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Georgia: Journey Across the Mystical Caucasus

Sep 25 - Oct 05, 2020

11 days | Georgia | alumni UBC Travel Club

Discover one of Europe’s (or Asia’s?) best kept secrets. Georgia’s rich national story has remained hidden for centuries and is only now opening to the enterprising traveller. We’ve found it to be a country of breath-taking landscapes and fascinating streetscapes. The architecture, art, and religion, as well as its rich cuisine, reflect centuries of invasion and conquest by Greeks, Mongols, Ottomans, and Russians. Meet the country’s famously hospitable people as you explore one of the most beautiful countries in the world!

Explore Tbilisi with expertly guided strolls through eclectic districts. This is a “happening city” with so many varied influences; brutalist Soviet buildings, Orthodox churches, and Art Nouveau architecture are side by side. It feels European, medieval, and foreign all at once. Spend time in the atmospheric hill town of Signagi to taste wine in the birthplace of viticulture and learn to prepare the signature kachapouri. Drive along the spectacular Georgian Military Highway through granite cliffs to stay at the foot of Mt. Kazbeg. At Mtskheta see the fine Orthodox churches dating from the 4th century and at Vardzia, extraordinary examples of cave architecture and frescoes in magnificent monasteries.

Food is of paramount importance in this beguiling country. We’ll enjoy fabulous meals, fusing the flavours of Turkey, Iran, and the Slavic regions into something uniquely Georgian, and sample the wines from the home of viticulture. Enjoy a traditional supra, hosted by the tamada (a sort of toastmaster), telling stories, leading songs, and inviting rounds of toasts.

On this tour, we combine the must-see sites with scenic and more out-of-the-way places and delve enthusiastically into Georgia’s rich wine and food culture and mesmerizing vocal polyphonic music. An optional extension to Yerevan, Armenia rounds out this exceptional experience.

Georgia on your mind? Join us for this wonderfully fulfilling experience!


 
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Tour Cost (per person):
US$5295
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; entrance fees to places visited with the group; special cultural features as noted in the itinerary; presentations by the study leader; taxes ; gratuities for all group services (guides, hotel, restaurant, drivers); fully escorted by our study leader and tour director.

"Tradition, modernity, and hospitality."

Itinerary at a Glance

DayActivity
1Meet in Tbilisi
2Get into the mélange of styles and periods in this exciting town
3Visits to three of the city’s fine museums
4Cooking class in wine country on the way to Signagi
5Explore this atmospheric hill town
6Moving into the Caucasus Mountains to Mtskheta, Kazbegi
7Gori, Borjomi
8Small city of Akhaltsikhe, at the crossroads of the old Silk Road
9Caves at Vardzia, used as a stronghold against the Turks in the 12th century
10Phoka, return to Tbilisi
11Depart Tbilisi
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Your Tour Leader

Anne Gorsuch is an historian of the Soviet Union, and former Department Head, in the UBC History Department. A frequent traveller to Russia, she has published on the history of youth in revolutionary Russia, international tourism in the Khrushchev era, and Cuban-Soviet relations in the 1960s.

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alumni UBC Travel Club Cultural Explorations Alumni Expeditions
Tour Cost (per person):
US$5295
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; entrance fees to places visited with the group; special cultural features as noted in the itinerary; presentations by the study leader; taxes ; gratuities for all group services (guides, hotel, restaurant, drivers); fully escorted by our study leader and tour director.

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