Azerbaijan & Georgia

Travelers: up to 14
10 days
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Arrival Point
Cairo
Departure Point
Cairo
Trip Length
10 days
Group Size
up to 14

The Caucasus Meetup Tour

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Women only tour to Azerbaijan & Georgia

the caucasus at a glance

Journey through forests and weave between mountains stopping at medieval mosques, majestic monasteries, and small villages along the way. Meet local friends, experience the community of traveling with fellow solo female travelers, and discover more about Azerbaijan and Georgia than you knew was possible.

We’ll start our adventure in the capital city of Baku in Azerbaijan and travel north stopping at small villages before entering Georgia’s wine region. Here, we relax and indulge before continuing to the stunning mountainous regions of Georgia, ending is bustling Tbilisi.

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Notes

Proof of travel insurance is required before joining day 1 of any Meetup Tour. International flights are not included. All SoFe Travelers are required to prove that they are fully vaccinated against Covid-19 OR produce a negative test taken at least 72 hours before the start of the Meetup Tour.

Meet your new BFF.

A SoFe Travel leader joins groups larger than 5, maximizing your adventure and ensuring you’re well taken care of. 

No math on vacay.

From driver to guide to included experiences. You only need take out your wallet for those extra feteer

Get your beauty sleep.

Enjoy our hand-picked, premium accommodation combining the best of design, location and comfort.  

Itinerary

Day 1

WELCOME TO baku

Welcome to Baku! We have arranged a private arrival transfer from the Baku airport to our group hotel. Travelers arriving on flights landing at similar times will be grouped on the same transfer. This evening, your welcome meeting will be in the lobby of the hotel at 6pm, where you will meet your guide! Join your local leader for traditional Azerbaijan dinner in a caravanserai tonight. Meals included: dinner

Azerbaijan pickup

Day 2

baku
Old City walking tour

This morning, embark on a tour of the city with your local guide. Stroll down the curved roads of the fortified Old City, once the Medieval capital, where your guide will weave together the history of Baku from the rule of the Shirvanshahs to the cosmopolitan city you see today. Visit the Shemakha Gate, Maiden Tower, and Old Market Square while passing by deliciously smelling bakeries and carpet vendors. End with a guided tour of the Grand Palace of the Shirvanshahs. Later today, stop by your guide’s favorite local tea shop to relax. Afternoon is free at your leisure. Meals included: breakfast

Azerbaihan restaurant

Day 3

sheki
Yogurt-making lesson in a local woman's home & stained glass workshop

Leave Baku and head for the Caucasus Mountains in the northwest of Azerbaijan. Drive through a dry landscape that gives way to a densely forested mountain area, stopping en route in Shamakhi for a yogurt-making lesson in a local’s home. On arrival in Sheki, have lunch at the local cafe and try famous local dish – piti (stew). Afterwards visit a craft workshop where the famous shebeke – stained-glass windows with intricately carved frames – are made by hand. Make your final Azerbaijan purchases and visit local silk scarf shop owned by a local family before leaving for another country tomorrow! Meals included: breakfast and lunch. Drive time: approx. 4. 5 hours.

tea in Baku

DAY 4

Telavi
Cross into Georgia, lunch with female winemakers & polyphonic singing performance

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel before driving to Lagodekhi – a town at the Azerbaijan–Georgia border where you will change transportation and prepare to cross into Georgia! From here, travel to Georgia’s Kakheti region, known for its winemaking. Enjoy a wonderful lunch with a female wine maker and listen to her stories. Lunch includes delicious homemade cuisine, wine, and chacha – a local brandy. There will also be time to listen to unique Georgian polyphonic songs – a traditional style of music prevalent in the Kakheti region. Afterwards visit Gremi, a complex that includes a castle and church from the 16th century before travelling to your beautiful accomodation for the next 2 nights. Meals included: breakfast and lunch. Drive time: approx. 3 hours.

