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Explore the best of the Caucasus: Azerbaijan, Georgia, and Armenia with a small group of like-minded travelers. Experience the best of the Caucasus region with a tour of Azerbaijan, Georgia, and Armenia. Explore the stunning natural beauty, rich cultural heritage, and diverse history of the region. From the vibrant city of Tbilisi to the ancient cave city of Uplitske, the Caucasus has something for everyone. Plan your perfect trip with our suggested itinerary today!

Itinerary

Best of the Caucasus: A journey to Azerbaijan, Georgia & Armenia

Day 1:  Arrive in Baku (Azerbaijan)

Arrive at the Baku International Airport. Upon arrival, you will be met at the airport, Flo Tours Representative and transferred to your hotel. Overnight in Baku.

Day 2:  Baku (Azerbaijan) [B, L, D]

We will begin our tour with a breathtaking panorama of Baku city from Upland Park, which offers a stunning view of the city’s contrasts and scale. The city is shaped like an amphitheater, descending to the Caspian Sea. Our tour will cover the central part of Baku, showcasing the most interesting historical and architectural sites, including the Palace of the Shirvanshahs, the symbol of Baku - Maiden Tower, and the medieval merchants’ resting place - Caravanserai. We will also visit Baku Boulevard, a favorite walking place for residents and guests alike. After lunch, we will visit the Cultural Complex named after Heydar Aliyev, former President (Oct. 1993 to Oct. 2003). The center’s design project was initially met with disbelief, as the construction of such an extraordinary building complex seemed unrealistic even in theory. We will spend the night in Baku, ready for another day of exploration and adventure. Overnight in Baku.

Day 3:  Baku - Gobustan - Ateshgah - Gala - Baku (Azerbaijan) [B, L, D]

After a hearty breakfast, we will drive to Gobustan, a historical and architectural reserve under the open sky, located 44 miles from Baku. The reserve is home to more than 6,000 petroglyphs (rock carvings) that date back over 12,000 years and reflect the life of people in the Stone Age - hunting, recreation, dance, accompanied by the melodious sounds of “Gaval Dash” (a large rock with a deep resonant sound). The reserve also has many caves that served as a refuge for ancient people and helped them survive during severe weather.

Before we start our tour of Gobustan, we will visit the newly built hi-tech museum of the same name. After lunch, we will have an excursion to the Temple of Fire Worshipers in Ateshgah. This ancient religious building was built on the site of natural gas output and is a part of the Zoroastrian chronicles. It symbolizes the cult of the Eternal Flame. In the former cells, where pilgrims from all over the world stayed, now the museum with unique exhibits is set up.

Our last stop will be the Gala Village, which is about a 40-minute drive from Baku. The village is an open-air museum that showcases the living conditions and culture of Absheron Peninsula from the 16th to the 19th centuries. The historic architectural monuments confirm that these places were ancient settlements of people. Overnight in Baku.

Day 4:  Baku - Shamakhi - Maraza - Lahic - Sheki (Azerbaijan) [B, L, D]

Leaving Baku behind, we will drive to Shamakhi district and visit the town of Shamakhi, Diri Baba Tomb, and Yeddi Gumbaz. Shamakhi was the capital of Shirvan Kingdom for several centuries. Yeddi Gumbaz (The Seven Cupolas) Mausoleum is the burial place for members of the royal families of the Shirvanshahs. We will then visit the famous Lahij Village in Ismayilli District. Lahij is a historic village that dates back 2,000 years and is now a historical and cultural reserve. Many of the 2,000 people living in Lahij are involved in ancient crafts such as engraved copper work and carpet weaving. In the mid-19th century, there were more than 200 workshops in Lahij. Traders discovered Lahij crafts many centuries ago and sold them for soaring prices at bazaars in Baghdad (now Iraq), Shiraz (now Iran), and other Middle Eastern cities. We will stop by a copper workshop for an impromptu lesson in ancient craftsmanship. You’ll get to see coppersmiths use small mallets to decorate plates, trays, jugs, goblets, and pitchers, just as their ancestors have done for centuries. Lunch and dinner will be served at local restaurants. We will spend the night in Sheki.

Day 5:   Sheki (Azerbaijan) [B, L, D]

This morning we will first proceed to the Palace of Sheki Khans, a magnificent monument dating back to the 18th century in Azerbaijan. The palace is a testament to the region’s rich cultural heritage and is considered one of the most outstanding and valuable monuments of the 18th century. We will then drive to Kish Village to visit the Albanian Church. According to legend, the church was built in 78 A.D., but researchers placed it a few centuries later. The church is a fascinating example of the region’s ancient architecture and is steeped in mystery and legends. After lunch, we will visit the Sheki Bazaar and explore the various local handicrafts, including scarves, unique boxes, a plethora of sweets, confections, and local sweet bakery. We will spend the night in Sheki, ready for another day of exploration and adventure.

