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Azerbaijan and Georgia Explorer

11 days
10 nights

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Dates

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PER PERSON:
$ 2,580.00 (double / twin occupancy)
$ 3,250.00 (single occupancy)

Dates:

Mar 29, 2020 - Apr 08, 2020 
Apr 19, 2020 - Apr 29, 2020 
May 03, 2020 - May 13, 2020 
May 17, 2020 - May 27, 2020 
May 31, 2020 - Jun 10, 2020 
Jul 05, 2020 - Jul 15, 2020 
Jul 26, 2020 - Aug 05, 2020 
Aug 09, 2020 - Aug 19, 2020 
Aug 23, 2020 - Sep 02, 2020 
Sep 06, 2020 - Sep 16, 2020 
Sep 20, 2020 - Sep 30, 2020 
Oct 04, 2020 - Oct 14, 2020 
Oct 18, 2020 - Nov 28, 2020 

Hotels:

Baku - Park Inn, Intourist or similar
Sheki -  Sheki Saray, Sheki Palace, Marxal or similar
Akhasheni - Akhasheni Wine Resort
Tbilisi - River Side, Ibis, Citrus, New Tiflis or similar
Gudauri - Marco Polo or similar

Included:

  • All transfers;
  • Accommodation based on double/twin room sharing, breakfasts included;
  • Sightseeing tour program in each country with local English-speaking guides;
  • Entrance tickets to sights as per itinerary;
  • Dinners in Baku (day 1), Tbilisi (day 7);
  • Two wine tastings in Kakheti region, Georgia.

Itinerary:

Explore Oriental and Westernized Caucasus with Azerbaijan and Georgia group tour with 100% guaranteed departure dates. Group travel will cut your costs and enjoy your adventures with like-minded people. Azerbaijan, the Country of Flame, welcomes you with breathtaking nature, historical and architectural monuments in Baku, Gobustan, Shamakhi, Lahich, Sheki, etc. In Georgia, millennia old winemaking traditions, city of love – Sighnaghi, awe inspiring churches and cathedrals – Metekhi, Jvari, Svetitskhoveli and many others are awaiting you.

Day 1  : ARRIVAL IN BAKU

Welcome dinner

Private transfer to your hotel will be arranged. Check-in at 14:00. At 18:00, meet your guide and other group members in the hotel lobby. Enjoy welcome dinner at a national restaurant.

Overnight in Baku (D)

Day 2  : BAKU - ABSHERON - GOBUSTAN - BAKU

Ateshgan Temple - Gobustan National Park - Petroglyphs Museum

Today you will visit the area of the Greater Baku and Absheron peninsula. 

The first stop is at Ateshgah, a temple for fire worshippers located in the village of Surakhany. Zoroastrians from India travel thousands of kilometers to Ateshgah to worship the fire coming out of the earth. After lunch, drive to Gobustan National Park. Pay a visit to the Petroglyphs Museum and explore petroglyphs dating back to 10,000 BC. Weather permitting, drive to mud volcanoes in Gobustan Reserve (change of vehicle). Gobustan is home to almost half of the world’s mud volcanoes. Return to Baku. Duration of sightseeing tour: 7-8 hours / Driving distance: 190 km

Overnight in Baku (B)

Day 3  : BAKU

City tour of Baku

At 09:00, start sightseeing tour in Baku. Visit Martyrs Lane, known as ‘Shehidler Khiyabany’ among locals. When you walk through the Alley of the Martyrs, you will find a beautiful view overlooking Baku’s coastline. Move to Icheri Sheher, the old part of the city. Visit Shirvanshah's Palace, Caravanserai, Maiden Tower, and the main market square, which has numerous art studios and souvenir stalls. Continue touring new Baku by exploring Nizami Street and Fountain Square. Free time in the afternoon (optional visit to Heydar Aliev Centre). Duration of sightseeing tour: 4-5 hours / Driving distance: 10 km

Overnight in Baku (B)

Day 4  : BAKU - SHAMAKHI - LAHICH - SHEKI

Diri Baba Mausoleum - Juma Mosque - Ancient Village of Lahich (weather permitting)

Breakfast. Depart towards Sheki. On the way, stop at Diri Baba Mausoleum in the village of Maraza. Continue to Shamakhi and visit the historical Juma Mosque

Weather permitting, a scenic drive through Girdimanchay River Canyon to visit Lahich will follow. Lahich, an ancient village with charming cobbled sidewalks, is famous for its medieval water supply and sewage systems, as well as its traditional jewelry, copperware, carpets, pottery, daggers, and iron tools workshops.

Continue driving to Sheki, the pleasant and easily walkable medieval town set in a lush mountainous area. Sheki is especially known for local style sweet baklava. Arrival in Sheki at about 19:00. Driving distance: 340 km

Overnight in Sheki (B)

Day 5  : SHEKI - GEORGIAN BORDER - KVARELI - AKHASHENI

Sheki Bazaar - Palace of Sheki Khans - Khareba Winery with tasting - Akhasheni Wine Resort

After breakfast, at 08:30, visit the colorful Sheki Bazaar. Here, you can find virtually everything you may want to eat: local fruits and berries, spices, freshly-baked bread, honey, cheeses, and Sheki sweets.

Continue to the Palace of Sheki Khans, which is surrounded by medieval fortress walls, and then visit handicrafts workshops and caravanserai.

