Small Group Tour in Central Asia 2023-2024

Caucasus Group Tour: Az, Ge, Am16 days | Azerbaijan, Georgia, Armenia

Group Tour from US$ 2,650
  • Gergeti Holy Trinity ChurchGergeti Holy Trinity Church
  • Itinerary MapItinerary Map
  • BodbeBodbe
  • BakuBaku
  • BakuBaku
  • BakuBaku
  • GobustanGobustan
  • AteshgahAteshgah
  • ShekiSheki
  • Diri-Baba MausoleumDiri-Baba Mausoleum
  • LahijLahij
  • ShekiSheki
  • KharebaKhareba
  • Wine TastingWine Tasting
  • TsinandaliTsinandali
  • SighnaghiSighnaghi
  • TbilisiTbilisi
  • TbilisiTbilisi
  • JvariJvari
  • Svetitskhoveli CathedralSvetitskhoveli Cathedral
  • KazbegiKazbegi
  • AnanuriAnanuri
  • UplistsikheUplistsikhe
  • GoriGori
  • HaghpatHaghpat
  • Lake SevanLake Sevan
  • SevanavankSevanavank
  • YerevanYerevan
  • AraratArarat
  • NoravankNoravank
  • Areni CaveAreni Cave
  • GarniGarni
  • GeghardGeghard
  • Khor-Virap MonasteryKhor-Virap Monastery
  • Gergeti Holy Trinity Church
  • Itinerary Map
  • Bodbe
  • Baku
  • Baku
  • Baku
  • Gobustan
  • Ateshgah
  • Sheki
  • Diri-Baba Mausoleum
  • Lahij
  • Sheki
  • Khareba
  • Wine Tasting
  • Tsinandali
  • Sighnaghi
  • Tbilisi
  • Tbilisi
  • Jvari
  • Svetitskhoveli Cathedral
  • Kazbegi
  • Ananuri
  • Uplistsikhe
  • Gori
  • Haghpat
  • Lake Sevan
  • Sevanavank
  • Yerevan
  • Ararat
  • Noravank
  • Areni Cave
  • Garni
  • Geghard
  • Khor-Virap Monastery

Explore Caucasus in the kilometers of vineyards and cool cellars, mountain peaks, ancient churches, monasteries and castles, hospitable people, mesmerizing dances, songs, and endless poetic toasts at traditional feasts. Take 16-day scheduled Caucasus tour that will introduce you to the three countries of the South Caucasus: Azerbaijan, Georgia and Armenia. A well-balanced itinerary encapsulates a great number of archaeological, historical and architectural monuments of ancient, medieval, and Soviet times as well as free time to explore capitals at ones convenience. Experience diverse nature and 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.

Participants need to be in good health, be able to walk on average 4-6 hours every day at moderate speed, climb stairs and low hills, and be able to carry their own luggage for 600 meters across borders.

Tour itinerary:

