Discover the Hidden Riches of the Caucasus

Duration of this Trip 13 Days Priced From $5,700 per person

The Caucasus countries of Georgia, Armenia, and Azerbaijan hold unique enchantments for travelers to discover. Thousands of years of history beckon from this bridge between Europe and Asia, nestled between Russia, Turkey and the Black and Caspian Seas. Relatively untraveled, visitors will find adventure like it used to be with fabulous food, warm hospitality and amazing cultural diversity. Hike up to lone monasteries in Armenia, take a moonlight swim in the Black Sea, taste unforgettable Georgian wine and dance under the minarets of Azerbaijan. It's a land of forgotten wilderness, ancient cities, and traditions from the beginnings of Christianity and Islam, Circassia and the Ottoman Empire. Experience the most incredible adventure in your life in the Caucasus!

At a Glance

Duration

13 Days

Priced From

$5,700 per person

Departures

  • August 24-September 5, 2018
  • September 11-23, 2018
  • October 14-26, 2018
  • April 27-May 9, 2019
  • May 15-27, 2019
  • August 13-25, 2019
  • September 16-28, 2019
  • October 1-13, 2019

Itinerary

Day 1: Baku, Azerbaijan
Day 2: Gobustan
Day 3: Baku – Shemakha – Sheki
Day 4: Sheki – Azerbaijan/Georgia border – Lagodekhi – Telavi, Georgia
Day 5: Telavi
Day 6: Sighnaghi – Tbilisi
Day 7: Tbilisi
Day 8: Tbilisi – Mtskheta – Gori – Tbilisi
Day 9: Tbilisi – Kazbegi – Tbilisi
Day 10: Tbilisi –  Georgia – Sedakhlo-Armenia border – Dzoraget, Armenia
Day 11: Amberd – Saghmosavank – Metsamor – Echmiadzin – Yerevan
Day 12: Garni – Geghard – Yerevan
Day 13: Departure

Itinerary

Day 1: Baku, Azerbaijan

Arrival at Baku Heydar Aliyev Airport. Welcome to the Land of Fire! You will be met by our guide and driver for transfer to your hotel. Freshen up and start your exploration of the fascinating inner city of medieval Baku - the Icheri Sheher .Visit the Shirvanshah Palace, the Maiden Tower - Baku's landmark, the Friday Mosque, and a colorful caravansary – the wayside "hotel" of Silk Road merchants and their caravans. In the afternoon, learn the stories and legends of the region's Zoroastrian past at Atashgah "House of Fire" temple and museum, and Yanar Dag, the burning mountain. This city by the sea mixes the ancient with the modern, its three Flame Tower skyscrapers rise above the old city and reflect in the waters of the bay. 

Day 2: Baku – Gobustan – Baku

We'll drive to nearby Gobustan to admire 40,000 year old rock paintings at the open air UNESCO Heritage Site and visit the archaeological museum. Set in the Greater Caucasus Mountains this outstanding cultural heritage site includes the remains of inhabited caves and ancient settlements. On our return to Baku there will be time to enjoy the many boutiques, cafes and shops at Fountain Square and learn more about your local Azeri hosts. 

Day 3: Baku – Shemakha – Sheki, Azerbaijan

Depart for the Caucasus Mountains in northwest Azerbaijan. The dry landscape gives way to a densely forested mountain area. En route we'll visit the distinctive lunar landscape of the mud volcanoes, the 15c. Diri Baba Shrine in Maraza, the Yeddi Gumbez Tomb and the Juma Mosque in Shemakha. Continue to Sheki where we overnight at the 5-star Sheki Saray Hotel.

Day 4: Sheki – Azerbaijan/Georgia border – Lagodekhi – Telavi, Georgia

Shekhi has always been a mercantile and crafts center. Visit the colorful bazaar and the summer palace of the royal Sheki Khans with its magnificent frescoes and stained glass. Tour the Sheki Museum and Fortress. Depart for the Georgia border and meet with your Georgian guide and driver. Lunch is hosted by a local Georgian family. We'll learn about village life here with visits to vineyards, orchards, bee hives and carpentry shops and studios. Help bake Georgian bread, shoti, in a tone; a round brick oven - so delicious, hot and fresh! Continue to the beautiful Gremi Church and on to a winery for a tour and tasting of aromatic Georgian wines. Have dinner at the home of a local family. Overnight at a lovely Georgian guesthouse in Telavi, center of Kakheti province, the largest wine producing region in Georgia. 

