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  1. 1. CONCORD TRAVEL LTD Tbilisi, Georgia, Barnovi 82 Tel: (+995 32) 222 51 51 contact@concordtravel.ge www.concordtravel.ge Guaranteed departures 2013Fascinating Caucasus 2013 EURO 1723 Period dates duration Countries Visited Group Size Tour includes April – October 2013 Georgia Approx. 8 - 15 Cultural sights, museums, parks, Day 1: 5th of each month Armenia Caucasus Mountains, local food, Day 14: 18th of each month Azerbaijan wine and brandy, folk show, 14 tour days – 15 nights jeep drive, hiking, travel by trainDetailed Itinerary Tour Map Prices Hotels Visa Requirements Practical InformationItineraryArrival day – Meeting at the airport * – transfer to Tbilisi hotelDay 1: Tbilisi – Sadakhlo (10:30) - Haghpat – Sanahin – YerevanDay 2: Zvartnots - Etschmiadzin – Saghmosavank – Hovhanavank – Amberd – YerevanDay 3: Garni - Geghard - YerevanDay 4: Yerevan: City tourDay 5: Yerevan - Khor Virap – Noravank - Caravansary - SevanDay 6: Sevan - Dilidschan – Haghartsin – Goshavank - Sadakhlo (18:00) – TbilisiDay 7: Tbilisi - Gudauri – Kazbegi **– TbilisiDay 8: Free time – Tbilisi – Baku (flight/Train) ***Day 9: Baku Old CityDay 10: Baku - Gobustan - Absheron PeninsulaDay 11: Baku – Shamakhy – Lahij - ShekiDay 12: Sheki – Lagodekhi border (Meeting time 16:00 Georgian time) Kvareli – Gremi – TelaviDay 13: Telavi - Tsinandali - Signagi - Gareji – TbilisiDay 14: Tbilisi - Mtskheta tourDeparture day – transfer to Tbilisi airport **** – departure* Airport transfer is included in the price of the package, doesn’t matter which country and at what time are youarriving from. Driver will meet you with Concord Travel board.**package includes trek to Gergeti Trinity and back. In case if you don’t what to trek our guide will assist you to rent ajeeps on the spot with the driver who will take you to Trinity Church. Please note that our guide will accompany thetrekkers and the tourists who will rent a jeep transfer will have no guide. Price for one jeep for with 4-6 seats GEL 80(about EURO 40)***transfers to railway station/airport in Tbilisi and from railway station/airport in Baku are included in the price. Train tickets or flights Tbilisi – Baku are not included in the package price. Train tickets can be booked onlinethrough the link: http://www.railway.ge/?web=1&action=page&p_id=479&lang=engPrices depend on exchange rate and are approximately: compartment for 2 persons EURO 50 per person; compartmentfor 4 persons EURO 30 per person; open sleeping car EURO 20 per person. Flights can be booked through Concord Travel or online through www.azal.com and http://www.qatarairways.comprices depend when you are booking and also on the flight date and are about EURO 150-200.****airport transfer is included in the price of the package, doesn’t matter form which country and at what time are youarriving.
