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 10 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

Overview Itinerary

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 and Caucasian 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
  • Over 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, Echmiadzin, Garni, Geghard, Khor Virap

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.


  • 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, Mtskheta, Gori, David Gareja

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.


  • 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.


  • 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 $4,495
  • Plus Internal Air $200
  • Single Supplement $1,195

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  • $4,495
  • Min 2 Travelers

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 (2 picnic) and 1 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.
  • Services of experienced, English-speaking local guides, drivers and other staff.
  • 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.
  • Ground transportation throughout itinerary by private vehicle (type of vehicle depends on the size of your party).
  • Guided sightseeing tours and entrance fees as outlined in the itinerary.
  • Evening cultural performances per 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 (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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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, or 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.

Read our Travel Journals

MIR's Travel Journals offer first hand accounts of MIR's fascinating destinations.

  • Treasures of the South Caucasus: Through Georgia, Armenia, and Azerbaijan

    Treasures of the South Caucasus: Through Georgia, Armenia, and Azerbaijan

    Follow along with MIR Corporation Tour Manager Devin Mitchell as she accompanies MIR clients on MIR's Treasures of the South-Caucasus small group tour.... Read More

  • Ancient Persia, Modern Iran: A Tour Leader’s Blog

    Ancient Persia, Modern Iran: A Tour Leader’s Blog

    Follow along with seasoned MIR Tour Manager, Michel Behar, as he blogs his way through MIR's Ancient Persia - Modern Iran small group tour. Spend each day with him as he recounts his favorite traditional Persian foods, his discoveries at the outdoor markets, and his impressions of the gardens, art and architecture of Iran.... Read More

  • Essential Uzbekistan Travel Journal

    Essential Uzbekistan Travel Journal

    A MIR traveler set out with her traveling companion on our Essential Uzbekistan program, where they enjoyed the sites and crafts of Tashkent, Samarkand, Bukhara and Khiva as well as the many fabulous fabrics, carpets, tilework and adornments she found there. Take the journey along with her as you read her fascinating comments on this adventure.... Read More

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