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Caucasus Gay Tour - Azerbaijan, Armenia & Georgia

Caucasus Gay Tour
Azerbaijan, Armenia & Georgia

Baku, Shemakha, Sheki (Azerbaijan), Tbilisi, Gudauri, Mtskheta, Bakuriani, Kutaisi, Batumi (Georgia), Dilijan, Yerevan, Giumri (Armenia), and more!

15 Days From Baku, Azerbaijan To Batumi, Georgia

June 15 – 29, 2019

 

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Caucasus gay tourExplore highlights and hidden treasures of Caucasus, fabulous European cities that are steeped in history, culture and exciting cuisine of Georgia, Azerbaijan and Armenia. This very unique gay group tour takes you to these ancient lands, famed in mankind’s history but so little known and even less travelled by westerners. This is not an in-depth tour, but rather an overview of the region. Travel in comfort, staying in first class hotels with all conveniences, eat the excellent local foods and drink the famous wines, beers and spirits of these three very different countries.

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The great historic barrier of the Caucasus Mountains rises up across the wide isthmus separating the Black and Caspian seas in the region where Europe and Asia converge. The countries and territories of the Caucasus are all isolated but ancient lands is likely the world’s most ethnically diverse region. All of these countries were part of Soviet Union at some point, only to gain independence in the 1990s. Geographically it is usually considered part of Western Asia, adjacent to northeastern Turkey and northwestern Iran.

But culturally, this portion of Russia and these small former Soviet republics are arguably part of Eastern Europe suffering from the same ethnic-hatred and tension that has plagued the Balkans including recent wars in Georgia, Azerbaijan and Chechnya.

 

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Caucasus Gay Tour Highlights

• Evening boat cruise on Caspian Sea

• Ateshga, the sacred Zoroastrian fire temple

• Yanar Dag the Flaming Mountain

• Drive to Kakheti along the “Wine Route” through beautiful vinyards

• Travel the Georgian Military High-way over high mountain passes

• Drive through the picturesque Avan Canyon in Armenia, Khor Virap a romantically sited monastery

• Wine tastings and gourmet local foods with warm hopitality in all three countries

• Drive along the Black Sea coast

 

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Caucasus Gay Tour Itinerary

Day 1 - Arrive in Baku, Azerbaijan
Arrive Baku International Airport. Meet and greet then transfer to hotel. Dinner at hotel.

Meals: Dinner

Accommodation: Qafqaz Baku City Hotel, Baku, Azerbaijan, 4* (or similar)

 

Day 2 - Baku, Azerbaijan
Azerbaijan gay tour - BakuMorning tour of Iheold town, with its maze of narrow, cobblestone streets lined with small mosques nestled between terrace cafes and grand turn-of-the-century architecture. Visit a carpet museum and the famous Shirvan Shahs Palace.

In the afternoon explore the Absheron peninsula. a desolate landscape of semi-arid vegetation, grim industry and forgotten oil fields. Visit both Ateshga, the sacred Zoroastrian fire temple and Yanar Dag or Flaming Mountain.

In the evening enjoy short boat tour on the Caspian Sea then welcome drinks and dinner at a local restaurant.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Qafqaz Baku City Hotel, Baku, Azerbaijan, 4* (or similar)

 

Day 3 - Shemaka / Sheki, Azerbaijan
Azerbaijan gay tour - ShemakaBreakfast at hotel, then drive to Shemaka an earlier capital western Azerbaijan. Visit the famed Yeddi Gumbaz (Seven Tombs), the royal tombs of the last Shirvan Khans.

Drive to Sheki through small villages nestled among steep mountains and lush valleys dotted with vineyards. In Sheki visit the exquisite Khan’s Palace set in the midst of dilapidated fortress. Later, visit a Shebaka workshop and the local bazaar. Lunch and dinner at a local restaurants.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Sheki Saray Hotel, Sheki, 4* (or similar)

 

Day 4 - Kakheti / Tbilisi, Georgia
Georgia gay tour - Kakheti Breakfast at hotel. Morning drive to Azerbaijan - Georgia border, changing transport and guide.

Drive to Kakheti along the “Wine Route”, through the beautiful landscapes of vineyards and wine-producing villages. Lunch with wine tasting at vinery “Pheasant’s Tears”.

In the afternoon explore Signagi Royal Town with breathtaking views of the Kizikhi area. Visit Bodbe nunnery complex before the drive to Tbilisi. Dinner at a local restaurant

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Kopala Hotel, Tbilisi, 3.5* (or similar)

 

Day 5 - Tbilisi, Georgia
Georgia gay tour - TbilisiBreakfast at hotel. Full day tour of Tbilisi, a modern city with well-known museums and theatres, art galleries, churches, Sulphur bathhouses and narrow streets. Walk through the old town and visit Janashia State museum of history, Metechi church (12th -13th cc), District of Sulphur bath houses, Sioni Cathedral (7th -19th cc), Anchiskhati basilica and bell tower (6th -18th cc) andHolly Trinity cathedral. Lunch and dinnerat a local restaurants.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Kopala Hotel, Tbilisi, 3.5* (or similar)

 

Day 6 - Mount Kazbek / Ananuri / Gudauri
Georgia Gay tour - AnanuriBreakfast at hotel. Drive to Mtiuleti and Khevi regions by the historic “Georgian Military Highway”. Enjoy the breathtaking views of mountain passes littered by watchtowers and alpine fields covered by yellow Rhododendron. The highlight of the day is Mount Kazbek.

