Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan share stunning mountain backdrops, powerful stone architecture, and a strong code of hospitality. Georgia’s renowned winemaking traditions, Azerbaijan’s Zoroastrian and Islamic background, and Armenia’s multitude of ancient churches combine to make this distinctive journey more than the sum of its parts. The 15-day “Treasures of the South Caucus” tour is slated for September 20 – October 4, 2015 and starts at $7,195.
For more info, visit this link or call 800-424-7289 FREE. Days 1-4: Baku, Sheki
The journey begins in Baku, capital of Azerbaijan and black-gold boomtown, exploring the narrow stone streets of the charming medieval Old Town.
Traveling overland, visit Sheki, a 14th century architectural preserve and one of the oldest towns in Azerbaijan.
Days 5-7: Sheki, Signagi, Tbilisi, day trip to David Gareja Crossing the Georgian border, trace the ancient Silk Road stopping to explore the fortress town of Signagi. Enjoy a traditional “Georgian Table,” laden with fine examples of the country’s rich culinary and winemaking legacy. Georgia is where the wine grape was first cultivated and the flowers and fruits of the Mediterranean flourish. In Tbilisi, view a windfall of eastern artifacts at the State Museum of Fine Arts.
Take a day trip to the fascinating David Gareja monastery complex.
Days 8-9: Mtskheta, Ananuri, Kazbegi, Gudauri, Gori, Uplistsikhe, Tbilisi Journey along the Georgian Military Highway to the alpine villages of Kazbegi and Gudauri, seated in the shadow of the Caucasus Mountains. Pause at UNESCO-listed Mtskheta, capital of the kingdom of Iberia from the 3rd century BC until the 5th century AD.
Visit Gori, Stalin’s hometown, and explore the fascinating cave town of Uplistsikhe. Highlights
Days 10-15: Yerevan, Khor Virap, Garni, Geghard, Echmiadzin, Lake Sevan Next is Armenia, the first kingdom to formally adopt Christianity. Stop at UNESCO-listed Haghbat Monastery, take a day trip to the shores of Lake Sevan, and visit Khor Virap, where the view of Mt. Ararat is superb.
Browse among some of the oldest books in the world at the 5th century Matenadaran Museum in Yerevan. Explore the monastery of Geghard, carved from solid rock, and the impressive cathedral at Echmiadzin, dating back to 303 AD.
About MIR Corporation:
MIR Corporation, whose name means “peace” and “world” in Russian, has specialized in Russia (and neighboring countries) since 1986. Offering scheduled and custom journeys to Russia, along the Trans-Siberian and across the Silk Route, MIR’s Seattle-based experts design imaginative trips that take travelers far from the familiar, and work closely with local affiliates in Western Russia, Siberia, Ukraine and Uzbekistan to carry them out. MIR has twice been named one of National Geographic Adventure’s “Best Adventure Travel Companies on Earth,” and is a preferred operator for museum, alumni and special interest organizations across the country. http://www.mircorp.com