Georgia

The Main Caucasus Range, Svaneti region

Georgia

Sighnagi, Kakheti region

ARMENIA

Khor Virap

AZERBAIJAN

Baku at Night

Georgia

Mount Ushba, Svaneti province

Georgia

Ananuri Castle, Dusheti region

AZERBAIJAN

Baku, New City

ARMENIA

Khor Virap Monastery and Mt. Ararat

Georgia

Batumi, Ajara

Georgia

Ushguli village, Svaneti region

AZERBAIJAN

Baku

ARMENIA

View of Mt.Ararat from Armenia

Georgia

Telavi, Kakheti region

Georgia

Mt. Ushba (4710m), Svaneti region

Georgia

Ushguli village in winter, Svaneti region

Georgia

Tushetian tower, Dartlo village, Tusheti region

Georgia

Uphlistikhe, rock-hewn town (1st Mil.BC), Kartli region

Armenia

Savanavank

Azerbaijan

Masazir lake

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COMPOSERS OF EXPERIENCES

We don’t just plan tours, we compose them with a colourful pallet of unique experiences. Be warmed by heartwarming hospitality. Drink unique wines and spirits. Taste the rich flavors of the local cuisines. Feel the soft breeze of the Black Sea shore. Become enchanted with the snowy slopes of the Caucasus mountains and the rising sun’s purple haze across the tranquil Alazani Valley. Come to life with the sacred beats, rhythmic strums, and alluring reeds of the traditional music and dance. Experience a land set apart from time, filled with cultural treasures and unforgettable memories. With us, your journey turns into something truly remarkable and unforgettable: not just a souvenir trinket bought at a local market, but a memory that stays imprinted on your heart forever. With us, your journey turns into something truly remarkable and unforgettable: not just a souvenir trinket bought at a local market, but a memory that stays imprinted on your heart forever.

Fabulous Cuisine

Fabulous Cuisine

Explore the rich flavors of traditional Caucasian dishes. Indulge your taste buds with regional specialties prepared with care by renowned chefs or kitchen household wonders.

Folk- Shows and Performances

Folk- Shows and Performances

Don’t miss the region’s breathtaking dance performances and folk shows, which portray the art, culture, and customs of the many nations of the Caucasus.

Unforgettable Pictures and Glimpses

Unforgettable Pictures and Glimpses

Begin your day with a breathtaking sunrise in the stunning Caucasus Mountains. Unwind and soak up the positive energy before a day full of exciting adventures capturing the unforgettable scenery.

Studios of Well-known Artists

Studios of Well-known Artists

Gain exclusive access to the studios of renowned actors, painters, sculptors, dancers, artists, and photographers. Explore the creative behind-the-scenes world and take part in the cultural conversation.

Georgia - The Land of Wine and Vine

Georgia - The Land of Wine and Vine

Georgia, with its rich 8000-year history of wine production, is an excellent destination for wine enthusiasts, where there is nearly 500 distinct grape varieties still cultivated today. Explore and indulge all you can.

Armenian Brandy Tasting

Armenian Brandy Tasting

Ararat Valley grape varieties, spring water, and time-honored distilling techniques combine to give Armenian brandy its distinctive flavor and golden hue. Join in on a brandy tasting at one of the most famous factories in Armenia.

Formula 1 - Baku Circuit

Formula 1 - Baku Circuit

During the exciting days of the Formula 1 Azerbaijan Grand Prix Race, the streets of Baku are overflowing with celebrating spectators. The rush of excitement will be certain to leave a lasting impression on your memory forever.

Meet Extraordinary people

Meet Extraordinary people

Engage with influential people from the worlds of art, science, technology, sports, and politics at lectures and other events specially organized for you.

Fortunes to be had at the Flea Market

Fortunes to be had at the Flea Market

At the local flea market known as Dry Bridge, there gathers hundreds of sellers of trinkets, used treasures, and kitschy souvenirs. Find some real gems here haggling with the sellers for the goods spread on their blankets.

Qvevri Wine

Qvevri Wine

Delve into the rich history of Georgian winemaking by tasting the flavors of wines that have been perfected over 8000 years. Discover the unique qvevri wine of Georgia, listed as an Intangible Cultural Heritage by UNESCO.

