Azerbaijan and Georgia in 9 days
Discover two countries of South Caucasus in one trip! Azerbaijan and Georgia a great combination!
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Discover two countries of South Caucasus in one trip! Azerbaijan and Georgia a great combination!
Azerbaijan and Georgia tour begins in Baku, you will be met by ENCTOURS driver and guide and transferred to your hotel.Baku is a city of huge contrasts; minarets have been superseded by the iconic architectural landmark that is The Flame Towers, which against all the odds work well in this city that has always been about old and new.While Old Baku had a reputation of a city blighted by oil extraction, it has recently been completely transformed into a 21st Century capital with seaside promenades and extraordinary architecture by such luminaries as Zaha Hadid. Read more
After breakfast, your guided walking tour of Baku includes the medieval walled city "Icheri Sheher" with it is narrow alleyways, historic caravanserais, mosques and Palace of the Shirvan Shahs, UNESCO Heritage site. Visit the Maiden' Tower, UNESCO Heritage site the imposing mansions of the oil barons, built in the oil boom of 1870-1914 and Martyr's with its superb views over the Bay of Baku. Complex of Shirvanshahs Palace was the last residence of the rulers of Shirvan State with the history of thousand. At mediaeval times this state was the most powerful state in Azerbaijan. The Shirvanshahs Palace is a two-storey building in an irregular, rectangular shape. In order to provide better illumination of the palace, the south-eastern part of the building was constructed on different levels. The second half of our tour will be dedicated to Absheron Peninsula tour, exploring Zoroastrian Fire Temple Ateshgah in Surakhani settlement. Fire Temple Ateshgah (literally Fire House) is located in 30 kilometers from the center of Baku, in the south-eastern outskirts of the Absheron Peninsula. The Temple of Eternal Fire - Ateshgah - is an authentic Azerbaijani exotic. It is well-known practically all over the world. This territory is known for such unique natural phenomenon as burning natural gas outlets (underground gas coming onto surface contacts oxygen and lights up). Read more
This morning we will leave Baku for Gobustan Historical Reserve (65 km far). The reserve is well known with its perfectly preserved rock paintings - petroglyphs - a kind of artistic "archive" of human evolution on the Earth. They reflect the history of this region for nearly 15,000 years - since the end of the era of the Upper Paleolithic till the Middle Ages. Before the start of the tour around Gobustan we will visit the interactive museum with the same name, where with the help of special programs and multimedia touch screens we will get information about the nature, the flora of Gobustan. In 2007 Gobustan was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. After Gobustan tour we will visit the Carpet Museum. Carpet weaving in Azerbaijan has always been one of the most important national crafts, and has achieved to the status of high professionalism. The main centers of the applied arts were Guba, Shamakhi, Baku, Ganja, Karabakh. The Azerbaijani carpets have a reputation on a global scale; even the artists of the Renaissance (H.Holbeyn and others.) depicted them on their canvases. Handmade carpets of pure wool and natural dyes with hundreds colors in complex ornaments were very expensive, because their production took years of work, and needed a lot of experience and patience. Therefore, traditionally, every Azerbaijani family put the carpets in sight: they are laid on the floor, hung on the wall, given as a dowry, and presented to future generation. Overnight at the hotel in Baku. Read more
Leaving Baku behind us, our journey takes us through beautiful landscapes on the way to Shamakhi. Upon arrival in Shamakhi we will have a sightseeing of historical Juma Mosque (8th century, reconstructed in the 19th century). This oldest and largest mosque in Azerbaijan, Shamakhi Dzhuma, according to the legend was built in the 8th century when Shamakhi was chosen as residence by an Arabian caliph. Built more than 1,200 years ago Shamakhi Dzhuma mosque still remains one of the largest cult structures of the Caucasus. On the way from Baku to Shemakha there is Maraza village known for its unique monument - two-storied mausoleum-mosque of the 15th century called Diri-Baba, located across from the old cemetery. And we will visit Yeddi Gumbez Mausoleum or “Seven Domes”, located at the foot of Gulistan Fortress. Today the gravestones look like half-destroyed stone domes as if grown directly from under the ground in the middle of deserted graveyard. Overnight at the hotel in Sheki. Read more
