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Classic Caucasus

Tailor Made Itinerary

14 Days From £3,150

Overview

Situated between the Black Sea and the Caspian, on the border of Asia and Europe, the Caucasus Mountains contains some of Europe’s highest peaks. A place of myth and legend, this is a land of tradition and faith, where you can find some of the oldest churches in Christendom and some of the most spectacular scenery on the continent.

This captivating journey takes you across the three Caucasus states, beginning in Azerbaijan, where you will visit the Zoroastrian fire temples, ...

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TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

  • Explore on foot and discover the heritage and history of Yerevan, Baku and Tbilisi
  • Discover the beauty of Armenia’s historic monasteries, hidden in remote valleys and gorges
  • Soak up the landscapes and meet with locals as you travel by overnight train from Baku to Tbilisi
  • Visit the oldest church in the Caucasus surrounded by spectacular scenery
  • Marvel at the early Stone age rock paintings in the volcanic desert landscape of Gobustan
  • Sample traditional Georgian wine as you visit a local winery and learn how to make local dishes from an expert in their home

ITINERARY

This is a suggested itinerary. Our experts have all travelled widely in the region and will be happy to tailor any of our itineraries to suit your tastes, or build a trip from scratch.

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DAY 1: ARRIVE BAKU (AZERBAIJAN) 

DAY 1: ARRIVE BAKU (AZERBAIJAN) 

On arrival into Baku, you will be greeted by your Wild Frontiers representative and transferred directly to your hotel for check in.  

Boutique 19 Hotel

DAY 2: BAKU: HISTORICAL SIGHTS

DAY 2: BAKU: HISTORICAL SIGHTS

This morning visit the sights of Baku on a guided tour. A walk through the modern city and Fountains Square brings you to the medieval walled city "Icheri Sheher" with its narrow alleyways, historic caravanserais, mosques and Palace of the Shirvan Shahs. Visit the 12th century Maiden's Tower whose function has never been established and climb to the top of its tower. As you continue through Baku see the restored mansions of the oil barons, some now home to municipal buildings and designer shops, and also the Bulvar, the wide promenade stretching the length of the bay. The afternoon is then free for shopping, relaxing or more sightseeing. You might like to sit in the park overlooking the Caspian and watch the world go by or take a cruise on the Bay of Baku from the waterfront (only in summer). Depending on performance schedules you may choose to spend an evening at the Opera House.

Boutique 19 Hotel
Breakfast

DAY 3: BAKU: GOBUSTAN PETROGLYPHS AND ABSHERON PENINSULA

DAY 3: BAKU: GOBUSTAN PETROGLYPHS AND ABSHERON PENINSULA

Start your day with a visit to the volcanic desert of Gobustan National Park, where the mountain outcrop and cave complex is covered in thousands of rock paintings dating from the early Stone Age to the Bronze Age. You will also see the old oil fields of Bibi Heyat, learn about oil production in this area and see the bizarre mud volcanoes. This afternoon, continue via the Bibi Heybat Mosque to the Absheron Peninsula, visiting the Ateshgah (or place of fire), a Zoroastrian Fire Temple. Also see the fortresses, which in medieval times formed part of the defence system of the Peninsula and the attractive mosque at Amirjan. Return to Baku for the evening.

Boutique 19 Hotel
Breakfast

DAY 4: BAKU: MODERN DAY SIGHTS

DAY 4: BAKU: MODERN DAY SIGHTS

Your final day in Baku will start with a trip to the Yashil Bazaar where you can purchase some delicious Azeri snacks for your train journey tonight. Next take the funicular railway to the top of Martyr’s Hill, an area of neat parks dedicated to those who have died in recent conflict. From here there are also superb views across the bay of Baku and behind you the famed Flame Towers. Continue to the carpet museum where you take some time to explore, or walk through Azerbaijan’s ‘mini-Venice’ and on to see the Azerbaijan State Philharmonic Hall, Palace of Happiness and Isamailiyya Palace. This afternoon you can head to the iconic Heydar Aliyev Center before transferring to the train station for your departure this evening.