Day 1, Su: Baku – Arrival (AZE)
Arrive in Baku and transfer to your hotel for check-in (from 14:00). Free time. Overnight at the hotel.
Driving distance: 30 km
Day 2, Mo: Baku city tour – Gobustan – Baku (AZE)
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. Have a welcome dinner at traditional Azerbaijani restaurant. Overnight at the hotel.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 10-11 hours
Driving distance: 150 km
Day 3, Tu: Baku – Ateshgah – Baku (AZE)
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 – Kakheti (AZE-GEO)
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.
We will reach the charming Wine Resort, our overnight destination, between 17:30 and 17:30. 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
Meals: lunch
Day 6, Fr: Free day in Resort (GEO)
This day is a free one to enjoy nature, vineyards, and the outdoor swimming pool. The Resort also offers culinary masterclasses of Georgian traditional dishes and a tasting room to sample locally produced wines. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 7, Sa: Kakheti – Tsinandali – lunch at local family – Sighnaghi – Bodbe – Tbilisi (GEO)
After a relaxing day at the Wine Resort, we will continue exploring Kakheti at 10:00 by visiting the Tsinandali Estate, the residence of the dukes of Georgia. It has a beautiful English garden, a museum, and a wine cellar that belonged to Prince Chavchavadze, a public figure and poet of the 19th century. For lunch, we will be hosted by a local family, where we can enjoy a traditional feast and hear the best Georgian toasts. A truly local experience awaits you!
Having enjoyed the hospitality of our hosts, we will drive to the royal town of Sighnaghi, which is surrounded by defensive walls with 23 towers and was an important point on the Great Silk Road. We will also visit the 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 18:30–19:30. Overnight at the hotel.
Driving distance: 160 km
Meals: lunch
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 – free day (GEO)
Breakfast. Free day in Tbilisi (guide and transportation are not provided).
Advantour offers an optional culinary masterclass on traditional Georgian food. The masterclass includes 3-4 dishes and snacks and takes 4-5 hours. It should be booked in advance. The price is US$60 per person.
We suggest the following activities and places to visit in Tbilisi:
  • Georgian National Museum on Rustaveli Avenue – to visit the “Archaeological Treasury” exhibition;
  • National Gallery on Rustaveli Avenue – to see the works of the famous Georgian artists Niko Pirosmani, David Kakabadze, and Lado Gudiashvili;
  • Tbilisi flea market at Dry Bridge – where you can find antiquities (many of which are from the Soviet era), paintings by local artists, and handmade Georgian souvenirs;
  • David Agmashenebeli Avenue – a recently-renovated pedestrian street full of historical buildings that have beautiful facades in the art nouveau, pseudo gothic, and classicist styles with a mix of typical Georgian ornamentation and balconies. All along the street there are plenty of cozy art cafés, galleries, shops, and wine bars;
  • Dezertirebi Bazaar – which sells local, natural products including Georgian sweets (such as churchkhela); various types of dried fruits, nuts, and spices; and Georgian cheeses;
  • Funicular railway to Mtatsminda Mountain – which offers a beautiful view of Tbilisi;
  • Wander in Sololaki – a neighborhood full of art nouveau houses;
  • For nature lovers, we offer a day hike to Birtvisi Canyon and Fortress. Contact us to find out more.
In the evening, you can visit the famous Tbilisi sulphur bath houses to relax in the hot, naturally sulphur-enriched water after a long day of exploring (both public and private rooms are available, but private ones should be booked in advance).
For those who are interested in culture, we suggest visiting the State Opera House of Georgia to enjoy a ballet or opera performance ( You can find out what other cultural events are on in Tbilisi, and book tickets, at
Day 12, Th: Tbilisi – Armenian border – Haghpat – Lake Sevan – Sevanavank – Yerevan (GEO-ARM)
Breakfast. At 09:00, meet your driver at the hotel and transfer to the Georgian-Armenian border point, Sadakhlo-Bagratashen. Cross the border and meet your Armenian guide and driver to start the journey to the land of ancient traditions and the ancient churches. Drive to the Lori region and visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Haghpat Monastery. This is a stunning example of traditional Armenian architecture, erected between the 10th and 13th centuries. Standing on a hillside, Haghpat beautifully overlooks the Debed River Canyon. The monastery’s location was chosen to protect the peace and seclusion of the monks. Then drive through Dilijan to Lake Sevan, one of the largest high-mountain freshwater lakes in the world (and considered to be the “Jewel of Armenia”). The lake’s coastline is rich with dense woods, white cliff faces, mountain steppes, and Alpine meadows. Visit Sevanavank Monastery, which includes two churches – Surb Arakelots and Surb Karapet – standing among numerous khachkars. The buildings were constructed from black tuff, which probably gave the monastery its name of Sevanavank, “the Black Monastery”. Enjoy the magnificent views: the monastery is situated at the lake and is surrounded by snowcapped mountains. Continue to Yerevan, the capital of Armenia, for overnight at the hotel.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 9-10 hours
Driving distance: 370 km
Day 13, Fr: Yerevan – Etchmiadzin – Yerevan (ARM)
After breakfast, drive out of the city to the Holy See of Armenia, Etchmiadzin, where we’ll visit Etchmiadzin Cathedral (the residence of the Catholicos, the supreme head of the Armenian Apostolic Church) and the museum of Christian relics. Return to explore Yerevan, one of the world’s oldest cities. Yerevan is also nicknamed the “Pink City” and impresses visitors with its grand Soviet architecture. Our first stop in Yerevan will be at the Armenian Genocide Memorial Complex on Tsitsernakaberd Hill. Next, visit the Cascade Monument, a 500-metre high, 50-metre wide limestone staircase with no less than 572 steps. From the top of the monument, enjoy a breathtaking city view that includes the Opera House, Opera House, Mount Ararat, Swan Lake, Republic Square, and Abovyan Avenue, all of which we’ll see as we walk the streets of Yerevan (~2 km walking). Then transfer to the hotel. Free evening. Overnight at the hotel.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 6-7 hours
Driving distance: 50 km
Day 14, Sa: Yerevan – Khor Virap – Noravank – Areni Cave – Yerevan (ARM)
Breakfast. At 08:00, head to Khor Virap Monastery. According to legend, St. Gregory the Illuminator (who is credited with converting Armenia to Christianity) had been kept in the basement here for 13 years for disseminating of Christianity, until King Tradt decided to adopt the new religion. The monastery’s location allows you to enjoy superb views of Mount Ararat. Drive to the Noravank complex, which is situated on a ledge of a deep, winding gorge. Noravank stands among bizarrely shaped, precipitous red cliffs. Visit the Areni Cave complex where, in 2008, the world’s oldest leather shoe was found. On the way back to Yerevan, stop at Areni winery to taste wines made from local grape varieties. Arrive in Yerevan at around 18:00. Overnight at the hotel.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 9-10 hours
Driving distance: 240 km
Day 15, Su: Yerevan – Garni – Geghard – Yerevan (ARM)
Breakfast. Depart Yerevan and drive to Garni, the only pagan temple in Armenia that survived the introduction of Christianity in the 4th century. The next stop is the Geghard (“spear”) monastery complex. The beautiful landscape surrounding Geghard is framed by towering cliffs. Decorative art cut into the rocks reflects and explains Medieval development in this region. The complex was established in the 4th century around the sacred spring inside the cave.
Return to Yerevan, which you’ll have a free afternoon to explore. Here are some possible places to visit:
Meet in the evening for a farewell dinner at a traditional local restaurant. Overnight at the hotel.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 4-5 hours
Driving distance: 80 km
Day 16, Mo: Yerevan – Departure (ARM)
Breakfast, followed by hotel check out (by 12:00). Free time until your transfer to Yerevan International Airport. Departure. End of the tour.
Driving distance: 10 km
  • All transfers, incl. airport;
  • Accommodation in 4* hotels, breakfasts included;
  • Entrance tickets to sights as per itinerary;
  • Meals: 15 breakfasts, 6 lunches, including 2 lunches in Georgian families, and 3 dinners with folk show;
  • Three wine tastings: Khareba (GE), Tsinandali (GE), Areni (AM);
  • Azerbaijan E-visa;
  • Bottled drinking water;
  • English-speaking tour guides in each country;
  • In addition to tour guides, a tour leader to accompany groups of 8 and more travelers.
  • Surcharge for staying in a single room;
  • Other meals;
  • Hotel charges for additional services;
  • Personal travel insurance;
  • International flight tickets before and after the tour.


