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Caucasus Explorer - 12 Days in Azerbaijan, Georgia & Armenia

This sample 12 day (11 nights) itinerary covers all three of the Caucasus countries, with overnights in Baku, Sheki, Sighnaghi, Tbilisi & Yerevan. You'll travel by private transfer between the destinations for maximum comfort. Our Destination Manager in the region provides assistance before and during your travels. They will be available to you leading up to the trip to answer any questions and arrange local services. You will be provided with information on the best these destinations have to offer including things to see and do, restaurants, entertainment and other insider tips. Upon arrival we will provide you with a local cell phone that you can use to contact our Destination Manager throughout your trip. In all of our destinations we offer a variety of accommodation options including boutique style hotels, charming B&Bs and spacious apartments ranging from a three to five star level. From our first hand experience we can ensure they are all clean, comfortable and centrally located. We generally discourage chain hotels but provide accommodations with unique features or an authentic feel.
Azerbaijan
• Baku
• Sheki
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Georgia
• Sighnaghi
• Tbilisi
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Armenia
• Yerevan

Itinerary


3 Nights in Baku

Day 1

When you arrive, we'll have a driver waiting to greet you. You'll be taken to your accommodation in the capital of Azerbaijan, Baku. Please note that US citizens need a visa to enter Azerbaijan. This is not included in the package but let us know if you need help with this.

Included : Baku Airport Transfer

Day 2

Baku Private City Tour
This four-hour walking and driving tour is a great way to get to know this amazing city. With an expert local guide you'll see all of the highlights of the city center, including the Palace of the Shirvanshahs, the Maiden Tower, Baku Boulevard, and Fountain Square. Then you'll also climb up to Highland Park, where you'll have breathtaking views. Your guide will tell you all about the history and culture of Baku. Don't forget your camera, there are some striking photo opps!

Baku Highlights Driving & Walking City Tour
Baku Highlights Driving & Walking City Tour
Duration : 4 hours
Activity level : Light
Included in your
vacation package
Optional: Sample Azerbaijani Food with an Expert
Azerbaijani food pays homage to the caravans that threaded the Silk Route. It's unique, delicious and filled with history. We recommend sampling as much as you can while you're in the city, and there's no better way to do so than on one of our guided tasting tours. You'll get familiar with the aromas and flavors of Azerbaijani cuisine on our private Yesil Market Tour, which will introduce you to classic local dishes, sweets and tea. With an expert local guide you'll get to sample some of the most iconic dishes of this delicious cultural cuisine.

Food Tasting Tour at Yesil Market
Food Tasting Tour at Yesil Market
Duration : 3 hours
Activity level : Light
Included : Baku Highlights Driving & Walking City Tour

Day 3

Optional: Highlights of Baku's surroundings
We recommend a full-day tour with an expert local guide so you'll get to see some of the most amazing sites in the region. These include the Gobustan Museum of Petroglyphs, about 70 km from Baku. Here you can admire prehistoric rock drawings. Then there's the famous Mud Volcanoes. Over a thousand of these mud volcanoes are known to exist in the world, and some 400 of them are in the coastal area of Azerbaijan. The Bibi-Heybat Mosque is also interesting. Built in the 1990s, it's a recreation of the mosque with the same name built in the 13th century, which was completely destroyed by the Bolsheviks in 1936. A visit to the Ateshgah Temple of fire worshippers should also be on your agenda. The complex is located on the Apsheron peninsula about 30 km from the center of Baku. Finally, you won't want to miss Yanar Dag, a natural gas flame in the hills. This is one of the most popular tourist sites in Azerbaijan. We can arrange a full-day excursion for you, to give you maximum convenience and comfort.

