Georgia-Armenia-Azerbaijan have had very troubled pasts which kept traveller’s away from these little pieces of heaven. This region is now open to tourism like never before and this mountainous region is as welcoming as its people.
This Georgia-Armenia-Azerbaijan Itinerary will give you a sensory overload as you experience both Middle-Eastern & European cultures while you travel deep into the heart of the Caucasus. Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan were also part of the ancient silk route, so keep an ear out for the many folklores and stories during your travels here. Long post alert!
HOW TO PLAN YOUR ROAD TRIP
Georgia , Armenia and Azerbaijan offer E-Visa services for most nationalities. Ensure you have pre approved visa’s for all countries if you are planning a road trip. This will make the border crossings much simpler.
IMPORTANT TRAVEL TIP
Azerbaijan and Armenia have long standing conflicts with each other, the dislike felt more at the Azeri side, and all borders between these countries are closed. It is best to start your road trip from Azerbaijan and make your way through Georgia and not the other way around. Why? Having an Armenian stamp on your passport leads to a lot of questions at the Azerbaijan airport.
SELF DRIVING in the Caucasus is highly recommended but NOT for crossing borders. It is quite difficult while crossing borders as inter-country car rentals are hard to find in these countries. Many travelers have faced issues while crossing borders in rented cars. The best alternative is to either use public transport or hire a car with driver to cross borders.
2 WEEK GEORGIA-ARMENIA-AZERBAIJAN ITINERARY
Day 1 Arrive in Baku-AZERBAIJAN
Day 2 Gobustan Mud Volacano, Gobustan National Park, Yanardag and Atesgah-AZERBAIJAN
Day 3 Qabala-AZERBAIJAN
Day 4 Qabala and Laza-AZERBAIJAN
Day 5 Kakheti,GEORGIA
Day 6 Tbilisi, GEORGIA
Day 7 Gudauri, GEORGIA
Day 8 Tbilisi, GEORGIA
Day 9 Tbilisi/Yerevan, GEORGIA/ARMENIA
Day 10 Mt Aragat, Lake Kari & Khor Virap, ARMENIA
Day 11 Lake Sevan & Sevanavank, ARMENIA
Day 12 Hankavan Hot Springs, Garni and Geghard Monastery, ARMENIA
Day 13 Yerevan, ARMENIA
Day 14 Time to head home
DAY 1 & 2 BAKU
The capital city of Azerbaijan, Baku is the perfect example of a seamless blend of the East and the West. Numerous skyscrapers on one side and a charming old town with Soviet Era influences on the other, it is popularly referred to as the lovechild of London & Dubai.
Also Read: Explore Baku in 48 hours
MUST-DO LIST WHILE IN BAKU
- Gobustan Mud Volcanos/Gobustan National park
- Yanar Dag- The burning mountain
- Ateshgah- A hindu temple
- Old Town
- Try the local Azeri fruit jams. It is usually served as a side dish with tea.
DAY 3 & 4 GABALA (GEBELE) & LAZA
Where to stay in Gabala:|Qafqaz Sport Hotel|Where to stay in Laza: |Shahdag Hotel & Spa|
Time to enjoy the quieter regions of Azerbaijan. Gabala and Laza are popular winter destination among skiers. During summer, Gabala is seen more as a wellness retreat among the mountains with cooler climate, greenery all around and state of the art wellness and ski resorts. Gabala is popularly known as the Switzerland of Azerbaijan.
Visit the nearby village of Laza– Home to the Caucasian Albanians, popular for its famous waterfalls and scenic but challenging hiking trails. This is also the closest you can get to Russia from this side without a visa 🙂
MUST-DO LIST WHILE IN GABALA
- Long walks along the winding country lanes of Gabala
- Gabala has amazing ski slopes
- Visit the Nohr-Gul Lake
- Try fruit lavash & Paklava
DAY 5 KAKHETI, GEORGIA
Where to stay in Kakheti: |Schuchmann Wines Chateau & Spa|My Sweet Home|
You can hire a car or take a bus to Georgia from Gabala. 4.5 hours away from Gabala, Kakheti, the wine region is your first touch point in Georgia. Wine is an integral part of your vacation in Georgia, so why not enjoy it at a vineyard?