Dates & Prices

Apr 2, Sun
Apr 17, Mon
Mar 23
US$ 3,380
Apr 16, Sun
May 1, Mon
Apr 6
US$ 3,380
May 14, Sun
May 29, Mon
May 4
US$ 2,980
May 28, Sun
Jun 12, Mon
May 18
US$ 3,380
Jun 18, Sun
Jul 3, Mon
Jun 8
US$ 3,380
Jul 9, Sun
Jul 24, Mon
Jun 29
US$ 3,380
Aug 6, Sun
Aug 21, Mon
Jul 27
US$ 3,380
Aug 20, Sun
Sep 4, Mon
Aug 10
US$ 2,970
Sep 3, Sun
Sep 18, Mon
Aug 24
US$ 2,980
Sep 17, Sun
Oct 2, Mon
Sep 7
US$ 3,380
Sep 24, Sun
Oct 9, Mon
Sep 14
US$ 3,380
Oct 15, Sun
Oct 30, Mon
Oct 5
US$ 2,650
Oct 29, Sun
Nov 13, Mon
Oct 19
US$ 3,080
Single supplement: US$ 740
Mar 31, Sun
Apr 15, Mon
Mar 21
US$ 3,380
Apr 14, Sun
Apr 29, Mon
Apr 4
US$ 3,380
May 12, Sun
May 27, Mon
May 2
US$ 3,380
May 26, Sun
Jun 10, Mon
May 16
US$ 3,380
Jun 16, Sun
Jul 1, Mon
Jun 6
US$ 3,380
Jul 7, Sun
Jul 22, Mon
Jun 27
US$ 3,380
Aug 4, Sun
Aug 19, Mon
Jul 25
US$ 3,380
Aug 18, Sun
Sep 2, Mon
Aug 8
US$ 3,380
Sep 1, Sun
Sep 16, Mon
Aug 22
US$ 3,380
Sep 22, Sun
Oct 7, Mon
Sep 12
US$ 3,380
Oct 13, Sun
Oct 28, Mon
Oct 3
US$ 3,380
Oct 27, Sun
Nov 11, Mon
Oct 17
US$ 3,080

