Day 1 (30.04) : Doha > Baku >Absheron QR251 DOHGYD 0640/1125
Depart for Absheron peninsula sights located in 25 km from the city. Visit UNESCO World Heritage Site Ateshgyakh Fire-Worshippers’ Temple and enjoy the view of Burning Mountain YanarDagh translated as Fire Mountain. Afterwards drive back to Baku and have a sightseeing tour of the city’s historic and architectural monuments. Visit – Shehidler Khiyabany, enjoy panoramic view of Baku from the Martyrs Lane. Visit medieval fortress of Old Baku - Ichari Shahar, Maiden Tower, Complex of Medieval Caravansaray, market square. Walk along the central streets of the city. Overnight in Baku.
Day 2 (01.05) : Baku >Gobustan>Shamakhy>Sheki
About 60 km (southern direction) away from the capital city – Baku, there is another UNESCO World Heritage Site, which will take you back to the years of first humans inhabiting our planet. Gobustan National Park preserved more than 6.000 rock engravings for us, which are dating back between 5.000 – 40.000 years. These engravings cover hunting scenes, men, animals, boats and much more. Continue journey to the town of Sheki. En route visit Diri Baba mausoleum in Mereze village. Visit historical mosque Juma (Friday) in Shemakha and mausoleum of YeddiGumbez (Seven Domes) – graveyard of Shirvan Shahs’. Arrive in Sheki. Enjoy sightseeing tour of the city. Visit local Khan’s Palace, local history museum, mosque-madrassah, handicrafts workshop. Enjoy panoramic view of the town. Overnight in Sheki.
Day 3 (02.05) : Sheki>Lagodekhi>Sighnaghi> Tbilisi
After breakfast depart to Lagodekhi border between Georgia and Azerbaijan. We enter Georgia in the region of Kakheti, the biggest and the most important winemaking region in Georgia, which is famous with its hospitality, delicious food and ancient Georgian technique of winemaking which dates to the 8th century BC and is still used to produce unique organic Qvevri wine. First, we will visit 18th c. Royal town of Signaghi, surrounded by the longest defensive wall in the region with 23 towers and Bodbe nunnery. Drive to Tbilisi.
Day 4 (03.05) : Mtskheta Tour >Tbilisi Tour
After breakfast explore ancient town of Mtskheta. Visit two UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Jvari Monastery (6th c.) and Svetitskhoveli Cathedral (11th c.). Enjoy the sightseeing tour of old part of Tbilisi - the multicultural and multi-religious city with 1500 years of history. Visit the third largest Eastern-Orthodox church in the world - Sameba Cathedral. Visit Metekhi - 12th-13th c. cross-cupola church which used to be the part of Royal residential complex. Take Cable Car to Narikala Fortress and enjoy Tbilisi Panorama from statue of Mother of Georgia. Visit Sulfur Bath Area, Tbilisi Synagogue and Sioni Cathedral. Walk along the narrow streets of the old town, full with souvenir shops, cafes and art galleries. Enjoy sightseeing of Liberty Square and Rustaveli Avenue - the central avenue in Tbilisi named after the medieval Georgian poet, Shota Rustaveli.
Day 5 (04.05) : Tbilisi >Sadakhlo
The day starts with a sightseeing tour to the 10th-13th centuries Haghpat historical and architectural monument, set amidst forest-clad hills close to the town of Alaverdi (178 kilometers from Yerevan). The monuments are preserved by UNESCO and included in the World Heritage List.
Enjoy breathtaking scenery of beautiful lake, a popular summer resort and one of the world’s highest fresh-water lakes at just over 6200 feet and for visiting 9th century Sevan Monastery.
Day 6 (05.05) : Yerevan- Garni & Geghard- City tour
In the morning drive east to the magnificent Temple of the Sun at Garni and the legendary Monastery of Spear at Geghard. Explore the mosaic ancient baths and ruins of the royal palace, immerse yourself in the atmosphere of this mythical place and examine remarkable cross stones carved into sheer rock.
Return to Yerevan for visiting Armenia History Museum. Providing an excellent introduction to the history of the city, the museum is an ideal place to start your exploration of Yerevan, new and old. Continue with a walking tour of Yerevan exploring various layers of its history – medieval shrines hidden behind imposing Soviet-style façades, narrow streets of the old center with sunlight playing on its pink walls, Closed Market and Blue Mosque on Mashtots Avenue, Republic Square, Opera House, Cascade and Mother Armenia, Opera House and ambitious projects of independent Armenia – North Avenue and spacious Grigor Lusavorich Cathedral consecrated by His Holiness the Patriarch of All Armenians in the presence of His Holiness Pope John Paul ll.
Day 7 (06.05) : Khor-Virap-Echmiadzin-St. Hripsime Church-Zvartnots-Departure
Morning drive to visit Khor-Virap (4th-17th cc). Khor Virap is one of the romantically sited monasteries in Armenia with views across a bast plain to Turkey and the twin peaks of Mount Ararat. Here, in the atmosphere of historical environment and vivid imagination you will notice the Noah’s Ark in the snows of Ararat.
Continue tour to Echmiadzin – the holy seat of the Supreme Patriarch-Catholicos of all Armenians. The Cathedral was built in 303 on the site of a pagan temple after the adoption of Christianity as a state religion in 301. Visit St. Hripsime Church (7th century). A few kilometers from Echmiadzin there are the ruins of the 7th century AD Temple of Zvartnots.
Back to Yerevan. Transfer to the hotel.
Yerevan > Doha QR286 EVNDOH 0325/0530
PRICE FOR THE COMBINED TOUR
02 pax - AMD equivalent to USD 1,720 per person in twin room
Single supplement: AMD equivalent to USD 225 per person
*Alternative hotel variants in Yerevan- Silk Road Hotel, Best View hotel or similar
Supplement for lunch: AMD equivalent to USD 20 per person (in Azerbaijan), AMD equivalent to USD 15 per person (In Georgia and Armenia)
Supplement for wine tasting: AMD equivalent to USD 15 at local wine house in Georgia
Supplement for Brandy Factory visit: AMD equivalent to USD 10 per person in Armenia