22 days in Azerbaijan & Georgia Itinerary

22 days in Azerbaijan & Georgia Itinerary

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Ganja, Azerbaijan
— 1 night
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Baku, Azerbaijan
— 3 nights
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Tbilisi, Georgia
— 4 nights
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Signagi, Georgia
— 2 nights
5
Aspindza, Georgia
— 2 nights
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Sukhumi, Georgia
— 1 night
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Gagra, Georgia
— 5 nights

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Ganja, Azerbaijan

Ganja ©
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 11th (Mon): contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Goygol. On the next day, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Imamzadeh Mausoleum, then walk around Khan's Garden, then contemplate the waterfront views at Maralgol lake, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shah Abbas Mosque.

To see traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read Ganja trip itinerary builder.

Alexandria, Egypt to Ganja is an approximately 25-hour combination of flight and car. Traveling from Alexandria to Ganja, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Alexandria in March: high temperatures in Ganja hover around 16°C and lows are around 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can travel to Baku.

Things to do in Ganja

Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trip

Lake Goygol
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Lake Goygol ©
Lake Goygol
Imamzadeh Mausoleum ©
Imamzadeh Mausoleum
Shah Abbas Mosque ©
Shah Abbas Mosque

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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.
Explore hidden gems such as Palace of the Shirvanshahs and Heydar Mosque. Alley of Martyrs and Russian Orthodox Church will appeal to history buffs. The adventure continues: make a trip to Fortress Walls of Icheri Sheher, take in the spiritual surroundings of Taza Pir Mosque, stroll around Highland Park, and ponder the design of Philharmonic Park.

For traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Baku sightseeing website.

You can fly from Ganja to Baku in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Traveling from Ganja in March, expect nights in Baku to be about the same, around 5°C, while days are little chillier, around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to travel to Tbilisi.

Things to do in Baku

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums
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Palace of the Shirvanshahs ©
Palace of the Shirvanshahs
Alley of Martyrs ©
Alley of Martyrs
Heydar Mosque ©
Heydar Mosque

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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.
Escape the urban bustle at Mount Mtatsminda and Jinvali Water Reservoir. Step off the beaten path and head to The City-Museum Reserve of Mtskheta and Sioni Church. Get out of town with these interesting Tbilisi side-trips: David Gareja Monastery (in Udabno), Ananuri Fortified Castle Ensemble (in Ananuri) and Mtskheta (Svetitskhoveli Cathedral & Mtskheta Church of the Holy Cross). There's lots more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Mtatsminda Pantheon, look for gifts at Wine Time, soar above the sights with a balloon tour, and join in the after-dark buzz at Karalashvili's Wine Cellar.

For traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Tbilisi holiday tool.

Fly from Baku to Tbilisi in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. March in Tbilisi sees daily highs of 15°C and lows of 5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Signagi.

Things to do in Tbilisi

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Mtskheta, David Gareja Monastery, Ananuri Fortified Castle Ensemble
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The City-Museum Reserve of Mtskheta ©
The City-Museum Reserve of Mtskheta
Svetitskhoveli Cathedral ©
Svetitskhoveli Cathedral
David Gareja Monastery ©
David Gareja Monastery

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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. Start off your visit on the 20th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Bodbe Monastery of St. Nino, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. George’s Church, then steep yourself in history at Signagi City Walls, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Lagodekhi National Reserve. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Thu): take a peaceful walk through Vashlovani National Park.

To find reviews, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Signagi vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Tbilisi to Signagi takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 15°C in March, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Aspindza.

Things to do in Signagi

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Vashlovani National Park, Lagodekhi National Reserve
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Lagodekhi National Reserve ©
Lagodekhi National Reserve
Bodbe Monastery of St. Nino ©
Bodbe Monastery of St. Nino
Signagi City Walls ©
Signagi City Walls

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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. Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): contemplate the long history of Khertvisi Fortress, explore the ancient world of Cave Town Vanis-Kvabebi, explore the ancient world of Vardzia, then explore the ancient world of Tmogvi Fortress, and finally step into the grandiose world of Akhalkalaki Castle.

To find other places to visit, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read Aspindza trip planner.

You can drive from Signagi to Aspindza in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus, train, and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. On the 23rd (Sat), you're off to Sukhumi.

Things to do in Aspindza

Historic Sites

Side Trips

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

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Sukhumi, Georgia

Sukhumi ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Mokko Beach and then explore the fascinating underground world of New Athos Cave. On your second day here, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Monastery of St. Ion of Zlatoust, make a trip to New Athos Simoneau-Kananitsky Monastery, make a trip to Anacopia Fortress, don't miss a visit to Rock Shalter of Saint Apostle Simon the Zealot, then admire the striking features of Psyrtskhinskaya Water Power Palnt, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saint Simon the Canaanite Church.

To see traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Sukhumi road trip website.

Getting from Aspindza to Sukhumi by car takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Aspindza to Sukhumi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Gagra.

Things to do in Sukhumi

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

New Athos, Monastery of St. Ion of Zlatoust
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New Athos Cave ©
New Athos Cave
Saint Simon the Canaanite Church ©
Saint Simon the Canaanite Church

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Gagra, Georgia

Gagra
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Gegskiy Waterfall and Ritsinskiy Relic National Park. Visit Pitsunda Lighthouse and Abaata Fortress for their historical value. When in Gagra, make a side trip to see Yupsharskiy Canyon in Bzipi, approximately Bzipi away. The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Alpine Meadows of Abkhazia, admire the sheer force of Waterfall Ptichiy Klyuv, explore the activities along Waterfall of Lovers, and see the interesting displays at Pitsundsky State Historical and Architectural Reserve Vieliky Pitiunt.

To find reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Gagra tour planner.

Getting from Sukhumi to Gagra by car takes about 1.5 hours. March in Gagra sees daily highs of 15°C and lows of 5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Gagra

Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

Pitsunda, Bzipi, Ritsinskiy Relic National Park
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Ritsinskiy Relic National Park
Ritsinskiy Relic National Park
Gegskiy Waterfall ©
Gegskiy Waterfall
Abaata Fortress ©
Abaata Fortress

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