Georgia, Azerbaijan and Armenia holiday

“Discover a little-explored crossroads of Europe and Asia, tracing the path of Silk Road traders, Crusaders and Ottoman princes from the Caspian Sea to the Caucasus mountains.”

Highlights

Baku | Qobustan | Seki | Georgian wine region | Gori | Tblisi | High Caucasus | Lake Sevan | Yerevan

Description of Georgia, Azerbaijan and Armenia holiday

This cultural adventure takes in the best of Azerbaijan, Georgia and Armenia – a still relatively unexplored region at the crossroads of Europe and Asia, where reminders of legends like the Golden Fleece complement stunning scenery and hospitable locals. Following in the footsteps of Silk Road traders, Crusader knights and Ottoman princes, travel from the Caspian shores through the vineyards of Kakheti to the spectacular High Caucasus mountains.

After exploring Baku and nearby spots like the UNESCO site at Qobustan, head into the Caucusus foothills to mingle with villagers and explore the former trading town of Seki – home to the Khan's Palace and bustling market – as well as neighbouring Kis.

Crossing into Georgia, traverse an ancient vineyard-strewn landscape – Georgia battles with Greece for the title of the birthplace of wine – to visit the Nekresi Monastery and Alaverdi Cathedral, as well as a historic wine cellar. You'll also have time in Gori, birthplace of Joseph Stalin.

Diving into glorious mountain scenery, enjoy a two hour beautiful valley walk to the iconic Gergeti Church as well as the alleged burial spot of the Robe of Christ en route to Tblisi. Exploring the old town of Georgia's capital, visit Metekhi Church, Narikala Fortress and the Sulphur Baths.

Your entry into Armenia sweeps through the Debed Canyon as you travel towards the capital Yerevan, taking in the Haghartsin and Noravank monasteries plus Lake Sevan. In Yerevan, after a visit to the 11th century Amberd fortress, you are free to explore a cityscape whose grand Soviet-era architecture is also home to the Matenadaran library (home to thousands of ancient Greek and Armenian manuscripts), the musical water fountains of Republic Square plus a fine History Museum with objects dating back to 3500BC.

**Price includes all activities/equipment, tour leaders, local guides and drivers, meals, mineral water, transport (excluding international flights), accommodation and entrance fees as outlined in the itinerary.

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Responsible tourism: Georgia, Azerbaijan and Armenia holiday

Environment

In the Caucasus - and in particular in Georgia - we have developed unique relationships with many of the mountain peoples of the region and through our form of interactive tourism with a social conscience we have helped them by providing an important additional income. On this trip we travel through regions where conditions are harsh and there is limited opportunity for earning an income. By visiting local families we are able to put much needed funds directly into the local communities. In addition all foods are produced locally so several members of the village benefit financially, which improves several familys’ standard of living. The great thing about this kind of interactive tourism is that everyone gains – the locals financially and us from the fuss they make of us!

We have a strict environmental policy to make sure that the fragile eco-system of the mountains is not damaged or spoilt in any way. Our guides are trained to uphold this policy and all clients are fully briefed on appropriate/responsible behaviour whilst in wilderness areas. Our “Leave No Trace” ethic is applied to all trips in all regions, and as tour operators is something we are careful to promote.

When you take one of our trips, we also make a contribution to Carbon Clear – an organisation devoted to ‘offsetting’ or ‘neutralising’ harmful greenhouse gas emissions caused by your flight. This is done by funding projects across the world that will reduce greenhouse gases on your behalf through sustainable energy or rainforest restoration.

Community

In Georgia and Azerbaijan we use local ground handlers who in turn book locally run hotels, providing employment for a number of members of staff and support families. The ground handlers also use local drivers and camp staff, and ensure that all supplies are purchased locally for the journey. This means that all the operational costs go directly into the local economy and helps to improve employment opportunities in remote regions.

The Caucasus have suffered over a decade of civil war and turbulence, and have been left with an abundance landmines and UXO in several areas. All landmine casualties place additional strain on the already overburdened health care system that has been damaged or destroyed by decades of conflict. We support the Adopt-A-Minefield project, an NGO that saves and improves lives by raising funds to clear landmines and help landmine survivors around the world.

We also support several NGOs around the world such as the Hope Foundation, A-Cet and Adopt-A-Minefield, which are all carefully selected to improve the standard of living for the communities we visit.

In addition we sponsor the following project:
Children of the Caucasus is an excellent charity, set up and run by the British Georgiaphile and author Peter Nasmyth, dedicated to helping the young people of the region, many of whom have been displaced, orphaned or traumatised by civil war.

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Reviewed on 05 Jun 2018 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


The spectacular mountain scenery and the plentiful (wholesome) food.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


It is an ambitious program. Be prepared to travel long distances, but the rewards are worth it.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Every effort was made to benefit locals, from staying in family run Guest Houses to meals at family homes

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Extremely highly. There were amazing sights to see, the hospitality was outstanding and we were well looked after.

Reviewed on 13 Aug 2017 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


We started walking through the fortified town of Sighnaghi in Georgia and were sidetracked by the sound of music coming from the main square. It turned out that it was a national holiday, and a series of youth groups in splendid costumes were doing traditional dances on a stage in the square, cheered on by friends waving the national flag from the balcony of the city hall and about 1000 relatives with cell phone cameras. We didn't see much else of Sighnaghi, but we didn't mind!

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


It's an action-packed 2 weeks, but you'll see everything from grim Soviet-era relics to incredibly beautiful ancient monasteries on remote mountaintops. Be flexible, wear good walking shoes, and come prepared for all sorts of weather.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


All of the above, but especially the first: We patronized local guesthouses, restaurants, and other businesses, and I found it far more authentic than going from one lookalike hotel to another. One environmental impact I wish we could have reduced was the use of bottled water, but in that part of the world it's an unfortunate necessity.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


I felt that the holiday was well organized, our trip leader (Dario) was a kind person as well as an expert, and all in all I had a great time. This was my second trip with our holiday provider, and I just booked a third for next year!

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