Georgia & Azerbaijan 10 Nights and 11 Days

Package Based on 3 star hotel - Rates mentioned per person - Double sharing bases

 

Day 1:

Arrival to Tbilisi

After arriving at Tbilisi International Airport, once you collect all your luggage and go to the "Arrivals" section of the Airport, our "Meeter" will meet you at the Airport with your Company Logo and your Name written on it. She or He will escort you to the vehicle and take you to your hotel to check into your room and rest for a day to get on the jetlag and gather strength until the beginning of your adventure.

Day 2:

Tbilisi Complete Tour

The day after you have breakfast at your hotel you will meet the Driver and Guide in your hotel lobby and you will begin a Tour. The first place to visit will be Holy Trinity Cathedral, one of the largest orthodox cathedrals in the world. The tour continues to Metekhi church and the monument to King VakhtangGorgasali, the legendary founder of Tbilisi. Walk down to the Rike Park and Cross the Peace Bridge. Take cable car from Rike Park to Narikala Fortress to enjoy breathtaking panoramic views of the city and the statue of Mother Georgia standing above old Tbilisi. Walk down to Sulfur baths passing by the only mosque in Tbilisi. Stroll through the Meidan Square, full of narrow streets paved with cobble-stone and packed with cozy cafés, wine tasting bars, souvenir shops where you can breathe in the living past. Visit Zion Cathedral, Anchiskhati Basilica, and the famous RezoGabriadze Theater Clock Tower. Passing the Freedom square you will continue your way to Rustaveli Avenue, where you can admire local architectural monuments such as the Opera House, the Rustaveli Theater and the "Philharmonic" concert hall, as well as the first Gymnasium of Tbilisi and Kashueti Church, later you will head to the various parts of Tbilisi to visit the Chronicles of Georgia where you can see the pillars depicting images from Georgia's Past. Later you will drive back to the city center and head to Mtatsminda Park to ride the Funicular to the top of the mountain, where you can enjoy spectacular views of the entire city before heading back to your hotel to spend a night and refresh for the following day. and the clock tower of the famous RezoGabriadze Theater. Passing the Freedom square you will continue your way to Rustaveli Avenue, where you can admire local architectural monuments such as the Opera House, the Rustaveli Theater and the "Philharmonic" concert hall, as well as the first Gymnasium of Tbilisi and Kashueti Church, later you will head to the various parts of Tbilisi to visit the Chronicles of Georgia where you can see the pillars depicting images from Georgia's Past. Later you will drive back to the city center and head to Mtatsminda Park to ride the Funicular to the top of the mountain, where you can enjoy spectacular views of the entire city before heading back to your hotel to spend a night and refresh for the following day. and the clock tower of the famous RezoGabriadze Theater. Passing the Freedom square you will continue your way to Rustaveli Avenue, where you can admire local architectural monuments such as the Opera House, the Rustaveli Theater and the "Philharmonic" concert hall, as well as the first Gymnasium of Tbilisi and Kashueti Church, later you will head to the various parts of Tbilisi to visit the Chronicles of Georgia where you can see the pillars depicting images from Georgia's Past. Later you will drive back to the city center and head to Mtatsminda Park to ride the Funicular to the top of the mountain, where you can enjoy spectacular views of the entire city before heading back to your hotel to spend a night and refresh for the following day. where you can admire local architectural monuments such as the Opera House, the Rustaveli Theater and the "Philharmonic" concert hall, as well as the first Gymnasium of Tbilisi and Kashueti Church, later you will visit different parts of Tbilisi where you can visit the Chronicles of Georgia. see the pillars depicting images from Georgia's Past. Later you will drive back to the city center and head to Mtatsminda Park to ride the Funicular to the top of the mountain, where you can enjoy spectacular views of the entire city before heading back to your hotel to spend a night and refresh for the following day. where you can admire local architectural monuments such as the Opera House, the Rustaveli Theater and the "Philharmonic" concert hall, as well as the first Gymnasium of Tbilisi and Kashueti Church, later you will visit different parts of Tbilisi where you can visit the Chronicles of Georgia. see the pillars depicting images from Georgia's Past. Later you will drive back to the city center and head to Mtatsminda Park to ride the Funicular to the top of the mountain, where you can enjoy spectacular views of the entire city before heading back to your hotel to spend a night and refresh for the following day. later you will head to different parts of Tbilisi to visit Georgia Chronicles where you can see depicting pillars of images from Georgia's Past. Later you will drive back to the city center and head to Mtatsminda Park to ride the Funicular to the top of the mountain, where you can enjoy spectacular views of the entire city before heading back to your hotel to spend a night and refresh for the following day. later you will head to different parts of Tbilisi to visit Georgia Chronicles where you can see depicting pillars of images from Georgia's Past. Later you will drive back to the city center and head to Mtatsminda Park to ride the Funicular to the top of the mountain, where you can enjoy spectacular views of the entire city before heading back to your hotel to spend a night and refresh for the following day.