lunch in Georgia

DAY 5

telavi
Explore Kakhetia wine region & visit historic wine estate

Spend your half day exploring beautiful wine region of Kakhetia with a local guide. Wander through the raucous local farmers market in Telavi, where butchers carve up fresh meat and vendors offload piles of spices. Continue to Tsinandali, a historic estate and winery once owned by noted Georgian poet Alexander Chavchavadze. In 1814, aristocrat Chavchavadze was the first to bottle wine produced using the qvevri method. Tour the complex, which consists of a memorial house, European-style landscaped garden, a traditional winery, wine cellar, hotel and cafe. Drive to the hilltop fortified town of Sighnaghi, which has been preserved to its original image and now offers visitors stunning views of the surrounding Caucasus Mountains. Spend the rest of your day at your leisure. Meals included: breakfast, lunch | Drive time: approx. 3 hours.

Amanda in the mountains in Georgia

DAY 6

gudauri
Ananuri fortress & khinkali cooking class with at a family's home

Drive up the famous Georgian Military Highway, which leads to the Georgian-Russian border. On the way there, visit the 17th-century Ananuri architectural complex, a fortress that overlooks the Zhinvali water reservoir. The views here are spectacular, so make sure those camera batteries are charged. The carvings on one of the churches are some of the best samples of Georgian art out there. Today’s drive through the Caucasus Mountains is a memorable one (it can get slow, steep and windy up here). In the afternoon, visit a local family where the host will take a masterclass on how to make khinkali (Georgian dumplings which originated in mountainous regions of Mtiuleti, Pshavi and Khevsureti). Meals included: breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Drive time: approx. 4 hours.

kinkhali cooking class

DAY 7

gudauri
Hike in the mountains to Gergeti Trinity Church

Follow the Tergi River on a drive to Stepansminda (formerly known as Kazbegi). Explore this mountain village before taking a 2.5-hour walk through beautiful valleys and woodlands to Gergeti Trinity Church (2170 m). Those who don’t wish to hike have the option of driving up by 4WD minivans. This 14th-century church sits at the base of the second-highest volcanic summit in the Caucasus – Mt Kazgbegi (5047 m) – and, weather permitting, you may catch a glimpse of this frosty behemoth. The image of the pointed spires of the isolated church against the mountains is truly breathtaking, and a great place to practice your photography skills. Drive back to Gudauri for a relaxing afternoon. Meals included: breakfast, dinner. Drive time: approx. 2 hours.

Gergeti,Trinity,Church

DAY 8

tbilisi
Jewelry workshop with women empowered NGO & UNESCO sites

Make the drive to the capital of Tbilisi. On your way here pay a visit to the Tserovani Refugee Settlement, home to 8000 people displaced by the 2008 conflict between the Russian Federation and the Republic of Georgia over South Ossetia. While here you will visit an enamel jewelry workshop – a social enterprise offering training and employment to displaced youth and women within the camp. You will have the chance to meet the jewelry artists whose pieces tell the story of Georgia, and with their guidance, you will design a piece yourself. Stop for a light lunch of Georgian specialties then tour the settlement to learn about the issues surrounding long-term displacement faced by thousands of Georgia’s citizens to this day. Continue to Mtskheta, the ancient capital and religious center of Georgia. Visit World Heritage-listed sites with your local guide on hand to share their fascinating histories, such as the 6th-century Jvari Monastery and Svetiskoveli cathedral. Once in Tbilisi you will have an orientation walk with your leader in the late afternoon. Meals included: breakfast and lunch. Drive time: approx. 3 hours.

