38 days in Armenia, Azerbaijan & Georgia Itinerary

38 days in Armenia, Azerbaijan & Georgia Itinerary

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Start: Los Angeles, United States
Fly:  20 h 45 min
1
Yerevan, Armenia
— 7 nights
Drive:  2 h
2
Areni, Armenia
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
3
Tatev, Armenia
— 1 night
Drive:  8 h
4
Baku, Azerbaijan
— 6 nights
Fly:  2 h 30 min
5
Batumi, Georgia
— 5 nights
Drive:  4 h 15 min
6
Aspindza, Georgia
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h 30 min
7
Stepantsminda, Georgia
— 4 nights
Drive:  3 h
8
Tbilisi, Georgia
— 8 nights
Fly:  20 h
End: Los Angeles, United States

7
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Yerevan: Garni (Charent's Arch & Garni Temple), The Monastery of Geghard (in Geghard) and Vagharshapat (Echmiadzin Monastery & The Churches of Echmiatsin and the Archaeological Site of Zvartnots). There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Republic Square, explore the world behind art at Cafesjian Center for the Arts, pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Gayane Church, and take in nature's colorful creations at Armenian Genocide Museum.

For other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Yerevan trip itinerary builder site.

Los Angeles, USA to Yerevan is an approximately 20- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight, car, and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 12 hours traveling from Los Angeles to Yerevan. Traveling from Los Angeles in August, you will find days in Yerevan are somewhat warmer (95°F), and nights are about the same (68°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can go by car to Areni.

Things to do in Yerevan

Historic Sites Tours Museums

Side Trips

Vagharshapat, Garni, Mount Aragats, Hayravank Monastery, Monastery Sevanavank
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The Monastery of Geghard ©
The Monastery of Geghard
Republic Square ©
Republic Square
Cafesjian Center for the Arts ©
Cafesjian Center for the Arts

2
nights
Areni, Armenia

Areni ©
Areni is a village in the Vayots Dzor Province of Armenia. Kick off your visit on the 26th (Wed): examine the collection at Gladzor University Historical-Cultural Museum-Reservation, then do a tasting at Old Bridge Winery, then take in breathtaking views at Noravank Gorge, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Noravank Monastery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: delve into the distant past at Tsakhats Kar Monastery, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Spitakavor Monastery, and then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Astvatsatsin Church.

To find reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Areni tour itinerary builder tool.

You can drive from Yerevan to Areni in 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Tatev.

Things to do in Areni

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trips

Vernashen, Old Bridge Winery, Tsakhats Kar Monastery
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Noravank Monastery ©
Noravank Monastery
Noravank Gorge ©
Noravank Gorge
Old Bridge Winery ©
Old Bridge Winery

1
night
Tatev, Armenia

Tatev ©
Tatev is a village and rural community in the Syunik Province of Armenia. Kick off your visit on the 28th (Fri): delve into the distant past at Bgheno-Noravank Monastery, then take in the dramatic natural features at Satanayi Kamurj (Satan's Bridge), then catch a ride on Wings of Tatev, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Tatev Monastery.

To see more things to do and tourist information, use the Tatev trip itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by car from Areni to Tatev takes 3 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can travel to Baku.

Things to do in Tatev

Historic Sites Nature Transportation

Side Trip

Syunik Province
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Tatev Monastery ©
Tatev Monastery
Wings of Tatev ©
Wings of Tatev
Satanayi Kamurj (Satan's Bridge) ©
Satanayi Kamurj (Satan's Bridge)

6
nights
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 05 min away. There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Baku Old City, take in the dramatic natural features at Yanardag, explore the different monuments and memorials at Alley of Martyrs, and get engrossed in the history at National Museum of History of Azerbaijan.

To see photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Baku route planner.

Traveling by car from Tatev to Baku takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Expect a daytime high around 90°F in August, and nighttime lows around 72°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can travel to Batumi.

Things to do in Baku

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Gobustan State Reserve
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Baku Old City
Baku Old City
Gobustan State Reserve ©
Gobustan State Reserve
Baku Boulevard
Baku Boulevard

5
nights
Batumi, Georgia

Batumi ©
Having invested heavily in tourism since 2010, Batumi is quickly becoming a go-to destination for visitors looking for a bustling nightlife.
Get out of town with these interesting Batumi side-trips: Mirveti Waterfall (in Mirveti), Makhuntseti Waterwall (in Keda) and Mtirala National Park (in Kobuleti). There's lots more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Batumi Botanical Gardens, get to know the fascinating history of Batumi Boulevard, ponder the design of Dancing Fountains, Batumi, and pause for some photo ops at Monument Ali and Nino.

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You can fly from Baku to Batumi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 77°F in September, and nighttime lows around 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can drive to Aspindza.

Things to do in Batumi

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Mirveti Waterfall, Gonio Fortress, Makhuntseti Waterwall, Mtirala National Park
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Batumi Botanical Gardens ©
Batumi Botanical Gardens
Batumi Boulevard ©
Batumi Boulevard
Batumi Dolphinarium ©
Batumi Dolphinarium

2
nights
Aspindza, Georgia

Aspindza ©
Aspindza is a daba in southern Georgia's region of Samtskhe-Javakheti with a population of 2,793, mostly ethnic Georgians. Start off your visit on the 10th (Thu): delve into the distant past at Cave Town Vanis-Kvabebi, delve into the distant past at Vardzia, and then contemplate the long history of Tmogvi Fortress. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Fri): contemplate the long history of Khertvisi Fortress.

To see reviews, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Aspindza trip itinerary app.

You can drive from Batumi to Aspindza in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and taxi. On the 11th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Stepantsminda.

Things to do in Aspindza

Historic Sites

Side Trips

Cave Town Vanis-Kvabebi, Tmogvi Fortress
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Vardzia ©
Vardzia
Cave Town Vanis-Kvabebi ©
Cave Town Vanis-Kvabebi
Khertvisi Fortress ©
Khertvisi Fortress

4
nights
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Stepantsminda side-trips: Juta Valley (in Juta) and Gudauri (Skydiving & Russian Georgian Friendship Monument). And it doesn't end there: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Gergeti Trinity Church, take in the awesome beauty at Gergeti Glacier, take in the dramatic scenery at Gveleti Waterfall, and admire the verdant scenery at Trusso Valley.

For more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Stepantsminda itinerary builder website.

Traveling by car from Aspindza to Stepantsminda takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Tbilisi.

Things to do in Stepantsminda

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Gudauri, Juta Valley
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Mt Kazbek ©
Mt Kazbek
Gergeti Trinity Church ©
Gergeti Trinity Church
Trusso Valley ©
Trusso Valley

8
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tbilisi: Mtskheta (Svetitskhoveli Cathedral & Jvari Church), Alaverdi St. George Cathedral (in Telavi) and Ananuri Fortified Castle Ensemble (in Ananuri). And it doesn't end there: take in the views from The Bridge of Peace, pause for some serene contemplation at Tsminda Sameba Cathedral, cruise along Rustaveli Avenue, and get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

For where to stay, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Tbilisi trip itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by car from Stepantsminda to Tbilisi takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Tbilisi are 80°F, while nighttime lows are 62°F. On the 23rd (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tbilisi

Historic Sites Tours Theme Parks

Side Trips

Mtskheta, Alaverdi St. George Cathedral, Ananuri Fortified Castle Ensemble
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The Bridge of Peace ©
The Bridge of Peace
Walking tours
Narikala Fortress ©
Narikala Fortress

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