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Georgia Ц Azerbaijan Ц Georgia from Tbilisi Tours in Georgia » Group tours » Combined tours » Fascinating Caucasus
Georgia – Azerbaijan – Georgia
 
Tbilisi – Kazbegi / Gudauri – Mtskheta – Baku– Shemakha – Sheki – Bodbe – Sighnaghi – Nekresi – Gremi – Telavi – Alaverdi – Ikalto – Gori – Uplistsikhe – Kutaisi – Batumi – Zugdidi – Mestia– Ushguli – Borjomi – Akhaltsikhe fortress – Vardzia – Tbilisi (15 days, 14 nights)
 
Day 1: Tbilisi
Arrival to Tbilisi. Meeting with the representatives of the agency. Hotel accommodation.
Excursion in the capital of Georgia. The capital of Georgia is unique. It is located on the several mountain hills, on which "creep" the old blocks. Tbilisi - is a beautiful river Kura with its picturesque rocky shores, that flows across the whole city. "Old Town" - is the historic center of Tbilisi, that is located at the root of Mtatsminda (Holy Mount) mountain. Almost all of the buildings of the Old Town are historical and cultural sites, this part of the city is round - the - clock full of life, here walk alone or in groups tourists, meet lovers near the Clock Tower. This amuzing Tower appeared here recently, built by the Puppet Theatre director Rezo Gabriadze. Here artists exhibit their paintings, artisans offer numerous souvenirs. Basically there are 2-3-storey houses, built of brick and stone, and of particular Tbilisi architecture, distinguished by narrow streets, galleries and carved wooden balconies. Tbilisi is one of the rare places in the world, where can peacefully exist in the Old Town orthodox church, catholic cathedra, synagogue and mosque. During the excursion, visit of: Mechetian Church ( V c.), Narikala fortress ( IV c.), Sioni Cathedral ( VI-VII c.), Anchiskhati Basilica of St Mary, the oldest surviving church, Synaxis of Saint Truinity of the temple complex of Tsminda Sameba -  the main Cathedral of Georgian Orthodox Church. Walk at the Shota Rustaveli avenue.
Dinner. Overnight in the hotel.
 
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Day 2: Tbilisi – Kazbegi / Gudauri – Tbilisi
Breakfast. In the morning departure from Tbilisi in the direction of Stephantsminda (Kazbegi). On the way to it, we will explore the scenic fortress Ananuri (XVI century), situated on the river Aragva and fantastic beauty of Jinvali reservoirs. Passing the ski resort Gudauri (2200m.), a stunning drive along the Terek River, through the Cross Pass (2400m) leads us to the Stephantsminda (Kazbegi). Excursion around Kazbegi: Church of the Blessed Trinity Gergeti (2170m above sea level). In clear weather, opens a stunning, phantasmagorical view of one of the highest peaks in Georgia - Mountain Kazbek (5147m). Return to Tbilisi. Dinner. Overnight.
 
Day 3: Tbilisi – Mtskheta – Baku
Breakfast. Excursion in the ancient capital of Georgia Mtskheta - the town-museum, included to the UNESCO World Heritage Site List. Visit of Svetitskhoveli Cathedral (1010-1029), at the bottom of which is buried one of the major Christian relics Lords chiton, as well as the burial place of many of the Georgian kings. Here is also the part of life-giving pillar. Visit of Samtavro monastery, where year round grow, flower and fruit blackberry bush, near of which in the IV century lived and preached St. Nino- enlightener, the first preacher of Christianity in Georgia. Woderworking icon of Iberian Mother of God, woderworking icon of St. Nino, grave of St. Tsar Merian and Tsarina Nani, hallows of St. Abibos Nekresky, St. Shio Mhvimskoho are placed inside. Visit of the ancient temple - monastery Jvari (VI c.). Return to Tbilisi. In the evening transfer to the railway station and departure to Baku by a night train.
 
