The Ultimate Caucasus Road Trip-Georgia-Armenia-Azerbaijan Itinerary

Not really a part of Asia, Europe or Middle East, the caucasus is on the crossroads of Asia and Europe. Though Georgia, Armenia and 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. A road trip through the Caucasus is a trip for the mind and the soul and we have carefully curated our Georgia-Armenia-Azerbaijan Itinerary keeping this in mind. This mountainous region is as welcoming as its people. 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.

As the popular Georgian saying goes “A stranger will never die of hunger here”

HOW TO PLAN YOUR 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 easier.

Travel Tip: Azerbaijan and Armenia have long standing conflicts with each other, the dislike is felt more at the Azeri side, and all borders between these countries are closed. We would suggest you start 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. 

Though we initially thought of driving ourselves, we could not find any inter country car rentals in Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan and there are many traveller stories online that warn about self driving at borders between these countries so we steered clear and hired a car and driver instead.

OUR 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 Go 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.

READ ON: Explore Baku in 48 hours

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Gobustan Mud Volcanoes

MUST DO IN BAKU

  • Gobustan Mud Volcanos/Gobustan National park
  • Yanar Dag- The burning mountain
  • Ateshgah- A hindu temple
  • Old Town
  • Try the local fresh fruit jams! (Delish)

WHERE TO STAY IN BAKU:  Boutique Hotel Baku

DAY 3 & 4 QABALA & LAZA

Time to enjoy the quieter regions of Azerbaijan. Qabala 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. Qabala 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 🙂

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Breakfast at Qafqaz Resort

MUST DO IN QABALA

  • Long walks along the winding country lanes of Qabala
  • Qabala has amazing ski slopes
  • Visit the Nohr-Gul Lake
  • Try fruit lavash & Paklava

WHERE TO STAY IN QABALAQafqaz Sport Resort and Spa

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A picnic spot at Qabala

DAY 5 KAKHETI, GEORGIA

You can hire a car or take a bus to Georgia from Qabala. Your first touch point in Georgia, 4.5 hours away from Qabala, Kakheti is the wine region of Georgia. Wine is an integral part of your vacation in Georgia, so why not enjoy it at a vineyard?

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A drive to the vineyards

MUST DO IN KAKHETI

WHERE TO STAY IN KAKHETI: Stay in a vineyard. Check out Schuchmann Wines Chateau & Spa

DAY 6 TBILISI

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 check out the various tour options to Kazbegi at the tour companies operating near Freedom Square.

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Tbilsi City tour

MUST DO IN TBILISI

  •  Rustaveli Avenue
  •  Tbilisi Funicular
  •  Freedom Square
  • Old Tbilisi & The Bridge of Peace
  • Abanotubani Sulphur Baths
  • Mamadaviti Church
  • Narikala Fortress
  • Try Khachapuri
  • Enjoy a glass of local wine along with a cheese platter

WHERE TO STAY IN TBILISI: We stayed at the  Courtyard By Mariott ,overlooking the Freedom Square

DAY 7 GUDAURI

A 3.5 hour drive from Tbilisi, the winding road up to the mountains will have you squeal in excitement & fear at the same time. This drive is extremely scenic and the Kazbegi mountain ranges are a sight to behold.

READ ON: 10 Fun Things to do in Georgia 

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The most beautiful setting for a church-Gergety Trinity Church

MUST DO IN GUDAURI

  • Visit the Gergeti Trinity Church
  • Georgia-Russia Friendship monument
  • Skydive

WHERE TO STAY IN GUDAURI: If you love the mountains like us, stay overnight at the Rooms Hotel

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At the Russia-Georgia Peace Monument

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.

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Wine&Dine, Georgian Style

DAY 9 TBILISI/YEREVAN

You can either get a taxi, shared van or a bus from Tbilisi 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.

READ ON: 10 fascinating things you didn’t know about Armenia

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 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.