Highlights of Baku's Surroundings
Highlights of Baku's Surroundings
Duration : 8 hours
Activity level : Moderate
Optional: Khinalig Day Trip
The mountainous settlement of Khinalig has a truly rare landscape and the unique lifestyle of the villagers combined with this stunning setting makes the place feel like an open-air museum. Khinaliq was historically known as the most isolated village in Azerbaijan. There's a population of 2,000 people who speak their own distinct language. We highly recommend taking the opportunity to visit the region with a local guide on a private tour.

Khinalig Day Trip
Khinalig Day Trip
Duration : 12 hours
Activity level : Moderate

Day 4

The picturesque mountain town of Sheki awaits you today, as well as the opportunity to explore more of Azerbaijan. First, we'll arrange for a private car to pick you up at your accommodation in Baku and bring you to your centrally located Sheki accommodation. Along the way you will be stopping at the Diri Baba Mausoleum, where a saint named Diri Baba was buried and one of the most sacred places in Azerbaijan - Shamaki Juma Mosque. The vehicle used for your transfer will be a standard sedan, station wagon or minivan.
Included : Baku -Sheki Private Transfer with stops at Diri Baba Mausoleum & Shamaki Juma Mosque.
Baku

A little about Baku

Baku is a glitzy city on the Caspian Sea. It’s expanding quickly with the ambition to become something like the next Dubai. The government is pouring investment into infrastructure and the tourist industry while adding daily flights from foreign countries. Most of the wealth in Azerbaijan is here, and it’s easy to see. But that doesn’t mean there’s no history to explore. In fact, Baku’s Old Town is ancient, yet very well maintained. UNESCO listed the walled city as a World Heritage Site in 2000. The impressive buildings and labyrinthine streets will excite history buffs and anyone who appreciates unique architecture.

1 Night in Sheki

Day 1

Depending on how many stops you choose to make on your way, you'll arrive in Sheki anytime from mid-afternoon to early evening. Your driver will take you directly to your accommodation. Please note that US citizens need a visa to enter Azerbaijan. This is not included in the package but let us know if you need help with this.

Sheki Private Walking Tour
This tour gives you the chance to see Azerbai­jan’s loveliest town, Sheki. You'll be picked up from your accommodation by your guide, who'll lead you on this two-hour walking tour. Highlights? Just about you everything you'll see is unique and historic, from monuments to buildings and winding streets. Don't forget your camera!
Sheki Private Walking Tour
Sheki Private Walking Tour
Duration : 2 hours
Activity level : Light
Included in your
vacation package

Included : Sheki Private Walking Tour

Day 2

A city of love Sighnaghi awaits you today. First, we'll arrange for a private car to pick you up at your accommodation in Sheki and bring you to your Sighnaghi accommodation. As you will pass through Gerogia's most famous wine region, Kakheti we included a few stops for you. Your first stop after crossing the border will be Khareba Winery where you can take a tour of the cellar and taste the traditional wines. Then as you continue your drive you'll stop Gremi Monastery for a short visit to get familiar with the Georgian history and architectural heritage. Your next stop is Tsinandali Museum and Park, where you can take a lovely walk and taste the white wine nearby at Shumi winery. Optionally you can stop by the Mosmieri Winery and have and additional tasting if time permits. The vehicle used for your transfer will be a standard sedan, station wagon or minivan.
Included : Sheki - Sighnaghi Private Transfer with stops along the way
Sheki

A little about Sheki

Visiting Sheki will show you the real, traditional Azerbaijan. Don’t miss this rural gem while you’re in the country. This city on the slopes of the Caucasus Mountains is much poorer than Baku and is still a little rough around the edges. But that just means you’ll get to experience the authentic side of Azerbaijani culture when you visit. There’s a small village atmosphere here. It’s an interesting contrast to other destinations in the country. You’ll also notice more of a religious element in Sheki than in some of the larger cities in Azerbaijan. The Islamic architecture here, like the Palace of the Sheki Khans, is truly impressive. Sheki is ideal for a short stay. Other key sights are the bazaar and the caravanserai. Sheki is the perfect place to break up the journey between Azerbaijan and Georgia. After all, Sheki used to be one of the stops on the Silk Road connecting Baku and Tbilisi. Sheki's caravanserai were a welcome sight after a long day traveling. As well as being a stop on the silk old trading route Sheki was and still is a renowned producer of silks. While factory isn't easy to visit, you'll find the classic Sheki silk scarves on sale throughout the town. Beyond the city you’ll find lovely countryside. It's ideal for nature lovers, especially if you don’t mind a hawk swooping down for prey every once in a while!

