12 Days Caucasus

Code: EE3-12QR
2020: 30/9, 14/10
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Azerbaijan
Memory Alley “ShehidlerKhiyabany” Medieval Fortress of Old Baku – “IcheriSheher”
Maiden Tower Complex of Shirvan Shahs’ Palace
Medieval CarabanSaray Medieval Markets Square
Gobusatan Ateshgah (UNESCO)
Flaming mountain “Yanar Dag” 15 century Diri Baba Mausoleum
Mosque Juma (Friday) Mausoleum of YeddiGubez(Seven Domes)& grave yard of Shirvan Shahs
Sheki Khan Palace Albanian Church in Kish Village
Sheki Bazaar PakhlavaCenter
Georgia
Gremi architectural complex Alaverdi Cathedral
Tsinandali Residence St. Nina’s Monesteryin village Bodbe
Sighnaghi – Alazani Valley and the Eastern Caucasus Mountains Ananuri Architectural Complex
Kazbegi Sameba Church
Mtskheta Jvari Monastery
Svetitskhoveli Cathedral The Old Town
Metekhi church Abanotuban
Narikala 11 century Sioni Cathedral
6th century Anchiskhati Church Georgian National Museum
Rustaveli Avenue
Armenia
Monastic Complex of Haghartsin Lake Sevan
Citadel and Pagan Temple of Garni Azatriver
Geghard Monastery (UNESCO) Matenadaran
Khor-Virap monastery Echmiadzin Cathedral
Zvartnots temple

 

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Day 1: Assemble Day

Assemble at Changi International Airport for your flight to Baku, the capital city of Azerbaijan.
Note: Passengers will depart in the early morning of Day 2.

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Day 2: Singapore-Doha-Baku (D)

SIN/DOH                 QR945               0225/0500
DOH/GYD                 QR251               0640/1025
Upon arrival at Doha, connect flight to Baku. Upon arrival, embark on a city tour in Baku. Baku is the capital and largest city of Azerbaijan, as well as the largest city on the Caspian Sea and of the Caucasus region. Firstly, visit the Memory Alley “ShehidlerKhiyabany”, panoramic view of Baku city from the park. Next visit the Medieval Fortress of Old Baku – “IcheriSheher”, “Maiden Tower”, “the complex of Shirvan Shahs’ Palace, UNESCO Heritage site, medieval CarabanSaray, Medieval Markets square, handmade carpet’s workshop art studio. Next, transfer to hotel for check in.

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Day 3: Baku Gobustan – Absheron Peninsula (B/L/D)

After breakfast, we will visit Gobusatan(the territory of Gobu) which is famous for its archeological monuments. Travel 30 miles southwest of Baku along the Caspian shore to the volcanic desert, where rocks covered with drawings stand amidst chaos of stones and mountains. There are more than 4,000 rock drawings left by artists of the Neolithic period. Afterward, we will proceed to Absheron peninsula to visit the “Ateshgah”, UNESCO Heritage site, which was restored in by tribes from India. Next, visit the flaming mountain “Yanar Dag”. Yanar Dag is the most well-known volcanoes as the mountain has been burning for as long as anyone can remember. It is a 116 meter hill located on top of a pocket of natural gas that constantly erupts into flames. These flames jet out at least three meters into the air, through a porous layer of sandstone. Unlike the other mud volcanoes of Azerbaijan, Yanar Dag has no seepage of mud or liquid, so the fire always burns. A 10-meter long wall of fire continuously burns alongside the edge of the hill. This makes for the most spectacular view, especially at night. The air around this open fireplace is always thick with the smell of gas. The heavy Absheron wind, twisting the flames into bizarre shapes, adds to the mystery of the region.