Day 3:

Ananuri and Kazbegi

After Having a Breakfast in your hotel, you will meet the Driver and Guide in your hotel lobby, the route will take over the Georgian Military Highway up North, towards the border with Russia. Your first stop will be Jhinvali Water reservoir created during the soviet era, promptly continuing to Ananuri complex, a former residence of Argveti Dukes. The complex features churches and towers dating back to the 16-17th centuries, beautifully overlooking the Jhinvali reservoir. Continue your drive to see the conjunction of two small mountain rivers famous for the fact that being different in color they still keep their own colors even after merge. Continuing on the way you will have a chance to taste the mineral mountain springs in Mleta after which you will drive over the Cross Pass to Gudauri Ski Resort, where you can enjoy the Winter Sports during winter or be more adventurous and experience Paragliding in every season with local professionals. Afterwards, We will then drive over the Cross Pass and make a short stop at the Soviet-era “People’s Friendship” mountain view point overlooking a deep gorge of Caucasus mountain range and on the way to Town of Stepantsminda (Kazbegi) we will pass by the beautiful Travertine in Kazbegi National Park. After arriving to Kazbegi, we will change our vehicle to a four-wheel drive car to reach Gergeti Holy Trinity Church located on altitude of 2170 meters, and enjoy breathtaking views of Mt Kazbegi before heading back to your hotel in Tbilisi

Day 4:

Bodbe and Sighnaghi

 

After Having a Breakfast in your hotel, you will meet the Driver and Guide in your hotel lobby, and depart towards the Kakheti region of Georgia, the cradle of Georgian winemaking.

Our first stop will be in Bodbe monastery complex functioning as a nunnery since 1889, which according to the legend is a burial place of St. Nino, who converted Georgia to Christianity in the 4th century. Continue to Sighnaghi, the city of love and the Royal Town, one of the crossroads of the Great Silk Road surrounded by defensive walls with 23 towers. After that, you will head to Kvareli - Khareba winery: Kvareli is a town in northeastern in Kakheti Province, Georgia. Located in Alazani Valley, this is the center of the Kakhetian wine producing region and is home to the unique “Winery Khareba” wine cellar, used for ageing wine. Special facilities were created around the wine tunnel, a big recreational park, which includes the river and old Qvevries, as well as a Georgian water mill, traditional Georgian bakery “Tone”, a Chacha (grappa) distilling facility, a traditional Georgian Marani (wine cellar) with the Satsnakheli (Georgian traditional wooden grape press) and other cultural sites. Here you can take part in any kind of activities and also taste more than 30 varieties of the best wine produced locally, before departing back to your hotel in Tbilisi.

Day 5:

Borjomi and Rabati

After Having a Breakfast in your hotel, you will meet the Driver and Guide in your hotel lobby, and hit the Highway to the western part of Georgia towards Borjomi National Park. Borjomi is a famous resort town, popular for its distinct mineral water. Borjomi has many hotels and was very popular in soviet times, of which you will still find many buildings in the city. Above the center of the city there lies a plateau with a Ferris wheel and further hotels, providing a great view over the region and mountains. After enjoying your time in the City Amusement Park, you will continue your road towards newly renovated Rabati Castle located in Akhaltsikhe. Originally the Castle was built in 9th Century but has been recently renovated and reopened for the visitors. The castle has been destroyed several times during its existence and finally it was completely rebuilt by Ottomans During the Great ottoman invasion in Georgia. This castle is also considered to be the symbol of tolerance and unity in Georgia since it always had shrines of 3 major religions, Christian, Muslin and Jewish standing side by side. Nowadays most of the surviving buildings date from the 17th and 18th centuries and stand proud over the highly fortified cliff.

