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Highlights
  • Explore Amberd Fortress and take in the spectacular views from the slopes of Mt. Aragats
  • Enjoy a private recital at the Temple of the Sun in Garni
  • Tour Narikala Fortress, which dates back to the Persians of the 4th century
  • Visit Stalin’s hometown of Gori and tour the museum dedicated to him
  • Walk the inner city of Baku, with its bronze age burial chambers and maze of alleys


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Best of Georgia & Armenia


Azerbaijan, Georgia & Armenia


Land of the Golden Fleece


Armenia is a country that remains relatively untouched by the commercialization of tourism. Proud of its unique cultural heritage, Armenia offers over 4,000 historical monuments and churches. This tiny country has the third richest collection of art in the former Soviet Union and shoppers will delight in Yerevan’s markets for carpets, gold, silver and carvings.

Georgia is home to some of the most glorious landscapes anywhere in Eurasia. The high snow-capped Caucasus Mountains descend to the subtropical Black Sea coast; fertile valleys and gushing rivers give way to dramatic semi-desert. Tbilisi, the capital, is an intriguing mix of severe Soviet style and the exotic.

Azerbaijan is one of the most ancient sites of humankind - present here at every stage of their historical development. With more than 6,000 historical sites across the country, you never have to go far to experience much of what this fascinating country has to offer. Not to be missed is the unique museum-reservation "Gobustan" or the fire worshippers temple, "Atashgah."

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Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia – all post-Soviet states – are often overlooked travel gems; discover their rich cultures on this tour.

Discovery of the Caucasus

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Exeter International planned one of the best trips I've ever been on - it was THE best in terms of a seamless, extraordinary itinerary. We had creative and insightful guides, experienced fascinating history without waiting in any lines, and received fabulous recommendations on dining and sightseeing when we had down time. Exeter had actually arranged a tour of the Terazin Concentration Camp with a Holocaust survivor who had been in that very camp - it made our trip unforgettable and I will never forget the kindness or forgiveness that sweet Ava portrayed while she shared her incredible story with us. If you're looking for a once in a lifetime experience in Western Europe, there is no better option than Exeter.
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Outstanding trip! The team at Exeter really listened and arranged a wonderful itinerary for me and my sister that aligned perfectly with our interests. Very responsive during all the planning and during our visit. Drivers each day were very professional, punctual and courteous, even making a special effort for us to capture lots of photo opportunities. Very thoughtful. Our Moscow guide Elena was superb – very knowledgeable and a true delight She timed our visits each day to avoid lines and maximize our time. While we very much enjoyed everything we saw, I think it is the wonderful people we met along the way that we'll remember for years to come. Thank you Exeter for arranging such a personalized and truly extraordinary experience!
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The only way to experience St Petersburg is with Exeter International. Our guide Albina was fantastic – so much knowledge and a passion for her job. While the itinerary seemed daunting [Albina] managed to keep our interest and attention, but remained flexible to our whims. We would have missed so much if we had tried to explore independently – indeed, in a museum as intimidating as The Hermitage her guidance is crucial – and of course Albina made sure we jumped the queues, which is a big bonus in this city! I totally fell in love with St Petersburg – I will be back and would love to spend another couple of days guided by Albina!
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do not use them. They claim they design a special trip itinerary just for you. Not true. They have canned itineraries and then send you that for comment. They claim they have their own guides they select just for you. Not true. All of their guides work freelenace and you can get the same or better ones online or through the concierge. In Russia all guides are fully trained and certiifed annually and licensed. There are over 500 English speaking guides in St Petersbergh and Moscow. You can easily find a very good one online or though the hotel for less cost.
Do not book the hotel through Exeter. They get a 20% discount from the hotel and then charge you a mark up over rack rate so you are really getting ripped off. It is where they make the biggest profit. You can easily book online direct with the hotel for far less for the exact same rooms. Exter gets you nothing but a higher price even thought they calim they get you a special room or upgrade. Not true. You can get the exact same room on your own for far less cost. .
They claim they get you into places you can't otherwise go. Not true any good guidfe can arrange the same as can the concierge at the hotel. Exeter makes lots of these false claims.
In istanbul the guide only gave us a partial day and we wer charged a whole day. Same in Baku for a guide and river for three days but we only got partial days. When we asked for a refund for the time not given us Exeter claimed we lied. When we senmt proof from the hotel when we were back in the hotel Exeter changed their story and tried to claim we walked too fast thru the sites. We were ripped off for hundreds of daollars. In Istanbul we got our own guid the next day and he was far better and took us to better places and cost less. Get your own guides and drivers online or thru the hotel.
I have traveled all over the world for over 50 years and the trip arranged by Exeter was way over priced and we did much better when we made our own arrangements. They make it sound special and that their guides are specially selected. It is all BS. In istanbul and Baku they simply sub contract it all out to a local travel agent and then add a big mark up for doing nothing. They do not really know Baku even though they claim they do.
Exeter are just rip offs and offer you over priced hotel rooms and guides that you can do much better on your own or through the hotel.
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Exeter is an excellent tour operator. We traveled with a group to Greece and Bulgaria. All details were taken care of and if there happened to be a little "hiccup", it was quickly remedied! We would use them again, definitely!
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Itinerary

DAY 1: Baku

Upon arrival in Baku, your guide will be waiting for you just outside of baggage claim and customs to transfer you to your hotel. You will be staying in one of the most beautiful hotels in Europe, the stunning and brand new Four Seasons Hotel Baku. With just 177 rooms and suites, the Four Seasons is perfectly located at the edge of Old Town and directly on the Caspian Sea. You’ll be in the center of everything for the next three days.

