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Azerbaijan, Georgia & Armenia

Trip Length

Trip Code

17 days PCAG
Min Altitude Max Altitude
2395m

Countries Visited

Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia

Start City

End City

Baku, Azerbaijan Yerevan, Armenia
Azerbaijan, Georgia & Armenia

"The mountains sing. Their hoary peaks, in their snow-white fur hats, carry on a conversation among themselves. They are laconic witnesses of time long past. Even the stones here speak.The Caucasus - this lovely territory, with its ancient culture, rich history, that has, from time immemorial, drawn the attention of thinkers, historians, students of local lore, travellers to it, like a magnet." Oleg Shamba.

Azerbaijan, Georgia & Armenia


Day to Day Itinerary

Day 1: Baku

Accommodation: Central Park Hotel or similar, Baku

Activities:

Day 2: Absheron Peninsula – Baku

Meals included: 1 breakfast

Accommodation: Central Park Hotel or similar, Baku

Activities:

Day 3: Qobustan – Baku

Meals included: 1 breakfast

Accommodation: Central Park Hotel or similar, Baku

Activities:

Day 4: Sheki

Meals included: 1 breakfast

Accommodation: Olympic Hotel or similar, Sheki

Activities:

Day 5: Azerbaijan-Georgia Border (Lagodekhi) – Tbilisi

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch

Accommodation: Rustavelli Palace Hotel or similar, Tbilisi

Activities:

Day 6: Tbilisi

Meals included: 1 breakfast

Accommodation: Rustavelli Palace Hotel or similar, Tbilisi

Activities:

Day 7: Mtskheta – Gudauri

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 dinner

Accommodation: Carpe Diem Hotel or similar, Gudauri

Activities:

Day 8: Kazbegi – Gudauri

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 dinner

Accommodation: Carpe Diem Hotel or similar, Gudauri

Activities:

Day 9: Gori – Kutaisi

Meals included: 1 breakfast

Accommodation: Rcheuli Palace Hotel or similar, Kutaisi

Activities:

Day 10: Kutaisi – Akhaltsikhe

Meals included: 1 breakfast

Accommodation: Lomsia Hotel or similar, Akhaltsikhe

Activities:

Day 11: Vardzia Cave Town – Georgia-Armenia Border (Bavra) – Gyumri

Meals included: 1 breakfast

Activities:

Day 12: Gyumri – Mastara – Talin – Yerevan

Meals included: 1 breakfast

Accommodation: Hrazdan Hotel or similar, Yerevan

Activities:

Day 13: Yerevan

Meals included: 1 breakfast

Accommodation: Hrazdan Hotel or similar, Yerevan

Activities:

Day 14-15: Goris

Meals included: 2 breakfasts

Accommodation: Mina Hotel or similar, Goris

Activities:

Day 16: Yerevan

Accommodation: Hrazdan Hotel or similar, Yerevan

Activities:


Your Trip

What's Included

Transport

Not Included


What to know

Fitness

There are some long driving days on this trip, so you need to be prepared for long periods of sitting.

Vaccinations

Vaccinations may be required for this trip. Please talk to your doctor about the up-to-date information for this region.  We're travel experts, not doctors and defer to the medicos when it comes to inoculations.

Visas and Permits

Please ensure that you have all required visas for your trip – this is your responsibility. Rules and regulations governing the issuance of visas are constantly changing, and vary for different nationalities and you should check visa requirements with your travel agent or relevant consular authority well before travel.

Armenia

Australia: YES
Belgium: NO
Canada: : YES
Germany: NO
Ireland: NO
Netherlands: YES
New Zealand: YES
South Africa: YES
Switzerland: NO
United Kingdom: NO
USA: YES

VISA ON ARRIVAL/ENROUTE:
It is not possible to obtain a visa on arrival or enroute for Armenia. All travellers must begin their tour with a Single Entry Tourist Visa in their passports.

APPLYING FOR AN E-VISA:
Due to limited consular representation, we recommend that nationalities that require a visa obtain an e-visa. This is a process by which the visa is emailed to you as a PDF attachment that you will need to print out and present at immigration on arrival. This visa enables entry to Armenia at land or air borders. At time of writing the e-visa costs US$10 and takes on average between 15-21 days to be processed. You should apply for your Armenian visa no more than 55 days before arriving in the country.