  2. 2. Back to TopPrices per person in DBL/TWIN room Number of Persons Total 1 Person SNGL ROOM € 5,023 2 Persons € 2,890 3 Persons € 2,451 4 Persons € 2,005 From 5 Persons € 1,723 Supplement SNGL room € 333 Supplement HB* € 215 Supplement FB** € 391 Supplement 4* p/p in DBL/TWIN € 183 Supplement 4* SNGL € 524 Supplement 5* p/p in DBL/TWIN € 497 Supplement 5* SNGL € 1,033Package includes:  Transportation (Car (1-2 pax) /Minivan (3-5 pax)/ Minibus (6-14 pax) /Bus (14+ pax)) (transport is changing on the border of each country)  15 nights Standard Hotel 3 star approx. (5 in Tbilisi, 1 in Telavi, 1 in Sheki, 2 in Baku, 4 in Yerevan, 1 in Sevan)  14 Breakfasts  1 dinner in Tbilisi at Georgian national restaurant with folk program on day 14  All entrance fees as per program  2 wine tastings in Kvareli (3 sorts of wine) and Tsinandali (5 sorts of wine)  English/Russian speaking guide (guide is changing on the border of each country)  Some local guides in some museums and wine cellars  1lt. of water per person per dayPackage excludes:  Flights  Train tickets  Travel insurance  Accommodation on day 8  Breakfast on day 9  Lunches  Jeeps in Kazbegi  Alcohol beverage during included meals  Visa fees* Two meals per days included in the price (breakfast and lunch/dinner)** Three meals per day included in the price (breakfast, lunch and dinner) Back to TopSample HotelsGeorgiaTbilisi – GTM Kapan 3*, Astoria Palace 3*, Betsy 4*, Primavera 4*, Sheraton Metekhi Palace 5*Telavi – Alazany Valley 3*, Rcheuli Marani 3*, Shato Mere 4*ArmeniaYerevan – Hrazdan 3*, Ararat 4*, National 5*Sevan – Bohemian Resort, Harsnaqar HotelAzerbaijanBaku – Araz 3*, Amber 4*, Egoist 4*, Golden Coast 5*, Ambassador 4*Sheki – Karvansaray 3*, Sheki Saray 5*
  3. 3. Back to TopComment*While it is our intention to follow the itinerary printed, tours within Armenia, Georgia Azerbaijan may besubject to change a bit. The infrastructure for tourism is still developing in this region.**You’ll need some extra money to cover meals not included in the tour price, other sightseeing, souvenirsand items of a personal nature such as laundry. Approximately Euro 30 per day per person.***Local food is not expensive and you can choose local national restaurants and small cafes to eat,approximate menu price for one person is from EURO 10.Tour MapGeorgiaAzerbaijan
  4. 4. Armenia Back to TopDetailed ItineraryArrival day – Meeting at the airport – transfer to Tbilisi hotel – Overnight in Tbilisi hotelDay 1: Tbilisi – Sadakhlo (10:30) - Haghpat – Sanahin – YerevanHave breakfast from 07:00 to 09:00. At 09:00 depart from the hotel and drive to Armenia border. You willpass border procedures, get your Armenia visas and change transport and guide. Please note that you willhave to walk about 200 meters between Armenian and Georgian borders and carry your luggageindependently.1 Meeting with Armenian guide and driver and continue your tour to Haghpat monastery(11-13cc.). The construction of this monastery is associated with the glory of the Bagratuni Royal Family.Trip to the medieval Sanahin Monastery (10-13 cent.) Both monasteries belong to the UNESCO WorldHeritage site, which is comprised of several churches and chapel. Return to the Yerevan. Overnight inYerevan.Day 2: Zvartnots - Etschmiadzin – Saghmosavank – Hovhanavank – Amberd – YerevanTake a trip to architectural masterpiece of the ruins of Zvartnots Cathedral (translated as “Place ofAngels”), where once a glorious cathedral stood, built in the 7th century. Visit the Echmiadzin Cathedral,the most ancient Christian temple in Armenia and the Holy See of the Armenian Apostolic Church. Checkoutthe underground site of the pagan temple upon which the present cathedral stands. Next stop is in themedieval church St. Hripsime (7th century), which has an unique architechture style. Visit toSaghmosavank and Hovhanavank medieval monastery, situated in the breathtaking site, at the deepcanyon of Ashtarak. Tour to Fortress of Amberd, (9th century), 6 km from the village of Byurakan, standshalfway up Mt. Aragats, at the height of 2300m. Overnight in Yerevan.Day 3: Garni - Geghard - YerevanVisit