16 days in Georgia, Azerbaijan & Armenia Itinerary

16 days in Georgia, Azerbaijan & Armenia Itinerary

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16 days in Georgia, Azerbaijan & Armenia Itinerary

Start: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Fly + Drive:  9​h 45​min
1
Kvareli, Georgia
— 1 night
Drive:  7​h 45​min
2
Sukhumi, Georgia
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  21​h
3
Qusar, Azerbaijan
— 1 night
Drive:  10​h
4
Alaverdi, Armenia
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Gyumri, Armenia
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
6
Yeghegis, Armenia
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  9​h
End: Dubai, United Arab Emirates

1
night
Kvareli, Georgia

Kvareli ©
Kvareli is a town in northeastern in Kakheti Province, Georgia. Start off your visit on the 21st (Fri): look for all kinds of wild species at Lagodekhi National Reserve, then explore the historical opulence of Gremi Citadel and Church of the Archangels, and then do a tasting at Chelti Winery. Keep things going the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Gurjaani Kvelatsminda Monastery, then learn about winemaking at Chateau Zegaani, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nekresi Monastery Complex, and finally examine the collection at Ilia Chavchavadze's House & Museum.

To see ratings, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read Kvareli online day trip planner .

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Kvareli is an approximately 10-hour flight. Traveling from Dubai in December, expect Kvareli to be colder, temps between 8°C and 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can go by car to Sukhumi.

Things to do in Kvareli

Wineries Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Lagodekhi National Reserve, Gurjaani Kvelatsminda Monastery, Gremi Citadel and Church of the Archangels, Chateau Zegaani
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Lagodekhi National Reserve ©
Lagodekhi National Reserve
Gurjaani Kvelatsminda Monastery ©
Gurjaani Kvelatsminda Monastery
Ilia Chavchavadze's House & Museum ©

2
nights
Sukhumi, Georgia

Sukhumi ©
The capital of autonomous region Abkhazia, Sukhumi claims to be one of the oldest cities in the world. Ancient settlements from the Copper, Bronze, and Iron Ages stand around the city, as do burial grounds adorned with bronze axes, arrowheads, bracelets, and ceramics.
Step off the beaten path and head to New Athos Waterfall and Mokko Beach. Monastery of St. Ion of Zlatoust and Dioskuria Fortress will appeal to history buffs. Explore Sukhumi's surroundings by going to New Athos (Museum of the Abkhazian Kingdom, Saint Simon the Canaanite Church, & more) and Gudaut'a (Pass Pyv, Hot Springs, & more). Next up on the itinerary: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of the Annunciation, admire the local landmark of Fountain Griffins, and appreciate the history behind Sculpture Chik and Chicken.

For other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Sukhumi road trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Kvareli to Sukhumi takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi, flight, bus, and train. The time zone difference moving from Georgia Time (GET) to Moscow Standard Time (MSK) is minus 1 hour. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Qusar.

Things to do in Sukhumi

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

New Athos, Gudaut'a, Monastery of St. Ion of Zlatoust
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Dormition of the Mother of God Church ©
New Athos Cave ©
New Athos Cave
Saint Simon the Canaanite Church ©
Saint Simon the Canaanite Church

1
night
Qusar, Azerbaijan

Qusar ©
The gateway to the foothills of the Greater Caucasus, the small town of Qusar provides a home for the proud Lezgins, a local ethnic group with a distinctive culture and rich heritage.
To see traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Qusar trip maker .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Sukhumi to Qusar. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Sukhumi to Qusar. In December, plan for daily highs up to 8°C, and evening lows to -2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to travel to Alaverdi.

Things to do in Qusar

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trip

The Guba Genocide Memorial Complex
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Shahdag Mountain Resort ©
Shahdag Mountain Resort
The Guba Genocide Memorial Complex ©
Nariman Narimanov Park ©
Nariman Narimanov Park

1
night
Alaverdi, Armenia

Alaverdi ©
Alaverdi, is a town in the Lori Province at the northeastern part of Armenia, near the border with Georgia. On the 28th (Fri), pause for some serene contemplation at Odzun Church, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kobayr Monastery, then delve into the distant past at Mshkavank Monastery, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Akhtala Monastery, and finally snap pictures at Sanahin Bridge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Sat): take an in-depth tour of Mikoyan Brothers Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Monastery of Sanahin, then pause for some serene contemplation at Hnevank Monastery, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Khuchapi Monastery.

To find ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Alaverdi online travel planner .

Getting from Qusar to Alaverdi by car takes about 10.5 hours. Other options: fly. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Qusar to Alaverdi. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Qusar in December; daily highs in Alaverdi reach -1°C and lows reach -13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to drive to Gyumri.

Things to do in Alaverdi

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Kobayr Monastery, Akhtala Monastery, Mshkavank Monastery, Khuchapi Monastery, Hnevank Monastery
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Odzun Church ©
Odzun Church
Akhtala Monastery ©
Akhtala Monastery
Kobayr Monastery ©
Kobayr Monastery

3
nights
Gyumri, Armenia

Gyumri ©
Gyumri, the second largest city in Armenia, survived a turbulent history and a devastating earthquake in 1988.
Visit Marmashen Monastery and Mother Armenia for their historical value. Museum of National Architecture and Urban Life and Arakelots Monastery are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get out of town with these interesting Gyumri side-trips: Dashtadem Fortress (in Dashtadem), Talin Cathedral (in Talin) and Mastara Church (in Mastara). And it doesn't end there: get engrossed in the history at Isahakyan House Museum, explore the world behind art at Mher Mkrtchyan Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Surp Astvatsatsin or Yot Verk (Seven Wounds) Church, and view the masterpieces at The Gallery of Mariam and Eranuhi Aslamazyan Sisters.

To find where to stay, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Gyumri trip builder .

You can drive from Alaverdi to Gyumri in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In December, daytime highs in Gyumri are -1°C, while nighttime lows are -13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to go by car to Yeghegis.

Things to do in Gyumri

Historic Sites Museums Theme Parks

Side Trips

Mastara Church, Dashtadem Fortress, Arakelots Monastery, Talin Cathedral, Marmashen Monastery
Highlights from your plan
Marmashen Monastery ©
Marmashen Monastery
Mher Mkrtchyan Museum ©
Mher Mkrtchyan Museum

2
nights
Yeghegis, Armenia

Yeghegis ©
Yeghegis is a town in the Vayots Dzor Province of Armenia. Start off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): identify plant and animal life at Vardenyats Pass (Selim Pass), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Tsakhats Kar Monastery, then explore the ancient world of Arates Monastery, then explore the ancient world of Zorats Church, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at Yeghegis Jewish Cemetery. On the 3rd (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Spitakavor Monastery and then step into the grandiose world of Smbataberd Fortress.

To find photos, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Yeghegis road trip website .

Drive from Gyumri to Yeghegis in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Gyumri to Yeghegis. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Yeghegis

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Spitakavor Monastery, Arates Monastery, Vardenyats Pass (Selim Pass)
Highlights from your plan
Vardenyats Pass (Selim Pass) ©
Vardenyats Pass (Selim Pass)
Tsakhats Kar Monastery ©
Tsakhats Kar Monastery
Zorats Church ©
Zorats Church

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