Day 6:   Sheki - Lagodekhi Border - Telavi (Azerbaijan/Georgia) [B, L, D]

Today is our last day in Azerbaijan, after checking out the Sheki Hotel we will head out Azerbaijan-Georgia Border. After border formalities, you will meet with your guide and driver from Georgia. You will then drive to Village Shilda to visit the Chubini Winery. Here, you will have the opportunity to taste wines fermented in Qvevri, a tradition that dates back 8000 years. The guests will be hosted personally by the owner, who will introduce the history of Georgian wine making, local grapes, and viticulture. You will also have lunch with homemade dishes in the cellar yard with a spectacular view of the Caucasus mountains.

Afterward, you will continue your trip to Telavi to a very special place in Vardisubani to observe the methods of making the clay vessels “Qvevri,” which are essential for traditional Georgian wine production. You will also taste a wine and glass of the family Chacha (Georgian Grappa).

You will then visit the Tsinandali Estate, the first winery founded by one of the famous poets and public figures Alexander Chavchavadze in the 19th century. You can explore the site, including the garden, home museum, and wine cellar, where the oldest bottle of wine dating back to 1814 is kept. You will spend the night in Telavi and have dinner at the hotel restaurant.

Day 7:  Telavi - Sighnaghi - Tbilisi (Georgia) [B, L, D]

A scenic drive from Telavi will take us to Sighnaghi, a royal town surrounded by a defensive wall with 23 towers built by King Erekle II in the 18th century. The town had many gates through which Georgia was connected to Europe and Asia by various trade routes. We will stroll through the tiny and cozy streets of Sighnaghi and enjoy the amazing view of Alazani Valley. We will then drive to Village Kedeli, which is a 10-minute drive from Sighnaghi, and visit a horse ranch and brewery in a stunning rural setting. Here, we will have a cooking masterclass of Georgian sweet, Churchkhela, and Georgian traditional Khinkali, or bake bread. We will taste natural farmhouse-style craft beers brewed, aged, and served onsite and enjoy lunch prepared with seasonal ingredients in an open outdoor kitchen. We can relax in the hammocks and enjoy the stunning view of the Alazani valley.

Afterward, we will drive to Tbilisi and transfer to the hotel for a short rest. In the evening, we will embark on a sightseeing tour of Tbilisi, known as the capital of Georgia from the 5th century. The city is extraordinary for its turbulent history, elegant and remarkable architecture, destroyed and restored through centuries but keeping the entire style of the Georgian orthodox religion and traditions. We will walk through the old city and visit the Metekhi Church, dated XIII century, and the Sulfur Bathes. We will take a cable car up to Narikala Fortress and walk through the oldest part of Tbilisi, along the Sharden and Erekle II streets. We will have dinner in the Funicular restaurant located on the highest spot in Tbilisi, from where the view of the whole city opens. We can enjoy Georgian meals and music performances. We will spend the night in Tbilisi.

Day 8:  Tbilisi - Gori - Mtskheta - Tbilisi (Georgia) [B, L, D]

Depart today for the Stalin’s hometown to Gori, a town in Inner Kartli Province that is famous for being the birthplace of J. Stalin. We will visit the Stalin Museum and his house of birth in Gori. We will then go on an excursion to Uplistsikhe Rock Hewn, a complex of rock-cut halls, temples, passage streets, wine pressers, tunnels where Hellenistic period is mixed together with early Christian Age, upper and lower-class hierarchy dwellings. We will have lunch in a local restaurant.

After lunch, we will drive to Mtskheta, the old capital of Kartli, Iberia Kingdom known as a political and cultural center from the 3rd century B.C. We will drive up to Jvari Monastery, which is dated VI century and is distinguished with harmonious proportions and represents the high achievements of early Georgian Medieval Architecture. We will also visit the Svetitskhoveli Cathedral, an XI century architectural monument. We will have a reception in Vino Underground, where the best Georgian wines from all over Georgia are gathered. We will have dinner in a Georgian city restaurant. We will spend the night in Tbilisi.

Day 9:  Tbilisi - Sadakhlo Border - Akhtala - Haghpat - Dilijan (Georgia/ Armenia) [B, L, D]

Following the breakfast, You will be transferred to the Sadakhlo Border (Armenian/Georgian) for formalities and meet your guide and driver from Armenia. The meeting point is at the Sadakhlo border at about 10:00 am. From there, you will continue to the town of Akhtala, which is famous for copper and silver mines. The main attraction of the area is the half-ruined fortress of Akhtala, which is more than 1,000 years old. Archaeological excavations have shown that the area has been occupied by humans since the early Bronze Age. You will have lunch in a local restaurant and taste local Armenian Barbecue.

After lunch, you will continue to Haghpat Monastic Complex (976 A.D.), which is among the outstanding works of medieval Armenian architecture and is inscribed in the UNESCO World Heritage list. The complex used to be an educational center of the Middle Ages where most Armenian scholars and scientists got their background education.

You will then proceed to the resort town of Dilijan. The forested and reclusive city is home to numerous Armenian artists, composers, and filmmakers and features some traditional Armenian architecture. The Sharambeyan street in the center has been preserved and maintained as an “old town,” complete with craftsman’s workshops, a gallery, and a museum which might be interesting to explore during your leisure time in Dilijan. You will spend the night in Dilijan.

