Highlights of Azerbaijan & Georgia

10 Days | Encounter the warmth behind austere facades in Azerbaijan and Georgia

4.8 out of 5 based on 16 reviews submitted.
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Spend 10-days in Azerbaijan and Georgia, where historical old towns and monasteries sit comfortably alongside towering skyscrapers,or against draw-dropping scenery of the Caucasus mountains. Discover warmth and pride among the ostensible austerity of Azerbaijan culture, then cross into Georgia to devour medieval ruins and traditional wines alike. Visit one of Europe's largest open-air rock museums, enjoy a hearty home-cooked lunch with a local Kakheti family and hike to the iconic Gergeti Trinity Church. From cities to mountains, this trip guarantees encounters that will stay with you forever.

Trip overview

Map of Highlights Of Azerbaijan & Georgia including Azerbaijan and Georgia
Start
Baku, Azerbaijan
Finish
Tbilisi, Georgia
Theme
Explorer
Destinations
Georgia, Azerbaijan
Physical rating
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Style
Original
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1 - Max 12
Trip code
KFSB
This trip generates 40 kg of CO2-e per person per day.
We offset these emissions on your behalf. But we know that is not enough, so we also have a carbon reduction target.

Why you'll love this trip
  • Take a guided walking tour of Azerbaijan's Old Town, where views of the Palace of the Shirvanshahs are made even more spectacular by the modern skyscrapers in the background.
  • The Caucasus Mountains will take your breath away in more ways than one during a hike to the 14th-century Gergeti Trinity Church, which sits in splendid isolation at 2170 m.
  • Be treated to Azerbaijan's national dish Piti, and stop at a traditional Georgian wine producer where the ancient, UNESCO-listed qvevri method is still used.
  • Navigate the organised chaos of the farmers markets in Telavi. Your leader will be there to help you order as much fresh fruit, nuts or pigs heads as you desire.
  • Explore the small ethnic villages and workshops along the way - Lahij's cobbled streets, Nij's udi community, Kish's pointed church and learn about the traditional method and unique techniques in yogurt making, copper craftsmanship and stained glass making - the perfect opportunities to make local friends and gain some authentic insights to local life.
  • By travelling on this trip, you’ll directly support our Intrepid Foundation partner, Mtskheta-Mtianeti Regional Hub. Donations help them improve their services and training hub to connect people, who’ve fled their homes due to war or political instability, with their new community in Georgia.

Is this trip right for you?
  • There’s so much to see in this part of the world and we don't want you to miss anything. The itinerary is densely packed, but there will be the odd free afternoon or evening to explore at your own pace. Please read the itinerary carefully to determine if this will suit you.
  • Some of the best scenery in the region is found on foot. So, while this trip doesn't require a high level of fitness, it’s essential to be at least moderately fit if you want to partake in all activities. Make sure you bring comfortable walking shoes with good support.
  • This trip has a strong historical focus and is perfect for anyone with an interest in the Caucasus region. Even if you know nothing about the area, you’re bound to find yourself fascinated by the various political and social machinations that have shaped the area.
  • If you enjoy experiencing new food, good wine and breathtaking scenery then this is the right trip for you, keep in mind that altitudes can be high (over 2000m) so even in summer a sweater is a good idea.
  • If you would like to further explore the region, please check out our 20-day trip 'Azerbaijan & Georgia Experience' (trip code:KFSGC).

Itinerary

Map of Highlights Of Azerbaijan & Georgia including Azerbaijan and Georgia

Inclusions

Meals

9 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners

Transport

Private Vehicle, Public Bus, Taxi

Accommodation

Hotel (6 nights), Guesthouse (3 nights)

Activities
  • Baku - Leader-led night city walk
  • Qobustan - Petroglyphs
  • Baku - Old City Walking Tour
  • Lahij - Yoghurt Making Master Class
  • Lahij - Copper workshop visit
  • Shamakhi - Juma Mosque
  • Nij - Udin village visit
  • Kish - Albanian Church
  • Kish - Village Visit
  • Sheki - Shebeke workshop visit
  • Sheki - Khan's Palace
  • Sheki - Bazaar Visit
  • Kakheti - Lunch with a Local Family
  • Kakheti- Gremi Complex
  • Kakheti - Tsinandali Estate Visit
  • Kakheti - Telavi Fresh Produce Market
  • Telavi - Alaverdi Cathedral
  • Stepantsminda - Gergeti Trinity Church Hike
  • Tbilisi - Orientation Walk
  • Tbilisi - Anchiskhati Church
Add on activities
  • Baku - National Carpet Museum - AZN10
  • Baku - The Heydar Aliyev Centre - AZN15
  • Baku - National Museum of History of Azerbaijan - AZN10
  • Telavi - Telavi Historical Museum - GEL5
  • Telavi – Batonis Castle - GEL2
  • Tbilisi - Metekhi Church - Free
  • Tbilisi - Open Air Museum of Ethnography - GEL20
  • Tbilisi - Georgian National Museum - GEL30
  • Tbilisi - The National Gallery - GEL25
  • Tbilisi - Thermal Bath House Visit - from - GEL70

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Important notes

1. A single supplement is bookable on this trip and is subject to availability. Please speak to your booking agent for further information.
2. Please note there is a chance of potential changes to the itinerary due to heavy rain, flooding and snow at higher altitudes, which often affect roads and bridges, making travel difficult or impossible (particularly in remote areas).
3. Please be advised that due to current border crossing restrictions for different Caucasus nationalities, your Trip Leader may be from nearby region. Your leader will have in-depth knowledge and extensive travel experience throughout the Caucasus. Local guides from Azerbaijan and Georgia are represented throughout the itinerary to ensure you receive a diverse and uniquely local range of perspectives.

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Reviews

4.8 out of 5 based on 16 reviews submitted.
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Penny · Traveled September 2023
The Highlights of Azerbaijan and Georgia does exactly what it says and provides an overview of the two countries from the cities to the mountain villages. Plenty of food and wine experiences are included and there is opportunity to interact with the locals. Accommodation was more than adequate and the transport was comfortable. Our tour leader, Shalva, was excellent but the local guides failed to add anything to the tour. I recommend adding additional days in Baku and Tbilisi to explore independently as these cities have a great deal to offer and are easy to explore.
Review submitted 10 Oct 2023

Timothy · Traveled September 2023
Unexpected brilliance. Baku so modern yet so old. Wonderful mountain villages. Snow capped vistas. Tbilisi hustle and bustle.
Review submitted 11 Oct 2023

Lindsay · Traveled September 2023
A great trip with great leader and tour guides when visiting different sights. Good insight into Azerbaijan and really seeing a big difference between the very rich in Baku and then the quite poor Azerbaijani people in the villages. The food was delicious! It was fabulous to get an insight into Azerbaijan! Zurab made the trip run very smoothly, in a timely manner, he was truly an excellent representative of Intrepid. You are lucky if you get Zurab as your leader.
Review submitted 15 Oct 2023

Krys · Traveled August 2023
Every aspect of this trip was amazing and our guide Anton Bruskov was very informative and very patient!
Review submitted 23 Aug 2023

charles · Traveled August 2023
Both Georgia and Azerbaijan are fascinating countries. The Intrepid trip provided great information and wonderful experiences to give you a better understanding of both cultures. Home stays were particularly enjoyable. Everyday was a new adventure. Many thanks
Review submitted 27 Aug 2023
Highlights of Azerbaijan & Georgia
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