Azerbaijian-Georgia-Armenia-Iran
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  • Day 1. Baku
    Arrival and transfer to the hotel. Overnight in Baku.
  • Day 2. Baku – Peninsula of Absheron
    Breakfast. Passing through the city of Baku, capital of Azerbaijan, which is on the Apsheron peninsula on the Caspian Sea. The modern city is the cultural, industrial and political center of the nation. Its name arrives from the ancient Persian name “Badu-Kube”, which means "windy city". The city of Baku was founded in the VI century by Alessandro Magno. Now Baku is one of the tourist destinations that has several tourist attractions. Transfer to the peninsula of Absheron, known as "sacred fire of the earth," because of the natural gas and oil fields. Overnight at hotel.
  • Day 3. Baku – Shamaha – Sheki
    Breakfast. Departure for Sheki (350 km from Baku), one of the oldest cities of Azerbaijan. On the way we will stop to visit the Mausoleum Diri Baba and Shemakha mosque. Lunch in the restaurant. Continuing with a visit to the Oguz synagogue and the sixth-century church. Continue to Sheki, the ancient city on the Silk Road and surrounded by mountains and forest of oaks. Return to the hotel and after the accommodation will gonna do the city tour: visit the summer palace of Khan with magnificent frescoes of the XVIII century and the museum of History with the artifacts from different periods. Overnight at hotel.
  • Day 4. Transfer to the border of Azerbaijan-Georgia - Gremi - Tsinandali - Sighnaghi - Tbilisi
    Departure to the border of Azerbaigian-Georgia (Lagodekhi), changing the guide and driver. Continuing our tour to Georgia: Kakheti region, synonym of wine. Here are cultivated hundreds of varieties of grapes and we could try some of the best wines in a selected local winery. After that we will reach to the religious complex fortified by Gremi, the capital of Kakheti of the XVI century. In the afternoon visit to the estate of the Chavchavadze family and admiring the beautiful park full of old-growth and exotic plants. Overnight in Tbilisi.
  • Day 5: Tbilisi tour
    Breakfast. From the morning will get you to the places that show you the old city. You will be able to take a look at the history of the city from the first centuries to the present, you will walk through the narrow streets of the city and you can explore the religious architecture. Here you will find several religious buildings - churches, mosques, synagogues, you will see famous houses of the 19th century which is built with polychrome wood and balconies. Visit the sulfur bath which made an unforgettable impression on Pushkin, Lermontov, Duma. Next you will visit the stunning treasury of Georgia - National Art Museum or Museum of History (which will be opened).
  • Day 6: Tbilisi - Mtskheta - Uplistsikhe - Tbilisi
    After the breakfast visit Mtsketa, the ancient religious capital, nearby to Tbilisi, where in forth century Saint Nino converted the kingdom Ivorian to Christianity. This is the town, where some of the oldest and most important churches of the country are situated, and it is the spiritual heart of Georgia. Visit the Church of Jvari and Svetitskhoveli Cathedral, large building dating from the 11th century, presenting plant elongated cross, decorated with splendid stone sculptures both outside and inside. According to tradition the cathedral would be buried under the tunic of Christ. Both Jvari and Svetitskhoveli are UNESCO World Heritage Site. The city has an old and interesting complex with residences, markets, wineries, bakeries, theater and the three-nave basilica church built on the rock. Some traces of the caravans are still preserved along the hills overlooking the rocky complex. Overnight in Tbilisi.
  • Day 7: Tbilisi – Ananuri - Kazbegi – Tbilisi
    Breakfast. Full day guided tours by bus. Starting from the direction of Kazbegi. On the way stop for a visit to the Fortress of Ananuri. Arrive in Kazbegi and walk to get to the Gergeti Trinity Church located at 2170 mt. height. From here you can admire the magnificent panorama that opens the imposing Mount Kazbegi with its permanent blanket of snow. Return to Tbilisi and overnight.
