38 days in Armenia, Azerbaijan & Georgia Itinerary

38 days in Armenia, Azerbaijan & Georgia Itinerary

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38 days in Armenia, Azerbaijan & Georgia Itinerary

Start: Los Angeles, United States
Fly + Bus:  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.
Get out of town with these interesting Yerevan side-trips: Vagharshapat (Echmiadzin Monastery & The Churches of Echmiatsin and the Archaeological Site of Zvartnots), The Monastery of Geghard (in Geghard) and Garni Temple (in Garni). And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Republic Square, explore the galleries of Cafesjian Center for the Arts, admire the natural beauty at Armenian Genocide Museum, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Haghartsin Monastery.

To see traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Yerevan trip itinerary maker app.

Los Angeles, USA to Yerevan is an approximately 21- hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of flight, car, and train; or do a combination of flight and car. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Armenia Time (AMT), which is usually a 12 hour difference. Traveling from Los Angeles in August, you will find days in Yerevan are a bit warmer (95°F), and nights are about the same (68°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to drive to Areni.

Things to do in Yerevan

Historic Sites Tours Museums

Side Trips

Vagharshapat, Garni, Monastery Sevanavank, The Monastery of Geghard, Saghmosavank Monastery
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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. Start off your visit on the 26th (Wed): see the interesting displays at Gladzor University Historical-Cultural Museum-Reservation, then learn about winemaking at Old Bridge Winery, then explore the stunning scenery at Noravank Gorge, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Noravank Monastery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Thu): explore the ancient world of Tsakhats Kar Monastery, take in the spiritual surroundings of Spitakavor Monastery, and then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Astvatsatsin Church.

For reviews, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Areni trip itinerary builder app.

Drive from Yerevan to Areni in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can go by car to Tatev.

Things to do in Areni

Historic Sites Wineries Parks

Side Trips

Vernashen, Old Bridge Winery, Tsakhats Kar Monastery
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Noravank Monastery ©
Noravank Monastery
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 explore the striking landscape at Satanayi Kamurj (Satan's Bridge), then get great views at Wings of Tatev, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tatev Monastery.

To find ratings, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Tatev driving holiday tool.

Getting from Areni to Tatev by car takes about 3 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to travel to Baku.

Things to do in Tatev

Historic Sites Parks Nature

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.
Go for a jaunt from Baku to Gobustan to see Gobustan Rock Art Cultural Landscape about 1h 05 min away. There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Baku Old City, make a trip to Bibi-Heybat Mosque, take in the pleasant sights at Baku Boulevard, and examine the collection at Heydar Aliyev Center.

For ratings, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read Baku trip itinerary builder site.

You can drive from Tatev to Baku in 8 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and flight. In August, plan for daily highs up to 90°F, and evening lows to 72°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) to allow time to 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
Heydar Aliyev Center
Heydar Aliyev Center

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Batumi: Mirveti Waterfall (in Mirveti), Makhuntseti Waterwall (in Keda) and Mtirala National Park (in Kobuleti). And it doesn't end there: take in nature's colorful creations at Batumi Botanical Gardens, pause for some photo ops at Monument Ali and Nino, don't miss a visit to Argo Cable Car, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Batumi Boulevard.

To find ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Batumi trip planning site.

You can fly from Baku to Batumi in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In September, daytime highs in Batumi are 77°F, while nighttime lows are 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to drive to Aspindza.

Things to do in Batumi

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Gonio Fortress, Mtirala National Park, Makhuntseti Waterwall, Mirveti Waterfall
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Batumi Botanical Gardens ©
Batumi Botanical Gardens
Batumi Boulevard ©
Batumi Boulevard
Argo Cable Car ©
Argo Cable Car

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. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Thu): explore the ancient world of Cave Town Vanis-Kvabebi, delve into the distant past at Vardzia, and then explore the ancient world of Tmogvi Fortress. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Fri): contemplate the long history of Khertvisi Fortress.

To find where to stay, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Aspindza travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Batumi to Aspindza takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Fri) to allow enough time to 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.
Explore Stepantsminda's surroundings by going to Gudauri (Skydiving & Russian Georgian Friendship Monument) and Juta Valley (in Juta).

To see other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, use the Stepantsminda tour builder site.

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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Tbilisi.

Things to do in Stepantsminda

Parks Nature 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.
Explore Tbilisi's surroundings by going to Alaverdi St. George Cathedral (in Telavi), Mtskheta (Svetitskhoveli Cathedral & Jvari Church) and Ananuri Fortified Castle Ensemble (in Ananuri). There's lots more to do: snap pictures at The Bridge of Peace, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Tsminda Sameba Cathedral, and examine the collection at Museum of Illusions.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Tbilisi road trip planning site.

Getting from Stepantsminda to Tbilisi by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 80°F in September, and nighttime lows around 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
Old Town (Altstadt) Tbilisi ©
Old Town (Altstadt) Tbilisi

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