Lonely Planet: Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan

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Discover Georgia, Armenia & Azerbaijan

Find out which Georgian king wanted the world to walk on his grave Clamber down to the snake pit once occupied by St Gregory the illuminator Watch the clouds lift above Xinaliq to reveal 360-degree views of the Caucasus mountains Discover why you should never toast a Georgian with beer

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Overview

Discover Georgia, Armenia & Azerbaijan

Find out which Georgian king wanted the world to walk on his grave Clamber down to the snake pit once occupied by St Gregory the illuminator Watch the clouds lift above Xinaliq to reveal 360-degree views of the Caucasus mountains Discover why you should never toast a Georgian with beer

In This Guide:

Expert authors: three. Days of research: 143. Spontaneous on-the-road toasts: lost count Expanded coverage of nature reserves, day walks and challenging mountain hikes Content updated daily - visit lonelyplanet.com for up-to-the-minute reviews, updates and traveler insights.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781741044775
  • Publisher: Lonely Planet Publications
  • Publication date: 5/28/2008
  • Series: Lonely Planet Travel Guides Series
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 364
  • Product dimensions: 5.18 (w) x 7.66 (h) x 0.77 (d)

Meet the Author

Mark Elliott

Mark Elliott has been visiting Azerbaijan regularly for the last 15 years and has driven, hiked, ridden and hitched back into virtually every corner of the country to research the fourth edition of this guide.