En route to Kazbegi visit Ananuri Architectural Complex overlooking the Jinvali Dum. Lunch at a local guesthouse with home made “Khinkali” – a traditional meal of the Caucasus Mountains. Dinner and overnight at the ski resort of Gudauri.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Rooms Hotel Kazbegi, Stepantsminda, 4* (or similar)

 

Day 7 - Mtskheta, Georgia / Dilijan, Armenia
Georgia Gay tour - MtskhetaBreakfast at hotel. Visit sacred Mtskheta, the ancient capital of eastern Georgia, an important religious centre. Visit the beautiful Jvari church (6th-7th cc), perched on a cliff overlooking the city and Svetitskhoveli Cathedral. Early lunch at a local restaurant in Mtskheta.

Then drive to Sadakhlo on the Armenian border changing transport and guide. Visit the 10th-13th centuries Haghpat and Sanahin UNESCO listed historical and architectural monuments sclose to the town of Alaverdi. Dinner and overnight in the resort spa town of Dilijan, set in a national park.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Tufenkian Old Dilijan Hotel, Dilijan, 3* (or similar)

 

Day 8 - Garni / Geghard / Yerevan, Armenia
Armenia gay tour - GarniBreakfast at hotel. Then drive through the picturesque Avan Canyon, skirting formidable cliffs and passing exotic-looking gorges until a green plateau of the Azat River comes into view. Here, in the harmony of the relief and the virgin nature you will see the pagan Garni architectural complex of the 1st century and feel the spirit of ancient ages. Visit the UNESCO Heritage cave monastery of Geghard (13th century). Lunch en route and dinner at local restaurant. Overnight in Yerevan.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Ani Plaza Hotel, Yerevan, 4* (or similar)

 

Day 9 - Echmiadzin / Khor Virap / Yerevan, Armenia
Armenia gay tour - Khor VirapBreakfast at hotel. Then drive south to Echmiadzin – the holy seat of the Supreme Patriarch-Catholicos of all Armenians. Lunch at local restaurant.

In the afternoon visit Khor Virap, one of the romantically sited monasteries in Armenia with views across vast plain to Turkey and the twin peaks of Mount Ararat. Return to Yerevan. Dinner at a local restaurant.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Ani Plaza Hotel, Yerevan, 4* (or similar)

 

Day 10 - Yerevan / Giumri, Armenia
Yerevan, Armenia gay tourBreakfast at hotel. Morning tour of Yerevan. Enjoy the beautiful view which opens from the Statue of Mother Armenia . Visit the Memorial complex to the Genocide Victims & Museum of the Medieval Armenian Culture – Matenadaran. Around noon drive to Giumri. En route visit the monastery complex of Hovhannavank, perched on the edge of a precipitous gorge of the Kasakh River. Its silhouette dominates the adjacent village and raises sharp against the background of the mountains Aragats, Ara and Ararat. Overnight in Giumri, the second city of Armenia.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Berlin Art Hotel, Gyumri, 3* (or similar)

 

Day 11 - Vardzia Cave Town / Akhaltsikhe / Bakuriani, Georgia
Georgia gay tour - Vardzia Cave TownBreakfast at hotel. Drive to Bavra border for Georgia and change of bus and driver. Continue sightseeeeing: explore the Samtskhe - Javakheti region, which is famous for important historical events, numerous fortresses, churches and old settlements. The road leads past arid and stone-terraced landscapes and green valleys littered with centuries old fortresses. Visit Vardzia Cave town, later transformed into a well defended monastery complex. Open air lunch at the complex.

In the afternoon visit the Rabati Historical center and museum in Akhaltsikhe. Dinner and overnight at hotel In the mountain resort town of Bakuriani.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Apollon Hotel, Bakuriani, 3* (or similar)

 

Day 12 - Borjomi / Kutaisi, Georgia
Georgia gay tour - KutaisiBreakfast at hotel. Explore Imereti province, with its cool springs, green fields, and delicate, manicured gardens. It is here that you find the ancient capital of the Kingdom of Colchis - Kutaisi, famous for a special kind of ‘khachapuri’, the cheese-bread unique to Georgia.