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Day 4: Baku – Shemakha – Sheki (B/L/D)

After breakfast, drive to Maraza. On the way, we will visit the 15 century Diri Baba Mausoleum which is located in a Maraza village. Diri Baba Mausoleum is a mosque; its architecture is in harmony with the picturesque environment – the landscape of rocks and green trees. The building of the mausoleum is a masterpiece of Shirvan Architecture School, the beautiful creation of ancient craftsmen. Next drive to Shemakha to visit the historical mosque Juma (Friday), Mausoleum of YeddiGubez(Seven Domes) grave yard of Shirvan Shahs. The YeddiGu,baz is an atmospheric cemetery on the outskirts of the Azerbaijan town of Shamakhi. It is located at the foot of Gulistan Fortress. The notorious representatives of Shirvan Dynasty rulers were buried at the monument. The monument’s name “Seven Domes” is defined to be the number of gravestones in the crypt. Afterward, we head towards Sheki. Upon arrival, we will visit the Sheki Khan Palace and Albanian Church in Kish Village.

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Day 5: Sheki – Signagi – Georgia – Telavi (B/L/D)

After breakfast, visit the Sheki Bazaar and Pakhlava Center. Sheki Bazaar is a great place to mingle with the locals as it is a place where most locals do their daily shopping. We can find many varieties of goods on display and there are designated sections for shoes, clothing, food, electronics and etc. Next, drive to Georgia border. Upon arrival in Georgia, embark on a trip in Kakheti, Georgia’s famous wine district dotted with fine old churches and vineyard after vineyard. Next, enjoy lunch in town of Kvareli. Afterward, enjoy a short stop at Gremi architectural complex of the 16th century. Embark on an excursion to Alaverdi Cathedral which is part of an 11th century Georgian Eastern Orthodox monastery. The Monastery is up to 50 meters which isthe second tallest cathedral in Georgia and an outstanding example of medieval Georgian architecture of 11th century. Finally, we will visit the Tsinandali Residence and a nice park of the 19th century noble family. Tsinandali Residence is a residence of dukes of Georgia with beautiful English garden, a museum, and the wine cellar which belonged to price Chavchavadze, 19th century public figure and poet.

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Day 6: Telavi – Sighnaghi- Tbilisi (B/L/D)

After breakfast, drive to south east and visit St. Nina’s Monestery in village Bodbe. Next, we will proceed to Sighnaghi. Sighnaghi is a beautiful hill-town providing panoramic views of the Alazani Valley and the Eastern Caucasus Mountains. After lunch, drive to Tbilisi. Upon arrive in Tbilisi, transfer to hotel for check in and dinner.

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Day 7: Tbilisi – Ananuri – Kazbegi – Mtskheta – Tbilisi (B/L/D)

After breakfast, we will travel north along the Gergian Military Road. On the way visit Ananuri Architectural Complex of the 16 century. Next, we cross the Greater Caucasus Range on the Jvari Pass which is 2395 meters down to kazbegi which is 1700 meters. Surrounded by gigantic mountains, Kazbegi is a picturesque settlement overlooked by the biggest of all – Mount Kazbek which is 5047 meters – one of the six 5000 meter peaks of the Caucasus. According to the legend, Prometheus was chained on the Mount Kazbek. We will walk up to the Sameba Church which is beautifully situated on the hill 2150 meter above the hill and providing splendid views of Mt. Kazbek. Next, embark on an excursion in Mtskheta. Mtskheta, the ancient capital of Georgia is situated 20km from Tbilisi. Historians date the town back to the 2nd millennium B.C. Mtskheta was the capital of Georgian Kingdom of Iberia between 500BC – 500AD. Here Georgians accepted Christianity in the beginning of the 4th century. The town and its architectural monuments are listed as the World’s Cultural Heritage sites by UNESCO. Afterward, visit the Jvari Monastery and Svetitskhoveli Cathedral. Arrive in Tbilisi, check in hotel. Dinner will be served at restaurant.

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Day 8: Tbilisi City Tour (B/L/D)

After breakfast, we will embark on a city tour in Tbilisi. Tbilisi is the capital of Georgia from the 5th century. The city tour includes visiting the Old Town, Metekhi church, the Abanotuban, Narikala – the main fortress of Tbilisi. Walking along some narrow streets, you will find some carpet and souvenir shops. Next, we will continue our excursion in the Old Town to visit the 11 century Sioni Cathedral, 6th century Anchiskhati Church, Georgian National Museum and the Rustaveli Avenue.