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Table of Contents


On the Road     4
Highlights     5
Destination Georgia, Armenia & Azerbaijan     16
Getting Started     18
Itineraries     23
Snapshots     28
Georgia     35
Highlights     37
Itineraries     37
Climate & When to Go     37
Current Events     37
History     39
People     41
Religion     42
Arts     42
Environment     44
Food & Drink     45
Tbilisi     47
History     47
Orientation     49
Information     50
Dangers & Annoyances     52
Sights     52
Activities     59
Walking Tour     59
Festivals & Events     60
Sleeping     60
Eating     63
Drinking     65
Entertainment     65
Shopping     67
Getting There & Away     67
Getting Around     69
Around Tbilisi     70
Mtskheta     70
Gori     73
AroundGori     75
Western Georgia     77
Kutaisi     77
Around Kutaisi     81
Poti     82
Kolkheti National Park     84
Ureki     85
Zugdidi     85
Abkhazia     86
Adjara     88
Batumi     89
Around Batumi     94
The Mountains     94
Svaneti     94
South Ossetia     98
Georgian Military Highway     98
Khevsureti     103
Tusheti     104
Kakheti     106
Telavi     106
Around Telavi     109
Sighnaghi     112
Around Sighnaghi     113
Davit Gareja     113
Lagodekhi Nature Reserve     115
Samtskhe-Javakheti     115
Borjomi     115
Borjomi-Kharagauli National Park     118
Bakuriani     119
Akhaltsikhe     119
Vardzia     121
Sapara Monastery     122
Georgia Directory     122
Accommodation     122
Activities     123
Books      124
Business Hours     124
Customs Regulations     124
Embassies & Consulates     124
Festivals & Events     125
Holidays     125
Internet Resources     125
Maps     125
Media     125
Money     126
Telephone     126
Visas     127
Work     128
Armenia     129
Highlights     131
Itineraries     131
Climate & When to Go     131
Current Events     131
History     133
People     135
Religion     137
Arts     138
Environment     142
Food & Drink     143
Yerevan     145
History     146
Orientation     146
Information     147
Sights     151
Walking Tour     156
Courses     158
Festivals & Events     158
Sleeping     158
Eating     160
Drinking     163
Entertainment     163
Shopping     165
Getting There & Away      166
Getting Around     168
Around Yerevan     168
Garni Temple     169
Geghard Monastery     169
Zvartnots Cathedral     171
Echmiadzin     171
Metsamor Museum     173
Sardarapat     173
Ashtarak     173
Byurakan & Around     174
Mt Aragats     175
Talin & Around     175
Khor Virap Monastery     176
Khosrov Nature Reserve     176
Northern Armenia     177
Lake Sevan     177
Sevan     178
Around Lake Sevan     180
Best of Georgia, Armenia & Azerbaijan     181
Tsaghkadzor     189
Dilijan     190
Haghartsin     192
Goshavank     192
Ijevan     193
Yenokavan     194
North of Ijevan     194
Shamshadin     195
Vanadzor     195
Stepanavan & Around     197
Debed Canyon     199
Gyumri     202
Marmashen     205
Harichavank     205
Ani Viewpoint      206
Spitak     206
Vayots Dzor & Syunik     206
Areni     207
Noravank     207
Yeghegnadzor & Around     208
Yeghegis & Around     209
Selim Caravanserai     210
Vayk & Around     210
Jermuk     210
Sisian     211
Around Sisian     213
Goris     213
Around Goris     216
Tatev     216
Goris to Kapan     217
Kapan     217
Around Kapan     218
Meghri     219
Armenia Directory     220
Accommodation     220
Activities     220
Books     221
Business Hours     221
Customs Regulations     221
Embassies & Consulates     221
Festivals & Events     222
Holidays     222
Internet Resources     222
Maps     222
Media     223
Money     223
Post     223
Telphone     223
Tourist Information     224
Visas     224
Work      224
Azerbaijan     225
Highlights     227
Itineraries     227
Climate & When to Go     227
Current Events     227
History     229
People     231
Religion     232
Arts     232
Environment     233
Food & Drink     234
Baku (Baki)     236
History     236
Orientation     237
Information     238
Dangers & Annoyances     243
Sights     243
Walking Tour     245
Festivals & Events     247
Sleeping     247
Eating     249
Drinking     252
Entertainment     253
Shopping     254
Getting There & Away     254
Getting Around     256
Around Baku     257
Sumqayit     257
Abseron Peninsula     258
Baku to Qobustan     260
Sirvan National Park     261
Northern Azerbaijan     261
Baku to Quba     261
Quba     263
Xinaliq     265
Qusar      266
Around Qusar     266
Nabran     267
Northwestern Azerbaijan     267
Samaxi     267
Around Samaxi     268
Ismayilli     269
Around Ismayilli     270
Qebele     272
Around Qebele     273
Seki     274
Around Seki     278
Qax     278
Around Qax     278
Zaqatala     279
Around Zaqatala     280
Balaken     280
Central Azerbaijan     281
Gence     281
Around Gence     283
Towards Georgia     283
Southern Azerbaijan     284
Masalli & Around     284
Lenkeran     285
Around Lenkeran     287
Astara     287
Around Astara     288
Naxcivan     288
History     288
Naxcivan City     288
Naxcivan City to Ordubad     293
Naxcivan City to Turkey     294
Azerbaijan Directory     294
Accommodation     294
Books     294
Business Hours      295
Customs Regulations     295
Dangers & Annoyances     295
Embassies & Consulates     295
Festivals & Events     295
Holidays     296
Internet Resources     296
Maps     296
Media     296
Money     297
Photography & Video     297
Telephone     297
Visas     297
Women Travellers     298
Nagorno-Karabakh     299
Stepanakert     301
Shushi     305
Gandzasar Monastery     306
Northern Karabakh     306
Southern Karabakh     307
Kelbajar     307
Nagorno-Karabakh Directory     308
Regional Directory     309
Activities     311
Business Hours     312
Children     312
Climate Charts     312
Customs Regulations     313
Dangers & Annoyances     313
Discount Cards     313
Embassies & Consulates     313
Gay & Lesbian Travellers     314
Insurance     314
Internet Access     314
Legal Matters      314
Maps     315
Money     315
Photography & Video     315
Solo Travellers     315
Telephone     315
Time     316
Toilets     316
Tourist Information     316
Travellers with Disabilities     316
Visas     316
Women Travellers     317
Transport     318
Getting There & Away     318
Entry Requirements     318
Air     319
Land     322
Sea     323
Tours     324
Getting Around     325
Air     325
Bicycle     325
Bus & Marshrutka     325
Car & Motorcycle     326
Hitching     327
Local Transport     327
Train     327
Health     328
Before you Go     328
Insurance     328
Recommended Vaccinations     328
Online Resources     328
In Georgia, Armenia & Azerbaijan     329
Availability & Cost of Health Care     329
Infectious Diseases     329
Traveller's Diarrhoea     330
Environmental Hazards & Treatment     330
Travelling with Children     330
Women's Health     331
Language     332
Glossary     341
The Authors     343
Behind the Scenes     344
Index     353
World Time Zones     362
Legend     364
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