26 days in Azerbaijan & Georgia Itinerary

26 days in Azerbaijan & Georgia Itinerary

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Baku, Azerbaijan
— 2 nights
2
Sheki, Azerbaijan
— 2 nights
3
Signagi, Georgia
— 2 nights
4
Tbilisi, Georgia
— 2 nights
5
Mtskheta, Georgia
— 1 night
6
Ananuri, Georgia
— 1 night
7
Stepantsminda, Georgia
— 2 nights
8
Aspindza, Georgia
— 1 night
9
Chiatura, Georgia
— 1 night
10
Mestia, Georgia
— 5 nights
11
Ushguli, Georgia
— 1 night
12
Kutaisi, Georgia
— 3 nights

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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.
You've added Maiden Tower, Mud Volcanoes, Highland Park, and other attractions to your itinerary. On the 31st (Fri), take in the spiritual surroundings of Juma Mosque, take in panoramic vistas at Maiden Tower, don't miss a visit to Fortress Walls of Icheri Sheher, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Heydar Mosque, and finally stroll through Highland Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Sat): make a trip to Mud Volcanoes.

To find other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Baku journey builder app.

Budapest, Hungary to Baku is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. You'll lose 3 hours traveling from Budapest to Baku due to the time zone difference. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Budapest in July since evenings lows in Baku dip to °C. On the 2nd (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Sheki.

Things to do in Baku

Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Mud Volcanoes
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Heydar Mosque
Heydar Mosque
Highland Park ©
Highland Park
Fortress Walls of Icheri Sheher ©
Fortress Walls of Icheri Sheher

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Sheki, Azerbaijan

Sheki ©
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.
Sheki Fortress has been added to your itinerary. Get some historical perspective at Sheki Khans' Palace and Gabala City Mosque. Go for a jaunt from Sheki to Ilisu to see Ilisu Waterfall about 52 minutes away.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read our Sheki online trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Baku to Sheki in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. In August, daytime highs in Sheki are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can travel to Signagi.

Things to do in Sheki

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Ilisu Waterfall, Gabala City Mosque
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Gabala City Mosque ©
Gabala City Mosque
Sheki Khans' Palace ©
Sheki Khans' Palace
Ilisu Waterfall
Ilisu Waterfall

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Signagi, Georgia

Signagi ©
Signagi or Sighnaghi is a town in Georgia's easternmost region of Kakheti and the administrative center of the Signagi Municipality. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Gurjaani Kvelatsminda Monastery and St. Stephan’s Church. Do some cultural sightseeing at St. George’s Church and VELLINO Wine Cellar. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Signagi: Vashlovani National Park (in Dedoplistskaro), House-Museum of Niko Pirosmani (in Mirzaani) and Chateau Zegaani (in Zegaani). The adventure continues: pause for some photo ops at Monument Father of the Soldier.

To see photos, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Signagi itinerary planning site.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Sheki to Signagi. In August, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Tbilisi.

Things to do in Signagi

Nature Parks Wineries

Side Trips

Gurjaani, VELLINO Wine Cellar, Vashlovani National Park, House-Museum of Niko Pirosmani, Chateau Zegaani
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VELLINO Wine Cellar ©
VELLINO Wine Cellar
St. George’s Church ©
St. George’s Church
Gurjaani Kvelatsminda Monastery ©
Gurjaani Kvelatsminda Monastery

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sat): head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Anchiskhati Basilica, thenget a taste of local nightlife at Karalashvili's Wine Cellar, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Surb Nshan Church of the Holy Sign. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the masterpieces at Art Palace of Georgia-Museum of Cultural History, pause for some serene contemplation at Mtatsminda Pantheon, take in the spiritual surroundings of Tbilisi Great Synagogue, thenexplore the engaging exhibits at Museum of Illusions, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of St. George.

For more things to do, photos, reviews, and tourist information, use the Tbilisi journey maker.

Drive from Signagi to Tbilisi in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around °C in August, and nighttime lows around °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to drive to Mtskheta.

Things to do in Tbilisi

Historic Sites Outdoors Tours
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Mtatsminda Pantheon ©
Mtatsminda Pantheon
Anchiskhati Basilica ©
Anchiskhati Basilica
Tbilisi Great Synagogue ©
Tbilisi Great Synagogue

1
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Mtskheta, Georgia

Mtskheta
For traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Mtskheta online attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Tbilisi to Mtskheta takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Mtskheta can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. You will leave for Ananuri on the 10th (Mon).

Things to do in Mtskheta

Historic Sites Museums Wineries
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Ananuri, Georgia

Ananuri ©
Ananuri Fortified Castle Ensemble has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 10th (Mon): steep yourself in history at Ananuri Fortified Castle Ensemble, pause for some serene contemplation at Jvari Church, thengo for a walk through Shio-Mgvime Monastery, thenpause for some serene contemplation at Samtavro Church, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Mtskheta Church of the Holy Cross.

