South Caucasus small group tour 2020 – 2021

15 Days | Azerbaijan, Georgia, Armenia

Ananuri fortress on Jinvali water reserve

Tour Price

US$ 2,890 / person

US$ 570 single supplement

We recognize the increased uncertainty that COVID-19 may be causing in your trip planning. To help you book with confidence, we are offering an exceptional cancellation policy: Until the situation has stabilized, we provide you with the option of a 100% refund on all new bookings, for cancellations made more than 14 days prior to a tour.

This offer applies to ALL of our small group tour deals in 2020 and 2021 booked and confirmed within this period.

Tour price includes:

  • Accommodation (Double or Twin room) in Boutique-type hotels with breakfast

  • English speaking guide service in each country

  • Sightseeing tour program

  • All transfers according to the program

  • Entrance tickets to sights mentioned in the tour program

  • Welcome dinners in Baku, Tbilisi and Yerevan

  • Wine tasting in Kakheti region, Georgia

  • Brandy tasting in Yerevan, Armenia

  • E-visa to Azerbaijan

Azerbaijan, Georgia and Armenia tour 

Overview

Comprehensive South Caucasus small group tour 2020 offers you well-managed and balanced travel itinerary. The 15-day tour is combined of itineraries in Azerbaijan, Georgia and Armenia. And is scheduled to run monthly starting from March through to November in 2020. Our travelers named this tour in 2019 – the best offer found online. Meaning that it is impossible to find the same value program for the same price.

Tour program

Arrival in Baku (Azerbaijan)

Our representative will meet you in Baku international airport and arrange for hotel transfer.

Check-in to the Hotel. Free evening. Depending on the time of your arrival, our consultants will help you to arrange for a table in one of the local restaurants (upon request).

Arrival in Azerbaijan for the tour

Baku city tour (Azerbaijan)

Spend the first day in the region by exploring Baku, Azerbaijan capital city. Your guide will first take you to the “Shehidler Hiyabani” (memory alley) with a picturesque view opening from the site. Keep on wandering the new part of Baku and learn about XIX- XX centuries architecture: Nizami Ganjavi monument, Rasul-Zade Street, Nizami and Fountain square. Continue the tour by entering “Icheri Sheher” (inner town in old Baku) – famous Maiden Tower, Sheikh Shirvan Palace, “Caravanserai”, market.

This day will finish with welcome dinner in local restaurant.

Transfer to the hotel after dinner.

Baku city tour program

Tour to Absheron peninsula and Gobustan (Azerbaijan)

This day of the Caucasus tour will be dedicated to the travel to Greater Baku area and Absheron peninsula. Depart your Hotel and drive to Gobustan National Park, where you will see the petroglyphs from 10 thousand BC. You will continue the tour by visiting one of the most exciting sites in the area – mud volcanoes in Gobustan. It is believed that almost half of world’s mud volcanoes are in Gobustan.

Next stop is an ancient temple of fire worshippers called Ateshgah. Known fact that centuries ago zoroastrians from India passed thousands of kilometers coming to Ateshgah to worship fire literally coming from underground. Azerbaijan is labeled as a “Land of fire” for a reason. “Yanardag” (burning mountain), your next destination, is a place where burning natural gas amazes visitors and wandering strangers for thousands of years.

Transfer back to Baku.

Gobustan in Azerbaijan

Tour to Lagich, Kish and Sheki (Azerbaijan)

Depart Baku towards Sheki region of Azerbaijan. Make en route stops at the Sheikh Diri Baba mausoleum and then keep on traveling to Shamakha, visit historical “Juma” (Friday) Mosque, “Yeddi Gumbez” (seven domes) mausoleum, as well as Sheikh Shirvan family graveyard.

Breathtaking views offers you the road to Lagich passing Girdimanchay rivers’ canyon. The mountain village itself is a settlement established in the 5th century AD, and allows travelers to dive deep into the regions history and medieval atmosphere with narrow stone walkways.

Arrive in the town called Kish, visit the Church of Saint Elishe, also known as 12th century Caucasian Albanian Church (currently inactive).

