Kaspisches Meer & Kaukasus Georgien · Aserbaidschan · Armenien

Kaspisches Meer & Kaukasus

  • Schlendern Sie durch die verwinkelten, labyrinthartigen Gassen von Baku
  • Felszeichnungen im Qobustan NP (Weltkulturerbe)
  • Bewundern Sie die Vulkanlandschaft und die umliegenden Berge im Kaukasus
  • Kazbegi - Wanderung zur Dreifaltigkeitskirche
  • Gori - Geburtsort von Stalin
  • Festungs- und Höhlenstadt Uplistsikhe
  • Genießen Sie die schöne Naturlandschaft in Gudauri während Sie die historische Vergangenheit der Region entdecken
  • Erkunden Sie das Vardzia Höhlenklöster
  • Kosten Sie georgischen Wein
  • Überblick
  • Leistungen
  • Reiseverlauf
  • Termine & Preise
  • Zusatzinformationen
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Georgien · Aserbaidschan · Armenien

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Vom Kaspischen Meer über den Kaukasus in das Herz Armeniens - Einsame Bergwelt, Kulturschätze aus allen Epochen und wahre Gastfreundschaft erwarten Sie. Die Kaukasus-Region in Zentralasien besitzt eine Fülle von unerforschten Gebieten. Umgeben von zwei Meeren, von Europas größten Bergketten und über zwei Kontinente erstreckend: Aserbaidschan, Georgien und Armenien sind die Heimat einiger außergewöhnlich schöner Landschaften und unglaublich gastfreundlichen Menschen. Unsere Rundreise führt von der faszinierenden Altstadt von Baku in Aserbaidschan durch die malerischen Städte und herrlichen Berghänge von Georgien, bis zur Armeniens gemütlicher Hauptstadt Jerevan. Bei dieser abenteuerlichen Tour erleben Sie isolierte Dörfer, bevölkerungsreiche Metropolen, alte Burgen, atemberaubende Ausblicke, wundervolle Natur. Diese Region des Kaukasus bietet eine Vielzahl von überraschenden Kontrasten, faszinierenden Sehenswürdigkeiten und grandiosen Landschaften.

Tag 1-3: Baku
Tag 4: Sheki
Tag 5: Azerbaidschan/Georgien Grenze (Lagodekhi) - Sighnaghi
Tag 6-7: Tbilisi
Tag 8-9: Gudauri
Tag 10: Akhaltsikhe
Tag 11: Georgia-Armenia Border (Bavra) - Yerevan
Tag 12: Yerevan
Tag 13: Yerevan - Echmiadzin - Yerevan
Tag 14: Yerevan - Khor Virap - Noravank - Yerevan
Tag 15: Yerevan - Garni - Geghard - Lake Sevan - Yerevan
Tag 16: Yerevan - Amberd - Byurakan - Yerevan
Tag 17: Yerevan

Leistungen enthalten

Rundreise laut Programm, Transport, Unterkunft und Mahlzeiten gemäß Programm, Aktivitäten, Ausflüge und Besichtigungen wie im Programm angegeben

Leistungen nicht enthalten

Internationale Flüge (gerne über uns buchbar), nicht genannte Mahlzeiten und Getränke, Flughafentransfers, Visumgebühren, Reiseversicherung, persönliche Ausgaben, Trinkgeld, optionale Aktivitäten und Ausflüge

Unterbringung

16x Hotel

Die Unterbringung erfolgt in Doppelzimmern. Alleinreisende teilen sich das Zimmer mit Mitreisenden gleichen Geschlechts. Gegen Aufpreis ist auch die Unterbringung im Einzelzimmer buchbar (vorbehaltlich Verfügbarkeit). EZ-Zuschlag auf Anfrage.