1 Night in Sighnaghi

Day 1

Depending on how many stops you choose to make on your way, you'll arrive in Sighnaghi anytime from mid-afternoon to early evening. Your driver will take you directly to your accommodation in the city centre.

Day 2

Signaghi Private City Tour
This fun tour will take you through Sighnaghi, the City of Love. Your guide will show you all of the most important sites, including the walls and towers, the wine museum, the Bodbe Monastery, and much more. It's the best way to see the city and to get an understanding of its history and culture in just 2 hours.
Signaghi Private City Tour
Signaghi Private City Tour
Duration : 2 hours
Activity level : Light
Included in your
vacation package

Be prepared for an interesting day today as you say goodbye to Sighnaghi, hello to Tbilisi and have a brief visit to the rock-hewn monastery complex with hundreds of cave structures tucked away into the mountainside, David Gareja Monastery. Based on your preferred departure time, a driver will pick you up at your accommodation in Sighnaghi and your journey to Tbilisi can start. The vehicle used for your transfer will be a standard sedan, station wagon or minivan.
Included : Signaghi Private City Tour, Signaghi - Tbilisi Private Transfer with a stop at David Gareja Monastery
Sighnaghi

A little about Sighnaghi

Sighnaghi is the prettiest town in Kakheti, sitting on a hilltop 60km southeast of Telavi and full of 18th- and 19th-century architecture with an Italianate feel. A big tourism-oriented renovation program has seen a rash of new accommodation spring up, but the town’s original style has been maintained. Sighnaghi has wonderful views over the Alazani valley to the Caucasus beyond, and is a pleasant place to spend a night or two. Hopefully they will have stopped the rented quad-bikes roaring up and down the main street by the time you get there. Sighnaghi was originally developed in the 18th century by King Erekle II, partly as a refuge for the area’s populace against Lezgin and Persian attacks.

3 Nights in Tbilisi

Day 1

Depending on how many stops you choose to make on your way, you'll arrive in Tbilisi anytime from mid-afternoon to early evening. Your driver will take you directly to your accommodation in the city centre.

Day 2

Explore Tbilisi With our Expert Guide
The history, culture and legends of Tbilisi will come alive for you on this wonderfully informative walking and driving tour. Your experienced local guide will provide an overview of the history of Tbilisi and Georgia as you explore the charming historical sights of the Old Town. It's the best way to see all the famous places in one easy tour.

Tbilisi Old Town Walking & Driving Tour
Tbilisi Old Town Walking & Driving Tour
Duration : 7 hours
Activity level : Moderate
Included in your
vacation package
Optional: Sample Georgian Food and Wine with an Expert
Georgian cuisine is unique to the country, but also carries some influences from other European and nearby Middle Eastern culinary traditions. Get familiar with the aromas and flavors of Georgian cuisine on our private Tbilisi Foodie Tour, which will introduce you to classic local dishes, wines and spirits while showing you around in the central market. It's highly recommended, especially for first-time visitors to the city because it's a fun tour that's convenient, tasty and very engaging.

Tbilisi Foodie tour
Tbilisi Foodie tour
Duration : 3 hours
Activity level : Easy
Included : Tbilisi Old Town Walking & Driving Tour

Day 3

Optional: Kazbegi Day Trip
There is plenty to see outside of the city, and Kazbegi is one destination we highly recommend. Here you'll see the 16th-century Ananuri Fortress and so much more. This historic area is one of the most unique in the region. It's best explored with an expert local guide who can tell you all about its past and present culture.