After you enjoy the breathtaking nature of Borjomi and the Mysteries of Rabati Castle you will head back to your hotel in Tbilisi.

Day 6:

Mtskheta and Uplistsikhe

After Having a Breakfast in your hotel, you will meet the Driver and Guide in your hotel lobby, the tour starts with Jvari Monastery (6th - 7th cc), the most important religious center and an architectural masterpiece of mediaeval Georgia. Enjoy breathtaking view from the church that stands proud over the city of Mtskheta overseeing the merging of two of the biggest rivers in Georgia, Mtkvari (Kura) and Aragvi. Passing through the famous souvenir market, continue tour to the old Capital town of Georgia, - towards Svetitskhoveli Cathedral. After Mtskheta tour continues on the Highway to the western part of Georgia passing through the Town of Gori, and going to an ancient rock-hewn town in middle of Georgia, called – “Uplistsikhe”. Built on a high rocky left bank of the Mtkvari River, it contains various structures dating from the Early Iron Age to the Late Middle Ages, in translation from Georgian “Uplistsikhe” means the fortress if the god and it certainly has that vibe and feeling to it, since this town have been resided by hermit monks for centuries. After having a tour in these mysterious ancient sites, you will head back to Tbilisi.

A bit Earlier, before your Departure Flight the Driver will take you to the railway station for your Departure to Baku with a Night Train.

Day 7:

Baku City Tour

After Having a Breakfast in your hotel you will meet the Driver and Guide in your hotel lobby, and the tour will start with “IcheriSheher” [Old Town]. Firstly, you will visit Shirvanshah’s Palace, continuing to Maiden Tower, often referred to as GizGalasi; and Juma Mosque. Later you will continue your way to Heydar Aliyev Center, which is a unique architectural complex, also containing the Museum of Heydar Aliyev. Shortly after, you will continue your way to Baku’s Seaside Boulevard seeing famous “Little Venice” along the way.

After a short walk at a boulevard and a lunch break, you will continue your tour to Neftchilar Avenue reaching the Museum of Azebaijan Carpet and Applied Art, displaying Azerbaijani carpets and rug items of various weaving techniques and materials from various periods. It is named after Latif Karimov and has the largest collection of Azerbaijani carpets in the world. Later you will continue your way to National Flag Square, where the worlds biggest mounted flag in the world is flying proudly in the center.

You will finish this busy tour day with a Highland Park of Baku, which offers the incredible panoramic views of the whole city and the Caspian Sea, where you can see Baku with the Bird’s Eye view. Before heading back to your hotel, where you will rest before the following day.

Day 8:

Absheron Tour

After Having a Breakfast in your hotel you will meet the Driver and Guide in your hotel lobby, and you will start your tour with Interactive, open-air “Qala” Museum, founded in 2008 at an archaeological site located in the same-name village, is dedicated to the history of the Absheron Peninsula, where you can see how the Azerbaijani lived, what they ate and drank and how they managed a household over the period from the XVI to XIX centuries. After, you will continue your tour to the Zoroastrian Temple named “Ateshgakh”, translated as “The House/Place of Fire”. The area, surrounding the temple is known to the world due to its unique natural phenomenon - the burning of natural gas, which, once breaking onto the surface, lights up after contacting oxygen.

Afterwards, you will continue your way to Mardakan, where you can visit castles, watchtowers and keeps. These towers are parts of the general chain of towers and other fortresses over the Absheron peninsula. When enemies invaded, the tops of these towers were lit up to warn the population of the approaching danger.

Shortly after, you will have a lunch break in a local restaurant, and continue your tour to 12th Century Ramana Tower built during the Shirvanshahs’ reign, located in a village close to Baku. Shortly after, you will continue your way to one of the most famous and popular tourist places of the Azerbaijan - "eternal flame”, a mountain named “Yanardag”, with natural gas burning on its slope from ancient times.

After the day of excitement and history, you will be taken back to your Hotel.

Day 9:

Qobustan Tour

After Having a Breakfast in your hotel you will meet the Driver and Guide in your hotel lobby, and you will start your tour with open- air museum of petroglyphs Located around 60 kilometers from Baku. The State Historical-Artistic Reserve “Qobustan” is the site of ancient primitive people enlisted in the UNESCO’s World heritage Sites; you’ll see a lot of rock art pieces - petroglyphs. These rock paintings reflect the culture, economy, philosophy, customs and traditions of ancient people.

