Spectacular Custom Tours to Central Asia, the Caucasus and Beyond

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Treasures of The Caucasus

Duration of this Trip 15 Days Priced From $6,530 per person

Nestled against the Caucasus Mountains, discover three ancient civilizations emerging as go-to destinations. Let Azerbaijan, the "Guardian of the Fires," inflame your passions; pursue the Golden Fleece in Georgia like Jason and the Argonauts; and watch the sun dance along Turkey's Mediterranean Coast. Pristine mountain air, warm seas lapping on sandy beaches, ancient histories, and an enchanting mix of cultures invite you to explore this pillar of the mythological world and bridge between Europe and Asia. Journey to a region that spans continents, religions and history – travel to the Caucasus!

At a Glance

Duration

15 Days

Priced From

$6,530 per person

Departures

  • September 7-21, 2016
  • October 18-November 1, 2016
  • October 23-November 6, 2016
  • April 20-May 4, 2017
  • May 8-22, 2017
  • June 12-26, 2017
  • July 16-30, 2017
  • August 27-September 10, 2017
  • October 1-15, 2017

Itinerary

Days 1-2: Yerevan, Armenia
Day 3: Etchmiadzin - Azat River Valley
Day 4: Khor Virap Monastery, Magnificent Noravank and Lake Sevan
Day 5: Tsakhkadzor - Dilijan
Day 6: Haghpat Monastery, Armenia - Tbilisi, Georgia
Day 7. Tbilisi – Mtskheta – Gori – Tbilisi, Georgia
Day 8. Tbilisi – Sighnaghi – Telavi, Georgia
Day 9. Kakheti region, Georgia
Day 10. Telavi – Lagodekhi – Sheki, Azerbaijan
Day 11. Sheki – Maraza – Shamakha – Baku
Day 12-14. Baku, Gobustan
Day 15: Departure

Itinerary

Day 1. Yerevan, the capital of Armenia

Arrival in Yerevan, the capital of Armenia. You will be met by our representatives at the airport and will transfer to the hotel. Accommodation.

Day 2. Yerevan

Our Armenia tour begins in Yerevan, capital of Armenia and founded in 782 BC. Its ancient and modern sights attract visitors from all over the world. Visit the State History Museum of Armenia with its permanent exhibits displaying Armenia's historical past. We'll see the Matenadaran - a repository of 7000 pieces of ancient manuscripts including many hand-written bibles and scriptures. At the Yerevan Brandy Company you can learn about Armenia's rich traditions of brandy-making. We finish our sightseeing tour at the wool carpet factory. Welcome dinner.

Day 3. Etchmiadzin - Azat River Valley

Sightseeing drive to Etchmiadzin – the spiritual center of Armenia and the seat of the Armenian Patriarch. Sightseeing tour at the UNESCO heritage sites; the 7th c. church of St. Hripsime and Zvartnots Cathedral, the Mother Cathedral of Holy Etchmiadzin (303 AD) and the Geghard Monastery. Visit the ancient Fortress of Garni from the 3rd century BC. This evening you enjoy learning about making Armenian bread. Dinner.

Day 4. Khor Virap Monastery, Magnificent Noravank and Lake Sevan

Today we visit two important monasteries: Khor Viap, one of the cradles of Armenian Christianity, and Noravank (4-14th centuries) perched atop a steep gorge. Armenia was one of the important stops along the Great Silk Road to Europe and many of its ancient sites and caravansaries have been preserved. The caravansary of Selim is located high on a picturesque mountain pass. In the medieval cemetery of Noratus we'll see the beautifully carved khachkar stone crosses. Khachkars are one of the most characteristic symbols of Armenian identity. Overnight at a hotel near the lakeshore.

