Ultimate Caucasus

Baku, Shaki, Sighnaghi, Tbilisi, Kazbegi, Kutaisi, Mestia, Borjomi, Dzoraget & Yerevan

From AUS $10200 per person in low season
From AUS $10500 per person in high season

based on 14 nights & daily experiences

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* Pricing is a guideline only and excludes special offers. Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year and other public holidays) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.

Price includes:

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  • Private transfers

  • Daily experiences

  • Daily Breakfast

  • Entrance fees

Price is based on two people sharing one room.

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At a Glance

  • Breathtaking valleys ornamented with isolated UNESCO churches and monasteries

  • Idyllic retreat to the Caucasus mountains straddling between Europe and Asia

  • Sip a glass of Saperavi in style at the oldest wine civilization

  • Feel the vibrant pulse of cultural Tbilisi and the handsome Russian edifices of Yerevan

  • Bizarre subterranean mud volcanoes, fire mountains and rock carvings of Azerbaijan

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Caucasus is a year-round destination. During the summer months from late June to August, visitors can experience  pleasant temperatures and dry weather ideal for hiking, whilst those visiting in the rainy months of April to June can enjoy beautiful foliage in between showers. Snowfall is common in the colder months between December and March, bringing a different beauty to the Caucasus Mountains.

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We design each itinerary around you, so this suggested itinerary is a starting point that we can tweak or transform into something completely bespoke to you. Call us on 02 8607 8801 to start planning your holiday.

Itinerary

Home to some of the last frontiers linking Asia with Europe, start from the bizarre Azerbaijan through the pristine countryside and cities of Georgia before retreating to rural Armenia with its picturesque monasteries.

  1. Fly into Baku

  2. Days 1-3: Baku

    Your trip begins in Azerbaijan's capital. Baku is a city of contrast with metropolitan towers jutting amongst historic monuments. Explore the Old Town of Baku, the State Carpet Museum and admire a panoramic city view.

    Be dazzled by Gobustan rock carvings, the gurgling Mud Volcanoes, the UNESCO-listed Zoroastrian Fire Temple of Ateshgyakh and the Burning Mountain of Yanar Dagh.

    Accommodation: Pullman Hotel Baku (2 nights)

  3. Days 3-4: Shaki

    A scenic drive through Azeri countryside brings you along Daribaba Mausoleum, Djuma Mosque, Yeddi Gumbaz royal mausoleum and onwards to Shaki. In Shaki, which is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, make a visit to Shekhi Khan Palace with its intricate Persian-influenced architectures.

    Accommodation: Marxal Resort & Spa (1 night)

  4. Days 4-5: Sighnaghi

    Feel the awe of Georgian countryside as you pass through the Kakheti, the birthplace of wine-making, onwards to Sighnaghi, an 18th century town with an Italian feel.

    Accommodation: Hotel Kabadoni (1 night)

  5. Days 5-7: Tbilisi

    En route to David Gareja for a hike through the rock-hewn monastery complex by the Georgian-Azerbaijan border. Onwards to Tbilisi, where you will enjoy a sightseeing through the churches, monasteries and synagogue with sunset cable car ride to Narikala Fortress.

    Accommodation: Rooms Hotel Tbilisi (2 nights)

  6. Days 7-8: Kazbegi

    A scenic drive brings you through 16th century Ananuri fortress and Gudauri ski resort into Kazbegi. In Kazbegi, walk up to the scenic Tsminda Sameba Church, perched on top of a hill overlooking the Kazbegi village.

    Accommodation: Rooms Hotel Kazbegi (1 night)

  7. Days 8-9: Kutaisi

    Driving from Kazbegi to Kutaisi, you will make stops at the historical Mtshketa, the Stalin House-Museum in Gori and Uplistsikhe cave town. In Kutaisi, you will make a visit to Bagrati Cathedral and Gelati Monastery which has some of the most well-preserved frescoes and mosaics in Caucasus.

    Accommodation: Best Western Kutaisi (1 night)

  8. Days 9-11: Mestia

    In the Svanetian capital of Mestia, you will have a 4WD excursion to Ushguli village, the highest continuously inhabited settlements in Europe. Take a walk in the rural Svaneti and visit St. Mary's Church.

    Accommodation: Hotel Banguriani (2 nights)

  9. Days 11-12: Borjomi

    After a long day of driving from Mestia to Borjomi, take it easy and rest in Borjomi, a town famous for its mineral water.

    Accommodation: Crowne Plaza Borjomi (1 night)

  10. Days 12-13: Dzoraget

    Unravel the mysterious UNESCO monastic complexes of Haghpat and Sanahin, outstanding examples of medieval Armenian architecture. En route to Saghmosavank monastery, seated near the breathtaking Qasakh canyon.

