11 days in Azerbaijan, Turkey & Tbilisi Itinerary

11 days in Azerbaijan, Turkey & Tbilisi Itinerary

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Start: Tbilisi, Georgia
1
Tbilisi, Georgia
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h 30 min
2
Baku, Azerbaijan
— 3 nights
Drive:  5 h
3
Ordubad, Azerbaijan
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 15 min
4
Nakhchivan, Azerbaijan
— 1 night
Fly + Drive:  15 h
5
Dogubeyazit, Turkey
— 1 day
Drive:  2 h 30 min
6
Kars, Turkey
— 2 nights
Drive:  5 h 30 min
End: Tbilisi, Georgia

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nights
Tbilisi, Georgia

Tbilisi ©
On the bank of the Mtkvari River and at the foot of Trialeti mountain range, Tbilisi's location has given the city strategic significance since it was founded in the 5th century.
Explore Tbilisi's surroundings by going to Ananuri Fortified Castle Ensemble (in Ananuri) and Jvari Church (in Mtskheta). There's still lots to do: take in the views from The Bridge of Peace, delve into the distant past at Narikala Fortress, take a memorable drive along Rustaveli Avenue, and take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

For ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Tbilisi driving holiday website.

If you are flying in from Georgia, the closest major aiport is Tbilisi International Airport. August in Tbilisi sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Baku.

Things to do in Tbilisi

Historic Sites Tours Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Ananuri Fortified Castle Ensemble, Jvari Church
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The Bridge of Peace ©
The Bridge of Peace
Walking tours
Old Town (Altstadt) Tbilisi ©
Old Town (Altstadt) Tbilisi

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Baku, Azerbaijan

Baku
A truly contemporary city criss-crossed by history, Baku offers everything from the modern elegance of the Flame Towers to the medieval UNESCO-listed Old City at its core.
Step out of Baku to go to Gobustan and see Gobustan State Reserve, which is approximately 1h 5 min away. There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Baku Old City, make a trip to Flame Towers, pause for some photo ops at Sculpture Girl on Bench, and step into the grandiose world of Palace of the Shirvanshahs.

To see maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Baku trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Tbilisi to Baku takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In September, daytime highs in Baku are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can travel to Ordubad.

Things to do in Baku

Tours Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Gobustan State Reserve
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Baku Old City
Baku Old City
Gobustan State Reserve ©
Gobustan State Reserve
Heydar Aliyev Center
Heydar Aliyev Center

1
night
Ordubad, Azerbaijan

Ordubad
On the 6th (Fri), take in the spiritual surroundings of Juma Mosque.

To find maps, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read Ordubad trip maker website.

Getting from Baku to Ordubad by car takes about 10 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and car. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Baku in September: highs in Ordubad hover around 36°C, while lows dip to 17°C. You'll have a few hours on the 6th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to Nakhchivan.

Things to do in Ordubad

Historic Sites
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Juma Mosque
Juma Mosque

1
night
Nakhchivan, Azerbaijan

Nakhchivan
Nakhchivan, an autonomous Azerbaijani republic, remains a region of breathtaking landscapes, quaint villages, and a cuisine distinct from the rest of the country.
On the 7th (Sat), steep yourself in history at Alinja Castle and then admire the striking features of Palace of Nakhchivan Khans.

To find more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Nakhchivan trip builder app.

You can drive from Ordubad to Nakhchivan in 1.5 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to travel to Dogubeyazit.

Things to do in Nakhchivan

Historic Sites
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Palace of Nakhchivan Khans
Palace of Nakhchivan Khans
Alinja Castle
Alinja Castle

1
day
Dogubeyazit, Turkey

Dogubeyazit ©
Doğubayazıt is a district of Ağrı Province of Turkey, and it is the easternmost district of Turkey, bordering Iran. On the 8th (Sun), look for all kinds of wild species at Ice Cave and then step into the grandiose world of Ishak Pasha Palace.

To see maps, photos, reviews, and tourist information, use the Dogubeyazit day trip tool.

Explore your travel options from Nakhchivan to Dogubeyazit with the Route module. The time zone changes from Azerbaijan Standard Time to Turkey Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Kars.

Things to do in Dogubeyazit

Wildlife Parks Historic Sites
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Ishak Pasha Palace ©
Ishak Pasha Palace

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Kars, Turkey

Kars ©
Kars is a city in northeast Turkey and the capital of Kars Province.With a population of 73,836, it is the largest city on the Turkish side of the closed border with Armenia. Start off your visit on the 9th (Mon): steep yourself in history at Ani Antik Kenti, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ani Cathedral, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Church of Tigran Honents. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Tue): learn about all things military at Kafkas Cephesi Harp Tarihi Muzesi, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of The Armenian St. Pirkitch Church, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Menucehr Camii.

To see ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Kars trip tool.

Drive from Dogubeyazit to Kars in 3 hours. In September, daytime highs in Kars are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Kars

Historic Sites Museums
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Ani Cathedral ©
Ani Cathedral
Menucehr Camii ©
Menucehr Camii
The Church of Tigran Honents ©
The Church of Tigran Honents

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