Day 5. Tsakhkadzor - Dilijan

Scenic drive to Tsakhkadzor located at the foot of Mount Teghenis. Along the way we will visit the 11th c. Kecharis Monastery, long an important Christian site. Next, the 9th c. Monastery of Sevanavank sits on the hill above the Sevan Peninsula. Fresh fish for lunch at the restaurant below overlooking lake Sevan! We continue our sightseeing tour to the resort town of Dilijan. The Ethnographic Museum the area is here, as well as local handicraft workshops. Our next stop is at the newly renovated Monastery of Haghartsin. It is an architectural jewel of the 10-14th centuries located deep in the forest of Dilijan. Overnight in Dzoraget.

Day 6. Haghpat Monastery, Armenia - Tbilisi, Georgia

On the way to the Georgian border we visit the Monastery of Haghpat nestled on a promontory in the Lori region. It is an internationally recognized gem of medieval architecture. It was a thriving intellectual, cultural, and scholarly center in the 11-13th centuries. After crossing the Georgian-Armenian border, we will drive to Tbilisi and our hotel to start our Tbilisi sightseeing tour. Explore the beauty and history of the city from the earliest centuries to today by walking its narrow streets and visiting the churches, synagogues, and mosques, and famous 19th century houses with their wooden multi-colored balconies. We'll visit the natural sulfur baths of Tbilisi which made an unforgettable impression on Pushkin, Lermontov, and Dumas. Enjoy a panoramic view of the old city from a cable car up the hill and visit the stunning treasures of the Georgian National Art Museum. Dinner in a local restaurant.

Day 7. Tbilisi – Mtskheta – Gori – Tbilisi, Georgia

Breakfast. Sightseeing drive to the ancient capital and religious center of Georgia – Mtskheta. Its historical sites include the 6th c. Jvari church and the 11th c. Svetitskhoveli Cathedral where the Robe of Christ is buried. Both are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Gori town is the heart of the Kartli region, and the birthplace of Joseph Stalin. This afternoon includes a drive to Uplistsikhe Cave Town dating from the 1st millennium BC) with its curious dwelling quarters, wine-cellars, bakeries and Basilica Church. Return to Tbilisi. Dinner at a traditional Georgian Restaurant.

Day 8. Tbilisi – Sighnaghi – Telavi, Georgia

Sightseeing drive to Kakheti region, well known for its wine production. Enjoy the beauty of the breathtaking Caucasus Mountains and the valleys of Kakheti. Learn more about traditions and cultures of the country and region, taste the wines and delicious local cuisine. Visit the fortified town Sighnaghi and the surrounding villages and meet the warm hospitality of local farmers. Learn about the traditional methods of making wine at an original 300 year-old wine-cellar. Drive to Telavi, the administrative center of the Kakheti region. Accommodation. Share the regional wine at dinner with a local family.

Day 9. Kakheti region, Georgia

Today's highlights include the gardens and house museum of the Kakhetian Duke. One of the most magnificent regions of Georgia, Kakheti is a dream destination for hikers. You will have an opportunity for a 2 hour hike before a sightseeing drive to Nekresi Monastery (4th century). Visit the Telavi Farmers' Market and King Erekle's Palace Museum. Dinner.

Day 10. Telavi – Lagodekhi – Sheki, Azerbaijan

Early morning breakfast . Transfer to Georgian and Azerbaijan border (Lagodekhi). Border formalities. Scenic drive to Sheki, set in a picturesque mountain area rich in narrow gorges, green valleys, crystal clear rivers, water falls and mineral springs all framed by dense woods and alpine meadows. Arrival. Accommodation at the Caravanserai. Visit the Khan's Palace, the Museum of History of Sheki and Shebeke. Dinner.

Day 11, 2011. Sheki – Maraza – Shamakha – Baku, Azerbaijan

Breakfast. This morning its off to Baku, stopping at the Diri Baba Mausoleum in Maraza, Yeddi Gumbez, and the Cuma Mosque in Shamakha. Arrival in Baku. 4*Hotel

Day 12. Baku, Azerbaijan

Sightseeing tour: Shirvan Shah's Palace (15th century), Maiden Tower monument (12th century), and a merchant's caravansarai. Afternoon visit to the Absheron peninsula, Fire Worshippers' Temple and the Merdakan Fortresses. Learn about the importance of the oil industry of Azerbaijan and visit 'Yanar Dag' (Firing Mountain). Dinner.