  • Day 8: Tbilisi - Sadakhlo Border /11:00 /- Haghpat – Sanahin - Sevan - Yerevan
    Breakfast and departure to the Georgian-Armenian border. Change of bus and guide and departure to Alaverdi. Visit two exclusive monuments of Armenian architecture of X-XIV centuries-the Sanahin monastery and the monastery of Haghpat (UNESCO World Heritage). Haghpat monastery was one of the largest religious centers, cultural and educational medieval Armenia. Drive to Dilijan. Passing through the city, visit the road Sharamberyan, considered a symbol of "Old Dilijan" After the tour continues to Lake Sevan. Here you will have the opportunity to visit the monastery Sevanavank. Departure for Yerevan.
  • Day 9: Yerevan (City Tour) – Garni – Geghard – Yerevan
    Breakfast. Start of the visit the Armenian capital called the "Pink City" for the color of the stones but also by the reflection of light emanating from the snowy peaks of Mount Ararat at sunrise. Visit to the Matenadaran museum. Stop at the Genocide Memorial on Tsitsernakaberd hill. Drive to Garni (about 30 km. From Yerevan) and visit Hellenistic and Roman cultural center and former residence of the royal Armenian Arshakuni Dynasty. They will visit the temple dedicated to the son God, the remains of the wall of the third century BC and the Roman baths. Continue to the Monastery of Geghard called with the name of the spear that pierced Christ's body, located in a deep canyon: half built inside the rock, according to tradition dating back to the fourth century. Return to the hotel in Yerevan.
  • Day 10: Yerevan – Khor Virap – Noravank – Karahunj – Goris
    Breakfast. Departure for the Ararat region to visit the Monastery of Khor Virap. The Monastery offers a splendid view of the Biblical Mount Ararat. Continue to Areni, famous for its wine, for a glimpse at one of the wineries in the area. Lunch in a local house. Drive to Vayots Dzor region and you go to visit the wonderful monastic complex of Novarank (12th / 13th century) located in a spectacular location on the edge of a precipice. Visit observatory Karahunj. Dinner and overnight in Goris.
  • Day 11: Goris – Tatev – Kndzoresk – Goris
    Breakfast. Visit the most beautiful monastery throughout Armenia, to Tatev (IX-XIIIcentury). A former center for science and art, where centuries ago lived and worked many of the influential famous Armenians. Tatev complex consists of three churches, a refectory, a library, once a different residence. Lunch in a local restaurant. Departure to the city of Kapan. On the way stop to visit the village Khndzoresk (troglodyte city). You have heard of a village where there are more than 100 houses, but there are no inhabitants. A resort of this type is Khndzoresk. Overnight in Goris.
  • Day 12: Kapan – Meghri - Tabriz
    Breakfast. Transfer to Armenia-Iran border. Meeting with guide and driver of Iran. Departure to the city of Tabriz. During the way stop to visit the cathedral St. Stepanous. In the evening visit the Elgoli garden. Overnight in Tabriz.
  • Day 13: Tabriz- Shiraz
    Breakfast. Passing through the city of Tabriz. Visit to Azerbaijan Museum, the Blue Mosque, the Mashrouteh house-museum and the old market of Tabriz. Transfer of Tabriz airport for flight to Shiraz. Arrival and Transfer to the hotel.
  • Day 14: Shiraz
    Breakfast at hotel. Day dedicated to the meeting with the graceful Shiraz, the cradle of poetry and Persian culture. Many monuments immersed in enchantment of an indefinable atmosphere: the tombs of poets Hafez and Saadi, Nasir ol Molk Mosque. Capital of Fars built at 1525 meters above sea level. Shiraz has been sung by poets as an oasis of roses and wine and the nightingale, and not coincidentally gave birth to two of the chief Persian poets, Hafez and Saadi hermetic Sufi, the great traveler. Shiraz is therefore a destination for pilgrims because in the East the great culture men are revered. Visit their mausoleums, the mystical sanctuary of ChahCheragh, the Jame-e-Atig mosque, the small museum of Fars housed in the octagonal pavilion built by Karim Khan-e-Zand, the Orangerie and the lively bazar- e-Vakil. Shiraz, also known for its gardens and for its mild climate. Capital of Fars built at 1525 meters above sea level. Return to the hotel for dinner and overnight.
