24 days in Armenia, Georgia & Azerbaijan Itinerary

24 days in Armenia, Georgia & Azerbaijan Itinerary

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Yerevan, Armenia
— 2 nights
Drive
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Vagharshapat, Armenia
— 1 day
Drive
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Dilijan, Armenia
— 1 night
Drive
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Jermuk, Armenia
— 1 night
Drive
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Yeghegis, Armenia
— 1 night
Drive to Zvartnots International Airport, Fly to Tbilisi International Airport
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Tbilisi, Georgia
— 2 nights
Drive
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Mtskheta, Georgia
— 1 day
Train
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Kutaisi, Georgia
— 1 night
Bus
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Batumi, Georgia
— 2 nights
Bus to Zugdidi, Taxi to Sukhumi
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Sukhumi, Georgia
— 2 nights
Drive
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Gagra, Georgia
— 1 night
Drive
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Baku, Azerbaijan
— 2 nights
Drive
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Mardakan, Azerbaijan
— 1 day
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Shamakhi, Azerbaijan
— 1 night
Drive
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Ismayilli, Azerbaijan
— 1 day
Drive
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Guba, Azerbaijan
— 1 night
Drive
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Gabala, Azerbaijan
— 1 night
Drive
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Sheki, Azerbaijan
— 1 day
Train
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Ganja, Azerbaijan
— 1 night
Drive to Ganja International Airport, Fly to Cairo International Airport

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Yerevan, Armenia

Pink City

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.
Mordechai Navi Synagogue has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Mordechai Navi Synagogue, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Basaltic Organ, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Monastery of Geghard, sample the fine beverages at Noy Yerevan Brandy Factory, then view the masterpieces at Eduard Isabekyan Gallery Yerevan, and finally explore the world behind art at Cafesjian Center for the Arts.

For traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Yerevan online visit planner.

Cairo, Egypt to Yerevan is an approximately 9-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Cairo to Yerevan is 2 hours. When traveling from Cairo in October, plan for a bit cooler days and colder nights in Yerevan: temperatures range from 22°C by day to 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) to allow time to drive to Vagharshapat.

Things to do in Yerevan

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 1 — 3:

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Vagharshapat, Armenia

Vagharshapat is most populous town in the Armavir Province of Armenia, located about 18km west of the capital Yerevan, and 10km north of the closed Turkish-Armenian border. On the 3rd (Sat), pause for some serene contemplation at Byurakan Church, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saint Mesrop Mashtots Cathedral, pause for some serene contemplation at Tukh Manuk Shrine, then pause for some serene contemplation at Shoghakat Church, then admire the striking features of Saint Hripsime Church, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Echmiadzin Monastery.

For other places to visit, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Vagharshapat trip tool.

Vagharshapat is just a short distance from Yerevan. In October, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to go by car to Dilijan.

Things to do in Vagharshapat

Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 3 — 4:

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Dilijan, Armenia

Armenian Switzerland

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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sun): pause for some photo ops at Dilijan Amphitheater, make a trip to Sharambeyan Street, take in the spiritual surroundings of Haghartsin Monastery, take in the spiritual surroundings of Goshavank Monastery, then make a trip to Saint Sargis Chapel, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Parz.

To see where to stay and more tourist information, use the Dilijan trip itinerary planning site.

Getting from Vagharshapat to Dilijan by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Jermuk.

Things to do in Dilijan

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

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Jermuk, Armenia

Known as the source of much of the country's mineral water, the mountain spa town of Jermuk in truth quenches visitors' thirsts for much more besides.
On the 5th (Mon), take in the natural beauty of Hot Springs, admire the sheer force of Jermuk Waterfall, explore the activities along Arpa River, contemplate the waterfront views at Dolphin Lake, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gndevank Monastery, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Surp Sion Monastery.

To find photos, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Jermuk trip planner.

Drive from Dilijan to Jermuk in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can drive to Yeghegis.

Things to do in Jermuk

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 4 — 5:

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Yeghegis, Armenia

Yeghegis is a town in the Vayots Dzor Province of Armenia. Start off your visit on the 6th (Tue): explore the different monuments and memorials at Yeghegis Jewish Cemetery, then delve into the distant past at Shativank Monastery, then explore the historical opulence of Smbataberd Fortress, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Arkazi S. Khach.

To find more things to do, photos, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Yeghegis trip itinerary app.

Getting from Jermuk to Yeghegis by car takes about 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Tbilisi.

