History & Culture, Off the Beaten
Hidden among the spectacular Caucasus Mountains, Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan begged to be explored. Millennia-old civilization and recent turbulent histories all shape what the 3 countries are today.
On this trip, you will enjoy the usual Intriq Finesse maximum comfort and luxury in these remote places, seamless logistic and service by our top Concierge. Besides, a private lecture by a historian in the Stalin Museum and the private acapella performance in the UNESCO Gerhard Monastery are unique wow experience that you will cherish for a long time.
This trip will give you in-depth insights into Georgia and Armenia with possible pre-trip extension to Azerbaijan.
Twin Sharing: S$ 8,990
Single Supplement: S$ 1,550
Early Bird Offer
First four bookings (up to 4 rooms) will enjoy a complimentary upgrade to Signature Room in Kazbegi Rooms Hotel for 2 nights
20% deposit at booking
*Registration Closing Date
15 Dec 2022 or when tour is fully subscribed
Arrive in Tbilisi, the capital of Georgia. Destroyed and rebuilt nearly 30 times, it is today one of the most lively and cosmopolitan cities in the Caucasus.
In the afternoon, explore the city. Walk through the narrow streets and inner courtyards, and stroll down Rustaveli Avenue, the main thoroughfare. Visit Metekhi Church of the Virgin, Sioni Cathedral in the town centre and the Janashia State Museum.
Drive to Mtskheta, ancient capital of eastern Georgia. Visit its beautiful 7th century Jvari Church perched on a cliff overlooking the city, the Sveti-Tskhoveli Cathedral and the Samtavro monastery complex.
Continue to Gori, infamous as the birthplace of Josef Stalin. A private lecture by a Historian awaits you at the Stalin Museum. Proceed to Uplistsikhe cave town before return to Tbilisi.
Today we drive about 3.5 hours north along the “controversial” and spectacular Georgian Military Highway towards Russia. We stop to visit Ananuri, the beautifully sited 16th century fortress complex with its exquisitely carved churches and Gudauri, Georgia’s top ski resort.
The last 1½ drive goes through alpine meadows and mountain passes littered with medieval watch towers to Kazbegi. By 4 WD vehicles drive to visit Tsminda Sameba Church, perched in a beautiful, solitary spot high above the village of Kazbegi, one of Georgia’s iconic sights.
Explore the beautiful valleys and villages of Caucasus today. Travel by 4×4 cars drive Juta village from were start hiking about 2 hours towards Chaukhi massive and enjoy picturesque landscapes. (Note: hiking takes one way 2 hours). Enjoy picnic a picnic lunch and explore local felt master village to learn history and techniques of sheep wool processing and taste different types of herbal tea species.
Drive about 3.5 hours back to Tbilisi and across the border into Armenia. Then another 1 hours take us to Sanahin and Haghpat, outstanding examples of medieval Armenian architecture and UNESCO World Heritage sites.
Continue for another hour drive to Dzoraget, nestled along Debed river among forest-covered hills.
This morning we drive to Yerevan. En route we will stop by the lake Sevan– The emerald of Armenia, the pearl of Caucasus and the second highest freshwater lake in the world. Visit 9th century Sevan Monastery & Noratuz – cemetery of thousands of Khachkars (cross-stones)
This morning, make an excursion to Khor Virap. Set against the stunning view of Biblical Mt Ararat, this is perhaps the most recognizable landmark of Armenia. Then, visit Echmiadzin, the seat of the Armenian Apostolic Church and Zvartnots ruins from the 7th century. Both are UNESCO World Heritages.
Return to Yerevan for a tour of the capital of the country, including a visit to the Memorial Park and the Museum of the Armenian Genocide.
Today, we visit the pagan Hellenistic Temple of Garni and Geghard, a monastery carved out from a mountain, with a private acapella performance inside Geghard. After farewell dinner, we transfer to Yerevan Zvartnots Airport for your night flight home.
