Azerbaijan, Georgia, Svaneti & Armenia

Trans-Caucasus Adventure

Azerbaijan, Armenia, Georgia

26 Days

From $9,695

Level 3

Moderate

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    Overview

    Our epic journey through the dramatic Trans-Caucasus region with veteran Trip Leader Roger Williams brings us to lands with a fascinating ancient history, deep religious roots, and incredible people from a variety of cultures.We begin in Azerbaijan, ancient home to Zoroastrianism, and kick off our adventure by savoring its Central Asian atmosphere, craggy mountain scenery, and utter lack of outside visitors. After exploring its mountainous landscapes, we'll cross the border into the Republic of Georgia. Here, we visit the charming riverside capital, Tbilisi, explore the rugged, green foothills of the Caucasus below Mt. Kazbek, visit ancient wine country, and then head to the city of Batumi, with its 19th century architecture, set along the shores of the Black Sea. With its innate beauty and fascinating cultural legacy, Svaneti has been awarded UNESCO World Heritage Site status. We'll explore this remote region of northwestern Georgia—celebrated in myth as the home of the fabled Golden Fleece (Svaneti belonged to the ancient state of Colchis, from where Jason stole the Golden Fleece)—and end our grand journey in Armenia, whose rich human heritage dates back thousands of years and whose landscape is dotted with stone-carved monasteries and frescoed churches set in dramatic locations. Each day, we enjoy wonderful interactions with hospitable people, visit nine different World Heritage Sites, and spend comfortable overnights in lovely hotels and inns.

    Arrive: Baku, Azerbaijan

    Depart: Yerevan, Armenia

    Highlights

    • Exotic Azerbaijan, with its traditional mountain villages and Stone Age petroglyphs
    • Georgia: green foothills of the Caucasus, wine country, ancient cathedrals
    • Armenia's dramatically perched monasteries and churches, turquoise-blue Lake Sevan
    • Visit a number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites

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      Welcome to Baku, the largest city in the Caucasus! We'll get acquainted with this ancient yet cosmopolitan Azeri capital, walking the intriguing cobble-stone back streets, with stops at the fascinating Palace of the Shirvanshahs (World Heritage Site), the Maiden's Tower (World Heritage Site), Heydar Aliyev Center, the Nobel House, and the superb carpet museum. We'll also visit Qobustan (World Heritage Site), site of thousands of Stone Age petroglyphs, and explore other important historical sites including the Ateshgah Fire Temple and Yanar Dag (Burning Mountain). On Day 4, we'll head to mountainous Guba, a land steeped in Jewish heritage, and visit the famous Red Town and a local carpet weaving workshop.
      We leave Baku for the traditional mountain village of Lahic, famous for its carpet weavers and coppersmiths. We'll visit some of these workshops and watch the masters and their apprentices create elaborate and complex designs before continuing west to Sheki, situated in a serene mountain setting. Highlights include visiting an impressive Shebeke stain-glass workshop and touring the Kish Albania Church, built in the 1st century. On Day 7, cross the border from Azerbaijan to Telavi, Georgia, in the Kakheti province of Georgia, one of the oldest wine regions in the world. We'll visit a 300-year-old wine cellar, learn traditional Georgian wine-making techniques, tast home-made wines straight from quervi, visit the Lavra Monastery, and walk to ancient painted caves of Udabno in the semi-desert area of David Gareji. Heading to Tbilisi, we visit the 4th century Narikala Fortress, with views of the mighty snow-capped peak of Mt. Kazbegi (16,508') in the distance, and spend time at the 16th-17th century brick-domed Sulphur Baths.
      After arriving in Gori, the heart of the Kartli region and the birthplace of Stalin, we'll visit Uplistsikhe, a first millennium BC cave town that was one of the main stops along the Silk Route, and continue on to Borjomi, famous for its mineral water, then head to Akhaltsikhe. We'll enjoy a visit to an incredible church building carved out of rock revealing beautiful frescoes in Vardzia, then head to Kutaisi, the second largest city in Georgia, where we'll visit Gelati Monastery, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
      We drive to Mestia, the tiny capital of Svaneti. Our excursions include a hike through the Svanetian villages of Mulakhi, bringing us past bright wildflowers and stunning views of the Greater Caucasus. In Ushguli, the highest permanently inhabited village in Europe and part of a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site, we'll explore incredible scenery and fascinating culture. We'll also spend time with a local family to see how they make cheese.
      After overnights in the Black Sea port of Batumi and in Tbilisi, we head to Mtskheta and visit its many historical sites including the the 6th century Jvari Church and 11th century Svetitskhoveli Cathedral (also World Heritage Sites!) After crossing the border into Armenia, we drive to 10th century Akhtala Monastery to examine its breathtaking frescoes, and continue to beautiful Debet Canyon, with its two World Heritage–listed monasteries, Hagpat and Sananhin.
      In the alpine town of Dilijan, we’ll stroll beside the century-old wood framed houses and craftsmen’s workshops of the old town. We stop at turquoise-blue Lake Sevan, the largest lake in the Caucasus region, en route to the Syunik Province and the archaeological sites of Sisian. We continue to Goris and nearby Tatev Monastery, set on a fairytale outcrop of rock on the edge of Voroton Canyon. Making our way to Yerevan, we’ll explore this wonderful city, including its 7th century St. Hripsime Church, the Main Cathedral of Echmiadzin, and the open-air Zvartnots Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We will also visit its surrounding sites and villages, including the 1st century pagan temple of Garni, as well as the fascinating 4th century Geghard Monastery, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Transfer to airport for international flights on Day 26.

