Days
29
Price from
6915USD
Map of Turkey and the Caucasus Adventure including Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia and Turkey

Step off the tourist trail in the Caucasus Mountains

Go deep into the ancient heart of fascinating Turkey, then continue to verdant the hillsides and majestic snow-capped mountains of Azerbaijan, Georgia and Armenia. Explore lands where the walls hold the weight of centuries of rich history and where ancient traditions mingles with modern influences. Journey through forests and past tall mountain peaks to find medieval mosques and villages. Wander through cosmopolitan Baku and Tbilisi and make friends with the locals along the way over tea or a glass of qvevri wine. This 29-day Caucasus adventure is sure to be unforgettable.


Start
Istanbul, Turkey
Finish
Yerevan, Armenia
Destinations
Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Turkey
Style
Peregrine
Code
PETAC
Physical rating
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1, Max 12

Why you'll love this trip

  • Discover the Istanbul of old on a guided walk with your leader, discovering treasures like the Blue Mosque, the Hippodrome and the Million.

  • Feast your eyes on the best of Turkey's otherworldly sights, from the Cotton Castle of Pamukkale to the psychedelic rockscapes of Cappadocia.

  • Sip Georgian drops at a winery, tasting tannins while being serenaded by a Georgian polyphonic

  • Choir in the traditional folk style of the Kakheti region.

  • Mud volcanoes, ancient mosques, lush forests and tall peaks – the Caucasus Mountains will take your breath away.

  • Immerse yourself in Zoroastrian traditions during a tour of the Absheron Peninsula, visiting the Ateshgah of Baku (fire temple) and the natural, eternally burning flames of Yanardagh.

Is this trip right for you?

  • There are some long travel days on this adventure. This is a great opportunity to get to know your fellow travellers and enjoy the passing scenery.

  • As we don't want you to miss anything, the itinerary is densely packed, so you'll be busy squeezing in as many sights and activities as you can.

  • Our expertly trained leaders are there to make your trip authentic, enjoyable and hassle-free. You will have four different local leaders on this tour, so that you can explore each country with a local expert.

  • Georgia and Armenia have a rich Christian history, which means sightseeing involves a lot of churches and monasteries. Some travellers find this a tad repetitive. You are always welcome to sit out any included sightseeing if this is the case.

  • Some activities are dependent on weather and road conditions. Your leader will keep you up to date on any necessary itinerary changes and organise alternative plans if necessary.

  • This trip involves a lot of walking, sometimes on rocky or slippery terrain such as the sites in Goreme. Please bring sturdy walking shoes, but also note that you can sit out the walks if you do not feel up to them.

  • Turkey can get hot in the summer months of July and August but this is normally a dry heat and is easier to cope with than humidity. Where possible, you'll be taken to sites in the early morning before it gets too hot. Turkey can also get quite cool, particularly night time temperatures in April and October. Not all hotels will have heating so make sure to bring a few warm items with you. 

Itinerary

Welcome to Istanbul, the continent-straddling metropolis that the Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, and Ottomans have all called home at various points throughout history. Enjoy a complimentary transfer to the accommodation from the airport. Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 1 pm. After the meeting, head out with your Peregrine local leader to explore the Old City of Istanbul. Your leader will introduce you to some of the historical treasures of the city, including the Blue Mosque (so named for its classic tiles), the ancient Hippodrome (once the setting of chariot races) and the Million (a stone road marker in use since the fourth century). This evening choose whether to join your fellow travellers during an optional dinner.
Accommodation
  • Legacy Ottoman or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Istanbul - City Tour
  • Istanbul - Blue Mosque
Optional Activities
  • Istanbul - Archaeology Museum - TRY50
  • Istanbul - Museum of Turkish and Islamic Arts - TRY50
  • Istanbul - Hagia Sophia - TRY100
  • Istanbul - Great Palace Mosaic Museum - TRY30
  • Istanbul - Galata Tower - TRY35
  • Istanbul - Topkapi Palace (Excluding Harem) - TRY72
  • Istanbul - Basilica Cistern - TRY30
  • Istanbul - Chora Church - TRY65
  • Istanbul - Dolmabahce Palace (Excluding Harem) - TRY60
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Special Information
Your complimentary airport transfer is valid from both Istanbul New Airport (IST) and Sabiha Gocken Airport (SAW). Please provide your flight details at the time of booking, or at a minimum 15 days prior to travel (please note we may not be able confirm a request made in the 15 days before your trip begins). Once you have provided your flight details a transfer representative will be booked to meet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel.