Boutique 19 Hotel
Breakfast

DAY 5: TBILISI: HISTORICAL SIGHTS (GEORGIA)

DAY 5: TBILISI: HISTORICAL SIGHTS (GEORGIA)

Arrive from Baku early in the morning and enjoy some time at leisure before heading out for a delicious local lunch and an afternoon city tour. Tbilisi is a charming town built along the twisting valley of the Mtkvari river. Walk through narrow streets past colourful houses and patterned balconies, ancient domed sulphur baths and bustling daily markets. Take in some of the city’s most beautiful sites, before delving into the historical museum to discover why Georgia is known as the land of the Golden Fleece. Enjoy an evening of artistry and culinary delights, as you take in one of the most traditional of Georgian performances – a puppet show, held at the renowned Rezo Gabriadze Marionette Theatre, before sampling some of the country’s finest cuisine and wine at one of our favourite local restaurants.

KMM Hotel
Lunch

DAY 6: TBILISI: CULINARY AND ARCHITECTURAL TOUR

DAY 6: TBILISI: CULINARY AND ARCHITECTURAL TOUR

This morning you will be transferred to the Metro station close to Tbilisi’s Dezerter Bazaar, the capital’s oldest and largest food market. Meet your local host who will show you which ingredients to buy before welcoming you into her lovely home for a cooking class in Georgian cuisine. This afternoon you will visit one of the oldest parts of the city, discovering the 19th century homes with their hidden courtyards and beautifully carved wooden balconies.

KMM Hotel
Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 7: TBILISI - MTSKHETA - ANANURI - STEPANTSMINDA  

DAY 7: TBILISI - MTSKHETA - ANANURI - STEPANTSMINDA  

Today is an exciting trip into the sheer Caucasus Mountains along the Georgian Military Highway, an epic road which runs from Tbilisi to Vladikavkaz in Russia. Your first stop is Mtskheta, the ancient capital of Georgia which contains many of Georgia's most beautiful and historical churches. Continue to the fortress of Ananauri before finally arriving at the town of Stepantsminda in Kazbegi National Park. As the day draws to a close, enjoy a climb up to the spectacular Holy Trinity Church for some magnificent views, after which you can enjoy some well-earned refreshments.

Porta Caucasia
Breakfast

DAY 8: STEPANTSMINDA - GORI - UPLISTSIKHE - TBILISI 

DAY 8: STEPANTSMINDA - GORI - UPLISTSIKHE - TBILISI 

Heading west today you descend from the mountains to reach Gori, birthplace of Georgia's most infamous son – Stalin. Here you can visit Stalin's house and take a guided tour of the museum, before continuing on to the ancient cave town of Uplistsikhe, dating from the 6th century BC this town was hewn in to the cliff face and is home to dwellings, wine cellars, bakeries, a three-nave church and even a theatre. After a guided tour of these caves and a glimpse into life in Georgia, 6th century BC, you will head back to Tbilisi. 

KMM Hotel
Breakfast

DAY 9: TBILISI: KAKHETI EXCURSION

DAY 9: TBILISI: KAKHETI EXCURSION

Enjoy a full day exploring Telavi and the Kakheti province of Georgia, most famously known for its wine growing, great food and superb Caucasus Mountain views. Start your day with a visit to the local agricultural market before visiting some of the local sites in the area. Finish the morning at a local family home for a lunch full of traditional homemade dishes, and partake in a 'Churchkhela' making class, a traditional Georgian sweet treat. You will have the opportunity this afternoon to visit Gremi, once a mighty capital of the Kakheti Province and now a beautiful museum with a picturesque church and bell tower. Continue on to Tsinandali house-museum and gardens, an estate which used to be the gathering place of the aristocracy in the 19th century. End the afternoon by learning how Georgians make their own wine using quevri (clay vessels) - a UNESCO experience.

KMM Hotel
Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 10: TBILISI - HAGHARTSIN - DILIJAN (ARMENIA)

DAY 10: TBILISI - HAGHARTSIN - DILIJAN (ARMENIA)

This morning you will depart Tbilisi and head to the Armenian border and on towards Dilijan. Stop off along the way to visit the UNESCO World Heritage site of Haghpat Monastery, before continuing on to the medieval Haghartsin Monastery, set in a scenic valley beside a stream and home to several interesting khachkars (cross stones). It includes the 10th century church of St. Gregory, the 13th century church of St. Stepanos, and the refectory - where visitors and pilgrims were received. Continue to Dilijan where you will settle in for the evening. 

