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Trans-Caucasus Journey
Commences Baku 04 September and ends Tbilisi 23 September 2021

  • Baku, Azerbaijan
    Baku, Azerbaijan
  • Ushguli, Georgia
    Ushguli, Georgia
  • Wine Producing Kakheti Region in Georgia
    Wine Producing Kakheti Region in Georgia
  • Tblisi, Georgia
    Tblisi, Georgia
  • Ushguli, Georgia
    Ushguli, Georgia
  • Program Status Places Available
  • Price $9,440
  • Program Code GCTTCJ21
  • Single Supplement $1,420
  • Activity Rating Moderate
  • Program Leader Peter Burns

Tour Itinerary

  • 19 Nights
    • 3 - Baku 
    • 1 - Sheki   
    • 3 - Tbilisi 
    • 1 - Dilijan  
    • 3 - Yerevan 
    • 1 - Vardzia 
    • 1 - Tskhaltubo 
    • 2 - Batumi 
    • 2 - Mestia
    • 1 - Kutaisi  
    • 1 - Tbilisi 

Commences Baku 04 September and ends Tbilisi 23 September 2021

Tour Highlights

  • Discover Azerbaijan with its historic, UNESCO-protected old city of Baku and World Heritage Petoglyphs at Gobustan
  • Meet the local Azeri at architecturally important Sheki and visit historic Shemakha
  • Explore the Georgian capital Tbilisi, with its interesting old town, and sample some of the local wine of the nearby Kakheti region
  • Learn about one of the oldest churches of Christianity, as we discover the fascinating monasteries of Armenia and its historic capital Yerevan
  • View the dramatic mountain scenery of Armenia, as well as the high peaks of the Greater Caucasus Mountains , as we cross the border into Georgia to delightful Mestia and the UNESCO-listed village of Ushguli - not forgetting to taste some of the local produce
  • Visit the Georgian UNESCO-protected sites of the 12th century Gelati Monastery and Begrati Cathedral, a masterpiece in the history of modern and medieval Georgian architecture

Tour Overview

The mountainous land wedged between the Caspian and the Black Seas is home to the countries of Azerbaijan, Georgia and Armenia. Lying in the shadow of the Caucasus Mountains, this region has formed a crossroad between East and West. Invaders and merchants from past great empires including Greek, Persian, Roman, Venetian, Ottoman and Russian have conquered and interacted to create a wonderful mix of cultures. Each shares a border with the other two, yet each could hardly be more different. Three unrelated languages are spoken here, and two different religions hold sway. All have robust pagan roots, a love of life and a strong culture of hospitality, family and home.

We begin in Baku on the shore of the Caspian Sea. The old town centre is now a World Heritage site dating back to the 12th century, while the modern city boasts some of the world's most cutting-edge architecture. We also learn about the bold and bright designs of Azerbaijan’s carpets. In Georgia, we savour red wines, enjoy its unique cuisine and experience the country's diverse landscape, from the lush shores of the Black Sea to some of Europe's most dramatic peaks. In Armenia, the world’s first Christian state, we admire the sculpted stone khachkar crosses which dot the green hillsides and, in both Georgia and Armenia, we visit stunning mountain monasteries.

 

Tour Inclusions

    • 19 nights in en-suite hotel accommodation
    • Typical local breakfast daily, 19 dinners and 18 lunches
    • Transport, lectures and field trips as indicated 
    • Applicable entry fees and services of local guides 
    • Services of a Program Leader
    • Gratuities and necessary tips
    • Detailed Program Information Booklet
 

Peter Burns

Peter Burnsgrew up in suburban Melbourne and graduated as a civil engineer. Following his keen interest in the natural environment, Peter then completed a Master of Natural Resources and Diploma in Education at University of New England in Armidale NSW.

Peter has had an eclectic career, working as a civil engineer, teacher, and environmentalist. He has also lived and worked on remote Aboriginal communities in central Australia.

Peter has retired from Parks Victoria, where he worked for 18 years as the Ranger in Charge of the Great Otway National Park, which includes the iconic Great Ocean Walk. Peter also undertook a 12-month work exchange to Scotland, as the Reserve Manager for Loch Lomond National Nature Reserve. Peter has since become passionate about all things Scottish.

Prior to their recent move to bayside Melbourne, Peter and his wife lived for many years in a self-built sustainable house in the Otway ranges, where he was actively involved in the community as a volunteer Ambulance Officer.

An obsessive walker and Anglophile, Peter is committed to walking the length and breadth of Britain. He has completed the Pennine Way, Offa’s Dyke Path, and a section of the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path in recent years.

Peter has lead many groups throughout India, the 'Stans’ of Central Asia, the Caucasus, Eastern Europe, Iran and of course Scotland.

Much closer to home, Peter has escorted many tours throughout Australia and New Zealand, and one of his favourite local destinations is the island state of Tasmania, and he looks forward to showing you the best of this beautiful state.

Moderate

This program includes placeswhich can only be explored on foot and where walking tours may be a little longer and not always on the flat. Accommodation may have some stairs and or have some rooms which may involve some walking to access.
All our programs naturally involve some walking in order to discover bet­ter the places visited and, although we arrange porterage where this is available, participants are expected to be able to handle their own bags. Our program leaders will always try to make as much of the program as possible available for those who find walking longer distances, uphill or down steps difficult but, in same places, this cannot always be avoided.
If you have any concerns at all about your level of fitness, please do not hesitate to talk to us and discuss further with the experts who know the particular demands of each program.

Register your interest early

Follow these simple steps to secure your place on one of our unique tours:

  1. Select the program or programs you are interested in joining and make a note of the program code that appears next to the program price (eg: GCTAD14).
  2. Access the Golden Compass booking form here.
  3. Complete the details you have available (we understand your flights and travel insurance details may not be confirmed when you make your booking).
  4. Print and sign your form, then simply scan and email your form direct to info@goldencompasstours.co.nz. If you prefer you can fax your form to +44 (0) 1494 431 144, or post it to our New Zealand postal address at:

  Golden Compass, P O Box 3452 Shortland St. Auckland 1140, New Zealand.

Please note we require a deposit of NZD500 per person per program with the full balance for each tour being due 70 days prior to the start of your program or programs in the UK, Europe, North Africa or Asia. 

Once the deposit payment has been taken you will then be sent your confirmation letter either by email or post (as you prefer). An invoice for the balance will be issued to you 12 weeks prior to the departure of your first tour or tours. Full payment by MasterCard, Visa or electronic bank transfer is required 70 days prior to the start of your tour. 

If you need any assistance please call our Freephone number on 0800 132 385.