Georgia Upper Svaneti
Armenia Ararat with khor Virap monastery
Armenia Sevanavank church in Sevan

Stretching from the Black Sea in the west to the Caspian Sea in the east, the Caucasus region takes in Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia, alongside the Russian republics of Chechnya, North Ossetia and Dagestan. The bridge between Asia and Europe, Islam and Christianity, adventurous visitors come to the Caucasus countries for hiking through deep gorges and over mountain passes, incredible religious architecture and fine Georgian wine.

Beware if you’re planning on travelling through the northern regions near Russia – the wounds from the breakup of the Soviet Union in 1991 are still raw, with disputed territory and military still present.

17 days

Classic Caucasus

Explore the best of Azerbaijan, Georgia and Armenia
Baku (1 days) Mount Yanar Dag (1) Sheki (1) Kakheti region (2) Tbilisi (2) Rabati Fortress (1) Kutaisi (2) Dilijan National Park (1) Selim Pass (1) Tatev Monastery (1) Yerevan (4)
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11 days

Walking Armenia

Take a trip through Armenia’s history
Yerevan (1 days) Southern Armenia (2) Tatev Monastery (1) Dilijan National Park (2) Lastiver (1) Lori Province (2) Mount Aragats (1) Yerevan (1)
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18 days

Armenia, Georgia and Azerbaijan hiking

Hike ancient forests, mountain lakes and waterfalls
Yerevan (1 days) Southern Armenia (1) Selim Pass (1) Lake Sevan (1) Dilijan National Park (1) Lastiver (1) Khevsureti region (2) Borjomi-Kharagauli National Park (2) Kakheti region (1) Sheki (1) Lahij (2) Baku (4)
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11 days

Hike Armenia and Georgia

Explore picture-perfect hiking trails in the mountains
Yerevan (1 days) Southern Armenia (1) Lake Sevan (1) Dilijan National Park (1) Lastiver (1) Tbilisi (1) Khevsureti region (2) Borjomi-Kharagauli National Park (2) Tbilisi (1)
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13 days

Highlights of the Caucasus

Wine, wilderness and welcoming cities
Baku (3 days) Sheki (1) Tbilisi (3) Kakheti region (1) Dilijan National Park (1) Yerevan (4)
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21 days

Overlanding through the Caucasus

Travel beyond the ordinary in Azerbaijan, Armenia and Georgia
Baku (3 days) Mount Yanar Dag (1) Lahij (1) Sheki (1) Kakheti region (3) Tbilisi (2) Kutaisi (2) Dilijan National Park (1) Selim Pass (1) Tatev Monastery (1) Yerevan (5)
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  • Armenia

    Armenia

    Medieval monasteries and forest hikes
    One of Christianity’s earliest civilisations, Armenia’s historic churches and monasteries date back as far as the 4th century...
  • Azerbaijan

    Azerbaijan

    Land of fire
    Travelling to Azerbaijan can be confusing...
  • Georgia

    Georgia

    Rolling hills and centuries-old villages
    Georgia is no longer a backpacker’s secret...

Where to go in Caucasus

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Armenia

Armenia

One of Christianity’s earliest civilisations, Armenia’s historic churches and monasteries date back as far as the 4th century. Spread across the country, these extraordinary religious sites are the country’s premier attraction, but it’s also full of dramatic landscapes perfect for exploring on foot.

That’s not to say that Armenia is an easy place to travel. Roads are poor and English non-existent, but that just makes the travel experience more rewarding. Combine a trip to Armenia with a multi-country tour of neighbouring Azerbaijan and Georgia, and you’ll experience a dizzying mix of cultures, history and landscapes.

Azerbaijan

Azerbaijan

Travelling to Azerbaijan can be confusing. This is a country that is both European and Asian. Cosmopolitan capital Baku is full of designer shops and 21st-century architecture, but travel a couple of hours away and you can be in rural villages in the desert.

What Azerbaijan is blessed with — beyond the oil of the Caspian Sea — is natural beauty. There are snow-capped mountains and arid deserts, bubbling volcanoes and fire-brimmed hillsides. Yes, the contrasts can be jarring, but that’s all part of the appeal of this fast-changing country.

Georgia

Georgia

Georgia is no longer a backpacker’s secret. Where once only intrepid travellers traversed its green valleys and mountainous trails, today visitors come for Tbilisi’s nightclubs, world-class restaurants and an emerging natural wine scene.

However, the star of the show is still those old churches, watchtowers and monasteries that line Georgia’s countryside. Move beyond the cities and you’ll enter a world untouched by time, complete with Russian, Turkish and Persian influences.

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