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Azerbaijan, Georgia & Armenia Overview
- 2014-01-01 - 2014-12-31
Explore the intriguing countryside of Central Asia's Azerbaijan, Georgia & Armenia.
The Caucasus region of Central Asia holds a wealth of unexplored territories. Wedged between two seas, surrounded by Europe's largest mountain range and straddling two continents, Azerbaijan, Georgia and Armenia are home to some extraordinarily beautiful scenery and incredibly hospitable people. Journey from the fascinating Old City of Baku in Azerbaijan through the quaint towns and glorious hillsides of Georgia before finishing the adventure in Armenia's laidback capital, Yerevan. Mixing isolated villages, populous capital cities, ancient castles, breathtaking vistas, abundant natural resources and a flashy nouveau riche, this region of Caucasia offers up a variety of surprising contrasts, fascinating sights and stunning landscapes.
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Make your acquaintance with Baku, Azerbaijan's audacious and ambitious capital. With plans afoot for construction of the world's tallest building, this is certainly a country on the move. Visit the Ateshgah (Fire Temple), the medieval Mardakan Fortress and Yanar Dag (Fire Mountain) for a glimpse into the past from which this intriguing country has come.
Stop off at the bubbling mud volcanos en route to the brooding Caucasus Mountains. Admire the shrine of Diri Baba and Yeddi Gumbez Tomb, then marvel at the exquisite interior decorations of Sheki Khan’s Palace.
Welcome to Georgia, one of Europe's most regal, yet largely unexplored, destinations. Begin by observing the fine architecture of Tbilisi, and perhaps climb to the top of Narikala Fortress for commanding views over the surrounding hillsides.
Another day, another glorious set of hillside scenery. Take in stunning mountain ranges and deep valleys along the Georgian Military Highway, the one-time trade highway between Georgia and Russia. Pop into the Svetitskhoveli Cathedral of Mtskheta, where the robe of Jesus Christ is reportedly buried, then stretch the legs on a woodland walk to Gergeti Trinity Church.
Get a dose of Georgian history in Gori, the birthplace of Joseph Stalin and location of the 3000-year-old Uplistsikhe cave city. Enjoy a guided walk around the ruins of Bagrati Cathedral in Kutaisi before sampling Georgian life on an overnight local family homestay.
Venture further into Georgia's interior to Akhaltsikhe, the site of magnificent natural grottoes.
Explore the intricate tunnels and caves of Vardzia's rock wall monasteries, hewn from the cliffs of Erusheti Mountain. Cross the border into Armenia.
Discover all angles of Yerevan on a walking tour. Then there's ample time to explore on your own terms - there are plenty of great monuments and museums to discover and some wonderful people-watching to be had.
Ever been in a place that has been home to human settlements since the Stone Age? We'll today's the day! Explore the medieval town of Gorsis and the mountainous scenery and rocky outcrops of surrounding Tatev. Don't miss visiting the fascinating stone pyramids of Old Kores.
Make tracks back to Yerevan via the stunning Geghard Monastery, a World Heritage site that's carved into a mountain. Then visit the pagan temple of Garni before arriving in Armenia's capital, where there's one last night to soak in the atmosphere of this wonderful town. Perhaps get the group together for a final dinner meal of delicious local cuisine.
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