DAY 9

tbilisi
Walking tour of Tiblisi, sulphur baths & solo time

After breakfast take part in a sightseeing tour of Tbilisi. The locals like to call their capital the “Balcony of Europe”, placing it on par with many of Europe’s graceful old cities. All the sights in the Old Town are very close to each other and within a few minutes’ walk. We start our visit to Old Tbilisi from Metekhi Church, and then walk to the Synagogue, Sioni Cathedral and Anchiskhati Basilica. In the afternoon, join your leader for a truly local experience – sulphur bath. Soak, scrub, drink tea and enjoy your time. You’ll have a bit a free time in the afternoon before we’ll gather for a farewell dinner to celebrate the end of your journey. Meals included: breakfast and dinner.

sulphur baths in Georgia

DAY 10

Farewell from tbilisi

Today your adventure comes to an end after breakfast. There are no activities included on this day and you are free to leave at any time. If you would like to spend some more time in Tbilisi, we are happy to help you arrange extra accommodation. Otherwise, share a ride to the airport and start planning your next trip! Meals included: breakfast. Drive time: approx. 40 mins.

solo woman traveler in Azerbaijan

Hand-picked Accommodation

Our accommodation is carefully chosen to give you the best combination of comfort, location, and style. These are photos from our collection of favorite hotels and resorts to give you a sense of the accommodation you can expect with on your Meetup Tour. All of our accommodation is carefully chosen to give you prime locations and many have gorgeous views. 

bathroom at Marco Polo Hotel
Marco Polo Spa Hotel

Surrounded by mountain views, this spa hotel is the best combo of elegance, natural beauty, and relaxation. Opt in or a spa treatment or swim in the pool before a grand buffet served in the dining room.

Lopota Lake Resort & Spa

Located in the heart of Kakheti region, this resort spreads around the lake and is surrounded by picturesque Caucasus Mountains. In Lopota, guests stay in high-class hotel cottages where you can relax at the forest spa, take part in sports or adventure activities, and discover the rare local flora and fauna.

Rooms Hotel Tbilisi

Set in the heart of Tbilisi’s ideal  neighborhood, Vera, Rooms Hotel Tbilisi has a regal sophisticated feel blended with a touch of tasteful modernism. Rich with character, we love this hotel for its delightfully unique architecture and gorgeous  terraces to enjoy.

Details

Arrival: 
Heydar Aliyev International Airport (GYD)

Airport pickup is included anytime on Day 1, but we strongly recommend that you arrive by 3pm in order to refresh and relax before the welcome meeting at 6pm. Your driver will meet you with a sign with the SoFe Travel logo when you exit the airport. The transfer will take you from the airport to our group hotel. If fellow travelers arrive around the same time, we’ll bring you to the hotel together.

Departure:
Tbilisi International Airport (TBS)

Hotel check out is around 10am. You are welcome to leave any time today. Ask your guide to help you arrange a ride to the airport or share a transfer with fellow travelers. 

*Please note that your arrival and departure airports are not the same

  • International airfares
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Travel insurance (mandatory for all travelers)
  • Airport drop off
  • Covid PCR test(s) if required
  • Any meals not listed under inclusions
  • Any optional activities as indicated in the itinerary
  • A non-refundable $500 deposit is required to hold your spot.
  • Final payment is due 60 days before departure.
  • Pay as much as often as you like until the due date.
  • If you cancel your spot earlier than 60 days before departure, you can apply your payment to any trip within the next year.
  • No refunds on deposits.
  • Azerbaijan Visa

    All travelers must apply for a Single Entry Tourist E-Visa to Azerbaijan in advance.  As of 10th January 2017, nationals of 81 countries can apply for an Azerbaijan e-visa without the previously required visa support. Applications can be made directly though the electronic vias portal here.

    Georgia Visa

    Most nationalities do not currently require a visa for Georgia, including Australia, New Zealand, Canada, UK, USA & all EU member states for stays of up to 30 days. The full list of countries and terms can be found on the official Ministry of Foreign Affairs website here.

    The itinerary is subject to change due for any reason – weather, unexpected cancellations, impromptu local opportunities, or surprise additions.

    All bookings are subject to our terms and conditions.

    Comprehensive travel insurance is mandatory or you may be refused to join the tour. See our guide for help choosing a plan.

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