A Travellerspoint blog

September 2012

It's that time again.....

.... time to head off somewhere exciting

The Caucasus is calling us with a 12-day private tour of Armenia and Georgia.

As the cradle of civilisation, this area is where Jason captured the Golden Fleece, where the lance that pierced Jesus' side is displayed, where the Ark came to rest, where Joseph Stalin was born and more importantly: where vines have been growing for thousands of years. Nestled on what is considered to be the dividing line between Europe and Asia, and bordered by the Caspian and Black Seas, Russia, Turkey and Iran, the region has been an arena for political, military, religious, and cultural rivalries for centuries. Once part of a complex trade route, linking the Arabs, Greeks, and the Silk Road among others, Armenia and Georgia have centuries of tempestuous history to unravel. In Greek Mythology, Caucasus was one of the supporting pillars of the world, denoting the importance placed on this region at the time. Wikitravel describes the two countries thus: Ancient, millennia-old civilisation amidst stark mountain landscapes and remote canyons. Home to amazing world heritage sites, forgotten monasteries and boasting a wonderfully laid back and friendly culture. Fabulous cuisine and culture, incredibly diverse landscapes, and an exceptional wealth of ancient churches, cathedrals, monasteries, and cave cities.

Stay tuned and follow our explorations as and when I have internet to update the blog.

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