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Capitals of the Caucasus

This sample 10 day (9 nights) itinerary covers the three capital cities of the Caucasus: Baku, Tbilisi, and Yerevan. The services we provide as part of our comprehensive packages include accommodations, transfers and city tours. In addition to the tours included we can arrange a number of excursions based on your own interests. All of our tours are custom, and this is just a sample meant to give an idea for what our trips are like, and the opportunities our destinations provide.
One of our team in the region will be available to you during and leading up to the trip to answer any questions and arrange local services. You will receive access to your Guest Page, with its information on the best these destinations have to offer, including things to see and do, and other inside tips from restaurant recommendations to tipping advice. Upon arrival we will provide you with a local cell phone that you can use to contact our employee (who you will meet in person) throughout your trip. In all of our destinations, we offer a variety of memorable 3-5 star accommodation options, including boutique hotels, charming B&Bs, and spacious apartments. With our firsthand experience, we can ensure they are all clean, comfortable, and centrally located, with local ambience.
Route for Baku, Tbilisi, Yerevan tour

3 Nights in Baku

3 Nights in Baku

4 days in Baku

3 Nights in Baku

The glitziest city on the Caspian Sea, Baku aims to become the next Dubai. The government is pouring investment money into infrastructure and the tourist industry while adding daily flights to distant lands. Most of the wealth in Azerbaijan is here, and it’s easy to see. But unlike in Dubai, there's plenty of history to explore. Baku’s UNESCO-listed Old Town is ancient, yet very well maintained. Here, impressive buildings and labyrinthine streets will excite history buffs and anyone who appreciates unique architecture.

The glitziest city on the Caspian Sea, Baku aims to become the next Dubai. The government is pouring investment money into infrastructure and the tourist industry while adding daily flights to distant lands. Most of the wealth in Azerbaijan is here, and it’s easy to see. But unlike in Dubai, there's plenty of history to explore. Baku’s UNESCO-listed Old Town is ancient, yet very well maintained. Here, impressive buildings and labyrinthine streets will excite history buffs and anyone who appreciates unique architecture.

Day 1

Day 1 - Arrival in Baku

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.

Baku by Night Private Tour

Explore Nighttime Baku

Please ask your travel advisor for the cost to add this to your package

Baku truly dazzles once the sun goes down. Once the sun goes down that when the Baku city truly dazzles. Baku is in the midst of a rather extensive and expensive beautification process, and it shows in the evening. An expert local guide will show you all the most amazing buildings here, which are lit up with floodlights at night. This three-hour tour will give you a new point of view of the city. Trust us, Baku is even more beautiful by night. You'll meet your guide at the pick-up location and be dropped off there at the end of the tour.


Activity Level : Light
Duration : 4 - 5 hours

Day 2

Day 2 - Your First Full Day in Baku

Baku Highlights Driving & Walking Private City Tour

Baku Private City Tour

Included in your vacation package price.

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!


Activity Level : Light
Duration : 4 hours

Baku Private Food Tour including tasting at Yashil Market

Baku Private Food Tour including tasting at Yashil Market

There's no better way to explore the outstanding Azerbaijani cuisine than visiting the Yashil Market with our guide. You'll enjoy the delicious food, and learn more about the traditions of Azerbaijani culture through the dishes and the excellent products. This fun tour will lead you to the best places, where you will taste the best of the best. Highly recommended, especially for first-time visitors to the city. It's a fun tour that's convenient, tasty and very engaging. Be sure to come hungry and thirsty.


Activity Level : Light
Duration : 3 hours

Day 3

Day 3 - Your Second Full Day in Baku

Highlights of Baku's Surroundings Private Day Trip

Highlights of Baku's Surroundings Private Day Trip

Included in your vacation package price.

This full-day tour is a great way to see the most interesting and famous sites in this region of Azerbaijan. You'll have an expert local guide with you throughout the whole day, so you'll really get a local's point of view. Besides seeing Gobustan, the Mud Volcanoes, the Bibi-Heybat Mosque, Yanar Dag and more, you'll also have the chance to enjoy an authentic meal of Azerbaijani cuisine. This will be one of the highlights of your memorable visit to this wonderful destination.


