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12-Day Best of Georgia and Azerbaijan Tour

Neighbours Georgia and Azerbaijan are very different but each is compelling in its own right. This 12 day tour begins in Georgia, where you’ll be blown away by the wonderful hospitality of the Caucasus. You’ll tour hilltop monasteries, imposing fortresses, fascinating museums and ancient cave cities, as well as learn how an 8000 year tradition of viticulture produces some very fine wine.

Crossing the border, you’ll discover the sights of the “fire country” Azerbaijan. From Baku’s Flame Towers to the burning hillside of Yanar Dag, Azerbaijan wows visitors. But the secrets of an ancient nation are waiting to be uncovered, as you’ll see in Sheki, Shamakhi and Gobustan.

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$3,473

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Duration

12 days

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  • What's included :
    • 11x Breakfast
    • 11x Dinner
    • Accommodation included: 11 nights
    • Azerbaijan e-visa
    • Entry/Admission - Georgian National Museum
    • Entry/Admission - Narikala Fortress
    • Entry/Admission - The City-Museum Reserve of Mtskheta
    • Entry/Admission - Prometheus Cave
    • Entry/Admission - Gelati Monastery
    • Entry/Admission - Bagrati Cathedral
    • Entry/Admission - Vardzia
    • Entry/Admission - Rabati Castle
    • Entry/Admission - Stalin Museum
    • Entry/Admission - Alaverdi Monastery
    • Entry/Admission - Gremi Citadel and Church of the Archangels
    • Entry/Admission - Bodbe Monastery of St. Nino
    • Entry/Admission - Church of Kish
    • Entry/Admission - Sheki Khan's Palace
    • Entry/Admission - Baku Old City
    • Entry/Admission - Gobustan Rock Art
    • Entry/Admission - Yanar Dag
    What's excluded :
    • Personal travel insurance
    • Excursions not mentioned in the itinerary.

  • Day 1: Tbilisi

    Pass By: Tbilisi, Tbilisi
    Our driver will be waiting for you at the pick-up point ready to transfer you to your hotel. No activities are planned for the arrival day.

    Meals included:
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Overnight in a hotel. Our packages include 3* and 4* hotel options.

    Day 2: Tbilisi

    Stop At: Tbilisi, Tbilisi
    After breakfast at the hotel, you’ll enjoy guided sightseeing of the Georgian capital.
    Duration: 3 hours

    Stop At: Georgian National Museum, 3, Rustaveli Ave, Tbilisi 0105 Georgia
    We visit the treasury of Georgian National Museum and take a stroll along Rustaweli Avenue, Tbilisi’s main street
    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Narikala Fortress, Tbilisi Georgia
    From the riverfront, we’ll hop on a cable car which will take us to the 4th century Narikala Fortress, which occupies a prominent position on a hill overlooking the city. The view’s fabulous.
    Duration: 30 minutes

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Overnight in a hotel. Our packages include 3* and 4* hotel options.

    Day 3: Tbilisi - Mtskheta - Kutaisi

    Stop At: The City-Museum Reserve of Mtskheta, Mtskheta Georgia
    The former capital and religious heart of Georgia is located at Mtskheta. There we’ll show you the 6th century Djvari Church and the 11th century Svetitskhoveli Cathedral.
    Duration: 2 hours

    Stop At: Prometheus Cave, Kumistavi Georgia
    We visit Prometheus Cave. Inside there’s a breathtaking array of stalactites and stalagmites.
    Duration: 2 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Overnight in a hotel. Our packages include 3* and 4* hotel options.

    Day 4: Kutaisi - Gelati - Bagrati - Akhaltsikhe

    Stop At: Tskaltubo, Tskaltubo, Kutaisi, Imereti Region
    Today we start at a local farmers’ market.
    Duration: 30 minutes

    Stop At: Road to Gelati Monastery, Motsameta, Kutaisi 4600 Georgia
    We check out the UNESCO-listed Gelati monastery complex and then move on to the 12th Bagrati Cathedral.
    Duration: 2 hours

    Stop At: Bagrati Cathedral, Bagrati Street, Kutaisi 4600 Georgia
    We will visit Bagrati Cathedral in Kutaisi.
    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Kutaisi, Kutaisi, Imereti Region
    City tour around Kutaisi.
    Duration: 1 hour

    Pass By: Akhaltsikhe, Akhaltsikhe, Samtskhe-Javakheti Region
    Free time in the city.

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Overnight in a hotel. Our packages include 3* and 4* hotel options.

