Caucasus UNESCO Sites Tour is an unbeatable journey through three nations and more than a dozen landmarks officially inscribed on UNESCO World Heritage List. Armenia’s Garni Temple and Etchmiadzin Cathedral, Georgia’s Gelati Monastery and Ushguli Architectural Complex and Azerbaijan’s Sheki Khans’ Palace and Gobustan Petroglyphs combine to create a colorful montage of history resurrected.
Vivacious, wine-loving Georgia, hospitable Azerbaijan and pious, friendly Armenia form the backbone of Eurasia’s Caucasus Mountains. Each land is permeated with eccentric religious relics, medieval masterpieces and jaw-dropping landscapes that will delight the eye and refresh your soul.
Arrive in Yerevan, capital of Armenia. Our driver will meet you for transfer to the hotel, where check-in begins at noon. Begin your private tour to the following sights:
In the morning, your guide and driver will pick you up at the hotel. Drive to Vagharshapat, commonly known as Etchmiadzin (20km, 30min), where Etchmiadzin Cathedral and Zvartnots Archaeological Complex were added to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2000. Upon arrival, discover the following sights:
In the morning, meet your guide and driver. Drive to Garni in Kotayk Province (30km, 45min), to tour:
In the morning, meet your guide and driver for a drive to Alaverdi (95km, 1hr 45min).
Stop in Lori Region at Odzun Monastery and Church (6th century), famed for its arches and colorful frescoes.
Cross a 12th-century bridge on your way to two UNESCO World Heritage Sites near Alaverdi:
In the morning, your guide and driver will meet you at the hotel for a private tour of Tbilisi to the following:
In the morning, your guide and driver will meet you at your hotel. Drive to Mtskheta (25km, 30min) to explore two UNESCO World Heritage Sites:
In the morning, visit Bagrati Cathedral (11th century), defined by medieval architecture and detailed paintings.
Drive (50km, 1hr) to Martvili Canyon (closed Mondays). Travel by boat through its beautiful ravines, which tower up to 40 meters. Walk through the canyon to discover waterfalls, bridges and observation decks. Head for Mestia (210km, 4hrs) to visit:
In the morning, drive to Ushguli Village (50km), one of the most remote settlements in Georgia (2200 meters). Located in the ethnically unique Upper Svaneti Region, Ushguli highlights include:
Free time in the morning before transfer to the airport for a flight to Baku. Arrive in Baku, Azerbaijan’s capital. After transfer to the hotel, 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.
In the morning, drive 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 Shamakhi, former seat of the Shirvanshah Empire, to visit:
After breakfast, begin your tour of Sheki’s sites: