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How to Get Around Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan

Planning a trip through the Caucuses comes with some challenges—namely transportation. But, after reading several travel blogs on the subject, I devised this efficient travel plan to maximize time and convenience.

  1. Fly to Baku. Once there, taxis are widely available. If you don’t speak Russian or Azerbaijani, don’t worry. Lots of people speak at least some English or have a friend that does. One taxi driver called a friend and had me explain to him where I needed to go and that worked out fine.
  2. Book day tours to nearby sites (Qobustan, Ateshgah and Yanar Dag) through Viator. You’ll get a driver and an English-speaking guide. Easy-peasy.
  3. Arrange a taxi from Baku to Sheki. To avoid the local bus, arrange transportation with a taxi driver in Baku. We took plenty of rides in the city and chose the driver we liked best. We paid high (around $100) but got what we paid for. The next morning, right on time, the driver’s son picked us up at our hotel in a nice car and drove us the 2½ hours to Sheki.
  4. In Sheki, have your hotel call a taxi and arrange a full-day fare. Sheki is small and slow-paced but this was super convenient and inexpensive. Do a self-tour of Sheki Khan’s Palace (Xan Sarayı) and Winter Palace and the Caravanserai.
  5. Arrange a taxi from Sheki to the Georgia border. I used the same driver as above. To address the language barrier, the driver used Google translate on his phone. Cost was around $30.
  6. Cross the border into Georgia on foot.
  7. Take a short taxi ride to Lagodekhi.
  8. Arrange a GoTrip driver to pick you up in Lagodekhi and take you to Tbilisi. Along the way, stop in Telavi for a winery tour. Georgian wine is different than European wine and it is fantastic.
    • With GoTrip, you select a tour or transport or create your own trip and then choose from available drivers. You’ll see a photo of your driver and their vehicle plus reviews. Your driver will also make any stops you want in between.
  9. In Tbilisi, stay in a centrally located hotel. Walk and take taxis.
  10. Use GoTrip for day tours to Gori, Uplistsikhe and Kazbegi.
  11. If not traveling on to Armenia, do a full-day tour of northern Armenia through Kartveli Tours and return to Tbilisi.
  12. Fly out of Tbilisi.

Note: If traveling to both Armenia and Azerbaijan, visit Azerbaijan first. An Armenian stamp in your passport may make entering Azerbaijan difficult.

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How to Get Around Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan

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How to Get Around Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan

Kathmandu Valley, Nepal

Tahiti Tole
Tahiti Tole

Street in Thamel
Street in Thamel

Street in Thamel
Street in Thamel

Street shot
Street shot

Monkeys on the move at Swayambhunath Stupa
Monkeys on the move at Swayambhunath Stupa

More monkeys at Swayambhunath Stupa
More monkeys at Swayambhunath Stupa

Swayambhunath Stupa
Swayambhunath Stupa

Swayambhunath Stupa
Swayambhunath Stupa

Swayambhunath Stupa
Swayambhunath Stupa

Prayer wheel at Swayambhunath Stupa
Prayer wheel at Swayambhunath Stupa

Golden Temple (Hiranya Varna Mahavihar) and child priest
Golden Temple (Hiranya Varna Mahavihar) and child priest

Priest at Golden Temple
Priest at Golden Temple

Prayer wheels and monkey at Golden Temple
Prayer wheels and monkey at Golden Temple

Golden Temple
Golden Temple

Kathmandu Durbar Square
Kathmandu Durbar Square

Pigeons in Kathmandu Durbar Square
Pigeons in Kathmandu Durbar Square

Kala Bhairav Statue in Kathmandu Durbar Square
Kala Bhairav Statue in Kathmandu Durbar Square

Girls at Patan Durbar Square
Girls at Patan Durbar Square

Patan Royal Palace Complex
Patan Royal Palace Complex

Patan Royal Palace Complex
Patan Royal Palace Complex

Sadhu (holy man)
Sadhu (holy man)

Earthquake damage in Bhaktapur
Earthquake damage in Bhaktapur

Wood carving
Wood carving

Kirtipur
Kirtipur

Cremation at Pashupatinath Temple
Cremation at Pashupatinath Temple

Street shot 2
Street shot 2

In front of Boudhanath Stupa
In front of Boudhanath Stupa

Boudhanath Stupa
Boudhanath Stupa

Everest flight with Buddha Air
Everest flight with Buddha Air

Mount Everest from the cockpit
Mount Everest from the cockpit

 

 

Oh, India! [PHOTOS]

My favorite photos from a recent trip to India.

Camel selfie in Jaisalmer, India
Camel selfie, Jaisalmer

Qutub Minar
Close-up of Qutub Minar, Delhi

Camel and handler in Jaisalmer, India
Camel and handler, Jaisalmer

Lodi Gardens, Delhi, India
Lodi Gardens, Delhi

Puppets in Jaisalmer, India
Puppets, Jaisalmer

Haveli in Jaisalmer
Sandstone haveli, Jaisalmer

Jaisalmer Fort, India
Jaisalmer Fort

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Agra Fort

Camel ride in Jaisalmer, India
Camel ride, Jaisalmer

Cow in Jaisalmer, India
Cow, Jaisalmer

Old Delhi
Old Delhi

Market in Jodhpur, India
Market, Jodhpur

Woman and child in Jaisalmer, India
Woman and child, Jaisalmer

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Agra Fort

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Haveli, Jaisalmer

Taj Mahal, Agra, India
Taj Mahal, Agra

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Tea, Imperial Hotel, Delhi

Pets on scooter, India
Pets on scooter

Mehrangarh Fort, Jodhpura, India
Mehrangarh Fort, Jodhpura

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City Palace, Jaipur

Street in Jodhpur, India
Market, Jodhpur

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City Palace, Jaipur

Monkeys, Mehrangarh Fort, Jodhpura, India
Monkeys, Mehrangarh Fort, Jodhpur

Lemon and Chilles, India
Lemon and Chilies

Lodi Gardens, Delhi, India
Lodi Gardens, Delhi

Sadhu in Jaisalmer, India
Sadhu (holy man), Jaisalmer

Old Delhi
Old Delhi

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Red Fort, Delhi

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Tomb of I’timād-ud-Daulah (Baby Taj), Agra

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Painted elephants

Jama Masjid, Delhi, India
Jama Masjid, Delhi

City Palace, Jaipur, India
City Palace, Jaipur

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Old Delhi

Camels in India
Camels