Caucasian Triangle

Date: 2015-02-12

I Day: Georgia
Meeting at Tbilisi international airport. Transfer, hotel accommodation . After breakfast city tour in capital of Georgia – Tbilisi: Metekhi (XII century) historic district, Kalaubani (the ancient settlement in Tbilisi), Narikala (the ancient fortress), Abanotubani (one of the oldest district), and The Sioni Cathedral of the Dormition (II part of the Vth century), Shardeni street, old mosque, Sinagoga, Sameba Orthodox Cathedral (was build in 1995-2004). Evening dinner in restaurant with Georgian traditional cuisine.

II Day:  Georgia
After breakfast drive to Kazbegi, on the way will see Ananuri Fortress (XVI-XVII centuries), the residence of the Eristavs of Aragvi. Going up to Kazbegi (above the sea level of 1750m), where you will see the wonderful sight of Caucasia Ridge, Dariali Gorge and St. Trinity of Gergeti Cathedral (it is built on high mountain and you can see wonderful sight of Kazbegi from there),  Dinner at local restaurant. Return in Tbilisi.

III Day: Georgia
After breakfast, departure at Batumi.On road excursion: Mtskheta– the ancient capital of Georgia,  there are the monuments protected by UNESCO, you will see Jvari Monastery (VI century church), Svetitskhoveli (XI century monument). After visit  Gori. Uplistsikhe (the ancient rock- hewn town), wonderful gorge of Ateni and Ateni Sioni Cathedral, I.B. Stalini house-museum in Gori. Dinner in local restaurant. Hotel Accommodation  in Batumi.

IV Day: Georgia
After breakfast excursion: Apsaros fortress in Gonio village. Due to its strategic location the fortress acted as on of the citadels for the Roman and Byzantine empires. Waterfall of Makhuntseti, Botanical Garden,  Green cape, sightseeing tour of Batumi. Dinner at local restaurant. Overnight at the hotel  in Batumi.

V Day: Georgia
Excursion After breakfast depart to  Kutaisi (Kutaisi is the second big city and it was the capital of Georgia for 992-1122 visit Gelati (XII-XIII centuries), Bagrati Cathedral (X-XI), Motsameta Monastery (Monastery Complex) and Sataplia State Reserve is a most multifarious and very rare monument. It is of complex character and contains geologic, paleontological, speleological and botanical monuments , Prometheus Cave - Prometheus Cave is one of the richest caves of Europe.  Dinner at local restaurant, Hotel accommodation in Kutaisi.

VI Day: Armenia
After breakfast departure for the border of Armenia. Meeting at the borderline with Armenian guide and vehicle and continue tour to Armenia. We continue our journey to the beautiful rolling valley framed by the mountains of the Lesser Caucasus – this is Dilijan – one of the best resort towns of Armenia. This resort town of Armenia is located inside Dilijan National Park which is often referred to as "the little Switzerland” and is valuable by the species of trees. Visite museum-street, ceramics workshop and a woodcarver’s studio. We will then reach the "pearl of Armenia” – lake Sevan. This fresh-water lake origin is situated at an altitude about 2000 m. Here we will We will first ascend to the top part of Sevan peninsula, where the Monastery of Sevan is located. This spot provides a wonderful view of the lake and if we are lucky we will witness the changing colors of the water.  Drive to Yerevan. Diner at local restaurant.  Hotel accommodation in Yerevan.

VII Day: Armenia
After breakfast Yerevan City tour and Trip to Geghard (UNESCO site) and Garni temple - o/n in Yerevan. visit major sights of the capital, Victory Park, at Mother Armenia monument, from where you will behold a panoramic view of the city, Republic Square, the Opera house, the Cascade where you will see the statue of the world-famous sculptor Fernando Botero "The Black Cat”. Museum of Matenadaran which has an amazing collection of beautifully illuminated medieval Armenian manuscripts, including medieval Bibles. Then drive east of Yerevan and visit a unique medieval monastery of  Geghard which was included in the list of UNESCO world heritage sites. Some chambers of the monastery were carved out of solid rock and possess exceptional acoustics. then continue towards Garni village visit a pagan temple from 1st century AD – the only one remaining from pre-Christian period in Armenia. The temple is located on a triangular cape overlooking the deep canyon of Garni. Return to Yerevan, Dinner at local restaurant. overnight in Yerevan.
VIII Day: Armenia
After breakfast Trip to religious center of Armenia – Genocide Memorial - Vernisage handicraft market - Festive dinner with folk music. This excursion takes us to one of the oldest towns of Armenia – Echmiadzin, which is the religious center of all Armenians. The area of Echmiadzin is a UNESCO site. En route we will visit the archeological site of Zvartnots Cathedral, which is a masterpiece of Armenian architecture and an important symbol of Christianity in Armenia. Continue towards St. Hripsime church, dedicated to Holy Virgin Hripsime, a martyr to Christianity. visit the chamber where St. Hripsime was buried.  Continue to the main Cathedral of Echmiadzin. The foundation of this cathedral was laid by St. Gregory the Illuminator in the first years of Christianity in Armenia and today it is the Holy See of Echmiadzin, where is the residence of the Catholicos of Armenia (the Supreme Patriarch of Armenia). After coming back to Yerevan we will also visit the Genocide Memorial Complex and get acquainted with this sad page of Armenian history and lay flowers to the eternal flame to the memory of the victims of the Genocide.  Dinner at local restaurant. Overnight in Yerevan.
IX Day: Armenia- Georgia
After breakfast depart  to Lori Province, a country of forest-covered mountains, of dizzy gorges and bubbling rivers. On the way visit Studio of a cross-stone carver to understand the traditional stone carving secrets. En rout  drive through the twisting gorges of  Lori province will take us to the two major attractions in these parts – Haghpat monastery located on the either sides of deep gorge of the Debet River. This monastery is included in UNESCO list of World Heritage Sties. 
Transfer to Armenian-Georgian border. Change guides and vehicles. Continue to Georgia. Arrival in Tbilisi, hotel accommodation. After having a rest, walking alongthe old streets of  Tbilisi. Shardeni - In the past, the old Tbilisi’s shopping street, dinner at local restaurant. Overnight in Tbilisi.

