Travelling across the Caucasus by train from Baku to Batumi (by way of Yerevan)
Azerbaijan, Georgia and Armenia

1st to 25th June 2019

Bold relief carving on the exterior of the church at Ananuri in Georgia

Bold relief carving on the exterior of the church at Ananuri in Georgia

(This tour is now fully booked)

This journey seeks to connect the three very distinct countries which together form the Caucasus. What links them culturally? They were vibrant places during the later Russian Tzarist period. They have been places of seismic change: oil in Baku, Stalin was born in Georgia and the birthplace of the first Christian state was in Armenia. They lie between hospitable Asia and the descendants of Byzantium. They also sit between Russia and Iran. So they are places which have been influenced by their overbearing neighbours: invaded by Russian, Iran and the Ottoman Turks. Their geography varies from some of the highest mountains in Europe to deserts, from the Mediterranean climate on the Black Sea to the perpetually snowy peaks of the Greater Caucasus. The area may rightly claim to be the birthplace of the grapevine. There was very early mastery of goldsmithing. Nowadays a train line links these three interesting countries. The party will be restricted to 11 of us in total.