Activity Level : Moderate
Duration : 8 - 9 hours

Visit the Azerbaijan Carpet Museum

Suggestion to explore on your own

The Azerbaijan Carpet Museum displays Azerbaijani carpets and rugs with weaving techniques and materials from various periods. Carpet weaving is a classic Azerbaijani folk art. It made its way into everyday life and has become a symbol of the nation. Because of their high aesthetic value, fleecy carpets, decorated with various patterns and symbols, are used to decorate the walls and floors of huts, homes, nomads' tents, and other buildings. The exhibition includes three floors, covering the development of Azerbaijan carpets and their role in local traditions from ancient times until today.

Visit the Azerbaijan Carpet Museum

Day 4

Day 4 - Traveling to Tbilisi by Private Transfer

The Georgian capital of Tbilisi 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 Tbilisi accommodation. Along the way, you will be stopping at the second largest city of Azerbaijan, Ganja with its picturesque old houses, Djuma mosque, and Gei-Imam cult complex. During your stop in Ganja, you will have a 30-minute city tour. The vehicle used for your transfer will be a standard sedan, station wagon or minivan. Please keep in mind that the border crossing can take some time and it requires some walking between the 2 borders, while the driver takes your luggage in the car separately.

We also offer the following excursions in Baku

Baku Old Town Private Walking Tour
Light3 hours
Khinalig Private Day Trip
Moderate10 - 12 hours

3 Nights in Tbilisi

3 Nights in Tbilisi

4 days in Tbilisi

3 Nights in Tbilisi

Cosmopolitan Tbilisi can be hard to place, with its combination of Byzantine churches, Soviet modernism, and Art Nouveau. There are even Turkish baths that harness the sulfurous waters that flow from hot springs and down a waterfall. Newfound prosperity has brought stunning new hotels, showy new parks, cable cars, and a monumental cathedral, but the Old Town’s charms remain untouched, save for the occasional paint touch up. The oldest district, which lies beneath a massive fortress, has its own unique form of architecture, with colorful wooden homes featuring large, carved balconies.

Cosmopolitan Tbilisi can be hard to place, with its combination of Byzantine churches, Soviet modernism, and Art Nouveau. There are even Turkish baths that harness the sulfurous waters that flow from hot springs and down a waterfall. Newfound prosperity has brought stunning new hotels, showy new parks, cable cars, and a monumental cathedral, but the Old Town’s charms remain untouched, save for the occasional paint touch up. The oldest district, which lies beneath a massive fortress, has its own unique form of architecture, with colorful wooden homes featuring large, carved balconies.

Day 4

Day 4 - Arrival in Tbilisi

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.

Our representative will then meet with you to answer any questions you have and to get you settled for the rest of your trip.

Visit Funicular Restaurant

Suggestion to explore on your own

For your first night, we recommend taking a funicular up to, yes, Funicular Restaurant. There you can enjoy one of the city's best panoramic views. This excellent restaurant is located in a Soviet building that has been recently renovated, at the entrance to the Mtatsminda Amusement Park (which you can stroll around for free). The funicular itself dates back more than 100 years, but has fortunately likewise been renovated. Grab “Lagidze Waters” (a popular natural lemonade), and a "ponchik" filled donut, and take in the city from above.

Day 5

Day 5 - Your First Full Day in Tbilisi

Tbilisi Private Walking Tour

Explore Tbilisi With our Expert Guide

Included in your vacation package price.

Discover Tbilisi on our walking tour, combining significant sights and hidden gems. Follow our guide through the narrow streets of Tbilisis Old Town and you will find out, what was the first job of Tbilisians, why Shardeni is called this way and who is the Tamada toastmaster. On the tour you are also welcome to visit an ancient bakery and an old wine cellar, where you can try Georgian wines.


Activity Level : Light
Duration : 3 hours

Tbilisi Private Walking Food Tour

Sample Georgian Food and Wine with an Expert

Please ask your travel advisor for the cost to add this to your package

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. 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.


Activity Level : Light
Duration : 3 hours

Day 6

Day 6 - Your Second Full Day in Tbilisi

Kazbegi Private Day Trip

Kazbegi Private Day Trip

Included in your vacation package price.