to Garni - The pagan temple is one an outstanding monument of the Hellenistic culture in Armenia. Thetemple was built in the second half of the 1st century BC. In1679 it was destroyed by the earthquake. In1975 the temple was restored. Geghard – The names came from the legendary lance, supposedly the oneused to pierce the body of Christ, which was long kept here. The time of foundation of the monastery is notestablished. The present architectural complex was constructed in the middle of 13 th century. The mainchurch - Katoghike is one of the oldest buildings in the complex. Return to Yerevan. Visit the open airmarket Vernissage. Overnight in Yerevan.Day 4: Yerevan: City tourTour the capital city of the Republic of Armenia will include visits to: Matenadaran – The Research Instituteof Armenia which houses beautiful centuries old illuminated manuscripts created by scribes. Then visit to
  5. 5. the Genocide Museum with a memorial “Tsitsernakaberd” to the victims of armenian genocide. The nextstop Is in the cognac factory ARARAT with a degustation of 3 sorts of armenian best cognac. Walking tourin Yerevan and visit of souvenir shops. Overnight in Yerevan.Day 5: Yerevan - Khor Virap – Noravank - Caravansary - SevanVisit Khor Virap - the site where St. Gregory the Illuminator was imprisoned by the Armenian king forpreaching Christianity. You can climb down into the dark pit. Enjoy most spectacular view of the glorious Mt.Ararat. Visit the monastery of Noravank (12th century). Noravank set in a canyon rich with rare flora. Thenwe can continue our tour to Areni wine factory. We will have an opportunity to taste Armenia’s finest winein a village nearby. We continue our trip by Selim Pass in medieval Armenia. Visit the Caravansery whichgoes back to the 14th century. Overnight in Sewan.Day 6: Sewan - Dilidschan – Haghartsin – Goshavank - Sadakhlo (18:00) – TbilisiVisit Dilidschan. Then we continue our trip to the medieval Haghartsin Monastery. The Haghartsinrefectory is very unique. There are number of very interesting khachkars (cross stones) in the Monastery.Visit the Monastery Goshavank. Goshavank is a 12-13th century Armenian monastery located in the village ofGosh in the Tavush Province or Armenia. Today the monastery is not a functioning religious complex,although it remains a popular tourist destination and has recently undergone some light restoration. Theimpressive monastery which has remained in relatively good condition also houses one of the world’s finestexamples or a Khachkar. Transfer to Sadakhlo border. Change guide and driver and drive to Tbilisi hotel.Overnight in Tbilisi hotel.Day 7: Tbilisi – Gudauri – Kazbegi – Tbilisi07:30 drive to Kazbegi. A stunning drive from Gudauri along the Tergi River will bring us to Kazbegi – themain town in the region. On the way we pass Ananuri Castle and Jinvali water reservoir of amazingbeauty. En route stop and see different local hand made things (thick felt, embroidery, iconographicpainting). From Kazbegi a leisurely 1.5 hour walk up through beautiful valleys and woodlands leads us toGergeti Trinity Church located at 2170m. Weather permitting you may catch a glimpse of one of the highestglaciers in the Caucasus – Mt Kazbegi (5047m). We walk back to the town and before returning to Tbilisidrive to Dariali Gorge. Drive back to Tbilisi. Overnight in Tbilisi hotel.Day 8: Free time – Baku – Tbilisi (flight/Train) – Overnight in TrainYou will have check out at 12:00 today. You can leave your luggage at the hotel reception. Your driver willpick you up from the hotel 2 hour before departure and he will bring the passports for those who areapplying for Azerbaijan visa in Tbilisi. After your arrival to Baku driver will transfer you to Baku hotel.Those who will take flight will need to book extra night in Baku*; those who will take train will overnight intrain. It arrives to Baku at 10:05 next morning.