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Eurasia Explorer

  • Duration
    24 days
  • Tour Type
    Group Tour
  • Tour Style
    Go Beyond
  • Price From
    $10,730pp

This 3-country journey travels via the spectacular High Caucasus Mountains and the lowlands of Azerbaijan, Georgia and Armenia on an unforgettable 24-day cultural experience. Start on the Caspian Sea in the exciting Baku and travel through the wine fields in Georgia, see impressive churches and monasteries, ancient cave towns, remote villages to meet fascinating locals. Follow in the footsteps of Silk Road merchants and medieval Crusader Knights on your Eurasia adventure.

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    Touring with Guides and entrance fees
  • Group Tour
    Max Group Size: 18
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    X A good level of fitness is required as you need to be comfortable walking for 2-3 hours and covering longer distances. Other activities such as cycling will be at a gentle pace and will involve straightforward terrain. Download the detailed tour dossier for details of your chosen tour. Learn More
    Longer walking and gentle paced physical activities.
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Tour Highlights

Our Eurasia Explorer tour will see you exploring the most iconic sites, delving into deep-rooted culture and dining on delicious cuisine.

Authentic Experiences

Our Eurasia Explorer Tour has been thoughtfully designed and thoroughly researched to bring you a range of once-in-a-lifetime experiences, many of which are entirely exclusive to us.

Tour Itinerary

  • Day 1
    Fly to Dubai
    Day 1: Fly to Dubai

    Fly overnight to Azerbaijan via Dubai

  • Day 2
    Baku
    Day 2: Baku

    Upon arrival early this morning, you will be met in the arrival hall by your local Azerbaijan National Escort from Wendy Wu tours. Together with all other group members, transfer to your hotel. Your room will be ready for check in at this early hour. The remainder of the day is at your leisure to rest before your 5pm meal and welcome meeting at a local restaurant. Visit Martyrs’ Lane, known as ‘Shehidler Khiyabany’ among locals. Walk through the Alley of the Martyrs to find a beautiful view overlooking Baku’s coastline. Move to Icheri Sheher, the old part of the city and Shemakha gate where you’ll have dinner.

  • Day 3
    Baku
    Day 3: Baku

    In the morning continue touring this grand city. Visit the Shirvanshah's Palace, Caravanserai, Maiden Tower, the Carpet Museum and main market square, which has numerous art studios and souvenir stalls. Finish the sightseeing tour with Nizami Street and Fountain Square in the new part of Baku.

  • Day 4
    Baku
    Day 4: Baku

    Travel to the Absheron Peninsular and visit Yanardag Fire Mountain, also known as Burning Hill, where natural gas has been ablaze for hundreds of years and visit the Ateshgah Fire Temple. Zoroastrians from India travel thousands of kilometers to Ateshgah to worship the fire coming out of the earth. Visit Mardakan medieval fortress and after lunch, drive to Gobustan National Park to visit the Petroglyph Museum and explore rock carvings dating back to 10,000 BC. Drive to the mud volcanoes in Qobustan Reserve, a UNESCO World Heritage Site which is home to almost half of the world’s mud volcanoes.

  • Day 5
    Gabala
    Day 5: Gabala

    Travel through the Caucasus Mountains in the northwest of Azerbaijan through a dry landscape that gives way to a densely forested mountain area. Visit the historical Juma Mosque and take part in yoghurt-making in a local home in Shamakhi. On the way, stop at Diri Baba Mausoleum in the village of Maraza. Enjoy a scenic drive through Girdimanchay River Canyon to visit Lahich, an ancient village with charming cobbled sidewalks, famous for its medieval water supply and sewage systems, as well as its traditional jewelry, handicrafts, copperware, carpets, pottery, daggers, and iron tools workshops. Arrive in city of Galaba where you will spend the night.

  • Day 6
    Sheki
    Day 6: Sheki

    This morning you will explore Galaba which is a beautiful part of Azerbaijan with a rich and ancient history. Besides visiting the Historical Museum of Galaba which house many historic artefacts from the area, you also see the renowned ruins of the ancient walled city, Chukhur Galaba, which dates back to the 4th century BC. Later you will arrive in Sheki and visit the colorful Sheki Bazaar. Here, you can find virtually everything you may want to eat: local fruits and berries, spices, freshly-baked bread, honey, cheeses, and Sheki sweets. You will also visit Sheki Palace and the village of Kis.

  • Day 7
    Akhasheni
    Day 7: Akhasheni

    Leave Sheki and head towards the border with Georgia via Ganja Lake. Cross the border and transfer via Eastern part of Georgia, which is famous for its viticulture and winemaking traditions. First explore a traditional market in Georgian border town of Lagodekhi. Visit a local family, explore the gardens and vineyards and then enjoy a lunch of delicious homemade food, wine and Georgian 'Chacha' Enjoy the picturesque landscapes of vineyards and wine-producing villages en route to Khareba and vist the Chavchavadze Estate Palace in Tsinandali, a restored in 19th-century style mansion. Enjoy a wine tour and a tasting session, and then drive to our overnight point, the Akhasheni Wine Resort.

