18 days in Armenia & Azerbaijan Itinerary

18 days in Armenia & Azerbaijan Itinerary

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18 days in Armenia & Azerbaijan Itinerary

Start: Toulouse, France
Fly + Drive:  12​h
1
Dilijan, Armenia
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Alaverdi, Armenia
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h 30​min
3
Sheki, Azerbaijan
— 1 day
Drive:  4​h 30​min
4
Baku, Azerbaijan
— 5 nights
Drive:  7​h
5
Goris, Armenia
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
6
Yerevan, Armenia
— 4 nights
Fly:  9​h 45​min
End: Toulouse, France

3
nights
Dilijan, Armenia

Dilijan
An alpine haven resting in a plush evergreen national park, Dilijan has made a name for itself as the "Armenian Switzerland." A much-loved spa town rich in culture and history, uncover the majestic 10th century monasteries, undisturbed scenic vistas, and hiking trails through undulating forest.
Step off the beaten path and head to Noratus Cemetery and Kecharis Monastery. Your inner history buff will appreciate Goshavank Monastery and Haghartsin Monastery. Get out of town with these interesting Dilijan side-trips: Wine Store Tsaghkadzor (in Tsakhkadzor), Monastery Sevanavank (in Sevan) and Hayravank Monastery (in Hayravank). The adventure continues: take a peaceful walk through Dilijan National Park, make a trip to Monument to the Heroes of the Film Mimino, delve into the distant past at Matosavank Monastery, and pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Sargis Chapel.

For photos, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Dilijan itinerary tool .

Toulouse, France to Dilijan is an approximately 12-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time to Armenia Time is 3 hours. In April in Dilijan, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Alaverdi.

Things to do in Dilijan

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Gosh, Tsakhkadzor, Hayravank Monastery, Noratus Cemetery, Monastery Sevanavank
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Goshavank Monastery
Goshavank Monastery
Hayravank Monastery ©
Hayravank Monastery
Noratus Cemetery ©
Noratus Cemetery

2
nights
Alaverdi, Armenia

Alaverdi ©
Alaverdi, is a town in the Lori Province at the northeastern part of Armenia, near the border with Georgia. Start off your visit on the 6th (Mon): pause for some serene contemplation at Akhtala Monastery, then delve into the distant past at Haghpat Monastery, then explore the ancient world of Horomayri Monastery, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Monastery of Sanahin. On the 7th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take an in-depth tour of Mikoyan Brothers Museum, take in the views from Sanahin Bridge, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Hnevank Monastery, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kobayr Monastery, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Odzun Church.

For traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Alaverdi online holiday planner .

You can drive from Dilijan to Alaverdi in 2 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and train. The time zone changes from Armenia Time to Eastern European Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Dilijan in April; daily highs in Alaverdi reach 17°C and lows reach 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Sheki.

Things to do in Alaverdi

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Akhtala Monastery, Hnevank Monastery, Kobayr Monastery, Haghpat Monastery
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Akhtala Monastery ©
Akhtala Monastery
Monastery of Sanahin ©
Monastery of Sanahin
Odzun Church ©
Odzun Church

1
day
Sheki, Azerbaijan

Sheki ©
A vacation in Sheki, a small town situated in the foothills of the Greater Caucasus, provides tourists with endless hiking opportunities and views of dramatic snowcapped peaks.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Wed): make a trip to Sheki Fortress, get engrossed in the history at Sheki Khan's Palace, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Kish.

Plan trip to Sheki with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Getting from Alaverdi to Sheki by car takes about 6.5 hours. The time zone changes from Eastern European Time to Azerbaijan Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. In April, Sheki is somewhat warmer than Alaverdi - with highs of 20°C and lows of 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can drive to Baku.

Things to do in Sheki

Historic Sites Museums
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Sheki Khan's Palace ©
Sheki Khan's Palace
Church of Kish ©
Church of Kish
Sheki Fortress ©
Sheki Fortress

5
nights
Baku, Azerbaijan

The capital of Azerbaijan and the Caucasus' largest city, Baku brings the old and the new, the East and the West colliding together in a particularly diverse and changing city.
Step off the beaten path and head to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Miniature Books. Museum-lovers will get to explore Heydar Aliyev Center and Gobustan Rock Art Cultural Landscape. Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Baku Old City, ponder the design of Philharmonic Fountain Park, enjoy breathtaking views from Maiden Tower, and take in the pleasant sights at Baku Boulevard.

For ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Baku online trip planner .

You can drive from Sheki to Baku in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and flight; or take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Baku are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can travel to Goris.

Things to do in Baku

Tours Outdoors Historic Sites
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Baku Museum of Miniature Books ©
Baku Museum of Miniature Books
Baku Old City ©
Baku Old City

2
nights
Goris, Armenia

Goris
Goris, is a town in the southern Syunik Province of Armenia. Start off your visit on the 14th (Tue): cruise along Ughtassar Petroglyphs, take in the dramatic scenery at Shaki Waterfall, then explore the ancient world of Karahundj (Armenia's Stonehenge), and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Medieval Goris Cave Dwellings. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Old Khndzoresk, take in the spiritual surroundings of Tatev Monastery, and then take some stellar pictures from Wings of Tatev.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read our Goris route planning app .

Drive from Baku to Goris in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to drive to Yerevan.

Things to do in Goris

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Sisian, Syunik Province, Tatev Monastery, Wings of Tatev
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Medieval Goris Cave Dwellings
Medieval Goris Cave Dwellings
Karahundj (Armenia's Stonehenge) ©
Karahundj (Armenia's Stonehenge)
Tatev Monastery ©
Tatev Monastery

4
nights
Yerevan, Armenia

Yerevan ©
Old and new sit side by side in Yerevan, showing the country's capital to be a city on the move, but also proud of its history and traditions.
The Monastery of Geghard and Khor Virap will appeal to history buffs. You'll explore and learn at Cafesjian Center for the Arts and Megerian Carpet Museum. Change things up with these side-trips from Yerevan: Golden Grape Armas Estate (in Nor Yedesia), Aghtamir Fortress (in Voskevaz) and Garni (Garni Temple & Garni Gorge). The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of The Churches of Echmiatsin and the Archaeological Site of Zvartnots, see the interesting displays at Matenadaran - The Museum of Ancient Manuscripts, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Blue Mosque (Persian Mosque), and take in nature's colorful creations at Armenian Genocide Museum.

To see reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Yerevan journey maker tool .

You can drive from Goris to Yerevan in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in April, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Yerevan

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Garni, Aghtamir Fortress, The Monastery of Geghard, Golden Grape Armas Estate, The Churches of Echmiatsin and the Archaeological Site of Zvartnots
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