Later in the evening arrival to Sheki, check-in to hotel.

Sheki Azerbaijan scenery

Tour to Kakheti (Georgia)

In the morning before driving towards border with Georgia, you will have a brief tour of Sheki. The town is rich on historical, cultural and architectural heritage, with medieval fortress, Palace of Khans, Museum of history, mosque and madrassah, and local handicraft bazar being part of it.

Border with Georgia is about 2-hour drive away from Sheki. You will be met by local guide and vehicle on the other side to continue your exciting Caucasus journey with yet another fascinating country – Georgia.

Your Georgia tour will start with the region of Kakheti famous for its ancient winemaking traditions. And the first Georgian experience will be a freshly made lunch in local family house. After which you will be transferred to the hotel for a long lazy and relaxing evening in the amazing natural surroundings. Overnight.

View on Sighnaghi and Alazani valley

Kakheti tour continued (Georgia)

Continue Kakheti tour. Numerous vineyards as well as both big and small wine producing facilities are biggest landmarks of the region. Arrive to the 5thcentury Zegaani monastery, nested in the middle of green oasis in the middle of Alazani valley.

Continue exploring the region by visiting local family producing wine of indigenous grape variety called Vakirula.  Next stop before driving to capital city Tbilisi will be the town called Sighnaghi, labeled recently as a “city of love”, mostly for the fact that one can register there their marriage 24/7. Previously a royal residence, Sighnaghi still surrounded by ancient city walls and currently one of the most popular travel destinations in Georgia.

Drive to Tbilisi, check-in to hotel.

Sighnaghi city walls entrance

Tbilisi city tour (Georgia)

Georgian capital city for many centuries of its existence was a place where people of all faiths, cultural and national backgrounds used to live together, making Tbilisi a contemporary metropolis filled with history and atmosphere of the rich and great past.

Your Azerbaijan, Georgia, Armenia tour will continue this day with the tour of old Tbilisi: at the Metekhi church and King Vakhtang monument you will listen to the Tbilisi founding legend, continue by cable car to ancient Narikala fortress, walk down to the “Legvtakhevi” (fig) gorge and Tbilisi waterfall, passing by the church and mosque. Tbilisi flea market experience will be followed by stroll through the renovated pedestrian alley and part of the “New Tiflis” major renovation project of Georgian capital.

And to make this day special – traditional Georgian welcome dinner will be attended.

Transfer to hotel.

Old Tbilisi and Narikala fortress

Free day – rest or self-exploration in Tbilisi (Georgia)

This day of the South Caucasus group tour is for you to spend on your own agenda.

Please kindly note that no guide and transport will be provided for this day.

Our suggestions for the day would be as follows:

  • Visit the Museum of Ethnography of Georgia – geographical, cultural and traditional replica of the country; the biggest open-air museum in Caucasus;
  • Visit one of the famous Sulphur Bath houses – legend has it that Tbilisi was founded at the source and because of the warm Sulphur water springs in the area;
  • Depending on specific areas of your interests we could suggest relevant site and/or activity for the day;
  • You can also choose one of our day tours in Georgia itineraries, which are not covered by this Caucasus tour.
Tbilisi Peace bridge

Tour to Kazbegi (Georgia)

Tour to Georgia would not be complete without a journey to Kazbegi, a small town close to the border with Russia. The tour itinerary for this day will start with the Jvari monastery, architectural gem of the Caucasus, located on top of the hill overlooking major Georgian highlights – its old capital town Mtskheta; famous two rivers merging point where Mtkvari river meets river Aragvi; and transport highway entering Tbilisi.

Another site worth making a stop on the way is Ananuri fortress – established in XVI century as a residence for local Dukes of Aragvi the complex is still a place that impresses all those passing by with its nobility and greatness.

Other attractions en route include exciting view of two small mountain rivers making one, and flowing side by side without mixing their colors for quite a distance; also a picturesque mountain landscape viewpoint followed by the “Cross” pass.

Arrive in Kazbegi, change a vehicle for 4-wheel-drive cars to get to Gergeti Holy Trinity church, nestled on top of one of the highest hills at 2170 meters above sea level.