      Dates & Pricing

      Pricing below is per person and based on double occupancy. The earlier you book, the more choice you’ll have. WT also has the most generous cancellation and transfer policies in the industry, we make it easy if you change your mind. Have a small group of your own? Take over an existing date or choose your own. You’ll have your own private guide–and the adventure–all to yourselves!

      Payment & Cancel Schedule

      $600 due at time of reservation
      90 days prior to departure: Balance

      Cancellation & Transfer Schedule

      Up to 151 days prior to departure: No charge!
      91-150 days prior to departure: $600 per person
      90 days or less: 100% of trip cost

      *Please note that this differs from our standard policy.

      Included
      • Expert leadership of a Wilderness Travel Trip Leader and local guides
      • Accommodations in hotels and guesthouses
      • All meals
      • All ground transportation and baggage handling from meeting until departure
      • All activities as indicated in Detailed Itinerary
      Not Included
      • Travel to and from the arrival and departure location as indicated in Detailed Itinerary
      • Additional hotel nights outside the trip's scheduled dates
      • Optional gratuities to Trip Leaders or staff
      • Optional travel insurance
      • Other expenses of a personal nature (some alcoholic beverages, laundry, etc.)
      • Visa fees

      Trip Leaders

      Wilderness Travel Trip Leaders have a passion and a joy for creating an unforgettable journey. We are extremely proud of them and the incredible travel experiences they make possible. For more information, including client comments about them and which specific trips they will be leading, please click on their profiles below.

      Roger Williams

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      What the Trip is Like

      The trip is rated Level 3, Moderate, according to our trip rating system. While this trip is not expected to be physically demanding, there are long travel days due to road conditions and a lot of time spent exploring sites on foot (although this is not a hiking trip). The most important requirement for this journey is a spirit of adventure.

      Review Trip Level Details

      For your own enjoyment, we recommend you make a special effort to be in good physical condition for the trip.

      We offer this trip in May and June, when the temperatures are the most pleasant of the year, especially in the lowlands where the weather is warm and we avoid the summer heat and humidity.

      Accommodations in the main cites are 4-star hotels and are very good. The rest of the countryside hotels will be more basic but clean. Sometimes there will be shared bathrooms rather than private bathrooms.

