Explore Caucasus in the kilometers of vineyards and shady cellars, mountain peaks, ancient churches, monasteries and castles, hospitable people and endless poetic toasts. Take 13-day scheduled Caucasus tour that will introduce you to the three countries of the South Caucasus: Azerbaijan, Armenia and Georgia. You will enjoy a great number of archaeological, historical and architectural monuments, diverse nature, Caucasian cuisine that you cannot resist. You will keep memories of the Caucasus, the land between two seas, for a lifetime.
This tour also runs as an extension to Central Asia group tour with guaranteed departure dates.
Return to Baku. Overnight at the hotel.
We will pass through the beautiful landscapes of vineyards and wine-producing villages. First stop will be at unique wine cellar “Khareba” located in the tunnel carved out of the rock. Originally built for military purposes, today the tunnel is used to store Kakheti’s finest wines. Wine tour and wine tasting. Continue to Bodbe Convent and Sighnaghi Royal Town, one of the crossroads of the Great Silk Road surrounded by defensive walls with 23 towers. In the afternoon, head to Tbilisi for overnight.
Drive to Lori region and visit UNESCO World Heritage Site Haghpat monastery. Stunning example of Armenian traditional architecture erected in 10-13th centuries. Standing on a hillside, Haghpat beautifully overlooks Debed River. Location of monastery was chosen to protect peace and seclusion of its monks. Drive through Dilijan to Lake Sevan, “The Jewel of Armenia” and one of the largest high-mountainous fresh water lakes in the world. The coastline of Lake Sevan is rich with thick woods, white bare steep rocks, mountain steppes and Alpine meadows. Stop at Sevanavank to visit the remnants of the monastery that include two temples – Surb Arakelots and Surb Astvatsatsin standing among numerous khachkars. The buildings were constructed from black tuff which probably gave the monastery its name Sevanavank – “the Black Monastery”. The view from there is simply magnificent: the mountains surround lake from all sides and snow tops are seen almost on the entire perimeter and disappear behind horizon. Continue to Yerevan for overnight.
|Economy hotels, 3*|
|Baku - 3 nights|
Azcot, Central Park, New Baku, Amberd, Shah Palace
|Sheki - 1 night|
|Tbilisi - 3 nights|
|Gudauri - 1 night|
Marco Polo, Goodaura, Carpe Diem
|Yerevan - 4 nights|
Cascade, Silachi, Hrazdan
- All transfers;
- Accommodation based on double/twin room sharing, breakfasts included;
- Sightseeing tour program with a local English speaking guide in each country;
- Entrance tickets to sights as per itinerary;
- Wine tasting in Kakheti region (Georgia) and Areni wine factory (Armenia);
- Dinners in Baku (day 2), Tbilisi (day 6), and Yerevan (day 12).
- Tour leader to accompany the travelers for the whole period of the tour;
- Full board (lunches and dinners);
- Hotel charges for additional services;
- Visa support letter and consular fees for visas to Georgia and Armenia;
- Personal travel insurance;
- Azerbaijan tourist e-visa.