  • Day 8
    Sighnaghi / Tbilisi
    Day 8: Sighnaghi / Tbilisi

    Continue to the beautiful 18th-century town of Sighnaghi, known for its quaint stone walls, small houses with terracotta roofs and decorated balconies. Admire the picturesque views of the Alazani Valley and Great Caucasus mountains. Continue to Bodbe Convent – according to legend, this is the burial place of St. Nino, who converted Georgia to Christianity in the 4th century. Arrive in Tbilisi, the capital of Georgia, in the late afternoon and have dinner in the atmospheric old town.

  • Day 9
    Tbilisi
    Day 9: Tbilisi

    Then take a morning sightseeing tour of Tbilisi. Start at the 13th century Metekhi Сhurch and the monument to Vakhtang Gorgasali, the legendary founder of Tbilisi. Visit Narikala Fortress to enjoy a breathtaking panoramic view of the city. Walk down to the district of sulphur bath houses and pass by the only mosque in Tbilisi. Stroll through the Sharden area, full of narrow streets with cozy cafés, wine tasting bars, and souvenir shops, and breathe in the history of Old Tbilisi. Also visit Sioni Cathedral, Tsminda Sameba Cathedral, Anchiskhati Basilica, and the famous Rezo Gabriadze Theatre’s clock tower, before crossing the Bridge of Peace to Rike Park.

  • Day 10
    Mt Kazbegi / Gudauri
    Day 10: Mt Kazbegi / Gudauri

    This morning you will be driven to visit the ancient capital and religious centre of Georgia – Mtskheta (3,000 years old). Spend time visiting the cities historical sights including Jvari church (6th century) and Svetitskhoveli Cathedral (11th century) where the Robe of Christ is buried. Both Jvari and Svetitskhoveli are UNESCO World Heritage sites.Continue to the Ananuri Complex, a former residence of Argveti Dukes, which features churches and towers dating back to the 16th and 17th centuries and beautifully overlooks Jinvali Reservoir.

  • Day 11
    Kutaisi
    Day 11: Kutaisi

    Travel back along the scenic Tergi river to Stalin’s hometown of Gori. Visit the Stalin Museum, which includes more than 60,000 artifacts, the tiny house where Stalin was born, and an impressive bulletproof train that Stalin used to travel to Yalta and Potsdam. Visit the historical place of Uplistsikhe Cave Town (1st millennium BC). Uplistsikhe is the place where the Great Silk Road used to pass. This is an old and interesting complex with dwelling quarters, wine-cellars, bakeries, a three-nave basilica church hewn out in rock and even an antique theatre. Continue to the pretty city of Kutaisi, the second largest in the country.

  • Day 12
    Mestia
    Day 12: Mestia

    Visit the local Kutaisi farmers market and then continue to Okatse Canyon, which involves a 2 hour pedestrian route passing through Dadiani historical forest, 780 m length hanging trail and finishes with panoramic view. Here, you can explore 3 cascade Okatse waterfall, the Dadiani forest and river Satsiskvilo valley. Afterwards, get ready for the most exciting part of your trip – a journey to Svaneti – the region of the highest mountains and glaciers and the most abiding ancient traditions. Arrive in Mestia, in the Upper Svaneti region which is your base for the next 2 nights. Explore the famous watchtowers that sit in the valley looking out to the stunning mountains in the distance.

  • Day 13
    Mestia
    Day 13: Mestia

    This morning you will visit Lakhiri village and take part in a short hike through a picturesque valley to view the Chalati Glacier. Today’s hike requires a good level of fitness and appropriate footwear and clothing. There is the option to remain in Lakhiri until the group return. Enjoy the spectacular scenery and return to Lakhiri to take part in a class that produces khachapuri, a famous Georgian dish of cheese-filled bread.

  • Day 14
    Ushguli
    Day 14: Ushguli

    This morning you will drive on to a village called Mulakhi. All the villages around here are dotted with stone watchtowers built during the middle ages to defend against invaders. Twenty metres high, with openings at the top for firing on enemies, they looked like clusters of giants. Continue on and reach Ushguli, which is declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. In the town you will visit the 12th century Lamaria church, vist the Queen Tamar’s tower and the Ushguli museum. In the evening, you can walk around the village and get familiar with the daily life of the local people.

  • Day 15
    Kutaisi
    Day 15: Kutaisi

    This morning, you’ll travel to visit Gelati Monastery near Kutaisi. Georgians have always had a talent for choosing beautiful locations for their churches and this famous monastery complex, on a wooded hillside 8km northeast of Kutaisi, is an outstanding example. Later we visit Prometheus grotto, one of Georgia’s natural wonders rich in petrified waterfalls, stalactites, stalagmites, underground rivers and lakes.

  • Day 16
    Akhaltsikhe
    Day 16: Akhaltsikhe

    Drive to Borjomi Spa resort, famous for its mineral water ‘Borjomi’. Visit the small park and taste the fresh mineral water. Continue to Akhaltsikhe, where you will visit the multi-cultural complex of ‘Rabath’. Wander the Rabat Fortress (Old Town) with its rare examples of darbazebi (traditional Georgian houses), castle, mosque and synagogue.

