Arrival at Airport Transfer from Airport to the hotel. Free time Assembly at hotel lobby in sunset time. Evening city view tour with car, visit to Highland Park-Alley of Martyrs, The National Assembly- also transliterated as Milli Majlis, Flame towers- the tallest skyscraper in Baku. Later you will visit Baku Crystal Hall– an indoor arena in Baku, Azerbaijan. Located on the coast of Baku near National Flag Square, construction of the arena began in August 2011 and finished in April 2012—in time for it to host its first major event, the 2012 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest. Back to Hotel
BAKU CITY TOUR
Breakfast in Hotel Our tour program starts with Old Cityor Inner City is the historical core of Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan. The Old City is the most ancient part of Baku, which is surrounded by walls were well protected. In 2007, the Old City had a population of about 3000 people. In December 2000, the Old City of Baku, including the Palace of the Shirvanshahs and Maiden Tower, became the first location in Azerbaijan to be classified as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. LUNCH break After lunch group will experience the happening street of Nizami Street known for shopping. The street’s history could be traced back to Baku’s town-planning project of 1864. The street runs through the city’s downtown from west to east. It begins from Abdulla Shaig Street, in mountainous part of the city and ends at railroad bed on Sabit Orujov Street, near a monument to Shah Ismail Khatai in “Black City”. Total length of the street is 3,538 m. Fountains Square is a public square in downtown Baku, capital of Azerbaijan. The square was previously called Parapet and is often referenced to by the same name now. The square is a public gathering place, especially after business hours and during the weekend. Proceed to Ferris Wheel to observe beautiful view of city and the Caspion sea. Walking through Baku Boulevard which stretches along a south-facing bay on the Caspian Sea. It traditionally starts at Freedom Square continuing west to the Old City and beyond. Since 2012, the Yeni Bulvar (New Boulevard) has virtually doubled the length to 3.75 km. Back to Hotel
start with aBreakfast in Hotel. After that it continue with Ateshgah (Fire Worshippers Temple) Based on Persian and Indian inscriptions, the temple was used as a Hindu and Zoroastrian place of worship. “Atash» is the Persian word for fire. The pentagonal complex , which has a courtyard surrounded by cells for monks and a tetra pillar-altar in the middle, was built during the 17th and 18th. Trip to “Fire Mountain “-“Yanardag” –a mountain on Absheron peninsula , 25 km from north of Baku. Literally, word “Yanardag” means “Blazing mountain”. Blazing bodies of flame dance on stones and floor. Yanar dag is a natural gas fire which blazes continuously on a hillside on the Absheron Peninsula on the Caspian Sea near Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan, which itself is known as the “land of fire.” LUNCH BREAK Tour continues with the visit to the charming example of modern achticture – The Heydar Aliyev Center – a 57,500 m2 building complex in Baku, Azerbaijan designed by Iraqi-British architect Zaha Hadid and noted for its distinctive architecture and flowing, curved style that eschews sharp angles. The center is named after Heydar Aliyev, the first secretary of Soviet Azerbaijan from 1969 to 1982, and president of Azerbaijan Republic from October 1993 to October 2003. Evening Boat tour in Caspian Sea. Back to Hotel
Breakfast in Hotel Tour starts with Qobustan which is best known for being the home to the famous rock petroglyphs .The area has been settled since the 8th millennium BC. It is known for hosting thousands of rock engravings spread over 100 square km depicting hunting scenes, people, ships, constellations and animals. Its oldest petroglyphs date from the 12th century BC. In 2007, UNESCO included the ‘Gobustan Rock Art Cultural Landscape’ in the World Heritage list. Visit to the Bibi-Heybat Mosque – historical mosque in Baku, Azerbaijan. The existing structure, built in the 1990s, is a recreation of the mosque with the same name built in the 13th century by Shirvanshah Farrukhzad II Ibn Ahsitan II. LUNCH BREAK Visit to Azerbaijan CARPET MUSEUM which displays Azerbaijani carpets and rug items of various weaving techniques and materials from various periods. At the time of establishing, it was the only museum that was dedicated to the art of carpet weaving. Start shopping in Park Boulevard which is a multi-storey shopping mall located on Baku Boulevard, downtown Baku, Azerbaijan.The mall is located 5 minutes of walking distance from Sahil Metro station of Baku Subway and Government House of Baku. The building has all architectural attributes of the East and modern art of the West. It consists of six floors, including two underground floors.The general area of the mall is 17,000 square metres. It also has a parking lot for 550 automobiles Back to Baku.
TRANSFER TO GEORGIA
GEORGIAN MILITARY ROAD TOUR
JINVALI WATER RESERVIOUR
Every day different, every day amazing, every single day fresh! You must have a stop somewhere on the edge of Jinvali to breathe the fresh air, to feel the power of mountains and beauty of lake ANANURI COMPLEX
is a fortress situated on the foreland by the Aragvi River, not far from Zhinvali water reservoir and about 70 km from Tbilisi, Georgia. It was built by the Dukes of Aragvi and its earliest parts date from the 13th century. The fortress is on the UNESCO Tentative list. The fortress consist of two fortifications joined by a crenelated curtain wall. The upper fortification with a large square tower, known as Sheupovari, is well-preserved. The lower fortification, with a round tower, is mostly in ruins.
