Gems of the Caucasus: Armenia, Georgia & Azerbaijan11 days & 10 nights, Private Journey
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Yerevan, Tbilisi, Stepantsminda, Telavi, Sheki & Baku
Superb scenery, friendly locals and amazing cultural sights characterize the Caucasus: Armenia, Georgia and Azerbaijan. While these countries are often grouped together by their geographical proximity, their cultures have strong and fascinating differences. Experience the legacy of Georgia and Armenia as ancient nations with a strong history of Christianity that remains evident today. Then, discover Azerbaijan. Explore the capital, Baku, as well as nearby petroglyphs, mud volcanoes and the scenic northern highlands.
Day 1Arrive Yerevan, Armenia
Upon arrival, you will be escorted to your hotel.Armenia Marriott - 3 Nights
Join your local expert for a morning visit to the Matenadaran museum, which houses a unique collection of ancient manuscripts. Continue to the monastery of St. Echmiadzin. Meet the members of an NGO focusing on youth programs, and tonight, attend a cultural event in on of the city's concert halls.Armenia Marriott (B, L, D)
Discover Geghard, the site of an ancient cave monastery, and Garni, a pagan temple. Enjoy lunch with a local family in their home and then learn about making traditional Armenian bread (lavash). After a stroll in the beautiful gorge of Garni, return to Yerevan.Armenia Marriott (B, L)
Day 4To Tbilisi, Georgia
Travel to the shores of stunning Lake Sevan to visit the 9th-century monastery of Sevan. Then, continue to Dilijan for an introduction to the local art scene. After stopping at the monastery of Haghpat, cross the border into Georgia and the capital of Tbilisi.Tbilisi Marriott - 2 Nights (B, L)
Embark on a private tour of Tbilisi, including the Old Town, Narikala Fortress, Sioni Cathedral, and the State Museum of Georgia. In the evening, ascend the funicular to the Panoramic Park for a meal at a fine restaurant overlooking the Georgian capital.Tbilisi Marriott (B, L, D)
Day 6To Stepantsminda
Head north toward the Kazbegi Mountains. Stop at Mtskheta, which was once the capital of the Georgian Kingdom of Iberia. Also admire Svetitsikhoveli Cathedral, the burial place of the Georgian kings.Rooms Hotel - 1 Night (B, L, D)
Day 7To Telavi
On your way south, visit the 9th-century Bodbe Monastery and the fortified hill town of Signagi. Stop at a local farmstead for lunch and enjoy a traditional home-cooked meal.Chateau Mere - 1 Night (B, L, D)
Day 8To Sheki, Azerbaijan
In Ikalto, visit the picturesque monastery complex. Sample local wines produced by monks at the impressive Alaverdi Cathedral. Then, explore the palace of King Erekle II.
In the afternoon, cross the border and continue your scenic drive to Sheki.Sheki Palace Hotel - 1 Night (B, L, D)
Day 9To Baku
Start the day by exploring the medieval fortress, Sheki Khans' Palace, the museum of history and the bazaar. After lunch, stop in the town of Oghuz to visit the synagogue of the town's small Mountain Jew community. Continue your journey to Baku via Muganly Pass stopping en route to see Diri Baba Mausoleum, Juma Mosque and the Mausoleum of Yeddi Gumbez.Hyatt Regency Baku - 2 Nights (B, L)
Embark on a sightseeing tour of Baku this morning, including the fortress, the medieval Caravanserai and Market Square.Hyatt Regency Baku (B, L)
In the afternoon, drive to Gobustan to see thousands of rock drawings from the Neollithic period. Later, continue to the Absheron Peninsula, where you can visit Yanardag (Flaming Mountain) and the temple of the fire worshippers.
Day 11Depart Baku
After breakfast, visit the Sakina Khanum Mosque, the hamam (medieval bath house) and local carpet workshops with a local historian. Then, return to Baku for your onward flight.(B)