Day 3. Mtskheta / Kazbegi / Gudauri
A visit to Mtskheta, the ancient capitol of Georgia followed walks in the Caucasian Mountains.
- Mtskheta Ancient Capitol excursio
- Gergeti Trinity Church – Kazbegi
Day 4. Gori / Uplistsikhre / Bakuriani
Driving west to the historical town of Gori, birthplace of Stalin followed by a stop at a cave town dating back the 7th century B.C.
- Gori town and Fortress
- Joseph Stalin Museum
- Uplistsikhre Cave Town
Day 5. Borjomi / Tbilisi
Drive via the resort town of Borjomi to Tbilisi for the night.
Day 6. Georgia / Armenia border / Dilijan NP
Cross the border and stop at the UNESCO sites of Haghpat and Sanahin Monasteries.
- Haghpat & Sanahin Monasteries (UNESCO Site)
- Goshavank Monastery
Day 7. Lake Sevan / Yerevan
Interesting sites and picturesque scenery sweep past on the way to Yerevan.
- Selim caravanserai
- Lake Sevan
- Mt Ararat views
- Khor Virap monastery
Day 8. Yerevan / Echmiadzin
A visit to the religious center of Armenia shows how the countries deep rooted devotion to Christianity developed.
- Echmiadzin Excursion
- Zvartnots Cathedral (UNESCO Site)
Day 9. Yerevan / Garni & Geghard
Yerevan is surrounded by historical villages and sites to explore not far from the capitol.
- Geghard medieval monastery (UNESCO Site)
- Garni village
- Garni canyon “Symphony of Stones” visit
Day 10. Goris or Kapan
SLeaving the capitol we drive south stopping at sites along the way to the town of Goris or Kapan (depending on driving time).
Day 11. Armenia / Iran border – Tabriz
Cross the border and drive to the historical city of Tabriz.
Day 12. Tabriz
Steeped in history the northern city of Tabriz is our starting point to explore Iran.
Days 13 -14. Qazvin / Tehran
Continue to Tehran with a stop in Qazvin on day 14. The next day is spent exploring the sights of capitol city.
Day 15. Persepolis & Shiraz
After breakfast we check out and head to the domestic airport for a short flight to Shiraz. We proceed with a tour of Persepolis before returning back to the city for a little bit of sightseeing.
Day 16. Shiraz
Known for its splendid gardens, exquisite mosques and famous poets we continue touring the sites of this famous city.
Day 17. Passargade / Yazd
A short drive first takes us to the ruins of Passargade before continuing on to Yazd which is said to be one of the oldest cities in the world.
Day 18. Isfahan
After leaving Yazd for the jewel of ancient Persia, Isfahan is one of the finest cities in the Islamic world. After checking into our hotel we can visit its famous bridges at sunset.
Day 19. Isfahan
Isfahan is a place for savouring the high refinements of Persian culture and getting lost in its old bazaar.
Day 20. Kashan / Tehhran
On the way back to Tehran we stop in Kashan for a tour of this historic city that dates back over 6000 years.
Day 21. Tehran and Depart
After breakfast you are free to depart at anytime.(B)