      The food on this trip is often a highlight. Azeri cuisine is rich in variety and very tasty, with lots of lamb kebab, and one of the best reasons to visit Georgia is for its food. The food in Armenia, basically Mediterranean with Arabic, Russian, Greek, and Persian influence, is considered by some to be a "national treasure." Lightly spiced meat shish kabob, fresh organic vegetables, lots of chewy lavash bread, and some of the best melons in the world are staples of the cuisine.

      Overland travel is in minivans and small buses, depending upon the size of the group. Road conditions can be very basic, and trip members should be prepared for narrow mountain roads and some bumpy drives due to remote locations.

      Client Testimonials

      "It was great to see these three countries—there are great rewards in doing such an extensive trip. Our Trip Leader Roger worked very hard to please everyone, and remembered many small details for each traveler."

      Jim C.

      Wauwatosa, WI

      "Excellent trip! Roger is remarkable in every way. He has incredible organizational skills, is extremely knowledgeable, kind, and understanding. Roger always lets you know what to expect throughout the day, which is much appreciated. Truly, a great guide."

      Lana B.

      San Francisco, CA

      "Roger is brilliant and I am overwhelmed with his knowledge and expertise. His attention to detail, interpersonal skills, and desire to share the history and culture of these countries truly makes a great trip a fantastic and perfect trip. And we are lucky travelers to have him share his knowledge and passion with us."

      Pam S.

      Culver City, CA

      "The Caucasus region is a very interesting part of the world and this trip provided an excellent opportunity to experience the natural beauty, rich history and culture of these areas. Roger is a unique group leader who has extensive knowledge, energy, and enthusiasm for the areas we visited, and the local guides offered valuable insight on their countries."

      Sandy C.

      Seattle, WA

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      Trip Levels

      With more than 200 different adventures to choose from, we want to help you find the trip that’s right for you. Our Trip Level system ranks each trip in two ways: a number rating from 1 to 6 according to the activity, and general travel rigors. 1 is the easiest and 6+ the most difficult—see descriptions below for explanations of each number. A plus (+) sign means the trip is a bit more strenuous than other trips of that level. The detailed explanation of each trip—below the bar with the number rating—is perhaps more important, specifying activities, altitudes, hiking, and travel conditions. The Detailed Itinerary, available by download or mail, gives further information. Our Area Managers can also answer questions and guide you to the trip that best suits your interests.

      Level 1 – Easiest

      Non-camping journeys, optional walks, little elevation gain or loss.

      Level 2 – Easy to Moderate

      Hotel nights and/or safari-style camping, hikes of two to four hours on some days. Other physical activities are sometimes included, such as optional sea kayaking.

       

      Level 3 – Moderate

      Half- to full-day hikes (3-6 hours) over rolling countryside on most days, occasional steep trails. Many of our hotel-based walking tours are in this category, as are our snorkeling adventures.

      Level 4 – Moderate to Strenuous

      Full-day hikes (4-6 hours), mountainous terrain, significant elevation gains and losses (hiking up or down as much as 3,000 feet) on many days. Altitudes no greater than about 10,000 feet.

       

      Level 5 – Strenuous

      Full-day hikes (4-8 hours), mountainous, steep terrain (hiking up or down as much as 3,500 feet) on many days. Trips with hiking at average altitudes of 10,000 to 12,000 feet are in this category.

      Level 6 – Very Strenuous

      Full-day hikes (5-8 hours), mountainous, steep terrain (hiking up or down as much as 3,500 feet) on many days. Most hikes take place at altitudes above 10,000 feet, with some days ascending as high as 18,000 feet.