You'll have the chance to explore Georgia’s Great Caucasus Range on this private full-day Kazbegi tour from Tbilisi. Visit the 16th-century Ananuri Fortress with a private guide, and enjoy amazing views over the Aragvi River from the turreted stone walls. Then you'll travel through the pretty resort of Gudauri to the Gergeti Trinity Church — nestled beneath the soaring summit of Mount Kazbek and widely considered the region’s top attraction. Capture fine countryside views on camera as you pass through the Dariali Gorge, and learn of the route’s importance for travellers across the Caucasus over the centuries. These mountains are some of the most dramatic in the country, and you'll enjoy seeing them.


Activity Level : Moderate
Duration : 9 hours

Bathe with the Locals

Suggestion to explore on your own

The ancient Abanotubani District sits below the imposing fortress; the brick, domed rooftops of the baths bubble up like spring water. This is the most historic part of the city, as according to legend, it was the sulfur springs that enticed King Vakhtang Georgasali to settle the land and declare it the new capital city in the 5th century AD. There were once more than 60 bathhouses in Tbilisi where people could get squeaky clean or stay for a soak, letting the curative sulfur water ease their ailments. Fast-forward to today: there are five surviving bathhouses in Abanotubani where locals and travelers can experience a sulfur bath.

Day 7

Day 7 - Traveling to Yerevan by Private Transfer

Be prepared for an interesting day today as you say goodbye to Tbilisi, hello to Yerevan and have a brief visit to the Byzantine monasteries of Sananhin and 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.

We also offer the following excursions in Tbilisi

Borjomi and Uplistikhe Private Tour
Moderate9 hours
Concrete Giants Private Tour
Easy4 hours
Family-Style Georgian Cooking Class
Easy3 hours
Insider's Private Walking Tour
Light2 hours

3 Nights in Yerevan

3 Nights in Yerevan

4 days in Yerevan

3 Nights in Yerevan

Yerevan stands out in Armenia for its distinctly European feel. 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 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 that forms a monumental staircase, while housing 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 Armenia.

Yerevan stands out in Armenia for its distinctly European feel. 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 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 that forms a monumental staircase, while housing 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 Armenia.

Day 7

Day 7 - Arrival in Yerevan

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.

Summit the Nighttime Cascade

Suggestion to explore on your own

Once you arrive in Yerevan, be sure to climb the Cascade, (a monumental staircase and terraced series of art galleries) to enjoy the city's best vista (and perhaps get a view of glorious Mount Ararat). The stroll to the Cascade will not disappoint, as the area at its foot has plenty of beautiful parks and art, and pedestrian promenades full of families, couples, concerts, ice cream, and street food.

Day 8

Day 8 - Your First Full Day in Yerevan

Yerevan Old Town Private Walking Tour

Yerevan Old Town Private Walking Tour

Included in your vacation package price.

Immerse yourself on a discovery of the Old Town of Yerevan. The city which is older the Rome, won't leave your curiosity unsatisfied. Enjoy a three-hour pleasant walk around the ancient parts of the Capital of Armenia and get introduced to the traditions and history of hospitable Armenian people.


Activity Level : Light
Duration : 3 hours

Tsitsernakaberd Memorial Complex

Suggestion to explore on your own

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 the genocide's victims.

Day 9

Day 9 - Your Second Full Day in Yerevan

Garni Temple, Geghard Monastery and Master Levon's Cave Private Day Trip

Yerevan's Day Trips

Included in your vacation package price.

There are several day-tripping options from Yerevan so you have a decision to make. If you are interested in temples and monasteries we suggest taking the Garni and Geghard Private Tour. If you're more of a nature person and don't mind rocky 4x4 driving you shouldn't miss a tour to Garni Gorge. If you like to mix things up we suggest doing the Dilijan Private Tour, where you can see beautiful landscapes, monasteries, and small villages.


Activity Level : Moderate
Duration : 6 - 7 hours

Day 10

Day 10 - Departure Day

A driver will meet you at your accommodation to take you to the airport for your departing flight.

We also offer the following excursions in Yerevan

Ararat Brandy Factory Visit with Tasting
Easy2 hours
Dilijan Private Day Trip
Light9-10 hours
Garni Gorge Private Tour
Moderate10 hours
Khor Virap and Noravank Monasteries Private Day Trip with Wine Tasting
Moderate7 hours

What's Included

Here are all the services provided as part of your complete vacation package. See what every JayWay trip includes.
Please let us know if you'd like to upgrade any transfers or add any additional tours or excursions to your itinerary.