Day 13. Baku – Gobustan – Baku, Azerbaijan

Today we will explore Gobustan, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Gobustan Rock Art Cultural Landscape covers three areas of a plateau of rocky boulders rising out of the semi-desert of central Azerbaijan, with an outstanding collection of more than 6,000 petro glyphs over 40,000 years old. This archaeological site also features the remains of inhabited caves, settlements, and burials, from the period which followed the last Ice Age. Dinner back at the hotel in Baku.

Day 14. Baku, Azerbaijan

Enjoy the last day of your Caucasus Tour by visiting the bazaars, handicraft centers and parks of Baku. Shop and enjoy the local cuisine and culture.

Day 15. Baku.

Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to the airport and departure.

Land Tour Costs

From $6,530 for 6-10 travelers

Single Supplement

$769

Scheduled Departures

  • September 7-21, 2016
  • October 18-November 1, 2016
  • October 23-November 6, 2016
  • April 20-May 4, 2017
  • May 8-22, 2017
  • June 12-26, 2017
  • July 16-30, 2017
  • August 27-September 10, 2017
  • October 1-15, 2017

Trip Highlights

  • Discover Baku's ancient Zoroastrian and Islamic traditions in gorgeous temples, palaces, and mosques
  • Revel in stunning natural beauty as you delve into the valleys and high mountain passes of the Caucasus Mountains
  • Explore Mtskheta, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its monuments and architectural wonders
  • Enjoy delicious Caucasian food, from Georgian hachapuri to Aremenian lavash
  • Savor the wines and brandies which established reputation of the Caucasus varietals

Visited Countries

Armenia, Georgia, and Azerbaijan

Visited Cities & Places

Yerevan, Etchmiadzin, Khor Virap Monastery, Lake Sevan, Tsakhkadzor, Tbilisi, Mtskheta, Gori, Telavi, Lagodekhi, Sheki, Baku

Suggested Extensions

Central Asia Stan Tour: In the Footsteps of Marco Polo, Silk Road Tour to Iran, Treasures of Turkey

Reading Lists

Lonely Planet: Georgia, Armenia & Azerbaijan (2012)
Thomas De Waal: The Caucasus, An Introduction (2010)

What's Included

  • Visa support
  • Ground Transportation
  • Experienced English-speaking guide/escort in all countries
  • Hotel accommodation
  • Meals: Breakfast and Dinner
  • Entrance fees for the sights, museums, mountains and parks
  • Wine Tasting
  • Pre Departure Travel Package along with Silk Road Gifts

What's Not Included

  • International Flights
  • Charges in hotels for additional services
  • Consular fees for the embassies

Visited Countries

Armenia, Georgia, and Azerbaijan

Visited Cities & Places

Yerevan, Etchmiadzin, Khor Virap Monastery, Lake Sevan, Tsakhkadzor, Tbilisi, Mtskheta, Gori, Telavi, Lagodekhi, Sheki, Baku

Suggested Extentions

Central Asia Stan Tour: In the Footsteps of Marco Polo, Silk Road Tour to Iran, Treasures of Turkey

Reading Lists

Lonely Planet: Georgia, Armenia & Azerbaijan (2012)
Thomas De Waal: The Caucasus, An Introduction (2010)

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Treasures of Caucasus Tour

A 15 day tour available as scheduled group tour or as custom private tour

Scheduled Departures

  • September 7-21, 2016
  • October 18-November 1, 2016
  • October 23-November 6, 2016
  • April 20-May 4, 2017
  • May 8-22, 2017
  • June 12-26, 2017
  • July 16-30, 2017
  • August 27-September 10, 2017
  • October 1-15, 2017

Land Tour Costs

From $6,530 for 6-10 travelers

Single Supplement

$769