Silk Road in the Caucasus Tour is an in-depth plunge into the mysteries of Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan. Join us for 16 days of varied activities including winetasting at Shumi Winery, shopping at mountain village Lahic, stained glass workshops in Sheki, exploration of Rabati Castle and Vardzia Cave and guided tours of multiple monasteries and caravanserais.
Vestiges of the Silk Road era are scattered throughout Azerbaijan, Georgia and Armenia, each of which lays claim to dazzling houses of worship standing guard over prized relics and to awe-inspiring landscapes that refuse to be captured through mere photos and descriptive words. A tour of the Caucasus will delightfully engage all of your senses, just as it has done since Silk Road times.
Arrive in Baku, Azerbaijan’s capital. Transfer to the hotel, where check-in begins at noon. Your guide and driver will pick you up to begin your private city tour to the following:
In the morning, drive to Gobustan National Park (60km, 1hr), located on the west bank of the Caspian Sea.
Early in the morning, transfer to the airport for a morning flight to Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic (1hr 30min, 405km). Upon arrival, meet your local guide and driver for a sightseeing tour to the following:
Travel with your guide and driver to Shamakhi (180km, 2hrs 30min). On the way, visit Diri Baba Mausoleum (15th century), a two-story monument carved into rock as a unique display of Shirvan-Absheron architecture.
Continue driving to ancient Shamakhi, former seat of the Shirvanshah Empire, to visit:
After breakfast, begin your tour of Sheki’s sites:
Take a morning flight to Tbilisi, Georgia’s capital. Upon arrival, our driver will transfer you to the hotel, where check-in begins at noon. Enjoy a private city tour to the following:
After breakfast, drive to Mtskheta (25km, 30min), ancient capital of Iberia and a holy pilgrimage site for most Georgians, to explore two UNESCO World Heritage Sites:
Transfer to the airport for a morning flight to Yerevan, capital of Armenia. Upon arrival, our driver will drop you off at the hotel, where check-in begins at noon. After a rest, take a private city tour to the following sights:
After breakfast, depart Yerevan for a scenic drive to Khor-Virap in southeast Armenia (45km, 50min).
After breakfast, visit Haghartsin Monastery (10th-13th centuries) to tour its three churches and refectory.
Drive (20km, 30min) to Goshavank Monastery Complex (12th -13th centuries), formerly a major university and library located in the picturesque village of Gosh. Tour its churches and famous cross-stone khachkars.
Continue to two UNESCO World Heritage Sites near Alaverdi (90km, 2hrs):
In the morning, drive to the city of Vagharshapat, commonly known as Etchmiadzin (20km, 30min). Upon arrival, discover the following: