Begin in the Land of Fire’s capital Baku, exploring its mix of ancient and super-modern, before travelling to the mountainous town of Sheki. From here, travel to Georgia, beginning in capital Tbilisi. Head east to the Kakheti wine region to sample some of the world’s best natural wine, before crossing into Armenia’s Dilijan National Park for hiking trails and ancient caves. End your trip in capital Yerevan with views over the city from The Cascade park.

Key information

Destinations Destinations Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia
Activity Activity Nature & Wildlife, Culture, Culinary
Physical Level Physical Level Easy
Season Season April - October

Suggested itinerary

Explore Baku’s Old City

Explore Baku’s Old City

Day 1–3 in Baku

Azerbaijan’s capital might be changing fast due to the oil-boom, but its heart still lies in the UNESCO-listed Old City, full of tree-lined boulevards and fascinating mansions. Look for ruined mosques and busy bakeries dotted between the new fashion boutiques.

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See the petroglyphs in Gobustan National Park, Azerbaijan

See the petroglyphs in Gobustan National Park, Azerbaijan

UNESCO-listed Gobustan National Park is home to one of the world’s largest collections of rock paintings, with more than 4,000 petroglyphs depicting boats, people and societies.

Encounter the Silk Road in Sheki

Encounter the Silk Road in Sheki

Day 4 in Sheki

Once a trading stop on the fabled Silk Road, the town of Sheki is now the perfect place to sample Azerbaijan’s historic architecture (look for Sheki Khan’s Palace), craft workshops and try piti, a national dish of lamb stew cooked in a clay pot.

Take a sulphur bath in Tbilisi

Take a sulphur bath in Tbilisi

Day 5–7 in Tbilisi

Tbilisi’s famous sulphur baths can be found in the Abanotubani district in the old town. Hot and cold sulphur springs used to run under Tbilisi and were used for bathing. Today, you can join locals at public baths (prepare for total nakedness) or try a spa-like private bath – the sulphur is said to help circulation and skin health.

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See the architectural hodge-podge of Ananuri Fortress

See the architectural hodge-podge of Ananuri Fortress

Forty miles or so from Tbilisi lies Ananuri Fortress, a castle complex sitting on the banks of the Aragvi River. Dating back to the 17th century, the fortress has witnessed numerous battles and is famous for its architecture, which mixes elements of Persian, Byzantine and Greco-Roman design.

Taste fine Georgian wine in Kakheti

Taste fine Georgian wine in Kakheti

Day 8 in Kakheti region

Kakheti in eastern Georgian is the country’s premier wine-producing area, with plenty of wineries where you can sample a glass of qvevri – named for the large, lemon-shaped terracotta pot buried in the ground that the wine ferments in.

Mountains and monasteries in Dilijan National Parks

Mountains and monasteries in Dilijan National Parks

Day 9 in Dilijan National Park

Northern Armenia’s Dilijan National Park is home to hiking trails where you can see bears, wolves and several species of eagle. However, it’s the 10th-century Haghartsin Monastery in Dilijan town that attracts visitors for its unique Armenian architecture.

Climb The Cascade in Yerevan

Climb The Cascade in Yerevan

Day 10–13 in Yerevan

Check out Yerevan’s art scene by climbing The Cascade staircase that connects downtown Yerevan with the museum district. Each level hosts a different installation and views over the city.

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Drink holy water at Geghard Cave Monastery

Drink holy water at Geghard Cave Monastery

Carved from the cliffside, Geghard Monastery began life in the 4th century as a small cave chapel before growing over the centuries. Today, visitors come to drink from the holy spring in Azavan chapel and for views of Azat River Gorge that surrounds the complex.

Where to stay

Classic

Cascade Hotel

Three-star Cascade Hotel is located in the heart of Yerevan near the architectural complex called The Cascade. The hotel has friendly staff, professional service and spacious air-conditioned rooms. International and Armenian cuisine is available in the restaurant.

Classic

Bridge Boutique

Bridge Boutique Hotel is located in a 19th-century building in the centre of Tbilisi. Guests can enjoy their meals on the terrace with fantastic views of the old town, Mtatsminda Mount and River Kura. In addition, the Bridge Hotel has a wine cellar where guests can taste natural Georgian wines.

Superior

Auroom Hotel Baku

The four-star Auroom Hotel is located in the centre of Baku, only two kilometres from Fountain Square. The hotel is known for its friendly staff and beautiful design.

Superior

Opera Suite Hotel

The Opera Suite Hotel is located in central Yerevan, only 550 yards from the Armenian Opera Theatre.
Its suites have air conditioning, ensuite bathrooms, seating area and kitchenettes with a fridge, stove and kettle. International cuisine is available in the hotel’s Sinatra Restaurant.

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This route booked with one of our specialist tour operators would cost from £1,697pp. Pricing varies by accommodation class, and can be tailored to suit your budget.

Pricing is typically inclusive of hotels, transfers, meals, and all guided excursions and activities.

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