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Georgia, Armenia & Azerbaijan Tbilisi - Baku

Trip Overview

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.

16 DAYS THROUGH Armenia, Azerbaijan (+ 1 more countries)
PRICE FROM:
$2,165 (USD) + 460 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 - Tbilisi ( 31st Mar 2020 )

Border Information: if joining in Tbilisi, you will most likely enter Georgia at Tbilisi International Airport (IATA code: TBS).

There will be a pre-departure meeting at 6.00pm - please meet at the joining hotel reception at this time. Please do not be alarmed if there is no note from your leader on arrival, as this is often a travelling day for the crew and they will not arrive until about 4.00pm. 

Please note that many of the options listed below will only be possible for those with extra time in Tbilisi 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 Tbilisi. 

In Tbilisi 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

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
Day 2 - Tbilisi ( 1st Apr 2020 )

Today we will visit the old town of Tbilisi and visit sites including the National Museum, Sioni Cathedral and the Metekhi Temple. 

We will have a second night in our comfortable local hotel in Tbilisi. 

Daily Activities

Optional Activities

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

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

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

Free
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
Day 3 - Lake Sevan ( 2nd Apr 2020 )

Today we will have a short drive to the border and cross into the country of Armenia. Once the formalities are over we will continue on through the beautiful Dilijan National Park stopping for a truck lunch along the way. 

Estimated Drive Time - 5 - 7 hours

Tonight we will either stay in the National Park or continue on to Lake Sevan where we will camp. 

 

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Camp on the shores of Lake Sevan 

Included in Kitty
Day 4-5 - Yerevan ( 3rd Apr 2020 to 4th Apr 2020 )

After breakfast we will leave the sparkling waters of Lake Sevan behind and make our way towards the city of Yerevan. On the way we will visit 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 finally arriving at our destination.

 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.

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

Estimated Driving Time 4 - 5 hours

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 6 - Armenian Highlands ( 5th Apr 2020 )

Today we leave the city of Yerevan. We will start off with a visit to the Khor Virap Monastery before we begin to make our way north through the beautiful Armenian Highland.

Tonight we will wild camp in the Northern Armenian Highlands. 

Estimated Driving Time 2 - 3 hours

Day 7 - Borjomi-Kharagauli National Park, Vardzia ( 6th Apr 2020 )

Today we continue north and head towards the Georgian border. We aim to arrive after lunch and if time permits have an included visit to the Vardzia Caves. If we arrive too late we will be able to explore the caves tomorrow morning also. 

Tonight we will find a wild camp in the valley close to the caves. 

Estimated Drive Time 5 - 6 hours

Day 8 - Mtskheta ( 7th Apr 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. 

We will then continue on to Mtsehketa, the ancient capital of Georgia. Whilst here we will explore the 11th century Svetitskhoveli Cathedral. 

In Mtskheta we will stay overnight in a local guesthouse. 

Estimated Driving Time - 3 - 5 hours

Day 9 - Stepantsminda ( 8th Apr 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 Chruch (the church of the Holy Trinity), a beautiful small church nestled in the mountains. 

In Stepantsminda we will stay in a local 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
Optional Activities

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

Learn how to make the local delicacy of kinkhalis (Georgian meatballs) at a cookery class in Stepantsminda (if time allows)

GEL 20
Day 10 - Telavi ( 9th Apr 2020 )

This morning we will drive to the Alazani valley and on to Telavi, where we will base ourselves for 2 days to explore the area on arrival. 

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

Estimated Drive time 2 - 4 hours

Day 11 - Telavi ( 10th Apr 2020 )

The area of Telavi is well known for its vineyars and winereies - 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 second night here in a local 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 12 - Lagodekhi ( 11th Apr 2020 )

Today we leave the wine region behind us as we make our way towards the Azerbaijan border. We will visit the Gremi citadel en route. 

We will wild camp tonight, most likely in the Lagodekhi National Park close to the Azeri border. 

Estimated Drive Time 2 - 3 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 13 - Sheki ( 12th Apr 2020 )

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

Today we cross the border to Azerbaijan and continue to the old town of Sheki, where we can visit the exquisite Khan's Palace. 

In Sheki we wills tay 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 14 - Lahij Village ( 13th Apr 2020 )

This morning we will continue on to Lahic Village. An old coppersmiths village, nestled in the mountains. 

Tonight we will camp with facilities. 

Estimated Drive Time 4 - 5 hours

Day 15 - Baku, Gobustan ( 14th Apr 2020 )

We will continue our journey this morning to Gobustan, near the coast of the Caspian Sea where we will have a visit to the ancient petroglyphs and the mud volanoes that this area is famous for. 

This afternoon we will continue on to the Old City of Baku where we will have free time on arrival to explore. 

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 16 - Baku ( 15th Apr 2020 )

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

Today is the end day for passengers finishing their trip in Baku. 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 activities listed below. 

Daily Activities

Optional Activities

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

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

AZN 10

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

AZN 2.50
Learn all about the Shirvan Muslim history of Baku at the Palace of the Shirvanshahs
AZN 4

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Departing: 31 Mar 2020
Returning: 15 Apr 2020
Duration: 16 days
Route: Tbilisi - Baku
$2,165 USD + $460 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
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Departing: 7 Jul 2020
Returning: 22 Jul 2020
Duration: 16 days
Route: Tbilisi - Baku
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Departing: 1 Aug 2020
Returning: 16 Aug 2020
Duration: 16 days
Route: Baku - Tbilisi
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Deposit: $350 USD
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Departing: 26 Sep 2020
Returning: 11 Oct 2020
Duration: 16 days
Route: Baku - Tbilisi
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Returning: 14 Apr 2021
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