MUST-DO LIST IN KAKHETI
- Wine Tour at Winery Khareba
- If you are planning to buy wine, its best to do it here.
- The best grape seed oil in the region is found here.
DAY 6 TBILISI
Where to stay in Tbilisi: |Courtyard By Mariott|
After a relaxing day at the vineyards, time to head into the hustle & bustle of the capital city of Tbilisi. Just a 1.5 hour drive from Kakheti, you can either take a bus or cab. Once in Tbilisi, enjoy a walk along the Freedom Square area, exploring the various wine bars, restaurants, stores and cafe’s. Also do check out the tour companies operating near Freedom Square for day trips within Georgia.
MUST-DO LIST IN TBILISI
- Rustaveli Avenue
- Tbilisi Funicular
- Freedom Square
- Old Tbilisi & The Bridge of Peace
- Abanotubani Sulphur Baths
- Mamadaviti Church
- Narikala Fortress
- Try Khachapuri
- Enjoy local wine paired with cheese
DAY 7 GUDAURI
Where to stay in Gudauri: |Rooms Hotel|
A 3.5 hour drive from Tbilisi, the winding road up to the mountains will make you squeal in excitement & fear at the same time. This drive is extremely scenic and the Kazbegi mountain ranges are a sight to behold.
Also Read: 10 Fun Things to do in Georgia
MUST-DO LIST IN GUDAURI
- Gergeti Trinity Church
- Georgia-Russia Friendship Monument
- Hiking trails along Mt. Kazbegi
DAY 8 TBILISI
You will definitely have some spillovers from Day 6 in Tbilisi. Treat this day to enjoy true Georgian hospitality, wine & dine and enjoy the historical sights in this city.
DAY 9 TBILISI/YEREVAN
You can either get a taxi, shared van or a bus from Tbilisi (Freedom Square) to Yerevan. The total travel time including border change takes about 7 hours. We took a shared van which accommodates up to 7 people and is a cheaper option as compared to a private taxi. The cheapest option is to take a bus. The day will mostly be spent in travel and all you would want to do once you reach Yerevan is to order room service and sleep.
DAY 10 Mt ARAGAT, LAKE KARI & KHOR VIRAP
You can station yourself in Yerevan and either book normal tours or private tours to explore Armenia. Enjoy Khor Virap Monastery and the stunning views of Mt.Ararat (situated in Turkey) from here. The drive to Mt. Aragat is so much fun and the views at the top are literally unreal. Lake Kari atop the mountain is just pure wow! A tour would normally take 5-6 hours and you can get back to Yerevan by late evening.
Also Read: The best day trips from Yerevan
DAY 11 LAKE SEVAN
One of world’s high altitude lakes, Lake Sevan is cooler and windier than other parts of Armenia. You can do a day trip to Lake Sevan from Yerevan or stay a night. The best time to visit Lake Sevan is July & August. There are many hotels by the shore offering spectacular views of the lake. Check hotels here.
MUST-DO LIST IN LAKE SEVAN
- Try the local fresh water fish
- Visit Sevanavank Monastery
DAY 12 HANKANVAN HOT SPRINGS, GARNI & GEGHARD MONASTERY
Hankavan thermal springs is believed to have medicinal properties and best enjoyed in cooler weather. The feeling of warmth is a welcome change in the bitter mountain chill and you will thoroughly enjoyed it in spite of the questionable color of the water (!)
Garni is the only pagan temple in Armenia dedicated to the sun goddess Mythra. This architectural wonder is worth visiting and it brings in a deep urge to meet the great people behind this wonder.
Carved out of rock, Geghard monastery was believed to have housed the spear that was used to wound Jesus Christ. The moment you step into the monastery, you feel a deep sense of peace and quiet. We were lucky enough to visit the monastery after closing and were the only ones inside. *Goosebumps*
DAY 13 YEREVAN
The last day of your trip is to be spent at leisure enjoying a full day exploring Yerevan. Lively streets and cafe’s will greet you at every corner in this city.
MUST-DO LIST IN YEREVAN
- Stroll around the Republic Square
- Visit the History Musuem
- Try Oghee (Fruit Vodka)
- From Putin to Clooney to Kardashian, all have dined at the Dolmama Restaurant in Yerevan. Fancy a visit?
Also Read: How to spend 48 hours in Yerevan?