Scheduled Caucasus Tour 2018-2019

Caucasus Winter Group Tour 2018-20199 Days | Azerbaijan, Georgia, Armenia

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Group size: 1 - 16 persons

Early bird discount: book till August 31, 2018 and save 10%!

Please note that itinerary and price on 2019 tour are subject to change due to airline and train schedule changes, currency fluctuations and other unforeseeable events.

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 itinerary:

Day 1 – 22 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 – 23 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 – 24 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 – 25 December, Tu: Tbilisi
 
In the morning, start a sightseeing tour in Tbilisi. Start at Metekhi church and the monument to Vakhtang Gorgasali, the legendary founder of Tbilisi. Visit Narikala Fortress to enjoy 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, the clock tower of famous Rezo Gabriadze Theatre, and Bridge of Peace leading to Rike Park. At 19:30, visit a local restaurant to taste dishes of traditional Georgian cuisine. Overnight in Tbilisi.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 5-6 hours
Driving distance: 30 km
Day 5 – 26 December, We: Tbilisi – Jvari – Mtskheta – Ananuri – Tbilisi
 
Today you will explore Mtskheta-Mtianeti region of Georgia. First stop will be at 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. Have a walk in Mtskheta, one of the oldest towns and the cultural and religious centre of Georgia. Mtskheta was the capital of the Eastern Georgian Kingdom of Iberia from the third century BC. Visit Svetitskhoveli Cathedral, the main cathedral of Mtskheta and a sacred place where the robe of Christ is being kept. Its name means “The Life-giving pillar". Continue to Ananuri complex, a former residence of Argveti Dukes. The complex features churches and towers dating back to the 16-17th centuries, beautifully overlooking the Jinvali reservoir. Return to Tbilisi.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 6-7 hours
Driving distance: 140 km
Day 6 – 27 December, Th: Day tour to Bodbe and Sighnaghi OR Skiing day*
 
Option 1:
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.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 6-7 hours
Driving distance: 220 km

Option 2:
At 08:00, our driver and guide will pick you up at your hotel. The route will take over the Georgian Military Highway up North towards the border with Russia. Your first stop will be at Soviet time “People’s Friendship” mountain view point overlooking a deep gorge of Caucasus mountain range.
At 10:00, 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. Enjoy your time in Gudauri.
At 16:00, transfer back to Tbilisi. Overnight at the hotel.

*We offer you to choose between two options of travelling to Sighnaghi and Bodbe monastery or spending a day at skiing resort Gudauri. No additional costs apply.
Day 7 – 28 December, Fr: Tbilisi – Armenian border – Haghpat – 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 Lori region and visit Haghpat Monastery, a UNESCO World Heritage site. This stunning example of Armenian traditional architecture was erected in the 10-13th centuries. Standing on a hillside, Haghpat beautifully overlooks the Debed River. The location of the monastery was chosen to protect the peace and seclusion of the monks. Drive through Dilijan to Lake Sevan, “The Jewel of Armenia” and one of the largest high-mountain freshwater 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 - 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 Sevanavank for overnight.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 9-10 hours
Driving distance: 370 km
Day 8 – 29 December, Sa: Yerevan – Etchmiadzin
 
At 10:00, start city tour in Yerevan.
One of the oldest cities of the world, Yerevan is famous as a pink city and calls visitors with its humble and at the same time splendid landscapes. Visit the Cascade Monument which was the main symbol of the city’s 2780th anniversary with the equivalent number of stairs. The mega scale staircase is 500 meters high and 50 meters wide. On the top of the monument you will enjoy breathtaking city view with Opera House, Mount Ararat, Swan Lake, Republic Square, and Abovyan Avenue, which you will also walk by during the tour. Visit the Armenian Genocide memorial complex on the hill of Tsitsernakaberd. Continue to the Holy See of Armenia, Etchmiadzin. Visit Etchmiadzin Cathedral, which is the residence of the head of the Armenian Apostolic Church, the Catholicos of All Armenians. Return to Yerevan for overnight at hotel.
At 19:00, enjoy farewell dinner at the traditional restaurant with folklore show program. Overnight at the hotel.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 6-7 hours
Driving distance: 50 km
Day 9 – 30 December, 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

Accommodation:

City

Hotels

Nights

Baku

Park Inn, Shah Palace

2

Tbilisi

River Side, Ibis, Citrus, Coral Boutique

4

Yerevan

DoubleTree by Hilton

2

 

  • 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).
  • Full board (lunches and dinners);
  • Hotel charges for additional services;
  • Personal travel insurance;
  • E-visas to Azerbaijan, Georgia, Armenia;
  • International flight tickets before and after the tour;
  • Economy class airline ticket Baku-Tbilisi.

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