This afternoon, your guide will take you to the History Museum of Azerbaijan (closed on Sunday), a former palace belonging to one of Baku’s wealthiest and most famous citizens, Mr. Zeynalabdin Taghiyev, in the late 19th century. The rooms of the palace are unexpectedly opulent: a mix of Western and Eastern décor that is truly unique. Beyond the palace rooms is a wonderful museum that traces Azeri history from Neolithic times to the Russian Empire, the era of the Soviet Union through to today. This is a museum not to be missed.

Later, your guide will take you to what is perhaps the greatest carpet collection and museum in the world. The Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is one of the oldest continuously inhabited parts in the region – and indeed in the Middle East. Archaeological digs have revealed Bronze Age burial chambers, dating Baku to over 1,500 years old. This is the most popular area of the city, a maze of alleys, dead ends and caravanserais sometimes called the “Acropolis of Baku”. You’ll see carpet shops and cafes and you shouldn’t miss a stop into a tea house to sample hot lavash bread pulled straight from the clay oven just as you enter.

This afternoon, your guide will take you to the Walled City of Baku and the Shirvanshah’s Palace. The walls you see are well preserved and date from the 12th century and the Palace was built in the 15th century. While much of the treasures that were once the pride of Baku were taken by the Ottomans to Istanbul, you can still feel the history of the palace when wandering from the residential areas to the baths, through the mosque and beyond. Here in Old Town, you’ll also see the Maiden Tower and can climb to the top for a wonderful panoramic view of the historic neighborhood.

Early this evening, you may enjoy a boat tour in Baku’s perfect harbor and take in the city from the water.

Exeter Services: Car, Driver & Guide

Hotel: Four Seasons Hotel Baku

DAY 2: Baku

This morning, your guide and driver will take you outside of the city center to Qobustan (pronounced Gobustan), an open-air museum overflowing with Neolithic rock drawings. This is one of the world’s greatest petroglyph collections and it is almost unknown in the West. There are some 4000 inscriptions that go back 12,000 years. New to Qobustan is a state of the art, computer-driven museum that brings to life the time that created these extraordinary drawings. On your way back to Baku, you can stop to see the 2000-year-old Latin graffiti, left by Caesar’s troops. As time and conditions allow, you can travel

next to the famous Mud Volcanoes of Azerbaijan to witness the hot mud that flows like lava from this fascinating geological wonder.

Exeter International Extraordinary Experience

Enjoy a private visit to the former house of the Nobel family. Ludwig, Robert and Emmanuel Nobel moved from St Petersburg to Baku in the 1870s, originally to develop business in wood. The first industrial output of oil in the world was in Baku in 1848 - five years before Pennsylvania. The Nobel brothers ended up in the oil business and they became the catalyst for the Russian tsar to decree that the development of oil was no longer a monopoly, and so the first oil boom started.

For many years the villa was totally dilapidated, home to pigeons and cats. In 2002 an application was made to restore the mansion, and this became reality in 2005. Two years later the building was reopened, now a house museum devoted to the history of the brothers and the development of the world’s oil business. It is now also home to the Baku Nobel Oil Club. In the last three years, 14 Nobel laureates have visited, together with many descendants of the Nobel family. A visit to the villa brings the vibrant history to fascinating life. Evening boat cruise on the Caspian Sea to view Baku from a totally different perspective.

Exeter Services: Car, Driver & Guide

Hotel: Four Seasons Hotel Baku

DAY 3: Baku

This morning, your guide will take you to visit the fascinating burning hill fueled by natural gas escaping from the rocks and earth. This area is endlessly burning for decades, flames sprouting from the earth almost beneath your feet.

Next you can visit Ateshgah Temple, also known as the Temple of the Fire Worshippers, which has been a center of worship for thousands of years. This temple, built by Zoroastrian fire-worshipers traveling from India and Persia, is one of the finest preserved temples of its kind and is soon to become a UNESCO World Heritage site.

You are unlikely to see anything else like this majestic temple outside of India. The temple is built on the site of a natural gas vent believed to have been sacred to the Zoroastrians since the 6th century. To get a sense of how the worshippers lived you can visit the inside museum and discover the ritual required to have your wishes granted. The shapes of the temple might seem familiar to you after your visit to the Nobel Mansion; the brothers used it in their logo for the Nobel Oil Company.

The area is so saturated with natural gas and oil that flames spontaneously erupt from the ground - hence the country’s other name, Odlar Yourdu, or “Land of Fires”, and the name of the temple, which means “Home of Fire”. Much of the existing structure has been built since the 17th century, when pilgrims began paying local officials for permission to construct places to pray and sleep.

Return to the city center, where we’d recommend a visit to the Bazaar (market) to see the famous Baku tomatoes, citrus and nuts, sold as they have been for centuries by local traders.

Exeter Services: Car, Driver & Guide

Hotel: Four Seasons Hotel Baku

DAY 4: Baku

If time allows this morning, you might want to see the Azerbaijan Art Museum (closed Sunday), housed in the Rothschild family mansion in the city center. This fine collection is particularly strong in Russian paintings, including Aivazovsky, Repin, and Kandinsky, three of the greatest.

Transfer to the airport and flight onward.

Exeter Services: Transfer Only

Dates & Pricing

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Price Per Day:

$ 450 per person
 
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Flights & Transport
Only ground transport
Group Size:
Intimate Group - 12 max
Maximum Number of People in Group: 4
Start City
Baku
End City
Baku

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