To apply for your e-visa, visit: http://www.mfa.am/eVisa/ and follow these instructions:

1. Select your Country of Residence
2. Choose the 21 day visa duration option
3. Select the 1st option on the list (Ա/V-1/Կ (visitor visa for visiting relatives (friends) or tourist (for a rest) v-1/sh)
4. Proceed through the next step
5. Read the Privacy Statement and click Accept
6. Complete the payment section
7. Follow the instructions for tracking the progress of your visa application

Azerbaijan

AZERBAIJAN

Most nationalities require a visa to visit Azerbaijan.

VISA ON ARRIVAL:

It is no longer possible to get a visa on arrival at Baku Airport or at any land border into Azerbaijan. All travellers must apply for their Single Entry Tourist Visa (evisa) to Azerbaijan in advance.

APPLYING FOR AN E-VISA:

From March 2013 Azerbaijan has introduced an e-visa system. This is a process by which the visa is emailed to you as a PDF attachment that you will need to print out and present at immigration on arrival. This visa enables entry to Azerbaijan at any border point, land or air and is issued strictly for the dates your documents show only. The e-visa costs is already incorporated into the cost of the trip and takes on average between 15-21 days to be processed. To apply for an e-visa you must complete an application form which will be sent to you at time of booking and submit this along with the following documents to our Azerbaijan partners:

*Clear, colour copy of passport in JPEG format *Clear, colour copy of applicant’s photo size 3x4 cm in JPEG format *Flight reservation details of your arrival in the country (etickets)

In order to allow enough time for your evisa to be processed, we recommend that these documents are submitted to CentralAsia.VisaSupport@intrepidtravel.com no later than 40 days prior to your arrival in Azerbaijan.

While this is a very new service, we advise all pax to apply for the e-visa rather than applying at an embassy. We are not able to provide visa support for other visa applications.

Please note that the Azerbaijan Ministry of Foreign Affairs has a E-visa application link on their website. We have received reports that this option does not work and applications have gone missing. We recommend you use the services of our Azeri partners to obtain the e-visa.

INFO FOR EVISA APPLICATION:

Address in Baku: Central Park Hotel Suleyman Rahimov 165 Baku AZERBAIJAN Phone: +994 125944235

Details of our local partners in Azerbaijan:

ENC tours 7th floor, Sapphire Plaza 1/3, Nizami Street Baku AZERBAIJAN Phone: +994 124974020

Please use the following answers for Q21 and Q31 on your application form:

Question 21: Your answer should be "Georgia"

Question 32: Your answer should be "Business"

The application should be signed and sent us in PDF format.

APPLYING AT AN EMBASSY:

Visa rules for Azerbaijan are constantly changing and embassy staff often find it hard to keep up with or know how to interpret them. We advise against attempting to apply for your Azerbaijan visa at an embassy and instead use the e-visa service. Embassy applications often require a Letter of Invitation (LOI) and other documents from a local travel agent which are expensive and time consuming to obtain. As we are able to provide the evisa service for all nationalities we are not able to provide an LOI or any other visa support for application at an embassy.

REGISTRATION: All passengers will be registered automatically on arrival at our Azerbaijan Hotel.

Georgia

Many nationalities do not currently require a visa for Georgia, including Australia, New Zealand, Canada, UK, USA & all EU member states. However, all nationalities should check with the nearest embassy for the latest visa information as this may be subject to change at short notice.

Insurance

You are required to have travel insurance before heading off on a Peregrine trip. Insurance can be organised by your Peregrine representative or your travel agent.

Responsible Travel

Our Responsible Travel ethos is at the heart of everything we do, from getting the basics right like respecting local cultures and the environment, to initiating projects that make positive contributions to communities, to our staff’s fundraising efforts and offsetting our carbon emissions.
Please visit our Responsible Travel (http://www.peregrineadventures.com/rt) page for more information.

Customs and Culture

Our Pre Departure Information or Travel Dossier (provided upon booking a trip) provides tips on how you can show respect for the local customs and culture in the country you are travelling in. Your leader will also help steer you though the complexities of local cultural norms.

Pre Departure Information
The information listed above is a brief description of some things you may need to consider when booking a trip. Once a tour is booked you will be provided with a link to your Travel Dossier which will contain detailed Pre Departure information.