X Day: Georgia
After breakfast departure to Kakheti. David Gareja Monastry complex -rock-hewn Georgian Orthodox monastery complex. on the half-desert slopes of Mount Gareja, The complex includes hundreds of cells, churches, chapels, refectories and living quarters hollowed out of the rock face, Ikalto -The Ikalto monastery was founded by Saint Zenon, one of the 13 Syrian Fathers, in the late 6th century. Alaverdi - Alaverdi Cathedral, At a height of over 55 meters, Alaverdi Cathedral is the second tallest religious building in Georgia,  Tsinandali - Alexander Chavchavadze inherited this village, lying in the Alazani River valley, from his father, Prince Garsevan. Wine degustation at Tsinandali wine factory, Dinner – traditional Georgian table "KakhetianYard” spending night at the hotel in Telavi.

XI Day: Georgia - Azerbaijan
After breakfast departure for Kvareli, Nekresi -Nekresi monastery complex with a beautiful view of the Alazani valley (6th century), Gremi - The Gremi Church was built and painted upon the order of King Leon in 1565. Peculiar relation of proportions to separate volumes of Gremi Church attaches new features to traditional structure of Georgian cross-cupola churches, Ilia Lake, wine degustation in "wine tunnel”, going to Lagodekhi to the borderline of Azerbaijan, going through the formalities of  borderline and continuation of  tour in Azerbaijan.
Pass Georgian – Azerbaijanian border at Lagodekhi / Mazykh custom gates. Drive to Ilisuvillage  which is a municipality in the Qakh district of Azerbaijan and has a wonderful panoramic view. It”s  population is 1,370. The village was settled in XIII century. A distance of 3km for the first Ilisu village existed in the past have been people living in the area now known as Kendtala. The area of the ancient tombs on examples of epigraphic written in Kuficlin eprovesit once again. Then continue to Sheki. Sheki is one of the most famous and ancient places of Azerbaijan. Situated 700 m (2297 ft.) above sea level like an amphitheatre surrounded by the mountains and forests of oak trees, this ancient city was long famed as a silk centre and an important stop on the Great Silk Route. There is an assumption that the name of the town goes back to the ethnonym of the Saks, who reached the territory of Azerbaijan in the 7th century BC. We’ll start our Sheki tour from visiting the 18th century Khan's summer palace with magnificent frescos and exquisite stained glass work. Sheki History museum is famous with artifacts from several periods. Dinner at local restaurant or at hotel. Overnight in Sheki.

XII Day: Azerbaijan
After breakfast visit the Albanian church located in Kish village. Then drive to famous Lahij village in Ismayilly district. Many of the 2,000 people living in Lahij are involved in ancient crafts such as engraved copper work and carpet weaving. In the mid-19th century, there were more than 200 workshops in Lahij. Traders discovered Lahij crafts many centuries ago, and sold them for high prices at bazaars in Baghdad [now Iraq], Shiraz [now Iran] and other Middle Eastern cities. Stop by a copper workshop for a impromptu lesson in ancient craftsmanship you'll get to see coppersmiths use small mallets to decorate plates, trays, jugs, goblets and pitchers, just as their ancestors have done for centuries. Continue to Baku.    Arrive and check-in to the hotel diiner and overnight.
XIII Day: Azerbaijan
After breakfast visit of the old city "Icherisheher-the inner city”-  Baku. It was called the inner after the oil boom of the middle of the XIX century when the city stopped to hold in defense walls and left its limit. Several tens of the historical- architectural monuments at the same time the Shirvanshakhs Palace, the symbol of Baku city The Maiden Tower, the place of merchants rest Karavansaray are concentrated in the Icherisheher, with the square of 22 hectares. Icherisheher is the live organism which has its own infrastructure and inhabited files. The place where 1300 families are living. In a word it is an ancient city in the modern city.
Excursion to YanarDag. You can see here nature phenomenon, incessant burning nature gas on the rock which named to the  Yanar Dag reserve the burning rock. As the historians say, maybe this place gave the name "the fire country” to Azerbaijan. Visiting the temple of the fire worshippers Atasgah.Atashgah means the House of Fire, place of fire. The territory of this temple is known for unique nature phenomenon as the burning exits of the natural gas. The temple of fire is of the main places where the ancient supporters of Zoroaster religion worshipped there to the fire. In The museum complex Atashgah you will be told about the life way Zaraustra worshippers and also about the traditions and the customs which they adhered. Dinner at restaurant, overnights in Baku.

XIV DAY : Azerbaijan
After breakfast transfer to airport for departure..

Total Price per person in case of group of 16 people on Half Board bases 4860 GEL

Tour Package includes:

Hotel in Tbilisi for 3 nights;
Hotel in Batumi for 2 nights;
Hotel in Kutaisi for 1 night;
Hotel in Telavi for 1 night;
Guide, Transfer/ Transport service, 1 bottle of mineral water, feeding for 2-times
Tour in Armenia
Hotel in Yerevan 3 nights
guide, transfer, excursions, museum tickets, 1 bottle of mineral water, feeding for 2-times.
Tour in Azerbaijan
Hotel in Sheki 1 night
Hotel in Baku 2 Nights
guide, transfer, excursions, museum tickets, 1 bottle of mineral water, feeding for 2-times.

Tour package not includes:

Fly ticket,Visa Fees for Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan