Discover three countries - Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan- in just one tour. The soaring Caucasus Mountains separate Europe from Asia, and the South Caucasus countries are on that borderline. Inhabitants of Azerbaijan burned crude oil in their lamps before anyone knew what it was. Beautiful, rocky Armenia was the first country to adopt Christianity as its official religion. And Georgia, acclaimed for its fabulous food and drink, claims to be the first area to cultivate the wine grape. These South Caucasus countries are distinguished by their distinct histories, language traditions, religions, cultures and natural surroundings…
While exploring the South Caucasus countries you will discover a fascinating cross-roads culture that has integrated both Europe and Asia. You will visit World Heritage Monasteries, unique painted churches, cave towns, stunning gorges and valleys, ethnographical and historical museums, art galleries and more…
Day 1: – Arrival to Baku – Baku city tour
This tour will start after check in at the hotel at 1.30pm Baku time (UTC 04:00) from the hotel (Azkot Hotel hall)
Start exploring Baku. Panorama of the city presented to the height of the mountainous part of a television tower clearly gives an idea of the contrasts and the extent of Baku, the horseshoe bay of Baku. The city is shaped like an amphitheater, descending down to the Caspian Sea. Tour covers the central part of the city showing the most interesting historical and architectural sites. Visiting of "Old Town” or “Inner City”. The territory of “Inner City” - 22 hectares, which represents a small fraction of the total area of Baku (44,000 hectares). Maiden Tower (XII century), Palace of Shirvanshakhs (XV century), Castle Synyk Gala, Caravan Saray, Juma Mosque - this is not a complete list of attractions of the old Baku.
Mini-cruise on the Caspian Sea (depend on weather conditions Boat trip can be canceled). Dinner in restaurant. Night Baku tour by bus. Overnight in Hotel
Day 2: – Gobustan – Atashgah
Breakfast at the hotel. Check out from the hotel. Tour to “Gobustan Excursion on historical-art reserve “Gobustan”, where rock paintings have perfectly remained, barrows and housing objects dated from X-XIII millennial BC to the Middle Ages. There are certificates of inhabitants of region of an epoch of the Stone Age and the subsequent periods in “Gobustan” - Rock drawings, person parking, gravestone monuments, are concentrated there. Lunch in restaurant.
Visiting of Temple of Zoroastrians – “Atashgah”. Temple of Zoroastrians - an ancient religious structure built in place of natural gas output. Was rebuilt in the 18th century. In the former cells, where pilgrims from around the world are now museum, containing many unique original exhibits. Region of Azerbaijan, located on the Apsheron peninsula called Apsheron.
Transfer to the airport.
Meeting in the airport and transfer to the hotel. Dinner in the local restaurant, tasting Georgian dishes and wine. Spend the night in Tbilisi.
Day 3: Full day sightseeing tour of Tbilisi / night in Tbilisi
You will go on a tour of Tbilisi, a walk through the old town, you can visit Metekhi Church (12 - 13th centuries); district sulfur baths, Sioni Cathedral (7th - 19 th centuries) Narikala Fortress (4th c); Anchishati basilica and bell tower (6th - 18th centuries); Holy Trinity Cathedral - 2004 and visit the house of bread and taste Georgian wine. Night: at the hotel in Tbilisi.
Day 4: Tbilisi Sighnaghi - Bodbe - Tbilisi / night in Tbilisi
In the morning you go to the beautiful city of Sighnaghi - city fortress, with amazing views of the Caucasus Mountains, visit Sighnaghi Ethnographic Museum and visit the monastery complex Bodbe founded in the 4th century. Taste delicious Georgian cuisine and local wines. In the evening return to Tbilisi. Night: at the hotel in Tbilisi.
Day 5: Tbilisi - Yerevan
After a breakfast, we go to the border, where you change the transport and guide. After meeting with the Armenian guide, you move forward to Yerevan - the hospitable capital of Armenia. Check-in, rest. Dinner at a local restaurant.
Day 6: Yerevan – Echmiadzin - Zvartnots – Yerevan
Start discovering Armenia by a visit to the State History Museum where you get familiar with a complete picture of the Armenian culture and history dating back to 1 million years ago up to nowadays. Then go sightseeing in one of the world’s oldest cities – 2796-year-old Yerevan. Open-air lunch at one of restaurants located just in Hrazdan River gorge.
Then you move forward to the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin – the spiritual centre of the Armenian Apostolic Church. On the way back to Yerevan, you stop at the ruins of the Zvartnots Temple. You are in Yerevan again. We dine and spend the evening at one of open-air cafes.
Day 7: Yerevan – Lake Sevan – Tbilisi, departure from Tbilisi
It’s time to driving to one of the highest fresh-water lakes in the world – the Sevan (1 900m). From the top of Sevan Peninsula you can admire the full view of the lake of volcano-tectonic origin and the adjacent mountain chains.
Say goodbye to Armenia and continue your route to travel within Georgia.
After meeting with the Georgian guide you move forward to Tbilisi. This tour will finish in Tbilisi (International Airport or Freedom Square) at 3pm Tbilisi time (UTC 04:00).