Verpflegung

15x Frühstück
1x Mittagessen
3x Abendessen

Es sind keine weiteren Mahlzeiten enthalten. Dies soll Ihnen die größtmögliche Flexibilität bei der Wahl der Mahlzeiten und die Möglichkeit geben die einheimische Küche des bereisten Landes kennenzulernen. Bitte planen Sie ca. USD 400 für zusätzliche Mahlzeiten und Getränke mit ein.

Tourbegleitung

Englischsprachige Reiseleitung

Ihre Reiseleitung ist das Salz in der Suppe. Ausgefallene und ausgefeilte Reiseprogramme allein nützen nichts - es sind die Reiseleiter, die der Reise den besonderen "WOW"-Faktor verleihen. Vom Anfang bis zum Ende der Tour sind sie für Sie da und gewähren Einblicke, die in keinem Reiseführer stehen.

Transportart

Minibus

Zusätzliche Übernachtungen

Bitte kontaktieren Sie uns - wir beraten Sie gerne.

Flughafentransfer

Bitte kontaktieren Sie uns - wir beraten Sie gerne.

Optionale Ausflüge / Zusatzleistungen

Anchiskhati Kirche - kostenfrei
Tbilisi - Metekhi Kirche - kostenfrei
Orbeliani Bath House - kostenfrei
Narikala Festung - kostenfrei
Tbilisi - Sioni Kathedrale - kostenfrei
Gori - Stalin Museum - kostenfrei
Day 1 Baku
Welcome to Azerbaijan! On arrival at Baku Airport you'll be met by one of our representatives and transferred to your hotel (approximately 40 minute drive). Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 6 pm this evening. Please look for a note in the hotel lobby or ask reception where it will take place. If you can't arrange a flight that will arrive in time, you may wish to arrive a day early so you're able to attend. We'll be happy to book additional accommodation for you (subject to availability). If you're going to be late, please inform the hotel reception. We'll be collecting your insurance details and next of kin information at this meeting, so please ensure you have all these details to provide to your leader.

Accommodation

Central Park Hotel or similar (1 nt)

Day 2 Baku
Azerbaijan's capital is a cosmopolitan oasis of East meets West and old meets new. Begin the day with a guided walk around Baku's World Heritage-listed Old City, visiting Shemakha Gate, the Palace of the Shirvanshahs, Maiden Tower, Caravanserai, the old market square and the Carpet Museum. There'll be plenty of opportunities to enjoy panoramic views of the city. Next, take a tour of the Absheron Peninsula, checking out the Ateshgah Fire Temple, Mardakan medieval fortress and Yanar Dag Fire Mountain, a natural gas fire which burns continuously on a hillside. Afterwards, return to Baku for the evening.
Total driving distance today will be 100km, approximately 2 hours driving time.

Included Activities
- Baku - Maiden's Tower
- Baku - Shirvan Shakh Palace
- Baku - Caravanserai
- Baku - Absheron Peninsula tour

Accommodation

Central Park Hotel or similar (1 nt)

Day 3 Baku

Today take a drive to Qobustan. 60 kilometres south of Baku, this is a popular day trip from the city. Stopping en route to view old oil rigs and seascapes, you'll see scenery like nowhere else. On arrival into Qobustan National Park, visit the open-air museum, which features 6,000 UNESCO World Heritage-listed rock engravings. The prehistoric carvings, which are thought to be between 5,000 and 40,000 years old, depict scenes of hunting, fishing and gathering. You will also have the opportunity to see the on-site archaeological museum before returning to Baku.
Total driving distance today will be 130km, approximately 2 hours driving time.

Included Activities
- Qobustan - Petroglyphs

Accommodation
Central Park Hotel or similar (1 nt)

Day 4 Sheki

Today will be a full and fascinating day. Leave Baku behind and head for the Caucasus Mountains in the northwest of Azerbaijan. Along the way, as arid landscape give way to densely forested mountains, you'll visit an active mud volcano site to the side of the highway, the Diri Baba shrine in Maraza, the Yeddi Gumbez Tomb and the Juma Mosque in Shemakha. On arrival into Sheki, stop at a local craft workshop where the famous ‘shebeke’ (stained-glass windows with intricately carved frames) are made by hand. The group will also drop in to the well-known Sheki Khan’s Palace, where you'll be able to see its magnificent frescoes and stained glass. Tonight will be spent in Sheki.
Total driving distance today will be 350km, approximately 7 hours driving time.

