guide.

After meeting with the Armenian guide you move forward to Yerevan – the hospitable capital of Armenia.  Check-in. Rest.

Day 9
YEREVAN CITY TOUR – ETCHMIADZIN (UNESCO) – ZVARTNOTS (UNESCO)

Armenian Apostolic Church and the seat of the Supreme Patriarch and the Catholicos of All Armenians. Numerous kings and Catholicoses have been crowned and consecrated here.

When Noah emerged from the Ark in the Ararat Valley, he built an altar of sacrifice in the place where the Mother Cathedral is now standing and offered a sacrifice. St. Gregory the Illuminator chose the location of the 4th C Mother Cathedral in accordance with the vision he had. In his dream, he saw the Miatsin (meaning “the Only Begotten Son of God”) with glittering light on his face descending from the Heaven and with a golden hammer striking the ground where the Mother Cathedral of Holy Etchmiadzin was to be located. Hence, Etchmiadzin means “the place, where the Only Begotten Son of God descended”.

On the way back to Yerevan you stop at the ruins of outstanding Zvartnots Temple.

You’re in Yerevan again.To deeply feel the spirit of the city you dine and spend the evening at one of open-air cafes.

Day 10
YEREVAN – GEGHARD (UNESCO) – GARNI – YEREVAN

Утром транспорт доставит Вас в Монастырский комплекс Гегард, расположенный на склоне почти закрытого амфитеатра суровых скал. Благодаря своему труднодоступному расположению, Священное Копье, которое пронзило бок Христа, хранилось здесь на протяжении 500 лет. Святой апостол Фаддей привез его в Армению в 33 году нашей эры. В честь святого копья Айриванкский монастырь (что означает «Пещерный монастырь») был переименован в Гегарт (армянский перевод «Священное копье»).

По пути Вы остановитесь у Арки Чаренца, чтобы насладиться величественным видом на библейскую гору Арарат.

Следующим важным монументом является единственный языческий храм в Армении – Гарни, посвященный Михру, который, согласно армянской мифологии, был Богом Солнца. Отсюда Вы сможете насладиться впечатляющим видом на захватывающие высокие скалы под названием «Симфония камней».

Незабываемый опыт ждет вас в деревне Гарни – вместе с местными жителями Вы сможете принять участие в своеобразном ритуале выпечки национального хлеба – «лаваша». Вас угостят обедом под открытым небом.

Day 11
YEREVAN – LAKE SEVAN –HAGHPAT (UNESCO) – SADAKHLO - TBILISI

It’s time to driving to one of the highest fresh-water lakes in the world – the Sevan (1 900m).  From the top of Sevan Peninsula you can admire the full view of the lake of volcano-tectonic origin and the adjacent mountain chains.

Driving through wooded mountains of Dilijan National Park and deep gorges of Northern regions you stop in mountainous Haghpat village. You just cannot leave Armenia without seeing a masterpiece of architecture – Haghpat Monastic Complex.

Say goodbye to Armenia and continue your route to travel within Georgia.

After meeting with the Georgian guide you move forward to Tbilisi. Check-in. Rest.

Day 12
Departure

After check-out, our driver will transfer you to the Tbilisi airport

Included
  • Transportation by comfortable sedan, minivan or minibus
  • 4 WD vehicle for Gergeti
  • Accommodation in twin rooms at the hotels
  • English speaking guide service for whole the trip
  • Catering service - breakfasts at the hotels
  • Entrance fees in museums
  • Winery visit
  • Wine tasting
  • Bottle of mineral water
Excluded
  • International flight tickets
  • Travel insurance
  • Single room supplement
  • Tips and personal expenses
  • Lunch & dinner
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