Further Reading

Armenia

Visions of Ararat: Writings on Armenia - Christopher J. Walker
The Armenians: From Kings and Priests to Merchants and Commissars - Razmik Panossian

Azerbaijan

The Oil and the Glory: The Pursuit of Empire and Fortune on the Caspian Sea - Steve Levine
Caucasus: A Journey to the Land Between Christianity and Islam - Nicholas Griffin
Black Garden: Armenia and Azerbaijan Through War and Peace - Thomas de Waal

Georgia

Stories I Stole - Wendell Steavenson
Georgia Through Its Folktales - Michael Berman
A Time of Miracles - Anne-Laure Bondoux


Important Information

Local Emergency Contacts

In the case of a genuine crisis or emergency, Peregrines St Petersburg Office (responsible for tours in Central Asia) can be reached on Tel: +7 911 703315

Visas

The Azeri Ministry of Foreign Affairs requires that all travel arrangements in Azerbaijan be booked through the same provider. In order for us to process your Azerbaijan E-visa all additional accommodation must be booked through Peregrine Adventures.

Group Leader

All Peregrine group trips are accompanied by one of our group leaders. The aim of the group leader is to take the hassle out of your travels and to help you have the best trip possible. Peregrine endeavours to provide the services of an experienced leader however, due to the seasonality of travel, rare situations may arise where your leader is new to a particular region or training other group leaders.Your leader will provide information on the places you are travelling through, offer suggestions for things to do and see, recommend great local eating venues and introduce you to our local friends. While not being guides in the traditional sense you can expect them to have a broad general knowledge of the places visited on the trip, including historical, cultural, religious and social aspects. At Peregrine we aim to support local guides who have specialised knowledge of the regions we visit. If you were interested in delving deeper into the local culture at a specific site or location then your leader can recommend a local guide service in most of the main destinations of your trip.

Single Supplements

Please note when booking a single supplement, single rooms across Central Asia are generally smaller in size than a standard hotel room and may not always have windows and or balconies.  Our group trips are designed for shared accommodation and don't involve a compulsory single supplement. Single travellers share with people of the same gender in accommodation ranging from twin to multishare. Some of our itineraries have accommodation booked on a mixed gender share basis and where applicable this will be specified in our Trip Notes. On a selection of our trips, you have the option to pay a single supplement to ensure that you have your own accommodation (where available). Please note that this only applies to accommodation during the tour - pre-trip and post-trip accommodation will be booked on a single room basis.

Local Travel

Azerbaijan, Georgia and Armenia are developing countries whose infrastructure, values, customs and standards differ from what you are used to at home. Please bear this in mind as you are travelling in this exciting country and respect the fact that you should not impose your standards and expectations on the culture there. 

There are some long travel days and some rough travelling in areas away from main tourist routes. Windy roads, rough surfaces and cramped conditions make for some challenging travel experiences. On some long travel days we depart early in the morning to ensure we optimise our time at our next destination. If you experience travel sickness we recommend you consider medication to help ease the discomfort.

High Altitudes

High altitudes may be experienced during this trip. Please refer to our Altitude Sickness document for more info.

Feedback:

After your travels, we want to hear from you! We rely on your feedback. We read it carefully. Feedback helps us understand what we are doing well and what we could be doing better. It allows us to make improvements for future travellers. Remember that once you’ve left your feedback you’ll automatically be entered into our monthly draw for a US$500 (or equivalent in your local currency) travel voucher.

Your Fellow Travellers

As you travel on a group trip you will be exposed to all the pleasures and maybe some of the frustrations of travelling in a group. Your fellow travellers will probably come from all corners of the world and likely a range of age groups too. We ask you to be understanding of the various needs and preferences of your group - patience with your fellow travellers is sometimes required for the benefit of everyone's travel experience. Remember too that you have responsibilities to the group. If you are requested to be at a place at a certain time, ensure that you don't keep the rest of the group waiting. We have found time and time again that the very best trips we operate are those where the dynamics within the group work well - this takes just a little effort on your part.

About this Information

The information provided here is given in good faith and has been compiled with all reasonable care. However, things change and some of the information may become out of date. Please keep this in mind when you read it and check with us if you want to be sure about something. The document was correct at time of printing, but you can check online for the most up to date version.  If you have any queries, please contact your travel agent or our staff in Australia. We are here to help you!

Last Updated

15 August 2014


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