Combining Georgia, Azerbaijan & Armenia

Combining Georgia, Azerbaijan & Armenia
Although Georgia makes for a pretty special trip on its own, extending your trip to include Armenia and Azerbaijan is an excellent option if you want to compare regional cuisine and cultural customs, and explore some of the most incredible natural environments in the Caucasus all on same trip. You’ll get to untangle the cultural characteristics of the Caucasus through local cuisine, homestays and historical sights, and at the end of the tour you will have a deep understanding of the way of life of the Caucasian peoples, their original traditions and their unique temperament.
Organised tours are by far the best means of cutting down on the paperwork and waiting time associated with passport and visa controls (visas are still necessary for Azerbaijan), as well as offering the added security of knowing you’re in the safe hands of an expert tour leader. You’ll have the chance to ask questions about languages, locations and lifestyles and gain immediate insight from a trusted source.
Choose between a tailor made trip, where you set the pace and agenda, or a small group tour, where a gaggle of likeminded travelers will join you on your journey. Either one will mix nights in local hotels with stays and meals in local homes, and perhaps the odd night’s camping thrown in, all allowing you even deeper insight into the culture and feel for the landscape.

Most trips last between two and three weeks, and with all that time to spare, you can take in vibrant cities both ancient and modern and head into the hills to explore monasteries, cave towns and national parks. There’ll also be plenty of time to shoot the breeze with the locals and eat copious amounts of tasty regional cuisine.
All of our combined vacations start in Armenia, move on to Georgia and then end in Azerbaijan or vice versa. You’ll get around by car, coach or van, and trips involve driving long distances overland, with a constant parade of jaw-dropping views to entertain you.

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Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia tour

Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia tour

Small group tour of the Caucasus

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2019: 4 May, 11 May, 15 May, 18 May, 25 May, 1 Jun, 8 Jun, 15 Jun, 22 Jun, 29 Jun, 7 Sep, 11 Sep, 14 Sep, 21 Sep, 28 Sep, 5 Oct, 12 Oct, 19 Oct
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Cultural highlights
Europe meets Asia or Islam meets Christianity; whatever you're expecting from the region, discard your preconceptions, come with an open mind and get ready to untangle the threads that bind these countries together. This is a region where languages, religions and continents collide and distinct cultural characteristics abound, from Chacha toasts in Georgia to carved stone khachkars in Armenia to and karabakh horses in Azerbaijan.
As all of Armenia is in the South Caucasus, the capital, Yerevan, is a great jumping off point for exploring life on the Europe-Asia border with Etchmiadzin Cathedral, Geghard Monastery and Lake Sevan all within an hour’s drive. The spa town of Dilijan is an ideal stopover before heading into Georgia with nearby monasteries and Dilijan National Park both providing views over the Middle Caucasus; and the darkly forested Armenian mountains providing an atmospheric entry into Georgia.
Georgia’s capital, Tbilisi, offers a unique mix of architectural styles, while the Georgian Military Highway takes you to atmospheric Mtskheta, the country’s spiritual heart and home to the 11th century Svetitskhoveli Cathedral. It leads on into the high Caucasus past numerous cliff side monasteries. The fascinating cave town of Vardzia – cut into a steep cliff – is often on the agenda, as are Kazbegi and Gori, the birthplace of ‘Uncle Joe’ – Joseph Stalin.
Extending travels into Azerbaijan allows you to explore the Caucasus Mountains to their most easterly point on the Absheron Peninsula, with mud volcanoes, saline lakes and the Caspian Sea all to be found after tours of Old Baku. Azerbaijan’s capital is a real delight for cultural travelers and the UNESCO-listed Stone Age engravings at Gobustan National Park are around an hour’s drive away.
Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan trips are mostly about exploring the history and culture of each country, and while there are some walks in the Caucasus Mountains included, if you want to do some serious hiking or adventure activities, a Georgia focused trip is your best bet.
Written by Nana Luckham
Photo credits: [Page banner: Creative Travel Projects] [Azerbaijan: Vincent Versluis] [Armenia: Ivars Utinsns] [Karahunj, Sisian, Armenia: Vruyr Martirosyan] [Dadivank Monastery: Babken Mesryopan] [Geghard Monastery : Jelger] [Vardzia, Georgia: Tony Bowden] [Azerbaijan Mud volcano: Stefano Bolognini]
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