The prices listed for optional activities below cover entry only. Please note there is an Istanbul Museum Pass available for purchase at most museums. This card is valid for five days use and costs 185 TL (approximately AUD 50).

It’s very important that you attend the welcome meeting as we will be collecting insurance and emergency contact details at this time. If you are going to be late please let your travel agent or hotel reception know. Ask reception or look for a note in the lobby for more information on where the meeting will take p
Rise and shine for an early breakfast, then begin the drive to Çanakkale. located on the shores of the Dardanelles (the strait that connects Europe and Asia via the Gelibolu Peninsula and the Biga Peninsula). Arrive in time for an included lunch, then head to the Gallipoli Peninsula. Visit the cemeteries of Anzac Cove, then head up the hill toward the poignant memorials of Lone Pine and Chunuk Bair. Look down upon the rough hills and gullies that became the graveyard for so many thousands of young men on both sides. Tour the former battlefields and find remnants of trenches used by the Turkish soldiers. After a day that will no doubt be full of sombre reflection, the evening is free for you to do as you wish in Canakkale.
Accommodation
  • Grand Anzac Hotel or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Gallipoli - guided visit
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Special Information
Driving time today: approximately 5 hours
Drive to Selcuk with a stop en route in Troy. Here legend and history fuse together, and you can see both ancient city walls as well as a replica Trojan Horse. Learn how the site has confounded historians and archaeologists, then continue to Selcuk. On arrival, pay a visit to the famously adorable village of Sirince and enjoy a tasting of local fruit wine.
Accommodation
  • Kalehan Hotel or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Troy - Archeological Guided Site Visit
  • Sirince - Wine Tasting
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Special Information
Driving time today: approximately 6 hours
This morning enjoy an orientation walk around Selcuk, a sprawling town lying at the base of the ancient Aysoluk Hill fortress. Visit the last remaining column of the Temple of Artemis, the ancient aqueducts and the 14th-century Isabey Mosque during this fascinating tour. In the afternoon, visit one of the best-preserved classical cities in the eastern Mediterranean and arguably the greatest Greco-Roman site in the world – Ephesus. Tour the amphitheatre, stroll the marble streets once walked by Cleopatra and Mark Antony and marvel at the gymnasium, baths and restored Library of Celsus. Make a stop at Sultankoy. This small village is dedicated to carpet weaving, and here you can discover all about this traditional art form, from dying the wool to traditional weaving on wooden looms.
Accommodation
  • Kalehan Hotel or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Selcuk - Leader-led Orientation Walk
  • Ephesus - Guided Archaeological site visit
  • Selcuk - Isa Bey Camii
Optional Activities
  • Selcuk - Basilica of St John - TRY25
  • Selcuk - Archaeological Museum - TRY25
  • Ephesus - Terrace Houses Entry - TRY45
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
After breakfast this morning, travel to Pamukkale, also known as 'Cotton Castle' and a truly unique sight. This magical and spectacular natural phenomenon was created by deposits from thermal waters that cascaded down the mountainside over hundreds of years, forming myriad pools and terraces. As the water overflows, dazzling cream-coloured stalactites are formed that – from afar – resemble cotton or snow. The pools are filled with waters that many believe have healing properties for circulation and the digestive system. Close to Pamukkale are the ruins of Hierapolis, an important Roman bath centre founded by the King of Pergamon in 190 BC. Explore the extensive ruins of Hierapolis, which include a theatre, temple, holy area, monumental fountain, bath, basilica and necropolis.
Accommodation
  • Melrose View Point Hotel or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Pamukkale - Hierapolis & Travertines National Park
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Special Information
Driving time today: approximately 4 hours
Make the journey to the coast, with a stop en route at the ghost village of Kayakoy. Abandoned after WWI and the collapse of the Ottoman Empire, this once-thriving village now lies as a poignant reminder of the human cost of war and politics. Spend some time on the eerie streets, then continue to Kas (which means eyebrow in Turkish) and begin exploring on a walking tour. Now primarily a holiday town, Kas is strewn with the remains of Lycian tombs, iconic white-washed walls covered with climbing bougainvillea and an ancient theatre where you can watch a spectacular sunset.
Accommodation
  • Linda Hotel or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Kayakoy - Ghost Village
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Special Information
Total driving time today: approximately 6 hours
Embark on a boat cruise around the local islands with two local guides, Mehmet and Sebahat. Hailing from the small village of Ucagiz, bought a boat and went fishing after they married and never stopped. While the fishing industry has shifted due to modern catchment methods, Mehmet and Sebahat decided to use their knowledge and love of the local waters to share a distinctly traditional way of cruising and eating with travellers. Cruise to their home village of Ucagiz and also to the village of Simena, sailing from large bays to protected inlets where you can cool off with a swim in turquoise waters. Enjoy lunch cooked on board in Tersane Bay, where the water is so clear you can see the bottom and the shore is lined with the ruins of an ancient city. Look out for ruins submerged under the clear water. After a day on the water, return to Kas for an evening at your leisure.
Accommodation
  • Linda Hotel or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Kas - Boat Cruise and lunch
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Take a scenic drive to the jewel in the Mediterranean crown – Antalya. Your accommodation is located in the Kaleici (Old City), so settle in on arrival and then head out on an afternoon walk to see Hadrians Gate, the Old Roman Harbour and more stunning views of the turquoise waters of the Mediterranean. Spend the night in the ancient Kaleci. While dinner this evening is not included, it would be a crime not to try some of the fresh, local seafood served in one of the many restaurants.
Accommodation
  • Dogan Hotel or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Antalya - Kaleici visit
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
Special Information
Total driving time today: approximately 3.5 hours
This morning take a guided visit though the Antalya Museum. The province of Antalya includes dozens of important ancient Hellenistic and Roman cities, and some of the best artefacts are on display in the museum’s 13 exhibition halls and open-air gallery. Your afternoon is free to spend as you wish. Maybe relax in the Kaleici, beat the heat with a swim or take an optional visit to the ancient cities of Side, Perge or Apsendos. Be sure to speak to your leader for details on these optional activities.
Accommodation
  • Dogan Hotel or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Antalya - Antalya Museum
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Special Information
Due to limited accommodation in the kaleici (Old Town) of Antalya it can sometimes be difficult to secure our preferred hotel. For this reason we have selected two alternative hotels of equal standard – Pudding Marina Hotel and Aspen Hotel.