*Price for DBL room 80 EUR and SNGLroom 65 EURDay 9: Baku Old CityToday you start your tour at 12:00. Arrive and check-in to the hotel. Excursion “OLD CITY” *Icherisheher* -the inner city*. Icherisheher means the inner city. It was called the inner after the oil boom of the middle ofthe XIX century when the city stopped to hold in defense walls and left its limit. Several tens of thehistorical- architectural monuments at the same time the Shirvanshakhs Palace, the symbol of Baku cityThe Maiden Tower, the place of merchants rest Karvansaray are concentrated in the Icherisheher, with thesquare of 22 hectares. Icherisheher is the live organism which has its own infrastructure and inhabited files.The place where 1300 families are living. In a word it is an ancient city in the modern city. Evening walkalong the central streets of the city and updated fountain square, shopping. Overnight in Baku hotel.Day 10: Baku - Gobustan - Absheron PeninsulaExcursion to art- historical reserve Gobustan, where the petroglyphic drawings, barrows and housingobjects have been remained which are dated from X – VIII centuries B.C. up to average centuries. Thecertificates of the Stone Age citizens and other periods, petroglyphic drawings, the human parking and thegravestone monuments are concentrated in Gobustan. Not far from there is *gavanchalan dash* is originaltambourine-stone, like a huge flat wise plate. Rhythmical accurate motives could be taken from it by thepercussion. It is considered that ritual dancing’s and ceremonies were accompanied by these sounds. Thevisiting of Gobustan will transfer you to another world, the world of the past mankind and will let you to feelthe atmosphere of the thousand-year history of this place. Visiting the temple of the fire worshippers
  6. 6. Atashgah and burning mountain *Yanar dag* Atashgah means the House of Fire, place of fire. The territoryof this temple is known for unique nature phenomenon as the burning exits of the natural gas. The temple offire is of the main places where the ancient supporters of Zoroaster religion worshipped there to the fire. InThe museum complex Atashgah you will be told about the life way Zaraustra worshippers and also about thetraditions and the customs which they adhered. Excursion to Yanar Dag. You can see here naturephenomenon, incessant burning nature gas on the rock which named to the Yanar Dag reserve the burningrock. As the historians say, maybe this place gave the name *the fire country* to Azerbaijan. Overnight inBaku hotel.Day 11: Baku – Shamakhy – Lahij - Sheki (350km/5.5hours)After breakfast drive to Shamakhy district. Visit the town of Shamakhy, Diri Baba Tomb and Yeddi Gumbez.Than drive to Lahij village in Ismayilly district. Many of the 2,000 people living in Lahij are involved inancient crafts such as engraved copper work and carpet weaving. In the mid-19th century, there were morethan 200 workshops in Lahij. Traders discovered Lahij crafts many centuries ago, and sold them for highprices at bazaars in Baghdad [now Iraq], Shiraz [now Iran] and other Middle Eastern cities. Stop by a copperworkshop for an impromptu lesson in ancient craftsmanship youll get to see coppersmiths use smallmallets to decorate plates, trays, jugs, goblets and pitchers, just as their ancestors have done for centuries.Overnight in Sheki hotel.Day 12: Sheki – Lagodekhi border (Meeting time 16:00 Georgian time) Kvareli – Gremi – TelaviSheki is one of the most famous and ancient places of Azerbaijan. Situated 700 m (2297 ft.) above sea levellike an amphitheater surrounded by the mountains and forests of oak trees, this ancient city was long famedas a silk center and an important stop on the Great Silk Route. We’ll start our Sheki tour from visiting the18th century Khans summer palace with magnificent frescos and exquisite stained glass work. ShekiHistory museum is famous with artifacts from several periods. Then continue to drive to Ilisu village whichis a municipality in the Qakh district of Azerbaijan and has a wonderful panoramic view. After drive toAzerbaijan Georgia border in Lagodekhi. Border formalities, transport and guide change. 