Explore the great outdoors while discovering numerous historical and cultural sights on this physically active small group tour of the South Caucasus with Travel Bee Georgia . Combining city walking tours and various hikes in mountains and national parks with vehicle transfers between major destinations, this tour offers a balance between seeing as many sights and having as many different experiences as possible and taking the time to enjoy the Caucasus mountain air on your own two feet
1 Day BAKU ARRIVAL
Arrival in Baku. Private transfer will be arranged to your hotel. Check-in at 14:00.
At 18:30, meet your guide and enjoy welcome dinner at national restaurant. Overnight at the hotel.
Driving distance from airport to hotel is 30 km
Day 2 BAKU CITY TOUR
At 09:00, start sightseeing tour in Baku. Visit Martyrs Lane, known as "Shehidler Khiyabany" among locals. When you walk through the Alley of the Martyrs, you will find a beautiful view overlooking Baku’s coastline. Move to Icheri Sheher, the old part of the city. Visit Shirvanshah's Palace, Caravanserai, Maiden Tower, and the main market square, which has numerous art studios and souvenir stalls. Continue touring new Baku by exploring Nizami Street and Fountain Square. We will take a look over the bazaar in Old town and Nizami square
Free time in the afternoon. Overnight at the hotel.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 4-5 hours
Driving distance: 10 km
DAY 3 , BAKU- LAHIJ - SHEKI TOWN
At 09:00, depart Baku town and drive to Sheki area . On the way, stop at Diri Baba Mausoleum in the village of Maraza. Continue to Shamakhi to visit the historical Juma Mosque, which was restored in 2013. Drive through Girdimanchay River's canyon to visit Lahij, the 5th century place rich in its historic and architectural values. Lahij is an ancient village with charming eye-catching sidewalks inlaid by stones. It is famous for medieval water supply and sewage systems as well as traditional workshops making jewelry, copperware, carpets, pottery, daggers, and iron tools. Continue driving to Sheki. Arrival in Sheki at ~19:00 for overnight.
Driving distance: 340 km
DAY 4 SHEKI - GEROGIAN BORDER - LAGODEKHI
Check out from hotel and start sightseeing tour in Sheki. Visit Sheki medieval fortress, Sheki Khans Palace, and local bazaar. Depart Sheki and head towards border with Georgia (115 km, ~2 h.). At the border, you will say goodbye to your guide, go through border formalities, and cross the neutral territory on foot (500 m). After exiting Georgian border control point you will meet your Georgian guide and start exploring the Eastern part of Georgia famous for its viticulture and winemaking traditions. We will greet you in Georgia with a delicious lunch in local family guesthouse in Lagodekhi. In the cozy environment, you will have an opportunity to experience genuine Georgian hospitality and taste homemade wine. Free evening. Overnight at the local guesthouse.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 3 hours
Driving distance: 125 km
DAY 5 , LAGODEKHI -SIGNAGI - TBILISI
After breakfast drive to the side of Signagi . This is a beautiful small town located on the cliff of the Kakheti gorge . Visit Signagi - the city of love ! We will see local winery where we have opportunity to taste wines and buy some . Then we are going to visit the Bodbe monastery , place where Saint Nino , the Holy woman who broght Chistianity to Georgia is bored . Drive to Tbilisi - the capitacl of Georgia , after the check in start walking tour in Tbilisi. You will start your tour at Metekhi Сhurch and monument of Vakhtang Gorgasali, the legendary founder of Tbilisi. Take a cable car to Narikala Fortress to enjoy breathtaking panoramic view of the city. Continue to National Botanical garden in Georgia. At present the garden collections include over 4,500 species and infraspecific taxa of the flora of the Caucasus and other regions of the world. Walk down to the district of sulphur bath houses passing by the only mosque in Tbilisi. Stroll through the Sharden area full of narrow streets with cozy cafés, wine tasting bars, souvenir shops, and breathe in the living past. Visit Sioni Cathedral, Anchiskhati Basilica, and the clock tower of famous Rezo Gabriadze Theatre. Cross the Bridge of Peace to Rike Park.
