22 days in Azerbaijan & Georgia Itinerary

22 days in Azerbaijan & Georgia Itinerary

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Start: Alexandria, Egypt
Fly + Drive:  15 h
1
Ganja, Azerbaijan
— 1 night
Taxi + Fly:  3 h 15 min
2
Baku, Azerbaijan
— 3 nights
Fly:  4 h 30 min
3
Tbilisi, Georgia
— 4 nights
Bus:  1 h 45 min
4
Signagi, Georgia
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h 45 min
5
Aspindza, Georgia
— 2 nights
Drive:  6 h 15 min
6
Sukhumi, Georgia
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 15 min
7
Gagra, Georgia
— 5 nights
Drive + Fly:  18 h 45 min
End: Alexandria, Egypt

1
night
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 Lake Maralgol, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shah Abbas Mosque.

To find photos, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Ganja trip itinerary builder.

Alexandria, Egypt to Ganja is an approximately 15- 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 Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

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

3
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Palace of the Shirvanshahs and Heydar Mosque. Alley of Martyrs and Russian Orthodox Church will appeal to history buffs. There's much more to do: walk around Highland Park, make a trip to International Mugham Centre, stroll through Philharmonic Park, and appreciate the history behind Pushkin Statue.

For other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Baku trip planning app.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Ganja to Baku in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. When traveling from Ganja in March, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Baku: temperatures range from 13°C by day to 5°C at night. 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

4
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Mount Mtatsminda and Balloon Rides. Step off the beaten path and head to The City-Museum Reserve of Mtskheta and Ananuri Fortified Castle Ensemble. Get out of town with these interesting Tbilisi side-trips: Mtskheta (Svetitskhoveli Cathedral & Mtskheta Church of the Holy Cross) and David Gareja Monastery (in Udabno). There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sioni Church, cozy up to a beverage at Karalashvili's Wine Cellar, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Mtatsminda Pantheon, and look for gifts at Wine Time.

To find more things to do, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Tbilisi holiday tool.

Fly from Baku to Tbilisi in 4.5 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 take a bus to Signagi.

Things to do in Tbilisi

Historic Sites Nature Tours

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

2
nights
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 maps, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read Signagi vacation planner.

Traveling by bus from Tbilisi to Signagi takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. 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 Wildlife

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

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 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.

For where to stay, other places to visit, 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

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

1
night
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): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of the Annunciation, enjoy the sand and surf at Mokko Beach, and then Head underground at New Athos Cave. Here are some ideas for day two: 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, then don't miss a visit to Rock Shalter of Saint Apostle Simon the Zealot, then admire the landmark architecture of Psyrtskhinskaya Water Power Palnt, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Simon the Canaanite Church.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Sukhumi using our trip planner.

Traveling by car from Aspindza to Sukhumi takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of taxi and bus. The time zone changes from Georgia Standard Time to Moscow Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to go by car 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
Cathedral of the Annunciation ©
Cathedral of the Annunciation

5
nights
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. Get out of town with these interesting Gagra side-trips: Yupsharskiy Canyon (in Bzipi) and Gudaut'a (Pass Pyv & Trout Farm Chernorechenskoye). The adventure continues: take a peaceful walk through Pitsunda Grove, admire the sheer force of Waterfall Ptichiy Klyuv, ponder the design of Fountain Strelets, and see the interesting displays at Pitsundsky State Historical and Architectural Reserve Vieliky Pitiunt.

To see maps, ratings, reviews, 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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Gagra

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Pitsunda, Gudaut'a, Bzipi
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Gegskiy Waterfall ©
Gegskiy Waterfall
Abaata Fortress ©
Abaata Fortress

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