    Accommodation: Tufenkian Avan Dzoraget Hotel (1 night)

  11. Days 13-15: Yerevan

    From Dzoraget to Yerevan, a scenic detour takes you to the picturesque Lake Sevan with its twin monasteries.

    Feel the pulse of the heart-wrenching Armenian stories in Yerevan. Step into Echmiadzin, Armenia's own Vatican City and the nearby Zvartnots ruins.

    On your final day, make a trip to 3 beloved Armenian icons: Khor Virap set against the picturesque Mt. Ararat backdrop, the Garni pagan temple and the rock-cut Geghard monastery.

    Accommodation: Armenia Marriott Hotel Yerevan (2 nights)

  12. Fly home from Yerevan

Experiences

  • Absheron Peninsula: Fire Temple & Burning Mountain

    Admire the UNESCO-listed Zoroastrian Fire Temple of Ateshgyakh and the Burning Mountain Yanar Dagh.

  • Ananuri & Gudauri

    Travel between Tbilisi and Kazbegi, stopping at Ananuri Fortress and Gudauri Ski Resort en-route.

  • Ancient Capital of Mtshketa

    Follow the footprints of time into Mtshketa , the ancient capital of Eastern Georgia. Visit Jvari Monastery and Svetitskhoveli Cathedral.

  • Armenian Genocide Museum & Memorial

    Discover Armenian spirit through their heartbreaking tales in the Memorial Park and Museum of the Armenian Genocide.

  • Ascend to Zuruldi Restaurant

    Let us take you up to the highest restaurant in Svaneti at the Zuruldi mountain within 10 minutes.

  • Azerlime Carpet Manufacturing Centre

    Gain insights in the carpet-waiving processions, how the nets are made, coloured, as well as a show room of ready-made carpets.

  • Bagrati Cathedral & Gelati Monastery

    Visit Bagrati Cathedral and the UNESCO-listed Gelati Monastery in Kutaisi.

  • Batumi City Tour

    See the best of Batumi, including Piazza Square, Europe Square and a walk through the promenade to admire the city skyline.

  • Boat Tour of Caspian Sea

    Enjoy a short cruise around the Baku Bay with a picturesque view of the Baku skyline.

  • Borjomi Park

    Enjoy a relaxing walk through Borjomi Park.

  • Caspian Sea in Private Yacht with Black Caviar & Champagne Tasting

    Enjoy a private yacht cruise around the Baku Bay with a picturesque view of the Baku skyline. During the cruise, you will also enjoy black caviar and champagne tasting.

  • Ceramic Workshop

    We will visit Terracotta Art Studio for a workshop in pottery and ceramics techniques. A craftsman will demonstrate and explain the potter's wheel work, narrate about Armenian traditions and techniques in clay and pottery.

  • Chalaadi Glacier

    Hike 8km to the tongue of this massively breathtaking glacial valley.

  • Chateau Mukhrani in Mtshketa

    With architecture based on the Georgian Royal Palace, a winery tour and wine tasting at the historic Chateau Mukhrani is an essential experience for wine aficionados.

  • Cognac Tasting

    We will visit the Brandy Factory of Yerevan with tasting of three types of Armenian cognac, including the 20-year-old Nairi cognac and 10-year-old Dvin cognac.

  • Cooking Class at Traditional Georgian Restaurant

    Get acquainted with Georgian cuisine and learn how to make various Georgian dishes, including the famous khinkali dumplings.

  • David Gareja Rock-Cut Churches

    Visit David Gareja monastery complex, a rock-hewn monastery along Georgian-Azerbaijan border, including Lavra and Udabno monasteries.

  • Dinner at Shirvanshah Museum Restaurant

    Enjoy a sumptuous dinner while soaking in the opulent atmosphere of Azeri heritage.

  • Drive through Azeri Countryside

    Enjoy a scenic drive with stops at Daribaba Mausoleum, Djuma Mosque, Yeddi Gumbaz royal mausoleum and enjoy a Caspean yogurt and butter-making experience with a local family.

  • Echmiadzin & Zvartnots

    Step into Echmiadzin, Armenia’s own Vatican City, as well as the nearby Zvartnots Ruins – both UNESCO-listed.

  • Enguri Dam

    Enjoy a show-stopping break at the magnificent Enguri Dam.

  • Evening at Narikala Fortress & Peace Bridge

    Take a sunset cable car ride to Narikala Fortress and stop by Peace Bridge for a night view.

  • Gergeti Trinity Church

    Hike up to Gergeti Trinity Church, also known as Tsminda Sameba Church.

  • Gobustan Rock Art & Mud Volcanoes

    Be dazzled by the rock carvings of Gobustan National Park and the bizarre Mud Volcanoes.