Heli-skiing Experience

Heli-skiing Experience

Embark on an unforgettable and unique adventure in the amazing Caucasus Mountains, where our team of internationally certified mountain guides await to take you safely through the perfect snow of off-piste skiing.

Cooking: A lesson in hospitality

Cooking: A lesson in hospitality

Our traditional food masterclasses are the pinnacle of culinary education and are sure to satisfy any foodie's cravings. The holy traditions of Georgian food and hospitality are revealed via this immersive cultural experience

Mud Volcanoes

Mud Volcanoes

A flat of mud volcanoes stretches across the horizon like an alien world. Messy, bubbling and explosive, these small volcanoes cones are impressive and beautiful. Azerbaijan is a home to nearly a third of the world’s mud volcanoes.

Bird´s-Eye Views

Bird´s-Eye Views

Take to the skies in a hot air balloon and discover breathtaking aerial views of the valley below, adorned by the snow-capped peaks of the majestic Caucasus Mountains

Black Caviar on board a Yacht

Black Caviar on board a Yacht

Enjoy the fresh Caspian Sturgeon Black Caviar and Sparkling Wine while lounging on the deck of a private yacht and taking in the lovely views of Baku Bay.

Carpet Weaving Masterclass

Carpet Weaving Masterclass

She is not making a flying carpet, but rather a beautiful icon of Azerbaijan, a country steeped in history and culture where carpet weaving has been practiced for centuries.

Inspiration in Ancient Spiritual Places

Inspiration in Ancient Spiritual Places

Monasteries carved into the depths of caves, ancient temples hanging on cliffsides… the Caucasus overflows with spiritual gems from ages past, that sweep the senses in detail both visual and beyond.

Wine Spa

Wine Spa

Take pleasure in a wine spa, experience peace and pleasure, and heal your body and mind with luxurious rituals, massages, and cosmetic services.

Open Air Events

Open Air Events

Experience exceptional events and luxurious amenities in the most unexpected of places: off-the-beaten-path locations dotted with historical ruins, ancient cave towns, majestic mountains, arid deserts and more.

Tbilisi Sulfur Bathhouses

Tbilisi Sulfur Bathhouses

Honored visitors to the capital city have long been invited to the old dome-topped sulfur bathhouses. Soak for an evening in a beautifully tiled haven and enjoy a qisa, or exfoliation scrub, and a massage.

Exciting Helicopter trips

Exciting Helicopter trips

Careen across mountain slopes with expert pilots and guides and discover the mountains from the perspective of the birds. Land in untouched and lost worlds of beautiful hidden valleys inaccessible by car or foot within your timeframe.

Cultural Events

Cultural Events

Participate in cultural events held in historical buildings, house museums, artist studios, galleries, and other noteworthy locations. Classical music, polyphonic singing, and more are often featured at these exclusive meetings.

Chacha Distilling

Chacha Distilling

Participate in distilling chacha, a grape brandy with genuine Georgian roots. It’s made from grape pomace and often used as a “medicine”. Take care not to have too much, you might not remember how much fun you had!

Cloisonne Enamel Masterclass

Cloisonne Enamel Masterclass

Learn about the history of the Georgian Cloisonné technique of enameling. Using this age-old method, you can design and create your own original work of art - undoubtedly the ideal memento to bring back from a trip.

Be Tamada, chief of the table

Be Tamada, chief of the table

Lead the Georgian feast as a Tamada, the toastmaster (as on picture of famous Pirosmani). Learn the ancient toasting rituals, poetry, and conduct of a proper supra, or feast. For the most special toasts, drink wine from a sheep’s horn!

Mountain villages of Caucasus

Mountain villages of Caucasus

Visit remote mountain villages where you can feel the time stand still and be one with the simplicity of older times. The people are still genuine and true, and meet you with an honest hospitality and friendliness.

Descent the Caucasus Peaks

Descent the Caucasus Peaks

The Caucasus Mountains are some of the most scenic and breathtaking in the world. Expert guides will take you down some of the best off-piste runs to give you a truly unforgettable mountain adventure experience.

Meet Local People

Meet Local People

Get warmed up by the authentic hospitality of the locals wherever you go and enjoy the different cultural aspects that vary from region to region. Take part in surprisingly stimulating conversation on a wide range of topics.

