Discover the magnificent landscapes and contrasts between the three Transcaucasian states on this two-week journey through Azerbaijan, Georgia and Armenia. From ancient fire temples and monasteries perched high in the mountains to prehistoric rock carvings and volcanic landscapes, this fascinating region offers a wealth of ever-changing sights.
On arrival in Baku you will be met by your driver and guide and transferred to your hotel
Baku City Tour With Absheron Peninsula
Today take a walking tour of Baku’s attractive walled city as well as the 19th century mansions of the oil barons. Later visit the Absheron Peninsula with its Zoroastrian fire temple and medieval fortresses.
Gobustan – Overnight Train to Tbilisi
Today travel to Gobustan, a volcanic desert littered with prehistoric petroglyphs as well as some Roman graffiti. The desolate lunar landscape of this region is rendered almost surreal by the presence of over 300 bubbling mud volcanoes. Later catch the overnight sleeper train from Baku to Tbilisi.
Tbilisi Full Day City Tour
On arrival in Tbilisi, you will be met by your guide for a walking tour of this pretty capital city, built on the meandering Mtkvari River, before travelling out of town to visit the cathedral at Mtskheta, where Christianity was declared the state religion in the 4th century.
Tbilisi - Ananuri - Kazbegi - Gudauri
Today travel along the Georgian Military Highway to the attractive town of Kazbegi, stopping en route at the fortress of Ananuri. On arrival in Kazbegi, walk up to the Holy Trinity Church at Gergeti for the stunning views, before travelling to Gudauri where you will stay overnight.
Gudauri - Uplistikhe – Gori – Vardzia
Leaving Gudauri, first of all visit Uplistsikhe, a rock-hewn town with structures dating back to the 6th century BC. Next visit Gori, birthplace of Josef Stalin and home to a fascinating museum dedicated to the infamous Soviet leader. Later continue to Vardzia where you will stay overnight.
Vardzia (Day excursion)
Today visit Vardzia. Accessed by hidden tunnels, this 12th century cave complex is located on the slopes of Mt Erusheli, high above the Mtkvari River. The monks who once inhabited the site left behind elaborate frescoes and a series of interesting chapels which are testament to its importance in the medieval religious life of Georgia.
Vardzia - Bavra Border - Haghpat - Sanahin - Dilijan
Today cross into Armenia and visit Haghpat and Sanahin monasteries. These important 10th century establishments are jointly listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites and both lie on a plateau with magnificent views over the surrounding mountains and the town of Alaverdi.
Dilijan - Noraduz - Selim - Smbataberd - Goris
From Dilijan, skirt along the shores of Lake Sevan visiting Noraduz, where a field of more than 800 medieval carved headstones (or kachkars) provides one of Armenia’s most bizarre sights. Cross the Selim Pass stopping at the well preserved caravanserai before walking up to clifftop Smbataberd Fortress.
Khndzoresk - Tatev - Ughtasar - Karahunj
Explore the area around Goris today, starting with the ancient cave village of Khndzoresk, which was continuously inhabited until the 1980s. Next take the world’s longest cable car to the spectacular Tatev Monastery. Later delve into prehistory by visiting the field of petroglyphs at Ughtasar and Karahunj, known as “Armenia’s Stonehenge”.
Noravank - Areni - Khor Virap - Yerevan
Today’s drive to Yerevan takes you first to Areni, centre of Armenia’s wine industry, where there will be the opportunity to try the local produce, before visiting the nearby monastery at Noravank. Later visit one of Armenia’s most important sites, Khor Virap, stunningly located in the shadow of Mt Ararat.
Yerevan Full Day City Tour
Discover the treasures of Armenia’s capital city today. Visit the manuscript depository of the Matenadaran Museum, the 8th century Erebuni fortress, and the Blue Mosque. Also visit the 1915 genocide memorial and the brandy distillery which produced Winston Churchill’s favourite cognac.
Echmiadzin - Garni - Geghard
Today travel to Armenia’s spiritual home, Echmiadzin, where the country’s first church was built in 303 AD, before visiting the 1st century AD classical-style temple of Garni. The neaby rock-cut cathedral and chapels of the cave monastery at Geghard show how Christianity shaped both the landscape of Armenia and the minds of its people.
You will be transferred to the airport today for your return flight.
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Prices and Availability
Available to run daily
Price per person £2690 based on two sharing
- Private English speaking guide
- Separate driver with vehicle
- All entrance fees
- Medium locally graded accommodation
- 9 nights accomodation Bed and Breakfast basis
- 3 nights accomodation Half Board basis
- 1 night overnight train Baku to Tbilisi
- International flights
- Visas (Azerbaijan obtained before travel)
- Travel Insurance
- Personal expenses (drinks, tips etc)
- See the old and modern intermingle in vibrant Baku
- Wonder at the bubbling mud volcanoes and enigmatic petroglyphs in Gobustan
- Enjoy the cafe culture and wonderful history of Tbilisi
- Experience the stunning mountains of the Greater Caucasus around Kazbegi
- Explore the stunning cave monastery of Vardzia
- See the stunning UNESCO World Heritage monasteries of Haghpat and Sanahin
- Take the longest cable car in the world to breathtaking Tatev monastery
- Sample fine Armenian wine in the Areni region
- View beautiful Khor Virap with its iconic backdrop of Mtn Ararat
- See one of the world’s largest collection of Medieval manuscripts in the Matenadaran
- Visit Echmiadzin, the Armenian churches spiritual home
- Sample Winston Churchill’s favourite brandy in Yerevan
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