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Duration: 10 days/ 9 nights
Location: Armenia/ Georgia/ Azerbajan
Price: 1,576 EUR
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Armenia, Georgia & Azerbaijan Short Break Tour

 

Day 1

  • Arrival in Yerevan, transfer to the hotel
  • City tour around Yerevan which was founded in 782 B.C.
  • Stop at Matenadaran – research institute and museum as well as the repository of ancient manuscripts
  • Trip to the Genocide Memorial, a solemn reminder of the first genocide of the 20th century
  • Day 1 detailed ( click to open )

    Yerevan City Tour – Matenadaran – Genocide Memorial

    After your arrival at the airport, you will be transferred to the hotel in Yerevan and checked in. On your first day you will have a city tour around Yerevan, the ancient capital of Armenia, which was founded in 782 B.C. Armenians are proud that Yerevan is 29 years older than Rome. During the city tour, you will walk around the center of the city and visit Cascade, Opera and Ballet Theater, Mashtots Avenue, and the Republic Square. The tour also includes a visit to Matenadaran Museum, a repository of one of the richest manuscript collections in the world. The trip will continue to the Genocide Memorial – a solemn reminder of the first genocide of the 20th century.

    Overnight: Hotel in Yerevan

    Duration: 6 hours (40 km)

Day 2

  • Drive to the Holy See of Etchmiadzin, the religious center of all Armenians around the world
  • Visit to the first Christian Church in the world
  • Excursion to the scenic Azat River Canyon to Geghard Cave Monastery (UNESCO World Heritage Site)
  • Short trip to Garni village and stop at Hellenistic Garni temple(77 AD)
  • Day 2 detailed ( click to open )

    Etchmiadzin Cathedral – Garni Pagan Temple – Geghard Cave Monastery

    A short morning drive will take you to Etchmiadzin town – the religious center of all Armenians around the world. Here – after the adoption of Christianity in 301 AD – was built the first Christian temple in the world – Etchmiadzin Cathedral. It is the seat of the Supreme Patriarch of the Catholicos of all Armenians. The cathedral keeps an important religious relic – the Holy Lance spear. In 2000 Etchmiadzin Cathedral was listed as a UNESCO site. You’ll see the ruins of Zvartnots temple (7th century, UNESCO World Heritage Site), that was a miracle of its time. This day you will also have a 1-hour drive to the Canyon of Azat River. Our destination is Geghard Monastery. This unique monastery is carved into nearby rocks and the surrounding cliffs compose a great part of it. In 2000 it became a UNESCO heritage site. The trip leads us to Garni village, well known for its Garni temple – the only surviving example of Hellenistic architecture in the region.

    Overnight: Hotel in Yerevan 

    Meals: Breakfast

Day 3

  • Head to Khor Virap Monastery located at the foot of Mount Ararat
  • Drive through the spectacular narrow canyon to the valley of red rocks where is located Noravank Monastery
  • Drive back to Yerevan
  • Day 3 detailed ( click to open )

    Khor Virap – Noravank Monastery – Yerevan

    The day will start with a trip to Ararat Province where proudly stands one of the holiest sites in Armenia – Khor Virap Monastery. You will hike up a small hill to discover the monastery and enjoy the breathtaking view on Biblical Mount Ararat. The tour will continue through a narrow canyon to the valley of red rocks, right where Noravank Monastery is located – built in the 13th century it is a masterpiece of Armenian architect Momik. On the territory of the monastery, amazing khachkars are scattered all around – crosstones designed by Momik.

    Overnight: Hotel in Yerevan

    Meals: Breakfast

    Duration: 8 hours (260 km)

Day 4

  • Head to Lake Sevan, the “blue pearl of Armenia” and one of the highest freshwater lakes in the world
  • Tour around Sanahin and Haghpat Monasteries, both listed in the UNESCO World Heritage List
  • Ride to the Armenian-Georgian border
  • Head to Tbilisi, check in at the hotel
  • Day 4 detailed ( click to open )

    Lake Sevan – Sanahin Monastery – Haghpat Monastery – Armenia-Georgia border – Tbilisi

    After breakfast, you will start your day to the North. Gegharkunik Province is best known for amazing Lake Sevan. It is one is highest freshwater lakes in the world located at an altitude of 1900 meters above the sea level. We continue our trip further north to Lori Province. Here we have a stop at the cozy resort town of Dilijan known for its arts and crafts as well as picturesque lush nature and healing air. After an excursion to the medieval monasteries of Sanahin and Haghpat both listed as UNESCO objects the tour will continue to the Armenian-Georgian border. Having passed the customs another 3-hour drive to Tbilisi takes us to the capital of Georgia.