Included Activities
- Sheki City Tour
- Sheki - Mud volcano

Accommodation

Sheki Olympic Hotel or similar (1 nt)

Day 5 Azerbaijan-Georgia Border (Lagodekhi) - Sighnaghi
This morning you have the opportunity to visit a traditional bazaar. From here, drive towards Azerbaijan's border with Georgia, where you'll bid farewell to your Azeri leader and meet your new Georgian one. You'll also be changing vehicles at this point.
Enjoy a rare and intimate experience as you stop at a local’s house for a lunch, where you'll indulge in traditional homemade food and wine. Next, continue to another village where you'll visit a farmer’s house and see a unique old wine cellar. Here you'll become acquainted with the Georgian method of winemaking, which is quite different to the European method, and drink typical Georgian wine straight from clay jars. Afterwards, drive to the 18th-century fortified town of Sighnaghi, where you'll spend the night in a hotel. This well-preserved romantic village offers stunning views of the surrounding Caucasus Mountains.
Total driving distance today will be 175km, approximately 4 hours driving time.

Included Activities

- Georgian Wine-Cellar Tour

Accommodation

Hotel Solomoni 1805 or similar (1 nt)

Day 6 Tbilisi

In the morning, drive to the 6th-century David Gareja cave complex, which is located among stark, semi-desert landscapes. After seeing Lavra Monastery, take a steep 50 minute-walk uphill to Udabno Monastery, where you can explore its wonderful painted caves and enjoy dramatic views across the border into Azerbaijan. Afterwards, continue on to the historic Georgian city of Tbilisi. You'll be spending the next two nights here.
Total driving distance today will be 245km, approximately 4 hours driving time.

Included Activities
- David Gareja Monastery Complex - Tour

Optional Activities
- Anchiskhati Church - Free
- Tbilisi - Metekhi Church - Free
- Orbeliani Bath House - Free

Accommodation

KMM Hotel or similar (1 nt)

Day 7 Tbilisi
Take a sightseeing tour of Tbilisi this morning, which includes a walk through the fascinating Old Town. Here you will find a myriad of different religious buildings - churches, synagogues, mosques - as well as 19th-century houses with colourful wooden balconies. Your leader will take you on a journey back through the city's history, from the earliest centuries of its existence to the present-day.
You will also visit the famous sulfur baths, which made a deep impression on writers such as Alexander Pushkin, Mikhail Lermontov and Alexandre Dumas. Enjoy a panoramic view of the Old Town before seeing the stunning treasures of the Georgian National Museum (closed on Mondays). Finally, take a stroll along Rustaveli Avenue - the main street in Tbilisi. In the evening, you are free to explore and relax.
Total waking time today is approximately 3-4 hours.

Included Activities
- Tbilisi - Guided Old Town Tour
- Tbilisi - National History Museum

Optional Activities
- Narikala Fortress - Free
- Tbilisi - Sioni Cathedral - Free

Accommodation

KMM Hotel or similar (1 nt)

Day 8 Gudauri
Today visit Mtskheta, the 3,000-year-old ancient capital and religious centre of Georgia. Here you will see historical sights such as the 6th-century Jvari Church and the 11th-century Svetitskhoveli Cathedral, where the robe of Christ is reportedly buried. Both Jvari and Svetitskhoveli are World Heritage-listed. Continue up the famous Georgian Military Highway, which heads towards the country's border with Russia. Along the way, stop in at the 17th-century Ananuri architectural complex, two historic churches and a fortress overlooking the Zhinvali water reservoir. This scenic drive will take you right into the heart of the high Caucasus Mountains to Gudauri, where you'll spend the next two nights.
Total driving distance today will be 115km, approximately 2 and a half hours driving time.

