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Caucasus – 16 days Guaranteed Departure Tour for 2016

(Armenia, Georgia, Azerbaijan)

Georgian wine and tamada, Armenian Churches and Caravanserais of Azerbaijan with oil boom city Baku what we offer for Caucasus Holiday. This tour to Caucasus is an amazing mixture of culture, architecture and cuisine.

    This holiday will be unique and everlasting sweat memory as Caucasus has lots to offer. The Caucasus is the place where wine was invented, where Noah landed his ship at foothills of Mount Ararat and the place where The Great Silk Road passed.

Tour price: 5776 Euro

 

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Day 1         …    – Tbilisi (Georgia)

Arrive in Tbilisi in the evening. Meet and greet by professional guide. Transfer to hotel. Dinner at local restaurant. Overnight at hotel in Tbilisi.

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Day 2     Tbilisi – Sadakhlo (10:30) - Haghpat – Sanahin – Yerevan (Georgia/Armenia) 

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After breakfast depart from the hotel and drive to Armenia border. Border formalities. Meeting with Armenian guide and driver and continue your tour to Haghpat monastery (11-13cc.). The construction of this monastery is associated with the glory of the Bagratuni Royal Family. Trip to the medieval Sanahin Monastery (10-13 cent.) Both monasteries belong to the UNESCO World Heritage site. Return to the Yerevan. Overnight in Yerevan. (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)

Day 3             Outskirts of Yerevan (Armenia)

Take a trip to architectural masterpiece of the ruins of Zvartnots Cathedral (translated as “Place of Angels”), where once a glorious cathedral stood, built in the 7th century. Visit the Echmiadzin Cathedral, the most ancient Christian temple in Armenia and the Holy See of the Armenian Apostolic Church.

Checkout the underground site of the pagan temple upon which the present cathedral stands. Next stop is in the medieval church St. Hripsime (7th century), which has an unique architechture style. Visit to Saghmosavank and Hovhanavank medieval monasteries, situated in the breathtaking site, at the deep canyon of Ashtarak. Tour to Fortress of Amberd, (9th century), 6 km from the village of Byurakan, stands halfway up Mt. Aragats, at the height of 2300m. Overnight in Yerevan.

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 Day 4             Yerevan – Garni – Geghard – Armenia (Armenia)

Visit to Garni - The pagan temple is one an outstanding monument of the Hellenistic culture in Armenia. The temple was built in the second half of the 1st century BC.

 Geghard – The names came from the legendary lance, supposedly the one used to pierce the body of Christ, which was long kept here. The main church - Katoghike is one of the oldest buildings in the complex. Visit the open air market Vernissage. Overnight in Yerevan.

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Day 5 Yerevan  (Armenia)

Tour the capital city of the Republic of Armenia will include visits to: Matenadaran – The Research Institute of Armenia which houses beautiful centuries old illuminated manuscripts created by scribes.

Then visit to the Genocide Museum with a memorial “Tsitsernakaberd” to the victims of armenian genocide. The next stop Is in the cognac factory ARARAT with a degustation of 3 sorts of armenian best cognac. Walking tour in Yerevan and visit of souvenir shops. Overnight in Yerevan.   (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner) Back to top

Day 6           Yerevan Khor Virap – Noravank Caravansary Sevan  (Armenia)

Visit Khor Virap - the site where St. Gregory the Illuminator was imprisoned by the Armenian king for preaching Christianity. You can climb down into the dark pit. Enjoy most spectacular view of the glorious Mt. Ararat.

Visit the monastery of Noravank (12th century). Noravank set in a canyon rich with rare flora. Then we can continue our tour to Areni wine factory. We will have an opportunity to taste Armenia’s finest wine in a village nearby. We continue our trip by Selim Pass in medieval Armenia. Visit the Caravansery which goes back to the 14th century. Overnight in Sevan.   (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner) 

Day 7        Sevan - Dilijan – Haghartsin – Goshavank - Sadakhlo – Tbilisi  (Armenia/Georgia)

  Then we continue our travel to the medieval Haghartsin Monastery. The Haghartsin refectory is very unique. There are number of very interesting khachkars (cross stones) in the Monastery. Visit the Monastery Goshavank. Goshavank is a 12-13th century Armenian monastery located in the village of Gosh in the Tavush Province or Armenia.