  • Day 17
    Dilijan
    Day 17: Dilijan

    This morning you will visit Vardzia. Vardzia is a magnificent cave town from the 12th century and is one of the highlights of the trip. Cross the border and transfer to the northern region of Armenia. Travel on to the Lori region and visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Haghpat Monastery. Continue to Dzoraget along the Debed River. Dzoraget, alternatively known as the Kingdom of Lori or Kiurikian Kingdom, was a medieval Armenian kingdom formed in 979 by the Kiurikian dynasty. Arrive in Dilijan, one of the most important resorts in Armenia, often referred to as the ‘Little Switzerland’ of Armenia, with magnificent views to the forested surroundings.

  • Day 18
    Sevan
    Day 18: Sevan

    Following breakfast at your hotel, explore the beautiful town of Dilijan. Later, you will drive to 13th century Haghartsin Monastery, a stunning example of the medieval Armenian architecture nestled in lush woods. You will then enjoy lunch with a local Armenian family. After lunch, drive to Lake Sevan, the second largest alpine lake in the world and known as the ‘Emerald of Armenia’. You will visit Sevanavank, a beautiful monastery on the peninsula, once a strategic shelter for Armenian Kings. Spend the night in Sevan and enjoy stunning sunset views of Lake Sevan.

  • Day 19
    Goris
    Day 19: Goris

    This morning visit Noratus Medieval Khachkar Field, a fascinating medieval cemetery, known as ‘Forest of Khachkars’. ‘Khachkar’ (cross stone) is a typical monument of Armenian sculpture representing an ornamented stone with a cross in the centre. Continue to the southern town of Goris via Selim Caravanserai, an important trading post on the Great Silk Road which has welcomed travellers along the highway through the mountains of Selim (Sulema). Visit the mysterious Karahunge Observatory, known as the Armenian Stonehenge.The scenery and mountain setting provide the perfect canvas and backdrop to such a unique and impressive array of history, carved in stone. Arrive in Goris in the late afternoon

  • Day 20
    Yerevan
    Day 20: Yerevan

    Travelling northwards from Goris to Tsaghkadzor we visit the breathtaking Khndzoresk Village. Continue to the complex of Tatev Monastery which is an architectural masterpiece dating from the 10th century and is often referred to as a ‘monastery built on the edge of nothing’. You will visit Areni Winery for a wine degustation with Armenia’s best wines coming from this region. Lunch today is in a local home, where you will have opportunity to see how to distil vodka, enjoy homemade vodka and wine, and also see how to bury Armenian cheese. Finally, you will visit Noravank Monastery – a great religious and cultural centre of 12th century which is located in a seemingly inaccessible location amidst impressive red cliffs and stunning mountains.

  • Day 21
    Yerevan
    Day 21: Yerevan

    Your day will begin exploring the vibrant city of Yerevan with your guide. Originally established in 782 BC, Yerevan is a thriving city with the excitement, hustle and bustle of a modern capital. You will start your exploration from the Republic Square, the masterpiece of the architect Alexander Tamanian, and then continue to the Opera House, a stunning architectural piece and the hub of Yerevan. You will then visit Cafesjian Center for the Arts and depart for Echmiadzin, the spiritual centre of all Armenians and the seat of the Armenian Catholicos. As you return to Yerevan, you will stop at the ruins of Zvartnots – the pearl of 7th century architecture, inscribed in UNESCO’s World Heritage list. You will then return to Yerevan and visit the History Museum of Armenia.

  • Day 22
    Yerevan
    Day 22: Yerevan

    You will depart for Garni Village to visit Garni Temple dating back to the 1st century and have lunch at a local family house where you will learn about Armenian flatbread making techniques. After lunch, you will visit Geghard Monastery and visit the Armenian Genocide Memorial Complex and Museum on Tsitsernakaberd Hill. Next, visit the Cascade Monument, which was the main symbol of the city’s 2,780th anniversary and has the equivalent number of stairs – this enormous staircase is 500 meters high and 50 meters wide. From the top of the monument, enjoy a breathtaking city view that includes the Opera House, Mount Ararat, Swan Lake, Republic Square, and Abovyan Avenue, all of which we’ll see as we walk the streets of Yerevan.

  • Day 23
    Yerevan / Flight to Australia
    Day 23: Yerevan / Flight to Australia

    After your hotel breakfast, check out of your hotel and have some more free time in the city centre enjoying the European style cafes and restaurants before transferring to the airport for your afternoon flight to Doha and Australia.

  • Day 24
    Land in Australia
    Day 24: Land in Australia

    Arrive Australia

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Places Visited: Baku (3N) - Galaba (1N) - Sheki (1N) - Akhasheni (1N) - Sighnaghi - Tbilisi (2N) - Gudauri (1N) - Mt Kazbegi - Kutaisi (1+1N) - Mestia (2N) - Ushguli (1N) - Akhaltsikhe (1N) - Dilijan (2N) - Lake Sevan - Goris (1N) - Yerevan (3N)

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