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The phrase Zorats Karer is literally translated from Armenian as &ldquo;Army of Stones.&rdquo; It is often referred to in international tourist lore as the Armenian Stonehenge. Dinner and overnight in Sisian.\r\nDriving Details: 5 hours, 270 miles","Breakfast":1,"Lunch":1,"Dinner":1,"Overnight":"","Travel_Type":"","Quotation":"","Quotation_Attribution":"","Itinerary_Location":"","Latitude":"","Longitude":"","Brief":false},{"DayFrom":22,"DayTo":22,"Headline":"Sisian \/ Mt. Tsghuk \/ Goris","ActivityOverview":"","EstimatedLength":"","ActivityLevel":"","ItinBlock":"We&apos;ll visit the local Art School and stop at the 7th century Church of St. Gregory. Transferring to 4x4 vehicles, we visit (weather and road conditions permitting) a crater lake at 10,800 feet on Mt. Tsghuk to view impressive Ughtasar petroglyphs inscribed on the rocks around the lakeshore. More than 2,000 rock engravings have been found here, many dating back 7,000 years. After a picnic lunch we continue to Goris. 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Tatev Monastery hosted one of the most important Armenian medieval universities that contributed to the education of science, religion, and philosophy, as well as the reproduction of books and development of miniature painting. As we travel to and from this imposing monastery on the &ldquo;Wings of Tatev&rdquo;&mdash;a gondola-like ropeway that is the longest in the world at 3.5 miles across&mdash;we&apos;ll have dramatic views overlooking the canyon of the Voghji River. We then visit Noravank Monastery, a 13th century church perched dramatically on a cliff above the Gnishik river gorge. Noravank was the cultural and spiritual center of the historical Syunik region in the 13th century. After lunch, we visit Areni village&apos;s winery to taste some fine wine and local cheese. Areni winery is among the oldest large-scale wine facilities in the area, producing a variety of traditional and fruity wines. The owner of this winery was among a select group of Armenian wine makers who studied viticulture and oenology in California&apos;s Napa Valley.\r\n\r\nWe continue to 4th century Khor Virap Monastery, set on a plateau facing Mount Ararat, snow-capped symbol of Armenia and biblical resting place of Noah&apos;s Ark. Surrounded by vineyards, the church is built atop the well where in the 3rd century BC, St. Gregory the Illuminator was imprisoned for many years before emerging and converting the King and Queen of Armenia to Christianity. This made Armenia the first Christian nation, and it has been a pilgrimage site for Christians and Armenians from all around the world for many years. Time permitting, we visit the Matenadaran, an ancient repository that holds one of the world&apos;s richest collections of illuminated books, manuscripts, and historical documents, as well as writings of classic and medieval historians. 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On the way back to Yerevan we visit the open-air Zvartnots Temple (643 CE, another World Heritage Site), destroyed by an earthquake in the 10th century. Time permitting, we will visit the Ararat Brandy Factory for a tasting of Armenian brandy, one of which was a favorite of Winston Churchill. Overnight in Yerevan.","Breakfast":1,"Lunch":1,"Dinner":1,"Overnight":"","Travel_Type":"","Quotation":"","Quotation_Attribution":"","Itinerary_Location":"","Latitude":"","Longitude":"","Brief":false},{"DayFrom":25,"DayTo":25,"Headline":"Yerevan \/ Geghard \/ Garni \/ Tsitsernakaberd","ActivityOverview":"","EstimatedLength":"","ActivityLevel":"","ItinBlock":"Today we visit fascinating Geghard Monastery, a UNESCO World Heritage Site founded in the 4th century by Gregory the Illuminator. Geghard is a magnificent monument of medieval Armenian architecture set in a steep canyon. 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Roger is remarkable in every way. He has incredible organizational skills, is&#160;extremely knowledgeable, kind, and understanding. Roger always lets you know what to expect throughout the day, which is much appreciated.&#160;Truly,&#160;a great guide."},{"GuestNames":"Pam S.","GuestLocation":"Culver City, CA","GuestReview":"Roger is brilliant and I am overwhelmed with his knowledge and expertise. His attention to detail, interpersonal skills, and desire to share the history and culture of these countries truly makes a great trip a fantastic and perfect trip. And we are lucky travelers to have him share his knowledge and passion with us."