Day 1: Departure in Baku, greet & meet, transfer to hotel.
Day 2: City tour. Classical city tour. Visit to the Martyr's Cemetery, located on the higher slopes of the city's west-end, this is the best place for viewing the city and the Bay of Baku. Proceed to the Old Town 'Iceri Sehir', which is also a fortress. See the highlights of Iceri Sehir including the Palace of the Shirvans (the most striking example of the Medieval palace structures in Azerbaijan, dating to the middle of 15th century); the Maiden's Tower (the ancient, eight storey fortress originally built as a fire beacon) and the Carpet Museum (the impressive building located on the seafront - its collection was enriched with the carpets brought from Shusha Carpet Museum, evacuated before the Armenian advance). Afternoon free at leisure.
Day 3: Baku - Sheki. In the morning visit to the mosaic fronted Khan's Palace and the History Museum in Sheki, then proceed to Ismailly and visit the carpet manufacture centre then onto Shemakha. Shemakha, for so long the capital and trade centre for western Azerbaijan, is now a small town. Visit the Grand Mosque, a very large and attractive built in the late 19th century, the Gulistan Fortress (formerly enclosed the residence of the Shirvan and later the Shemakha kings, and the Yedi Gumbez 'Seven Tombs', yet only the three of these desecrated octagonal royal tombs remain reasonably complete. They are the 18th-19th century mausoleums of the Khans of Shemakha. Hotel accommodation.
Day 4: Drive to Georgia Border. Cross Boreder. Drive to Signagi-Royal town, one of the most picturesque and attractive places in Georgia, surrounded by defense wall, enjoy views of the Alazani vally and vineyards. Accommodation in Signagi.
Day 5: Drive to Kacheti region, one of the main centers of winery. Excursion to Ikalto Academy (12th c) where the old "Marani" is saved, Tsinandali, the summer mansion of Alexander Chavchavadze, beautiful English park (French designer Arnold Regali), old wine cellar (19th c.) wine tasting, Alaverdi monastery (11th c). Overnight in Tbilisi.
Day 6: City Tour of Tbilisi. During the Classical City Tour, you will visit the Georgian Museum of Arts, with its unique collection of Georgian art: ancient icons, cloisonné enamel work, chased icons, processional crosses, etc. These visits over, you will be free to visit the Old City – we recommend you wander through the old streets of Tbilisi and slowly make your way to the Narikala fortress, which offers fantastic views over the entire city.
Day 7: From Tbilisi you will be taken to Mtskheta-Gori, the ancient capital of Georgia, and still an important cultural and religious centre in modern Georgia. Svetitskhoveli cathedral (XIth century) is considered a masterpiece of the early Mediaeval period, and is one of the holiest and most sacred places in Georgia, the cathedral is supposed to be built upon the buried chiton or cloak of Jesus Christ, brought to Mtskheta by a witness to his crucifixion. The fine monastery of Jvari overlooks Mtskheta, and offers a fine view onto the town, situated at the confluence of the Mtkvari and Aragvi rivers. After visiting Mtshkheta and its surroundings, you will be visit the beautiful fortress of Ananuri with its imposing XIIth century watch-tower, and whose walls enclose two XVIIth century churches, their exterior walls finely decorated with many Christian and pagan motives. Return to Tbilisi.
Day 8: Drive to Gori, you will visit the museum dedicated toStalin, in his home town of Gori. The exhibits, such as his recreated study, childhood home, and personal railway carriage, will allow you toimagine scences from the dictator’s life. After lunch visit Uplistsikhe, the nearby “fortress of God” (1st millennium B.C.) is a very interesting complex of rock-cut halls, cavs, altars, passages and streets, and includes the most ancient theatre in Georgia. Return in Tbilisi.
Day 9: Drive to Dmanisi, is a townlet and archaeological site. Early human fossils, dubbed Homo georgicus, were found at Dmanisi between 1991 and 2005. At 1.8 million years old, H. georgicus may have been a separate species of Homo, predating Homo erectus, and represent the earliest stage of human presence in the Caucasus. Return to Tbilisi. Farewell dinner
Day 10: Drive to Armenian border. Meeting at the border with Georgia at 12:00. After Lunch (at 13:30) Visiting Monasteries of Haghpat and Sanahin (UNESCO heritage sites). Dinner in Yerevan. Overnight in Yerevan.
Day 11: Visiting Zvartnots cathedral remnants and Grounds of Holy Etchmiadzin (UNESCO heritage sites), as well as Etchmiadzin Cathedral Museum. Lunch in Yerevan. Visiting Matenadaran - depositary of ancient manuscripts. Visiting Geghard Monastery and Garni Fortress. Dinner with lavash baking show in Garni. Overnight in Yerevan.
Day 12: Visiting Yerevan Brandy Company for degustation of traditional Armenian brandy
Visiting Khor Virap Monastery (the nearest point to Biblical Mount Ararat from Armenia)
Lunch near Noravank. Visiting Noravank Monastery. Farewell dinner. Overnight in Yerevan/Departure
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