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Azerbaijan - Georgia

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Azerbaijan - Georgia
Baku - Shemakha - Shki - Lahodekhi - Bodbe - Sighnaghi - Tbilisi - Gudauri/ Kazbegi - Mtskheta - Baku
(8 days, 7 nights )

Azerbaijan - Georgia
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1 day: Baku
Arrival to Baku. Hotel accommodaion. Dinner. Overnight in Baku.
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2 day: 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.

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3 day: Arrival to Georgia. Bodbe - Sighnaghi
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. Dinner. Overnight in Sighnaghi.

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4 day: Sighnaghi - Tbilisi
Breakfast. Departure to Tbilisi. General sightseeing tour in Tbilisi. 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. During the excursion, visit of Mechetian Church ( V c.), walk along Al. Dumas street - in the memory of stay in Tbilisi of great French writer, Synaxis of Saint Truinity of the temple complex of Tsminda Sameba - the main Cathedral of Georgian Orthodox Church.
Walking tour in the city, "Old Town" - is the historic center of Tbilisi, that is located at the root of Mtatsminda (Holy Mount) mountain. Nearby are sulfur baths, which were attended and enthusiastically described by A.S. Pushkin and Alexander Dumas. 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. We'll take a walk along Shardeni street - a famous place in Tbilisi, named after French Catholic missioner, and now it resembles the Champs Elysees, with numerous restaurants and boutiques. Go up with the help of the newest lifts to Narikala fortress ( IV c.), while you're getting up you can see the city from the bird's eye, visit in the old town Sioni Cathedral ( VI-VII c.),Anchiskhati Basilica of St Mary, the oldest surviving church. Walk along Shota Rustaveli avenue. Dinner with national dances and songs. Overnight.

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5 day: Tbilisi - Ananuri - Gudauri/Kazbegi - Tbilisi
Breakfast. Arrival to modern ski resort - Gudauri. On the way to it, we overlook the picturesque Ananuri fortress (XVI c.), located above Aragvi river, and also the amazing beauty of Zhinvali reservoir. When the weather is fine: a trip through Cross Pass (2400 m), in the direction of Stepantsminda (Kazbegi). Excursion in Kazbegi: church of the Most Holy Gergeti Triunity (2170 m above the sea level). When the weather is fair, the stunning view on the mountain Kazbeg (5147 m), one of the highest tops of Georgia, opens. Dinner. Return to Tbilisi. Overnight.
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6 day:  Mtskheta - Baku
Breakfast. Excursion of 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.). Supper. Return to Tbilisi. Evening departure to Baku. Night transfer by train.
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7 day: 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.
8 day: Baku
Breakfast. Transfer to the airport for your flight to back home.

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Tour price in Euro p/p:
Surcharge for single occupancy
Price includes:
  • Accommodation in 3* hotels: 2 nights in Baku, 1 night in Sheki, 2 nights in Tbilisi (Georgia), 1 night in Sighnaghi (Georgia); standard doubles;
  • H/B: 7 breakfasts and 7 dinners including a dinner with national dances and songs in Tbilisi;
  • Excursions according to the program with guide: one guide in Georgia, another in Armenia;
  • Transport service according to the program: one bus in Georgia, another in Armenia.
  • Night train Tbilisi-Baku (compartment 2 class);
  • Entrance tickets;
  • One gratis for TL in single room.
Price does not include:
  • Flight;
  • Lunches;
  • Wine tasting in Sighnaghi (Georgia) - 20 Euro p/p;
  • Services not mentioned above;
  • Personal expenses.

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