    Day 5: Akhaltsikhe - Vardzia - Rabati Fortress - Akhaltsikhe

    Stop At: Vardzia, Erusheti Mountain, Aspindza 383770 Georgia
    We’ll explore Vardzia - a subterranean complex consisting of 300 or so caves cut from the mountain.
    Duration: 3 hours

    Stop At: Rabati Castle, Akhaltsikhe Georgia
    We visit the Ethnographic Museum housed in Rabati Fortress.
    Duration: 1 hour

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Overnight in a hotel. Our packages include 3* and 4* hotel options.

    Day 6: Akhaltsikhe - Borjomi - Gori - Uplistikhe - Tbilisi

    Stop At: Borjomi-Kharagauli National Park, Borjomi-Kharagauli National Park, Imereti Region
    We drive towards Borjomi Park.
    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Stalin Museum, 32 Stalin Avenue Stalin Park, Gori 1400 Georgia
    Next stop is the town of Gori - the birthplace of Soviet leader Stalin where we visit a museum dedicated to his life.
    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Uplistsiche Cave Town, Kvakhvreli 15 km Eastwards to Town Gori, Gori 1423 Georgia
    We pay a visit to Uplistikhe, another atmospheric cave city.
    Duration: 2 hours

    Pass By: Tbilisi, Tbilisi
    Afterwards we return to Tbilisi, for dinner accompanied by folk dancing.

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Overnight in a hotel. Our packages include 3* and 4* hotel options.

    Day 7: Tbilisi - Alaverdi - Napareuli - Gremi - Signagi

    Stop At: Alaverdi Monastery, Alaverdi, Kutaisi Georgia
    Visits to Alaverdi Monastery introduce us to the architectural heritage of the region.
    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Gremi Citadel and Church of the Archangels, Gremi village, Gremi 383330 Georgia
    Visit to Gremi Fortress.
    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Napareuli, Napareuli, Telavi, Kakheti Region
    A wine tasting has been arranged in the Twins Wine Cellar in Napareuli.
    Duration: 2 hours

    Stop At: Sighnaghi, Sighnaghi, Kakheti Region
    City tour. This afternoon, we’ll continue on to the picturesque town of Sighnaghi. Its cobbled streets, fortified walls and views across lush valleys make it one of the prettiest towns in the country.
    Duration: 2 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Overnight in a hotel. Our packages include 3* and 4* hotel options.

    Day 8: Signagi - Bodbe - Azerbaijan border - Sheki

    Stop At: Bodbe Monastery of St. Nino, Signagi Georgia
    Close to Signagi is the Bodbe Monastery of St Nino.
    Duration: 2 hours

    Stop At: Church of Kish, Sheki Azerbaijan
    Continuing towards Sheki, we stop at Kish. This village is the site of a centuries-old Albanian church which was incorporated into the Armenian Apostolic Church back in 1836. Near the church you’ll find an ancient cemetery where, visible through a glass cupola, you’ll see numerous human remains. These bodies are impressively tall, appearing to be 2.5 metres or more. The Albanians who once resided here were giants with white skin and golden hair, very unlike the inhabitants of the modern Caucasian nations.
    Duration: 1 hour

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Overnight in a hotel. Our packages include 3* and 4* hotel options.

    Day 9: Sheki - Shamakhi - Baku

    Stop At: Sheki Khan's Palace, Sheki 0055 Azerbaijan
    An excursion to Sheki will delight; this is the oldest city in Azerbaijan. In ancient times people sold silk here. It was famous among merchants from the Great Silk Road. There’s much to see here including the history museum. The star of Sheki’s show is Khan's Summer Palace with its wonderful façades built from brick, river stones and oak, decorated with floral motives. Its interior design impresses even more. Within its six rooms, you can see different frescoes painted by talented craftsman; some of them feature flowers, while others give us pictures of hunting or battle scenes. There are two beautiful mirrored balconies, ornate decoration using rare coloured Venetian glass and exquisite paintings featuring colourful depictions of birds and animals. The first floor of this palace shows Khan’s richness and powerful reign. A great number of animals and hunting motifs on the walls are thought to be symbols of nobility.
    Duration: 3 hours

    Stop At: Shamakhi, Shamakhi, Daghlig Shirvan Region
    Azerbaijan has a long history, as demonstrated by places such as Shamakhi. It was once the capital of the Shirvan Empire and the base of the Shirvan Dynasty. These days Shamakhi is famous for its winemaking. Visiting this city you’ll have an opportunity to acquaint yourself with the Yeddi Gumbez mausoleum, whose imposing domes rise mysteriously above an almost silent valley. From here there are stunning views back to Shamakhi. Not far away, you’ll encounter the tombs of Diri Baba. Equally atmospheric, the structures are built into the rock giving the appearance of an eagle’s nest. As we approach, only the front is visible; the other sides are disguised by the cliffs from which they were hewn, giving the impression that the tomb is suspended off the ground. The monument has two storeys: while the lower floor was probably for servants, the upper, reached by stairs, would have been the salon. Whether it is a sacred site or a place of burial is up for interpretation.
    Duration: 3 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Overnight in a hotel. Our packages include 3* and 4* hotel options.