2 Drive to Kvareli.We will visit wine cellar called “Gvirabi”- tunnel. This unique wine cave represents the tunnel that is cut offin eth stone massif of Caucasian mountain range, where yearlong natural temperature is 10-12ºC. Thelength of this construction is 7, 7 Km. The next spot is Gremi Monastery the 16th century architecturalmonument – the royal citadel and the Church of the Archangels – in Kakheti. Afterwards we drive to Telavi.Overnight in Telavi hotel.Day 13: Telavi – Tsinandali – Signagi – Gareji – TbilisiVisit house museum of Prince Aleksandre Chavchavadze, with beautiful garden and wine cellar, where wewill taste 5 sorts of wine. Alexander Chavchavadze inherited this village, lying in the Alazany River valley,from his father, Prince Garsevan. He refurbished the estate, constructed a new Italianate palace and built adecorative garden in 1835. It was the place where Chavchavadze frequently entertained foreign guests withmusic, wit, and – most especially – the fine vintages made at his estate winery (marani). Familiar withEuropean ways, Chavchavadze built Georgia’s oldest and largest winery where he combined European andcenturies-long Georgian winemaking traditions. The highly regarded dry white Tsinandali is still producedthere. Afterwards drive to Signagi. On the way visit Bodbe monastery of St. Nino. According to Georgiantradition, St. Nino, having witnessed the conversion of Georgians to the Christian faith. Have Signagi city tourand lunch time and drive to David Gareji.3 David Gareji is one of the most important landmarks of Georgia.This site is characterized by a unique combination of historic architecture, prehistoric archaeological sites,rich paleontological fields and important bio-geographical features widely spread within the arid andsemiarid landscape of the river Iori plateau. The dozens of cave monasteries decorated with unique frescoesare the best examples of harmonious interaction of man-made structures with the dramatic landscape. Theybear the traditional principles of sustainable living and are considered as the masterpieces of GeorgianMedieval art. In the evening drive back to Tbilisi. Overnight in Tbilisi hotel.Day 14: Tbilisi – Mtskheta tourDrive to Mtskheta (UNESCO Heritage Site), an ancient capital of the Georgian Kingdom from the 3rdcentury BC to the 5th century AD. Jvari Monastery (6th c.); Svetitskhoveli Cathedral built in the 11thcentury. Drive back to Tbilisi. We will visit the Old Tbilisi Sulfur Baths, Georgian Orthodox and ArmenianGregorian churches, and a Jewish synagogue and a Turkish mosque side by side, reflecting Tbilisisacceptance and tolerance of different religions. We can also see a recent monument, the Tbilisi SamebaCathedral, the largest cathedral in the Caucasus. Tour includes following sights: Metekhi Church is erectedon the cliff, overlooking the Mtkvari River. The colorful Darejani Palace is also situated on the cliff, like the
  7. 7. nest of a swallow. The Sulfur Baths are located in Old Tbilisi, on the other side of the river, oppositeDarejani Palace. The Orthodox Narikala St. Nikolas Church is in the same district. The church is furnishedwith frescoed portraits of martyrs and scenes from the Bible. It is wrapped in a defensive Narikala fortress,established in the fourth century. At Leselidze Street, we come across the 13th century Armenian St. GeorgeChurch and a Jewish synagogue with an elegant facade. On the opposite side of the street is Sioni Church,leading to the bank of the Mtkvari. Here you discover Shardeni Street with its fashionable cozy cafes andart galleries. Walking we will come across the Anchiskhati church, the oldest church in Tbilisi keeping themiraculous icon of Jesus Christ. Finally the tour takes you to Rustaveli Avenue, where attractions such asthe Tbilisi Opera and Ballet Theatre, the Parliament, Rustaveli Theatre, different art galleries and cafeswill draw your attention and provide a cosmopolitan atmosphere. Visit national museum to see wonderfulGolden treasury and drive to Open Air Ethnographic Museum, place, where are built all kinds of Georgiannational old country-houses and castles. 