Tailor-Made Holiday

Highlights of Armenia, Georgia & Azerbaijan

14 days

from £3,195pp (excluding flights)

Combine these 3 countries and cross the Caucasus for an adventure full of ancient culture, historical sites and stunning mountain landscapes.

  • View Khor Virap Monastery in Armenia, with the imposing Mount Ararat in the background
  • Visit Lake Sevan and its lakeside churches
  • Attend a church service in old town Tbilisi
  • Take in the magnifiecnt frescoes and stained glass at the Royal Summer Palace of the Shekhi Khans
  • Stroll in the atmospheric old town of Baku, Azerbaijans capital city

This 2 week holiday through the Caucasus begins in Armenia in the city of Yerevan and the nearby plains, home to the majestic snow-capped peak of Mount Ararat. Onto the shores of Lake Sevan before exploring the lush valleys and winding streets of old town Tbilisi in Georgia. The journey ends amidst the woodlands and countryside on the shores of the Caspian Sea with time to explore Baku, Azerbaijan's capital city with its contrasting skyscrapers and beautiful old town.

Full of ancient temples and hillside monasteries, soaring mountains, picturesque wine regions and incredibly friendly people this relatively unknown part of the world makes for a truly fascinating holiday.

For a more detailed itinerary with great ideas on what to do and where to stay, please get in touch with our experts.

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what is included

  • All accommodation
  • Internal flights
  • International flights as detailed
  • Sightseeing with private guide as per the itinerary
  • Transfers as detailed

what is excluded

  • Gratuities
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  • Visas


Itinerary at a glance

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Day 1

Fly London to FR002

Fly FR002 to Yerevan

Yerevan is the capital city of Armenia. Both the cultural and administrative centre of the country, it is a city overlooked by the commanding Mount Ararat just across the border in neighbouring Turkey. At the city's heart is the attractive and colourful Republic Square, home to some of the capital's most beautiful architecture, and invigorated by its famous illuminated dancing fountains.

You will be staying at Golden Tulip Hotel Yerevan, Bed & Breakfast

Day 2

Full day excursion to Echmiadzin and surrounds
A one-hour drive along a winding road through the green hills above Yerevan brings you to the superb Roman temple at Garni. Dating from the 2nd century BC it was once a pagan Temple of the Sun and also part of a palace complex for the Armenian Kings. It is spectacularly situated on a cliff top above a deep and craggy gorge.

Twenty minutes further on is Geghard meaning 'the Holy Lance'. The Holy lance in question is said to be that used to pierce Jesus' side as he hung on the cross. It is now housed at Etchmiadzin. Several dark chambers display intricate carvings only just discernible in the flickering candlelight. Forged into the rock behind the main church is another chapel, which has the most incredible acoustics. You may encounter small animal sacrifices here (as at other churches in Armenia).

Visit Echmiadzin, meaning ’the coming of the Only Begotten’, the seat of the Armenian Patriarch and a place of pilgrimage. Legend has it that Jesus Christ descended from heaven to indicate the perfect location for a church and this is now the seat of the Supreme Catolicos of the Armenians. Inside the main church you can see what are (allegedly) the Holy Lance and a piece of Noah’s Ark. On the way back to Yerevan visit the seventh century churches of St Gayane and St Hripsime, both UNESCO World Heritage sites.
Continue to see the Treasury-Museum complete with its majestic staircases made of marble imported from Italy and massive exhibition halls and famous for its unique collection of gold and silver threaded brocades and needlework.

You will be staying at Golden Tulip Hotel Yerevan, Bed & Breakfast

Day 3

Full Day Excursion to Ohanavank Gorge & Amberd Fortress
Visit two churches located on the edge of the Ohanavank gorge. Ohanavank church is located in a small village just off the main road that has been partially restored and the oldest part of the church is 4th century. There are many khachkars including one in an upright pillar. Adjacent to the church is an interesting graveyard. A little further on is the small village of Saghmosavank. The condition of this church is better and the position arguably more spectacular. Inside the church is an altar, carpet on the floor and some chairs which is unusual since most churches are very sparsely decorated usually with only a few candles left by worshippers.

