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Georgia, Armenia & Azerbaijan Baku - Tbilisi

Trip Overview

This 16 day overland tour journeys from Baku to Tbilisi through Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia
16 DAYS THROUGH Armenia, Azerbaijan (+ 1 more countries)
PRICE FROM:
$2,165 (USD) + 430 KITTY (USD)
DURATION:
16 days
TRANSPORT:
Overland expedition vehicle,
CREW:
2 Dragoman crew, Local guides where necessary, 1 local crew in certain areas
ACCOM:
25%
75%
PHYSICAL CHALLENGE:
LIFESTYLE CHALLENGE:
TRIP CODE:
ZTB
DEPOSIT:
$350 USD

Highlights

  Stay in the fascinating city of Tbilisi

  Visit Vardzia, a cave monastery on the UNESCO World Heritage list

  Explore Armenia's ancient city of Gyumri, with its great churches and Soviet Era grandeur

  Explore the Armenia's capital, Yerevan and learn about its extensive history

  Visit Lake Sevan a high altitude lake known for its beaches

  Hike to the amazing Gergeti Trinity Church at Stepantsminda

  Visit Georgian Vineyards in Telavi for wine tasting

  Overnight in an atmospheric, converted Caravanserai at Sheiki

  Explore the 1797 built Palace of the Sheki Khans

  Explore the mud volcanoes and wilds of Gobustan

  Guided tour around the old town of Baku

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Itinerary

Day 1 - Baku ( 1st Aug 2020 )

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. *

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Audio Guided trip around old town Baku including the Maiden Tower & Shirvan Shakh Palace

Included in Kitty

Explore the mysterious and iconic Maiden's Tower in Baku's Old Town

Included in Kitty
Learn all about the Shirvan Muslim history of Baku at the Palace of the Shirvanshahs
Included in Kitty
Day 2 - Baku ( 2nd Aug 2020 )

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. 

Day 3 - Lahij Village, Gobustan ( 3rd Aug 2020 )

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

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Day trip to Gobustan to see the mud volcanoes and the petroglyphs

Included in Kitty
Day 4 - Sheki ( 4th Aug 2020 )

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

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Overnight in an atmospheric converted Caravanserai at Sheki

Included in Kitty

Explore the exquisite Palace of the Sheki Khans, built in 1797

Included in Kitty
Day 5 - Lagodekhi ( 5th Aug 2020 )

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

Daily Activities

Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Discover the ancient capital of the 16th-century Kingdom of Kakheti at the Gremi Architectural Complex

GEL 10

Take some short exploratory walks around our wild camp in the beautiful forested Lagodekhi National Park

GEL 5
Day 6 - Telavi ( 6th Aug 2020 )

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

Day 7 - Telavi ( 7th Aug 2020 )

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

Daily Activities

Included Activities

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

Included in Kitty
Day 8 - Stepantsminda ( 8th Aug 2020 )

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

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Hike to beautiful 14th-century Gergeti Trinity Church, set in the stunning mountains above Stepantsminda

Included in Kitty
Day 9 - Mtskheta ( 9th Aug 2020 )

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

Day 10 - Borjomi-Kharagauli National Park, Vardzia ( 10th Aug 2020 )

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

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Visit the impressive Vardzia Cave Monastery

Included in Kitty
Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Cable Car ride to the pine woods of Borjomi Plateau

GEL 3
Day 11 - Armenian Highlands ( 11th Aug 2020 )

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

Day 12-13 - Yerevan ( 12th Aug 2020 to 13th Aug 2020 )

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. 

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Visit the Garni Temple and learn about its fascinating pre-Christian history

Included in Kitty

Visit the Medieval Geghard Monastery

Included in Kitty

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.

Included in Kitty
Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Take a tour of the Ararat Brandy Museum and discover the history of Armenian Brandy

USD 25
Day 14 - Lake Sevan ( 14th Aug 2020 )

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

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Camp on the shores of Lake Sevan 

Included in Kitty
Day 15 - Tbilisi ( 15th Aug 2020 )

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 

Day 16 - Tbilisi ( 16th Aug 2020 )

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. 

Daily Activities

Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Enjoy an evening of local dancing and music at a Georgian restaurant in Tbilisi

GEL 35
Learn all about the history of Georgia during Soviet times, and the struggle for independence, at the Museum of Soviet Occupation
GEL 3
Explore the ancient Narikala Fortress and take in the fantastic views of Tbilisi below
Free
Relax with a dip or a massage at a traditional Georgian sulphur bath house
GEL 2

Visit the beautiful Orthodox Sioni Cathedral in Tbilisi's Old Town

Free
Discover the folk architecture, craftwork and culture of the various regions of Georgia at the Giorgi Chitaia Open Air Museum of Ethnography
GEL 1.5
See the incredible collection of historical artefacts at the Simon Janashia Museum of Georgia
GEL 3
See the grandiose modern Holy Trinity Cathedral of Tbilisi, the seat of the Georgian Orthodox Church
Free

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Departing: 31 Mar 2020
Returning: 15 Apr 2020
Duration: 16 days
Route: Tbilisi - Baku
$2,165 USD + $430 Kitty (USD)
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Deposit: $350 USD
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Departing: 12 May 2020
Returning: 27 May 2020
Duration: 16 days
Route: Tbilisi - Baku
$2,165 USD + $430 Kitty (USD)
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Deposit: $350 USD
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Departing: 7 Jul 2020
Returning: 22 Jul 2020
Duration: 16 days
Route: Tbilisi - Baku
$2,165 USD + $430 Kitty (USD)
Deposit: $350 USD
available
Departing: 1 Aug 2020
Returning: 16 Aug 2020
Duration: 16 days
Route: Baku - Tbilisi
$2,165 USD + $430 Kitty (USD)
Deposit: $350 USD
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Departing: 26 Sep 2020
Returning: 11 Oct 2020
Duration: 16 days
Route: Baku - Tbilisi
$2,165 USD + $430 Kitty (USD)
DEPARTURE GUARANTEED
Deposit: $350 USD
available
Departing: 17 Oct 2020
Returning: 1 Nov 2020
Duration: 16 days
Route: Baku - Tbilisi
$2,165 USD + $430 Kitty (USD)
DEPARTURE GUARANTEED
Deposit: $350 USD
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Departing: 30 Mar 2021
Returning: 14 Apr 2021
Duration: 16 days
Route: Tbilisi - Baku
$2,220 USD + $430 Kitty (USD)
Deposit: $350 USD
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Departing: 11 May 2021
Returning: 26 May 2021
Duration: 16 days
Route: Tbilisi - Baku
$2,220 USD + $430 Kitty (USD)
Deposit: $350 USD
available
Departing: 6 Jul 2021
Returning: 21 Jul 2021
Duration: 16 days
Route: Tbilisi - Baku
$2,220 USD + $430 Kitty (USD)
Deposit: $350 USD
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Departing: 31 Jul 2021
Returning: 15 Aug 2021
Duration: 16 days
Route: Baku - Tbilisi
$2,220 USD + $430 Kitty (USD)
Deposit: $350 USD
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Departing: 25 Sep 2021
Returning: 10 Oct 2021
Duration: 16 days
Route: Baku - Tbilisi
$2,220 USD + $430 Kitty (USD)
Deposit: $350 USD
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Departing: 16 Oct 2021
Returning: 31 Oct 2021
Duration: 16 days
Route: Baku - Tbilisi
$2,220 USD + $430 Kitty (USD)
Deposit: $350 USD
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