Day 10:  Dilijan - Lake Sevan - Garni - Geghard - Yerevan (Armenia)  [B, L ,D]

Setting off overland from Dilijan for Lake Sevan, the largest lake in Armenia and the Caucasus region. It is one of the largest freshwater high-altitude lakes in the world and is situated at an altitude of 1,900 meters above sea level. We will visit the Sevan Peninsula for sightseeing and perfect views over the lake.

We will then continue to Garni and have lunch at a local house where you will have the opportunity to watch Armenian national bread “Lavash” baking and barbecue making process in the underground stove called “tonir”. The pagan temple of Garni is a picturesque monument of the Hellenistic period and an impressive piece of ancient Armenian architecture. It was built in the first century A.D. by the Armenian King Tiridates and is dedicated to a heathen god, probably to Mithra, the god of the sun whose figure stood in the depth of the sanctuary. After proclaiming Christianity as a state religion in Armenia in 301, the temple was probably used as a summer residence of the kings.

Northeast of Garni, higher up the gorge of the Azat River, there is a magnificent monument of medieval Armenian architecture - Geghard Monastery inscribed in the UNESCO World Heritage list. The monastery is a renowned ecclesiastical and cultural center of medieval Armenia, where a school, scriptorium, library, and many rock-cut dwelling cells for clergymen could be found in addition to the religious constructions.

We will have a welcome dinner at a traditional Armenian restaurant and spend the night in Yerevan.

Day 11:  Yerevan City Tour - Etchmiadzin - Zvartnots - Brandy Factory (Armenia) [B, L, D]

Spend today in and around Yerevan. We will first proceed to the town of Etchmiadzin, which is a mere 13 miles from Yerevan. Then stop at the Ruins of Zvartnots Temple - the pearl of the VII Century Architecture (inscribed in UNESCO World Heritage list). We will see Etchmiadzin Cathedral and walk the Cathedral area (no entrance, closed for re-construction) which is one of the oldest standing churches in Christendom. It was built in 303 A.D. over a pagan fire altar. The name Etchmiadzin means “descent of the Only Begotten”. It was believed to have been designated in a vision where Christ came to earth and struck the plains with a golden hammer. This landmark is protected by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. We will then visit St. Hripsime Apostolic Church and exhibit in Vagharshapat (UNESCO), one of the oldest surviving churches in the country. Lunch will be at a local house/restaurant.

We will return to Yerevan to visit their famous Brandy Factory founded in 1887. During the International Exhibition in Paris in 1900, the brandy received the Grand-Prix and the legal right to be called ‘Cognac’, not ‘Brandy’. While touring, visitors are offered the chance to visit the museum of the factory. The bar offers tasting of various old and chateau sort of cognacs, which have mellow-velvety flavor endowed with a rich bouquet of chocolate-vanilla accents. We will have leisure time and farewell dinner in a traditional Armenian restaurant with live folk music. We will spend the night in Yerevan.

Day 12:  Yerevan - Tbilisi (Armenia/Georgia) [B, L, D]

Today start with a drive to the town of Ashtarak and visit the Church of Karmravor (VII Century). We will then participate in the Folk Theater “Tonats Uyts”. Afterward, we will depart to the region of Lori and have lunch at a local restaurant. We will then drive to the border of Sadakhlo for border crossing formalities. We will spend the night in Tbilisi.

Day 13:  Departure from Tbilisi (Georgia) [B]

After breakfast today, the tour will conclude with departure transfers. Thank you for choosing our services, and we hope you had a wonderful time exploring the Caucasus region!

Tour type: Small Group Tour

Group size: 2-16 passengers

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  • Arrival and departure transfers
  • 12 nights hotel accommodation at very comfortable centrally located hotels (double room sharing)
  • All meals (Total of 34 meals: 12 Breakfasts, 11 Lunches and 11 Dinners) (B= Breakfast, L= Lunch, D= Dinner)
  • All entrance fees
  • Complete sightseeing with our experienced English-Speaking local tour guides
  • Azerbaijan Visa
  • Luggage handling, all hotel taxes and services charges
  • Flo Tours document packet including; name and luggage tags and more.
  • International flights
  • Tips at the hotels, tour guides and drivers
  • Any extra expenses at the hotels
  • Video and photo camera charges at the museums or sites
  • Trip Insurance

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Azerbaijan:

  • Baku: Hilton/ Holiday Inn or similar
  • Sheki: Sheki Palace /Sheki Saray /Macera Hotel or similar

Georgia:

  • Telavi: Chateau Mere Hotel or similar
  • Tbilisi: Museum Hotel or similar

Armenia:

  • Dilijan: BW Paradise Hotel or similar
  • Yerevan: Grand Hotel or similar

Passport and Visa requirements for US Citizens: Azerbaijan: Visa is required Georgia: Visa is NOT required Armenia: Visa is NOT required