Wine Casino

Wine Casino

A fun and engaging activity for those who appreciate wine and enjoy challenging their intellect. Discover the rich tradition of Georgian winemaking and put your knowledge to the test in the field of wine. There are no losers here!

Azerbaijani Mugham

Azerbaijani Mugham

Be immersed in the enchanting world of the East during your visit to Azerbaijan. Savor authentic local cuisine while losing yourself in the soulful melodies of mugham music: You’ll feel like you’ve stepped into a page from a fairy tale.

Enjoy the Views

Enjoy the Views

Take in the views at the lobby of the luxurious Rooms Hotel situated at the foot of Mt. Kazbegi, where you can sip on fine wine and dine on elegant Georgian cuisine, then pamper yourself in the spa after your hiking expedition.

Stay as a Guest with a Family

Stay as a Guest with a Family

Enjoy genuine local hospitality, where a supra with a local family may unintentionally morph into a polyphonic performance led by the tamada, or toastmaster, and featuring your host and all the other guests.

Visit a treasury of carpets

Visit a treasury of carpets

Azerbaijan is famous for its special carpet weaves. Learn about the patterns and methods of these beautiful masterpiece productions and order your own to ship back home.

Village Leisure

Village Leisure

Go on exciting journey from a charming farm to a picturesque fruit garden, lush vineyard, fragrant citrus orchard, verdant tea plantation, and rustic tobacco fields. Immerse yourself in the local culture by meeting the friendly locals.

Remote Mountain Visits

Remote Mountain Visits

Sit down for a sip of chacha with a shepherd in remote community high in the Caucasus Mountains, where it’s inaccessible for almost half a year. Participate in the indigenous life and customs.

Fine dining in a vineyard

Fine dining in a vineyard

Experience the Georgian feast in its natural setting: the vineyard. With mountain peaks inspiring the poetry of the moment, feel the true heartbeat of the country as you imbibe on household wine and eat the freshest of meals

Hike the slopes of Mt. Kazbegi

Hike the slopes of Mt. Kazbegi

After exploring the stunning 14th-century Sameba Church, continue your adventure with a hike along the slopes of the magnificent 5054-meter-high mountain. Remember to pack your hiking shoes for your upcoming trip!

Buy Colorful Works by Local Artists

Buy Colorful Works by Local Artists

Beautiful artworks line the footpaths of the Dry Bridge market, often sold by the master painters themselves. Engage in conversation about the pieces and choose your favorites to ship back home and adorn your walls.

Breathtaking national ballet

Breathtaking national ballet

Renown for its rich and long tradition Georgian dance groups of Sikhishvili is not to be missed. Exciting, passionate, frenetic, theatrical, and graceful, their folk dancing performance perfectly captures the spirit of the Georgian people.

Winter in medieval Ushguli

Winter in medieval Ushguli

The beautiful towers of Ushguli await to keep you warm through the snow-covered months of winter. Stay in the highest continuously occupied settlement of Europe and experience winter treks through high powder.

Watching Masters at Work

Watching Masters at Work

Skill tradespeople live throughout the Caucasus, whether at the tasks of basketweaving, pottery, winemaking, or more, these are hardworking people who are happy to spend a few moments and share some quality life-hacks.

Rtveli- Harvest Event

Rtveli- Harvest Event

Help gather grapes during rtveli, the harvest season in Georgia. The vineyards and wineries come to life for the new harvest and are capped with a delightful Georgian supra, or feast, often held amidst picturesque vineyards.

Enjoy coffee in boutique cafes

Enjoy coffee in boutique cafes

Georgian cities has always been known for its artsy cafes full of hip youths and literary minds. Drink from cafes that feel like old-style living rooms, with revived antique furniture and inspiring décor.

Khinkali Making

Khinkali Making

Traditional food of people from the mountainous regions of Georgia. Perfect khinkali, boiled dumpling filled with ground meat in dough, should have at least eighteen wrinkles and must be eaten by hand. Don’t spill the juices!

Visit Great Museums …

Visit Great Museums …

Gaze upon works by seminal Georgian avantgarde artists that rocked the Soviet Union, discover the Georgian naïve painter Pirosmani, learn about the history of Georgia and see Gold of Colchis and other ancient civilisation artefacts.