Day 5: Telavi

In the morning the magnificent Alaverdi Cathedral and monastery complex is our first stop and then the old and new Shuamta churches. We'll visit a village wine cellar managed by local grape growers, and tour the 19th century estate of Duke Chavchavadze with its beautiful garden and house-museum. We try Tsinandali wine and stop at another winery before returning to Telavi for dinner and overnight at a family guesthouse.

Day 6: Telavi – Sighnaghi – Tbilisi, Georgia

This morning we travel to local wine cellars to taste homemade wines and see how the locals it. We'll taste and learn the process for making Churchkhela, a sweet Georgian wine. Later we travel to the fortified town of Sighnaghi, with its quaint cobbled streets and wooden architecture, and lovely views down to the Alazani Valley. En route we stop at Bodbe Nunnery, which houses the tomb of St. Nino who converted Georgia to Christianity as early as 337 AD. After visiting the local history museum and another local wine cellar, we drive to Tbilisi for dinner at a local restaurant and overnight at our 4-star Hotel.

Day 7: Tbilisi, Georgia

Tblisi is a lovely city along the steep banks of the Mtkvari River with the Narikala Fortress rising above the old city. This morning we'll walk Tbilisi's narrow streets in the old town with straddles the Kura River. We'll learn about the city's history through its mix of religious and secular architecture; a variety of churches, synagogues and mosques, picturesque 19th century houses with multi-colored wooden balconies and even a subtle hint of Persian design, Visit the therapeutic sulfur baths which impressed such celebrity visitors as Pushkin, Lermontov, and Dumas. Later we visit the State History Museum, the Sameba (Trinity) Cathedral and the extraordinary Dry Bridge art and flea market. Dinner at a local restaurant.

Day 8: Tbilisi – Mtskheta – Gori – Tbilisi

Sightseeing morning drive to the ancient capital and religious center of Georgia: charming, 3,000-year old Mtskheta. Among the historical gems we will explore are the 6th century Jvari Church complex on the top of a hill,  and fabulous 11th century Svetitskhoveli Cathedral where the Robe of Christ is buried. Both are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. We also visit the Bagineti pagan archaeological site, which dates back to the 1st c. BCE. In Gori, the heart of the Kartli region, we will visit the Stalin Museum, this being his birthplace, and the UNESCO Uplistsikhe Cave Town site. Settlement dates from the Iron Age and the town eventually became a center along the Silk Road. Uplistsikhe is an intriguing complex hewn from sandstone with dwelling quarters, wine cellars, bakeries, a theatre, and a three-nave basilica. In the late afternoon, return to Tbilisi from our adventure for dinner at a local restaurant.

Day 9: Tbilisi – Kazbegi – Tbilisi

Today we travel up the famous Georgian Military Highway which leads to the Georgian-Russian border. On the way we visit the 17th century Ananuri architectural complex of churches and fortress overlooking the Zhinvali Water Reservoir. The breathtaking drive through the high Caucasus Mountains and along the Tergi River brings us to Kazbegi (now named Stepandsminda), the main town in the region overlooked by snow-capped Mnt Kazbeg. There we board a 4-wheel drive vehicle for the trip up through alpine landscapes of verdant valleys and snowy summits to the 14th c. Gergeti Trinity Church at 7,119 ft. Weather permitting you may see of one of the highest glaciers in The Caucasus which rests at 16,558ft. We return to Tbilisi via Kazbegi for dinner.

Day 10: Tbilisi – Georgia – Sedakhlo, Dzoraget, Armenia

Scenic Drive to  Georgia-Armenia border to change our guide and vehicle for Armenia. Explore the most ancient sites and monasteries on the way to you hotel.Accommodation at Dzoraget

