Day 1: Arrival in Baku
Arrive in Baku and transfer to the hotel. Free time. Overnight in a hotel.
Day 2: Baku – Gobustan – Baku (130 km)
Trip to Gobustan National Park to the south of Baku, between the Great Caucasus and the Caspian Sea. Here used to be the dwellings of pre-historic people, who left numerous rock paintings- petroglyphs. Back to Baku and a panoramic city tour, visiting historic and architectural monuments: medieval part of the city- Ichiari Shiakhar, the Palace of Shirvan-Shakhs, Maiden Tower, medieval bathhouses, Karavansaray. Handicraft workshops, carpet and antique shops. Later a panoramic view of the city from Mountain Park. Dinner in a restaurant. Overnight in the hotel.
Day 3: Baku – Absheron Peninsula – night train to Tbilisi (80 km)
Visit ancient Zoroastrian Temple Ateshgyah on the Absheron Peninsula. The territory of the Temple is world famous for its unique natural phenomenon- hot exhaust of natural gas. The stroll in the boulevard along the Caspian Sea and in the city with luxury houses of local elite. Night train to Tbilisi.
Day 4: Tbilisi – Mtskheta – Tbilisi (80 km)
Arrive in Tbilisi in the morning by train. After brunch drive to visit old capital of Georgia – Mtskheta (UNESCO World heritage). Christianity in Georgia started from this town in 4th century. If you visit Jvari Monastery at the top of a high cliff, you can have a splendid panoramic view of how two rivers, Aragvi and Mtkvari join each other, as well as the great view on Svetitskhoveli Cathedral (11th century), spiritual centre of the country. Drive back to Tbilisi. Free time.Dinner in a restaurant. Overnight in Tbilisi.
Day 5: Tbilisi
Tbilisi sightseeing tour. Historic part of Tbilisi is located at the foot of Narikala Fortress. It charms visitors with its romantic, narrow streets, beautiful facades and picturesque sites next to each other, including Metekhi Church, Synagogue, Sioni Cathedral, Bridge of Peace, Anchiskhati Church and famous sulphur bathhouses. Its modern part is no less impressive, especially Rustaveli Avenue with its exquisite, 19th century architecture. Visit the treasury of Georgian museum (Golden artifacts from 1st millennium BC). Free time. Dinner in a restaurant. Overnight in a hotel in Tbilisi.
Day 6: Tbilisi – Tsinandali – Signagi – Tbilisi (325 km)
Visiting eastern region of Kakheti, noted for its hospitality and winemaking. First visit duke’s estate with beautiful garden in Tsinandali. Then get explanations about the differences between Georgian and European wine-making in winery Schuchmann. Lunch on a terrace with nice view to vineyards. Continue to drive and visit the grave of St.Nino, who brought Christianity to Georgia, in Bodbe Convent. Next to it is situated a beautiful town of Signagi, with a picturesque view on Alazani Valley. It is surrounded by defensive wall built in 18th century. Sightseeing the town. Drive back to Tbilisi. Overnight in Tbilisi.
Day 7: Tbilisi – Lake Sevan – Yerevan (325 km)
Drive to Georgia-Armenian border Sadakhlo/Bagratashen. After border formalities change guide and transportation. Start your acquaintance with Armenia with the monastic complex Haghpat (976 AD) which is among the outstanding works of medieval Armenian architecture and is inscribed in UNESCO World Heritage list. Lunch in a local restaurant tasting local barbeque. Continue tour to the high-mountainous Lake Sevan – the emerald of Armenia. It is the second largest alpine freshwater lake in the world and the biggest in the Caucasus. This huge mountain lake, which takes a huge territory of Armenia’s surface area, is about 1900 meters above sea level. Sightseeing in Sevan peninsula with Sevan Monastery (8th-9th centuries). Drive to the capital of Armenia – Yerevan. Dinner. Overnight at the hotel in Yerevan.
Day 8: Yerevan – Echmiadzin – Yerevan (100 km)
Yerevan city tour that includes visit to the Memorial park and Tsitsernakaberd Memorial. Proceed to Echmiadzin, which is mere 20 km from Yerevan. Etchmiadzin Cathedral is known as the center of the Armenian Church and appears to be one of the world's first Christian State churches. Lunch in a local community tasting home-made dishes. Return to Yerevan with stop at the ruins of Zvartnots Temple - the pearl of the 7th c. architecture, which is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage. In the second half of the day visit the famous Yerevan Brandy Factory founded in 1887. The bar offers tasting of various old and chateau sort of cognacs. Overnight in Yerevan.
Day 9: Yerevan – Garni – Geghard – Yerevan (80 km)
After breakfast tour to Matenadaran which contains historical documents from all over Europe and Asia throughout many centuries. There is also the first copy of the Bible in Armenian and the Gospels that fascinate with their beautiful miniatures. Depart to Garni Temple. The citadel and pagan temple of Garni is a picturesque monument of the Hellenistic period and an impressive piece of ancient Armenian architecture. Lunch at a local house in Garni where you will have opportunity to watch Armenian national bread “lavash” baking and barbeque making process in the underground stove called “tonir”. 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. Drive back to Yerevan. Dinner in a traditional restaurant. Overnight in Yerevan.
Day 10: Departure
Transfer to the airport and departure.
* Season – from April to October
* Suitable for FIT and group requests
* 10 days/ 9 nights
* from airport Baku to Tbilisi and Yerevan
* Transportation according to the program
* English speaking guide
* Entrance fees
* Meals: 7×B, 3×L, 5×D