20:00 folk dinner at National restaurant in Tbilisi. Overnight inTbilisi hotel.Departure day – transfer to Tbilisi airport – departure1 if anybody can’t carry the luggage please ask Concord Travel guide to find a local taxi on the spot who will carry yourluggage to Armenian border.2 if anybody can’t carry the luggage please ask Azerbaijan guide to find a local taxi on the spot who will carry yourluggage to Georgian border.3 it is desert place, so please avoid wearing sandals and shorts this day. Trousers and sport shoes are ideal. Back to TopVisa RequirementsArmenia:Visas can be obtained on arrival at Yerevan airport for AMD3000 (approx. EURO 8) for UK, USA, CAN, AUS,NZ citizens. You may also obtain a visa via the internet – see www.armeniaforeignministry.amPlease note: If you have a diplomatic passport or an official passport of any nature then you will need toapply for your visa before travel.Georgia:Please check here http://concordtravel.ge/portal/alias__concordtravel/lang__en/tabid__3868/default.aspxAzerbaijan:All nationalities require a visa before entering Azerbaijan. For your Azerbaijan visa application you willrequire an invitation letter from our agent. This letter will be provided by Concord Travel and sent toyou to send with your application. The letter from our agent will be provided from 6 weeks beforedeparture and if required early then please contact us direct to request.You will need to send a scanned copy of your passport to Concord Travel before you apply for your visa sothat we can apply for your authorization letter.Special Note: Visa requirements are subject to change and should be confirmed before departure.Please also note that for some country citizens Concord Travel can provide Azerbaijan visa in Tbilisi throughAzerbaijan Embassy. It will be done during your tour in Georgia in 2-3 working days, without yourparticipation, so that it will not disturb your trip. Price for this service varies for different nationalities.Please advise about it while booking the trip with us. Back to TopPractical InformationForeign ExchangeUp-to-date information on exchange rates can be obtained here: http://currency.boom.ge/?lng=enLocal Currency:Armenia: Dram.Azerbaijan: Manat.Georgia: Lari.Recommended Currency for Exchange: USD or EURO.Where to Exchange: Most major towns - your guide will advise you on arrival.
  8. 8. ATM Availability: Only in major towns.Credit Card Acceptance: Only in major towns.Travellers Cheques: Travellers cheques are difficult to change.Climate Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Avg. Temperature 6 5 8 15 18 21 24 24 20 17 12 8 Avg. Max Temperature 10 8 12 19 22 26 28 29 25 21 16 12 Avg. Min Temperature 3 2 4 10 13 16 20 20 16 13 8 6 Avg. Rain Days 4 5 3 3 4 3 5 4 3 4 2 5 Avg. Snow Days 0 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0Vaccinations & ProtectionNothing compulsoryElectric Supply & PlugsFor comprehensive information regarding voltages and plug types in use in the countries visited see the linkhttp://www.kropla.com/electric2.htmTravel InsuranceTravel insurance is compulsory for all our customers. You should ensure that your policy covers you formedical expenses and repatriation.Packing for your TripUnfortunately it does occasionally happen that luggage does not always reach its destination on the sameflight as its owner, or possibly it may be damaged in transit. If you are unlucky enough for this to occur, it isimportant that you file a PIR (Property Irregularity Report) with the airline before leaving the airport. Thisis essential when you come to make a claim either against the airline or from your travel insurance companyLuggageRemember you are expected to carry your own luggage so dont overload yourself.One main piece of baggage and daypack. Total allowance: 20kgs.ClothingPack essentially for ‘Hot Conditions’. Weather is changeable in the north and mountains; it can be coolespecially at night, bring a warmer jacket. Raingear is essential at all times. In remote parts of Caucasus youshould avoid shorts and vest tops; long trousers or skirts are ideal. A headscarf is essential for visitingchurches and mosques.FootwearComfortable shoes for visiting sites and hilly towns; sandals; lightweight walking/trail boots for optionalday walks.EquipmentSwimsuit, Sunhat, Sun Cream and Sunglasses. Back to Top