If you would like to confirm which hotel your group is staying at please contact your booking agent 30 days prior to departure.
Make a 2-hour morning drive in Burdur province to the city of Sagalassos. The ruins of the city are dramatically sited in the Taurus Mountains, offering magnificent views as well as impressive ancient monuments. Continue on to Konya, an ancient city important in the Roman era where the Sufi practice of 'whirling' was born.
Accommodation
  • Şemsi Tebrizi or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Antalya - Sagalassos
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
This morning discover the mystic resting place of Mevlana Celaleddin-i Rumi, the 13th-century mystic, poet and theologian whose teachings continue to inspire and influence Muslims around the world. Visit the small museum dedicated to his life and work before continuing Cappadocia. Arrive by late afternoon, with time to see the main village and perhaps take a short valley walk with your leader. Your evening is free. One optional activity that may be of interest after what you learned this morning is a performance of whirling by local Dervishes in a restored han (caravansary).
Accommodation
  • Heybe Hotel (Feature Stay) (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Konya - Mevlana Museum
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Early birds have the option of taking a hot air balloon over the otherworldly Cappadocian landscape. The scene at sunrise is sure to take your breath away. After a relaxing breakfast on a terrace overlooking the valley, visit the Goreme Open Air Museum. See the many incredible houses, churches and monasteries carved out of the soft cliff face. The Christian sanctuaries contain many examples of Byzantine art, cave chapels and colourful biblical frescoes from the 10th–12th centuries. Later in the afternoon, go on a short walk through 'Love Valley' which is famous for its phallic rock formations. Then head back to your hotel in Goreme. Perhaps take an optional Turkish bath to unwind at the end of the day.
Accommodation
  • Heybe Hotel (Feature Stay) (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Cappadocia - Valley Walk
  • Goreme - Open Air Museum
Optional Activities
  • Goreme - Hot Air Balloon, Cappadocia Regular Flight - EUR195
  • Goreme - Hot Air Balloon, Cappadocia Deluxe Flight - EUR250
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Special Information
Please note that hot air ballooning can only be booked locally. Please speak to your trip leader at the beginning of the tour to organise this.
Head on a morning walk to what is arguably the most beautiful valley in Cappadocia, Kizilcukur. You'll see fascinating rock formations such as cones, peaks and fairy chimneys, as well as man-made cave chapels. After lunch, head toward the red river of Avanos and descend to Ozkonak, an underground city hollowed out of tufa rock that dates back to 400 BC. Explore this unique city, including the crude communication system that allowed signals to be sent between all ten levels. Return to the surface and visit a local potter. Discover the rich clay from the red river and watch how it is moulded into exquisite pieces, then return to your hotel via Devrent Valley.
Accommodation
  • Heybe Hotel (Feature Stay) (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Cappadocia - Pottery Demonstration
  • Cappadocia - Ozkonak Underground City
Optional Activities
  • Goreme - Whirling dervish performance - EUR25
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
This morning say goodbye to Cappadocia and return to Istanbul. On arrival in Istanbul, transfer to your hotel. The afternoon is yours to explore some of the charms of Istanbul. This evening consider joining your group and leader for an optional dinner.
Accommodation
  • Legacy Ottoman Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Special Information
Transfer to the airport in Cappadocia will take approximately 1.5 hours. The flight to Istanbul will be booked out of Nevsehir or Kayseria. Flight time is approximately 1.5 hours.
This morning transfer to Istanbul International Airport for your flight to Baku. Your leader in Turkey will provide all flight details for you. Salam eleykim! Welcome to Azerbaijan. Baku certainly is a city where old meets new – ancient fortified buildings standing next to Russian imperial-style squares and ultra-modern architectural wonders. Meet your new leader and group today at a welcome meeting at 6pm.
Accommodation
  • City Park Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Special Information
As this is a combination trip, your group leader and the composition of your group will change at this location. There will be a group meeting to discuss the next stage of your itinerary and meet your new fellow travellers.
Get to know Baku with a tour of the city, taking in a visit to the Old City, including time at Shemakha Gate, the Palace of the Shirvanshahs, Maiden Tower and Old Market Square. Be sure to bring your camera as there will be some panoramic views of Baku's varied skyline to enjoy. Afterwards, embark on a tour of the Absheron Peninsula, visiting the Ateshgah Fire Temple, Mardakan Medieval Fortress and the eternally burning Yanar Dag (Fire Mountain). Return to Baku in the evening and enjoy a local dinner with your leader and small group.
Accommodation
  • City Park Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Baku - Maiden's Tower
  • Baku - Shirvan Shah Palace
  • Baku - Carpet Museum
  • Baku - Caravanserai
  • Baku - Absheron Peninsula Tour
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
This morning, head out of the city on a day trip to Qobustan, located around 60 kilometres south of Baku. Visit one of the world's largest open-air archaeological museums and wander past ancient rock art dating back some 40,000 years. The prehistoric carvings depict scenes of hunting, fishing and gathering. Return to Baku in the afternoon and finish your day with a visit to the much-loved Carpet Museum located on the waterfront. Afterwards, perhaps continue to walk along the waterfront to find a restaurant for dinner, keeping an eye out for the Baku Eye and Flame Towers that light up the city skyline at night.
Accommodation
  • City Park Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Qobustan - Petroglyphs
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Leave Baku and head for the Caucasus Mountains in the northwest of Azerbaijan. Watch arid landscapes slowly give way to densely forested mountains. En route to Sheki, there will be stops at an active mud volcano, Diri Baba Mausoleum in Maraza, the Yeddi Gumbaz Mausoleum, and the Juma Mosque in Shemakha. Also, stop in to visit a family to learn traditional yoghurt making methods and enjoy some local snacks. On arrival in Sheki, stop at a local craft workshop where the famous shebeke – stained-glass windows with intricately carved frames – are made by hand. You will also visit the acclaimed Palace of Shaki Khans to see its magnificent frescoes and stained glass. After a long day of driving and activities, enjoy a relaxing night in Sheki.
Accommodation
  • Sheki Palace Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Sheki - Mud volcano
  • Sheki - Khan's Palace
  • Sheki - Craft Workshop Visit
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Special Information
Please note that the mud volcanos are not accessible in foggy or wet weather and will only be visited if road conditions are suitable. It may be necessary to change vehicles to access the volcano and walk a short distance.