Make your own wine

Make your own wine

Participate in the real Georgian reality of winemaking. Help gather the grapes for the harvest and begin the process of making Georgian wine yourself. Learn about the local methods and even manufacture your own bottle of vino.

National festivals and holidays

National festivals and holidays

Experience national holidays and festivals when the streets overflow with celebrants. Georgians can never contain themselves when celebrating and often break out in impromptu song and dance.

Life in Colors and Ornaments

Life in Colors and Ornaments

Visit craft studios and become immersed in a fantastic world of local textiles. See how ancient technics and ornamentation are transformed into something incredibly fresh and contemporary.

Listen to talented jazz musicians

Listen to talented jazz musicians

The Caucasus is a well of jazz music and improvisation, creating whole new spins on the genre. The jazz clubs of Baku and Tbilisi take on these stylings with amazingly talented musicians – real diamonds in the rough!

After exciting days enjoy the nightlife

After exciting days enjoy the nightlife

The main artery of Tbilisi’s old town, Chardeni, is named after a medieval French explorer. Follow his footsteps along a street of bars and clubs that spill out onto the narrow alleyways of the district.

Take a boat in a beautiful canyon

Take a boat in a beautiful canyon

A ride on the pristine clear waters of the lush Martvili canyon is a breathtaking experience that must be had at least once in life. The raft is guided by a local, taking you slowly and safely on this relaxing and heavenly float.

Souvenirs made with love and passion

Souvenirs made with love and passion

Spinning yarn and weaving socks is a renown art in Georgia. Regularly done by passionate grandmothers for their babes, they’re also widely available in the souvenir markets to keep your toes warm on winter nights.

Make shots of amazing moments

Make shots of amazing moments

Everywhere in the Caucasus is a beautiful sight and a thrilling experience. It’s a photographer’s dreamland. Pack your best camera, extra SD cards, and film and prepare for a time when you can never put them down.

Fests, Colors, Food

Fests, Colors, Food

Festival times bring merry times throughout Georgia, from Spring wine festivals to town and village festivities jumping from one location through the next. Have fine cookies or some mtsvadi BBQ, drink some wine, and make merry!

Don’t miss Opera & Ballet Stars

Don’t miss Opera & Ballet Stars

Many Georgian names can be found among famous performers of European and World Opera, Ballet, Classical Music. (Balanchini, Ananiashvili, Burchuladze, etc.) Watch from where they began and discover the next big star!

Cool Water and adrenaline

Cool Water and adrenaline

Pristine white-water rapids carve through the myriad of scenic mountain canyons of the Caucasus. Indulge in a relaxing evening of wine and barbeque on the picturesque banks of a lively river after a thrilling day of aquatic adventure.

Be with yourself

Be with yourself

Revive yourself in the beauty of the Caucasus. Soak in the sun, breathe the fresh air, and completely reinvigorate your sense of being in this perfect destination of rediscovery.

Exploration is endless

Exploration is endless

Take a deep breath when observing the views of the Caucasus Mountains, the home of the titans of old. Discover these fierce peaks, take in the majestic views, and treasure forever your lifelong impressions and unique experiences.

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DMC - SOUTH CAUCASUS COUNTRIES

As a DMC, we are conducting land operations in the South Caucasus Countries since 1991,
providing the best product and services to customers from all over the world.

GEORGIA

ARMENIA

AZERBAIJAN

The three countries of the South 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. The Great Silk road was stretched across all South Caucasus countries.

Once upon a time ancient caravans passed here, carrying delicate jewels, precious stones and spices. Today, while traveling through the Caucasus Countries, the Great Silk Road sites can still spark the imagination.

The Caucasus boasts evidence of a once flourishing culture, with impressive architectural monuments, archaeological and pagan sites, monastic jewels and centuries old mosques, nature sites, and National Parks as well as cities steeped in a long history of Soviet, Christian, pagan, Arab, Persian, and Turkish cultures.


There is a high density of very important sites and monuments, so we are highly selective on what we present to visitors. However please look on the map below for a small sample of “must-see” places in all three countries.


