by Frank V. Persall
The Caucasus region is home to blossoming cities full of architecture, nightlife, and art, along with untouched landscapes full of luscious greenery and rare wildlife, such as Caucasian wildlife. Caucasus is the perfect place to vacation. Since there are a ton of places you can visit while in Caucasus, we have decided to narrow it down to a ten day itinerary, which describes a few places to visit while in Caucasus.
Spend the first two days of your trip in Tbilisi. Located in Georgia, there are a ton of fun and adventurous things to do in Tbilisi. Thus, there is truly something for everyone in Tbilisi. Tbilisi has a fantastic art and architecture scene, so you could spend the day checking out some of Tbilisi's local art shops and museums (be sure to check out the Georgian National Museum). Aside from the heavy art and architecture scene, choose to hike one of the most extreme hiking routes in Georgia. The Mtatsminda is a steep and difficult climb, only skilled and experience hikers should try. After spending the day exploring and hiking, check out Tbilisi's nightlife!
On day three, take a one hour drive from Tbilisi to David Gareja. For those who aren't familiar with David Gareja, it is a complex consisting of thirteen monasteries that are spread out among the hills between the border of Georgia and Azerbaijan. Spend the day hiking between each monastery, and exploring and seeing what each monastery has to offer. While hiking between the monasteries, you will most likely catch a glimpse of some of the Caucasian wildlife that is native to Azerbaijan!
On days four and five spend your time in Kazbegi! Due to its close proximity to towering mountains, which are full of mountain biking and mountaineering trails, Kazbegi is the perfect location for outdoor enthusiasts. While in Kazbegi, explore the forests and mountains around it, specifically Mount Kazbek. Along with experiencing some of the most breathtaking terrain Georgia has to offer, you will be able to see rare Caucasian wildlife!
On day six, travel to the region of Qaxh. Located in Azerbaijan, Qaxh is dense of with ancient architecture and history. Aside from being the perfect place to explore and soak in its historical value, Qaxh is home to gorgeous landscapes, notably Llisu. Spend the day strolling through Llisu's paved trails. While in Llisu, you will see glistening waterfalls and Caucasian wildlife, you wouldn't be able to see anywhere else!
On day seven, trail to Sheki. Sheki is one of the biggest cities in Azerbaijan, and known as the architectural reserve of the country! One of the most popular places to visit in Sheki is the Palace of Sheki. Aside from touring Sheki's architectural hotspots, spend a few hours touring Sheki's countryside by horseback riding. While horseback riding, you will be able to see some of Sheki's Caucasian wildlife, as well as its ancient churches and towers, which are hidden among Sheki's meadows.
Finally, on days eight through ten, spend your time in Baku! Baku is the largest city in the Caucasus, and is the capital of Azerbaijan. Located on the coast of the Caspian Sea, Baku is considered to be one of the most gorgeous cities in the world! Since three days are spent in Baku, you will have more than enough time to go sightseeing, experience Baku's nightlife, and do some outdoor activities. Some of the most popular outdoor activities to do in Baku are; windsurfing, waterskiing, hiking, and cycling.
After you spend three days in Baku, you can choose to continue your Caucasus vacation, or go home. If you continue to explore Caucasus, you will continue to experience some of the most architecturally and historically dense cities, along with some of the most breathtakingly beautiful and untouched land. And, if you choose to go home, you will leave Baku with memories that will last a lifetime.
About Frank V. Persall
Frank is originally from the UK, but he has a passion for skiing that knows no bounds. He has made it his life's mission to visit the best ski resorts across the USA and the World. Frank loves spending time with his wife and three children on ski slopes, as they all share his love for the activity.
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