Drive to mountain resort Gudauri for overnight. Transfer to hotel.

Ananuri fortress on Jinvali water reserve

Tour to Uplistsikhe and Mtskheta (Georgia)

After breakfast in the hotel start driving back towards Tbilisi with the stops in Uplistsikhe and Mtskheta on the way. From Gudauri in about 2-hour drive the group will arrive to the cave town Uplistsikhe – the magnificent remains of an ancient pagan settlement where all the houses used to be carved inside the rocks.

Continue your Caucasus tours’ Georgian part by visiting a local family’s private wine cellar for house wine tasting and homemade lunch.

After lunch arrive to Mtskheta, old capital town of ancient Georgia and one of the most important historical cities of the country. Visit the old town and its principal sight – Svetitskhoveli monastery. The name of the monastery means “living pillar” and it is widely believed that the place is a burial site of Jesus Christ’s mantle. Being one of the principal churches in Georgia, the monastery is also one of the most revered places in Caucasus.

Transfer to Tbilisi.

Uplistsikhe cave town in Georgia

Tour from Tbilisi to Yerevan (Armenia)

Check-out from your Tbilisi hotel in the morning and depart towards the border between Georgia and Armenia (about 1.5-hour drive). On the other side, you will be met by local guide and driver to start touring the last destination country of the Caucasus tour – Armenia.

The first Armenian site to visit is Haghpat monastery, the X century architectural monument and UNESCO World Heritage list member, in the region of Lori. The next attraction of the tour is what is called a Jewel of Armenia – lake Sevan, the largest freshwater alpine lake in Caucasus and Eurasian region. Total surface area of the lake is 1900 square miles which comprises a sixth part of Armenia.

Arrive to Sevanavank (Sevan monastery), ancient monastic complex which beautifully set in one of the coasts of lake Sevan and features two major churches – Surp Arakelots (Holy Apostles) and Surp Astvatsatsin (Holy Mother of God), founded in the year of 847 by Princess Mariam.

Another distinguishing feature of the site is a magnificent view that surrounds the place – snowy mountains everywhere your eyes could see.

Arrive in Yerevan, check-in to hotel.

Sevanavank monastery on lake Sevan in Armenia

Yerevan city tour (Armenia)

Sightseeing tour of Armenian capital is yet another exciting day of your travel to Caucasus. You will see how different it is from two previous capitals, especially with its colors – Yerevan has a distinguished color in its basic architecture (spoiler: it’s pink!).

This city tour will start with probably the most adventurous part – Cascade Monument. Interesting fact about this place is that it has 2780 stairs to walk up, exactly the number of years Yerevan has celebrated recently. Walking up these stairs does have its reward – a fascinating view over the city, with gorgeous Ararat mountain, central square of Republic, major city avenue and beautiful Opera theatre building – all in a magic full view.

And, as usual, the city tour of Armenian capital will complete with the national cuisine dinner and traditional folklore show.

Transfer to hotel.

Central square in Yerevan Armenia with fountains

Tour to Garni, Geghard and Etchmiadzin (Armenia)

Continue your group Azerbaijan, Georgia, Armenia tour with a following program:

In the morning leave Yerevan for the Armenian village called Garni with its principal highlight – ancient pagan fortress of the I century BC. Drive to Geghard, IV century medieval monastery partially carved out of the adjacent mountain, and yet another UNESCO World heritage list site.

Continue to the see of Vagharshapat and visit the Etchmiadzin Cathedral, known as “mother-church” of the Armenian Apostolic Church and residence of the Catholicos of All Armenians.

Drive back to Yerevan, transfer to hotel.

Garni temple visit in Armenia

Tour to Khor Virap, Areni and Noravank (Armenia)

After breakfast head to Khor Virap Monastery. According to the legend, St. Gregory the Illuminator, the Baptist of Armenia, had been kept in the basement here for 13 years for disseminating of Christianity until King Tradt decided to adopt the new religion. The monastery’s location allows you to enjoy the best views of Mount Ararat.