Please, click on the site photo to see location and description, or click on the site numbered symbol on map to match description

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Svetitskhoveli

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Translated as "The Life-giving pillar" is the fortified cathedral dating from 11th century. It is a bright example of Georgian renaissance architecture and a sacred place, where the Robe of Christ is buried. GE

Ananuri Architectural Complex

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Former residence of Dukes of Aragvi region, beautifully overlooking Jinvali reservoir. The complex includes churches and towers dating back to the 15-17thcc. GE

Gergeti Trinity Church

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(14th c) - Situated on the slopes of Mt. Kazbek at 2170 m, is the most important church of Khevi province. The stone decorations on the facade of the church help us to understand the ancient rituals and beliefs. GE

Uplistsikhe

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Rock-hewn town (1st Mill. BC), which is notable for unique combination of various styles of rock-cut cultures and the co-existence of pagan and Christian architecture. Here you can see ancient city's fascinating elements. GE

Sighnaghi

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The town is famous for its wine and carpet making culture. Enjoy breathtaking views of Kizikhi area and unusual charm of Sighnaghi – so called ‘City of Love’ which is surrounded by 18th c. fortified town wall. GE

Tsinandali Family Estate

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Family Estate and wine cellar, which once belonged to the 19th century aristocratic poet Alexander Chavchavadze. The residence consists of summer home, garden and winery, featuring several vintages of white wine. GE

Alaverdi Cathedral

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(11th c) the tallest Georgian church of its time was built in Alazani Valey - holy place since pagan times. This elegant church with decor of grape vines and the sun on the facade is noted by its simplicity and monumentality. GE

Gremi

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16th-century architectural complex representing remains from the once flourishing town destroyed during the invasion of Shah-Abas. The complex consists of royal citadel, the Church of the Archangels and archaeological museum. GE

Rabat

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The historical center of Akhaltsikhe was mainly built in the 13th cc and developed under the influence of different cultures. On the territory of the complex there is a Church, Mosque, Minaret, Synagogue as well as Historical museum. GE

Khertvisi Fortress

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The fortress already existed in the 10th c, although there is an evidence of earlier construction work. Two tunnels lead down to the river, one served as a water supply route, the other for communication. GE

Jvari Monastery

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The 6th century cross-shaped monastery built on the top of a cliff, overlooking the confluence of Aragvi and Mtkvari rivers. At this place St. Nino, enlightener of Georgia, erected a large wooden cross on the site of a pagan temple. GE

Vardzia Cave Complex

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Founded during the reign of Georgia III and Queen Tamar (12th-13th cc). The complex became a well fortified monastery, which had a significant role in the political, cultural, educational and spiritual life of Georgia. GE

Kutaisi

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Georgia’s second largest city. t is believed to be the capital of the ancient Kingdom of Colchis. The city represents an interesting mixture of architectural styles and boasts variety of cultural and religious sites, as well as museum treasures. GE

Gelati

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The architectural complex, founded by King David the Builder in the 12thc. includes the main church of the Virgin, St. George’s church, St. Nicolas’ church and Gelati Academy - a significant center of culture, religion and philosophy. GE

Bagrati

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Church in Kutaisi, built by King Bagrat III (1003 AD) is a marvelous example of domed-church architecture, noted with impressive examples of stone carving. Cathedral damaged throughout centuries was reconstructed to its present state. GE

Prometheus Speleological Caves

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Prometheus Speleological Caves offer 16 rooms sharply differing fossil deposits, with spectacular views of stalactites, stalagmites, helictite, drapes, petrified waterfalls, cave pearls, underground rivers and lakes and more. GE

Martvili Canyon

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located in Samegrelo region was named among eight best scuba diving sites in Europe. Taking boat or walking tours, you can explore the mountain river gorge, limestone natural bridges, waterfalls, and unique nature. GE

Anchiskhati Basilica

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(6th-18thcc) named after the treasured icon of the Sorvior of Anchi is the oldest surviving Basilica in Tbilisi. In front of entrance to the church, stands an elegant bell tower, typical of the late medieval Georgian style. GE

Dadiani Palace

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Historical and Architectural museum complex includes the palace of the prince of Samegrelo Region, botanical garden and museum exhibiting different thematic collections and treasury collected by Dadiani family. GE

Ushguli

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Located at about 2200 m. above sea level, is the highest village in Europe. Unique middle age Village-fortification in Svaneti, representing a junction of watchtowers, dwelling complexes and basilicas decorated with the murals. GE

