Below you can find the itinerary of our September 2017 tour to Armenia, Nagorno-Karabakh and Georgia priced at just £639 running from September 17th to the 25th.
There is the option to prefix this tour with an extension to Azerbaijan for £239 running from September 14th until the 17th.
If you are keen to take in even more of the region we will be running a research trip out to the Republic of Abkhazia from September the 11th to the 14th. This trip will be run on a cost sharing basis with expected costs of around £150 a person.
11th - 14th September: Abkhazia research trip
Arrive into Tblisi on September the 11th and overnight in the city.
On the 12th we will travel by public transport to Sukhumi, the capital of Abkhazia and overnight there.
The 13th will be spent taking in the sights of the city and it's surrounds on the coast of the Black Sea, overnight in the city.
On the 14th we will travel back overland to Tblisi to catch the sleeper train onto Baku arriving at 10am on the 15th to join our day tour of the city.
14th - 16th September: Azerbaijan extension
Arrive into Baku on the 14th and overnight in the city.
On the 15th we begin with a morning tour of the sights of the city before we head out to visit the mud volcanoes in the afternoon. Overnight in Baku.
On the 16th we will continue onto the mountain town of Sheki stopping at sights along the way. Sheki is nestled into the Caucaus mountains and its traditional architecture paired with these surrounds leads to a very differant feel than the rapidly modernising Baku. Overnight in a converted Caravanserai in Sheki.
17th September: Tblisi, Georgia
Today the group for the main tour will arrive in to Tblisi and overnight in the city.
If you have booked on to our Azeri extension we will spend the morning in Sheki before transferring to Tblisi in the afternoon.
18th September: 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 Khinkali dumplings with local wine before we head on to the ancient cave city of Uplistsikhe. Transfer back to Tblisi and overnight there.
19th September: Tblisi, 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.
20th September: Yerevan, Armenia
Today we will drive to Tblisi, crossing the border from Georgia to Armenia before spending the afternoon and evening at leisure.
21st September: Yerevan, Armenia
Today is Independence day! 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 days festivities.
22nd September: 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 decend 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.
23rd September: 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.
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 proximatey to the border with Azerbaijan please be aware that sometimes permission to visit Agdam can be retracted at very short notice.
Overnight in Stepanakert.
24th September: Nagorno-Karabakh
In the morning we will depart Stepanakert after visiting the famous "Grandma and Grandpa" statues. We will now make our way back to Yerevan stopping in the town of Areni along the way to try the famous local wines.
25th September: Yerevan, Armenia
Today the tour ends