 

Today the monastery is not a functioning religious complex, although it remains as a popular tourist destination and has recently undergone some light restoration. The impressive monastery which has remained in relatively good condition also houses one of the world’s finest examples or a Khachkar. Transfer to Sadakhlo border. Change guide and driver and drive to Tbilisi hotel. Overnight in Tbilisi hotel.

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Day 8               Tbilisi Guadauri Kazbegi Tbilisi (Georgia)

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 Drive to Kazbegi at 7.30 am. A stunning drive from Gudauri along the Tergi River will bring us to Kazbegi – the main town in the region. On the way we pass Ananuri Castle and Jinvali water reservoir.

   En route stop and see different local hand made items (thick felt, embroidery, iconographic painting). From Kazbegi a leisurely 1.5 hour walk up through beautiful valleys and woodlands leads us to Gergeti Trinity Church located at 2170m. Weather permitting you may catch a glimpse of one of the highest glaciers in the Caucasus – Mt Kazbegi (5047m). We walk back to the town and before returning to Tbilisi drive to Dariali Gorge. Drive back to Tbilisi.    Overnight in Tbilisi hotel.

 

Day 9                         Tbilisi Baku  (Georgia/Azerbaijan)

 

You will have check out at 12:00 today. You can leave your luggage at the hotel reception. Your driver will pick you up from the hotel 2 hour before departure and he will bring the passports for those who are applying for Azerbaijan visa in Tbilisi.

 After your arrival to Baku, driver will transfer you to Baku hotel. Those who will take flight will need to book extra night in Baku*; those who will take train will overnight in train. It arrives to Baku at 10:05 next morning.

*Price for DBL room 80 EUR and SGL room 65 EUR

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Day 10               Baku Old City (Azerbaijan)

Today you start your tour at 12:00. Excursion to "Icheri sheher" - the inner city. Visit to Shirvanshakhs Palace, the symbol of Baku city The Maiden Tower.

More than 1300 families are still living in Icheri Sheher.

In a word it is an ancient city in the modern city. Evening walk along the central streets of the city and updated fountain square, shopping. Overnight in Baku hotel.

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Day 11              Baku – Gobustan – Absheron Peninsula (Azerbaijan)

Excursion to art- historical reserve Gobustan, where the petroglyphs, barrows and housing objects have been remained which are dated from X – VIII centuries B.C. up to mediviels . The visiting of Gobustan will transfer you to another world, the world of the past mankind and will let you to feel the atmosphere of the thousand-year history of this place. Visiting the temple of the fire worshippers

 

Excursion to Yanar Dag. The territory of this temple is known for unique nature phenomenon.   You can see ever burning gas on the rock which named to the Yanar Dag reserve the burning rock.  Overnight in Baku hotel. (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)                                                                   Back to top

Day 12             Baku Shmakhy Lahij Sheki (Azerbaijan)

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After breakfast drive to Shamakhy district. Visit the town of Shamakhy, Diri Baba Tomb and Yeddi Gumbez. Than drive to Lahij village in Ismayilly district. More than 2,000 people living in Lahij are involved in ancient crafts such as copper engarving and carpet weaving. In the mid-19th century, there were more than 200 workshops in Lahij.

 
Stop at a copper workshop see coppersmiths on the process of decorating plates, trays, jugs and etc., just as their ancestors have done for centuries. Overnight in Sheki hotel
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Day 13       Sheki – Lagodekhi border – Kvareli – Gremi – Telavi (Azerbaijan/Georgia)

Sheki is one of the most famous and ancient places of Azerbaijan. This ancient city was long famed as a silk center and an important city on the Great Silk Route. We’ll start our Sheki tour from visiting the 18th century Khan's summer palace with magnificent frescos and exquisite stained glass work. Sheki History museum is famous with artifacts from several periods.