Drive about 1 hour to Garni, a pagan Hellenistic temple in a picturesque setting and have 1 hour hiking tour in picturesque Garni canyon with lunch at a local house where we participate in an Armenian Lavash-making ceremony.
Grand finale of our tour – the UNESCO World Heritage Geghard monastery, rock-cut from caves, producing some beautiful acoustics. Appreciate this with a private live Capella performance inside the Monastery.
Transfer to the airport for your flight out.
Arriving into Baku in the morning, you will be transferred to the hotel.
After lunch, visit one of the country’s oldest oil fields in Absheron Peninsula and the Ateshgah Zoroastrian Fire Temple before returning to Baku.
Explore the winding alleys of old mosques, caravanserais and overhanging wooden balconies in the Old City of Baku, including the Icheri Sheher which date back to the 15th century, Maiden Tower, Shirvanshah Palace Complex, medieval Market Square and Caravanserai. Visit Synyk Kala Minaret, the city’s oldest building completed in 1093. Continue to the Museum of State Carpet and the Martyr’s Lane.
You will also visit the famous house of the Nobel Brothers at Villa Petrolea and enjoy an exclusive black caviar tasting with champagne at the Nobel Museum, usually not open for the public.
Get ready to travel back in time to ancient Baku. Visit the rock art engravings of Gobustan (UNESCO). Leaving Baku, we drive 296km over mountainous countryside to Sheki. En route, we stop at Daribaba Mausoleum, Shemakha which serves as the former capital of Shirvan Khanate, Djuma Mosque and the royal mausoleum of Yeddi Gumbaz.
After visiting Sheki Khan Palace (UNESCO), we cross the border into Georgia. We will visit the 18th century royal town of Signaghi, surrounded the region’s longest defensive walls with 23 towers, as well as the Bodbe Nunnery. Continue to the Kakheti wine region, famous as the birthplace of winemaking dating back to 8th century BC with the ancient Qvevri technique still in place today. End with wine tasting and delicious local dinner at your Tsinandali hotel.
Enjoy a leisure morning before driving towards Tbilisi to meet the main group for lunch in a restaurant. The rest of today’s itineraries will be the same as per Day 1 on the main itinerary.
Tbilisi Marriott Hotel • Rooms Hotel Kazbegi • Avan Dzoraget Hotel • The Alexander Yerevan, a Luxury Collection Hotel
This magnificent 5-star hotel overlooks the main avenue in the centre of Tbilisi. It is within a 5-minute walk to the Tbilisi Opera and Ballet, the Museum of occupation and the Art Museum (Refurbished: 2002, Rooms:117)View More
Set high in the Caucasus, this culturally and environmentally designed hotel offers a great view of the most iconic sight of Georgia in Kazbegi as well as all modern comfort and luxury. (Opened: 2012; Rooms: 155)View More
A beautiful heritage hotel nestled along the Debed River, hugged by forest-covered hills and the rocky slope of Caucasus Mountains. (Opened: 2004; Rooms: 54)View More
Introducing an exclusive new address to the city’s developing social landscape, The Alexander is heralded as the first luxury international hotel in the historic center of Yerevan. (Opened year: 2018, Rooms:114)View More
Four Seasons Baku • Marxal Resort & Spa • Radisson Collection Tsinandali Estate
This beaux-arts–style hotel is perched along the waterfront in the heart of central Baku, just steps away from the medieval walls of the Inner City. (Opened: 2011; Rooms: 171)View More
Located on an enigmatic countryside near the Sheki city, picturesque mountains set the stage for this charming contemporary hotel. (Opened: 2016; Rooms: 201)View More
Set on Kakheti wine region, this historic Prince Alexander Chavchavadze’s chateau has been renovated into a modern estate while incorporating wine cellars as respect to the region’s heritage as the cradle of wine civilization. (Opened: 2019; Rooms: 141)View More
Registration Closing Date: 15 Dec 2022 or when tour is fully subscribed
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