},{"GuestNames":"Sandy C.","GuestLocation":"Seattle, WA","GuestReview":"The Caucasus region is a very interesting part of the world and this trip provided an excellent opportunity to experience the natural beauty, rich history and culture of these areas. 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If you have questions about the level of comfort or any of the activities described in this itinerary, please call Wilderness Travel at 1-800-368-2794 or email us at <a href=\"mailto:\/\/info@wildernesstravel.com\">info@wildernesstravel.com<\/a>.<\/p>","System_References":"<p>We&rsquo;d be happy to put you in touch with a past client that has traveled with us on this trip.<\/p>","System_Visit_Our_Website":"<p>At <a href=\"https:\/\/www.wildernesstravel.com\/\">www.wildernesstravel.com<\/a>, you can book your trip online or find out about added departures, last-minute deals, and one-time Limited Edition adventures that aren&rsquo;t listed in our catalog. 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If you see a Limited Edition trip scheduled for this year, now is the time to sign up, as spaces fill very early and the trip may not be back for a while! Planned daily activities and actual timings may vary due to local conditions or the discretion of your Trip Leader&mdash;it is important to bring your spirit of adventure for these special exploratory journeys!","System_Social_Media":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-03-29T11:33:43 --><p><strong>SOCIAL MEDIA:<\/strong> We invite you to share your adventure with us on social media. Tag @wildernesstravel and we may even feature your content on our pages!<\/p>","System_If_You_Miss_Your_Flight":"<p><strong>IF YOU MISS YOUR FLIGHT<\/strong><br>If you miss your flight or are otherwise delayed, contact our Wilderness Travel office, as well as our local partners, with your new flight information. Refer to the Emergency Contact Information listed in this Final Bulletin.<\/p>","System_Valid_Passport":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-06-16T10:26:21 --><p><strong>VALID PASSPORT:<\/strong> Check that your passport is valid for at least six months from the last day of your trip, and that you have at least two blank pages for any necessary visa or entry and exit stamps.<\/p>","System_Insurance_Policy":"<p><strong>INSURANCE POLICY:<\/strong> If you have purchased the Travelex Travel Protection Plan, you should have received an email confirmation of your policy. Please bring a digital or printed copy of this policy with you. If you cannot find your email confirmation, please contact Travelex's Customer Solutions team at 844-877-1885 or e-mail customersolutions@travelexinsurance.com. If you have not purchased Travelex insurance already, you have the option to do so up to 24 hours prior to your departure.<\/p>","System_Covid-19_Travel_Requirements":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-04-19T13:27:44 --><p><strong>COVID-19 TRAVEL REQUIREMENTS:<\/strong> Please double-check COVID-19 entry requirements for any countries you may be traveling to or transiting through, on this website: <a href=\"apply.joinsherpa.com\/travel-restrictions\">apply.joinsherpa.com\/travel-restrictions<\/a><\/p>","System_Pre-Trip_Safety":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-03-29T11:37:06 --><p><strong>PRE-TRIP SAFETY:<\/strong> In the next weeks, we encourage you to do everything possible to stay healthy. 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You can learn more about the policy on our <a href=\"https:\/\/www.wildernesstravel.com\/toucan\/travel-insurance\">website<\/a>.<\/p>","System_Purchased_Insurance":"Please remember to bring a copy of your Travelex Confirmation of Coverage and State Specific Policy with you on your trip. You should have received an email directly from Travelex with these documents. If you need this email to be re-sent, please contact Travelex's Customer Solutions team at 844-877-1885 or e-mail customersolutions@travelexinsurance.com. <br><br><br>","System_Photography":"<strong>Camera Recommendations<\/strong><br>With the many advances in digital technology, a simple compact digital camera or even your smartphone is capable of taking pictures suitable for the needs of most people. For higher quality images and the ability to use long lenses for closer wildlife pictures, a DSLR camera is well worthwhile, though heavier. Most digital cameras and phones have good video options, but you may want to consider a