This morning we will go for a walk around Sheki. One of the most ancient cities of Azerbaijan, Sheki is rightly called the architectural reserve of the country. Of particular interest to the tourists from all over the world is the Palace of Sheki Khans (1762) – a rare example of combining the national and palace architecture traditions. It is remarkable that during the construction of the palace, not a single nail was used, and the colored glass for shebeke (national mosaic) was brought from Venice. Another example of the developed architecture of the 18th century is the House of Sheki Khans, which belonged to the close relatives of Sheki Khans. There were many caravanserais in Sheki, which was famous for its trade. Two of them are still here today; the Upper and the Lower Caravanserais, both built in the 18th century. Then we will leave Sheki and drive to Balakan check-point. After all border formalities, you will depart to Georgia. Delicious lunch with local family in a village. Then we visit Gremi complex from the 16th century and local farmer`s market in Telavi. Then we continue to Alaverdi cathedral (11c) - the biggest church in Kakheti region. Overnight in Telavi. Read more
Drive to Tbilisi via beautiful Gombori pass. Tbilisi sightseeing program – visit the Old Town. The city offers a great variety of sights, most of them very ancient. All the places of interest in the Old Town are very close to each other, within a few minutes’ walk. We start our visit to Old Tbilisi from Metekhi Church (13th century), then walk to the Synagogue, Sioni Cathedral (6th-7th centuries) and Anchiskhati Church (6th century). Afterwards we drive up to Mother Georgia statue and walk down to Narikala Fortress (4th century) en route enjoying beautiful views of Old Town. Then we visit Sulphur Baths district. This marks the end of the Old Town. Overnight in Tbilisi. Read more
We drive to visit the ancient capital and religious centre of Georgia – Mtskheta (3000 years old) and see its historical places: Jvari church (6th century) and Svetitskhoveli Cathedral (11th century) where the Robe of Christ is buried. Both Jvari and Svetitskhoveli are UNESCO World Heritage sites. Then drive to visit the town of Gori and its historical places: Uplistsikhe Cave Town (1st millennium BC) and Stalin’s museum. Uplistsikhe is the place where the Great Silk Road used to pass. This is an old and interesting complex with dwelling quarters, wine-cellars, bakeries, a three-nave basilica church hewn out in rock and even an antic theatre. Afterwards we continue towards Western part of Georgia. Arrive in Kutaisi, the second largest city in the country. Read more
In the morning we drive to the Black Sea coast, to Batumi. Batumi - Georgia`s summer holiday capital. City has sprouted new hotels and attractions like mushrooms in recent years, but it still has much of its charm. Strolling along Batum Boulevard, with its trees, paths, fountains, cafes, beach bars and some quirky attractions, this is the life and soul of Batumi. On the Boulevard you`ll find a large Ferris wheel, the Alphabet Tower, a monument to Georgian script and culture, moving metal sculpture of Ali & Nino - the protagonists of Kurban Said`s marvellous novel of that name, an ornamental lake hosts the Dancing Fountains, an entertaining laser, music and water show. During the city tour we`ll visit Europe square with Astronomical clock and Medea statue; Visit Piazza Square, one of the most beautiful squares in whole Georgia. Distinguished by its painting, as well as by its exquisite mosaics and stained glass windows. Piazza Square has already become the venue of numerous entertaining and cultural events. Overnight at a hotel in Batumi. Read more
Transfer to the airport and departure. Azerbaijan and Georgia tour ends.
Dear Khatuna, We are writing to thank you for your arrangement for our trip in Georgia. Though the weather was not too good that we needed to change our itinerary, we appreciated much the help of our driver Georgi who did a good job. He brought us to feel the beautiful snow that evening which was not his duty, and always took care of us by providing coffee, tea and very yummy snacks on the way. We feel especially impressed by Georgi who tried very hard using Geogle translation even though he couldn't speak English, and was very patient to have stopped the car for us to take nice photos. It's lot of fun and warm-feeling having Georgi to be our driver all along the route. Please relay our appreciation to Georgi !! Cheers. Read more
Dear Tinatin, I would like to say thank you for wonderful tour here in Georgia, especially our tour guide Ms. Mañana. She is kind person, we really enjoy, thank you and God Bless and more power.
Dear Tinatin, I just wanted to review on the tour. We were soo happy with the way you organized the entire tour and our guide Nino. Our family was emotional at the time of departure to part such a lovely company. She was very informative and we also took notice how she cared about the environment by making sure to collect all the plastic bottles she saw on the locations of the attractions and later disposing them to where it belongs. She is well versed about the places we visited and she did share the history of each locations. Her passion to her job was evident each time she told the history of Georgia. Also, she made it a point to leave the hotel only after we have completed the check-in process and received the key. And Guram, was also a very helpful man. I guess it was his inefficiency with the language made it difficult for him to entertain us. But his smile once in a while did make us very happy. About the beauty of Georgia cannot be summarized in this mail. We would like to thank you once again for providing us with a memorable stay. Read more
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