Batumi

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Very popular sea resort with modern skyline, is one of the oldest cities in Georgia inhabited from as early as the third century BC. Batumi is mentioned by Greek and Roman sources as one of the principal ports of the Black Sea. GE

Gonio Fortress

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(3rd-2nd cc. BC), known as "Asparunt" meaning "the place of water", was one of the biggest ports of its time and the best example of Roman-Byzantine military architecture. GE

Narikala Fortress

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An ancient, 4th century fortress of Tbilisi built on a steep hill, overlooking the capital of Georgia and the Mtkvari river valley. The fortress was established in the 4th century as Shuris-tsikhe (i.e.,‘Invidious Fort’). GE

Baku Icheri Sheher

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Old City (7th-12th cc)is the historical core of Baku. The Old City is the most ancient part of Baku, which is surrounded by walls. Juma Mosque, stating the year 126 according to Islamic calendar as the establishment year. AZ

Shirvanshahs' Palace

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The complex contains the main building of the palace, Divanhane, the burial-vaults, the shah's mosque with a minaret, mausoleum, a portal in the east , a reservoir and the remnants of the bath-house. AZ

Tbilisi/Abanotubani

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The king Gorgasali (5th c.), when hunting, caught a pheasant on the wing that fell directly into one of the hot springs. King ordered the city to be built around it and called it Tbilisi, ”Tbili” means “warm” in Georgian. GE

Shirvanshahs' Palace

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The complex contains the main building of the palace, Divanhane, the burial-vaults, the shah's mosque with a minaret, mausoleum, a portal in the east , a reservoir and the remnants of the bath-house. AZ

Matenadaran

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Is a repository of ancient manuscripts, research institute and museum in Yerevan. The collection includes Armenian manuscripts, as well as Arabic, Persian, Greek, Syrian, Latin, Ethiopian, Indian, Japanese and other manuscripts. AM

Azerbaijan Carpet Museum

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Azerbaijan Carpet Museum will amaze you with its vast collection of more than 10.000 items. Aside from carpets woven in 17th-20th centuries, a collection of jewelry, ceramics and old metal works is also a part of the exhibition. AZ

Garni

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Hellenistic temple built in the 1st century AD which served as a summer residence for Armenian kings. It is the only pagan temple on the territory of modern Armenia, others were destroyed after the adoption of Christianity. AM

Geghard

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Geghard Monastery was founded in the 4th century by Gregory the Illuminator at the site of a sacred spring inside a cave. It is partially carved out of the adjacent mountain, surrounded by cliffs at the entrance to the Azat Valley. AM

Ateshgah

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Ateshgah is an ancient religious temple of fire worshipers built in 17th century. Many foreign travellers and historians have described this castle like place. It is one of the sacred places Zoroastrians used to visit and still do during their pilgrimage. AZ

Echmiadzin

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Echmiadzin is the center of the Armenian Church and the residence of the Catholicos of all Armenians and the location of the Echmiadzin Cathedral. The earliest domed church was built in AD 301-303. AM

Khor Virap (“Deep Dungeon”)

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One of the holiest sites, where in the underground pit Gregory the Illuminator was imprisoned before converting King Tiridat III to Christianity. Its location offers a spectacular view of the mountain Ararat. AM

Noravank

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Noravank Monastery (7th-8th cc) is located in a narrow gorge made by the Amaghu River. The road to monastery is an adventure itself. The high rocks on both sides of the path almost cover the sky above until the picturesque view of monastery opens. AM

Yanardag

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Yanardag is a unique geological site where natural gas escaping from the ground burns continuously. This natural phenomenon was formed by marsh-gas condensate which comes to the surface under intense pressure. AZ

The Zvartnots

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The Zvartnots (7th cc) was built to suppress the Echmiatzin Cathedral in grandeur. Complex consists of a temple and the palace of Catholicos Nerses III. Now in ruins, it is located at the edge of the city of Etchmiadzin. AM

Lake Sevan

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The largest lake in and one of the largest high-altitude lakes in the world. Its surface is at an altitude of 1,950 m above sea level. Armenians call this volcanic origin lake - “The Blue Pearl” of Armenia. AM