Leave Sheki and head towards the border with Georgia (115 km, ~2 h). Cross the border and start exploring the Eastern part of Georgia, which is famous for its viticulture and winemaking traditions.

Our first stop in Georgia will be the Khareba Winery. On the way there, enjoy the picturesque landscapes of vineyards and wine-producing villages. Khareba's unique wine cellar is located in a tunnel carved out of the rock. Originally built for military purposes, today the tunnel is used to store Kakheti’s finest wines. Enjoy a wine tour and a tasting session.

By 17:30-18:30, we will arrive at our overnight point, Akhasheni Wine Resort. This Resort is surrounded by beautiful vineyards and offers stunning views of the Caucasus Mountains – the perfect place to take a break before continuing our journey in Georgia. We will stay here for two nights. Driving distance: 180 km

Overnight in Akhasheni Wine Resort (B)

Day 6  : AKHASHENI - TSINANDALI - AKHASHENI

Optional tours - visit local Georgian family

Breakfast. At 09:30, take an optional visit to Tsinandali, residence of dukes of Georgia, with beautiful English garden, museum, and wine cellar which belonged to prince Chavchavadze, public figure and poet of 19th century.

We will be back at Akhasheni Wine Resort by noon. The rest of the day is free to enjoy nature, vineyards, and outdoor swimming pool. The Resort also offers culinary masterclasses of Georgian traditional dishes and wine tasting room.

At 18:00, we will visit a local family to enjoy traditional fest and hear the best Georgian toasts.  Driving distance: 150 km

Overnight in Akhasheni Wine Resort (B)

Options: Tsinandali
Day 7  : AKHASHENI - SIGHNAGHI - BODBE - TBILISI

Sighnaghi - Bodbe Convent

At 10:00, continue exploring Kakheti by visiting Sighnaghi Royal Town, which is surrounded by defensive walls with 23 towers and was an important trading center on the Great Silk Road.

Continue to Bodbe Convent - according to legend, this is the burial place of St. Nino, who converted Georgia to Christianity in the 4th century.

We will arrive in the capital of Georgia at about 16:00–17:00. After a couple of hours at your leisure, join the group to proceed to welcome dinner (departing from the hotel by bus at 19:00). Driving distance: 160 km

Overnight in Tbilisi (B, D).

Day 8  : TBILISI

After breakfast, we will embark on Tbilisi sightseeing tour. Start at Metekhi Church and the monument to Vakhtang Gorgasali, the legendary founder of Tbilisi. Visit Narikala Fortress to enjoy a breathtaking panoramic view of the city. Walk down to the district of sulphur bath houses and pass by the only mosque in Tbilisi. Stroll through the Sharden area, full of narrow streets with cozy cafés, wine tasting bars, and souvenir shops, and breathe in the history of Old Tbilisi. Also visit Sioni CathedralAnchiskhati Basilica, and the famous Rezo Gabriadze Theatre’s clock tower, before crossing the Bridge of Peace to Rike Park. Free afternoon. Duration of sightseeing tour: 4-5 hours / Driving distance: 5 km

Overnight in Tbilisi (B)

Day 9  : TBILISI - JVARI - ANANURI - KAZBEGI - GUDAURI

Jvari Monastery - Ananuri Complex - Gergeti Holy Trinity Church

Breakfast. Today you’ll explore the North of Georgia. The first stop will be at Jvari Monastery, a true architectural masterpiece of the Early Middle Ages, which is picturesquely perched above the confluence of the Aragvi and Mtkvari Rivers.

Continue to the Ananuri Complex, a former residence of Argveti Dukes, which features churches and towers dating back to the 16th and 17th centuries and beautifully overlooks Jinvali Reservoir.

Next, drive over the Cross Pass and make a short stop at the Soviet-era “People’s Friendship” mountain view point, which overlooks a deep gorge of the Caucasus Mountains. In Kazbegi, switch to a four-wheel drive vehicle to reach Gergeti Holy Trinity Church (located at an altitude of 2,170 m) and enjoy breathtaking views of Mount Kazbegi. Reach Gudauri at about 19:00 for overnight at the hotel. Driving distance: 210 km

Overnight in Gudauri (B)

Day 10  : GUDAURI - GORI - UPLISTSIKHE - MTSKHETA - TBILISI

Stalin Museum - caves of Uplistsikhe - Svetitskhoveli

Breakfast. Drive to Stalin’s home town of Gori. Visit the Stalin Museum, which includes more than 60,000 artifacts, the tiny house where Stalin was born, and an impressive bulletproof train that Stalin used to travel to Yalta and Potsdam.

Explore the cave town of Uplistsikhe, which dates back to the Hellenistic Period and is notable for its unique combination of various styles of rock-cut architecture, including both pagan and Christian.

Continue to Mtskheta, one of the oldest towns in Georgia and the country’s cultural and religious center. Mtskheta was the capital of the Eastern Georgian Kingdom of Iberia from the 3rd century BC. Visit Svetitskhoveli, the main cathedral of Mtskheta and a sacred place where the robe of Christ is kept. Reach Tbilisi in the evening. Duration of sightseeing tour: 9-10 hours / Driving distance: 250 km

Overnight in Tbilisi (B)

Day 11  : DEPARTURE FROM TBILISI

Check-out from the hotel till noon. Free time till transfer to Tbilisi International Airport. End of the tour.  (B) Driving distance: 10 km