Included Activities
- Mtskheta - City tour

Accommodation
Carpe Diem Hotel or similar (1 nt)

Day 9 Gudauri
In the morning, embark on a stunning drive along the Tergi River to Kazbegi, the main town in the region. In Kazbegi, enjoy a leisurely two-hour walk through beautiful valleys and woodlands to the Gergeti Trinity Church, which is located 2,170 metres above sea level. A 4WD vehicle can be hired (optional and at an extra cost) to transport those who are unable or unwilling to do the walk. Weather permitting, you may be able to catch a glimpse of one of the highest glaciers in the Caucasus - Mt Kazbegi.
Afterwards, walk back to town before getting back in the vehicle for the return drive to Gudauri, visiting a local art studio on the way. Here you will see how traditional 'Teqa' felt is made, and try some delicious homemade jam.
Total driving distance today will be 75km, approximately 1 and a half hours driving time.

Included Activities

- Kazbegi - Hike to Gergeti Trinity Church

Accommodation
Carpe Diem Hotel or similar (1 nt)

Day 10 Akhaltsikhe
Your journey continues today to the town of Gori, located in the heart of the Kartli region. As Gori was the birthplace of Joseph Stalin, you'll have the opportunity to stop in at the Stalin Museum. Next, explore Uplistsikhe cave city, which dates back to 1,000 BC and was once a stop along the Great Silk Road. Here you can see remnants of an ancient complex, with old dwelling quarters, wine-cellars, bakeries, a theatre and a three-nave basilica church hewn out of rock. After a fascinating visit to Joseph Stalin’s house, head southwest to Akhaltsikhe, where you'll spend the night.
Total driving distance today will be 270km, approximately 5 hours driving time.

Included Activities
- Uplistsikhe - Cave complex

Optional Activities
- Gori - Stalin Museum - Free

Accommodation
Lomsia Hotel or similar (1 nt)

Day 11 Georgia-Armenia Border (Bavra) - Yerevan
Travel to Vardzia today, stopping at the 11th-century Khertvisi Fortress along the way. Stretching for over half a kilometre along the Mtkvari River and consisting of 19 tiers, the magnificent 12th-century cave town of Vardzia is sure to be one of the highlights of your trip. There were once about 3,000 caves here, as well as a church hewn into the rock. The complex includes dwelling quarters, small hall-type churches, refectories, wine cellars, a pharmacy and more. After your visit, continue towards the Georgia-Armenia border at Bavra, where you say goodbye to your Georgian leader and meet your new Armenian guide. Continue on to Gyumri to spend the night.
Total driving distance today will be 355km, approximately 6 hours driving time.

Included Activities
- Vardzia - Cave complex

Accommodation
Hotel Silachi or similar (1 nt)

Day 12 Yerevan
Today enjoy a city tour around Yerevan. Established in 782 BC, Armenia’s capital is one of the oldest cities in the world. On the tour you'll see Republic square, Freedom Square, the Opera house, North Avenue and the Cafesjian Center for the Arts, which is dedicated to bringing the best of contemporary art to Armenia. You'll also visit the Genocide museum and Tsitsernakaberd Memorial park, where a continuously burning 'Eternal Flame' commemorates the victims of the nation's first 20th century genocide. Finally, head to the Brandy Factory for a tour and to sample some of the finest examples of celebrated Armenian brandy. Spend the night at a hotel in Yerevan.
Total driving distance today will be 60km, approximately 2 hours driving time.

