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
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!
$600 due at time of reservation
90 days prior to departure: Balance
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.
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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.
For your own enjoyment, we recommend you make a special effort to be in good physical condition for the trip.
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.
"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."
"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."
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."
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."
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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 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 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.