It can sometimes be difficult to confirm our preferred hotel in Sheki. For this reason, we have selected alternative hotels. Our alternative hotel is the Sheki Yaffle Inn. If you would like to confirm which hotel your departure will be staying, please contact a Peregrine booking agent.
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel and visit the local Sheki bazaar before driving to Lagodeckhi – a town at the Azerbaijan–Georgia border – to meet your Georgian leader and change transportation. From here travel to Georgia's Kakheti region, known for its winemaking. There will be a visit to the Gremi Architectural Complex and its museum, followed by lunch with a local family, which includes delicious homemade cuisine and wine. Discover the importance of bread in the Georgian diet and discover how they bake this staple before continuing to a winery to sample different kinds of the Georgian varietals. There will also be time to listen to unique Georgian polyphonic songs – a traditional style of music prevalent in the Kakheti region. Afterwards, travel to your Feature Stay accommodation in Kvareli – Royal Batoni castle – located in a picturesque area on the banks of Ilia Lake, between the Kvareli Mountains and the Duruji River. Spend time relaxing by the outdoor swimming pool overlooking the lake, or in your elegant room with lake or mountain views.
Accommodation
  • Royal Batoni or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Sheki - Bazaar
  • Gremi - Architectural Complex
  • Kvareli - Lunch with a Local Family
  • Kvareli - Winery Visit
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Special Information
Today you will cross the border from Azerbaijan to Georgia. You are required to have your passport with you, and you will need your Azerbaijan visa to exit the country. Your Azerbaijan leader will accompany you to the border and provide directions for the formalities. It will be necessary to carry or wheel your luggage a short distance to the Georgia customs area where you will meet your Georgian leader.
Following breakfast, journey to the beautiful 18th-century town of Sighnaghi, known for its quaint stone walls, small houses with terracotta roofs and decorated balconies. After some time to admire the picturesque views of Alazani Valley and Great Caucasus Mountains, drive to Tbilisi. Once arrived, wander the old districts of Georgia’s capital, which are structured like terraces, and walk through the narrow streets to appreciate the colourful houses, patterned balconies and revamped modern architecture. Get to know the city on a walk beginning from the 13th-century Metekhi Church, with its magnificent views over old Tbilisi, before visiting the main sights of the city. In the afternoon enjoy some free time.
Accommodation
  • Citadines City Centre Tbilisi or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Tbilisi - Old Town Walking Tour
  • Sighnaghi - Town Stopover
Optional Activities
  • Tbilisi - Anchiskhati Church - Free
  • Tbilisi - Sioni Cathedral - Free
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Enjoy panoramic views of the whole town from the ancient Narikala Fortress, then head to the historic domed sulphur bath area. Visit the stunning treasury of the Golden Fund at the Natural History Museum (closed on Mondays), which will prove that Georgia is truly the land of the Golden Fleece. From here, visit a local art studio and become acquainted with Georgian cloisonne enamel – also known as Minanqari – and see how it is made. This afternoon is free for you to continue your independent exploration, so why not treat yourself to a spa treatment at one of the thermal bathhouses around the city? This is a traditional experience, and there are many bathhouses to check out around back in the the Abanotubani area of the city.
Accommodation
  • Citadines City Centre Tbilisi or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Tbilisi - National History Museum
  • Tbilisi - Narikala Fortress
  • Tbilisi - Enamel Workshop
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Today visit Mtskheta – the ancient capital and religious centre of Georgia. Visit World Heritage-listed sites such as the sixth-century Jvari Monastery and the impressive Svetitskhoveli Cathedral, where the Robe of Christ is purported to be buried. Afterwards, visit a wine cellar in the village of Chardakhi and taste unique BIO wines, produced using traditional Georgian methods. Meet the owners of the wine cellar over a delicious lunch and Qvevri wines. In the afternoon, drive to the south-western part of Georgia and visit Borjomi Spa Town, famous for its mineral water Borjomi. Spend the night in Akhaltsikhe, with dinner included at your hotel.
