Georgia - Armenia - Azerbaijan

South Caucasus Countries

 

Between Two Seas
South Caucasus Countries

Archeological evidence suggests that the area of South Caucasus is one of the oldest sites of human presence, dating back as far as 3 000 000 years. The gigantic isthmus of the Caucasus lies between the Black and Caspian Seas, serving as a crossroad of Europe and Asia for thousands of years. The countries of South Caucasus - Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan - are distinguished by their distinct histories, language traditions, religions, cultures and natural surroundings. The interdependence was caused by cultural and political connections as the countries developed throughout the centuries.

While exploring the South Caucasus countries you will discover a fascinating cross-roads culture that has integrated both Europe and Asia. You will visit World Heritage Monasteries, unique painted churches, cave towns, stunning gorges and valleys, ethnographical and historical museums, art galleries and more…

This tour starts in Armenia and continues to Azerbaijan through Georgia. Over these 15 days you will traverse from the Black to Caspian Sea visiting capital cities and major provinces of each republic and will feel the heart & soul of South Caucasus.
 
So, take a break and get away!

DRAFT ITINERARY
Day 1 - Arrival in Baku
Day 2 - Baku sightseeing tour with boat cruise.
Day 3 - Depart for Shemakha, visit Yeddi Gumbez, Gulistan fortress, Yeddi Gumbaz & Juma Mosques. Continue to the town of Sheki along the Great Silk Way. Overnight;
Day 4 - AM excursion of Khans Palace. Drive to Kish Village, visit Alban Church – the first Christian Church in the Caucasus Region. Depart for Georgia passing “Lagodekhi” border. Overnight in Telavi;
Day 5 - Explore Kakheti area around Telavi. Visit Alaverdi Cathedral, Old Shuamta Monastery & Gremi architectural complex. Arrive in Tbilisi.
Day 6 - Sightseeing tour of Tbilisi ;
Day 7 - AM Excursion to Mtskheta. Visit Svetitskhoveli & Samtavro architectural monuments, Jvari church. Depart for Gudauri via Ananuri architectural complex.
Day 8 - Explore Kazbegi area. Hike Gergeti Trinity church, drive to Dariali Canyon;
Day 9 - Drive from high mountains lowlands of Kartli & Imereti provinces. Visit cave city Uplistsikhe, Stalins museum in Gori & Ateni Sioni church. Overnight in Kutaisi;
Day 10 - AM excursion to the Bagrat Cathedral, visit Gelati Academy &monastery complexes. Drive to Batumi.
Day 11 - Gonio fortification & sightseeing of Ajara province. Night train to Tbilisi;
Day 12 - Morning arrival in Tbilisi. Depart for Armenia passing “Sadakhlo” border. Visit Dilijan & Lake Sevan, Haghpat architectural monument & Haghartsin Monastery. Overnight in Yerevan;
Day 13 - AM Sightseeing tour. PM Depart for Echmiadzin Cathedral. Visit St. Hripsime Church & ruins of Zvartnots Temple.
Day 14 - Depart for Khor–Virab through Avan Canyon, Visit Garni & Geghard
Day 15 - Departure

GENERAL
The tour provides package service. The program is also flexible and can be adjusted to clients` demands and requirements. The ideal travel period is March through summer and till middle of November.
Accommodation & Meals
Hotels BB (9 nights), FB ( 2 nights), guesthouse HB (2 night) overnight train, no meals (1 night) as listed in the detailed program.
Mode of travel: coach/train/on foot.
Tour Staff & Support: Explore Leader, driver (s) and some local guides.
Group Size : Not Limited

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