TRANS-CAUCASUS: GEORGIA, ARMENIA & AZERBAIJAN

The three countries of the Trans-Caucasus interlock like puzzle pieces on a strip of mountainous land wedged between the Black and Caspian seas. Each shares a border with the other two, yet they could hardly be more different. Three unrelated languages are spoken here, and two different religions hold sway. But the Muslim people of Azerbaijan and the Christians of Armenia and Georgia all have robust pagan roots, a love of life and a strong culture of hospitality, home and hearth.

 

Day 1: Arrival in Baku / overnight Baku
Day 2: Baku sightseeing tour and visit to Absheron Peninsula / overnight Baku
Day 3: Baku to Sheki via Shemaka / overnight Sheki
Day 4: Sheki to Telavi / overnight Telavi
Day 5: Telavi to Tbilisi / overnight Tbilisi
Day 6: Tbilisi sightseeing tour / overnight Tbilisi
Day 7: Tbilisi – Mtskheta – Gudauri / overnight Gudauri
Day 8: Gudauri – Kutaisi via Gori / overnight Kutaisi
Day 9: Kutaisi – Tbilisi / overnight Tbilisi
Day 10: Tbilisi – Sevan / overnight Sevan
Day 11: Sevan to Yerevan / overnight Yerevan
Day 12: Yerevan sightseeing tour / overnight Yerevan
Day 13: Excursion to Khor Virap & Echmiatsin / overnight Yerevan
Day 14: Departure


Highlights:
Azerbaijan: Walled City of Baku with the Shirvanshah's Palace and Maiden Tower” (UNESCO World Heritage Site), Icheri Shere, state museum of Azerbaijani Carpets and Applied Folk Art, Fountain Square, Rock Art Cultural Landscape" (UNESCO site), Djuma Mosque, the oldest mosque in the Caucasus, Sheki Caravansarai, Kish Village

Georgia: The Royal town of Signagi, Gurjaani Villiage, renowned for its white wine, Views of narikala Fortress and Mother of Georgia Monument, anchiskhati Basilica, sioni Cathedral with the Cross of St. Nino, metekhi Church of the Virgin, Rustaveli Avenue and Old Town, Historical Monuments of town of Mtskheta" (UNESCO site), svetitskhoveli Cathedral, jvari Church, ananuri fortress complex, Zhinvali Reservoir, Cave town of uplistsikhe, Twelve Cave Monasteries of david gareja, Birthplace of Joseph Stalin, Stalin House Museum

Armenia: Historical Museum, Armenian National Gallery, Genocide Memorial, Matenadaran Museum,Vernisage Art Park,Monasteries of Haghpat and Sanahin” (UNESCO site) ,Lake Sevan at an altitude of 5,900 feet, Dilijan Village, Goshavank Monastery,View of Mount Ararat, Monastery of Khor Virap, ,Temple of Garni ,Monastery of Geghard and the Upper Azat Valley" (UNESCO site),Mount Aragats, villages of Ashtarak ,Cathedral and Churches of Echmiatsin and the Archaeological Site of Zvartnots" (UNESCO site)