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Caucasian Exploration

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. 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 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, Sheki, Sighnaghi, 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.

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

Sample Azerbaijani Food with an Expert

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

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.


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

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

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.


Activity Level : Moderate
Duration : 8 - 9 hours

Khinalig Private Day Trip

Khinalig Day Trip

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

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.


Activity Level : Moderate
Duration : 10 - 12 hours

Day 4

Day 4 - Traveling to Sheki by Private Transfer

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.

We also offer the following excursions in Baku

Baku Old Town Private Walking Tour
Light3 hours
Baku by Night Private Tour
Light4 - 5 hours

1 Night in Sheki

1 Night in Sheki

2 days in Sheki

1 Night in 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!

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!

Day 4

Day 4 - Arrival in Sheki

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

Sheki Private Walking Tour

Included in your vacation package price.

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!


Activity Level : Light
Duration : 2 hours

Day 5

Day 5 - Traveling to Sighnaghi by Private Transfer

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.

1 Night in Sighnaghi

1 Night in Sighnaghi

2 days in Sighnaghi

1 Night in Sighnaghi

Located in the heart of Georgia's main wine-growing region, hilltop Sighnaghi offers impressive views of the Alazani Valley, with the Caucasus Mountains visible in the distance. Founded as a shelter against marauders, Sighnaghi’s city walls cover a vast area, much of which is wilderness. The town's center is picturesque and romantic, with its vistas and quaint streets. Signaghi's 18th and 19th century homes have been carefully maintained, and their colorful, almost Italianate style bring to mind Tuscan hill towns. Sighnaghi is such a popular wedding venue, that it even features a 24-hour wedding chapel, which also caters to tourists. Fortunately, the law was amended so that foreigners can divorce without having to return to Georgia!

Located in the heart of Georgia's main wine-growing region, hilltop Sighnaghi offers impressive views of the Alazani Valley, with the Caucasus Mountains visible in the distance. Founded as a shelter against marauders, Sighnaghi’s city walls cover a vast area, much of which is wilderness. The town's center is picturesque and romantic, with its vistas and quaint streets. Signaghi's 18th and 19th century homes have been carefully maintained, and their colorful, almost Italianate style bring to mind Tuscan hill towns. Sighnaghi is such a popular wedding venue, that it even features a 24-hour wedding chapel, which also caters to tourists. Fortunately, the law was amended so that foreigners can divorce without having to return to Georgia!

Day 5

Day 5 - Arrival in Sighnaghi

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 6

Day 6 - Traveling to Tbilisi by Private Transfer

Sighnaghi Private City Tour

Signaghi Private City Tour

Included in your vacation package price.

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.


Activity Level : Light
Duration : 2 hours 30 minutes

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.

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 6

Day 6 - 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.

Day 7

Day 7 - Your First Full Day in Tbilisi

Tbilisi Old Town Walking & Driving Private Tour

Explore Tbilisi With our Expert Guide

Included in your vacation package price.

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.


Activity Level : Moderate
Duration : 7 hours

Tbilisi Private 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 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.


Activity Level : Easy
Duration : 3 hours

Day 8

Day 8 - Your Second Full Day in Tbilisi

Kazbegi Private Day Trip

Kazbegi Day Trip

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

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.


Activity Level : Moderate
Duration : 9 hours

Day 9

Day 9 - 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 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.

We also offer the following excursions in Tbilisi

Borjomi and Uplistikhe Private Tour
Moderate9 hours
Kakheti Region Private Day Trip with Wine Tasting
Light9 hours
Mtskheta Private Tour
Light5 hours
Mysterious David Gareji Private Tour
Moderate9 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 9

Day 9 - 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.

Day 10

Day 10 - Your First Full Day in Yerevan

Yerevan Old Town Private Walking Tour

Get Oriented in Yerevan with an Expert Guide

Included in your vacation package price.

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.


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 all the people who died in the Armenian genocide.

Shop till you drop at Vernissage Market

Suggestion to explore on your own

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.

Day 11

Day 11 - Your Second Full Day in Yerevan

Khor Virap & Noravank Monasteries Private Day Trip with Wine Tasting

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!


Activity Level : Moderate
Duration : 7 hours

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

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!


Activity Level : Moderate
Duration : 6 - 7 hours

Day 12

Day 12 - 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 Tour
Light9-10 hours
Garni Gorge Private Tour
Moderate10 hours
Yerevan Private Tour Including Ejmiatsin & Zvartnots Cathedrals
Light7 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 City Tour
Baku -Sheki Private Transfer with stops at Diri Baba Mausoleum & Shamaki Juma Mosque.

Sheki

1 Night Accommodation
Breakfast (hotels only)
Sheki Private Walking Tour
Sheki - Sighnaghi Private Transfer with stops along the way

Sighnaghi

1 Night Accommodation
Breakfast (hotels only)
Signaghi Private City Tour
Signaghi - Tbilisi Private Transfer with a stop at David Gareja Monastery

Tbilisi

3 Nights Accommodation
Breakfast (hotels only)
Tbilisi Old Town Walking & Driving Tour
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
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

Nancy

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

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