    Overnight: Hotel in Tbilisi  

    Meals: Breakfast

Day 5

  • Drive to Mtskheta – the ancient capital of Kartli-Iberia Kingdom, the religious center of Georgia
  • Visit to Svetitskhoveli cathedral of the 11th century
  • Tour to Jvari Monastery dating back to the 6th century
  • City tour around Tbilisi, famous for its turbulent history, elegant and remarkable architecture
  • Tour to Armenian Church, Jewish Synagogue, and Turkish Mosque
  • Walk from Sulfur Baths located in the city center up to Narikala Fortress
  • Day 5 detailed ( click to open )

    Mtskheta – Tbilisi City Tour

    After breakfast head to Mtskheta which was the first capital of Georgia from the 3rd century BC to the 5th century AD. The town is considered the religious center of Georgia. Our excursion will start with the visit to the Cathedral of the 11th century – Svetitskhoveli. The next stop – Jvari Temple located at the top of the hill which offers a fascinating view of the confluence of two rivers Kura and Aragvi. After your return to Tbilisi, we’ll continue with a city tour including an in-depth exploration of the old town, cable car trip to Narikala Fortress, a visit to the Bridge of Peace and Armenian Church, Jewish Synagogue and Turkish Mosque.

    Overnight: Hotel in Tbilisi 

    Meals: Breakfast

    Duration: 8 hours (80 km)

Day 6

  • Morning drive to eastern Georgia, to the Kakheti wine producing area
  • Drive to Sighnaghi – the royal town of the 18th century
  • Stroll through tiny and cozy streets of Sighnaghi and enjoy an amazing view of Alazani Valley
  • Visit to the local winery “Pheasant’s Tears” and degustation of Georgian traditional wine
  • Trip to David-Gareja semi-deserted area and monastery complex founded in 6th century by father David
  • Day 6 detailed ( click to open )

    Sighnaghi – Winery “Pheasant’s Tears” – David-Gareja semi-deserted area

    In the morning you will drive to the east of the country, to Kakheti – the main winemaking region of Georgia. A pleasant time is waiting for you in Sighnaghi – a royal town founded by the king Erekle II in the 18th century. Strolling around the tiny streets you will enjoy the local architecture and atmosphere. In the local winery “Pheasant’s Tears” you will have a tour and degustation of Georgian traditional local wine. The day ends with a trip to David-Gareja semi-deserted area and monastery complex founded in 6th century by father David.

    Overnight: Hotel in Sighnaghi  

    Meals: Breakfast

    Duration: 9 hours (230 km)

Day 7

  • Transfer to Georgian-Azerbaijan border
  • Departure to Sheki city
  • Sightseeing tour around Sheki
  • Visit to the Museum of carpets
  • Visit to Sheki Bazaar for buying gifts and products
  • Day 7 detailed ( click to open )

    Transfer to the border – Sheki – Palace Of Shaki Khans – Sheki Caravanserai – Silk Carpet Shop Of Sheki

    Transfer to Georgia-Azerbaijan border. We will meet and greet you at the border, and then you will departure for Sheki city. Firstly, you will check in your hotel in Sheki, and then you will have a sightseeing tour around Sheki. You will visit the Upper Town, the magnificent Palace of Sheki Khans and the Craft Museum. Built in 1797 as a summer residence for Muhammad Hasan Khan, the Palace of Sheki Khans is a masterpiece of lavish decoration. Both the exterior and interior decorations of the palace embody the architectural glamor of the ancient Sheki Khanate. Continue to Museum of carpets (there are various big rooms with pottery, silk embroidery, and national costumes, jewelry) Shebeke craft workshop, Sheki Bazaar, and the local sweet bakery. We advise you to try famous Sheki sweet baklava – the pride of Sheki population. After a long day delving into the many treasures of Sheki you will return back to the hotel to have a rest. Then you will have dinner in one of the best local restaurants.
    Overnight: Hotel in Sheki  

    Meals: Breakfast

Day 8

  • Tour around Gabala – the ancient city of Azerbaijan, the capital of the Qabala Rayon
  • Stop in the village of Chukhur Gabala
  • Tour around Gabala Archeology Center
  • Visit to natural sights of Gabala – Tufandag Mountain and Gabala Lake
  • Tour to Shamakhi visiting historical Juma Mosque
  • Trip to Baku – the modern capital of Azerbaijan
  • Day 8 detailed ( click to open )

    Gabala – Friday Mosque In Shamakhi

    After breakfast at your hotel in Sheki, you will explore Gabala – the ancient capital of Azerbaijan. This veritable melting pot of culture and tradition is a joy to explore. Whilst traveling through Gabala in the north of Azerbaijan you will take the time to experience a small but significant part of the religious tolerance within the country. First, you will visit the Church of the Udi, near Gabala, in the village of Nij. This small church is special. It belongs to the native people of the Caucasus – the Udi people. There are only a few thousand Udi people in the world today and the majority, approx. 4.000, live in this area in Azerbaijan. Today they practice Orthodox Christianity and you will be welcomed with their kindness to see their  church, renovated and used. You will then head to the village of Chukhur Gabala home to interesting ruins from its time as the former capital of Caucasian Albania. During the tour, the guide will explain interesting facts about the history, cultural heritage of Gabala. Then you will get acquainted with the Gabala Archeology Center. The three-storey building of the Gabala Archeology Center has a showroom, an archeological collection, a restoration lab, a conference hall and study rooms for archeologists. So here, you can see the exhibition features about 1,500 items discovered during excavation. Now it is time to visit the must-see natural beauties of Gabala. First, you will head to Tufandag Mountain, riding the Cable car, then the Gabala Lake, where you can ride a non-powered boat. Gabala Lake is a gem, half-natural, half man-made. The tour will continue to Shamakhi city and have a sightseeing of historical Juma Mosque of Shamakhi. On the way to Baku, visit Diri Baba Mausoleum in Maraza village.

