South Caucasus Tour 2019

Click here  for full tour details in our 4 page colour brochure.

16 DAYS      13 May – 28 May, 2019

Provisional Price: USD 4175 per person (twin share); Single supplement USD 1120

The Caucasus Mountains form the physical divide between Europe and Asia and the region of the South Caucasus, nestled between rugged mountains and the Black and Caspian Seas are home to the compact countries of Azerbaijan, Georgia and Armenia.  In true Byroads style, we take the time to explore these lessor known countries, experiencing and contrasting the local religions, cultures, peoples and cuisines while discovering the wonderful historical and natural sights that abound.

Our trip starts in Azerbaijan – the ‘land of fire’. In the capital of Baku, once an important trading post on the Silk Road, we explore the ancient citadel containing the Maidens Tower, historic mosques and caravanserais and the Shirvan Shah’s palace. We then discover ‘New’ Baku with its impressive modern towers and the stunning architecture of the Heydar Aliytev Centre.

At the Gobustan N.P. we view Stone Age petroglyphs and walk amongst bubbling mud volcanoes, whilst in Ateshgah we admire the ancient Zoroastrian flame temple. In the old capital of Sheki we stay in a restored caravanserai and visit the colourful palace of the Sheki Khans.

Christian Georgia is home to soaring alpine mountains and lush green valleys dotted with historic churches, fortresses and wineries. We explore historic homes of ancient Georgian royalty in Tsinandali and walk atop ancient walls at Sighnagh town. In Tbilisi we wander through the historic centre visiting the soaring Holy Trinity cathedral and enjoy great views from the Narikala Fortress.

North of Tbilisi we journey into the Caucasus by 4WD for stunning alpine views across to the Russian border. At Gori we contemplate a more recent history at the Joseph Stalin museum and visit the ancient capital at Mtskheta where Kings were crowned and buried.

Armenia is an ancient country whose more recent tragic history has demonstrated the resilience  of its people. It is a region of old legends, Biblical stories, centuries old monasteries and cathedrals set in a stark landscape.   Historic Yerevan dates from the 8th Century BC and is watched over by imposing Mount Ararat. We explore the city, learn of the Armenian Genocide and visit stunning monasteries and forts at nearby Garni, Geghard and Noravank. We also take the time to join a cooking class and have hands on experience at the pottery wheel.

For a copy of our Byroads South Caucasus brochure, Click here. Many thanks!

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