Tage 10

Style Original

Preis ab EUR 1.730

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Visit two countries that have taken a big leap into the 21st century, where historical old towns and monasteries sit comfortably alongside towering skyscrapers. Visit one of Europe's largest open-air rock museums, warm your hands against a mountain that is forever on fire, walk through the gardens of a local Kakheti family and talk about provincial life over a hearty lunch. Uncover the centuries-old recipe for producing Georgian wine and learn how to make your own yoghurt.

Übersicht

Start
Baku
Ende
Tbilisi
Besuchte Länder
Azerbaijan, Georgien
Style
Original
Theme
Explorer
Trip Code
KFSB
Gruppengröße
12
Physical rating

Highlights

  • Azerbaijan's cosmopolitan capital of Baku is often referred to as the 'new Dubai'. Enjoy a guided walking tour around the city's World Heritage-listed Old Town
  • The Caucasus Mountains will take your breath away, thanks to its mud volcanoes, ancient mosques, lush forests and tall peaks
  • Enjoy lunch with a local family where you'll sample delicious homemade food, wine and Georgian grape water 'Chacha'
  • Walk up to Udabno Monastery and explore the painted caves and dramatic views looking across to Azerbaijan
  • Explore the capital of Georgia, the ever-beautiful Tbilisi.

Reiseprogramm



Day 1
Baku
Welcome to Azerbaijan! Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 6pm this evening. Please look for a note in the hotel lobby or ask reception where it will take place. If you’re going to be late, please inform the hotel reception. We’ll be collecting your insurance details and next of kin information at this meeting, so please ensure you have all these details to provide to your leader.

Day 2
Baku
Get to know Baku with a tour of the city, taking in a visit to the Old City, including the Shemakha gate, Shirvanshakhs` Palace, Maiden Tower, Old Market Square and the Carpet Museum. Don’t forget your camera as you’ll also see panoramic views of Baku’s skyline. Afterwards head out on a tour of the Absheron Peninsula, visiting the Ateshgah fire temple, Mardakan medieval fortress and Yanardagh Fire Mountain (literally on fire!). Return to Baku in the evening. 

Day 3
Qobustan – Baku
Drive to Qobustan and visit the open-air rock paintings museum, a UNESCO heritage site with its own archaeological museum. Enjoy a free afternoon to wander Qobustan National Park before returning to Baku. 

Day 4
Shamakhi – Lahic
Have breakfast at the hotel before leaving Baku today. Drive to the Caucasus Mountains in the northwest of Azerbaijan through a dry landscape that gives way to a densely forested mountain area. Take part in yoghurt-making in a local home in Shamakhi. Afterwards, head to Lahic, where you’ll visit a copper workshop and get to know some locals over a cup of tea. Tonight, enjoy dinner with your group and stay overnight at a guesthouse or homestay in Lahic.

Day 5
Nidj – Sheki
After breakfast, head to Nidj village and meet the native Udin people, the direct descendants of ancient Caucasian Albanians. Continue on to Sheki and visit Sheki Khans Palace. Walk across rainbow-coloured floors created by the colourful frescoes and stained glass. Spend the night at a hotel in Sheki.

Day 6
Kis – Sheki
Visit nearby Kis village and its old pointy spired Christian church this morning. Return to Sheki and visit a workshop, where famous ‘Shebeke’, intricate handmade vitrages, are produced. The rest of the afternoon is free.

Day 7
Azerbaijan/Georgia Border Crossing – Sighnaghi
After breakfast at the hotel, drive to Lagodekhi on the Azerbaijan-Georgia border. Visit a traditional bazaar and change leader and transportation. From Lagodekhi, travel to the Kakheti region, famous for its wine making and welcoming hospitality. From here, both the snowy Caucasus mountains and bountiful green valleys are visible. Visit a local family, explore the gardens and vineyards and then enjoy a lunch of delicious homemade food, wine and Georgian ‘Chacha’. Later, visit a 300-year-old Georgian wine cellar and taste Georgian wine produced using Qvevri, large earthenware pots. This method of wine making is protected on UNESCO’s heritage list and Georgian farmers have used this method for centuries. Continue to the beautiful 18th-century town of Sighnaghi, known for its quaint stone walls, small houses with terracotta roofs and decorated balconies. Admire the picturesque views of the Alazani Valley and Great Caucasus mountains. Stay overnight at a hotel in Sighnaghi.

