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Caucasus Tour
10 days / 9 nights

Day 1 Arrival Baku
Arrive at the airport

Day 2 Baku
Baku: Azerbaijan’s capital Baku is one of the most beautiful world’s cities is located at the joint of Europe and Asia. Visit the Unesco-listed Old City (Ichari Shahar) which lies within an exotically crenelated arc of fortress wall. The old city is a maze of alleys, mosques, historic buildings and remnants of fortification, including the Palace of the Shirvanshahs and the Maiden Tower, now listed among UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites. Visit the Medieval Caravansaries, handmade carpet’s workshop art studio, Synyk KalaMinaret – the city’s oldest building erected since 1093, and the 12th century Lezgi Mosque.

Day 3 Baku - Gobustan (90km/1h30min)- Absheron Peninsula ( 80km/1h30min) - Baku
Gobustan: Drive along the Caspian shore to Gobustan, home to the famous rock petroglyphs and mud volcanoes. The ‘Gobustan Rock Art Cultural Landscape’ is listed in 2007 as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Tour the volcanic desert sites and mud volcanoes. (Group will be transferred to local taxis; approximately 20-mins drive to the mud volcanoes sites).
Absheron Peninsula: Visit the Ateshgyakh Zoroastrian Fire – Worshipping Temple (UNESCO Heritage Site) and the famous Burning Mountain “Yanar Dagh”, an ancient and visually stunning fire which blazes continuously on a hillside

Day 4 Baku – Shemakha ( 120km/2h) – Sheki ( 180km/3h)
Shemakha: Enroute to Shemakha, visit the Diri Baba Mausoleum, dating from 1402 built into the side of a cliff with ancient rock carvings, a w onderful creation of the art of ancient menders of the 15th century. Visit the historical Friday Mosque (Juma) and continue driving across scenic Muganly Pass with photo stops to capture great views of the mountains to Sheki.
Sheki: Visit the local medieval fortress, Sheki Khans’ Palace, local museum of history and local handicrafts workshop.

Day 5 Azerbaijan-Georgian - Sighnaghi (160km/3h)- Tbilisi (100km/2h)
In the morning, transfer to Azerbaijan-Georgian border, Lagodekhi.
Kakheti: A region famous for wine-making and it is associated with good wine and open-hearted hospitality. Enjoy homemade lunch and wine at a local family. Visit Khareba Winery and enjoy 4 kinds of wine tasting.
Sighnaghi: Continue on to visit fortified town of Sighnaghi, the prettiest, colourful hilltop town in Kakheti and wonderful views over the Alazani valley. Visit Bodbe Monastery which was constructed in 4th century AD, on the tomb of St. Nino who introduced Christianity in Georgia.

Day 6 Tbilisi – Mtskheta ( 30km/1h) - Tbilisi
Mtskheta: The former capital of Georgia is a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1994. Visit Jvari Monastery and Svetitskhoveli Cathedral, the royal cathedral of Georgia, used for centuries for the coronation and burial of Georgian monarchs.
Tbilisi: Enjoy a sightseeing tour to visit the 13th century Metekhi Church, a 7th century Sioni Cathedral, and the Great Synagogue. Stroll along the heart of 21st century Tbilisi, Rustaveli Avenue, where you can find dozens of cafés, restaurants and shops along the way. Enjoy Tbilisi panoramic tour by cable car to view Narikala fortress, and make a photo stop at Hamam, the natural hot sulfur bath, which the city got its name from.
    • Cable car operation depends on weather and technical conditions. In the event cable car is not operating, we will visit Narikala fortress on foot**

Day 7 Tbilisi Georgia - Armenia / Yerevan ( 280km/7h)
In the morning, transfer to Geogian-Armenian border, Sadakhlo.
Visit Haghpat Monastery, the medieval monastic complex, was built in the 10th to 13th centuries, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Day 8 Yerevan – Kotayk ( 25km/40min) - Khor Virap( 60km/1h30min) – Yerevan ( 40km/1h)
Kotayk: Visit Geghard Cave Monastery, revered throughout Armenia as one of the countrys greatest spiritual and cultural centers. Next, we visit The Temple of Garni, dedicated to the sun goddess Mythra, the only pagan temple in Armenia.
Khor Virap: Visit the fortified monastery of Khor Virap, the place of pilgrimage and one of the most worshipped ones in Armenia and also the holy site for the Armenian Apostolic Church. Enjoy the beautiful view of Mt. Ararat on a clear day.
Yerevan: One of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world. Visit the Cascade Monument which was the main symbol of the city’s 2780th anniversary with the equivalent number of stairs, Opera House and Republic Square. Visit the Erebuni Museum which contains many artifacts that have been discovered in the excavations of the fortress of Erebuni in 1950-1959. Next we visit Echmiadzin Cathedral, the residence of the Armenian Catholics and the center of Armenian Churches.

Day 9 Yerevan - Lake Sevan ( 60km/1h) - Tbilisi Georgia ( 240km/6h)
Lake Sevan: Lake Sevan also called the “Armenian Sea” is the largest lake in Armenia and the Caucasus region. It’s also one of the highest located lakes in the world at the altitude of 1900 meters (6230 ft.) above sea level. Its colours and shades change with the weather and by its own mysterious processes, from a dazzling azure to dark blue and a thousand shades in between. View the picturesque Sevanavank Monastery, an ancient religious complex that overlooks Lake Sevan. Transfer to Armenian border – Georgian Border.

Day 10 Tbilisi departure
Departure transfer to airport