  • Haghpat & Sanahin Monastic Complex

    Uncover the mysterious monastic complexes of Haghpat and Sanahin, as well as Saghmosavank Monastery in Qasakh canyon.

  • Hike Juta Village

    A 4WD ride will bring you to Juta village, where you will start hiking towards the Chaukhi Massif. Please note that hiking takes approximately 2 hours per way.

  • Historical Baku Tour

    Unravel the Old Town of Baku including Icheri Sheher, Maiden Tower, Museum of Miniature Books, Shirvanshahs’ Palace Complex, Synyk Kala Minaret, the State Carpet Museum and Dagüstü Park for a panoramic view of the city.

  • Historical Stalin & Cave Town

    Follow the footprints of time into Gori, the birthplace of Joseph Stalin, and Uplistsikhe, a cave town from the Bronze Age.

  • Hot Air Balloon in Alazani Valley

    Soar above the scenic Alazani valley with a glass of champagne, passing through villages, orchards, vineyards, river streams with a view of the mighty Great Caucasus.

  • Hot Air Balloon in Mukhrani Valley

    Soar above the scenic Mukhrani valley, located near Mtskheta with a glass of champagne.

  • Khachkar-Carving Masterclass

    Today, you will learn how to carve Khachkar, the famous Armenian cross stone characteristic of Medieval Christian Armenian art.

  • Khor Virap

    Explore the iconic Khor Virap with its stunning Mount Ararat backdrop.

  • Lavash-Baking Masterclass

    Learn how to bake lavash, a traditional bread of Armenia which has been inscribed in UNESCO.

  • Lunch with Lavash-Making Demonstration

    Visit a rustic local house for lunch and observe the Lavash-making process.

  • Mazeri Trek

    Enjoy a hike around Becho and Gul valley with backdrop of the 4,710 meter twin peak of Mount Ushba, renowned for its beauty which has been dubbed as the Matterhorn of the Caucasus.

  • Nobel House Visit with Black Caviar & Champagne Tasting

    Not usually open for public, you will visit the famous house of the Nobel Brothers at Villa Petrolea and enjoy black caviar tasting with champagne at the Nobel's museum.

  • Prometheus Cave

    Admire the natural wonder of Prometheus karst cave.

  • Rabaty Old Town in Akhaltsikhe

    Wander around Akhaltsikhe's old town with its multicultural architecture.

  • Shaki Caravanserai

    Lovers of history will rejoice a brief stop at the historical caravanserai.

  • Shaki Khan Palace

    Visit the Palace of Shaki Khans, a grand palace that acted as the summer residence for the Shaki Khans. Explore this two-floor masonry structure admiring the murals, stained-glass windows, fountains and decorative tiles.

  • Sno Village

    Visit the Sno Village, famous for the stone-carved faces with large statues.

  • Tbilisi Sightseeing

    Discover the highlights of Tbilisi. Stroll through Rustaveli Avenue, visit the Metekhi Church of the Virgin, Sioni Cathedral, bath houses and the history museum. Time-permitting, visit a flea market in the afternoon.

  • Tolma-Making Masterclass

    Today, you will learn how to make a traditional cuisine called tolma, made from grape leaves stuffed with meat.

  • Twin Monasteries of Lake Sevan

    A scenic drive takes you to the beautiful Sevanavank Monastery at the picturesque Lake Sevan. En route, also visit Dilijan National Park and Harartsin Monastery.

  • Ushguli & St Mary's Church

    Visit Ushguli, one of the highest continuously inhabited settlements in Europe at 2,220 metres above sea level.

  • Vardzia Cave Town & Khertvisi Fortress

    Make a visit to the 10th century Khertvisi fortress and the magnificent cave town of Vardzia.

  • Visit a Local Felt Master

    Get acquainted with the local felt industry while you enjoy a selection of herbal teas.

  • Wine Spa in Kvareli

    Indulge in unique wine spa treatment in Kvareli, right at the heart of Kakheti wine region. We can help you reserve a place so that you can enjoy a variety of wine spa treatments.

  • Wine Tasting at Kakheti & Explore Sighnaghi

    Enjoy wine tasting at Kakheti, the birthplace of wine-making in Georgia and explore Signaghi, the 18th century royal town, as well as Bodbe Monastery.

  • Yerevan City Tour

    Wander around Mashtots Avenue, Republic Square, Opera House, Cascade, the spacious Grigor Lusavorich cathedral and conclude with a view of the Yerevan skyline from Mother Armenia.

Location

Baku, Shaki, Sighnaghi, Tbilisi, Kazbegi, Kutaisi, Mestia, Borjomi, Dzoraget & Yerevan

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We design each itinerary around you, so this suggested itinerary is a starting point that we can tweak or transform into something completely bespoke to you. Call us on 02 8607 8801 to start planning your holiday.

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