Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan Tour | Pyala Travel - Travel Program

Travel to Azerbaijan, Georgia and Armenia on this private Trans Caucasus tour, together with Pyala Travel.

Trans Caucasus Tour

private tour

Trip to Azerbaijan, Georgia, Armenia

On this tour to Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan you will travel in the Great and Lesser Caucasus Mountains, From the Caspian till the Black Sea, in the Christian and Muslim countries.

from 1655,-
14 days

Trans Caucasus Tour
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Day 1: Arrival in Baku
Upon arrival in Baku today, you will be met by Pyala Travel driver and transferred to your hotel. Overnight at hotel in Baku
Day 2: Baku - Gobustan - Baku
After breakfast we will leave Baku for Gobustan Historical Reserve (65 km far). The reserve is well known with its perfectly preserved rock paintings - petroglyphs - a kind of artistic "archive" of human evolution on the Earth. In 2007 Gobustan was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. After, your walking tour of Baku includes the medieval walled city "Icheri Sheher" with it is narrow alleyways, historic caravanserais, mosques and we have a visit of the Palace of the Shirvan Shahs, UNESCO Heritage site. Visit the Maiden`s Tower, UNESCO Heritage site the imposing mansions of the oil barons, built in the oil boom of 1870-1914 and Martyr`s with its superb views over the Bay of Baku. Visit Muhammed Mosque (external) and Djuma Mosque (also external). We will have a free time to visit carpet shops.
Day 3: Baku – Shemaka – Sheki
Leaving Baku behind us, our journey takes us through beautiful landscapes on the way to Shemakha. Upon arrival in Shemakha we will have a sightseeing of historical Djuma Mosque (10th century, reconstructed in the 19th century, the oldest and largest mosque in Azerbaijan). Also we will visit the mausoleum of Diri Baba. After breakfast we will visit on of particular interest to the tourists from all over the world - the Palace of Sheki Khans (1762) – a rare example of combining the national and palace architecture traditions. There were many caravanserais in Sheki, which was famous for its trade. Two of them are still here today; the Upper and the Lower Caravanserais, both built in the 18th century. Also we will drive to Kish village located near Sheki. Kish, one of the oldest villages in the territory of the present Azerbaijan is well-known with its unique architectural monument, a temple from the period of the Caucasian Albania. Overnight at hotel in Sheki.
Day 4: Sheki – Azerbaijan-Georgia border (Lagodekhi) – Kvareli
Meet at the Lagodekhi border and after changing the transport drive to Georgia. Arrive in Kvareli. For lunch we drive to local farmer’s house. Lunch with homemade dishes. Here we will also learn about Georgia`s rural life and feast traditions. Overnight in Kvareli  in a hotel.
Day 5: Kvareli – Mtskheta – Stepantsminda
We drive to visit the ancient capital and religious centre of Georgia – Mtskheta (3000 years old) and see its historical places: Jvari church (6th century) and Svetitskhoveli Cathedral (11th century) where the Robe of Christ is buried. Both Jvari and Svetitskhoveli are UNESCO World Heritage sites. Then, we drive up the famous Georgian Military Highway (leading to the Georgian-Russian border). On the way visit Ananuri architectural complex (17th century), the two churches and the fortress overlook the Zhinvali water reservoir. The carvings on the churches are one of the best samples of the Georgian art. The drive is very scenic through high Caucasus Mountains. Arrive in Stepantsminda. Overnight at a hotel in Stepantsminda.
Day 6: Stepantsminda-Gergeti Church-Stepantsminda
From Stepantsminda a 1.5 hour walk up through beautiful valleys and woodland 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). Overnight in Stepantsminda in a hotel. ?? 470m (walking time 2,5hours)
Day 7: Stepantsminda-Gori-Uplistsikhe-Kutaisi
In the morning we will drive to visit the town of Gori – the heart of Kartli region and its historical places: Uplistsikhe Cave Town (1st millennium BC), that’s the place where the Great Silk Road used to pass. Photo stop near Stalin’s museum. Then drive to Kutaisi. Dinner and overnight in Kutaisi in a family hotel.
Day 8: Kutaisi – Tbilisi
In the morning visit farmers market in Kutaisi. Then visit  Gelati Cathedral (12th century) – one of the earliest academies in Europe (UNESCO World heritage site), and the splendid Bagrati Cathedral (11th century). Later, Drive to Tbilisi. Overnight at the hotel in Tbilisi.
Day 9: Tbilisi – Sadakhlo(border) – Hagpat
In the morning free time in Tbilisi.