Things to do in Yeghegis

Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 5 — 6:

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Tbilisi, Georgia

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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Wed): explore the striking landscape at Legvachtahvi Gorge, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Anchiskhati Basilica, take in the spiritual surroundings of Tbilisi Great Synagogue, then look for gifts at Chacha Corner, then pause for some serene contemplation at Kashveti Church, and finally pause for some photo ops at Monument to the Lamplighter. On your second day here, make a trip to Agmashenebeli Avenue, see the interesting displays at Open Air Museum of Ethnography, revel in the low prices at Yuliko & Friends Concept Store, take in the exciting artwork at Fotografia, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Mtatsminda Pantheon, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of St. George.

To find traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Tbilisi trip itinerary tool.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Yeghegis to Tbilisi. October in Tbilisi sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Mtskheta.

Things to do in Tbilisi

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Parks
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Mtskheta, Georgia

On the 9th (Fri), go for a walk through Shio-Mgvime Monastery, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Samtavro Church, pause for some serene contemplation at Mtskheta Church of the Holy Cross, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Jvari Church, and finally learn about winemaking at Chateau Mukhrani.

To find where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Mtskheta travel itinerary planner.

Getting from Tbilisi to Mtskheta by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in October, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can drive to Kutaisi.

Things to do in Mtskheta

Historic Sites · Wineries

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 9 — 10:

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Kutaisi, Georgia

Kutaisi is the legislative capital of Georgia, and its 3rd most populous city. On the 10th (Sat), take in the spiritual surroundings of Motsameta Monastery, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gelati Monastery, explore the historical opulence of Palace of Imeretian Kings Okros Chardakhi, then get a taste of the local shopping with Kutaisi Market, then admire the striking features of Bagrati Cathedral, and finally view the masterpieces at Kutaisi Historical Museum.

To find ratings, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, use the Kutaisi trip planning tool.

Traveling by train from Mtskheta to Kutaisi takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or take a train. While traveling from Mtskheta, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Kutaisi, ranging from highs of 24°C to lows of 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can go by car to Batumi.

Things to do in Kutaisi

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums
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Batumi, Georgia

Having invested heavily in tourism since 2010, Batumi is quickly becoming a go-to destination for visitors looking for a bustling nightlife.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sun): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Holy Trinity Church, take in the exciting artwork at Ethnographic Museum "Borjgalo", see the interesting displays at Batumi Archeological Museum, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Holy Mother Virgins Nativity Cathedral, then make a trip to Mosque Batumi, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Armenian Apostolic Church. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get to know the fascinating history of Batumi Boulevard, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St. Nicholas, admire the sheer force of Tkhilnari Waterfall, then admire the sheer force of Makhuntseti Waterwall, and finally snap pictures at Bridge Mahuntseti.

To see where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Batumi trip planner.

You can take a bus from Kutaisi to Batumi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or take a train. In October, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can go by car to Sukhumi.

Things to do in Batumi

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 10 — 12:

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Sukhumi, Georgia

The capital of autonomous region Abkhazia, Sukhumi claims to be one of the oldest cities in the world. Ancient settlements from the Copper, Bronze, and Iron Ages stand around the city, as do burial grounds adorned with bronze axes, arrowheads, bracelets, and ceramics.
You've now added Sukhum Mosque to your itinerary. On the 13th (Tue), explore the ancient world of Dioskuria Fortress, tour the pleasant surroundings at Mokko Beach, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sukhum Mosque, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Monastery of St. Ion of Zlatoust, and finally explore the ancient world of Bagrat's Castle.

To see reviews, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Sukhumi visit app.

You can do a combination of bus and taxi from Batumi to Sukhumi in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. The time zone difference when traveling from Batumi to Sukhumi is minus 1 hour. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Gagra.

Things to do in Sukhumi

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 12 — 14:

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Gagra, Georgia

Once popular as a health resort during Imperial Russian and Soviet times, Gagra today attracts a small contingent of international visitors seeking ideal summer weather and its seaside promenade, which hugs the coastline of the Black Sea.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Wed): take in the dramatic scenery at Gegskiy Waterfall, pause for some serene contemplation at Abaata Fortress, get a taste of the local shopping with Central Market, admire the sheer force of Waterfall Ptichiy Klyuv, then contemplate the waterfront views at Waterfall of Lovers, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Central Beach.

For ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Gagra day trip planning site.

Getting from Sukhumi to Gagra by car takes about 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in October, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Baku.

