CAUCASUS 10 Days 9 Nights
Caucasus is a small, unique island in the world, which stands out with its traditions, culture, hospitality, warm atmosphere, special cuisine and kind, smiling people. Come to see the harmonic coexistence of the ancient and modern, the old and the new. Here you can be the witness of virgin nature, wild animal world and observe things that only this region has in the world. You think you have been to everywhere? Do not be that sure unless you have put a foot in Caucasus...
DAY 1 : ARRIVAL
Arrival at the airport. Transfer to the hotel.Visit the city of Baku the capital of Azerbaijan. Overnight at the hotel.
DAY 2 : BAKU–GOBUSTAN–BAKU
Breakfast at the hotel. Visit Gobustan- over 4000 rock carving depicting the way of life of the ancient inhabitants, then visit the Museum of Art. Accommodation in a hotel in Baku.
DAY 3 : BAKU– SHAMAKHA– SHEKI-FRONTERA Lagodekhi-TELAVI
Breakfast at the hotel. Morning transfer to Sheki. Visit the Masquerade in Shamakha Cuma, Yeddi Gumbez, the mausoleum of Diri Baba in Maraza. Transfer to the border Azerbayjan - Georgia (Lagodekhi). Then transfer to Telavi. Overnight in Telavi.
DAY 4 : LA REGION DE KAJETI - SIGHNAGHI–TBILISI
Breakfast. Morning visit the Monastery of Nekresi. Then we’ll visit the complex and Garden Tsinandali of noble of Georgia, Alexander Chavchavadze. After the tour we will have wine tasting. Before reaching the farm we’ll visit the complex Shuamta Old and New, with monasteries of the begginig of Middle Ages. Then we will have the opportunity to see how the Georgian wine is prepared which is completely different from that of European. We can also give a try. Later travel to the city of Sighnaghi and visit the museum of ethnographic history. Return to Tbilisi. Overnight in a hotel in Tbilisi
DAY 5 : TBILISI - MTSKHETA-GORI-TBILISI
Breakfast. Visit the ancient capital and religious center of Georgia – Mtskheta and its historical sites: the Church of Jvari (6th century) and Svetitskhoveli Cathedral (11th century). Jvari and Svetitskhoveli are World Heritage Sites of UNESCO. Then visit Gori - the heart of Kartli Region. Visit City Uplistsikhe Cave. It is an older complex wich interesting wine cellars, bakeries, a basilica church and even a theater. Then optional visit Stalin Museum, which is an old and interesting complex, wine cellars, bakeries, a church of three-aisled basilica carved into the rock and even a crazy theater near Stalin museum. You have to climb the famous Georgian Military Highway (leading to the Georgian - Russian border). On the road we will visit the complex Ananuri. Get back to Tbilisi and overnight at the hotel.
DAY 6 : TBILISI- SADAJLO (FRONTERA GEORGIA – ARMENIA) – DILIJAN
Breakfast. Today we will have excursion in the capital. Here you may encounter with many religious and cultural builings: churches, sinagoges, mosques which comprise the whole color of 19th century. Visit sulfur bath. Later visit the stunning treasury History Museum and the National Art Museum of Georgia (depends which will be open). After all we will hhave a walking along Rustaveli Avenue - the main street in Tbilisi. After we’ll continue the tour to the border of Georgia - Armenia (Sadakhlo) and after border formalities we continue our journey to Armenia. We’ll taketrip to Dilijan. Overnight at hotel in Dilijan.
DAY 7 : DILIJAN-SELIM-NORAVANK-KHOR VIRAP-EREVAN
Breakfast. Take trip to Noravank - a monastery of XII century via Selim Pass. This monastery is situated among amazing sheer rocks on the bench of a twisty gorge. This is the only monastery where we may find a unique sculpture of Father God. We will continue our tour Khor Virap Monastery (4-18th cc.). This monastery is very prominent because of its history; Gregory the Illuminator, who introduced Christianity to Armenia, has been imprisoned there about 13 years as at that time there was a prison in the place of the monastery. Here we can enjoy the spectacular view of the sacred Ararat Mountain - an immortal symbol of Armenia. Get Yerevan and overnight there.
DAY 8 : EREVAN - ECHMIADZIN – ZVARTNOC-EREVAN
Breakfast. We will start the excursion to centuries-old monuments Ejmiatsin and Zvartnots. These sites are listed on UNESCO World Heritage list. The Cathedral of Ejmiatsin, founded in 303, is the official residence of the Catholicos of Armenia. We’ll continue the trip to Zvartnots Temple, which was built on 7th century by Nerses Builder Catholicos. Get back to Yerevan. We will visit Vernissage; the famous open-air market of contemporary art. Overnight in Yerevan.
DAY 9 : EREVAN – GARNI – GEGHARD – EREVAN
Breakfast. Take trip to Garni. This Pagan Temple was built in the 1st century AD. It is the only temple that has been preserves from the Pagan times in Armenia. It was devoted to the god Mihr, who was the god of cleanness. In 1679 it was destroyed by earthquake. In the 1975 the Temple was restored. Then we will continue our trip to Geghard Monastery. Its name came from the legendary lance that was used to pierce the body of Christ. It has been kept here for centuries. Though the exact foundation of the monastery is unknown, the present complex was built in the mid – 13th century. Get back to yerevan and overnight there.
DAY 10 : DEPARTURE
Breakfast. Transfer to the airport.