Sevanavank

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Sevanavank Monastery complex founded in 874, is located on a peninsula at the northwestern shore of Lake Sevan. Here you can find many fine samples of Khachkar - carved memorial stone stele bearing a cross and often additional motives. AM

Noraduz

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"Forest of Khachkars" (cross-stones) is an old graveyard with approx. 900 khachkars from various periods and of various styles. The Khachkar is unique Armenian tradition, incorporating both pagan and Christian symbols. AM

Gobustan

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Gobustan Rock Art Cultural Landscape site is occupying the southeast end of the Big Caucasian Ridge in Azerbaijan. It represents an outstanding collection of over 7000 rock engravings dating from Upper Paleolithic to the Middle Ages. AZ

Mud Volcanoes

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Azerbaijan has the most significant number of mud volcanoes in the world, concentrated mainly at the eastern part of the country. They primarily consist of marsh-gas, but also other hydrocarbons and ineffective gases. AZ

Haghpat

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Haghpat Monastery founded by Queen Khosrovanuysh in 976, is one of the best examples of Armenian religious architecture, laying in a picturesque landscape. Monastery was a major center of learning in the Middle Ages. AM

Sanahin

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Sanahin Monastery (10th-13th cc) represents a fusion of vernacular and Byzantine ecclesiastic Architecture. Sanahin was the administrative centre and family burial place of the Kyurikyan Bagratids, as well as the Episcopal residence. AM

Tatev

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Tatev Monastery (9th-13th cc) is located on the edge of basalt plateau in Tatev village and was center of Armenian intellectual life where philosophers, musicians, painters, calligraphers, and monks lived. AM

Gyumri

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Armenia’s second-largest city is country’s creative capital and historical hub. City boasts old neighborhoods with characteristic black stone houses. In historical center there are number of restaurants, cafes, craft studious and galleries. AM

Juma Mosque

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Juma Mosque in Shemakhi (743-744) Construction date was defined with Arab ligature on the facade of the Mosque. Historical appearance of monument is related to Arabs’ governance and spreading of Islam on the territory of Azerbaijan. AZ

Quba

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Quba is a small town located on the north east of Azerbaijan, offering unique culinary experiences in numerous small restaurants. The site is famous for its finest carpets. Carpet waving is still popular among local women. AZ

Khinalig

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Picturesque village is located at around 2300 m above sea level. Over 380 Houses built from stones climb the mountain and resemble a multi-story building. The roof of one house is the courtyard of another house located above. AZ

Lahij

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Lahij is a small village with stone houses, cobbled streets, and number craft shops. Historically, there have been seven residential quarters surrounded by seven mountains, seven springs, seven mosques and seven baths in Lahij. AZ

Sheki Khan’s Palace (1790-1797)

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The summer residence is the only remaining structure from the larger palatial complex inside the Sheki Khans’ Fortress. Its façade is covered with colored tiles and beautiful mosaics. AZ

Albanian Church

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Albanian Church in village Kish is believed to be the first Christian church built in the Caucasus region. First church stood here back in the 1st cc. The site is often referred to one of the oldest spiritual centers of the Caucasian Albania. AZ

CAUCASUS TRAVEL as a DMC conducts land-based tourism operations in the South Caucasus countries in cooperation with most professional partners and suppliers providing the best product and services to customers from all over the world. We have decades of outstanding experience in providing hospitality and travel services. We offer the best of Georgia, Armenia, and Azerbaijan: important and valuable cultural and religious sites, museums, nature reserves, adventure, entertainment, exquisite food, wine, and enjoyable time.

We combine the countries, cultures, and traditions, in a blend of genuine hospitality-based experiential tours

GENERAL INFORMATION

GEORGIA

Territory: 69,700 sq km

Population: 3 688 600

Capital City: Tbilisi - 1 200 000

Main Cities: Batumi - 173 700, Kutaisi - 130 000

Main Airports:

Tbilisi International Airport - TBS

Batumi International Airport - BUS

Kutaisi International Airport - KUT

Official Language: Georgian

Script: Georgian (33 Letters)

Climate: A humid subtropical climate in Western Georgia and subtropical to moderate in Eastern Georgia

Time zone: GMT +4 (FIXED- No Daylight Saving Time)

Main Religion: Orthodox Christian

Currency (Code): Lari (GEL - Georgian Lari)

Telephone: Country code: 995 Area code for Tbilisi: 32

Electricity: 220 volt, 50 Hz.