    Overnight: Hotel in Baku 

    Meals: Breakfast

Day 9

  • Tour around Baku Old City
  • Visit to the Upland Park of Baku where you can enjoy the panoramic view of the city and then to Kirov Park
  • Tour around the modern district of Baku
  • Stroll along Baku Boulevard – the second longest one in Europe
  • Excursion in the Carpet Museum
  • The last tour destination – Heydar Aliyev Cultural Center
  • Day 9 detailed ( click to open )

    Baku City tour

    This day you will have a tour around Baku Old City. You will visit the legendary Zoroastrian Maiden Tower of the 5th c. Then you will walk to the old bazaar. The entire old town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and during the city tour you will visit the oldest Multani Caravanserai, the Haji Banu Hamam of the 15th c., the Juma Mosque (Friday Mosque), as well as the Shirvanshahs’ Palace (the most striking example of the medieval palace structures in Azerbaijan, dating to the middle of 15th century), antique carpet shops and museum. You will continue the remaining program of sightseeing excursion. You will visit the Upland Park of Baku where you can enjoy the panoramic view of the city and bay of Baku. Then you will head to Martyr’s Line or Alley of Martyrs formerly the Kirov Park, where is a cemetery and memorial dedicated to those killed by the Soviet Army during Black January. You will be also impressed by the modern district with the three Flame Towers near the Upland Park, overlooking the city. They look as if they have been thrown from heavens into the city by some fabulous giants. The next place to visit is Baku Boulevard. You will have a walk along Baku Boulevard, the second longest one in Europe. You can get a boat and make 30 minutes trip along Baku Bay. During Baku Bay Cruise, you will enjoy splendid panoramic views of Baku from the sea while learning about Baku and its history. After the boat trip, you will visit the Carpet Museum. It demonstrates carpets in close connection with other kinds of traditional handicrafts of Azerbaijan. Once you finish Baku Boulevard tour, you will head to Heydar Aliyev Cultural Center. An internationally recognized architectural marvel, Heydar Aliyev Cultural Center displays a curved modern style.

    Overnight: Hotel in Baku

    Meals: Breakfast

Day 10

  • Transfer to Baku airport, departure

The price of tour is 1,576 EUR per person

 

Why book with Arara?

  • Own agency in Armenia and Georgia*
  • Guides with 5+ year experience
  • Central located hotels
  • Licensed air-conditioned transport
  • 3000+ satisfied clients per year

*With an agency operating in Georgia, we are able to provide clients with the best price and quality services.

Detailed Trip Information

  • The price of the tour includes:

    • Airport transfers
    • Accommodation in hotels for 9 nights (3* hotels with free Wi-Fi double/twin room)
    • Breakfast
    • All transfers in air-conditioned vehicles
    • English speaking guide service for all days
    • All admission fees
    • 4 wheel drive vehicle for Gergeti Trinity Church
    • Wine tasting in Sighnaghi
    • 24 hour office support
    • 1 bottle (0,5 l) of water per day

    The price doesn’t include:

    • Flights
    • Medical insurance
    • Visa fee
  • You will spend 4 nights in Yerevan and 4 nights in Tbilisi in 3* hotels. The hotels are modern properties located in the city center within walking distance of the main sights:

    Hotel in Yerevan: 3* Cascade Hotel or similar

    Hotel in Tbilisi: 3* Astoria Hotel or similar

    • Documents:
    • Passport, flight ticket (printed or electronic), insurance, visa (if required)

    • First aid kit:
    • bandaids / plasters, special medicine or drugs in permanent use, antibacterial gel/wipes, antiseptic cream, lip balm

    • Essentials:
    • Credit/debit cards, cash (cards can be used in city, cash in regions), moneybelt, laptop/tablet/phone, chargers, camera with extra memory cards and batteries, outlet adapter

    • Dressing:
    • There are no restrictions regarding clothes; scarf or shawl is advisable for churches (obligatory in Georgia for women)

    • Spring / Autumn
    • long pants/jeans, long sleeve blouses, light raincoat, jacket, comfortable waterproof shoes, umbrella

    • Summer
    • T-shirts, shorts, long sleeve blouses for evening, sandals, umbrella, sun protection, sun glasses, sunhat

    • Winter
    • Warm coat, warm wool sweater, long warm trousers, long boots (waterproof), scarf, gloves

If you are looking for a  tour to Armenia and Georgia, please, see our Armenia & Georgia Classical Tour.

You can also see other Tours to the Caucasus.

If you are looking for a longer tour to Armenia and Georgia, please, see our  Highlights of Armenia and Georgia – 14 days .