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Departing Baku on 19th May 2023

The Caucasus Mountains form the physical divide between Europe and Asia and the region known as the South Caucasus is home to the small nations of Azerbaijan, Georgia and Armenia. Join our Byroads South Caucasus tour and contrast this fascinating area of the world.


We start in Azerbaijan – the ‘land of fire’. In  Baku we explore the ancient citadel containing the palace, Maidens Tower, historic mosques and ancient caravanserais. We then discover ‘New’ Baku with its impressive modern towers and the stunning architecture. At the Gobustan Park we view stone age petroglyphs and walk amongst bubbling mud volcanoes. In the Ateshgah temple we admire the ancient Zoroastrian flame that burns continuously. In the old capital of Sheki we stay in a restored caravanserai and visit the Sheki Khan Palace.


Christian Georgia is home to soaring alpine mountains and lush valleys dotted with historic churches, fortresses and wineries. We explore homes of ancient Georgian royalty in Tsinandali and in Tbilisi we wander the old centre enjoying great views from the Narikala Fortress. Climbing into the Caucasus  there are stunning views across to the Russian border whilst at Gori we wander the Stalin museum and visit the old capital at Mtskheta where Kings were crowned.


Armenia is a region of old legends, Biblical stories, centuries old monasteries and cathedrals. Historic Yerevan dates from the 8th Century BC and is watched over by imposing Mount Ararat. We explore the city, learn of the Armenian Genocide and visit stunning monasteries and forts at nearby Garni, Geghard and Noravank. We also join a cooking class and have hands-on experience at the pottery wheel.


Tour Highlights


12th Century Maiden’s Tower Gremi Royal Residence Haghpat Monastery Armenia
Palace of the Shirvan Shahs Tsinandali Historical Home Khachkar Artist Visit
Baku History Museum • Bodbe Convent & Sighnaghi Sevanavank Monastery
Heydar Aliev Centre Walking Tour of Old Tbilisi Walking Tour of Yerevan
Gobustan NP & Petroglyphs Narikala Fortress Armenia Genocide Memorial
Bobustan Mud Volcanoes Ethnography Museum Armenian Cooking Class
Ateshgah Fire Temple Jvari Church & Mtskheta Garni Fort & Geghard
Ancient Village of Lahich Mount Kazbegi Etchmiadzin Apostolic Ctr
Shekhi Khans Palace Ananuri & Stalin Museum Khor Virap & Mt Ararat
Caravanserai Hotel Stay Uplistsikhe Stone Town Noravank Monastery
Khareba Georgian Winery Local Family Dinner Areni Wine Tasting
Flag of Georgia South Caucasus

DAYS 1 – 3 – Baku, DAY 4 Gobustan, Ateshgah & Baku, DAY 5 Shamakha, Lahich & Sheki, DAY 6 – Georgian Border & Telavi, DAY 7 – Sighnaghi & Tbilisi, DAYS 8 & 9 – Tbilisi, DAY 10 – Jvari, Mtskheta & Gudauri, DAY 11 – Ananuri, Gori Uplishtsikhe & Mtskheta, DAY 12 – Armenian border, Vanadzor & Dilijan, DAY 13 – Lake Sevan & Yerevan, DAY 14 – Garni, Geghard, & Yerevan, DAY 15 – Khor Virap, Noravank, Areni & Yerevan, DAY 16 – End Yerevan

Provisional Cost: USD 4655*

Single Supplement: USD $1130*

* Paid in Australian dollars calculated on the due date using the bank buying rate for US Dollars cash.

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