Socket Type: Europlug, Schuko


Visa: Visa is not required for Georgia for the citizens of the USA, Canada, Brazil, Argentina, Japan, Israel, Turkey, citizens of EU member countries and CIS - full list is available on www.mfa.gov.ge. Those, who require visa for Georgia will be able to obtain e-visa through www.evisa.gov.ge. Passport: Passport must be valid for at least six months.


National Holidays:

1-2 Jan / New Year Holiday; 7 Jan / Christmas; 19 Jan / The Epiphany; 3 Mar / Mother's Day; 8 Mar / Women's International Day; 9 Apr / Day of National Unity; 9 May / Victory Day over Fascism; 12 May / Commemoration Day of St. Apostle Andrew; 26 May / Independence Day of Georgia; 28 Aug / the day of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary; 14 Oct / 'Mtskhetoba' (Holiday of Svetitskhovloba), 23 Nov / St. George's Day.
* Easter Holiday in Georgia is on variable dates each year (Friday to Monday)

ARMENIA

Territory: 29 800 sq km

Population: 2 961 900

Capital City: Yerevan - 1 092 800

Main Cities: Gyumri -110 200, Vanadzor - 76 220

Main Airports:

Zvartnots International Airport - EVN

Shirak International Airport: LWN

Official Language: Armenian

Script: Armenian

Climate: Highland continental

Time zone: GMT +4 (Daylight Saving Time)

Main Religion: Christian (Armenian Apostolic)

Currency (Code): Armenian Dram (AMD)

Telephone: Country code: 374 Area code for Yerevan: 10

Electricity: 220 volt, 50 Hz.

Socket Type: Europlug, Schuko


Visa: Visa can be obtained at Armenian border upon arrival. Please find information about visa requirements in Armenia on www.mfa.am. The citizens of some countries need invitation letter in order to get visa at the consulate of Armenia in their country of residence. The list of the countries can be found on www.mfa.am.
Passport: Passport must be valid for at least six months.


National Holidays:

31 Dec-1 Jan / New Year’s Holiday; 6 Jan / Christmas; 8 Mar / Women’s International Day; 24 April / Genocide Remembrance Day; 9 May / Victory and Peace Day; 28 May / The First Republic Day; 5 Jul / Constitution Day; 21 Sep / Independence Day
* Easter Holiday in Armenia is on variable dates each year (Friday to Monday)

AZERBAIJAN

Territory: 86 600 sq km

Population: 10 346 250

Capital City: Baku - 2 293 100

Main Cities: Ganja - 335 600, Sumqayit - 358 680

Main Airports:

Heydar Aliyev International Airport - GYD

Lankaran International Airport - LLK

Zaqatala International Airport -ZTU

Official Language: Azeri

Script: Latin

Climate: Varies from subtropical and dry in Central and Eastern Azerbaijan to subtropical and humid in the southeast.

Time zone: GMT +4 (Daylight Saving Time)

Main Religion: Islam

Currency (Code): New Azerbaijani Manat (AZN)

Telephone: Country code: 994 Area code for Baku: 12

Electricity: 220 volt, 50 Hz.

Socket Type: Europlug, Schuko


Visa: Visa for Azerbaijan has to be arranged before arrival. You can find information about visa requirements on www.mfa.gov.az. Please note, that e-visa for Azerbaijan can be provided by our local partner Tour Operator. Passport: Passport must be valid for at least six months.


National Holidays:

-2 Jan / New Year Holiday; 20 Jan / National Mourning Day; 8 Mar / International Women’s Day; 9 My / Victory Day; 28 -29 May / Republic Day; 15 Jun / Salvation Day; 26 Jun / Armed Forces Day; 9 Nov / Flag Day; 31 Dec / Solidarity Day.
* Some holidays in Azerbaijan are celebrated on different date each year:
- Novrus Holiday (Spring -Monday to Saturday)
- Ramazan Bayram Holiday (Spring, Summer - Friday to Monday) - Gurban Bayram Holiday (Summer - Wednesday to Thursday)