Scheduled Caucasus Tour 2020

Azerbaijan and Georgia Small Group Tour 202011 Days | Azerbaijan, Georgia

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.

Participants need to be in good health, be able to walk for 4-6 hours every day at moderate speed, climb stairs and hills, and be able to carry their own luggage for up to 1 km across borders.

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Tour itinerary:

Day 1, Su: Baku – Arrival (AZE)
 
Arrive in Baku and transfer to your hotel for check-in (from 14:00). Free time to relax or explore the city until you meet your guide and other group members to go for a welcome dinner at a traditional Azerbaijani restaurant. Overnight at the hotel.
Driving distance: 30 km
Day 2, Mo: Baku city tour – Gobustan – Baku
 
Breakfast. At 09:00, start a guided sightseeing tour of Baku. Walk along Martyrs’ Lane, known as ‘Shehidler Khiyabany’ among locals, and find a beautiful view overlooking Baku’s coastline. Move to Icheri Sheher, the old part of the city. Visit the Shirvanshah's Palace, Caravanserai, Maiden Tower, and main market square, which has numerous art studios and souvenir stalls. Finish the sightseeing tour by exploring Nizami Street and Fountain Square. After lunch, drive to Gobustan to visit the Petroglyphs Museum and explore petroglyphs dating back to 10,000 BC. The Gobustan Rock Art Cultural Landscape is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Weather permitting, switch to a 4x4 vehicle and continue to the mud volcanoes (Gobustan is home to almost half of the world’s mud volcanoes). Return to Baku for overnight at the hotel.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 10-11 hours
Driving distance: 150 km
Day 3, Tu: Baku – Ateshgah – Baku
 
After breakfast, drive to the Absheron Peninsula to visit Ateshgah, located in the village of Surakhany. Zoroastrians from India used to travel thousands of kilometres to Ateshgah to worship the fire coming out of the earth. Return to Baku to visit the iconic Heydar Alyev Cultural Centre, which is located in a quirky building designed by Iraqi-British architect Zaha Hadid. Free time in the afternoon. Overnight at the hotel.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 4-5 hours
Driving distance: 50 km
Day 4, We: Baku – Shamakhi – Lahich – Sheki (AZE)
 
Breakfast. Depart Baku and drive towards Sheki. On the way, stop at the Diri Baba Mausoleum in Maraza village. Continue to Shamakhi to visit the historical Juma Mosque, which was restored in 2013. Weather permitting, this will be followed by a scenic drive through the Girdimanchay River Canyon to the 5th century village of Lahich. Lahich is rich in historic and cultural value, with charming cobbled streets. It is famous for its medieval water supply and sewage systems and its many traditional workshops where jewellery, copperware, carpets, pottery, daggers, and iron tools are made. Continue driving to Sheki, a pleasant and easily walkable medieval town set in a lush mountainous area, which is particularly famous for its sweet baklava. Arrive in Sheki at about 19:00 and spend the night at the hotel.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 10-11 hours
Driving distance: 340 km
Day 5, Th: Sheki – Georgian border – Kvareli – Akhasheni (AZE-GEO)
 
At 08:30, after breakfast and hotel check-out, visit the colourful 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 Sheki Khans Palace, which is surrounded by medieval fortress walls, and then explore the handicrafts workshops and the famous caravanserai. Depart 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 will be the Khareba Winery, near the town of Kvareli. 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. Transfer to Akhasheni Wine Resort for the night, arriving at 17:30-18:00. 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’ll stay here for two nights).
Driving distance: 180 km
Day 6, Fr: Akhasheni – Tsinandali – Akhasheni (GEO)
 
Breakfast. At 09:30, visit Tsinandali Palace, the former residence of Georgian dukes. Prince Chavchavadze, a 19th century public figure and poet, turned the Estate into what it is today, with a beautiful English-style garden, a museum, and a wine cellar. Tour the palace and take the opportunity to taste several local wines, returning to Akhasheni Wine Resort by 12:00. The rest of the day is free so you can enjoy the nature, vineyards, and outdoor swimming pool. The Resort also offers masterclasses in cooking traditional Georgian dishes, and a wine tasting room. At 18:00, visit a local family to enjoy a traditional feast and hear some wonderful Georgian toasts.
Driving distance: 60 km
Day 7, Sa: Akhasheni – Sighnaghi – Bodbe – Tbilisi (GEO)
 
