Journey to Azerbaijan, Armenia and Georgia

Journey to Azerbaijan, Armenia and Georgia

I always visit and explore the destinations I recommend to my luxury travel clients, and on my last trip to the Caucasus region(Azerbaijan, Armenia and Georgia), I was thoroughly enchanted. In my recent blog I wrote about the food and wine, but the Caucasus mountains are not only beautiful and awe-inspiring, they also offer fine winter sports and trekking opportunities. In fact, this region had been the playground for the Soviet “aristocracy” for many many years. It is now open to all, and the governments of all three countries are investing in sport tourism, and luxury travel. You will find elegant lodges and hotels nestled in pristine snow covered mountains; all accessible via local airports, ski lifts or roads. The hotels welcome single travelers or entire families with equal grace, and offer several levels of accommodation from splendid to spectacular.

These lands also offer a look into a fascinating past. Armenia, Ajerbaijan and Georgia have stories to tell, and archeological and architectural sites to fire the imagination. And they are also forward thinking, with stunning new buildings designed by world class architects. Nowhere is this more evident in the capitol city of Azerbaijan, Baku. Stand in one place in the Old City and you can observe the12th century Maiden tower; turn around and you will see the iconic Flame Towers, a group of three sleek skyscrapers that stand guard over the harbor and its environs. In the Capitol of Georgia, you can look out over the battlements of an ancient fortress and onto the petal-like roofs of Massimiliano Fuksas’ Public Service Hall across the river.

Christianity arrived early in Armenia and Georgia, and churches abound there. The object of their devotion may be similar but their locations and histories are distinctive. I visited Gergety Trinity Church, on its lofty peak in the clouds. It is a staggering example of spiritual dedication, whose workers had to haul stone up a mountainside to build it.

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Caucasus Luxury Travel

Caucasus Luxury Travel

I just got back from a scouting trip to keep up to date with all the kinds of great experiences I can provide for my Caucasus Luxury travel clients, and now that the countries of Azerbaijan, Armenia and Georgia are no longer under Soviet control, I can tell you they are destinations of discovery and delight. Their capitol cities of Baku, Yerevan and Tbilisi offer the fascination of the Old and the excitement of the New. Each is distinctively different, have enriching cultural attractions, and all offer world class luxury travel conditions.

Tbilisi Georgia NarikalaFrom the Fairmont Hotel overlooking the Caspian Sea harbor, to the Rooms Hotel in Georgia where you can see sunrise over the highest peaks of the Caucasus mountains, the five star hotels offer impeccable service, local and international cuisine, cutting edge décor and spas where entire families can feel pampered and refreshed.

Looking for exotic, palette-enticing food? Look no further than the fabulous Xan Plov, or the Khan's Pilaf, a saffron infused concoction served up in a crunchy filo shell, and a specialty in Azerbaijan. If you thought soupy dumplings were only the province of Shanghai, think again. They are a specialty of Georgia, too, along with a delectable range of pomegranate and walnut sauced dishes. Every meal in Armenia is replete with fresh fruits, vegetables, herbs and home made yogurt—how healthy is that? And since none of these countries has factory farming, you can be sure that everything is organic and free range!

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Educational Travel to Central Asia – get on board!

Educational Travel to Central Asia – get on board!

"Everything I have heard about Samarkand is true except that it is more beautiful than I could imagine" Alexander the Great, circa 400 AD - something I learned in grade 6 in Uzbekistan, where, trust me, with 3,000 years of history, that's a lot of Social Studies! His words ring true even today and educational tours to ancient Samarkand, Bukhara, Khiva and beyond offer participants an opportunity to experience a breadth of civilization, depth of culture, and diversity of landscape unlike anywhere else in the world. There are so many opportunities to discover the cultural treasures of the countries along the great Silk Road routes, long cut off from the West during Soviet rule. First-hand experiences support a practical approach to curriculum and help create an expanded knowledge base for students, professional academics, and life-long learners. My experience as an educator, travel specialist and speaker, and my insider knowledge of Central Asia let me create unique educational tours. Our in-country network of personal connections allows us to organize unique experiences with local experts in any field, including curators, historians, archaeologists, artists, artisans, Registan Square, Samarkand, Uzbekistan musicians, religious leaders and scholars.I've loved sharing my homeland with the world so far. Don't wait to start planning your trip to Central Asia. With Silk Road Treasure Tours, itineraries and custom departure dates can be guaranteed right away. 3,000 years of history is waiting!

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