Scheduled Caucasus Tour 2018-2019

Azerbaijan - Georgia Tour #36 Days | Azerbaijan, Georgia

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Start your tour in Baku, Azerbaijan, with visits to the main sights of this seaside city. Start with an overview of the city, then move through the newer neighborhoods before finishing up in the Old Town. The next day, head out of Baku, and continue sightseeing with Shekim plus several important sights on the way. Cross over into Georgia, where you begin your trip with a wine tasting in Kakheti, before visiting the main sights of the region and around Tbilisi. Finish your trip by criss-crossing the streets of charming Tbilisi.

Tour itinerary:

Day 1: Baku
 
Arrival in Baku. You will be met by our driver and transferred to hotel for luggage drop. Check-in at noon.
Start sightseeing tour in Baku. Visit Martyrs' Lane, called ‘Shehidler Khiyabany’ among locals. When you walk through Martyrs' Lane, you will find a beautiful view overlooking Baku’s coastline. Continue touring new Baku and exploring architecture of 19-20th centuries: Nizami Street, Fountain Square, Nizami Ganjavi monument, Rasul-Zade Street. Pay a visit to Azerbaijan History National Museum and move to the old part of the city - Icheri Sheher, Visit Maiden Tower, Shirvanshahs’ Palace, Caravanserai, and market square with numerous art studios and souvenir stalls. An excellent end to the city tour is a visit to the richest collection of Azeri carpets – National Carpets Museum.
In the evening, enjoy dinner at traditional Azeri restaurant. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 2: Baku – Lahij – Kish – Sheki
 
In the morning, depart Baku and drive to Sheki. On the way, visit Diri Baba Mausoleum in Maraza. Continue to Shamakhi and see the historical Juma Mosque, Yeddi Gumbez Mausoleum, and the Shirvan Shah's family grave. Drive through the Girdimanchay River Canyon to visit Lahij, a 5th century place rich in its historic and architectural values. Lahij is an ancient village with charming eye-catching sidewalks inlaid with stones. It is famous for its medieval water supply and sewage systems, as well as traditional jewelry, copperware, carpets, pottery, daggers, and iron tools workshops. Continue driving to Sheki. On the way, visit the first Albanian church in Caucasus in the village Kish, dating back to the 1st century AD. Arrival in Sheki for overnight.
Day 3: Sheki – Georgian border – Kvareli – Gremi – Telavi
 
Check out from hotel and start sightseeing tour in Sheki. Visit Sheki medieval fortress, Sheki Khans Palace, local History Museum, handicrafts workshop, mosque-madrassah, and local bazaar. Depart Sheki and head towards border with Georgia (115 km, ~2 h). After crossing the border meet your Georgian guide and start exploring the eastern part of Georgia, famous for its viticulture and winemaking traditions.
We will pass through the beautiful landscapes of vineyards and wine-producing villages. First stop will be at Winery Khareba, located in a tunnel carved out of rock. Originally built for military purposes, today the tunnel is used to store Kakheti’s finest wines. Wine tour and wine tasting. Continue to Gremi architectural complex, a 16th century royal residence and the capital of the Kakheti Kingdom. Then reach Telavi, administrative center of Kakheti region. Have a short drive around the town. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 4: Telavi – Mtskheta – Gori – Uplistsikhe – Tbilisi
 
At 08:30, depart Telavi and drive towards the heart of Georgia – region Kartli. This beautiful road crosses through Gombori Pass. Our first stop will be at Mtskheta, one of the oldest towns and a cultural and religious centre of Georgia. Mtskheta was the capital of the Eastern Georgian Kingdom of Iberia from the third century BC. Visit Jvari Church, a true architectural masterpiece of the early Medieval Period built on a hilltop. You will enjoy the views of the confluence of Aragvi and Mtkvari rivers. Visit Svetitskhoveli Cathedral which may be translated as "The Life-giving pillar". Svetitskhoveli is the main cathedral of Mtskheta and a sacred place where the robe of Christ is being kept. Continue to Gori and visit the Stalin Museum. Next, explore the cave town in Uplistsikhe, dating back to Hellenistic Period and notable for unique combination of various styles of rock-cut cultures and the co-existence of pagan and Christian architecture. In the evening, drive to Tbilisi for overnight at the hotel.
Day 5: Tbilisi
 
In the morning, start a sightseeing tour in Tbilisi. Start at Holy Trinity Cathedral, one of the largest orthodox cathedrals in the world. Continue to Metekhi Church and the monument to Vakhtang Gorgasali, the legendary founder of Tbilisi. Take cable car to Narikala Fortress to enjoy a breathtaking panoramic view of the city. Walk down to the district of Sulphur bath houses passing by the only mosque in Tbilisi. Stroll through the Sharden area full of narrow streets with cozy cafés, wine tasting bars, souvenir shops, and breathe in the living past. Visit Sioni Cathedral, Anchiskhati Basilica, and the clock tower of famous Rezo Gabriadze Theatre. Overnight in Tbilisi.
Day 6: Tbilisi – departure
 
Check-out from hotel till noon. Free time till transfer to Tbilisi International Airport. Departure.

Accommodation:

City

Comfort Option

Economy Option

Nights

Baku

Holiday Inn

Central Park

1

Sheki

Sheki Saray, Sheki Palace

Issam

1

Telavi

Château Mere, Erekle II, Savaneti

Old Telavi, Alazani Velli Hotel, or similar

1

Tbilisi

Tiflis Palace, Rooms Hotel, Ambassadori, Mercure

River Side, Ibis, Citrus, Coral Boutique

2

 

  • All transfers (1-2 pax by sedan, 3-4 pax by Mercedes Vito or similar, 5-10 pax by Mercedes Sprinter passenger van);
  • 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;
  • Wine tasting in Kakheti region, Georgia;
  • Mineral water 0.5l per person a day;
  • Azerbaijan e-visa.
  • Full board (lunches and dinners);
  • Hotel charges for additional services;
  • International flight tickets before and after the tour;
  • Personal travel insurance.

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