Accommodation
  • Hotel Lomsia or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Mtskheta - Jvari Church & Svetitskhoveli Cathedral
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Special Information
It can sometimes be difficult to confirm our preferred hotel in Akhaltsikhe. Our alternative hotels include Crystal Hotel and Hotel Gino Wellness Rabati. If you would like to confirm which hotel your departure will be staying, please contact a Peregrine booking agent.
Today, drive to the magnificent cave town of Vardzia, which stretches over half a kilometre along the river Mtkvari and has 19 tiers of winding cobbled streets. There is a church hewn out in rock with amazing 12th-century frescos, and the complex also includes dwellings quarters, small hall-type churches, refectories and wine cellars. En route to Vardzia, you'll also visit the 10th-century Khertvisi Fortress. In the afternoon return to Akhaltsikhe and visit the multicultural complex of Rabat (closed on Mondays). Spend the evening with your group at an included dinner at your hotel.
Accommodation
  • Hotel Lomsia or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Akhaltsikhe - Rabat Fortress
  • Meskheti - Khertvisi Fortress
  • Vardzia - Cave Town
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
Special Information
We recommend wearing sturdy shoes for today’s activity. Steep weathered stairs, sandy platforms and narrow tunnels at this site mean you need to watch your footing. Access to the monastery is by way of a 15-minute walk that is a steep incline. There are local buses available that make this journey which costs GEL 1.
In the morning visit the town of Gori, home to the Stalin Museum, and historic Uplistsikhe Cave Town. Uplistsikhe was a stop on the Great Silk Road, and is a fascinating complex with dwelling quarters, wine cellars, bakeries, a three-nave basilica church hewn out in rock and even a theatre! Afterwards, drive up the renowned Georgian Military Highway, which eventually leads to the Georgia–Russia border. On the way, you'll visit the Ananuri architectural complex – two churches and a fortress that overlook the Zhinvali water reservoir. The carvings on the churches are one of the best surviving examples of Georgian art. Enjoy a scenic drive through the Caucasus Mountains, and arrive at your hotel in Gudauri. Dinner is included at your hotel this evening.
Accommodation
  • Marco Polo Hotel or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Gori - Stalin Museum
  • Uplistsikhe - Cave Complex
  • Ananuri - Architectural Complex
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
Enjoy a stunning drive from Gudauri along the Tergi River before arriving in Kazbegi. From here, take the mountain road to Gergeti Trinity Church, located at 2170 metres above sea level. Weather depending, you may catch a glimpse of Mt Kazbegi – one of the highest glaciers in the Caucasus. Better yet, it may be possible to return part of the way by cable car – your driver can you drop you at the station in Kobi and you can travel the 7.5 kilometres to Gudauri in a gondola for a bird’s eye view of this landscape. Return to Gudauri this afternoon for time to relax in your hotel. This is the perfect opportunity to enjoy the mountain air and views. Your hotel has many facilities including a bowling alley and a wellness centre, and dinner this evening is included at the hotel.
Accommodation
  • Marco Polo Hotel or similar (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
Enjoy a final breakfast in Gudauri before driving to Sadakhlo – a village at the Georgia–Armenia border. Here, your group will change leaders and transportation. Begin the Armenian leg of your adventure with a visit to Haghpat Monastery, listed as a World Cultural Heritage Site. Haghpat stands as an example of one of the most outstanding works of medieval Armenian architecture. Continue on to the picturesque resort town of Dilijan, often referred to as the ‘Little Switzerland of Armenia’. Dilijan's central Sharambeyan Street has been preserved and maintained as a charming old town, complete with craftsman’s workshops, a gallery and a museum. Stay overnight at a hotel in Dilijan.
Accommodation
  • Best Western Paradise Hotel Dilijan or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Haghpat - Haghpat Monastery
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Special Information
Today is a long travel day, but the scenery is spectacular and there are plenty of stops to break the day.