In the afternoon, drive to Georgian-Armenian border. Check point Sadakhlo. Change transport and continue trip to Armenia. (B/-/-) Start your acquaintance with Armenia. Extend to Akhtala village, which is famous for its nature. Visit the Monastery and fortress there. Drive to the monastic complex of Haghpat (976 AD) which is among the outstanding works of medieval Armenian architecture and is inscribed in UNESCO World Heritage list. The complex used to be an educational center of the middle ages were the majority of Armenian scholars and scientists get their background education. Overnight at the hotel in Haghpat.
Day 10: Haghpat-Sanahin-Dilijan-Lake Sevan
After breakfast at the hotel visit Sanahin Monastery.  The name Sanahin literally translates from Armenian as "this one is older than that one", presumably representing a claim to having an older monastery than the neighboring Haghpat Monastery. The two villages and their monasteries are similar in many ways, and lie in plain view of each other on a dissected plateau formation, separated by a deep "crack" formed by a small river flowing into the Debed river. The monastery is inscribed in UNESCO World Heritage list. Extend to a resort town of Dilijan often referred to as the “Little Switzerland of Armenia’’. Short city tour at the Old Town. Home to numerous Armenian artists, composers and filmmakers, the town features some traditional Armenian architecture. Tour to the high-mountainous Lake Sevan – the emerald of Armenia-famous resort. Sevan Lake is the second largest alpine freshwater lake in the world and the biggest in the Caucasus. Sightseeing in Sevan peninsula with Sevan Monastery (8-9 cc). Overnight at the hotel in Sevan.
Day 11: Sevan-Garni-Geghard-Yerevan
After breakfast drive to the village of Garni. The citadel and pagan temple of Garni is a picturesque monument of the Hellenistic period and an impressive piece of ancient Armenian architecture. Northeast of Garni, higher up the gorge of the Azat River, there is a magnificent monument of medieval Armenian architecture - Geghard monastery inscribed in UNESCO World Heritage list. Geghard is another incredible ancient Armenian monastery, partly carved out of a mountain. Drive to the capital of Armenia- Yerevan. Overnight at the hotel in Yerevan.
Day 12: Yerevan
After breakfast start city tour around Yerevan. Sightseeing of Republic Square, Opera House, Swan Lake, Cascade Complex, an open-air modern art museum with famous exhibits. Climbing the huge stair, you will get to Victory Park from where it opens a unique view of the city. Continue to Memorial park to the victims of Armenian Genocide in the 20th Century.  Armenian History Museum, where the important archaeological collection from Stone Age through Medieval periods are kept, also the world`s oldest leather shoe, stunningly preserved (closed on Monday). Visit Local Market where you can taste traditional Armenian cheeses, fruit, vegetables, bread, dried and candied fruit, spices and nuts. Overnight in Yerevan.
Day 13 Yerevan-Khor Virap-Areni cave-Noravank-Yerevan
Sightseeing tour to Khor-Virap monastery the importance of which is connected with Gregory the Illuminator, who introduced Christianity to Armenia. It is a wonderful masterpiece situated on top of a hill. It is a pilgrimage place where every year a lot of tourists and native people visit. It looks like a castle where everybody has the hint to sit and dream while admiring the beauty of the church. The highlight is the best view to the biblical Mt. Ararat. Continue tour to Noravank monastery-religious and cultural center of 13th c. It is situated in a narrow gorge which is known for its’ tall, sheer, brick red cliffs, directly across from the monastery. The beauty of this monastery is appreciated by thousands of visitors not only because of its’ architecture and history, but for its harmony with surrounding fabulous nature. On the way back visit Areni cave, where the archeologists found the early known leather shoe and a winery. Drive back to the capital city. Overnight in Yerevan.
Day 14 Departure
Transfer to the aiport and departure.

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