  • Day 15: Shiraz - Esfahan
    Breakfast. Drive to Esfahan. Along the way visit to Persepolis and Naqsh-e Rostam, the place of the graves of the first Emperors, that Darius the Great - Xerxes - Artaxerxes I, and Darius II. The construction scheme provides cross-shaped facades in which there are doors that culminate with a frieze in low relief; the two pairs of pillars which frame the doors are surmounted by capitals in the shape of a bull's head. Below this Achaemenid cemeteries are seen eight rock reliefs celebrating the Sassanian empire glory. Onward journey in the direction of Esfahan and the beginning of sight to the oldest bridges in 1600. Overnight.
  • Day 16: Esfahan
    Breakfast at hotel and day dedicated to this beautiful city, the capital of the homonymous province. Esfahan, in 600 was one of the brightest capitals of the East and was called by the nickname "the other half of the world." Visit the large central square of the city (now Square Imam) is truly impressive with his background of domes and minarets, columns and arches that for over four centuries come together in a unified framework. On the square is the Imam Mosque. On another side of the square instead it overlooks the elegant and slender mosque Loftollah. In front of this mosque is the palace Ali Qapu (high port) that once represented the monumental entrance to the royal palaces. The large terrace served as a royal box time and from this lofty vantage point the Shah followed with his guests the shows that took place in the square. The music room, inside the palace, impresses with extraordinary decoration of the walls and the vault, with inlays depicting bottles, bottles and musical instruments that had not only ornamental value but they had surely serve to improve the acoustics. It is not far from the restaurant. In Jolfa district in 1603 an entire Armenian community was deported in order to revitalize the economy of Esfahan: the highlights of the visit, the Cathedral of the Savior and the adjoining museum. Overnight in Esfahan.
  • Day 17: Esfahan
    Breakfast at hotel and day dedicated to this beautiful city, the capital of the homonymous province. Esfahan, in 600 was one of the brightest capitals of the East and was called by the nickname "the other half of the world." Visit the large central square of the city (now Square Imam) is truly impressive with his background of domes and minarets, columns and arches that for over four centuries come together in a unified framework. On the square is the Imam Mosque. On another side of the square instead it overlooks the elegant and slender mosque Loftollah. In front of this mosque is the palace Ali Qapu (high port) that once represented the monumental entrance to the royal palaces. The large terrace served as a royal box time and from this lofty vantage point the Shah followed with his guests the shows that took place in the square. The music room, inside the palace, impresses with extraordinary decoration of the walls and the vault, with inlays depicting bottles, bottles and musical instruments that had not only ornamental value but they had surely serve to improve the acoustics. It is not far from the restaurant. In Jolfa district in 1603 an entire Armenian community was deported in order to revitalize the economy of Esfahan: the highlights of the visit, the Cathedral of the Savior and the adjoining museum. Overnight in Esfahan.
  • Day 18: Esfahan – Tehran
    Breakfast. Early morning departure to Tehran. Along the way visit the city of Kashan. The city's origins are probably ancient; according to a local tradition from here would leave the three kings for their long search of the Bethlehem crib. Today Kashan is famous for its ceramics and glazed tiles, for its carpets and velvets. In the city there are the hills of Sialk (fifth millennium BC), you will visit Fin Garden of the nineteenth century villas such as bioclimatic house. Overnight in Tehran.
  • Day 19: Tehran .
    Breakfast and day excursion to the city of Tehran (elevation 1150 m.), The current political capital. Tehran is a relatively young city, as opposed to an empire from the ancient traditions as well. The city, located along the route of the caravan route that crossed the country from north to south, began to gradually gain importance as a place of rest and refreshment for merchants and their follow up to be chosen as the state capital of the dynasty of Ghajars that enriched the boulevards, gardens and palaces. Since the Second World War Tehran has grown rapidly. Visit the bazaar of extraordinary jewels that belonged to the Safavid dynasty and later, to the rich archaeological museum of artifacts that trace the history of the country, the extraordinary collection of pottery artifacts, the Royal Palace of Golestan and treasures of the famous central bank as a museum of jewelry. Overnight
  • Day 20: Departure
    Transfer to the airport
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