Drive to Noravank Complex situated on a ledge of a deep winding gorge. Noravank stands amidst the bizarrely shaped, precipitous red cliffs. Continue to Areni Cave complex, where in 2010, the earliest shoe in the world was found.

Depart back to Yerevan. On the way, stop in Areni, a town known for producing wine from pomegranate, apricots, and a variety of berries. Have wine and spirits tasting at Areni winery.

Arrive in Yerevan.

Azerbaijan Georgia Armenia tour picture from Areni in Armenia

Departure from Yerevan (Armenia)

Check-out from your hotel before 12 pm. Free time before transfer to the Airport.

END OF THE TOUR PROGRAM

Yerevan airport departure sign on the road

Tour Calendar

Start Date End Date Tour Status
July 5 July 19 9 places left
July 19 August 2 AVAILABLE
August 2 August 16 AVAILABLE
August 30 September 13 AVAILABLE
September 13 September 27 8 places left
September 20 October 4 AVAILABLE
October 11 October 25 9 places left
October 18 November 1 AVAILABLE
October 25 November 8 AVAILABLE
Start Date End Date Tour Status
March 14 March 28 AVAILABLE
April 11 April 25 AVAILABLE
May 16 May 30 AVAILABLE
June 20 July 4 AVAILABLE
July 11 July 25 AVAILABLE
August 1 August 15 AVAILABLE
August 22 September 5 AVAILABLE
September 5 September 19 AVAILABLE
September 12 September 26 AVAILABLE
September 19 October 3 AVAILABLE
September 26 October 10 AVAILABLE
October 3 October 17 AVAILABLE
October 24 November 7 AVAILABLE

Tour Map

Map of Azerbaijan Georgia and Armenia group tour

What to expect – in brief

Take the Azerbaijan, Georgia, Armenia small group tour and you will see how three countries are so close to each other and at the same time are so different. Beautiful nature, fascinating history, amazing architecture, ancient hospitality traditions, and unique cultural distinguishing features – this is the least you should expect from tour to Azerbaijan, Georgia and Armenia.

Small group escorted tour

This is a small group tour for up to 10 travelers at a time. So it will not feel too crowded and everybody will get the service and attention of our travel consultants and guides. The tour program also includes one free day in Georgia for travelers to explore Tbilisi on their own. Check this Azerbaijan, Georgia, Armenia tour itinerary in details below. Then choose the most suitable dates for your travel from the Tour calendar. And submit the tour request form. Looking forward to welcome you in the South Caucasus.

Accommodation Description

Standard accommodation is provided in comfortable Boutique-type hotels, based on Double or Twin room occupancy, breakfast included.

Single travelers requesting a separate room are subject to additional Single supplement charge. Please kindly add this information in comments section of the tour booking form.

 

Hotel front view        Hotel room view

Tour Price

US$ 2,890 / person

US$ 570 single supplement

Tour price includes:

  • Accommodation (Double or Twin room) in Boutique-type hotels with breakfast

  • English speaking guide service in each country

  • Sightseeing tour program

  • All transfers according to the program

  • Entrance tickets to sights mentioned in the tour program

  • Welcome dinners in Baku, Tbilisi and Yerevan

  • Wine tasting in Kakheti region, Georgia

  • Brandy tasting in Yerevan, Armenia

  • E-visa to Azerbaijan

Azerbaijan, Georgia and Armenia group tour FAQ

I’m interested in this tour. How do I secure my place?

Fill in our online tour request form, read and agree to our tour booking terms, let us know your preferred payment option of the tour deposit – 25% of total tour price. When your tour request form and deposit payment is received, we will confirm your place, by sending Tour Voucher, along with Traveler Check list form.

How difficult is this tour?

Tour program is quite intense. Therefore, travelers must be able to keep up with the pace of the tour and have a reasonable level of fitness. Most tour days have early morning beginnings, as well as some long-time journeys on the vehicle. There are locations to be visited that are on uneven ground, with some having deep and irregular steps. It is also important to consider that border crossings between Azerbaijan and Georgia, and between Georgia and Armenia will involve neutral territory crossing by foot, with your luggage. Distance to be covered is about 500-800 meters on both borders. Your own judgment is a best assistant in deciding how much you can do on this tour. A stick might be useful if you need additional support.