Day 11: Dzoraget -Yerevan, Armenia

Today we'll explore a variety of Armenian cultural heritage sites on our drive to the capital region. We'll first stop at the Alphabet Park where giant stone letters of the Armenian alphabet stand alongside a statue of Mkhitar Gosh, the Armenian scholar. On the southern slopes of Mount Aragats, the medieval fortress of Amberd features an 11th century church known for its splendid dome. Next we tour the 13th century Saghmosavank monastic complex perched atop a precipitous gorge above the Kasagh River. In the Armavir region, the heart of the Bronze age, we'll visit the Metsamor Historical-Archeological Site and Museum. We'll continue to Echmiadzin, the spiritual center of the Armenian Apostolic Church. Conical spires rise here against the backdrop of the most fertile valley in Armenia and the crest of Mount Ararat. We'll visit the UNESCO World Heritage cathedral here. The main entrance is intricately carved, the interior walls and domes painted with geometric shapes and the treasury holds an incredible collection of Christian relics. On the grounds can be found beautiful khachkars, or carved stone crosses. We'll make our way to Yerevan for dinner and overnight at a 4-star Hotel. Don't forget to try the Ararat brandy!

Day 12: Yerevan – Garni – Geghard – Yerevan, Armenia

Yerevan, the capital of Armenia, is one of the world's oldest continually inhabited cities dating back to the creation of the Erebuni Fortress on the site in 782 BC. Its chock full of parks, monuments, museums and cafe life! After a brief city tour we'll head to the Kotayk region to visit Geghard Monastery partially hewn from the mountainside and active during the 4th to 13th centuries. Legend has it that the lance which pierced Christ's side was kept here until it was moved to Echmiadzin. This spectacular place, included in the UNESCO World Heritage List, boasts history going back to pagan times. The acoustics of the rock-cut halls offer an excellent opportunity for church singers to try their voices. We proceed to Garni, a pagan temple from 77 AD, called the Temple of Sun, and dedicated to the heathen god Mithra. Reminiscent of the Parthenon in design, we will tour the ramparts, the ruins of the palace complex, a bathhouse and a fifth century round church. In Yerevan its time for our farewell dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Day 13: Yerevan, Armenia

Transfer to the airport for departure home. We hope your trip to the Caucasus will inspire your next adventure!

Land Tour Costs

From $5,700 for 6-10 travelers

Single Supplement

$780

Scheduled Departures

  • August 24-September 5, 2018
  • September 11-23, 2018
  • October 14-26, 2018
  • April 27-May 9, 2019
  • May 15-27, 2019
  • August 13-25, 2019
  • September 16-28, 2019
  • October 1-13, 2019

Trip Highlights

  • Discover the cultural treasures of Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia: magnificent temples, monasteries and museums
  • Explore Azerbaijan - the land of fire, Georgia - the birthplace of wine, and Armenia - the cradle of Christianity.
  • Revel in the stunning natural beauty of the Caucasus Mountains region, its snow capped peaks and verdant valleys
  • Enjoy the warm hospitality of the people of The Caucasus
  • Visit ancient villages, exotic bazaars, traditional wineries and bakeries
  • Listen to the spirited music and enjoy the graceful dance formations of local folk troupes
  • Delight in the rich variety of Caucasian food from Georgian hachapuri to Turkish kebab!

Visited Countries

Azerbaijan - Georgia - Armenia

Visited Cities & Places

Baku, Gobustan, Shemakha, Sheki, Telavi, Mtskheta, Gori, Tbilisi, Pushkino, Amberd, Saghmosavank, Metsamor, Echmiadzin,Yerevan

Suggested Extensions

Central Asia Tour: In the Footsteps of Marco Polo

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 guides in all countries
  • English-speaking escort guide throughout the journey
  • Hotel accommodation (4 star hotels)
  • 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

Azerbaijan - Georgia - Armenia

Visited Cities & Places

Baku, Gobustan, Shemakha, Sheki, Telavi, Mtskheta, Gori, Tbilisi, Pushkino, Amberd, Saghmosavank, Metsamor, Echmiadzin,Yerevan

Suggested Extentions

Central Asia Tour: In the Footsteps of Marco Polo

Reading Lists

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

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Discover the Hidden Riches of the Caucases Tour

A 13 day tour available as scheduled group tour or as custom private tour

Scheduled Departures

  • August 24-September 5, 2018
  • September 11-23, 2018
  • October 14-26, 2018
  • April 27-May 9, 2019
  • May 15-27, 2019
  • August 13-25, 2019
  • September 16-28, 2019
  • October 1-13, 2019

Land Tour Costs

From $5,700 for 6-10 travelers

Single Supplement

$780

 

 

 

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