Baku

3 Nights Accommodation
Breakfast (hotels only)
Baku Airport Transfer
Baku Highlights Driving & Walking Private City Tour
Highlights of Baku's Surroundings Private Day Trip
Baku - Tbilisi Private Transfer with a stop in Ganja

Tbilisi

3 Nights Accommodation
Breakfast (hotels only)
Tbilisi Private Walking Tour
Kazbegi Private Day Trip
Tbilisi - Yerevan Private Transfer with stops in Sananhin & Hanghpat Monasteries, Dilijan and Lake Sevan

Yerevan

3 Nights Accommodation
Breakfast (hotels only)
Yerevan Old Town Private Walking Tour
Garni Temple, Geghard Monastery and Master Levon's Cave Private Day Trip
Yerevan Airport Transfer
The package excludes:

  • Flights to and from Europe.
  • Tips for Tour Guides, Drivers and Local Reps.
  • Meals (other than breakfast if included in room rate and meals listed as included in food tours and excursions, unless explicitly stated otherwise).
  • Parking fees for your Rental Car (if you are booking one with us) unless otherwise indicated. Some hotels provide free parking facilities.
  • Travel Insurance. See the insurance link on our website

Benefits of Traveling with JayWay

A JayWay vacation is more than the sum of its parts. Our team work tirelessly to ensure your experience is memorable for all the right reasons. Your trip is personalized to maximize your enjoyment. You're taken care of every step of the way.

A Travel Advisor who speaks your language
We will make sure that all your requirements and interests are taken into account in preparing your itinerary.
A totally tailored itinerary for your vacation
Your trip is customized for you by  an experienced trip planner and an expert on the region.
A choice of hand-picked hotels and excursions
We've personally inspected and tested all the hotels and local tour providers we work with to ensure quality.
Detailed pre-trip preparation to make the most of every day
Your Europe-based Tour Manager will be in touch by email and phone a month before you arrive to finalize timings.
On-trip Concierge Service to smooth out any bumps in the road
Our local staff are at your service throughout your journey via the local prepaid cellphone which we provide.
Personalized Guest Page to make sure you're not missing out
Packed with detailed information and recommendations curated by locals on the best things to do, see and eat.

Glowing Reviews from Our Guests

5 / 5

Average of our Guest's Ratings of vacation packages including these destinations
Review by Nancy & Hughbert

Nancy & Hughbert

Florida

JayWay Travel makes it so easy and convenient. The best customer service ever. I have had three tours with JayWay Travel and will never use another tour service. If JayWay Travel doesn't serve that part of the world, I won't go there.

JayWay Travel makes it so easy and convenient. The best customer service ever. I have had three tours with JayWay Travel and will never use another tour service. If JayWay Travel doesn't serve that part of the world, I won't go there.

Year : 2019
Visited : Azerbaijan, Georgia, Armenia, Italy
Itinerary : Baku, Sheki, Tbilisi, Yerevan, Rome
Rating :
5 / 5
Year : 2019
Visited : Azerbaijan, Georgia, Armenia, Italy
Itinerary : Baku, Sheki, Tbilisi, Yerevan, Rome
Rating :
5 / 5
Review by Michael & Margaret

Michael & Margaret

Alaska

JayWay is a unique, full service boutique travel company, and provides a very high level of customer service.  They have the information and resources an independent traveler to a new country would need for a memorable adventure.

JayWay is a unique, full service boutique travel company, and provides a very high level of customer service.  They have the information and resources an independent traveler to a new country would need for a memorable adventure.

Year : 2019
Visited : Azerbaijan, Georgia, Armenia
Itinerary : Baku, Sheki, Sighnaghi, Tbilisi, Yerevan, Kutaisi, Batumi
Rating :
5 / 5
Year : 2019
Visited : Azerbaijan, Georgia, Armenia
Itinerary : Baku, Sheki, Sighnaghi, Tbilisi, Yerevan, Kutaisi, Batumi
Rating :
5 / 5

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