This 9 day tour, starts from Baku, Azerbaijan, and ends at Trabzon, Turkey, and also visits Georgia. This tour visits Shirvanshah's Palace, Sheki Khan's Palace, Ateshgah (Fire Temple), Gobustan National Park, Georgia National Museum, Narikala Fortress and much more.
Welcome to Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan! Today is arrival day, you will be met at the airport and transfered to your hotel. Today we will see Maiden's Tower, then we will visit Shirvanshah Palace and pass through the Shemakha gate. We head to Targovi which means "merchants' street" in Russian and is known by the public as the commercial center.
After breakfast, we will set off for Gobustan a UNESCO World Heritage site. In this area, there are numerous archaeological remains, settlements, tombs, starting from the Stone Age to the Middle Ages, including more than 6,000 rock carvings dating back over 40,000 years. We will continue to Absheron Peninsula and we will visit the Temple of Fire a temple of fire worshippers located in Suraxani village. Zoroastrians travelled thousands of kilometers from India to Ateshgah to worship fire coming out of the ground.
This morning we drive to Sheki which will captivate you with its magnificent views. Here we will visit the Juma (Friday) mosque, Sheki Khan's Palace and delicious sugar factories. In the city, which was famous for trade, there were many caravansaries but only a few of them have survived to the present day. We then drive to Ganja for the train to Tbilisi, the capital of Georgia.
Drive to the historical city of Mtskheta, which is the former capital of the Georgian Kingdom dating back to the 3rd century BC. We will also visit the Cathedral of Svetitskoveli where the robe if Christ is buried and Jvari Monastry, a UNESCO Heritage site.
After breakfast we start our city tour. During our tour, we will see Sameba Cathedral, Narikala Castle, Mother of Georgia Monument, Juma Mosque, Sulfur baths, Metekhi Church, Synagogue of Tbilisi, Peace Bridge, Rezo Gabriadze Marionette Theatre, Liberty Square and Rustavelli street.
Today our destination is Batumi. On the way we visit Kutaisi and Sataplia to see 120 million year old dinosour footprints. We will have the opportunity to see the Statue of Ali and Nino about the love story of Azeri boy and Georgian girl kept alive in the languages and the statue of Neptune which took its origin from Greek mythology in Batumi.
Explore the largest Batumi Botanical Garden, which is the second largest Botanical park in the world. In addition to the semi-tropical plants peculiar to Caucasia, the garden has more than 5,000 plants from all over the world are exhibited. After the Botanical Garden, we continue our tour by visiting, Piazza Square, Batumi Mosque, Statue of Medea, Astrological clock in Europe Square and Neptune Monument at Theatre Square.
After breakfast, we will drive to Trabzon, Turkey, crossing at the Sarp border gate. After our arrival, we start our panoramic city tour. We will explore the rich history of Trabzon that has historical heritage from Rome, Byzantium and Ottoman. Our first stop will be the Ataturk mansion, which is the most beautiful example of the city's civil architecture. On the road, we will see Trabzon Castle and Gulbahar Hatun Mosque. We will also visit small Hagia Sophia which is unique with its rare frescoes. Before we drive towards to Trabzon Airport, we will have a quick stop at Boztepe where the panoramic views of the city can be seen.
After breakfast our tour concludes and we say goodbye to our new friends before being transferred to the airport for your onward flight.