Tufenkian Old Dilijan Complex
Breakfast

DAY 11: DILIJAN - LAKE SEVAN - GEGHARD - GARNI - YEREVAN

DAY 11: DILIJAN - LAKE SEVAN - GEGHARD - GARNI - YEREVAN

The first stop today is Lake Sevan, one of the world’s largest high-altitude lakes and a popular holiday location for Armenians, as well as the nearby site of Noratus, a striking cemetary home to more than 800 khachkars, the largest collection in the country. From here visit the holy site of Geghard Cave Monastery, before moving on to the temple of Garni, surrounded by magnificent views of the surrounding mountains and designed in an ancient Greek style. Finally reach Yerevan for the evening.

Villa Delenda
Breakfast

DAY 12: YEREVAN: ETCHMIADZIN EXCURSION

DAY 12: YEREVAN: ETCHMIADZIN EXCURSION

This morning you explore Etchmiadzin, the spiritual heart of the Armenian Apostolic Church. In 301 Armenia was the first country in the world to adopt Christianity as its state religion, and in 303 the first church was built on the site of Etchmiadzin. This afternoon you can enjoy some free time to relax or explore Yerevan at your leisure.

Villa Delenda
Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 13: YEREVAN: HISTORICAL SIGHTS

DAY 13: YEREVAN: HISTORICAL SIGHTS

Spend the day exploring the Armenian capital, a city whose history stretches back to before the founding of Rome. See, among other things, the Matenadaran Manuscripts Museum - a huge depository of ancient manuscripts, the Memorial of the 1915 genocide, and the old Urartian Fortress of Erebuni, the first capital of Armenia. The Blue Mosque makes an interesting visit in this Christian country and the doors to the brandy distillery are open to all visitors interested in trying for themselves this popular local tipple, famous for being Winston Churchill’s favourite drink. 

Villa Delenda
Breakfast

DAY 14: DEPART YEREVAN

DAY 14: DEPART YEREVAN

Today you will be collected from your hotel and transferred to the airport in time for your onward flight. 

Breakfast

SUGGESTED ACCOMMODATION

Mid-Range

Good quality service and overall comfort

Mid-Range

Good quality service and overall comfort

Mid-Range

Good quality service and overall comfort

Premium

Excellent standards without the big price tag

Luxury

Outstanding service and facilities, giving you the 5* experience

Accommodation listed here is intended as a guide only, to give you a taste of what we can do. Our experts can tailor any aspect of this itinerary and accommodation to suit your budget and tastes.

GUIDELINE PRICE & WHAT’S INCLUDED

CLASSIC CAUCASUS (14 DAYS) £3,150

MEALS

As specified in the itinerary, sampling some of the country's finest cuisine.

TRANSPORT

Private air-conditioned vehicles with experienced, dedicated drivers.

ENTRANCE FEES

Tours and admission fees, including tickets specified in the itinerary.

EXPERT TEAM

Licensed English-speaking guides and a support team available 24/7.

ACCOMMODATION

As specified in the itinerary, using some of our favourite local properties.

ACCOMMODATION

Ultra - The best of the best, the ultimate indulgence
Luxury - Outstanding service and facilities, giving you the 5* experience
Premium - Excellent standards without the big price tag
Mid-Range - Good quality service and overall comfort
Simple - No frills, basic accommodation, but often in the most exciting of places

CARBON CONTRIBUTIONS

If you book international flights through Wild Frontiers.

This itinerary is aimed to give you an idea of what we can offer. The price shown above is based on two people travelling outside of peak periods. As this itinerary is only a suggestion and can be tailor-made to suit your interests and budget, your final price may differ.

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WHEN TO GO

WHY WILD FRONTIERS?

Meet the expert, Natalie

Natalie is our Causcaus expert, who has travelled extensively in the region.

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+44 (0)20 3944 6258

Armenia has such a wonderful feel to it; a resilient, charming and peaceful country with plenty of activities to interact with locals - their welcome and warmth will definitely make your trip

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