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Silk Road Tours offer tailor made holidays through Central Asia, The Caucasus, Middle East and North Africa
A fascinating exploration of Georgia’s rich cultural and historical treasures, taking in an incredible variety of scenery from the arid South Eastern region to the high Caucasus Mountains.
Georgia and its neighbour Armenia share a common history, but are also very different, and this two week tour reveals the similarities and contrasts between these two fascinating countries. Travelling along the ancient Silk Road, wander through remote monasteries and medieval towns, admire spectacular mountain views in the lofty Caucasus, and learn about the turbulent past of Tbilisi and Yerevan.
Discover the contrasts between the three Transcaucasian states on this two-week journey through Azerbaijan, Georgia and Armenia. From ancient fire temples and monasteries perched high in the mountains to prehistoric rock carvings and volcanic landscapes, this fascinating region offers a wealth of ever-changing sights.
The small and cosy Villa Mtiebi was converted by the architect Emil Davitidze so that blends 21st century style with the original 19th century character of the building.It is located in the heart of the old town within walking distance of most of the city’s main sights.View Images
The best known of the three Transcaucasian states, Georgia is the mythical land where Jason and his Argonauts came in search of the Golden Fleece. It was also home to the ancient kingdom of Colchis, which played a decisive role in the formation of the culture of modern Georgia, and birthplace of the infamous Josef Stalin, whose life is celebrated in a museum in his hometown of Gori.
Along with neighbouring Armenia, Georgia adopted Christianity in the 4th century and as a result it has inherited a wealth of ancient churches and monasteries, including the fortified church at Ananuri and the World Heritage Site of Mtshkheta, an ancient city considered to be the birthplace of the Georgian Orthodox Church. Many of these religious sites occupy beautiful locations, and the rock-hewn monasteries of Vardzia and Davit Gareja are particularly spectacular, as is the Holy Trinity Church at Gergeti, set against the backdrop of the Caucasus Mountains.
The mountains themselves contribute to Georgia’s varied landscape, and make it a walker’s dream, with many stunning treks on offer in the alpine meadows surrounding Kazbegi. The Georgians themselves are extremely hospitable, with a very European outlook, and anyone who visits their country is assured of a warm welcome, along with excellent home-cooked food and local wine – Georgian meals are traditionally accompanied by much toasting to ensure the enjoyment of all!
Time Zone – GMT + 4
Best Times to Visit – April through to early October
Visas – UK passport holders, visa on arrival
Currency – Georgian Lari (GEL) obtainable on arrival
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