Day 8
David Gareja – Tbilisi
In the morning drive to the David Gareja caves, a rock-hewn monastery carved into the stark semi-desert landscape in the sixth century. After seeing the Lavra Monastery, walk for about 50 minutes up a steep hill to the Udabno Monastery. This monastery features wonderful painted caves and dramatic views across to Azerbaijan.

Day 9
Tbilisi
Today, explore the capital of Georgia, Tbilisi. Wander the old districts of the city, which are structured like terraces, and walk through the narrow streets to appreciate the colourful houses, patterned balconies and revamped modern architecture. Start the tour from the 13th-century Metekhi church, with its magnificent views over old Tbilisi. A stroll along winding little streets takes us to the main sights of the city. Afterwards enjoy the panoramic views of the whole town and climb the battlements at the ancient Narikala fortress. Later explore the historical domed sulphur bath area and learn how this precinct is connected to the name of the city. Take the afternoon to continue exploring, perhaps visit the Museum of History and see the treasury as an optional extra, or why not try a spa for yourself. Spend the night at a hotel in Tbilisi.

Day 10
Tbilisi
Your trip finishes today after breakfast and you are free to depart at any time.

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9 Frühstück, 1 Mittagessen, 1 Abendessen

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Reviews

Susan Khua
Very impressed by the architecture in Baku. Georgia is beautiful and its a pity that the itinerary does not include more days in Georgia.
Mark Jahn
The first leader was very formal and not warm and friendly like all other intrepid leaders. Very disappointed in this. The 2nd leader was good, but clearly not dedicated and truly engaged in the group like ALL OTHER INTREPID TRIPS. What was the difference here. I'd like to know. Luckily, this was not my first trip. I am a legend and know what the standard is!!!
Brian Souders
Great introduction to some amazing UNESCO World Heritage sites in Azerbaijan and Georgia, with enough time to explore the food, history and culture of both countries.
Lindsay Green
Loved the tour, the guides and the experience. Don't be conned into booking unnecessary airport transfers, there is no such thing as "country requirement". Otherwise great trip and would recommend.
Margaret Norman
I would like to make a special mention of both our guides on this tour Balash in Azerbaijan was fantastic his knowledge of history was exceptional and a asset to intrepid Sophia in Georgia was the best she made our tour factual , interesting and fun . I would give them both 10out 10 .
Helen Dixon
Azerbaijan is travels best kept secret. This was a superb trip in two fascinating countries with rich and sometimes tragic histories. The people were so kind and friendly, the sights diverse and sometimes strange and the food delicious. I had a wonderful time.
Michelle Bothe
In short our 20 days in Azerbaijan and Georgia is a gem of a region of the world. I loved Azerbaijan, each city I went to was simply amazing and underrated. Georgia's scenery was breathtaking. The food was excellent in both countries.
Jane Kangari
If you like travelling with people from different countries that have a good attitude towards enjoying the unexpected, small groups and unique vacations at an affordable price, this is an excellent tour company for you. The single supplement option is terrific.
Stan Glowacki
Weather can extremely hot and dry
Barbara Dawson
I really enjoyed the Azerbaijan and Georgia trip. I love the way Intrepid lets me go to places that are off the tourist route. I loved the capital of Azerbaijan, Baku. A charming city and I was quite unprepared for its beauty. It has such a wonderful architectural mix through the ages. Tiblisi in Georgia was also wonderful. The view from the fortress is stunning. A steam bath is a must. Our leaders were excellent and Balash was extremely knowledgeable. Thank you Intrepid.
Margaret Norman
My past tours with Intrepid have been everything and more than the itinerary could cover . The standard of guides is exceptional ,the destinations are well researched and offer more than a lot of bigger companies .