The three countries which make up the Caucasus – Azerbaijan, Georgia and Armenia – are all former Republics of the Soviet Union, situated to the south of the Caucasus Mountains between the Black Sea and the Caspian Sea. They offer a fascinating mix of unique cultural activities, superb examples of Christian and Islamic architecture, and dramatic scenery of mountains and lakes – from the largest lake in the world, the Caspian Sea, to one of the highest, Lake Sevan.
Caucasus Horizons journeys overland from the Azerbaijan capital of Baku on the shores of the Caspian Sea to the Zoroastrian fire temple at Surakhani and remarkable 12th Century BC petroglyphs of Qobustan, via Maraza to the ancient tombs at Shemakha and Sheki.
In Georgia we visit the 15th Century Gremi Fortress, Nekresi Monastery and all the major sights around Kakheti before continuing to the capital Tbilisi where we stay three nights at the comfortable Marriott Hotel. We visit Kutaisi, the ancient capital of the Kingdom of Colchis, and spend a night deep in the Caucasus Mountains at Kazbegi from where we visit Gergeti Trinity Church (2,170m) before returning to Tbilisi.
In Armenia we visit Haghpat and Haghartsin Monastery (pictured on cover), the 9th century Sevanavank Monastery overlooking high Lake Sevan, and stay four nights in Yerevan where we explore this attractive city and take excursions to some of the ancient sites and towns nearby.
AZERBAIJAN – Baku (3 nights), Surakhani, Qobustan, Shemakha, Sheki (1)
GEORGIA – Gremi, Nekresi, Telavi (1 night), Tbilisi (3), Mtskheta, Borjomi (2), Caucasus Mountains, Vardzia, Gelati, Bagrati, Kutaisi, Tskaltubo (1), Gori, Uplistsikhe, Kazbegi (1), Gergeti, Tbilisi (1)
ARMENIA – Haghpat, Haghartsin, Dilijan (1 night), Lake Sevan, Sevanavank, Yerevan (4), Khor Virap, Garni, Geghard, Matenadaran, Echmiadzin, Sardarapat, Zvarnots
UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – Dubai (1 night)