GoPro for a lightweight, waterproof option. Always practice ahead of time with new equipment and bring your manual with you. You may want to consider renting camera equipment for your trip from places such as <a href=\"https:\/\/www.borrowlenses.com\/\">borrowlenses.com<\/a>. This is an especially good idea for renting large zoom lenses that you may need for just one trip. Adding their extra insurance fee to cover expensive equipment is recommended. <br><strong><br>Camera Accessories<\/strong><br>We recommend bringing at least two large capacity memory cards or a small digital storage unit (or tablet) to back up your photos, freeing space on your memory cards. Don't forget to bring a battery charger and a backup battery so one is always charged and ready to use. For trips where you may be away from power sources for multiple days, consider looking into a solar-powered battery charger or buying additional backup batteries, and check that you have the appropriate adapter for the electrical outlets in your destination.<br><strong><br>Sharing Your Images<\/strong><br>We would love for you to share photos from your trip, and with your permission, may even use your photos in our marketing materials or on our photo blog. We request that you send us a small sample of your best images. Please email your photos to wtphotoblog@gmail.com or tag us @WildernessTravel on social media.<br><strong><br>Photography Etiquette<\/strong><br>When taking pictures of local people, be aware of cultural considerations. Approaching people with a warm smile and using polite gestures or simple phrases to ask permission to photograph them usually works well. It is always recommended to engage people in conversation before asking to photograph them, but if people do not wish to have their photo taken, please honor their requests. We urge travelers to avoid giving money in exchange for photo opportunities, which makes it harder for future travelers to have a meaningful personal interaction with local people. Please always heed your Trip Leader's guidelines for what is appropriate. 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While many travelers choose to book this tour as is, our Area Specialists are also happy to work with you to customize this Private Journey to suit your specific interests and style of travel. We can arrange for longer or shorter stays, offer hotel upgrades (see below for sample costs), or add an extension to additional places of interest. We can even add special activities or customize excursions depending on your interests. We invite you to contact us to discuss your options!<\/p>","System_Signing_up_for_a_Trip":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-03-29T11:44:42 --><p>Early reservations are recommended since accommodations often sell out far in advance. Please call 1-800-368-2794 and ask for our [Africa Manager] or email us at [africa@ wildernesstravel.com] with any questions that you may have about this trip. To reserve your Private Journey, we will need to know your preferred dates of travel. We will then check availability and send you a proposed itinerary with exact pricing for your adventure. We can typically hold a provisional booking for one week. At that time, we must collect your initial deposit or accommodations will be released. We accept Visa, Mastercard, or American Express card. Upon receipt of your deposit, we will send you a Welcome Packet that includes a letter of confirmation, Detailed Itinerary, Trip Application, Medical Form, and Pre-Departure Information Booklet with information to help you prepare for your adventure. Please see our Cancellations and Transfer Fee Schedule for specific payment information.<\/p>","System_Trip_Leaders":"<p>Wilderness Travel Trip Leaders have a passion and a joy for creating an unforgettable journey. We are extremely proud of them and the incredible travel experiences they make possible. For more information, including client comments about them and which specific trips they will be leading, please visit <a href=\"https:\/\/www.wildernesstravel.com\/leaders\/\">wildernesstravel.com\/leaders<\/a>.<\/p>"},"terms":{"PaymentSchedule":"<meta charset=\"utf-8\"\/><body><p>$600 due at time of reservation <br \/>90 days prior to departure: Balance<\/p><\/body>","CancelSchedule":"<p>Up to 151 days prior to departure: No charge!<br \/>91-150 days prior to departure: $600 per person<br \/>90 days or less: 100% of trip cost<\/p><p><em>*Please note that this differs from our standard policy.<\/em><\/p>"}}