After lunch in a local village house where you can sample local Armenian fare, you will visit the Amberd Fortress. Here is a 10th century ruined palace fortress. Some of the walls are intact and the circular turrets can be seen. Lower down the slope is a 13th century church and you can wander amongst the foundations of these former buildings. There are fine views of the surrounding area often with eagles soaring overhead. The area is also home to the semi-nomadic Yezdi people who believe in pagan gods and look after cows, sheep and goats. You may see their encampments.

You will be staying at Golden Tulip Hotel Yerevan, Bed & Breakfast

Day 4

Drive from Yerevan to Dilijan

"Leaving Yerevan drive to Khor Virap in the Ararat Valley. This ancient site has far-reaching and stunning views. From here continue to the 13th century Noravank Monastery in a narrow gorge with brick red cliffs opposite the monastery.
Continuing towards Lake Sevan take a break in Areni for some wine tasting. Continue to Noraduz village where there are many khach-kars (cross stones), before arriving at the stunning Lake Sevan, one of the world’s highest and largest freshwater lakes in the world. Before arriving in Dilijan also visit Selim Caravanserai dating from 1332, a time when many roads crossed Armenia. The valleys around Dilijan are surrounded by mountains covered in thick forest.

You will be staying at Dilijan Resort Hotel, Bed & Breakfast

Day 5

Drive from Dilijan to Tbilisi via Haghbat, Sanahin and Sadakhlo

You will visit one of the oldest monastery complexes at Haghpat, founded in 976. From here you will continue to Sanahin which is amongst the most outstanding examples of medieval architecture. Both Haghpat and Sanahin Monasteries are UNESCO World Heritage sites. You will continue your journey to the border crossing at Sadakhlo. Walk across the bridge and into Georgia, where our local agent and driver will meet you. It will take about an hour and a quarter to reach Tbilisi, capital of Georgia.

The largest city in Georgia by a considerable distance, Tbilisi can justifiably claim to be the heart of the country. Squeezed between mountain ranges, the city fills the Mtkvari river valley. Having been the capital of Georgia for more than 1,500 years, in some form or another, Tbilisi is rich in history. However, as a city that hints at a new-found wealth, Tbilisi is undoubtedly changing. New building projects have added a touch of glamour to this historic city and contrast with the narrow streets, unchanged religious buildings and caravanserais of the old town.

You will be staying at Sharden Hotel, Bed & Breakfast

Day 6

City tour of Tbilisi
The National Museum houses an extraordinary collection of pre-Christian gold and silver as well as collections of archaeology, history and ethnography. The Art Museum houses gold and silverware from the Christian period and also boasts a superb selection of Western European, Russian and Georgian paintings from the Renaissance onwards. A good view of the city can be had from the 4th century Narikala Fortress which stands on a hill above the gorge of the Mtkvari River. A statue of King Gorgasali, the founder of Tbilisi, stands proudly outside the Metechi Church surveying the old town and sulphur baths, where Tbilisi’s streets are lined with an assortment of leaning houses, their balconies trailing pot-plants. You may be lucky enough to witness a service at Sioni Cathedral and a pleasant hour or so can also be spent visiting the Mtatsminda (Holy Mountain) and the St David’s Cemetery, where many of the leading figures of Georgian culture are buried.

You will be staying at Sharden Hotel, Bed & Breakfast

Day 7

Full Day to Mtskheta, Gori and Ananauri Fortress
Drive for a a day out of the city to Mtskheta the ancient capital of Georgia dating back to the 2nd millennium B.C. Georgians accepted Christianity at the beginning of 4th century. The town and its architectural monuments are included in the World's Cultural Heritage of UNESCO. Visit Jvari Monastery and Svetitskhoveli Cathedral. From Mtskheta proceed to Gori, an historical town. Today the town is mainly known as a birthplace of J. Stalin. Visit Stalin's museum in Gori and return to Tbilisi. Approaching Mtskheta turn onto the Georgian Military Highway, the historical road leading north into the Caucasian Mountains and then to Russia. It passes the spectacular Ananauri fortress which you will stop to see. Return to Tbilisi

You will be staying at Sharden Hotel, Bed & Breakfast

Day 8

Tbilisi to Telavi via David Garedzhe, Kakheti & Signagi

Today set out from Tbilisi on a circuit to David Garedzhe, the 6th century monastic complex which housed 6,000 monks at its height in the 10th century. Now just a handful remain. Set in the middle of near desert it is a lonely and spiritual place close to the Azeri border. The Lavra monastery is quite idyllic and the most complete in structure. Also visit the Peristsvaleba monastery.