Breakfast. At 10:00, continue exploring Kakheti by visiting Sighnaghi, the Royal Town and “City of Love”. This city, surrounded by defensive walls with 23 towers, was an important trading centre 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. Since 1889, following a decree by Tsar Alexander III of Russia, Bodbe Convent functions as a nunnery. Arrive in the capital of Georgia, Tbilisi, at 16:00–17:00. Overnight at the hotel.
Driving distance: 160 km
Day 8, Su: Tbilisi (GEO)
 
Breakfast, followed by a sightseeing tour of Tbilisi. 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 past Tbilisi’s only mosque, down to the sulphur bath house district. Enjoy a stroll through the Sharden area, which is full of narrow streets with cozy cafés, wine bars, and souvenir shops, and breathe in the history of Old Tbilisi. Also visit Sioni Cathedral, Anchiskhati Basilica, and the famous Rezo Gabriadze Theatre’s clock tower, before crossing the Bridge of Peace to Rike Park. After a couple of hours at your leisure, meet the rest of the group at the hotel to go for a dinner to welcome you to Georgia (departing from the hotel by bus at 19:00). Overnight at the hotel.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 4-5 hours
Driving distance: 5 km
Day 9, Mo: Tbilisi – Jvari – Mtskheta – Kazbegi – Gudauri (GEO)
 
After breakfast, start exploring the north of Georgia. The first stop will be at Jvari Monastery, which is built on a hilltop and is a true architectural masterpiece of the early Medieval Period. From here you can enjoy the views of the confluence of the Aragvi and Mtkvari rivers. Continue to Mtskheta, one of the oldest towns in Georgia and the country’s cultural and religious centre. Mtskheta was the capital of the eastern Georgian Kingdom of Kartli from the 3rd century BC. Visit Svetitskhoveli, which is the main cathedral of Mtskheta and a sacred place where the robe of Christ is kept. Next, drive over the Cross Pass and make a short stop at the Soviet-era “People’s Friendship” viewpoint, which overlooks a deep gorge of the Caucasus mountain range. 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
Day 10, Tu: Gudauri – Ananuri – Uplistsikhe – Gori – Tbilisi (GEO)
 
Breakfast. Drive to the Ananuri architectural complex, a former residence of Argveti dukes, which features churches and towers dating back to the 16th and 17th centuries and beautifully overlooks the Jinvali Reservoir. Then explore the cave town of Uplistsikhe, which dates 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 Stalin’s hometown of Gori. Visit the Stalin Museum, which includes more than 60,000 artifacts, the tiny house where Stalin was born, and the impressive bulletproof train that Stalin used to travel to Yalta and Potsdam. Reach Tbilisi in the evening. Overnight at the hotel.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 9-10 hours
Driving distance: 250 km
Day 11, We: Tbilisi – departure (GEO)
 
Check-out from the hotel till noon. Free time till transfer to Tbilisi International Airport. End of the tour.
Driving distance: 25 km
  • All transfers;
  • Accommodation based on double/twin room sharing, breakfasts included;
  • Sightseeing tour programme in each country with local, English-speaking guides;
  • Entrance tickets to sights as per itinerary;
  • Meals as per itinerary;
  • E-visa to Azerbaijan;
  • Two wine tastings: Khareba (GE), Tsinandali (GE);
  • Tour leader to accompany the group from 6 travellers.
  • Full board (lunches and dinners);
  • Hotel charges for additional services;
  • Personal travel insurance;
  • International flight tickets before and after the tour.

 

Accommodation:

Baku - 3 nights
Four Seasons 5-star Hotel (exclusive offer on selected departures), Park Inn
Sheki - 1 night
Sheki Saray, Sheki Palace
Akhasheni - 2 nights
Akhasheni Wine Resort
Tbilisi - 3 nights
River Side, New Tiflis
Gudauri - 1 night
Marco Polo

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