Drive to Azerbaijan Georgia border in Lagodekhi. Border formalities, transport and guide change. Drive to Kvareli. We will visit wine cellar called “Gvirabi”- tunnel. The next spot is Gremi Monastery the 16th century architectural monument – the royal citadel and the Church of the Archangels – in Kakheti. Afterwards we drive to Telavi. Overnight in Telavi hotel. Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner) Back to top

Day 14          Telavi Tsinandali Signagi Gareji Tbilisi (Georgia)

 Visit house museum of Prince Aleksandre Chavchavadze, with beautiful garden and wine cellar, where we will taste 5 sorts of wine. Afterwards drive to Signagi. On the way visit Bodbe monastery of St. Nino.  Signagi city tour and after having lunch drive to David Gareji.

David Gareji is one of the biggest landmarks of Georgia. The dozens of cave monasteries decorated with unique frescoes are the best examples of harmonious interaction of man-made structures with the dramatic landscape. In the evening drive back to Tbilisi. Overnight in Tbilisi hotel.

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Day 15               Tbilisi – Mtskheta tour  (Georgia)

Drive to Mtskheta (UNESCO Heritage Site), an ancient capital of the Georgian Kingdom from the 3rd century BC to the 5th century AD. Visit Jvari Monastery (6th c.) and Svetitskhoveli Cathedral built in the 11th century. Drive back to Tbilisi. We will visit the Old Tbilisi Sulfur Baths, Georgian Orthodox and Armenian Gregorian churches, and a Jewish synagogue and a Turkish mosque side by side, reflecting Tbilisi's acceptance and tolerance of different religions.

You can also visit recent monuments, the Tbilisi Sameba Cathedral, the largest cathedral in the Caucasus. Tour includes following sights: Metekhi Church, Darejani Palace ,The Sulfur Baths ,The Orthodox Narikala St. Nikolas Church, Narikala fortress, 13th century Armenian St. George Church and a Jewish synagogue,  Sioni Church,  Shardeni Street, Anchiskhati church - the oldest church in Tbilisi keeping the miraculous icon of Jesus Christ.

Finally the tour takes you to Rustaveli Avenue, where attractions such as the Tbilisi Opera and Ballet Theatre, the Parliament, Rustaveli Theatre, different art galleries and cafes will draw your attention and provide a cosmopolitan atmosphere. Visit national museum to see wonderful Golden treasury and drive to Open Air Ethnographic Museum, place, where are built all kinds of Georgian national old country-houses and castles. 20:00 folk dinner at National restaurant in Tbilisi. Overnight in Tbilisi hotel. (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner) Back to top

Day 16  Tbilisi (Georgia)

Breakfast at hotel. Transfer to airport for international flight back home.  

End of tour

 

Tour price:   5776 Euro (for 1 person on SGL) 

10% discount will be applied if there are 2-3 travelers (on TWN/DBL)

15% discount will be applied if there are 4-5 travelers (on TWN/DBL)

 

Single supplement*:

*Single supplement ( Extra charge which will be applied against those who stay in SGL room)

Hotels of holiday:

Tbilisi

Astoria Palace 3* or similar

Yerevan

Hrazdan 3* or similar

Sevan

Bohemian resort or similar

Baku

Araz 3* or similar

Sheki

Caravansaray 3* or similar

Telavi

Alazany valley 3* or similar

 

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Hotel Accommodation (TWN/DBL room sharing)

14 Breakfasts and 1 dinner with folk program on day 14

Bottled water (1 lt per person per day)

All Land Transfers by private A/C vehicle

Accompany of guide/escort

Escort Guided and sightseeing

Entrance Fees

2 wine tastings in Kvareli (3 sorts of wine) and Tsinandali (5 sorts of wine)

Souvenir from company

 

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Flights
Train fares
Accommodation on day 8

Jeeps in Kazbegi

Any extra expenses in hotels

Video and photo camera charges

Tips in hotels, to the guides and driver
Travel insurance

 

Guaranteed departure dates of the holiday:

Begin

End

4th of each month

19th of each month

 

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By Dilshod Eshmurodov