A steep 30 to 45 minute climb over a hill will bring you to the Udabno Monastery (optional). This is undoubtedly the most stunningly remote and wild of the three. Entirely carved into a steep cliff and overlooking the wild Azeri plains it also boasts some beautiful 8th-13th century frescoes and cave architecture.

Continue north to the centre of the Georgia's biggest wine growing region, Kakheti, in a land dotted with fine old churches and vineyard after vineyard. Visit the Bodbe monastery built in the early middle ages where the grave of St. Nino is located, who brought Christianity to Georgia in the 4th c.

Before arriving in Telavi stop in the fortified walled hill-town of Signagi a beautiful hill-town providing panoramic views of Alazani Valley and the Eastern Caucasus Mountains. There will be an opportunity to sample some Georgian wines at a family run winery here.

You will be staying at Chateau Mere, Bed & Breakfast

Day 9

Telavi to Shekhi via Gremi

Look around Telavi before departing to see the Alaverdi Cathedral, the tallest remaining Cathedral of Georgia.

En route to the Georgian/Azeri border visit the Gremi architectural complex, which consists of the Church of the Archangels Michael and Gabriel, a three-story castle, a bell tower and a wine cellar. On arrival in Lagodekhi, pass through customs and immigration and meet your Azeri guide.

Note: The Georgian guide and driver will not be able to cross the border. Be ready to cross the border on foot through no-mans land.

Note: Please do NOT carry anything Armenian across the border, especially maps or books where Karabakh is mentioned as part of Armenia.

You will be staying at Yukhary Caravanserai, Bed & Breakfast

Day 10

Full Day Sightseeing in and Around Shekhi
Visitt the Royal Summer Palace of the Sheki Khans with its magnificent frescoes and stained glass as well as Sheki Museum and Fortress.

In the afternoon drive into the countryside to the village of Kish where the oldest church in the Caucasus is located. It dates from the 1st century. Take a walk in the surrounding Caucasus foothills.

You will be staying at Yukhary Caravanserai, Bed & Breakfast

Day 11

Drive from Shekhi to Baku (Road Journey)

On the drive to Baku visit Ganj, the birthplace of Nizami, the nation's most famous poet. Visit the 17th century Shah Abbas Mosque, the Orthodox church, Nizami's Mausoleum and the "Bottle House", decorated with 50,000 glass bottles.

You will be staying at JW Marriott Azerbaijan, Bed & Breakfast

Day 12

Walking tour of Baku
A guided walking tour of Baku that will include the medieval walled city "Icheri Sheher" with its narrow alleyways, historic caravanserais, mosques and Palace of the Shirvan Shahs. Visit the 12th century Maiden’s Tower (the ancient, eight storey fortress originally built as a fire beacon), the imposing mansions of the oil barons, built in the oil boom of 1870-1914 and Martyr’s Alley with its superb views over the Bay of Baku.

You will be staying at JW Marriott Azerbaijan, Bed & Breakfast

Day 13

Tour of the Absheron Peninsula
You will also go to the Absheron Peninsula, visiting the Ateshgah (or place of fire) a Zoroastrian Fire Temple and Yanar Dag natural gas flares. Also see the fortresses, which in medieval times formed part of the defence system of the Peninsula and the attractive mosque at Amirjan. One of the oldest and most interesting settlements on the peninsula, Amirajan (under its former name Hille) was the home village of the boom-era industrialist Muhtarov, who graced the town with its elegant mosque - generally considered the finest still standing in the country.

You will be staying at JW Marriott Azerbaijan, Bed & Breakfast

Day 14

Fly Baku to London

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