    Day 10: Baku

    Stop At: Baku, Baku, Absheron Region
    Panoramic city tour. We begin our discovery of the city of Baku, enjoying a sightseeing tour of Baku’s most absorbing sights. We’ll visit to the city’s main monumental, historical and architectural attractions before climbing to the city’s highest point at Upland Park for an impressive panorama of the Azeri capital and its bay.
    Duration: 2 hours

    Stop At: Baku Old City, Neftchilar Ave, Baku 1000 Azerbaijan
    We’ll descend to the old city, known locally as Icheri sheher. This was all there was of Baku until the mid-19th century when, as a result of the oil boom, a growth spurt caused the city to spill beyond its defensive walls. This tiny area measures just 22 square hectares and yet it contains so many significant sights, including the Shirvanshakhs Palace, the Maiden Tower and the Karavansaray, once the place of merchants’ rest. Today, just 1300 families call Icheri sheher, this city within a city, home. It’s a delightful place to take an evening stroll through the maze of streets to the gathering place of Fountains Square.
    Duration: 2 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Overnight in a hotel. Our packages include 3* and 4* hotel options.

    Day 11: Baku - Gobustan - Yanar Dag - Baku

    Stop At: Gobustan Rock Art, Gobustan Settlement - Garadagh District 60 km South of Baku, Qobustan 1080 Azerbaijan
    Today after breakfast our guide will be waiting to collect you for your included excursion to Gobustan. Gobustan National Park is situated in East Azerbaijan and borders the southern slopes of the Major Caucasus ridge to the north, Pirsaat River to the west, the Harami and Mishov Mountains to the south and the Caspian Sea and Absheron peninsula to the east. Gobustan is an archaeological reserve and a culturally important landscape of historic rock carvings. Over 6000 petroglyphs have been discovered here together with ancient caves and archaeological remains. Incredibly, some are thought to date from as early as the 18th century BC and offer a fascinating insight into the evolution of human activity, showing scenes of mountain goat hunts, maritime imagery and ceremonial dances as well as domestic tableaux.
    Duration: 3 hours

    Stop At: Yanar Dag, Binagadi-Balakhany Highway Absheron Peninsula - Village of Mammadli, Baku 0125 Azerbaijan
    We make a stop at Yanar Dag. This intriguing natural phenomenon is known as the Burning Rock. It’s fuelled by seepage of natural gas and regularly sees flames up to three metres high rising from the sandstone hillside. It’s thought by some that Yanar Dag is the reason Azerbaijan has the nickname, the Land of Fire.
    Duration: 30 minutes

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Overnight in a hotel. Our packages include 3* and 4* hotel options.

    Day 12: Baku

    Pass By: Baku, Baku, Absheron Region
    Today marks the end of your tour. Our driver will be waiting for you at the hotel lobby ready to transfer you to the airport or any other departure point. No activities are planned for the departure day.

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    No accommodation included on this day.
  • Departure Point :
    Traveler pickup is offered
    We provide pick-up transfer from airport, railway station, accommodation in Tbilisi. Our driver will pick you up at the specified time, he will hold a sign-board.Airports
    • Tbilisi International Airport, Tbilisi, Georgia
    Departure Time :
    Suppliers and travelers coordinate start times within the given time periods. 4* Hotel Option 7/19/2020 - 11/16/2020
    Monday:09:00 AM - 03:00 PM
    3/22/2021 - 11/15/2021
    Monday:09:00 AM - 03:00 PM
    3* Hotel Option 7/22/2020 - 11/16/2020
    Monday:12:00 AM - 11:30 PM
    3/22/2021 - 11/15/2021
    Monday:12:00 AM - 11:30 PM
    Return Detail :
    -
    Hotel Pickup :
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Stroller accessible
    • Near public transportation
    • Infant seats available
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers
    • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
    • Guides required to regularly wash hands
    • We operate only small groups.
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
  • If you cancel at least 7 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.
    If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee.
    If you cancel within 2 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.

Language

English - Guide

Age Req.

-

Fitness Req.

None

Group Size

10

Organised by Best of Caucasus Travel Company

Activity ID: V-272822P11

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