Things to do in Gagra

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 14 — 15:

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Baku, Azerbaijan

The City of Eternal Flames, the City of Winds

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Gobustan State Reserve as well as Ashkenazi Synagogue of Baku. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Fri): get a new perspective on nature at Gobustan State Reserve, pause for some serene contemplation at Ashkenazi Synagogue of Baku, explore the different monuments and memorials at Alley of Martyrs, take in panoramic vistas at Flame Towers, then shop like a local with Ali Shamsi Studio, and finally make a trip to Baku Boulevard. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Monument to Richard Sorge, pause for some photo ops at Vahid Monument, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Heydar Mosque, then see the interesting displays at Heydar Aliyev Center, and finally browse the different shops at Ganja Mall.

For reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Baku online travel planner.

Traveling by car from Gagra to Baku takes 15.5 hours. The time zone changes from Moscow Standard Time to Azerbaijan Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. In October, plan for daily highs up to 21°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can go by car to Mardakan.

Things to do in Baku

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 15 — 18:

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Mardakan, Azerbaijan

Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sun): admire the natural beauty at Mardakan Arboretum, step into the grandiose world of Mardakan Fortress, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Mosque Mir Movsum Agha, and finally make a splash at Dalga Beach Aquapark Resort.

To see ratings, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Mardakan trip itinerary builder site.

Getting from Baku to Mardakan by car takes about an hour. In October, daily temperatures in Mardakan can reach 21°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can drive to Shamakhi.

Things to do in Mardakan

Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 18 — 19:

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Shamakhi, Azerbaijan

The City of Poets and Former Ancient Capital of the Country

Azerbaijan's former capital surrounded by fine countryside and packed with cultural heritage, Shamakhi is one of Azerbaijan’s most historic cities and the birthplace of legendary Azerbaijani poets Sabir and Nesimi.
On the 19th (Mon), examine the collection at Shamakhi Astrophysical Observatory, delve into the distant past at Yeddi Gumbaz Mausoleum, then learn about winemaking at Meyseri Wines, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Juma Mosque.

To find where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Shamakhi trip planner.

You can drive from Mardakan to Shamakhi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Mardakan in October, expect slightly colder with lows of 10°C in Shamakhi. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Ismayilli.

Things to do in Shamakhi

Museums · Historic Sites · Wineries

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 18 — 19:

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Ismayilli, Azerbaijan

A Place to Enjoy Ancient Crafts and Delightful Food & Wine

Take a trip to Ismayilli to discover a region of rolling countryside producing some of Azerbaijan’s best honey, dairy produce, and wine.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Tue): don't miss a visit to Ivanovka Village and then learn about winemaking at Chabiant Winery.

For ratings, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, use the Ismayilli visit site.

Traveling by car from Shamakhi to Ismayilli takes an hour. In October, daily temperatures in Ismayilli can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. On the 20th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Guba.

Things to do in Ismayilli

Wineries
Find places to stay Oct 19 — 20:

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Guba, Azerbaijan

An Unspoiled Nature Region with Preserved Traditions

A gateway into the majestic Caucasus Mountains, Guba is a glorious stretch of countryside and a great destination for lovers of ecotourism and outdoor adventures.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Wed): take in the dramatic scenery at Afurja Waterfall, then play a few rounds at The National Azerbaijan Golf Club, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Six-Domed Synagogue, and finally explore the galleries of Guba Genocide Memorial Complex.

To find other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Guba planner.

You can drive from Ismayilli to Guba in 4 hours. In October, daytime highs in Guba are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) to allow time to drive to Gabala.

Things to do in Guba

Outdoors · Golf · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 20 — 22:

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Gabala, Azerbaijan

Enjoy the Rustic Resorts and Relax in Healing Spas

If you're fed up of the concrete jungle, take a trip to Gabala for the perfect getaway.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): ski along the peaceful trails at Tufandag Winter Summer Resort, admire the sheer force of Yeddi Gozel Waterfall, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Chukhur Gabala.

To see more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Gabala visit planner.

Traveling by car from Guba to Gabala takes 4.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in October, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to go by car to Sheki.