GUDAURI SKI RESORT
Gudauri ski resort is the most popular ski resort in Georgia. If you would like to ski just for few days then Gudauri is for you. It offers variety of different ski tracks. Beginners, intermediate skiers and experts can easily find their favorite tracks here. You can experience powder on wild mountains and even ramps in snow park.
The Russia–Georgia Friendship Monument or Treaty of Georgievsk Monument is a monument build in 1983 to celebrate the bicentennial of the Treaty of Georgievsk and ongoing friendship between Georgia and Soviet Russia. Located on the Georgian Military Highway between the ski resort town of Gudauri and the Jvari pass, the monument is a large round stone and concrete structure overlooking the Devil’s Valley in the Caucasus mountains. Inside the monument is a large tile mural that spans the whole circumference of the structure and depicts scenes of Georgian and Russian history.
KAZBEGI GERGETI TRINITY CHURCH
This is most people’s destination on the Georgian Military Hwy: a valley town with the famous hilltop silhouette of Tsminda Sameba Church and the towering snowy cone of Mt Kazbek looking down from the west. Now officially named Stepantsminda, but still commonly known as Kazbegi, it’s a base for some wonderful walking and mountain-biking. The highway brings you straight into the main square, Kazbegi moedani. From here Kazbegi Str. forks to the right, while the main road leads down to a bridge over the Tergi River then continues 15km north to the Russian border in the Dariali Gorge.
WINE TOUR IN KAKHETI
The complex in Tsinandali embraces the memorial house, a landscape garden, a historical winery, wine cellar, hotel and a café. The vineyards have been restored and wine production has resumed. We offer you a pleasurable and informative experience: you will look into the background of the noble Chavchavadze family, who played a significant part in the national history; enjoy the views of the garden, have a look at the winery and sample the “Tsinandali” (first produced by the Chavchavadze Family) etc. Georgian wines and round off the visit at the historical place.
WINE DEGISTATION IN KHAREBA WINE FACTORY
Winery Khareba owns an unique and rare wine cellar located in Kvareli, in the Alazani Valley. Carved inside the Caucasus mountains and opened in 1962 for the OIV World Congress, the cellar/tunnel is 7,7 kilometers long. The best wines of the Kakheti region have been stored and aged here for decades. The tunnel preserves a natural temperature of 12-14° Celcius with a humidity rate of 70%; the ideal conditions for wine preservation.
Nekresi Monastery which has survived in Alazani river valley consists of several cult structures of different times. The earliest one is a small church built in the early 4 th century. It was built soon after the declaration of Christianity the official religion of the country.Along to visit monastery complex, the place is worth to visit because of its geographical location. You can look over Alazani valley and enjoy with mountains landscape. BODBE MONASTERY
St. George monastic and Episcopal complex, situated in Bodbe (Kakheti) is the national Georgian relic. In St. George cathedral are kept the remains of Nino of Cappadocia, Equal-to-the-Apostles, the great Baptist of Georgia, the harbinger of Christianity. The cult complex in Bodbe was repeatedly repaired and restored. In the 16th – 17th centuries Bodbe was the important educational centre. In 1837 the monastery was abolished. And in 1889 the convent of St. Nino Equal-to-the-Apostles was opened and is active until now.
Sighnaghi is a small beautiful town of Kakheti region. About 10 years ago it was the forgotten dull town, which after the extensive restoration has become a delightful civilized tourist center with cobbled streets and cozy houses with bright red tile roofs. The town’s architecture is made in the style of southern Italian classicism. There have also been built a number of hotels and guest houses corresponding to any taste and preferences. Sighnaghi is also known as “the town of love”, and the reason is that there is a special wedding house, where you can get married at any time without prior delivery of documents.
ANCIENT AND MODERN CAPITALS OF GEORGIA
Built in the 6th century, Jvari Monastery stands on a mountaintop at the confluence of the Mtkvari and Aragvi rivers, overlooking Mtskheta, the former capital of Georgia. The monastery was built on the site of a large wooden cross erected by Saint Nino in the early 4th century. Saint Nino preached Christianity in Georgia and converted the pagan king Mirian III of Iberia who declared Christianity the official religion in 327 A.D. In 545 A.D. Jvari was listed together with other monuments of Mtskheta in 1994 as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Svetitskhoveli Cathedral in Mtskheta
Situated at the confluence of the Aragvi and Mtkvari rivers, the cathedral was built by architect Arsukidze in the early 11th century and is the place where Georgian kings were crowned and buried. Known as the burial site of Christ’s mantle, Svetitskhoveli has long been one of the principal Georgian Orthodox churches and is among the most venerated places of worship in the region. Svetitskhoveli is considered an endangered cultural landmark; it has survived a variety of adversities, and many of its priceless frescoes have been lost due to being whitewashed by the Russian Imperial authorities.
Tbilisi is known for its distinctive architecture, which reflects the city’s storied past and comprises an eclectic mix of Medieval, Art Nouveau and Modernist structures. Tbilisi tour features all must-see sights from centuries old church and fortress to contemporary symbols of the city. The tour schedule designed in the way, that guests of the capital can get a wholesome impression about the capital of Georgia and its history. While Tbilisi city tour we will visit the following places: ➢Metekhi Temple ➢Sulphur Bath District ➢Shardeni Str. ➢Bridge of Peace ➢Narikala Fortress ➢Rike Park ➢Funicular Complex.