Included Activities
- Yerevan City Tour
- Yerevan - Armenian Genocide Memorial Complex
- Armenian Brandy Factory Visit

Accommodation
Hotel Silachi or similar (1 nt)

Day 13 Yerevan - Echmiadzin - Yerevan
This morning, head to the Echmiadzin Cathedral, which is known as the spiritual centre of the Armenian Apostolic Church. Next, visit the ruins of the Zvartnots Temple, a 7th-century UNESCO listed site. Zvartnots is an outstanding example of ancient artistic and engineering ingenuity. Back in Yerevan, check out the Armenian History Museum, which contains an important collection of archeological artefacts dating from the Stone Age through to Medieval periods.
Total driving distance today will be 60km, approximately 1 and a half hours driving time.

Included Activities

- Echmiadzin Cathedral
- Zvartnots Temple
- Armenian History Museum

Accommodation

Hotel Silachi or similar (1 nt)

Day 14 Yerevan - Khor Virap - Noravank - Yerevan
After breakfast today, take a drive through villages and vineyards, enjoy amazing views of the sensational Mt. Ararat. Your first stop today is Khor Virap monastery near the border of Turkey. Enjoy a sightseeing tour of the monastery, which is situated on top of a hill amidst stunning scenery. Afterwards, head to Areni village, where you'll visit a local Armenian Winery. Continue on to Noravank Monastery. Wedged into a tall, brick-red gorge, Noravank was an important cultural centre in the 13th century. At the end of the day, return to Yerevan.
Total driving distance today will be 250km, approximately 4-5 hours driving time.

Included Activities

- Noravank Monastery
- Khor Virap Monastery

Accommodation
Hotel Silachi or similar (1 nt)

Day 15 Yerevan - Garni - Geghard - Lake Sevan - Yerevan
Today it's an early departure to the citadel of Garni. Garni hails from the Hellenistic period and is an impressive example of ancient Armenian architecture. The Armenian King Tiridates built it in the first century AD, most likely as a dedication to the heathen god of the sun - Mithra. From the temple, it's an easy one-hour hike to the canyon of Garni, famous for its unique rock formations. These giant basalt pillars are often referred to as a 'Symphony of stones'. Higher up the gorge of the Azat River is the World Heritage-listed Geghard Monastery, which is partly carved out of a mountain.
In Garni, enjoy lunch at a house and watch locals prepare traditional “lavash” bread and barbeque in an underground stove called a “tonir”. Afterwards, continue to Lake Sevan, which is about 70 miles north of Yerevan and the second largest alpine lake in the world. After some photo stops and sightseeing along the peninsula, the rest of the afternoon is free.
Total driving distance today will be 220km, approximately 4 hours driving time.

Included Activities
- Geghard Monastery
- Garni Village Tour

Accommodation

Hotel Silachi or similar (1 nt)

Day 16 Yerevan - Amberd - Byurakan - Yerevan
After breakfast at the hotel, head to the ruins of Amberd Fortress. Translating to "fortress in the clouds", Amberd used to be one of the Armenian Kingdom's primary military-defensive points. Continue on to the ancient town of Byurakan, where you can take an optional one-hour hike through the untouched beauty of Byurakan Gorge. After driving back to Yerevan, visit a market to sample some delicious traditional fare. The rest of the day is free to explore the city in your own time.
Total driving distance today will be 110km, approximately 2.5 hours driving time.

Included Activities

- Amberd Fortress
- Byurakan Gorge Hike

Accommodation
Hotel Silachi or similar (1 nt)

Day 17 Yerevan

Your adventure comes to an end after breakfast today. There are no activities planned and you are free to leave the accommodation at any time.
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Das Beste aus beiden Welten: Komfort und Abenteuer - ideal, wenn Sie es bequemer wünschen, ohne auf intensive Reiseerlebnisse verzichten zu müssen. Sie übernachten meist in Hotels (3-4 Sterne), zum Teil auch in Gästehäusern, Lodges etc. mit landestypischem Charme. Viele Mahlzeiten und Besichtigungen sind inklusive, Sie sind aber dennoch nah an Land und Leuten.