Kazbegi Day Trip
Kazbegi Day Trip
Duration : 9 hours
Activity level : Moderate

Day 4

Be prepared for an interesting day today as you say goodbye to Tbilisi, hello to Yerevan and have a brief visit to two Byzantine monasteries Sananhin & Haghpat, the resort town Dilijan and high-altitude lake Sevan. Based on your preferred departure time, a driver will pick you up at your accommodation in Tbilisi and your journey to Armenian capital Yerevan can start. The vehicle used for your transfer will be a standard sedan, station wagon or minivan.
Included : Tbilisi - Yerevan Private Transfer with stops in Sananhin & Hanghpat Monasteries, Dilijan and Lake Sevan
Tbilisi

A little about Tbilisi

Tbilisi has come a long way since the Rose Revolution of 2003 ousted the post-Soviet Shevardnadze government. To Tbilisi's eternal charms of a dramatic setting in the deep valley of the swift Mtkvari River, picturesque architecture, an ever-lively arts and cultural scene, and the welcoming Georgian lifestyle have been added a whole new 21st-century dimension of inviting cafes and restaurants serving ever better food, up-to-date lodgings from backpacker hostels to international five-stars, funky bars and clubs, spruced-up museums, galleries, parks, plazas and whole streets, modernised transport and a sprinkling of eye-catching contemporary architecture. All of which make it a much easier, and more fun, city to visit and live in than it was less than a decade ago.

3 Nights in Yerevan

Day 1

Depending on how many stops you choose to make on your way, you'll arrive in Yerevan anytime from mid-afternoon to early evening. Your driver will take you directly to your accommodation in the centre.

Day 2

Get Oriented in Yerevan with an Expert Guide
This walking tour takes about three hours. You'll stroll through the colorful and magnificent streets of the city center, enjoying the views and learning the history of the most popular sights: The Cascade Complex, the Opera House, Northern Avenue, the Republic Square, the Vernisage Market, Yeznik Koghbatsi Street, Arami Street, and much more. Your guide will pick you up at your accommodation and drop you off there at the end of the tour.

Yerevan  Old Town  Private Walking Tour
Yerevan Old Town Private Walking Tour
Duration : 3 hours
Activity level : Light
Included in your
vacation package
Tsitsernakaberd Memorial Complex
The Armenian Genocide memorial complex is Armenia's official memorial dedicated to the victims of the Armenian Genocide, built in 1967 on the hill of Tsitsernakaberd in Yerevan. The people who gather in Tsiternakaberd lay fresh flowers out of respect for all the people who died in the Armenian genocide.

Shop till you drop at Vernissage Market
An open-air market running between Hanrapetutyun and the Khanjyan Sts, the Vernissage is where you should come to source locally produced handicrafts including traditional dolls, brass pots and jazzves, ceramics and woodwork, as well as second-hand goods. It has the most stalls on weekends; the pickings can be slim during the week. Quality varies, and bargaining is only occasionally successful.

Included : Yerevan Old Town Private Walking Tour

Day 3

Optional: Private Day Trip to Khor Virap and Noravank Monasteries with Wine Tasting
This full-day trip is simply packed with historical and cultural sites. You'll see the place where Noah's Ark landed, visit a deep dungeon underground, learn about the 5,000-year history of Armenian winemaking and get to sample some local vintages, and so much more. Your guide will pick you up at your accommodation and drop you off there at the end of the day. You'll want to dress comfortably and bring some snacks and water. The journey is long but well worth it!
Private Day Trip to Khor Virap and Noravank Monasteries with Wine Tasting
Private Day Trip to Khor Virap and Noravank Monasteries with Wine Tasting
Duration : 7 hours
Activity level : Moderate

