Scheduled Caucasus Tour 2020-2021

Caucasus Winter Group Tour 20209 Days | Azerbaijan, Georgia, Armenia

Explore three Caucasus countries, Georgia, Azerbaijan and Armenia, in snowy winter with like-minded people from all over the world. Nine-day Caucasus winter group tour includes all the beauty these part of the world offers: gorgeous mountains and skiing trails, historical, cultural, religious and nature sights. Winter is an excellent time to enjoy the beauty and tranquility of the places when they are covered in snow, and main attractions are not overcrowded. You will get unforgettable Christmas holidays and friends who will share your passion to Caucasus culture and cuisine.

Tour map

Tour itinerary:

Day 1 – 26 December, Sa: Baku – arrival
 
Arrival in Baku. Private transfer will be arranged to your hotel. Check-in at 14:00.
At 19:30, meet your guide and the group members at the hotel lobby. Enjoy welcome dinner at a national restaurant. Overnight at the hotel.
Driving distance: 30 km
Day 2 – 27 December , Su: Baku
 
At 09:00, 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. Pay a visit to Azerbaijan History National Museum and move to Icheri Sheher, the old part of the city. Visit Maiden Tower, Shirvanshahs’ Palace, Caravanserai, and market square with numerous art studios and souvenir stalls.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 5-6 hours
Driving distance: 10 km
Day 3 – 28 December, Mo: Baku – Gobustan – Absheron Peninsula – Tbilisi
 
Check-out from the hotel. Meet your guide at 09:00. Today you will visit the area of the Greater Baku and Absheron Peninsula. Start with Gobustan National Park. Pay a visit to the Petroglyphs Museum and explore petroglyphs dating back to 10,000 BC. Later drive to Ateshgah – temple of fire worshippers located in Surakhany village. Zoroastrians from India travelled thousands of kilometers to Ateshgah to worship fire coming out of the earth. Drive to Yanardag Mountain with natural gas burning for several thousands of years. Transfer to the airport for morning flight to Tbilisi. On arrival, transfer to the hotel for overnight.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 6-7 hours
Driving distance: 190 km
Day 4 – 29 December, Tu: Tbilisi – Bodbe – Sighnaghi – Tbilisi
 
After breakfast depart towards the Kakheti region of Georgia, the cradle of Georgian winemaking.
Our first stop will be in Bodbe Convent, which according to the legend is a burial place of St. Nino, who converted Georgia to Christianity in the 4th century. According to Tsar Alexader III of Russia decree, since 1889 Bodbe complex functions as a nunnery. Continue Sighnaghi, the city of love and the Royal Town, one of the crossroads of the Great Silk Road surrounded by defensive walls with 23 towers. Return to Tbilisi for overnight. Return back to Tbilisi. Enjoy welcome dinner at traditional Georgian restaurant.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 6-7 hours
Driving distance: 220 km
Day 5 – 30 December, We: Tbilisi – Jvari – Gudauri – Ananuri – Tbilisi
 
After breakfast meet your guide and drive to Jvari Monastery, a true architectural masterpiece of the Early Middle Ages overlooking the confluence of Aragvi and Mtkvari rivers from the top of the hill. Reach Gudauri, the mountain ski resort (120 km). Gudauri is located on southern slopes of the Caucasus Mountains on the plateau at the height of 2000 meters above the sea level.
Spend an entire day at Gudauri ski resort. Enjoy skiing. Take a ride on the cable car to enjoy the views of the skiing slopes of snowy mountains. There is an option to rent sleds or get the first skiing lesson from the professional instructor. Depart Gudauri and head to Tbilisi. En-route make a short stop at Ananuri complex, a former residence of Argveti Dukes. Complex featuring churches and towers dating back to the 16-17th centuries is beautifully overlooking Jinvali reservoir. Return to Tbilisi.
Driving distance: 255 km
Duration of sightseeing tour: 8-9 hours
Day 6 – 31 December, Th: Tbilisi
 
In the morning, have sightseeing tour in Tbilisi. Start at Metekhi Church and monument to Vakhtang Gorgasali, the legendary founder of Tbilisi. Take a cable car to Narikala Fortress to enjoy breathtaking panoramic view of the city. Walk down to the district of sulphur bath house 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, the clock tower of famous Rezo Gabriadze Theatre, and Bridge of Peace leading to the Rike Park.
Free evening in Tbilisi. Overnight at the hotel.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 5-6 hours
Driving distance: 30 km
Day 7 – 1 January, Fr: Tbilisi – Armenian border – Lake Sevan – Sevanavank – Yerevan
 
At 09:00, our driver will meet you at your hotel in Tbilisi and transfer to “Sadakhlo-Bagratashen” Georgian-Armenian border point. Cross the border, meet your Armenian guide and driver to start the journey to the land of ancient traditions and oldest temples. Drive to the Lake Sevan, “The Jewel of Armenia” and one of the largest high-mountainous freshwater lakes in the world. The coastline of the 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 Karapet, standing among numerous khachkars - carved cross-stones. The buildings were constructed from black tuff which probably gave the monastery its name Sevanavank – “the Black Monastery”. The place opens up a magnificent view: 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.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 8-9 hours
Driving distance: 330 km
Day 8 – 2 January, Sa: Yerevan – Etchmiadzin – Yerevan
 
Breakfast. In the morning, drive out of the city to Etchmiadzin Cathedral, the Holy See of Armenia and the residence of the head of the Armenian Apostolic Church – the Catholicos of All Armenians. We will visit the museum of Christian relics. Return to explore Yerevan, the oldest capital city in the South Caucasus. Yerevan is known as the Pink City and attracts visitors with its humble yet splendid landscapes. Visit the Cascade Monument, one of the main symbols of the city. The mega scale staircase is 118 meters high and has 572 steps. From the top of the monument, enjoy a breathtaking city view that includes the 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). Drop off at the hotel. Free evening. Overnight at the hotel.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 5-6 hours
Driving distance: 45 km
Day 9 – 3 January, Su: Yerevan – departure
 
Check-out from the hotel till noon. Free time till transfer to Yerevan International Airport. End of the tour.
Driving distance: 10 km
  • All transfers;
  • 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;
  • Dinners in Baku (day 1), Tbilisi (day 4), Yerevan (day 8);
  • Azerbaijan tourist E-visa;
  • Economy class airline ticket Baku-Tbilisi.
  • Full board (lunches and dinners);
  • Hotel charges for additional services;
  • Personal travel insurance;
  • E-visas to Georgia, Armenia.

 

Accommodation:

Baku - 2 nights
Park Inn, Intourist
Tbilisi - 4 nights
River Side, New Tiflis
Yerevan - 2 nights
DoubleTree by Hilton

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