To see where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Ananuri trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Mtskheta to Ananuri in an hour. In August, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can drive to Stepantsminda.

Things to do in Ananuri

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Mtskheta
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Ananuri Fortified Castle Ensemble ©
Ananuri Fortified Castle Ensemble
Samtavro Church ©
Samtavro Church
Shio-Mgvime Monastery ©
Shio-Mgvime Monastery

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Stepantsminda, Georgia

Stepantsminda ©
Whatever you decide to do on your trip to Stepantsminda, you'll remember it by the unsurpassed beauty of its alpine landscapes.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Gergeti Trinity Church as well as Gergeti Glacier. Start off your visit on the 11th (Tue): take in the dramatic natural features at Gergeti Glacier, thenpause for some serene contemplation at Gergeti Trinity Church, thenadmire the sheer force of Gveleti Waterfall, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Mt Kazbek. Here are some ideas for day two: appreciate the views at Trusso Valley.

To find photos, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Stepantsminda trip maker tool.

Traveling by car from Ananuri to Stepantsminda takes 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Aspindza.

Things to do in Stepantsminda

Nature Parks Historic Sites
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Mt Kazbek ©
Mt Kazbek
Trusso Valley ©
Trusso Valley
Gveleti Waterfall ©
Gveleti Waterfall

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Aspindza, Georgia

Aspindza ©
Aspindza is a daba in southern Georgia's region of Samtskhe-Javakheti with a population of 2,793, mostly ethnic Georgians. On the 13th (Thu), delve into the distant past at Vardzia and then contemplate the long history of Khertvisi Fortress.

To see reviews, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Aspindza trip planner.

You can drive from Stepantsminda to Aspindza in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can go by car to Chiatura.

Things to do in Aspindza

Historic Sites
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Vardzia ©
Vardzia
Khertvisi Fortress ©
Khertvisi Fortress

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Chiatura, Georgia

Chiatura ©
Chiatura is a city in the Imereti region of Western Georgia. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Cableways Chiatura. Start off your visit on the 14th (Fri): make a trip to Monastery Mgvimevi and then take a memorable ride with Cableways Chiatura.

To see traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Chiatura trip planner.

You can drive from Aspindza to Chiatura in 3 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. On the 15th (Sat), you'll travel to Mestia.

Things to do in Chiatura

Transportation
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Monastery Mgvimevi ©
Monastery Mgvimevi

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Mestia, Georgia

Mestia ©
Mestia is a highland townlet in northwest Georgia, at an elevation of 1500m in the Caucasus Mountains.General informationMestia is located in the Svaneti region of Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti province, some 128km northeast of the regional capital of Zugdidi. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Inguri Dam. Explore hidden gems such as Khatsvali Ski Resort and Koruldi Lakes. Change things up with a short trip to Katskhi Pillar in Katskhi (about 38 minutes away).

For photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read Mestia trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Chiatura to Mestia takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, train, and bus. Traveling from Chiatura in August, you will find days in Mestia are slightly colder (°C), and nights are somewhat warmer (°C). You'll set off for Ushguli on the 20th (Thu).

Things to do in Mestia

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

Side Trips

Inguri Dam, Katskhi Pillar
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Khatsvali Ski Resort ©
Khatsvali Ski Resort
Koruldi Lakes ©
Koruldi Lakes
Katskhi Pillar
Katskhi Pillar

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Ushguli, Georgia

Ushguli ©
Ushguli is a community of four villages located at the head of the Enguri gorge in Svaneti, Georgia. Kick off your visit on the 21st (Fri): take in the pleasant sights at Shkhara Glacier.

For other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Ushguli trip planner.

Traveling by car from Mestia to Ushguli takes 2 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Ushguli can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. On the 21st (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Kutaisi.
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Shkhara Glacier ©
Shkhara Glacier

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Kutaisi, Georgia

Kutaisi ©
Kutaisi is the legislative capital of Georgia, and its 3rd most populous city. Step off the beaten path and head to Town-Fortress Nokalakevi and Ubisa Monastery. Palace of Imeretian Kings Okros Chardakhi and David Kakabadze Fine Art Gallery are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Take a break from Kutaisi with a short trip to Monastery Martvili in Martivili, about 1 hour away. There's much more to do: do a tasting at Baia's Wine, take in the views from Bely Bridge, and stroll around Central City Park.

To see reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Kutaisi online visit planner.

You can drive from Ushguli to Kutaisi in 5 hours. When traveling from Ushguli in August, plan for a bit warmer days in Kutaisi, with highs around °C, while nights are a bit cooler with lows around °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Kutaisi

Wineries Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Town-Fortress Nokalakevi, Ubisa Monastery, Monastery Martvili
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Baia's Wine ©
Baia's Wine
David Kakabadze Fine Art Gallery ©
David Kakabadze Fine Art Gallery
Ubisa Monastery ©
Ubisa Monastery

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