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10% early bird discount for 2024 group tour.

Group size: 1-16 persons

Please note that itinerary and prices are subject to change due to airline and train schedule changes, currency fluctuations and other unforeseeable events.

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Caucasus Group Tour: Az, Ge, Am Reviews

Author: Jean Rao   |   Rating: 503 November 2019
A very interesting tour through the Caucasus. The geography, history, and interesting places - whether it`s a natural phenomenon, monastery, or the layout of a city made quite an impression!
Advantour did an excellent job in providing a tour leader plus amazing guides. We were treated to the local cuisines in a couple of places and got to enjoy some great food.
The standard of hotels selected in all the places were top class, and we were very comfortable - on the bus and in our rooms as well!
Thank you, Yuri!
Will definitely sign up for the longer road trip!
Author: Nancy & Mark   |   Rating: 518 October 2019
Thank you Advantour & Anvar for an amazing trip through the 5 Stans & South Caucasus! Beautiful cities, countryside, food & people’s culture & traditions. Great tour guides,especially Zaid in the Stans & Anna in the Caucasus, were outstanding in their knowledge & enthusiasm. We highly recommend these tours for the adventurous traveler discovering the history of the Silk Road!
Author: Paul & Robyn   |   Rating: 508 October 2019
My husband and I have just returned from our tour of The Stans and also the Caucasus (16 day Azerbaijan, Georgia, Armenia) The itinerary is excellent well thought out to ensure you visit all that each country has to offer and more.
We were more than satisfied with the quality and location of all the hotels. Breakfasts were more than adequate and obviously better in some cities.
Guides - Our Tour Leader Anna was excellent. Her knowledge and enthusiasm and care was a credit to herself and Advantours.
Local Guides - We had Rashad in Azerbaijan - who tried hard with his english and at times Anna translated quite often for him. Anna was our guide in Georgia and again excelled. Zara in Armenia was delightful, very knowledgeable, friendly and accommodating. Totally enjoyed her company.
Dinners provided by Advantour were very good and allowed us to try the local cuisine as was fruit from the company in each hotel room on arrival. The group lunches organised by Anna on long days were very much appreciated and delicious. Her little local snacks and cups of tea also were in good taste.
Transportation and associated drivers were excellent. All very professional and accommodating. The buses were very clean and in a good state, as the roads in some areas were quite challenging.

All in all we had a wonderful time and learnt so much about this special part of the world and would definitely recommend Advantours.
Author: Kathleen Philip   |   Rating: 530 September 2019
I was very happy with the itinerary (I always stay and additional one or 2 days both prior and after undertaking a tour and loved what we did on the tour).
Just to reiterate, I thought the accommodation was excellent, the guides (in particular Anna) were terrific and I had a wonderful time. I would jump at the chance to do another Advantour tour and hope to do so in 2020 to go to the Stans.
Author: Renan O.   |   Rating: 526 August 2019
Thanks Advantour for this great trip I had (2019). I am considering a trip with your Company in 2020 (maybe the 11-day tour of Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan).

Liked the history, small towns, cities, food, natural landscapes, monasteries, hotels, wine tastings and the people. Itineraries were manageable and balanced. The time spent at each location was enough to offer real appreciation of the simply magnificent places we went.

Great tour guides. Very informed. Thanks to Anna, our main tour guide/coordinator. With her impeccable knowledge and enthusiasm, she paid attention to details and provided us great information (and by that, I was more than interested in doing additional search on some history issues of the three countries).

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