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Day 9: Tbilisi – Haghartsin – Spitak – Yerevan (B/L/D)

After breakfast, drive to Sadakhlo check-point at Georgia to cross the Armenia Border. Once arrive Armenia, start your acquaintance with the monastic complex of Haghartsin. After lunch, continue on to Lake Sevan. This huge mountain lake, which takes up to 5% of Armenia’s surface area, is about 2,000 meters above sea level and is the second highest freshwater lake in the world. The monastery peninsula is the most popular spot, and is the closest place to visit as well. Continue to Yerevan.

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Day 10: Yerevan– Garni –Geghard (UNESCO) (B/L/D)

After breakfast, depart to the village of Garni. The citadel and pagan temple of Garni is a picturesque monument of the Hellenistic period and an impressive piece of ancient Armenian architecture. It was built in the first century A.D. by the Armenian King Tiridates and it is dedicated to a heathen god, probably to Mithra, the god of the sun whose figure stood in the depth of the sanctuary. Northeast of Garni, higher up the gorge of the Azatriver, there is a magnificent monument of medieval Armenian architecture – Geghard monastery inscribed in UNESCO World Heritage list. Geghard is another incredible ancient Armenian Monastery, party carved out of a mountain. The meaning “the Monastery of the Spear” , originates from the spear which had wounded Jesus during his crucifixion, allegedly brought to Armenia by Apostle Thaddeus, and stored amongst many other relics.

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Day 11: Yerevan – Etchmiadzin – Yerevan (B/L/D)

In the morning, proceed to a short city tour around Yerevan which includes visiting the depositary of ancient manuscripts the Matenadaran that contains historical documents from all over Europe and Asia throughout many centuries. There is also the first copy of the Bible in Armenian and the Gospels that fascinate with their beautiful miniatures. Next, proceed on sightseeing tour to Khor-Virap monastery which is 45km away from Yerevan. The monastery of Khor-Virap has a very rich history, both religious and secular. KhorVirap was built in Artashat during the reign of the Arshakids dynasty. At that time it was used as a pit – dungeon for convicts. Afterward, visit the Echmiadzin Cathedral which is one of the oldest standing churches in Christendom. The name Echmiadzin means “decent of the only Begotten”. It was believed to have been designated in a vision where Christ came to earth and stuck the plains with a golden hammer. This landmark is protected by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. After that along the way back to Yerevan, we will stop by at the ruins of Zvartnots temple – the pearl of the 7th century architecture.

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Day 12: Yerevan – Singapore

EVN/DOH                QR286                     0325/0530
DOH/SIN                QR944                    0730/2020
Transfer to the airport for your return flight to Singapore. Arrive Singapore in the eveningwith fond memories if a wonderful tour to Azerbaijan, Georgia and Armenia!

Tours Info

Airline
Qatar Airways (QR)
Flying hours (Approx)
Singapore/Doha – 7 Hours 55 Minutes
Doha/ Baku – 2 Hours 50 Minutes
Yerevan/Doha – 2 Hours 55 Minutes
Doha/Singapore – 8 Hours
Time Difference Azerbaijan, Georgia & Armeniaare 4 hours behind Singapore.
Passport An international passport with a minimum validity of six months from the date of departure is required.
VISAS For Singapore passport holders, visa is required to enter Azerbaijan.
For Singapore passport holders, visa is not required to enter Georgia & Armenia.
However, for other nationalities, kindly check with our office or the embassies directly.
Travel Insurance Travel insurance is highly recommended by us. It covers unforeseen circumstances such as delays, baggage loss, personal accidents, injuries or illnesses. Please approach our staff for your complete insurance needs.
Itinerary subject to changes Itinerary & order of sightseeing tours may be reshuffled due to unforeseen circumstances.

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