“Qobu” translated from Azerbaijani, means a ravine, narrow, hence Qobustan - the place of narrows and ravines. The rock paintings there were found in the 1930's, the exploration of the area is still in progress. Archaeologists found more than 6,000 drawings on 1,000 rocks, ancient dwellings - caves and sites, about 40 mounds and more than 100,000 artifacts. The oldest of the found images belong to the Mesolithic era. The petroglyphs of Gobustan can be regarded as a teaching aid narrating about the evolution of the man. The drawings made in the Mesolithic depict the hunt for mountain goat and ritual dancing with spears. The images of a later period, the first century AD, show the horse-mounted and on-foot hunting scenes as well as battle scenes, the scenes of collective labor, harvesting and women by the hearth. The pictures closer to the Middle Ages are smaller in size and more schematic.

Other images show boats with oarsmen, which proves that the early settlers were sailors. In addition to the remarkable ancient drawings there is a Latin inscription discovered at the foot of the Mount Boyuk-dash dating back the 1st century AD, which testifies to the presence of Roman legions near Baku.

After the day of excitement and history, you will be taken back to your Hotel.

Day 10:

Gabala Tour

After Having a Breakfast in your hotel you will meet the Driver and Guide in your hotel lobby, and you will start your road trip to Qabala. Between 3rd C. BC and 5th C. AD, there was the capital of the ancient state of Caucasian Albania – Kabala. The city was a major trade and craft center of Albania. Here was the residence of the kings, and after the adoption of Christianity in the IV. AD was the main religious center of the country.

Later, you will continue your trip to Nohur Lake, a manmade lake created after WWII to supply surrounding villages with water. Today it is a popular recreation spot consisting of a large tree-lined body of water reflecting the Greater Caucasus Mountains in its green-blue waters. In winter, the lake is gradually covered by thick ice, starting with the end of December, and reset ice cover occurs somewhere in late March. The thickness of the ice cover on the surface of the lake can reach 40-50 cm. Frozen water causes astonishing variety of patterns from bubbles to jagged lines.

Afterwards, you will continue your tour to Tufandaq Mountain, It is in the Main Caucasian Range. Its height is 4191 m. According to the local population, this name is often associated with severe winds, blizzards, and thunderstorms in the mountains. Here also you will see the longest teleferic of the world - Whether for skiing, or just for memorable summer views of the Alpine scenery behind Qabala, jump aboard the Tufandagnetwork of four cable cars.

Shortly after the tour, you will head back to Baku and be dropped of to the Hotel.

Day 11:

Departure from Baku

Depending on your flight schedule you will have breakfast at your hotel and Check-out from your hotel room, by 12:00 PM at Afternoon at the latest. You can leave your Luggage in your Hotel Lobby and roam around the city, buy souvenirs or spend your free time as you will. 3 Hours Early Before Your Departure Flight The driver will arrive at your hotel lobby, collect your luggage and take you to the Airport for your Departure Flight.

 

Arrival / Transfer from Airport to Hotel / Night Stay: Tbilisi

Tbilisi Complete City Tour / Night Stay: Tbilisi

Ananuri-Gudauri-Kazbegi Tour / Night Stay: Tbilisi

Bodbe - Sighnaghi - Kakheti Tour / Night Stay: Tbilisi 

Borjomi and Rabati Tour / Night Stay: Tbilisi

Mtskheta and Uplistsikhe Tour / Transfer / Night Train to Baku

Transfer from Baku Railway / Early Check-in / Baku Tour / NS: Baku

Absheron Tour / Night Stay: Baku

Qobustan Tour / Night Stay: Baku

Qabala Tour / Night Stay: Baku

Transfer from Hotel to Baku Airport / Departure

tour inclusions

Accommodation

Daily Breakfast

Private Vehicle Tours

English Speaking Guide

Airport-Hotel-Airport Transfers

Pick-up from hotel Before Tours

Drop-off to Hotel After Tours

Train Tbilisi-Baku- Tickets 

Exclusions:

Airfare

Lunch / dinner

Visa fee

Entry fees

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