Gems of the Caucasus: Armenia, Georgia & Azerbaijan11 days & 10 nights, Private Journey
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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)
At Cox & Kings we believe that a good travel experience is not luck but judgment. We have compiled the following advice to outline the nature of travel in Europe and to help you prepare for your trip. Even with the most meticulous planning, however, minor problems can occur and, while our local representatives are always on hand to rectify such occurrences, we do request that you have a patient and broadminded approach to traveling in Europe.
Cruises & Train Tours
The river cruises and train tours in this brochure are offered subject to the conditions of carriage of the individual Train Company. PLEASE NOTE that in exceptional circumstances they may vary their itineraries with little or no notice, if water levels become unsafe, train lines become blocked or to avoid areas of dense traffic. Such changes are rare, but you should check the final itinerary at reception when you embark.
A number of flights within Europe arrive / depart early in the morning, and while we will endeavour to schedule your tour with a flight which arrives / departs at a reasonable time, sometimes there is little or no alternative and early check-in / check-out times may be required.
Accommodation standards vary dramatically throughout Europe, and hotels in Eastern Europe, Albania, Macedonia and regional Turkey, should not generally be compared to Western European standards. For our tours we have chosen hotels primarily for their location and the facilities available. We will endeavour to supply any extra information that you may require on these hotels. The hotels listed in the tour itineraries may occasionally be unavailable for the required dates. In this event, we will advise you of alternative hotels, which will, where possible, be of the same or of a higher standard than those featured in the itineraries. There are many new hotels being built in Europe and we may upgrade those featured in the brochure if better options in the same category become available. Please note all rooms reserved on your tour are standard; however, if you wish to upgrade your room (e.g. to a lake view or suite etc.), please speak to your tour consultant, who will be able to advise you about the options and the applicable supplements.
Check-in & Check-out Times: For all group and individual tours, hotel check-in/out time is normally 12 noon, but this does vary between hotels. Early check-ins and late check-outs cannot be pre-booked, but can sometimes be negotiated on site.
Many of the sites in Europe are quite spread out, and our tours consequently involve a reasonable amount of walking. Whilst the walking is normally easy going, a full-day’s sightseeing can be quite tiring and sometimes strenuous.
Although tourism is not a new concept in most parts of Europe, many of the areas visited are still extremely traditional. Therefore kindly respect local customs and dress codes.
Many countries require passports, visas to be presented before entry is permitted. Please ensure that all traveling members, including infants and children, are in possession of a passport, valid for at least 6 months, prior to departure. It is convenient and safe to have the visa process facilitated by Cox & Kings Limited from the concerned Consulates / Authorities on your behalf. Please note that it is totally at the discretion of the concerned Consulates / Authorities to grant / reject your visas. The consulate may require further documentation and / or personal appearance.
Gems Of The Caucasus: Armenia, Georgia & Azerbaijan
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