AZ1 The Caucasus

NEW SEARCH
TOUR HIGHLIGHTS:

Cosmopolitan Yerevan: City tour; Major Armenian Christian sites; Spectacular views of Mt Ararat (weather permitting); Tbilisi: City Tour & Mtskhetai, ancient capital; Travelling the Georgian Military Highway to the high Caucasus; Legacies: Russian, Arab, Mongol, early Christian and many more!

Dates & Prices

To book this tour, please refer to the sidebar ►

Prices are in US Dollars (USD), before taxes (if applicable) - All pricing reflects per-person Land Only expenses, however, we can book flights from virtually every city. Please call us for an air quote.


Start DateEnd DatePriceMore Info
Sun 19 Apr 2015Sat 02 May 2015 $3230
Sun 27 Sep 2015Sat 10 Oct 2015 $3230
Sun 04 Oct 2015Sat 17 Oct 2015 $3230
Sun 17 Apr 2016Sat 30 Apr 2016 $3230
Sun 25 Sep 2016Sat 08 Oct 2016 $3230
Sun 02 Oct 2016Sat 15 Oct 2016 $3230

Optional Single Supplement: $1030 (number of singles limited).


Tour Overview


Baku, the capital city of Azerbaijan, is the entry point on this tour through the Caucasus and we take a couple of days to explore the fascinating historic sites in this remarkable destination. Mediaeval palaces, beautiful mausoleums, grand mosques and glorious vineyards are but a few of the notable sights as we start our tour in Baku, 'the city of the winds'. Following the ancient Silk Road trade route, we travel through Azerbaijan and head for the most ancient settlements and architectural centres of the country at Sheki, a town founded over 2,700 years ago. As we travel from Azerbaijan to Georgia, we visit cathedrals, churches, monasteries, fortresses and secular sites that detail the countries' long, and at times tumultuous, histories, as well as taking time to stop by some UNESCO World Heritage Sites and checking out original cave frescoes dating from the eighth century AD. We learn about the ancient world, its kings and its peoples and marvel at the great cultural and ethnic diversity of the modern-day region; in Georgia alone, mosques and synagogues stand alongside Armenian, Roman Catholic and Georgian churches and the multi-ethnic city marketplaces have a distinctly Eastern, cosmopolitan feel. Departing from Tbilisi, the capital of Georgia, we head north into the lofty Caucasus Mountains, with quaint early churches, friendly villages set against soaring peaks, and history dating from ancient times. We then enter Armenia, the first nation in the world to adopt Christianity as a state religion. Yerevan, its capital, mixes a plethora of intricately crafted religious sites with buildings primarily constructed from the pink-hued 'tuff' stone unique to the area.

Regions visited: Central And Eastern Europe
Countries visited: Azerbaijan; Georgia and Armenia


Testimonials


Barri R. (Seattle, WA, US)

Peter was a very attentive tour leader who is kind, nice and knowledgeable. He knows these countries and their culture quite well. He was organized, charming and always available to explain, loan money, fix a computer or a camera, get restaurants that would appeal to most people. He was flexible and very detail oriented with making sure everyone is comfortable and welcomed. He was very responsible and always made sure everyone is on the bus.

Ed L. (OCEANSIDE, CA, US)

The museums in Georgia were exceptional. Lorna was always cheerful,considerate and exuded self assurance, as well as attention to detail.

Greg F. (Arlington, VA, US)

This trip exceeded my expectations! From the sophisticated elegance of Baku, to the beautiful countryside around Sheki, to the amazing journey into the Causasus via Kasbegi, the jeep ride to Juta, quaint Tbilisi, the Georgian countryside, and the uniqueness of Armenia, it had it all. Having perfect weather the entire trip helped. What was the best surprise was the food. Night after night of delicious meals, the most wonderful fruits and vegetables, great beer and wine... The trip really helped me to understand the political difficulties of this region. Talking to the locals, hitting some of the more isolated areas, seeing first hand the daunting geography really hit home the challenges each country faces going forward. Each country was very unique, very proud, very determined.... This trip satisfied all my travel needs. Great scenery, great food, and a lot of learning. Very satisfying

James M. (Kennesaw, GA, US)

VERY FEW GUIDES EVER HELPED ME OUT THE WAY HE (PETER) DID: ALWAYS AVAILABLE, ALWAYS WILLING TO LISTEN AND ADVISE

Joyce H. (Toronto, ON, CA)

Local guides were all very good. Buses were large and comfortable, so we could all have our own window seat if we wanted. Peter, our tour leader, was great - really caring about people on the tour - would love to travel with him again.

Pamelia L. (Toronto, ON, CA)

Lorna has a great personality for leading groups. She showed common sense, affability at all times (even when she had a cold), a sense of humour, and subtle herding skills.

Richard W. (La Jolla, CA, US)

AA has an excellent travel philosophy, great trips, and reasonable prices. Would enjoy taking more trips with you.

Stanley G. (Buffalo Grove, IL, US)

I enjoyed this trip very much. Great tour leader, great trip highlights and excursions, very interesting history. Peter, our tour leader, obviously enjoys this kind of work and is eager to please and help. Bus facilities were excellent, as were the drivers. Good wine, good brandy, good fresh salads.

Thomas A. (Fort Lee, NJ, US)

Jonathan was exceptionally helpful. He was knowledgable and patient with the local guides and customers. I never saw him lose his cool. All [Local Guides] were good to excellent, especially Ara in Armenia. He was extremely knowledgable, articulate and skilled at handling customers.