What type of vehicle is used on this tour?

We will employ three different vehicles in each country – local cars in Azerbaijan, Georgia and Armenia. Depending on final number of participants on each particular tour, relevant vehicle will be booked. For groups of up to two persons we will use standard sedan-type cars. For groups from 3 up to 4 people minivan-type passenger vehicles will be employed. For tours with 5 or more (up to 12) participants comfortable minibuses will be used. All our cars are clean, air-conditioned, in good technical condition. Mineral water and tissues are available throughout the tour in the vehicle.

What type of accommodation will be booked?

All tour participants will be accommodated in same hotels and guesthouses along the route. In capital cities of Azerbaijan, Georgia and Armenia comfortable boutique hotels will be booked. Whilst in rural areas of all three countries small private hotels, or family owned guest houses. All accommodation options are clean, comfortable, either air-conditioned or with portable fans installed. Please note that some of the rural hotels don’t have porter services and may also not have elevators. Our guides and drivers will surely be helping you with the luggage. But this is something to take a note of, anyway.

When is the best season to tour Azerbaijan, Georgia and Armenia?

South Caucasus region is an all-year round travel destination. For many reasons. But for this particular tour we would recommend joining anytime from mid-Spring up until mid-Autumn. Although, traveling in May will provide you with a different experience in terms of both weather and nature, than let’s say in September. It is difficult for us to say which time is better. It all really depends on your own preferences. You may let us know the best conditions you enjoy traveling and we will be happy to suggest exact season and dates when you could join this tour.

How much money should I carry during this tour?

On this particular journey you wouldn’t need much cash with you. And there are ATM’s available in most of the locations on this tour. You may consider spending on your meals that are not included into the tour price. Other than that, only a few costs may incur. Paying for local souvenirs, some journey memorabilia – are some additional costs that may incur. You may be interested in tipping your guides and drivers after journey in each country. So, carrying few hundred Dollars or Euros with yourself would be more than enough.

What is the average age of the tour participants?

The only age restriction we have on this tour is that solo travelers under the age of 21 are not allowed. As this tour involves many visits to wineries, brandy production places and includes tastings and samplings into the tour price.

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About South Caucasus

Azerbaijan, Georgia and Armenia, former Soviet Union countries are situated between the Caspian and Black Seas spanning Europe and Asia. Christian Georgia is about the same size as Ireland with a population of almost 4 million; predominantly Muslim Azerbaijan has a population of 10 million and is almost as big as Austria; while land locked Christian Armenia is a bit less of a size than Belgium, with a population of 3 million.

The South Caucasus region sits right in the heart of the emerging Eurasian supercontinent a massive market that makes up 70% of the population, 80% of energy resources and 45% of the GDP in the world. China and Central Asia is to the East, Turkey and Europe are to the West, Russia is to the North, and the Middle East to the South. The new Baku-Tbilisi-Kars Railway through this region was the missing trade link of the muchheralded middle corridor of the New Silk Road, which is a multimodal trade route that goes from China to Europe via Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Georgia and Turkey. Sixty eight countries in total have joined this initiative so far.

Azerbaijan is bounded by the Caspian Sea and Caucasus Mountains and its capital Baku is famed for its medieval walled Inner City. Georgia is home to Caucasus Mountain villages and Black Sea beaches. It’s famous for Vardzia, a sprawling cave monastery dating back to the 12th century and ancient winegrowing regions. Tbilisi the capital has mazelike cobblestone streets in its old town. Armenia, along with Georgia, is among the earliest Christian civilizations and is defined by religious sites including the GrecoRoman Temple of Garni and 4thcentury Etchmiadzin Cathedral. Khor Virap Monastery is a pilgrimage site near Mount Ararat, a dormant volcano just across the border in Turkey. Yerevan, Armenia’s capital is marked by grand Sovietera architecture.