Optional: Day Trip to Garni Temple, Geghard Monastery and Master Levon's Cave
This full-day tour is packed with historical and cultural interest. You'll be picked up from your accommodation in the morning and driven back there in the evening. In between you'll visit a UNESCO World Heritage Site, a mystical cave, a gorgeous temple and so much more. Admire the beautiful landscape as you cruise comfortably in the car. It will be an unforgettable day!
Day Trip to Garni Temple, Geghard Monastery and Master Levon's Cave
Day Trip to Garni Temple, Geghard Monastery and Master Levon's Cave
Duration : 6-7 hours
Activity level : Moderate

Day 4

A driver will meet you at your accommodation to take you to the airport for your departing flight.
Included : Yerevan Airport Transfer
Yerevan

A little about Yerevan

Yerevan stands out in Armenia because of its distinctly European flair. In the center of this well-developed city you’ll find beautiful architecture, pedestrian zones, grand squares and lovely green parks. But even in the midst of this urban haven, you’ll see Mount Ararat looming over the rooftops. There are numerous day trips in the countryside just a short drive away. This is a city of art, culture and cuisine. The museums and music clubs are always worth visiting, and the restaurants offer a mix of modern, classic and international dining. The Yerevan Cascade is one stand-out site. It’s a series of landscaped gardens with sculptures and ornate fountains. It also hosts a lively arts center. In fact, you’ll find art and sculpture installed throughout the city. This attests to the local pride Yerevan takes in its culture. An entertaining destination with affordable prices, Yerevan is perfect for a stay of several days while you’re exploring Georgia.

What's Included

Below you will find all the services provided as part of your complete vacation package.

Should you wish to add any optional tours and excursions listed on the Itinerary tab, please let us know.

Please note, no particular accommodation is specified in the package. The price you see on this proposal is based on estimated costs of 3 Star accommodation, or next best available class, in each destination. The total package price will depend on the accommodation you choose.


  • 3 Nights Accommodation in Baku
  • Baku Airport Transfer
  • Baku Highlights Driving & Walking City Tour
    Duration : 4 hours
    Includes : Hotel pick up, Guide, Entrance fees
    Excludes : Personal expenses, Tip for the guide
  • Baku -Sheki Private Transfer with stops at Diri Baba Mausoleum & Shamaki Juma Mosque.
  • 1 Night Accommodation in Sheki
  • Sheki Private Walking Tour
    Duration : 2 hours
    Includes : Hotel pick up, Guide, Entrance fees
    Excludes : Personal expenses, Tip for the guide
  • Sheki - Sighnaghi Private Transfer with stops along the way
  • 1 Night Accommodation in Sighnaghi
  • Signaghi Private City Tour
    Duration : 2 hours
    Includes : Hotel pick-up, Guide, Entrance fee
    Excludes : Tip for the guide
  • Signaghi - Tbilisi Private Transfer with a stop at David Gareja Monastery
  • 3 Nights Accommodation in Tbilisi
  • Tbilisi Old Town Walking & Driving Tour
    Duration : 7 hours
    Includes : Hotel Pick-up, Driver, Guide, Tickets for Cable Car
    Excludes : Tip for guide/driver, Entrance fees
  • Tbilisi - Yerevan Private Transfer with stops in Sananhin & Hanghpat Monasteries, Dilijan and Lake Sevan
  • 3 Nights Accommodation in Yerevan
  • Yerevan Old Town Private Walking Tour
    Duration : 3 hours
    Includes : Hotel Pick Up, English Speaking Guide, Entrance Fees
    Excludes : Tip for the Guide
  • Yerevan Airport Transfer
  • Pre-trip assistance of the JayWay Destination Manager.
  • On-trip assistance from local JayWay Representatives.
  • A pre-paid local cell phone for all destinations.
  • Excursion booking advice and assistance.
  • Access to your personalized Guest Page, containing detailed destination information and tips on the best that these cities can offer.


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- Tips for Tour Guides, Drivers and Local Reps.
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Parking fees for your Rental Car (if you are booking one with us) unless otherwise indicated. Some hotels provide free parking facilities.
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