South Caucasus scheduled group tour 2019-2020
AZERBAIJAN, GEORGIA, ARMENIA | 15 Days
Comprehensive South Caucasus scheduled group tour 2019 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 both 2019 and 2020. Our travelers named this tour back in 2018 – the best offer found online. Meaning that it is impossible to find the same value program for the same price.
What to expect – in brief
Take our “South Caucasus scheduled 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 12 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 the Caucasus 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.
|Start Date||End Date||Tour Status|
|March 24||April 7||FINISHED|
|April 21||May 5||FINISHED|
|May 19||June 2||FINISHED|
|June 16||June 30||FINISHED|
|July 14||July 28||FINISHED|
|August 11||August 25||FINISHED|
|August 25||September 8||FINISHED|
|September 8||September 22||Running Now|
|October 6||October 20||AVAILABLE|
|November 3||November 17||AVAILABLE|
|Start Date||End Date||Tour Status|
|March 22||April 5||AVAILABLE|
|April 12||April 24||AVAILABLE|
|May 3||May 17||AVAILABLE|
|May 24||June 7||AVAILABLE|
|June 14||June 28||AVAILABLE|
|July 5||July 19||AVAILABLE|
|July 19||August 2||AVAILABLE|
|August 2||August 16||AVAILABLE|
|August 16||August 30||AVAILABLE|
|August 30||September 13||AVAILABLE|
|September 6||September 20||AVAILABLE|
|September 13||September 27||AVAILABLE|
|September 20||October 4||AVAILABLE|
|September 27||October 11||AVAILABLE|
|October 4||October 18||AVAILABLE|
|October 11||October 25||AVAILABLE|
|October 18||November 1||AVAILABLE|
|October 25||November 8||AVAILABLE|
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 South Caucasus travel 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Tour to Garni, Geghard and Etchmiadzin (Armenia)
Continue your group Caucasus 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.
Tour to Amberd, Karmravor and Oshakan (Armenia)
After breakfast continue exploring Armenia by driving to Amberd – rare historical site that survived and reached us in a good condition from the 7-th century. Some say that it was built in the 11-13th centuries, attributing it to the near located church. Amberd means ‘fortress in the clouds’; the name is due to its location 2300 meters above sea level. Then continue the tour to Karmravor – the most well-known historical site of Ashtarak constructed in the 7th century from large square stone blocks. A small cross-shaped church has a porch facade. The legend says that the name of the church symbolizes dress colours of three sisters who committed suicide after falling in love with one man. The final stop of the day is Oshakan, which is known as a burial place of the father of the Armenian alphabet Saint Mesrop Mashtots. A cathedral named after him houses his grave which was rebuilt by Catholicos George IV in 1875. Drive back to Yerevan.
Departure from Yerevan (Armenia)
Check-out from your hotel before 12 pm. Free time before transfer to the Airport.
END OF THE TOUR PROGRAM
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.
Tour price includes:
Accommodation (Double or Twin room) in Boutique-type Hotel 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