Explore the intriguing countryside of Central Asia's Azerbaijan, Georgia & Armenia

The Caucasus region of Central Asia holds a wealth of unexplored territories. Wedged between two seas, surrounded by Europe's largest mountain range and straddling two continents, Azerbaijan, Georgia and Armenia are home to some extraordinarily beautiful scenery and incredibly hospitable people. Journey from the fascinating Old City of Baku in Azerbaijan through the quaint towns and glorious hillsides of Georgia before finishing the adventure in Armenia's laidback capital, Yerevan. Mixing isolated villages, populous capital cities, ancient castles, breathtaking vistas, abundant natural resources and a flashy nouveau riche, this region of Caucasia offers up a variety of surprising contrasts, fascinating sights and stunning landscapes.

This trip is run by our experienced sister company Peregrine Adventures. Your group is therefore likely to be a mixture of Intrepid passengers and other like-minded international travellers.

Start
Baku, Azerbaijan
Finish
Yerevan, Armenia
Countries
Armenia,
Azerbaijan,
Georgia
Themes
Explorer
Code
CPKC
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1, Max 16
Carbon offset
355kg pp per trip


Highlights

  • Lose yourself in the winding, maze-like alleyways of Baku
  • Admire the volcanic scenery and surrounding Caucasus Mountains in Sheki
  • Take in Gudauri's beautiful natural scenery while discovering its rich historic past
  • Explore Vardzia's cave monasteries
  • Sip Armenia's best drop of wine in Yerevan

Itinerary

Make your acquaintance with Baku, Azerbaijan's audacious and ambitious capital. With plans afoot for construction of the world's tallest building, this is certainly a country on the move. Visit Ateshgah Fire Temple, the medieval Mardakan Fortress and Yanar Dag Fire Mountain for a glimpse into the past from which this intriguing country has come.
Stop off at the bubbling mud volcanos en route to the brooding Caucasus Mountains. Admire the shrine of Diri Baba and Yeddi Gumbez Tomb, then marvel at the exquisite interior decorations of Sheki Khan’s Palace.
Welcome to Georgia, one of Europe's most regal, yet largely unexplored, destinations. Begin by observing the fine architecture of Tbilisi, and perhaps climb to the top of Narikala Fortress for commanding views over the surrounding hillsides.
Another day, another glorious set of hillside scenery. Take in stunning mountain ranges and deep valleys along the Georgian Military Highway, the one-time trade highway between Georgia and Russia. Pop into the Svetitskhoveli Cathedral of Mtskheta, where the robe of Jesus Christ is reportedly buried.
Get a dose of Georgian history in Gori, the birthplace of Joseph Stalin and location of the 3000-year-old Uplistsikhe cave city. Enjoy a guided walk around the ruins of Bagrati Cathedral in Kutaisi before sampling Georgian life on an overnight local family homestay.
Venture further into Georgia's interior to Akhaltsikhe, the site of the magnificent natural grottoes.
Explore the intricate tunnels and caves of Vardzia's rock wall monasteries, hewn from the cliffs of Erusheti Mountain. Cross the border into Armenia.
Visit the atmospheric church of Mastara while on a city tour of Gyumri. Then travel on to the seventh-century cathedral in Talin before making tracks to Yerevan.
Discover all angles of Yerevan on a walking tour. Then there's ample time to explore on your own terms - there are plenty of great monuments and museums to discover and some wonderful people-watching to be had.
Ever been in a place that has been home to human settlements since the Stone Age? We'll today's the day! Explore the medieval town of Gorsis and the mountainous scenery and rocky outcrops of surrounding Tatev. Don't miss visiting the fascinating stone pyramids of Old Kores.
Make tracks back to Yerevan via the stunning Geghard Monastery, a World Heritage site that's carved into a mountain. Then visit the pagan temple of Garni before arriving in Armenia's capital, where there's one last night to soak in the atmosphere of this wonderful town. Perhaps get the group together for a final dinner meal of delicious local cuisine.
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Inclusions

Meals
15 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners
Transport
Car, Minibus
Accommodation
Hotel (16 nights)
Included activities
  • Baku - Absheron Peninsula tour
  • Baku - Caravanserai
  • Baku - Maiden's Tower
  • Baku - Shirvan Shakh Palace
  • Geghard - UNESCO World Heritage site
  • Georgian Wine-Cellar Tour
  • Gori - Stalin Museum
  • Gyumri - Guided city tour
  • Kazbegi - Hike to Gergeti Trinity Church
  • Kutaisi - Bagrati Cathedral and Gelati Monastery
  • Mtskheta - City tour
  • Qobustan - Petroglyphs
  • Sheki - Mud volcano
  • Tbilisi - Guided Old Town Tour
  • Tbilisi - National History Museum
  • Uplistsikhe - Cave complex
  • Vardzia - Cave complex
  • Yerevan - Ancient Manuscript Museum
  • Yerevan - Armenian Genocide Memorial Complex

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Important notes

1. Some destinations visited on this trip do not have consulates in Australia and New Zealand. Please see Visa section of the Trip Notes for more information and allow sufficient time to obtain your visas prior to travel.
2. This trip is run by our experienced sister company Peregrine Adventures

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