Things to do in Gabala

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Nature
Find places to stay Oct 22 — 23:

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Sheki, Azerbaijan

Azerbaijan's True Historical Gem

Sheki is Azerbaijan’s true travel gem, a small city off the forested slopes of the Greater Caucasus Mountains rich in Silk Road history and renowned for its fascinating architecture, food, and friendly residents.
Mountain Jews Museum has been added to your itinerary. On the 23rd (Fri), take an in-depth tour of Mountain Jews Museum, explore the world behind art at Museum of Folk and Applied Arts, steep yourself in history at Sheki Khans' Palace, make a trip to Sheki Fortress, then stop by Aliovsat Sweets House, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Kish.

For traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Sheki trip itinerary website.

Traveling by car from Gabala to Sheki takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to drive to Ganja.

Things to do in Sheki

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 23 — 24:

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Ganja, Azerbaijan

A Young Spirit Located in an Ancient Land

Famous as the birthplace of legendary poet Nizami, Ganja is a truly ancient city still bearing traces of the myriad kingdoms and empires that ruled over it in the past.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sat): pause for some serene contemplation at Ganja State Puppet Theatre.

To find more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Ganja tour planner.

Getting from Sheki to Ganja by train takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. In October, plan for daily highs up to 21°C, and evening lows to 12°C. On the 24th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Ganja

Historic Sites
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Highlights from your trip

Armenia travel guide

4.6
Landmarks · Sacred & Religious Sites · Specialty Museums
A trip to Armenia may very well feel like a journey back in time, yielding the treasures of an ancient land that became the first Christianized country in distant 301 CE. Landlocked and mountainous, Armenia features a varied scenery that quickly shifts from extremely dry landscapes to dense forests carpeting steep foothills of the Lesser Caucasus. Perhaps the highlight of a vacation in Armenia, the magnificent mountains are ideal for hiking and any other outdoor activity you can think of. National capital Yerevan remains one of the world's least explored ancient cities; spend some time here to discover the bulk of Armenia's museums and other cultural venues narrating the rich story of an often-troubled region straddling two continents.

Armavir Province travel guide

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Ruins · Sacred & Religious Sites · Architectural Buildings
Armavir, is a province (marz) in the western part of Armenia. Its capital is Armavir, and the largest city is Vagharshapat. It is located in the Ararat valley, between Mount Ararat and Mount Aragats, and shares a 45-mile border with Turkey to the south and west.The province is home to the spiritual centre of the Armenian nation; the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin of the Armenian Apostolic Church. It is the seat of the Catholicos of All Armenians.The province is named after the ancient city of Armavir founded in 331 BC. The province is also the site of the decisive Battle of Sardarabad in 1918 that resulted in the foundation of the Republic of Armenia. The battle is seen as a crucial historical event not only by stopping the Turkish advance into the rest of Armenia but also preventing the complete destruction of the Armenian nation.The Metsamor Nuclear Power Plant is also located in Amravir Province near the town of Metsamor.The Yerevan Zvartnots International Airport is located near the village of Parakar in Armavir Province (12km west of Yerevan).

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Georgia travel guide

4.4
Churches · Historic Walking Areas · Landmarks
Home to four World Heritage Sites, the beautiful country of Georgia epitomizes the saying, "the best of both worlds." Geographically, the land is divided in half by the Likhi mountain range, which yields a humid, subtropical climate to the west, and an arid, continental climate to the east. Experience a spectacular array of natural destinations, from low-land swamps, rainforests, mineral springs, and hot springs, to volcanic plateaus, snow-tipped mountains, and glaciers. Embrace the laid-back attitude, rich folklore, and ecclesiastic architecture among the sub-tropical gardens. Georgia boasts a healthy mix of rural charm and urban modernity, combined with Mediterranean hospitality. Here you'll find the deepest cave in the world, Krubera Cave, with 2,140 m (7,021 ft) of known depth. Relax in the sun along the pebbled beaches of the Black Sea, and sample the mouth-watering Georgian specialties, including "Khinkali," traditional meat dumplings, to round out your authentic Georgian holiday.

Azerbaijan travel guide

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Historic Sites · Specialty Museums · Observation Decks
Land of Fire
A holiday in Azerbaijan allows intrepid travelers to discover a history-steeped country sitting at the crossroads of Southeastern Europe and Southwest Asia, an area once controlled by a succession of ancient empires. With its dual Eurasian character, Azerbaijan remains a highly intriguing destination, with tourism one of the top contributors to the country's booming economy. Many begin their tour of Azerbaijan in World Heritage-listed Baku, a cosmopolitan city boasting innovative architecture and a well-preserved historic core. A short drive out of this thriving capital, you can explore timeless villages surrounded by thick orchards and flanked by the majestic Caucasus Mountains.