At 19:30, visit a local restaurant to taste dishes of traditional Georgian cuisine. Overnight in Tbilisi.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 5-6 hours
Driving distance: 170 km
DAY 6 , TBILISI -MCKHETA - BORJOMI - UPLISCIKHE
In the morning , head to Mtskheta, one of the oldest towns and the cultural and religious centre of Georgia. Mtskheta was the capital of the Eastern Georgian Kingdom of Iberia from the third century BC. Visit Jvari Church, a true architectural masterpiece of the early Medieval Period overlooking the confluence of Aragvi and Mtkvari rivers from the top of the hill, and Svetitskhoveli, the main cathedral of Mtskheta and a sacred place where the robe of Christ is being kept. Then visit Upliscikhe - the cave town in Georgia and the most ancient cave town of Georgia . After that we drive to the Borjomi area and visit park of Borjomi , taste mineral water which is famous all over the world and have a city tour of Borjomi. Reach Tbilisi by 20:00. Overnight at the hotel.
Driving distance: 250 km
DAY 7 TBILISI - KAZBEGI (WITH RAFTING)- TBILISI
After breakfast, head to north of Georgia. Just within 60 km drive from Tbilisi, in the beautiful valley of the Pshavi’s Aragvi river, try white-water rafting on the river Aragvi! The trip has an easy difficulty rate, covers 8-10 km and lasts for an hour. The activity is carried out by professional rafting instructors. Have a lunch nearby and taste delicious local cuisine. Continue to Ananuri architectural complex, a former residence of Argveti Dukes. Complex featuring churches and towers dating back to the 16-17th centuries is beautifully overlooking Jinvali reservoir. Continue driving on Georgian Military Highway passing through the highest point of it at 2379 m above sea level. Arrive in Kazbegi, a small town with the views of Mount Kazbek (or Mkinvari) 5033 m, the seventh highest peak in the Caucasus Mountains. Here in Kazbegi we will visit the Gergeti Trinity church dated back to the 14 century and which is fantasticly beautiful . Go back to Tbilisi
Driving distance: 280 km
DAY 8 TBILISI - ARMENIA ( VISIT PLACES ON WAY )
At 09:00, our driver will meet you at your hotel in Tbilisi and transfer to “Sadakhlo-Bagratashen” Georgian-Armenian border point. Cross the border, meet your Armenian guide and driver and start the journey to the land of ancient traditions and oldest temples.
Drive to Lori region and visit UNESCO World Heritage Site Haghpat Monastery. Stunning example of Armenian traditional architecture was erected in 10-13th centuries. Standing on a hillside, Haghpat beautifully overlooks Debed River. Location of monastery was chosen to protect peace and seclusion of its monks. Drive through Dilijan and to Lake Sevan, “The Jewel of Armenia” and one of the largest high-mountainous fresh water lakes in the world. The coastline of Lake Sevan is rich with thick woods, white bare steep rocks, mountain steppes and Alpine meadows. Stop at Sevanavank to visit the remnants of the monastery that include two temples – Surb Arakelots and Surb Karapet standing among numerous khachkars. The buildings were constructed from black tuff which probably gave the monastery its name Sevanavank – “the Black Monastery”. The view from there is simply magnificent: the mountains surround lake from all sides and snow tops are seen almost on the entire perimeter and disappear behind horizon. Continue to Yerevan for overnight.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 9-10 hours
Driving distance: 370 km
DAY 9 YEREVAN - GARNI - HIKING - YEREVAN
Yerevan – Garni – Hiking to Havuts Tar monastery – Yerevan
After breakfast depart Yerevan and drive to Garni, one of the major villages in Armenia famous for its Temple. The temple is the only pagan sacred place from the 1st century that survived aggressive introduction of Christianity in the 4th century. Exchange transport and head to the bottom of a mountain Havuts Tar. Start hiking with instructor. Return to Yerevan for departure
Hiking: 2.4-kilometer point to point doubletrack; difficulty level: average
Price per person is 700 $ in twin share room accommodation
Price per person is 1200 $ in single room accommodation
Price per person is 600 $ in triple share room accommodation
Price includes :
All transfers (1-2 pax by sedan, 3-4 pax by Mercedes Vito or similar, 5-10 pax by Mercedes Sprinter passenger van; 11-12 pax by 30-seats bus);
Accommodation based on double/twin room sharing, breakfasts included;
Sightseeing tour program in each country with local English-speaking guides;
Entrance tickets to sights as per itinerary;
Dinners in Baku, Tbilisi, and Yerevan;
Wine tasting in Kakheti region, Georgia;
Picnic in Borjomi;