Highlights of Armenia, Georgia and Azerbaijan

Armenia’s intricate stone khachkar crosses, the bounteous wines of Georgia and the ancient petroglyphs of Azerbaijan are icons of these three intertwined Caucasus countries, where you can experience five UNESCO masterpieces in ten days.

Explore cave monasteries, Zoroastrian fire temples and medieval watchtowers, and feast on the savory cuisine of the imaginative South Caucasus cultures.

10 Day Trip

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MIR Signature Experiences on this Tour
  • See all the way to Turkey from Khor Virap
    Admire the incredible panorama of snow-capped Mt. Ararat looming over the vineyards and the little stone monastery of Khor Virap....
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  • Savor an authentic “Georgian Table” meal
    Savor an authentic "Georgian Table," featuring an abundance of local specialties and an official Georgian toastmaster....
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  • Dazzle your eyes with the vivid colors and bold designs of Azeri carpets
    Admire the vivid colors and bold designs of Azeri, Caucasian and Persian carpets at the Museum of Azerbaijani Carpets and Applied Folk Art....
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  • Learn about Neolithic artists through their ancient rock carvings
    Visit Azerbaijan’s UNESCO-listed ancient petroglyphs on the Caspian Sea, discovered by accident in the 1930s....
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Why Travel with MIR on this Tour
  • 30 years of South Caucasus travel experience
  • Travel programs such Harvard, World Affairs Council of Philadelphia and the American Museum of Natural History have chosen MIR to guide them to the South Caucasus
  • Twice named one of National Geographic Adventure’s “Best Adventure Travel Companies on Earth”
  • On-the-ground support and quality you can trust
  • Personalized travel planning from start to finish
  • Guides and tour managers that clients rave about
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Itinerary & Highlights at a Glance

Days 1-4: Yerevan, day trips

Investigate Echmiadzin, an important place of pilgrimage for Christian Armenians; the pagan Temple of Garni, with its walls of huge basalt blocks; Geghard Monastery, carved into the side of a mountain; and Khor Virap with its fantastic views of Mt. Ararat. Drive to Tbilisi, stopping en route at UNESCO-listed Haghbat Monastery, founded in the 10th century.

Highlights

  • Armenia’s capital city, Yerevan, older than Rome
  • Cathedral at Echmiadzin, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the pagan Temple of Garni
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Days 5-7: Tbilisi, day trips

Admire the 4th century Narikala Fortress looming over Tbilisi. Visit Mtskheta, capital of the early kingdom of Iberia; Gori, Stalin’s hometown; and the David Gareja cave monastery, a sacred place in Georgia.

Highlights

  • Narikala Fortress, Mother Georgia Monument, Rustaveli Avenue in Tbilisi
  • The original wooden hut of Stalin’s family
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Days 8-10: Baku

Baku has been an oil town for centuries. Wander the medieval Old Town, passing impressive mansions built by oil barons in the late 19th century. Appreciate the bold designs of Azeri carpets, and explore Gobustan, an important site of ancient petroglyphs discovered in the 1930s.

Highlights

  • Baku, capital of Azerbaijan and oil boomtown, with its UNESCO-listed Old Town
  • Vivid hand-loomed carpets at the State Museum of Azerbaijani Carpets and Applied Folk Art
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Tour Dates & Prices
Trip Length: 10 Days

Land Tour Price, Per Person
based on double occupancy

  • 2 Traveler Minimum $4,395
  • Plus Internal Air $150
  • Single Supplement $1,150

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Group Size

Pricing is based on a minimum of 2 travelers on this trip. Call for solo trip pricing.

Private trip prices vary by season and are subject to hotel availability for your travel dates. Hotel upgrades, additional nights and solo traveler prices are available on request.

What’s Included

On Your Tour

  • Shared accommodations in well-located superior tourist class (three star) hotels throughout the itinerary.
  • 9 breakfasts, 4 lunches (two picnic) and one dinner, per the itinerary. Other lunches and dinners are left independent so you may enjoy a chance to dine on your own.
  • Restaurant tips for included meals.
  • Local guides in each city.
  • One arrival and one departure transfer. (Additional arrival and departure transfers are available at additional cost.) MIR arranges for travelers to be met on arrival and seen off on departure whether we make your airfare arrangements or not.
  • Transportation throughout itinerary by private van or car (type of vehicle depends on the size of your party).
  • Guided sightseeing tours and entrance fees as outlined in the itinerary.

Before Your Tour

  • Personalized pre-departure support from one of our knowledgeable Tour Specialists.
  • Complete pre-departure information including detailed packing list and reading list.
  • Touring with MIR handbook with country-specific information, maps, and travel tips.
  • Customized visa application instruction kit (if applicable to your itinerary; please note, visa fees are not included in the tour price).
  • Final document packet including luggage tags, final updates, and more.
  • Assistance booking your custom flight arrangements (on request; please note that international and internal airfares are not included in the land tour cost).
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Prepare for Your Trip

International Airfare

MIR's in-house, full-service air department will gladly assist with your air travel needs.

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Reading List

MIR recommends reading up before you leave home. So settle back in your armchair with some of our favorite books about our favorite places.

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Visas

Most MIR programs require one or more visas, and each visa requires a completely blank page in your passport. Visa information for this particular tour is listed in the Detailed Descriptive Itinerary.

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Travel Insurance

Stay a Little Longer…

MIR can arrange for an extended program in the ‘Stan countries of Central Asia, in Iran, Western Russia or Eastern Europe. All of MIR’s destinations are open to you, and all can be attached to this program. Please contact MIR for more details about exciting options for extended travel.

Or, choose from one of these suggested itineraries:

Is this Trip Right for You?

While the accommodations are designed to be comfortable for travel in this part of the world, they will vary from well-located moderate three star hotels, to some quite small with basic amenities and services. It is important to keep in mind that the countries of the South Caucasus are not up to the standards North American travelers expect.

A full list of details about the rigors of this tour are explained in the Detailed Descriptive Itinerary.

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