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Azerbaijan & Georgia

Sep 26 - Oct 10, 2019

15 days | Azerbaijan | Cultural Explorations

Tour Leader Julia Zarankin recently hosted a webinar about this destination and tour highlights! Click here to watch (30 mins.)

If these two countries have not been on your list of places to go, we urge you to re-evaluate… now!

Fascinating Azerbaijan begins our exploration. Baku is now undergoing a flamboyant regeneration  marked by the Flame Tower skyscrapers, the museum designed to look like a rolled-up carpet, and the undulating whale shape of the Zaha Hadid designed Aliyev Centre. We'll also spend time in ancient Sheki discovering beautiful old houses, colourfully painted gates, and a khan’s summer palace decorated in brilliant stained glass work.

Our route into Georgia offers a tremendous variety of dramatic, unspoilt scenery. Spend time in the atmospheric hill town of Signagi to taste wine in the birthplace of viticulture and learn to prepare the signature kachapouri cheese pie. A drive along the spectacular Georgian Military Highway takes us through granite cliffs to stay at the foot of Mt. Kazbeg. At Mtskheta we’ll see the fine Orthodox churches dating from the fourth century and at Vardzia, extraordinary examples of cave architecture and frescoes in magnificent monasteries. Here too we’ll enjoy the area’s natural history at the crossroads of bird migratory routes.

Conclude in Tbilisi, where we enjoy expertly guided strolls through districts filled with Art Nouveau architecture, curved colourful balconies, and sulfur bath establishments. Georgia’s dedication to feasting and its mesmerising vocal polyphony are the backdrops to this exciting new tour.
Cultural Explorations Classic Explorations
Tour Cost (per person):
US$6270
Group Size:
12 - 16 participants    
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What’s included: Airport transfers at destination for passengers arriving and departing as per the group itinerary, accommodations based on double occupancy in listed hotels or similar, meals as indicated in the itinerary, all ground transportation in private vehicle, bottled water on vehicles during touring, excursions as listed with experienced English-speaking local guides, all entrance fees, special cultural features as noted in the itinerary, presentations by the study leader, E-Visa for Azerbaijan, fully escorted by our study leader and tour director. Taxes and gratuities of US$375 are included.

Itinerary at a Glance

DayActivity
1Meet in Baku, Azerbaijan
2Architectural marvels along the seafront
3Museums and mugham music
4Petroglyphs at Gobustan
5Sheki’s glittering palace
6Vineyards on the way to Georgia
7Cooking and tasting in Signagi
8The spectacular Military Highway Route
9Stalin’s Gori and Borjomi’s mineral water
10Cave architecture at Vardzia
11Fortresses and the local school
12Nunnery of St. Nino
13 - 14Tbilisi’s lovely old town; carpets, cafés, music
15Depart Tbilisi
Optional extension: Armenia
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Your Tour Leader

Julia Zarankin is an award-winning writer and lecturer who regularly teaches courses to lifelong learners about Russian and European culture and literature. She regularly shares her passion for cultural history with Toronto audiences at Hot Docs Curious Minds, the University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies, and the Royal Conservatory of Music.

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Cultural Explorations Classic Explorations
Tour Cost (per person):
US$6270
Group Size:
12 - 16 participants    
Reserve my spot now!

What’s included: Airport transfers at destination for passengers arriving and departing as per the group itinerary, accommodations based on double occupancy in listed hotels or similar, meals as indicated in the itinerary, all ground transportation in private vehicle, bottled water on vehicles during touring, excursions as listed with experienced English-speaking local guides, all entrance fees, special cultural features as noted in the itinerary, presentations by the study leader, E-Visa for Azerbaijan, fully escorted by our study leader and tour director. Taxes and gratuities of US$375 are included.

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