En route short stop in Borjomi, to taste local mineral water and lunch at alocal restaurant. In the afternoon visit the pottery village of Shrosha as a guest of a local craftmen. In the evening enjoy walking tour of Kutaisi. Dinner and Overnight in Kutaisi.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Hualing Hotel, Kutaisi, 3* (or similar)

 

Day 13 - Gelati / Batumi
Georgia gay tour - GelatiBreakfast at hotel. Morning visit to important religious sites of Kutaisi and its surroundings - Gelati monastery and architectural complex, Bagrati Cathedral - (11th c) coronation and burial place of Georgian kings,and Motsameta church.

Around noon drive to Batumi, enjoying the views of the subtropical landscape,tea plantations and orange orchards. Lunch en route. Arrive Batumi and checki nto hotel. In the evening enjoy walking tour along the sea side boulevard and port. Dinner at a local restaurant.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Chao Hotel, Batumi, 3* (or similar)

 

Day 14 - Batumi, Georgia
Georgia gay tour - BatumiBreakfast at hotel. Morning walking tour in Batumi Botanical Garden and visit History Museum. After lunch with traditional nave shaped “khashapuri”, free time to rest and relax.

Farewell drinks and dinner at a local restaurant. Overnight in Batumi.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Chao Hotel, Batumi, 3* (or similar)

 

Day 15 - Batumi, Georgia - Departure
Breakfast at hotel. Visit Batumi agricultural market and the Gonio archeological site and museum. Proceed to Adjara wine house for lunch. En route visit medieval Tamar Bridge. After lunch drive to Batumi airport for departure.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

 

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Azerbaijan Gay Tour

 

Azerbaijan

The richest state of the Caucasus, its capital awash in oil wealth and international business, wonderful old palaces of the Shirvan Shahs in Baku and Sheki, Zoroastrian fire temples, barren landscapes — oil and salt spreading across the surface, and world-class hikes in the lush heavily forested, mountainous north and south.

In Azerbaijan the tour takes in the happening capital of Baku and the nearby Absheron Peninsula, then the historical cities of Shemaka and Sheki. Enjoy Azerbaijani hospitality and its origional cuisine which is remarkable for its abundance of every possible meat, fish and vegetable dressed by fragrant greens and spices.

 

 

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Georgia

The lush green heart of the Caucasus, with fabulous cuisine and culture, incredibly diverse landscapes, and an exceptional wealth of ancient churches, cathedrals, monasteries, and cave cities. Georgia has a long tradition of wine making and wine culture, and is considered to be the cradle of wine.

The highlight of the tour is Mount Kazbek, which stands on the junction of the Central and Eastern Caucasus, soaring to a height of 5047m. Explore Imereti province, with its cool springs, green fields, and delicate, manicured gardens. It is here that you find the ancient capital of the Kingdom of Colchis - Kutaisi. A visit to a master traditional potter is also included.

 

 

Armenia Gay Tour

 

Armenia

An ancient, millennia-old civilization amidst stark mountain landscapes and remote canyons. Home to amazing world heritage sites, forgotten monasteries and boasting a wonderfully laid back and friendly culture.

Visit the 13th century UNESCO Heritage cave monastery of Geghard, and Echmiadzin – the holy seat of the Supreme Patriarch-Catholicos of all Armenians built in 303. Also, Khor Virap, a romantically sited monasteries with views across vast plain to Turkey and the twin peaks of Mount Ararat. Visit the pagan Garni architectural complex of the 1st century and feel the spirit of ancient ages.

 

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Included:

• Arrival and departure transfers

• Accomodation for 14 nights in first class hotels

• Full board basis throughout

• Deluxe air-conditioned transportation

• English speaking licenced guides in each country

• All entrance fees as per itinerary

• Porterage at hotels and airport

• Accompanied by experienced tour manager at all times

 

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Not Included:

• International airfares

• Personal expenses (drinks, laundry, etc)

• Visa fees

• Tips to guide and driver

• Alcoholic, or soft drinks

Travel Insurance (Mandatory)

 

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Trip Notes

Culture Aspects
At times local life here will be familiar to that of back home, and at times very different. Services are available most of the time, English may not be the native language, and there may be some cultural differences.

Shopoholics
You will find options for various types of dairy products, wines and souvenirs.

Travel Documents
A valid passport is required for international travel and must be valid for 6 months after the return date. No visa is required for USA and Canada passport holders for Georgia or Armenia. A visa is required for Azerbaijan. An E-visa is obtainable at Azerbaijan Electronic Visa Portal.

 

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International Airfare
You will need to book flights from Home to BAKU (GYD) and return from BATUMI (BUS). Aeroflot, Air France/Delta, Lufthansa/United, Qatar are among airlines that can be used to book airfare for this tour.

Single travelers
Our group trips are designed for twin shared accommodation. Single travelers share with people of the same sex for the duration of the trip. If we are not or you are not able to find a partner you remain with the option of paying a single supplement.

 

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Caucasus Gay Tour Prices

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Tour Only, Per Person, Double Occupancy.

$ 3,500

Tour Only, Per Person, Single Occupancy.

$ 4,300

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Price does not include payment card charges.

$800 per person deposit payment required at time of booking, balance payment due not later than 90 days prior to departure.

 

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