READ ON: The best day trips from Yerevan

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Stunning views of Mount Ararat from Khor Virap Monastery

DAY 11 LAKE SEVAN

One of world’s high altitude lakes, Lake Sevan is cooler and windier than other parts of Armenia. 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

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At Sevanavank

MUST DO 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 was a welcome change in the bitter mountain chill and we thoroughly enjoyed it inspite 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*

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Hankavan Hot Springs

 

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The architectural wonder of Garni

 

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The soulful Geghard Monastery

DAY 13 YEREVAN

The last day of your trip is to spend at leisure and enjoy a full day exploring Yerevan. Lively streets and cafe’s will greet you at every corner in this city.

MUST DO 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?

WHERE TO STAY: We stayed at Ibis Yerevan Center

READ ON: How to spend 48 hours in Yerevan?

11 Comments

  1. Susan
    August 10, 2018 / 4:09 am

    Hi how did you travel from baku to georgia and what was the approximate budget for the trip?

    • Couple of Travels
      August 10, 2018 / 3:19 pm

      Hey Susan,

      We stayed a couple days in Qabala and from there took a private taxi into Georgia.It costed us about $100 but I have been told that you can haggle and bring it down further. The cheapest option is to take a bus but it also takes the longest time to reach.

  2. Joana Baptista
    April 29, 2019 / 3:17 pm

    Hi,
    Me and my boyfriend will visit Caucasus in the next September and we are undecided if rent a car for all the countries (Georgia, Azerbaijan, Armenia and Russia) or if we use public transportation and be a bit limited by the times and location. it was easy to cross boarders? you use the same car in all the countries?
    Best regards,
    Joana

    • Couple of Travels
      May 27, 2019 / 9:49 am

      Hello Joana,
      Border crossing between these countries on a rented car can be quite chaotic as many travelers have had bad experiences. The best option would be to rent a car in each of these countries separately and use public transport for the border crossing.

      Safe travels!

      Love from both of us

  3. May 11, 2020 / 11:58 pm

    Hi
    I’m muizz from South Africa , love traveling as well , if u flew into Baku Azerbaijan, then with driver to drove , Azerbaijan , Georgia then Armenia
    From where did u fly out again . Return ?
    Did u book ur flight into Baku and out of Yerevan , was that not expensive ?
    Also you hired a car m driver between all 3 countries , Aprox wat did the car with driver cost ? And wat were the implications of fuel & driver accommodation on this trip etx ?
    Were planning a trip with out kids

    Our last trip was Albania , Macedonia & Kosovo

    Thank you
    Johannesburg
    South Africa

    • Couple of Travels
      May 13, 2020 / 2:35 am

      Hi Muizz, we love hearing from fellow travelers 🙂 Your last trip sounds so inviting, we hope to take that route soon.

      Now, to answer your question, we flew into Baku and flew out of Yerevan as it did not make sense for us to take a round trip. Also, if you have an Armenian stamp on your passport, most likely you will face issues trying to enter Azerbaijan. Read up about it to see if there has been any changes in this situation lately. The flights costed us a bit much, but it was still cheap due to off-season.

      You can get a one-way taxi from Azerbaijan to Georgia (do haggle) and from Georgia to Yerevan, you can take a mini bus (cheap yet fast). In all these countries, you can take day trips each day so you do not have to retain a car & driver.

  4. Nandor
    May 26, 2020 / 3:12 pm

    Nice trip!! Planned to travel to the US this summer, but then… corona happened. Thinking to travel to Georgia instead, this is how I came across your itinerary. Do you mind asking what was the overall cost of this two-week-long trip? (excluding international flight as it can vary from country to country, me personally would go there from Denmark)

    Thanks!!

    • Couple of Travels
      June 2, 2020 / 11:10 am

      Hey Nandor, We hear Georgia opens its borders on June 15th.We love the fact that you are planning your future trips. So are we:) The trip costed us between $1000-$1500. Looks like post Corona travel may be slightly more cheaper. We would love to hear about your experiences on this trip so it would be amazing if you could message us here or on our Instagram handle @coupleoftravels. Travel Safe!

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