Day 4: Baku
Meeting at the train station. Breakfast.
Excursion in Baku: the oil capital of the Caucasus, the city which is the beginning of the twentieth century is often called the Paris of the East. The city where the Nobel brothers created its oil empire and brought the European spirit in the architecture of the city. The city that struck the imagination of Al. Dumas by its famous temple Arteshgyak. The temple, built 2,500 years ago in Surakhani, area in Baku, an oil-rich, in the place where the land is under a constant output of natural gas that is worshiped by the fire worshipers, contributed to even greater popularity of Baku oil and gas. Alexandre Dumas wrote that in 1859, met here three fire worshipers.
Visit - Icheri Shekher - Old Town, Palace of the Shirvan (XV century) -  built in due to transfer of the capital of the state of Shirvanshahs, Shamakhi in Baku. According to legend, before the construction of the palace in the various parts of the city were hung pieces of meat. The palace was built on the place where the meat addled the latest, as there was air healthier and cleaner. Palace forms a complex, which also includes Divankhana, Tomb of Shirvanshahs a palace mosque with a minaret, bathhouse and mausoleum of the courtier scholar Seid Yakhya Bakuvi. In 1964, the complex was declared a museum and was put under the state protection. A unique architectural and cultural ensemble is included in UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Juma mosque in Baku is located in the historic district in Icheri Shekher. During its existence, the mosque was reconstructed several times. In 1899, with funding from the Baku merchant Haji Shikhali Dadasheva on the site of an old mosque was built new Juma mosque, where on sme assumptions, once there was a temple of fire worships. To Juma mosque is adjacent minaret, built in 1437.
The grandest and most mysterious monument of Baku is the Giz Galasi - Maiden Tower, rising in the south-eastern part of the fortress of Icheri Shekher. The tower was built on a ledge of the coastal cliffs, with totally unique form, it has no analogues in the East. According to one legend, the Shah fell in love with his own daughter and decided to marry her. Terrified by the impending marriage with his father, and in attempt to dissuade him, the daughter asked to build a tower and wait until it is completed. When the tower was completed, Shah did not change his decision and then she climbed on the tower and rushed out into the sea. After that the stone on which the princess fell was called the "Stone of the Virgin," and the girls, as brides, bring there flowers. In 1964, the Maiden Tower became a museum, and in 2000 was included in the UNESCO list.
Dinner. Overnight in the hotel.
 
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Day 5: Baku – Shemakha – Sheki
Breakfast. Excursion in Shemakha - one of the oldest and most interesting cities. Founded approximately in V c. BC, in the IX. BC was the capital of an extensive kingdom of Shirvan, in the XVIII c. - Shemakhan Khanate. The main attraction of the city is Giz-Galasi fortress (Gulistan, XI-XII centuries.) - the last refuge of Shirvanshahs, mausoleum of Eddie Gumbez "Seven Domes" with numerous tombs of rulers of Shemakha, Juma Cathedral Mosque (X c., rebuilt in the XIX century.) , numerous ruins of buildings of X-XVII centuries. It is a recognized center of carpet weaving. Arrival to Sheki. Sheki is located 380 km west of Baku, near the Georgian border. Archaeological evidence suggests that the city can be considered one of the oldest settlements in the Caucasus, many findings in its territory are more than 2,500 years old. Excursion in Sheki - Summer Palace (1797) with luxurious murals and tracery windows "shebeke, stone fortress (XVIII c.), Numerous caravanserais (many of them are now restored and turned into hotels and restaurants), the house of Sheki Khans , Juma Mosque (XVIII c.), the minaret of the mosque Gileilin (XVIII c.), medieval baths, rich museum og Local History. Visit of the Palace of Sheki Khans (XVIII AD). Shaki - a recognized center of silk production and climatic resort. Souvenirs buying. Hotel accommodation. Dinner. Overnight in Sheki.
 
Day 6: Arrival to Georgia. Bodbe – Sighnaghi – Nekresi – Gremi – Telavi
Breakfast. Drive through Lagodekhi to Georgia.
Arrival to the " town of everlasting love" Sighnaghi. Visit the monastery complex of St. George and the grave of St. Nino, that brought Christianity to Georgia in the Bodbe village. Upon request, bathing in the holy waters of the increate spring, that heals the sick and make miserable people happy. Excursion in the "town of everlasting love" Sighnaghi, that is placed at the top of the ridge, overlooking Alazani valley. Wine degustation.
Then, departure to Telavi. On the way, visit of Nekresi - the oldest temple in Georgia of the IV century.Then, excursion in the Gremi royal fortress (XVI c.). The complex is surrounded by the wall with towers and embrasures. The remains of the secret underground passage, that leads to the river, survived. Here is also located the Church of the Archangels (XVI - XVII c.). Dinner. Hotel accommodation in Telavi. Overnight.
 
Day 7:Telavi – Alaverdi – Ikalto – Tbilisi
Breakfast. Excursion in Telavi – main city and administrative center of Kakhetia. The main highlight is the museum-fortress of tsar Erekle II (XVIII c.), that signed Treaty of Georgievsk with the Russian Empire. Then, visit of Alaverdi Cathedral (XI c.), the second highest building (more than 50 m), and also monastery cellar. Excursion in the ancient Ikalto Academy (X-XII c.), where studied the great Georgian poet and philosopher Shota Rustaveli, the author of the worldknown poem "The Knight in the Panther's Skin". Hotel accommodation in Tbilisi. Dinner. Overnight.
 
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Day 8: Tbilisi – Gori – Uplistsikhe – Kutaisi
Breakfast. Excursion in Gori. Excursion in the Stalin museum. Museum consists of three blocks - museum, house and railway carriage. In passing, excursion in Uplistsikhe (I centuries BC), ancient cave town, that was finishing the building for centuries, and included more than 700 caves and buildings, including wineries, bakeries, antique theater, hall of receptions of Queen Tamara, preserved to this day. Departure to Kutaisi. Hotel accomodation. Dinner. Overnight.
 
