Arrive into Baku and stsy overnight in the city.
The next day we begin with a morning tour of the sights of the city before a free afternoon. Overnight in Baku.
The following morning we continue onto the mud volcanos of Gobustan and to see the petroglyphs. We then head on to Gence, visit the sights and stay overnight in the city.
Day 1: Tbilisi, Georgia
Today the group for the main tour will arrive in to Tbilisi and overnight in the city.
If you have booked on to our Azeri extension we will spend the morning in Sheki before transferring to Tbilisi in the afternoon.
Day 2: Gori, Georgia
Today we visit the birthplace of Stalin, Gori. We will head to the Stalin Museum where we will have the chance to see the house Stalin was born in, his personal train, as well as a collection of gifts that bear his image. We will have lunch of traditional Georgian food with local wine before we head on to the ancient cave city of Uplistsikhe. Transfer back to Tbilisi and overnight there.
Day 3: Tbilisi, Georgia
Walking tour in famous Sulfuric Baths district visiting the 12th century Metekhi church, Narikala Fortress and then take in a panoramic view of the city from the hill where the huge Mother of Georgia statue is located. In the evening we will transfer to the station for the sleeper train to Yerevan.
Day 4: Yerevan, Armenia
After out train arrives we will kick off the day with a tour around Yerevan. We'll visit the giant Cascade Monument giving us a grand view over the city and towards the biblical Mt. Ararat where some believe Noah's Ark was beached after the floods. We'll then go on a short walking tour around the city's main avenues and squares before heading to visit the sombre Genocide Memorial before checking in to the hotel and having the late afternoon and evening for free time. Overnight in Yerevan.
Day 5: Goris, Armenia
In the morning we will first head to the Khor Virap Monastery which will provide us our closest view of Mt. Ararat. It is from here that many locals enjoy releasing doves in the hope that they will travel to the mountain which now lies across the border in Turkey. This monastery is most noted as being the location of Saint Gregory the Illuminator's 13 year long imprisoment for preaching Christianity in Armenia. We will have the chance to descend the 60m ladder down into the pit where he was imprisoned; sturdy shoes are strongly recommended!
Next we will then drive to the famous "Wings of Tatev" cable car which will carry us across a gorge to the impressive Tatev monastery. This is the most famous of all Armenia's monasteries and originally served as a university, featuring such facilities as an early earthquake detection system.
We will overnight in the nearby city of Goris which is surrounded by ancient cave dwellings carved into the rock.
Day 6: Stepanakert, Nagorno-Karabakh
Today we will cross into Nagorno-Karabakh, locally known as Artsakh. The self declared republic of Nagorno-Karabakh consists of the traditionally Armenian parts of Azerbaijan that are currently locked in a struggle to break-away. The territory has been fought over by Azeri and Armenian backed local forces but now benefits from a long standing period of peace.
After passing through the Berzor Corridor we will arrive in Shoushi, the historic capital of Karabakh and visit the sights before heading on to the modern captial, Stepanakert.
Overnight in Stepanakert.
Day 7: Nagorno-Karabakh
In the morning we will visit the famous "Grandma and Grandpa" statues. Whilst we are in Nagorno-Karabkh we will make a visit to the ghost city of Agdam which was heavily damaged during the fighting in the region. Due to it's proximity to the border with Azerbaijan please be aware that sometimes permission to visit Agdam can be retracted at very short notice. Stay overnight in Stepanakert
Day 8: Nagorno-Karabakh
We will now make our way back to Yerevan stopping in the town of Areni along the way to try the famous local wines. Overnight in Yerevan.
Day 9: Yerevan, Armenia
Today the tour ends