Depending on the size of the group, your luggage may be transported in a separate vehicle in Armenia, to allow for a comfortable trip.

It can sometimes be difficult to confirm our preferred hotel in Dilijan. For this reason, we have selected alternative hotels. Our alternative hotels are Dilijan Resort and Toon Armeni. If you would like to confirm which hotel your departure will be staying, please contact a Peregrine booking agent.
After breakfast, drive to the reflective waters of Lake Sevan, nicknamed ‘The Pearl of Armenia’. Sevan is one of the largest fresh-water high-altitude lakes in the world. Visit Sevanavank Monastery, which overlooks the water on the Peninsula. Move on to the village of Garni to visit the first century Garni Temple, built by the Armenian King Tiridates and dedicated to Mithra, the God of the Sun. Be treated to a local performance in the temple the magnificent sounds of the Duduk – a flute-like instrument originating to Armenia, and currently listed on the UNESCO in-tangible Cultural Heritage List. Travel northeast of Garni, higher up the gorge of the Azat River, to the magnificent Geghard Monastery. This World Heritage-listed site is partly carved out of a mountain and surrounded by cliffs. In the afternoon, drive to Armenia’s capital – Yerevan. Stay overnight at a hotel in Yerevan.
Accommodation
  • Ani Plaza Hotel or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Geghard - Geghard Monastery
  • Lake Sevan - Sevanavank Monastery
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
After breakfast, become familiar with the streets of Yerevan on a leader-led city tour. Established in 782 BC, Armenia’s capital is one of the oldest cities in the world. Nowadays, the city’s liveliness comes from its ancient culture mixed with a modern lifestyle. Visit the Matenadaran – home to ancient manuscripts that contain historical documents from all over Europe and Asia. The building also holds the first copy of the Bible in Armenian. In the afternoon, depart for Zvartnots Temple – a stunning example of seventh-century Armenian architecture. Return to the capital in the afternoon to discover Armenian Carpet Making and learn about the weaving process and to swing past the local fruit market before returning to your hotel for the night.
Accommodation
  • Ani Plaza Hotel or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Yerevan - City Tour
  • Vagharshapat - Zvartnots Temple
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Special Information
Departure PCAA201006: Due to museum schedules in Yerevan, on this departure the Yerevan City Tour will happen on the afternoon of Day 13 and Geghard Monastery, Garni Temple, Duduk Performance and Zvartnots tour will occur on Day 14.
Today your adventure comes to an end after breakfast. There are no activities included on this day and you are free to leave at any time.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast

Meals

27 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 6 dinners

Transport

Private Bus

Accommodation

Hotel (25 nights) Heybe Hotel Cappadocia (Feature Stay 3 nights) Royal Batoni ( Feature Stay 1 night)

Included Activities

  • Istanbul - City Tour
  • Istanbul - Blue Mosque
  • Gallipoli - guided visit
  • Troy - Archeological Guided Site Visit
  • Sirince - Wine Tasting
  • Selcuk - Leader-led Orientation Walk
  • Ephesus - Guided Archaeological site visit
  • Selcuk - Isa Bey Camii
  • Pamukkale - Hierapolis & Travertines National Park
  • Kayakoy - Ghost Village
  • Kas - Boat Cruise and lunch
  • Antalya - Kaleici visit
  • Antalya - Antalya Museum
  • Antalya - Sagalassos
  • Konya - Mevlana Museum
  • Cappadocia - Valley Walk
  • Goreme - Open Air Museum
  • Cappadocia - Pottery Demonstration
  • Cappadocia - Ozkonak Underground City
  • Baku - Maiden's Tower
  • Baku - Shirvan Shah Palace
  • Baku - Carpet Museum
  • Baku - Caravanserai
  • Baku - Absheron Peninsula Tour
  • Qobustan - Petroglyphs
  • Sheki - Mud volcano
  • Sheki - Khan's Palace
  • Sheki - Craft Workshop Visit
  • Sheki - Bazaar
  • Gremi - Architectural Complex
  • Kvareli - Lunch with a Local Family
  • Kvareli - Winery Visit
  • Tbilisi - Old Town Walking Tour
  • Sighnaghi - Town Stopover
  • Tbilisi - National History Museum
  • Tbilisi - Narikala Fortress
  • Tbilisi - Enamel Workshop
  • Mtskheta - Jvari Church & Svetitskhoveli Cathedral
  • Akhaltsikhe - Rabat Fortress
  • Meskheti - Khertvisi Fortress
  • Vardzia - Cave Town
  • Gori - Stalin Museum
  • Uplistsikhe - Cave Complex
  • Ananuri - Architectural Complex
  • Haghpat - Haghpat Monastery
  • Geghard - Geghard Monastery
  • Lake Sevan - Sevanavank Monastery
  • Yerevan - City Tour
  • Vagharshapat - Zvartnots Temple

Dates & availability - 2021 season

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Important notes

1. A complimentary airport arrival transfer is included; valid if you are arriving on Day 1 or if you have booked pre-tour accommodation through us. You must provide your flight details to your booking agent at least 14 days prior to travel.
2. A single supplement is available if you’d prefer not to share a room on this trip. The single supplement applies to all nights of your trip and is subject to availability. Please speak to your booking agent for further information. 
3. This trip includes domestic and international flights as indicated on the trip map. The luggage allowance for domestic flights is 15kg for check in luggage and 5kg for carry on. The international flight between Turkey and Azerbaijan has a luggage allowance of 20kg for check in luggage and 8kg for carry on. While in Turkey, you can store excess luggage at the Istanbul hotel.
4. This trip starts at 1pm on Day 1 in Istanbul. This allows time after the joining meeting to explore Istanbul with your leader.

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