At the crossroads of Asia and Eastern Europe, between the Black Sea and the Caspian Sea, the Caucasus is a unique travel destination. Few tourists visit this fascinating region, which includes Azerbaijan, Armenia and Georgia, but those who do are struck by its beauty, culture and history. On this trip, you’ll pass snow-capped mountains, glaciers and gorges; dine with local families; and explore rock-hewn villages, mosques and UNESCO World Heritage-listed monasteries and churches.
Azerbaijan is a country boasting a history that dates back to prehistoric times and evidence of stone-age settlements. From the dynamic capital city of Baku to charming villages filled with stone buildings and cobblestone streets, to the ancient city Sheki, it is a country of contrasts. Azerbaijan was an important part of the Great Silk Route, and nowadays its economy is based on the abundance of oil and gas reserves. It is home to the UNESCO World Heritage-listed rock art site Gobustan and is the birthplace of the ancient Zoroastrian religion.
The Republic of Armenia is a small, landlocked country which was part of the Soviet Union until it reclaimed independence in 1991. Discover the country’s fascinating history during visits to cathedrals, churches, museums and monasteries - notably, Armenia is home to the oldest Christian cathedral in the world! Learn about the country’s unique indigenous culture at artistic workshops and bake the national bread, lavash, and other Armenian dishes. Armenia's countryside is beautiful with the jewel being the alpine Lake Sevan at almost 2,000 metres above sea level – one of the largest freshwater alpine lakes in the world.
Georgia has an ancient culture and a unique alphabet found nowhere else in the world. Over the centuries all her neighbours have coveted over her land. Turks, Persians, Mongols, Arabia and the Russians have invaded and periodical civil war has also left its mark. But nowadays, it is a peaceful country becoming known for its quality wines and spectacular scenery. The capital, Tbilisi, has a modern European vibe, with cosy cafes, art galleries and theatres. Yet, leave the city and it may feel like travelling in medieval times, amongst palaces, castles, fortresses and rock-hewn villages. The UNESCO World Heritage-listed ancient capital Mtskheta sits at the confluence of the Aragvi River, and its 11th-century Svetitskhoveli Cathedral is where Christ’s robe was buried. Admire the views of snow-capped mountains, gorges and glaciers as we travel through the country and the higher Caucasus Mountain range, reaching heights of over 5,000 metres.
This fascinating region has been overlooked by travellers for too long - now is the time to visit, as it emerges as a destination for adventurous travellers.
- The region’s natural beauty - mountains, valleys, rivers and lakes
- Medieval villages where the way of life has not changed for decades
- The region’s warm and friendly people
- UNESCO-listed sites throughout the region – monasteries, towns and monuments.
- Ancient, medieval and modern history galore
- Food and wine