16 days in Georgia, Republic of Dagestan & Armenia Itinerary

16 days in Georgia, Republic of Dagestan & Armenia Itinerary

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Batumi, Georgia
— 3 nights
Derbent, Russia
— 2 nights
Tbilisi, Georgia
— 4 nights
Yerevan, Armenia
— 5 nights


Batumi, Georgia

Having invested heavily in tourism since 2010, Batumi is quickly becoming a go-to destination for visitors looking for a bustling nightlife.
Batumi is known for parks, historic sites, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the natural beauty at Batumi Botanical Gardens, enjoy breathtaking views from Alphabetic Tower, don't miss a visit to Monument Ali and Nino, and take in the exciting artwork at Ethnographic Museum "Borjgalo".

To find traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Batumi day trip planner.

Dallas, USA to Batumi is an approximately 24-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 10 hours traveling from Dallas to Batumi. In August, Batumi is little chillier than Dallas - with highs of 83°F and lows of 71°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can travel to Derbent.

Things to do in Batumi

Parks · Museums · Outdoors · Tours

Derbent, Russia

Derbent, formerly romanized as Derbend, is a city in the Republic of Dagestan, Russia, located on the Caspian Sea, north of the Azerbaijani border. On the 19th (Thu), step into the grandiose world of Citadel, Ancient City and Fortress Buildings of Derbent, don't miss a visit to Architectural Complex Citadel Naryn-Kala, steep yourself in history at Derbent Dzhuma-Mosque, then take an in-depth tour of Museum of World Culture and Religion History, and finally examine the collection at Museum of Carpet, Arts and Crafts. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Fri): make a trip to Derbent Lighthouse, admire the striking features of Church Of The Intercession, then head outdoors with Derbent Beach, and finally examine the collection at Peter I Cottage.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Derbent route planner.

You can drive from Batumi to Derbent in 14.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. The time zone difference moving from Georgia Standard Time (GET) to Moscow Standard Time (MSK) is minus 1 hour. In August, daily temperatures in Derbent can reach 87°F, while at night they dip to 70°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Tbilisi.

Things to do in Derbent

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Parks

Tbilisi, Georgia

On the bank of the Mtkvari River and at the foot of Trialeti mountain range, Tbilisi's location has given the city strategic significance since it was founded in the 5th century.
Explore Tbilisi's surroundings by going to Mtskheta (Mtskheta Church of the Holy Cross & Jvari Church). Pack the 22nd (Sun) with family-friendly diversions at Aerial Tramway in Tbilisi. Next up on the itinerary: take in the views from The Bridge of Peace, explore the world behind art at Art Palace of Georgia-Museum of Cultural History, take an in-depth tour of State Museum of Georgian Folk Music and Musical Instruments, and appreciate the history behind Freedom Monument.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Tbilisi online tour planner.

Traveling by car from Derbent to Tbilisi takes 10 hours. Traveling from Derbent to Tbilisi, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In August, daytime highs in Tbilisi are 91°F, while nighttime lows are 70°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Yerevan.

Things to do in Tbilisi

Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Tours · Transportation

Side Trip

Yerevan, Armenia

Pink City

Old and new sit side by side in Yerevan, showing the country's capital to be a city on the move, but also proud of its history and traditions.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Yerevan: Garni Temple (in Garni), The Monastery of Geghard (in Geghard) and Vagharshapat (Saint Gayane Church, The Churches of Echmiatsin and the Archaeological Site of Zvartnots, &more). And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Republic Square, see the world from above with Balloon Ride Skyball, tour the pleasant surroundings at Armenian Genocide Museum, and admire the landmark architecture of Saint Hripsime Church.

To see maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Yerevan route planner.

Drive from Tbilisi to Yerevan in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 95°F in August, and nighttime lows around 68°F. You will have some time to spend on the 29th (Sun) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Yerevan

Historic Sites · Tours · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

Georgia travel guide

Churches · Historic Walking Areas · Landmarks
Home to four World Heritage Sites, the beautiful country of Georgia epitomizes the saying, "the best of both worlds." Geographically, the land is divided in half by the Likhi mountain range, which yields a humid, subtropical climate to the west, and an arid, continental climate to the east. Experience a spectacular array of natural destinations, from low-land swamps, rainforests, mineral springs, and hot springs, to volcanic plateaus, snow-tipped mountains, and glaciers. Embrace the laid-back attitude, rich folklore, and ecclesiastic architecture among the sub-tropical gardens. Georgia boasts a healthy mix of rural charm and urban modernity, combined with Mediterranean hospitality. Here you'll find the deepest cave in the world, Krubera Cave, with 2,140 m (7,021 ft) of known depth. Relax in the sun along the pebbled beaches of the Black Sea, and sample the mouth-watering Georgian specialties, including "Khinkali," traditional meat dumplings, to round out your authentic Georgian holiday.

Republic of Dagestan travel guide

History Museums · Castles · Monuments
The Republic of Dagestan, also spelled Daghestan, is a federal subject (a republic) of Russia, located in the North Caucasus region. Its capital and largest city is Makhachkala, located at the center of Dagestan on the Caspian Sea.With a population of 2,910,249, Dagestan is very ethnically diverse and Russia's most heterogeneous republic, with none of its several dozen ethnicities and subgroups forming a majority. Largest among these ethnicities are the Avar, Dargin, Kumyk, Lezgian, Laks, Azerbaijani, Tabasaran and Chechen. Ethnic Russians comprise about 3.6% of Dagestan's total population. Russian is the primary official language and the lingua franca among the ethnicities.Dagestan has been a scene of Islamic insurgency, occasional outbreaks of separatism, and ethnic tension since the 1990s. According to International Crisis Group, the militant Islamist organization Shariat Jamaat is responsible for much of the violence. Much of the tension is rooted in an internal Islamic conflict between traditional Sufi groups advocating secular government and more recently introduced Salafist teachers preaching the implementation of Sharia in Dagestan.


Armenia travel guide

Landmarks · Sacred & Religious Sites · Specialty Museums
A trip to Armenia may very well feel like a journey back in time, yielding the treasures of an ancient land that became the first Christianized country in distant 301 CE. Landlocked and mountainous, Armenia features a varied scenery that quickly shifts from extremely dry landscapes to dense forests carpeting steep foothills of the Lesser Caucasus. Perhaps the highlight of a vacation in Armenia, the magnificent mountains are ideal for hiking and any other outdoor activity you can think of. National capital Yerevan remains one of the world's least explored ancient cities; spend some time here to discover the bulk of Armenia's museums and other cultural venues narrating the rich story of an often-troubled region straddling two continents.