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 Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan, but those who do are struck by its beauty, culture and history. Guests on our small group tours will pass snow-capped mountains, glaciers and gorges; dine with local families and explore rock-hewn villages, mosques, UNESCO World Heritage-listed monasteries and churches.
From its modern, European-style capital Tbilisi to its rock-hewn monasteries, Georgia is a diverse country. It has a long and complex history, having been invaded by the Turks, Persians, Mongols, Arabians and Russians over the centuries, as well as being subjected to ethnic conflicts and civil war. The now peaceful country is increasingly becoming known for its quality wines and as an emerging destination for adventurous travellers.
Our private tours begin with a visit to the UNESCO World Heritage-listed ancient capital Mtskheta, at the confluence of the Aragvi River, and its 11th-century Svetitskhoveli Cathedral, where Christ’s robe was buried. Guests will then explore Old Tbilisi, where Georgian Orthodox and Armenian Gregorian churches, a Jewish synagogue and Turkish mosque sit side by side, reflecting the city's acceptance and tolerance of different religions. But the city also has a modern vibe, with cosy cafes, art galleries and theatres.
Admire the views of snow-capped mountains, gorges and glaciers as you travel through the country visiting palaces, castles, fortresses, rock-hewn villages and UNESCO World Heritage-listed monasteries.
Our unique tours continue on to the Republic of Armenia - a small, landlocked country with a strong Indigenous population which was part of the Soviet Union until it reclaimed independence in 1991. As well as learning about the country’s fascinating history during visits to cathedrals, churches, museums and monasteries, guests will visit artistic workshops and have the chance to bake the national bread, lavash, and other Armenian dishes. One of the country’s most popular tourist destinations is Lake Sevan, which at almost 2,000 metres above sea level is one of the largest freshwater alpine lakes in the world.
Oil-rich Azerbaijan is equally as impressive, with the Muslim country boasting a history dating back to prehistoric times and evidence of stone-age settlements. Guests will visit the dynamic capital city of Baku, situated around a horseshoe-shaped bay; charming villages filled with stone buildings and cobblestone streets and the ancient city Sheki, which was an important stop on the Great Silk Route.
Other highlights include the UNESCO World Heritage-listed rock art site Gobustan, a mud volcano and the castle-like fire temple Ateshgah.
- 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