Day 9: Kutaisi – Batumi
Breakfast. Excursion in the ancient city Kutaisi, that is more than 3 thousand years old. Visit Gelati monastery and academy, established by the great Georgian king - David IV the Builder. Gelati monastery and academy are included into the list of World Heritage sites of UNESCO. Visit Bagrati Cathedral. Visit the Prometheus cave, where we recall the legend of Prometheus. According to the legend, Prometheus was chained on the rock because he gave fire to humanity. Arrival to Batumi. Hotel accommodation. Dinner. Overnight.
 
Day 10: Batumi
Breakfast. Excursion in the city. Batumi - is "Georgian Singapore" - the most famous Black Sea resort of Georgia, with the population of 120 000 people. A visit card of Batumi - a beloved place for both local residents and visitors of the city - is Batumi Piazza built in 2009. In 2010, a new, 7 meters high, moving sculpture of Love became the adornment of the city. The monument is represented by a figure of a woman and a man. They seek for each other, during 8-10 minutes they move towards each other and eventually merge as one in original way. Excursion in Batumi: animated fountains (a laser show), famous dolphinarium, Argonauts square with statue of Medea.
For extra charge:
  • Visit Gonio Apsar fortress - the oldest fortress in Georgia situated on the board with Turkey. The fortress was built in I-II century AD, and served as Roman citadel from the beginning and later, the citadel of Byzantine Empire. Total length of fortress is 900 m, walls height - 5 m, the height of each of the eighteen towers is 7 m. 
  • Visit Botanical Garden. It offers more than 5 thousand exotic plants including Rose Garden with 1200 kinds of roses.
Dinner. Overnight.
 
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Day 11: Batumi – Zugdidi – Mestia
Breakfast. Ddeparture to Zugdidi. The treasure of Zugdidi is graceful patrimonial palace of Dadiani princes, with great park. At the present time, it is a museum with uncommon historical collection, icluding the death mask of Napoleon Bonaparte. The oldest aristocratic family of Dadiani princes is known for its relations with Napoleon Bonaparte. In Vlakherna church, in Zugdidi, is kept one of the most precious Christian relics - Cincture of the Virgin Mary - christian relic, that belonged to Virgin Mary, mother of Jesus Christ. On the way to Mestia, we can enjoy the fantastic views of four waterfalls and three mountain peaks of the Caucasus – Ushba, Mazer, Shkhelda. Hotel accommodation in Mestia. Dinner. Overnight.
 
Day 12: Mestia – Ushguli – Mestia
Breakfast. Excursion in Mestia, that is included to the number of World Heritage sites by UNESCO.Visit of the historic- ethnographical museum, medieval church and fortification districts of Mestia. Departure to Ushguli. Excursion in Ushguli - Svanetian village located at an altitude of 2200m above sea level, the most high-mountain permanent settlement in Europe, included to the World Heritage sites List of UNESCO. Visit of Lamari church (2300 m above sea level), Ushguli museum of icons, Towers of Queen Tamara, Ushguli Ethnographic Museum. Return to Mestia. Dinner. Overnight in the hotel.
 
Day 12: Mestia – Borjomi
Breakfast. Departure to Borjomi. Tasting of the worldknown mineral water Borjomi from the spring. Dinner. Overnight in the hotel.
 
Day 13: Borjomi Akhaltsikhe fortress – Vardzia – Tbilisi
Breakfast. Departure to recently reconstructed Akhaltsikhe fortress, the motherland of Charles Aznavur, the ancient center of Catholicism in Georgia. In the complex, together with Orthodox Church of St. Marina, are placed mosque, catholic church and monastery of Benedictine Sisters, synagogue and Armenian church. Visit of Vardzia cave monastery complex (XII- XIII c.) - 19 stepped rock town. For 900 m along the left bank of Kura river, in the plumb wall of the mountain, around 600 buildings are cut out - churches, chapels, parrocks, pantries, baths, libraries. There preserved secret passages, remains of plumbing, and irrigation system. Vardzia- is the site of the era of Golden Age. More than thousands of monks lived there, and when being attacked, to 20 thousand of people could shelter there. Departure to Tbilisi. Dinner. Overnight.
 
Day 14: Tbilisi
Breakfast. Transfer to the airport and return home.
 
Tour price in Euro p/p:
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25+1
30+1
Additional payment for single room
1316
1284
1223
615
 
Price includes:
  • Hotel accommodation in 3* stars hotels: 4 nights in Tbilisi, 1 night in Kutaisi, 1 night in Borjomi, 1 night in Telavi, 2 nights in Mestia, 1 nightin Sheki and 1 night in Baku: standard double rooms;
  • Meals: 14 breakfasts and 14 dinners;
  • Excursions according to the program with English speaking guide (one guide in Georgia, another in Azerbaijan); .
  • Transport service according to the program: one bus in Georgia, another in Azerbaijan ;
  • Train tickets in 2 class: Tbilisi – Baku;
  • Entrance tickets;
  • Wine degustation;
  • One free of charge for tour leader in single room.
 
Price does not include:
  • Optional tours;
  • Meals: lunches;
  • Services not mentioned above;
  • Personal expenses.
 
 
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