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    The South Caucasus comprises three unique, yet interconnected Countries: Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan. The history of Orthodox Christian Georgia, Gregorian Christian Armenia and Muslim Azerbaijan is blend in centuries
    of friendship and battle for survival. Still each country is unique with its own distinct customs, traditions and religion.
    The Caucasus boasts the evidence of flourishing culture with impressive architectural monuments, archaeological and pagan sites, monastic jewels and centuries old mosques, nature sites, National parks as well as cities
    steeped in a long history of Soviet, Christian, pagan and Arab cultures.

    Day 1.
    Arrival to Baku. Transfer to the hotel«
    Overnight in Baku

    Day 2.
    Baku Old City & Absheron Peninsula tour (touring distance ≈ 50 km)
    9:00 Baku City Tour: Shirvanshah’s Palace 1 , Maidan Tower 2 , ‘Ateshgah’ 3 , Carpet Museum 4
    13:00 Lunch. Drive to Absheron Peninsula. Visit the Burning mountain ‘Yanar Dag’, Mardakan Castle,
    Ramana Castle 5
    20:00 Dinner«
    Overnight in Baku

    Day 3.
    Baku - Gobustan - Shamakhi - Sheki (touring distance ≈ 350 km)
    9:00 Drive to Gobustan. Visit Gobustan National Park 6 . Drive to Shamakhi. Visiting Diribaba Mausoleum
    13:00 Lunch.
    Visit Juma-Mosque (Friday Mosque) 7 of Shamakhi city
    Visit Seven Domes - the complex of tombs built for Shirvan’s royal family in 18th c. Drive to Sheki.
    20:00 Dinner«
    Overnight in Sheki

    Day 4.
    Sheki - Lagodekhi Border - Tbilisi (touring distance ≈ 320 km)
    9:00 Visit Sheki Khan’s Palace 8
    12:00 Lunch. Drive to Lagodekhi Border
    Visit Gremi Architectural Complex (16th -17th cc.) 9
    Drive to Tbilisi
    20:00 Dinner«
    Overnight in Tbilisi

    Day 5.
    Half Day Tbilisi City Tour (touring distance ≈ 50 km)
    10:00 Tbilisi Sightseeing tour . Sights to visit: Old City 10 , Metekhi Church 11 , Narikala Fortress 12 ,
    ‘Abanotubani’ - Sulphur bath district 13 , Sioni Cathedral , Anchiskhati Basilica 14 , Rustaveli Avenue
    13:00 Lunch«
    Free time. Suggested places to visit: National Museum of Georgia«, Open Air Ethnographic Museum«
    20:00 Dinner
    Overnight in Tbilisi

    Day 6.
    Round trip to Wine Region – Kakheti (touring distance ≈ 380 km)
    09:00 Drive to Kakheti region.
    Visit: Bodbe Nunnery 15 , Sighnaghi ‘City of Love’ 16
    13:00 Lunch and wine tasting at the local winery 17
    Visit Tsinandali Family Estate 18
    20:00 Dinner«. Drive to Tbilisi
    Overnight in Tbilisi

    Day 7.
    From Tbilisi to Khevi Province (touring distance ≈ 205 km)
    09:00 Drive to Mtskheta. Sights to visit: Jvari Monastery 19 , Svetitskhoveli Cathedral 20
    13:00 Lunch«
    Drive along Georgian Military Highway and visit Ananuri Architectural complex 21
    20:00 Dinner at the hotel
    Overnight in Gudauri

    Day 8.
    Explore the Greater Caucasus Mountains (touring distance ≈ 65 km)
    9:00 Drive to Stepantsminda.
    Hike up to Gergeti Trinity Church 22 – app. 3hrs. hiking (or by 4WD vehicle«)
    13:00 Lunch«
    Drive back to Gudauri
    20:00 Dinner at the hotel
    Overnight in Gudauri

    Day 9.
    Trip to the oldest urban settlement in Georgia (touring distance ≈ 450 km)
    09:00 Drive to Uplistsikhe. Explore Uplistsikhe rock-hewn town 23
    13:00 Lunch
    Visit Stalin’s Museum and the house, where Stalin, the leader of Soviet Union, was born
    Drive to Akhaltsikhe via Borjomi. Visit Borjomi Park to taste famous Borjomi mineral water
    20:00 Dinner«
    Overnight in Akhaltsikhe

    Day 10.
    Akhaltsikhe – Vardzia – Yerevan (touring distance ≈ 320 km)
    09:00 Drive to Vardzia, explore Vardzia Cave Complex 24
    13:00 Lunch«
    Photo stop at Khertvisi Fortress. 25 Drive to Yerevan
    20:00 Dinner
    Overnight in Yerevan

    Day 11.
    Yerevan - Echmiadzin - Yerevan (touring distance ≈ 50 km)
    9:00 Drive to Echmiadzin
    Visit Etchmiadzine Cathedral 29 - The UNESCO World Heritage Sight
    13:00 Lunch
    14:00 Yerevan city Tour. Visit of Matenadaran Museum 30 and Tsitsernakaberd – the memorial complex
    dedicated to the victims of the Great Armenian Genocide.
    20:00 Dinner *
    Overnight in Yerevan

    Day 12.
    Yerevan - Garni - Geghard - Khor Virap - Yerevan (touring distance ≈ 150 km)
    10:00 Visit Garni Hellenistic temple 31 and Geghard Monastery 32 - the UNESCO World Heritage Sights
    13:00 Lunch
    Visit Khor-Virap 33 - “Deep Dungeon”, one of the holiest sites in Armenia,
    20:00 Dinner *
    Overnight in Yerevan

    Day 13.
    Yerevan - Sevan - Sadakhlo - Tbilisi (touring distance ≈ 280 km)
    9:00 Drive to Lake Sevan 34 , one of the largest high-altitude lakes in the world.
    Visit Sevan Monastery 35
    13:00 Lunch
    Drive to Alaverdi
    Visit Haghpat Monastery. 36 Drive to Tbilisi
    20:00 Dinner *
    Overnight in Tbilisi

    Day 14.
    Departure from Tbilisi. Transfer to the airport«

    « Not included services - All services mentioned in the itineraries, but marked with « are provided on supplementary basis - can be purchased on
    spot or booked in advance upon request.