Treasures of The Caucasus

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

Nestled against the Caucasus Mountains, Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan are emerging as go-to destinations. Fabulous cuisine, rugged mountain peaks and lush valleys, narrow medieval streets and glass skyscrapers inspire travelers in this enchanting mix of cultures and traditions. Explore this pillar of early civilization; a bridge between Europe and Asia, on your journey to a region spanning continents, culture and history – travel to the Caucasus!

At a Glance

Duration

15 Days

Priced From

$6,530 per person

Departures

  • May 15-29, 2019
  • June 3-17, 2019
  • July 5-19, 2019
  • September 12-26, 2019
  • October 4-18, 2019
  • October 20-November 3, 2019

Itinerary

Days 1-2: Yerevan, Armenia
Day 3: Etchmiadzin - Azat River Valley
Day 4: Khor Virap Monastery, Magnificent Noravank
Day 5: Yerevan-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, capital of Armenia

Arrival in Yerevan, the capital city of Armenia. You will be met by our representatives at the airport and transfer to your hotel. Yerevan is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world!

Day 2. Yerevan

Our Armenia tour begins in Yerevan, founded in 782 BC and a treasure trove of both the ancient and the modern. During the tour we will 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, earn about Armenia's rich tradition 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. Explore 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 will include learning to make Armenian lavash bread!

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

As one of the important stops along the Great Silk Road to Europe many of Armenia's ancient sites and caravansarai have been preserved. Today's tour includes two historically important monasteries: Khor Viap, on the Ararat Plain, and Noravank (4-14th centuries) perched atop a steep gorge. The caravansarai of Selim, also known as Orbelian's Caravansarai is located high on a picturesque mountain pass. In the medieval cemetery of Noratus we'll see beautifully carved khachkar stone crosses. Khachkars are one of the most characteristic symbols of the Armenian religious 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 cultural site. Next, the 9th c. Monastery of Sevanavank sits on a hill above the Sevan Peninsula, then its fresh fish for lunch at a restaurant overlooking Lake Sevan! We continue our sightseeing tour to the resort town of Dilijan; the Ethnographic Museum and fine local handicraft workshops. Stop at the newly renovated Monastery of Haghartsin, an architectural jewel of the 10-14th centuries located deep in the forest of Dilijan. Overnight in Paradise

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 Byzantine architecture and a thriving intellectual center in the 11-13th centuries. After crossing the border to Georgia, we will drive to Tbilisi and our hotel to start our Tbilisi sightseeing tour. Explore the beauty and history of the city with an intimate walking tour of its narrow streets, picturesque 19th century houses with their wooden multi-colored balconies and the historic churches, mosques and synagogues which dot the city. We'll visit the natural sulfur baths of Tbilisi heralded by Pushkin, Lermontov, and Dumas. Enjoy a panoramic view of the old city from a cable car ride up Narikala Hill and visit the treasures of the Georgian National Art Museum.

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.

Day 8. Tbilisi – Sighnaghi, 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 the regional cultures, taste the wines and delicious local cuisine. Visit the fortified town of Sighnaghi and the surrounding villages and enjoy the warm hospitality of local farmers. Learn about the traditional methods of wine making at a 300 year-old wine-cellar. Drive to Telavi, the administrative center of the Kakheti region. Accommodation.

Day 9. Kakheti region, Georgia

Today's highlights include the Tsinandali gardens and house museum of a 19th century 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.

Day 10. Telavi – Lagodekhi – Sheki, Azerbaijan

Early morning breakfast . Transfer and formalities at Lagodekhi, on the Azerbaijan border. Scenic drive to Sheki through a picturesque mountain region rich in narrow gorges, green valleys, crystal clear rivers, water falls and mineral springs all framed by dense woods and alpine meadows. Accommodation at the historic Sheki Caravanserai. Visit the Khan's Palace, the Museum of History of Sheki and stained glass shebeke.

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

Breakfast. This morning its off to Baku, stopping at the Diri Baba Mausoleum in Maraza, the ruins of the Yeddi Gumbaz mausoleum, and the Cuma Mosque in Shamakha. Arrival in Baku and accommodation.

Day 12. Baku, Azerbaijan

Old Baku sightseeing tour: 15th c. Shirvan Shah's Palace, 12th c. Maiden Tower, and a merchant's caravansarai this morning. Afternoon visit to the Absheron peninsula, Zoroastrian Temple, and the Merdakan Fortresses. Learn about the importance of the oil industry of Azerbaijan and visit the flaming mountainside of Yanar Dag . Dinner.

Day 13. Baku – Gobustan – Baku, Azerbaijan

Today we will explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Gobustan. Here ancient petroglyphs are carved on large boulders on a grand scale. An archaeological treasure, the ancient sites and relics here date to over 40,000 years, just after 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

  • May 15-29, 2019
  • June 3-17, 2019
  • July 5-19, 2019
  • September 12-26, 2019
  • October 4-18, 2019
  • October 20-November 3, 2019

Trip Highlights

  • Discover Baku's ancient Zoroastrian and Islamic traditions in gorgeous temples, palaces, and mosques
  • Revel in the stunning natural beauty of the valleys and high alpine passes of the Caucasus Mountains
  • Explore UNESCO World Heritage Sites like Mtskheta, Gobustan and Haghpat
  • Enjoy delicious Caucasian food, from Georgian kachapuri and Armenian lavash breads to Azerbaijani sherbet
  • Savor Georgian wines and Armenian brandies in a land known for thousands of years of viticulture.

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,some meals
  • 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

  • May 15-29, 2019
  • June 3-17, 2019
  • July 5-19, 2019
  • September 12-26, 2019
  • October 4-18, 2019
  • October 20-November 3, 2019

Land Tour Costs

From $6,530 for 6-10 travelers

Single Supplement

$769

 

 

 

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