Classic Survey of Azerbaijan, Georgia and Armenia

Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan share stunning mountain backdrops, powerful stone architecture and a strong code of hospitality. Georgia’s renowned winemaking traditions, Azerbaijan’s Zoroastrian and Islamic background, and Armenia’s multitude of ancient churches combine to make this distinctive journey more than the sum of its parts.

15 Day Trip

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MIR Signature Experiences on this Tour
  • 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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  • Learn how the monks dug their sandstone caves at David Gareja
    Visit one of the most sacred sites in all of Georgia, a complex of 12 different cave monasteries....
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  • Experience the soaring voices of a small ensemble in a classic setting
    Experience traditional Armenian songs sung a cappella during a private concert at 1st century Garni Temple....
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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
  • Over 25 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: Baku, Gobestan, Shemakha, Sheki

The journey begins in Baku, capital of Azerbaijan and black gold boomtown, exploring the narrow stone streets of the charming medieval Old Town. Traveling overland, visit Sheki, a 14th century architectural preserve and one of the oldest towns in Azerbaijan.

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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Days 5-7: Sheki, Signagi, Tbilisi

Crossing the Georgian border, trace the ancient Silk Road stopping to explore the fortress town of Signagi. Enjoy a traditional “Georgian Table,” laden with fine examples of the country’s rich culinary and winemaking legacy. Georgia is where the wine grape was first cultivated and the flowers and fruits of the Mediterranean flourish. In Tbilisi, view a windfall of eastern artifacts at the State Museum of Fine Arts.

Highlights

  • Hilltown of Signagi
  • Sumptuous Georgian feast
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Days 8-9: Mtskheta, Ananuri, Kazbegi, Gudauri, Gori, Uplistsikhe, Tbilisi

Journey along the Georgian Military Highway to the alpine villages of Kazbegi and Gudauri, seated in the shadow of the Caucasus Mountains. Pause at UNESCO-listed Mtskheta, capital of the kingdom of Iberia from the 3rd century BC until the 5th century AD. Visit Gori, Stalin’s hometown, and explore the fascinating cave town of Uplistsikhe.

Highlights

  • Mtskheta, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and center of the Iberian kingdom
  • Gudauri, highest village on Georgian Military Highway
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Days 10-15: Yerevan, Khor Virap, Garni, Geghard, Echmiadzin, Lake Sevan

Next is Armenia, the first kingdom to formally adopt Christianity. Stop at UNESCO-listed Haghbat Monastery, hear a live a cappella concert at pagan Garni Temple, and enjoy a bread-baking demonstration and tasting in a village home. Explore the monastery of Geghard, carved from solid rock. Browse among some of the oldest books in the world at the Matenadaran Museum in Yerevan, and tour the 4th century cathedral at Echmiadzin. Visit high altitude Lake Sevan, and a village of Molokans (“Milk Drinkers”), who rejected Orthodox teachings in the 16th century.

Highlights

  • Armenia’s capital city, Yerevan, older than Rome
  • 10th century monasteries of Haghbat and Sanahin, UNESCO Sites
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Tour Dates & Prices
Trip Length: 15 Days

Land Tour Price, Per Person
based on double occupancy

  • 5-16 Travelers $7,395
  • Single Supplement $1,595

2017 Dates

  • September 3-17 - Sold out! Call for a waitlist!
  • September 17-October 1 - Limited availability!
  • $7,395
  • Max 16 Travelers
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Group Size

Small Groups – Never More than 16 Travelers. Guaranteed!

What’s Included

On Your Tour

  • Shared accommodations in well-located first class hotels in the major cities and best available hotels elsewhere.
  • 14 breakfasts, 11 lunches, and 11 dinners. A few lunches and dinners are not included so that you may enjoy a chance to experiment on your own.
  • Restaurant tips for included meals.
  • Services of an experienced, English-speaking MIR Tour Manager with local guides at specific sites.
  • Arrival/departure transfers. MIR will arrange for all travelers to be met on arrival and seen off on departure whether we make your airfare arrangements or not, provided you arrive and depart on the tour start/end dates in the tour start/end cities.
  • Transportation throughout itinerary by private coach or minivan (vehicle type will depend on group size and terrain).
  • Guided sightseeing tours and entrance fees as outlined in itinerary.
  • Special events, excursions and cultural performances per the itinerary.
  • Baggage handling where available.
  • Bottled water at group meals.
  • Gratuities to local guides and drivers.

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…

Combine this tour with Journey Through Central Asia: The Five ‘Stans.  The Five ‘Stans tour ends in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan and you can easily fly from Ashgabat to Baku across the Caspian Sea on Lufthansa and arrive in time for the first day of touring on the Treasures of the South Caucasus program.

Or, choose from one of these suggested itineraries:

Is this Trip Right for You?

While the accommodations are the best available, they will vary from four to five star large western style hotels to a small private hotel in Sheki. 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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