Europe meets Asia in this spectacular region of the Caucasus Mountain range, where visitors will find spectacular scenery, excellent food and wine and a friendly welcome. On this tour we showcase the history and natural beauty of this region. We will stroll the narrow streets of old towns, visit ancient monasteries, view massive mountain ranges and meet with friendly locals. We will also visit an interesting variety of museums and a great selection of some of the more than 10,000 monuments, including many listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites, all the while soaking up the exotic atmosphere of this under-explored area.
We begin and end in Tbilisi, Georgia - a key station on the famous Silk Road. The Old Town is renowned for its wonderful mix of cultures which are reflected in the splendid Georgian architecture. The wooden houses with carved balconies and sulphur baths have hosted poets, writers, musicians and kings through the centuries. Also in Georgia we will discover incredible cave villages carved into the side of a mountain, historical towns and of course the breath-taking Great Caucasus Mountains. Highlights include the unique Gergeti Trinity Church sitting isolated on a hill surrounded by spectacular scenery, dining with local families serving local specialties, sampling wines from some of the world’s oldest vineyards, and wandering through incredible architectural complexes, noble residences and amazing monasteries and churches.
Armenia is the only country remaining from 3,000-year-old maps of Anatolia, and became the world's first Christian country more than 1700 years ago. It is a country of beautiful mountains and valleys, and so the scenery constantly changes between arid land and lush forest. Yerevan is the capital and one of the world's oldest continuously inhabited cities. We will tour the city, including the Genocide Memorial and Museum and most important monuments, visit Khor Virap Monastery with fantastic views of Mt. Ararat, explore medieval Haghartsin in Dilijan and marvel at Lake Sevan - the largest lake in the Lesser Caucasus mountain range.
** Those joining any of our tours to Asia must be able to walk fairly long distances and climb stairs easily.