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The Georgia-Armenia-Azerbaijan Tour

15 days / 14 Nights

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About the Georgia-Armenia-Azerbaijan Tour

This tour allows you to visit all three of the Caucasus countries, each of which is quite different from the others. While Georgia and Armenia are ancient Christian countries, each with their own language and alphabet, Azerbaijan is a Turkic country whose language is fairly close to Turkish. Since this, like all our other tours, is a private, custom-made tour, it can be extended to spend more time in any of the three countries to be visited.

Since this tour covers a lot of ground, we do not recommend making it any shorter. The itinerary outlined below starts in Azerbaijan and ends in Armenia, but this can also be done starting in Armenia and ending in Azerbaijan. The itinerary packs a lot into two weeks of travel and there is a great deal of variety in what you will see. For anyone who wants to visit all three of the Caucasian countries, this is the tour to take.

Georgia-Armenia-Azerbaijan Tour Pricing

Single supplement for all tours is $595. For example, if 2 people travel together but each has his or her own room, the cost is an additional $595.

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Georgia-Armenia-Azerbaijan Tour Itinerary

Georgia-Armenia-Azerbaijan Tour: Day 1
Arrival in Baku
Arrival in Baku
Baku city at night

You will be met at the airport upon arrival and transferred to your Baku hotel, the City Park Hotel. This is a nice modern property, and it is within short walking distance of the old city, which is a big advantage. Rest up after your flight.

  • Overnight at the City Park Hotel
Georgia-Armenia-Azerbaijan Tour: Day 2
Baku
Baku
Inner city Baku panorama

After breakfast, we head to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Qobustan, home to over 6,000 Stone Age cave drawings, where we will explore caves, petroglyphs, and mud volcanoes. After lunch at a local restaurant, we return to Baku for a tour of the city. Baku is really two different cities: the modern, high-end business center on the one hand, and the old walled city, known as the “inner city,” which is probably of most interest to tourists. But there is some interesting modern architecture to be seen in the modern part of the city, such as the Flame Towers. And, since Baku lies on the shores of the Caspian Sea, you can look out to the East and see the oil pumping stations that make Azerbaijan a world player in the oil market. Today we explore the modern part of Baku, including a stop at the National Carpet Museum, which has the largest display of Azerbaijani carpets in the world. Baku is also a good place to buy carpets. The carpets are of high quality and, after some bargaining, reasonably priced.

  • Overnight at the City Park Hotel
    • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
Georgia-Armenia-Azerbaijan Tour: Day 3
Baku - Lahij
Baku - Lahij
Georgia Armenia Azerbaijan Tour maiden tower

We’ll have the full morning to enjoy Baku, the Caucasus’s most cosmopolitan city. We’ll focus on the old walled city, and after entering through the Shemakhi Gate, we’ll visit the imposing Maiden Tower and the impressive Shirvanshahs’ Palace (both UNESCO World Heritage sites). It can be safely said that the old walled part of Baku is one of the most fascinating and well-preserved ancient cities to tour on foot. After lunch, we will head west and into the foothills of the Caucasus to the picturesque mountain village of Lahij, famed for its coppersmiths and thriving craft trade.

  • Overnight at the Evim Hotel
    • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
Georgia-Armenia-Azerbaijan Tour: Day 4
Lahij - Sheki
Lahij - Sheki
old mosque

After some more time to wander around Lahij, we set off for the historic city of Sheki, which has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site and should be a highlight of your trip.

  • Overnight at the Sheki Saray Hotel
    • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
Georgia-Armenia-Azerbaijan Tour: Day 5
In Sheki
In Sheki
luxury tours Albanian Church

With a full day in and around Sheki, among the places we will visit are the beautifully renovated Khan’s Palace and the very impressive caravanserai. Later in the day, we will head out to the scenic village of Kish to see the round-towered Albanian Church. It is said to be one of the oldest, if not the oldest, Christian churches in the world, dating back to the First Century AD. Returning to Sheki, we will have time to see more of this fascinating old city. 

  • Overnight at the Sheki Saray Hotel
    • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
Georgia-Armenia-Azerbaijan Tour: Day 6
Sheki – Telavi, Georgia
Sheki – Telavi, Georgia
country of Georgia luxury tour

Today we drive to the Azerbaijan/Georgia border and cross over into Kakheti, Georgia’s famous wine-growing region. We will have opportunities along the way to sample that wine. After joining a local family for lunch at their home, we drive to the Nekresi Monastery, a Georgian Orthodox monastery founded in the 6th Century. En route to Telavi, where we will spend the night, we stop to visit the 16th-Century fortified architectural site of Gremi, known as the Archangels’ Church Complex. In the evening, we arrive in Telavi. 

  • Overnight at the Marani Elizbar 1918 Hotel or the Kviria Hotel (both beautiful boutique hotels)
    • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
Georgia-Armenia-Azerbaijan Tour: Day 7
Telavi - Gori
Telavi - Gori
Sighnaghi tour

This morning, before we leave Telavi, we’ll drop in on the local market. We’ll then visit the 18th-Century fortified hilltop town of Sighnaghi, a beautiful village nearby. From here, we will come to a local wine cellar where wine is produced and stored. Of course, we will get to sample some of the typical wines of the region. We then drive on to Gori, Stalin’s birthplace, where we will spend the night.

