The symbol of Baku, Maiden Tower was included into the list of World Cultural Heratage of UNESCO in December of 2000. Maiden Tower, erected at the coast of the Caspian Sea preserved its magnificence till our days. The Tower, which was included into the fortification system of Baku, was called “Maiden Tower” for its inaccessibility.
Juma mosque or mosque in the Icheri-sheher has been functioning since the 12th century. This mosque was built in 1899 at the funds of Baku philanthropist Khadja Shikhali Dadashev. In the 14th century pagan temple was converted into a mosque. According to the inscription on the Mosque, “in the month of Rajab in the year 709 Hijri (1309) Ami r Sharaf al-Din Mahmud ordered to update this mosque.” In the 15th century, minaret was attached to the north side of the Mosque. By the end of the 19th century the old mosque came into disrepair and was replaced by a new one – Juma Mosque. The most striking example of the medieval palace structures in Azerbaijan is the Shirvanshah Palace complex dating to the middle XV. The two-story building of the palace consists of about fifty different rooms of various sizes and shapes connected by three narrow spiral staircases.
After excursion transfer to the hotel.
This city is a true gem for sightseeing and your guide will show you the best of it. You will also go to the mosque and bazaar so you could experience the life of local people in Sheki. After the tour, you will be accommodated in a hotel.
This day is dedicated to the visit of Kakheti, eastern part of Georgia, famous for the old tradition of wine-making. You will see the nunnery of Bodbe and will have an opportunity to go down to St Nino’s spring. Then you proceed to the highlight of today’s tour – visit to Signagi, the so-called “city of love”. It resembles an Italian city with its Mediterranean-styled small houses and narrow old streets.
After the tour, transfer to Tbilisi, hotel accommodation.
Departure to city Mtskheta – the old, legendary capital of Georgia, just 20km from the city center. The historic capital of Eastern Georgia (Kartli) set at the confluence of the Mtkvari and Aragvi Rivers, Mtskheta has remained at the spiritual heart of Georgia since Christianity was established. You’ll visit Jvari Monastery (Monastery of the Cross), previously a pagan temple and latterly turned into Christian church. Perched on a windblown, rocky promontory, take some time to enjoy the exceptional scenery and take some photos of this amazing UNESCO world heritage listed structure. The Svetitskhoveli cathedral remains at the center of the Orthodox church. Legend has it that a seamless robe of Christ’s is buried somewhere within the temple and you’ll find fragments of paintings dating back to the 11th century, including one depicting a hand which stories tell is the hand of the cathedrals architect which king Giorgi amputated to stop him making another cathedral as beautiful as Svetitskhoveli. Drive back to Tbilisi, hotel accommodation.
Optional tours/activities for today (Prices upon request):
• Choreography Class. Master-class of Georgian dances. During 1.5 hours session you will have an opportunity to learn the moves from the professional dancers (no special skills required).
• Visit to the peasant family near Mtskheta. The tour includes degustation of the locally produced wine (aimed for the export). Additionally we may include the dinner with the family during this tour and master classes of cooking Georgian cuisine.
• Tour to the National Museum of Georgia. See the treasury of ancient Georgian Kingdoms, Soviet Occupation exposition and other significant historical artefacts.
• Tour to the Ethnographical Museum. Open-air museum where you can see the authentic Georgian houses.
• Dinner with traditional Georgian dishes, wine and national show program (Georgian dances and songs). Round-trip transfer included.
We offer you the following optional excursions (price upon request, depends on amount of pax in the group):
1. Excursions to Caucasus mountains – Ananuri castle, Gudauri mountain resort, Gergeti Trinity in Stepantsminda (Kazbegi)
2. Dashbashi canyon -one of the most impressive natural monuments of Georgia, green and beautiful all year round
3. Stalin’s house museum in Gori and amazing cave city Uplistsikhe
Lake Sevan – the largest in the Caucasus, as well as one of the largest alpine freshwater lakes on Earth. The lake consists of two unequal parts – Big Sevan and Small Sevan. Of the historical monuments on the coast of Sevan, the most legendary is the monastery of Sevanavank, located on a peninsula in the north-western part of the lake. Initially, the monastery was located on the peninsula, although in connection with a decrease in the water level, an isthmus appeared connecting the peninsula to land. On the western slope of there is another monastery called- Ayrivank. Today, Sevan is one of the favorite and most visited resorts for tourists.
Arrival to Yerevan, transfer to chosen hotel category. Accommodation.
Then you proceed to one of the most impressive sights of Armenia – Garni Temple – pagan Temple of the Sun, built in the Roman Empire era and reconstructed in the Soviet period. This is the only such building in all post-USSR countries and now stands as one of the most iconic landmarks of Armenia. Another place of visit today is – Geghard– monastery complex, unique architectural construction and the manifest of Armenian medieval architecture. After the tour you return to Yerevan.
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Payment can be also made in Euro according to currency exchange rate as of the date of booking.
Each program can be updated as per individual request and budget.