  • Overnight at the Gori Inn or Georgia Gold
    • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
Georgia-Armenia-Azerbaijan Tour: Day 8
Gori – Kazbegi
Gori – Kazbegi
Uplistsikhe View from the south Photo A. Muhranoff

Gori is famous or infamous as the birthplace of Josef Stalin. Surprisingly enough, Stalin remains popular among some older Georgians, even well-educated ones.
After a visit to the fascinating Stalin Museum (which remains unchanged since its opening in the Cold War era), we move on to the ancient remains of the Uplistsikhe cave city. This fascinating rock-cut town dates back to the Iron Age. After lunch, we start our scenic drive up through the High Caucasus Mountains along the Georgian Military Highway, which remains the major route linking Georgia with Russia. En route to our next overnight stop at Kazbegi, we’ll visit Ananuri, a medieval castle complex overlooking the Zhinvali reservoir. It has been nominated as a Unesco World Heritage Site. After visiting Ananuri, we drive on to Kazbegi, where we will spend the night.

  • Overnight at the Hotel Porta Caucasia
    • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
Georgia-Armenia-Azerbaijan Tour: Day 9
Kazbegi - Tbilisi
Kazbegi - Tbilisi
Georgia Luxury tour Gergeti Trinity Church in Georgia

This morning there will be a chance to walk for about 2 hours up through beautiful valleys and forests to the Gergeti Trinity Church (14th Century), located on top of a mountain and one of Georgia’s country’s most iconic images. Weather permitting, we may also be able to catch a glimpse of one of the highest glaciers in the Caucasus, Mount Kazbegi (16,655 feet). Afterwards, leaving the High Caucasus behind us, we head for Georgia’s ancient capital and religious center, Mtskheta, settled 3000 years ago and one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world. There, we will visit two UNESCO World Heritage Sites. First, the Jvari Monastery, which has survived almost unchanged since the Sixth Century, Then there is the Svetitskhoveli Cathedral (11th Century), where the Robe of Christ is said to be buried. We then continue on to Georgia’s capital, Tbilisi, where we will spend two nights.

  • Overnight at the Citrus Hotel or the KMM Hotel
    • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
Georgia-Armenia-Azerbaijan Tour: Day 10
Tbilisi
Tbilisi
Georgia Armenia Azerbaijan luxury tour

Part of today will be devoted to a walking tour of the old town center of Tbilisi. You will stroll down narrow cobblestone streets with distinctive balconies. Tbilisi also has ancient domed sulfur baths, which you can sample if you plan ahead. You will certainly smell the sulfur as you walk by. There will also be a visit to the ancient Narikala Fortress, which towers above the city. You can ascend by cable car if you are not feeling energetic enough to walk up. Depending on where your interests lie, we can visit several other ancient churches as well as the synagogue. You can also visit Tbilisi’s historical museum. There is a lot to see here, so it is best to discuss your itinerary with your guide and narrow things down. The rest of the day can be spent lounging around one of Tbilisi’s many cafes, doing some shopping, or just taking it easy after your walking tour. In the evening, you can choose, with the advice of your guide, a nice local restaurant for dinner. There are many good choices.

  • Overnight at the Citrus Hotel or the KMM Hotel
    • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
Georgia-Armenia-Azerbaijan Tour: Day 11
Tbilisi -Dilijan, Armenia
Tbilisi -Dilijan, Armenia
Sanahin Monastery tour

After an early breakfast, we will drive south to the border and cross over into Armenia. We will drive along the stunning Debed Canyon and reach the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Haghpat Monastery, built between the 10th and 13th Centuries. Towards the end of the day, we will arrive at the beautiful spa town of Dilijan. Where we spend the night.

  • Overnight at the Tufenkian Old Dilijan Complex
    • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
Georgia-Armenia-Azerbaijan Tour: Day 12
Dilijan – Goris
Dilijan – Goris
Sevanavank Monastery at the coast of Lake

Today we will drive along Lake Sevan, one of the world’s largest high-altitude lakes, and visit the medieval Sevanavank Monastery. We will also stop at the Selim Caravanserai, built in 1332 and said to be the best preserved of its type in the country. Caravanserai, which are found all along the ancient Silk Road, were roadside inns situated around a day's journey apart from each other. On our way to Goris, we will stop off at the prehistoric archeological site of Karahunj, Armenia's version of Stonehenge. Like Stonehenge, it is thought to have been used for astronomical purposes. We then drive on to Goris, where we will spend the night.

  • Overnight at the Mirhav Hotel
    • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
Georgia-Armenia-Azerbaijan Tour: Day 13
Goris – Yerevan
Goris – Yerevan
Monasterio de Tatev Armenia

The Wings of Tatev, the world's longest cable car, will take us this morning to one of the highlights of your Armenia tour: Tatev monastery. Tatev is a 9th-Century monastery complex that was also the site of a medieval university. On our way to Yerevan, we will also stop at the Noravank Monastery, which was founded in the 13th Century and built along a narrow gorge. Armenia seems to have an endless number of spectacularly scenic monasteries. Late in the day, we reach the ancient capital of Armenia, Yerevan, where we will spend the last two nights of the tour.

  • Overnight at the Opera Suites Hotel
    • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
Georgia-Armenia-Azerbaijan Tour: Day 14
Yerevan
Yerevan
Georgia Armenia Azerbaijan Tour Cascade of Yerevan

Today we will enjoy morning sightseeing around the Armenian capital, Yerevan. Yerevan is one of the oldest cities in the world and is considered to be even slightly older than Rome. The Memorial to the 1915 Genocide, a tragic event that Armenians have not forgotten, is one of the places we will visit. We will also see the Cascades, a giant stairway made of limestone that houses a contemporary art gallery. It was completed in 1980. You may or may not want to climb all 572 steps. If not, there is an inside series of escalators to take you to the top.

After lunch, we will have some free time to explore the Armenian capital at our own pace before heading out for our farewell dinner.

  • Overnight at the Opera Suites Hotel
    • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
Georgia-Armenia-Azerbaijan Tour: Day 15
End of Tour
End of Tour

The tour ends after breakfast at the hotel, when you can be transferred to the airport for onward travel.

  • Breakfast